Universal VIP and down to San Diego

Trip Start Jan 19, 2008
Trip End Mar 03, 2008

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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Woke up today with a couple of missions to complete before travelling down to San Diego.

Mission one was to battle the language barrier down at the Kyoto Reception and check out of our hotel.  The second was to weave our way through the Los Angeles traffic and make our rendezvous at Universal Studios.  Both successful missions.

The day at Universal as VIP was a day to remember.  Thomas had already been to Universal but not as a VIP and the difference was well worth the extra.  The tour started with us all meeting in a lounge and getting the low down of the day from our guide - we found out later that our guide had shown people around the park like the Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie tribe and Bruce Springsteen.  We made our way quickly through the park and down to a tram ride which would take us around the bottom lots.  We had a quick look at some of the sets they have down there and one of the sound stages from a new series called "LIFE" - it wasn't filming because of the writer strike.  Then it was on to two of the rides they have there - Jurassic Park and The Mummy Tomb.  To very cool rides and everyone loved them.  After that it was back onto the tram to have a look at more sets and the prop room.  The sets we saw were: Jaws, Psycho, War of the World and The Grinch.  The prop room was really interesting and Thomas found some pulse pistols from Battlestar Galactica - the orginal series.  We finished our time in Universal with a couple of shows: Waterworld, Terminator and Backdraft.  That ended our time at Universal and it was then a quick drive south to San Diego - quick being 3 and a half hours.

That was the end of that day and the start of our time in San Diego.  Quick summary on Los Angeles: Good for parks and stars but not for anything else.
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