Today, the temperature was in the high 40's, so I canceled my tee time. This allowed me to spend most of the day exploring Universal Studios. The park is laid out in several blocks like a true production studio. To one side there is a man-made lake where additional attractions are located. I tried to get to the park as early as I could, but I was so exhausted from the last several days I did not get there until 11. The park was filled with people all bundled up in their winter coats. I wanted to avoid the crowds, so instead of going to the nearest attraction I went to the section farthest across the lake called World Expo. Here you can find the Men in Black Alien Attack. This attraction was like the Buzz Lightyear ride in Disney where you ride in a cart through different scenes shooting at aliens. Although, I did not have Liam on the controls I managed to score the highest in my car. The great thing about this ride was the fact there was a single rider line, so I was able to bypass most of the normal queue. Also in this section was Fear factor Live, a show based on the TV show; however there were only three showings and I was too early for the first show. I will try to make it back for the last show at 4:30.
Next, a rambled into the San Francisco/Amity section. Obviously, the Amity section had buildings made to look like the village from Jaws. The props included the billboard from the movie and a fake great white shark. My next stop was Disaster! where you are taken behind the scenes for a filming of a disaster movie. They even took 8 volunteers from the crowd to act in special roles in the movie. The host of this tour had his hands full because the majority of the people in my group did not speak English. There was a large contingency of high school kids from Brazil and a group of Russians. After this tour, I was just in time for the Beetlejuice Graveyard Revue. This musical had Beetlejuice and classic Hollywood monsters like Frankenstein, Wolfman and Dracula belting out rock and roll songs. It was an enjoyable show with each character having the spot light for certain songs which reflected their character. For example, Frankenstein had a guitar and sang Springsteen...Wolfman did Bon Jovi...Dracula mimicked Rick Springfield and wife of Frankenstein sang Pat Benitar. The also had two cheerleaders ghouls singing "Mickey".
After a quick and expensive lunch, I walked to the New York section. The main attraction is the ride, Revenge of the Mummy...I am not sure why it is located in New York. The good news is that it also has a single rider line. I took full advantage of this line by riding 4 times in a span of one hour. Revenge of the Mummy is a indoor roller coaster with a few drops where you get actual air time...Tons of fun. I timed it right and caught the beginning of the Blues Brothers Show, where Jake and Elwood, arrived in their converted police car. Again, I do not know why it was in the New York section, but it was a good show.
I finally arrived at Production Central, the beginning of the park. First stop was Twister...Ride It Out. This attraction was billed as an opportunity to experience the ferocity of a tornado...it barely messed my hair. I passed on the other two attractions in this section Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast and Shrek 4-D because I wanted to make it back to the Fear Factor Show. I did stop in the Hollywood section to go through Terminator 2: 3-D. This attraction actually was more than your typical 3-D movie because it employed live action within the show. I had a little over one hour before the Fear Factor show, so I stood in line for the park's newest attraction, Simpsons Ride. Unfortunately there was not a single rider line for this ride because it took an hour to move through the normal queue. Fortunately, they played Simpson clips while you waited in line. I do not want to give away this ride, but I thought it was well worth the wait...and it finished just in time for Fear Factor Live show.
PHOTO_ID_L=ol40.jpg]Fear Factor Live is a chance for anyone in the park to participate in stunts and competition typical of the TV show, Fear Factor. Like the show, they started with 4 volunteers/contestants and the first stunt was a test of endurance, where the contestants hung on a bar for as long as they could suspend about 50 feet above the ground. The winner got the opportunity to select his team-mate for the next stunt. The second stunt always leaned towards the squeamish...in this case, first the two teams retrieved bean bags from a tank of eels. The number of bean bags you fetched determined how many octopi you can toss. The object of the second phase is that one team member will be tossing octopi to their team-mate while swinging from a tether. The winning team progress to the final competition against each other. The last stunt had the contestants climbing a wall to retrieve flags, sliding down a fireman's pole, crawling on a suspended car to retrieve more flags from the front and back bumper and finally shooting a ball at a bullseye at the center of the stage. In between the stunts, they had more audience participation. First, they had a lady volunteer to have here head enclosed with a randomly selected creepy crawler. The second filler had a brother and sister in an eating contest, Fear Factor style. They blended some nasty things, which I forced myself to forget, and had the siblings drink from the concoction. To my surprise, big sister won the contest. I thought the little brother was going to up chuck. After swallowing the remainder of the foul liquid and his pride, the little brother requested a rematch, which he again lost...lol. I do not know if the contestants win anything, but I would not mind playing the next time I am back.