Universal Studios Hollywood is one of the most famous theme parks in Los Angeles. Not only is it a theme park though, it’s also a fully working film studio. Many of the attractions at the park are directly linked to a film or television show by Universal Studios such as Jurassic World and Kung Fu Panda. Read on to learn some fun facts about Universal Studios!
- Universal Studios is one of the oldest theme parks in the whole world! The park was initially created to offer tours of the Universal Studios sets and then turned into a theme park. Carl Leammle opened the park on March 15th 1915 and was initially called Universal City.
- Admission to Universal City, back in 1915 was only 25 cents! With admission, guests were able to walk around the movie studio and even watch the crew filming.
- Now, the studio tours offers guests a behind the scenes look at movie making magic. The studio tours originally opened in 1964 and it is actually one of the most popular rides at the park.
- Originally, filmmakers or relatives of celebrities, were the tour guides for the official studio tour. One of the first studio tours was John Badhma, who directed Saturday Night Fever and War Games. Today, the host of the Universal Studios Tour is Jimmy Fallon, comedian and host of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
- Today, the park is filled with various attractions such as Revenge of the Mummy, Transformers: The Ride-3D and Fast & Furious – Supercharged. However, this was not always the case. The first stand alone ride, that wasn’t a part of the studio tour, wasn’t introduced to the park until 1991. The ride? The E.T. Adventure, which was open at the park until 2003.