Universal Studios Hollywood is a film studio and theme park in the unincorporated Universal City community of the San Fernando Valley region of the city of Los...
Universal Studios Hollywood is a film studio and theme park in the unincorporated Universal City community of the San Fernando Valley region of the city of Los Angeles, California, United States.
It is one of the oldest and most famous Hollywood film studios still in use.
Its official marketing headline is "The Entertainment Capital of LA".
It was initially created to offer tours of the real Universal Studios sets and is the first of many full-fledged Universal Studios Theme Parks located across the world.
Woody Woodpecker is the mascot for Universal Studios Hollywood.nnOutside the theme park, a new, all-digital facility near the Universal Studios backlot was built in an effort to merge all of NBCUniversal's West Coast operations into one area.
As a result, the current home for KNBC, KVEA and NBC News with Telemundo Los Angeles Bureaus with new digital facility is on the Universal lot formerly occupied by Technicolor SA.
Universal City includes hotels Universal Hilton & Towers, the Sheraton Hotels and Resorts, the multi-screen Globe Theatre, often used for banquets and receptions and Universal CityWalk, which offers a collection of shops and restaurants.
In 2013, the park hosted 6,148,000 guests, placing it 17th in the world and 9th among North American parksnnShortly after Music Corporation of America took over Universal Pictures in 1962, accountants suggested a new tour in the studio commissary would increase profits.
On July 15, 1964, the modern tour was established to include a series of dressing room walk-throughs, peeks at actual production, and later, staged events. This grew over the years into a full-blown theme park.
The narrated tram tour (formerly "GlamorTrams") still runs through the studio's active backlot, but the staged events, stunt demonstrations and high-tech rides overshadow the motion-picture production that once lured fans to Universal Studios Hollywood.nnIn 1965, the War Lord Tower opened as one of the first attractions in the theme park.
This was followed by the opening of the Animal Actors' School Stage in 1970.
In 1974, the Rockslide staged event was added to the Studio Tour.
The following year The Land of a Thousand Faces opened on the Upper Lot.
In 1979, the Battle of Galactica replaced Rockslide as a staged event on the Studio Tour.nnThe Flintstones Show opened, replacing the Star Trek Adventure.
In 1996, Jurassic Park: The Ride opened.
In 1997, two shows were replaced: The Land Before Time show replaced Rocky and Bullwinkle Live; and Totally Nickelodeon replaced the Flintstones Show.
Just one year after it opened, the Land Before Time show was replaced with Coke Soak.
In 1999, T2 3-D: Battle Across Time and a Chicken Run Walkthrough opened on the upper lot.
Additionally, Beetlejuice's Rock and Roll Graveyard Revue was closed.nnIn 2000, the Rugrats Magic Adventure replaced Totally Nickelodeon.
In 2001, the Nickelodeon Blast Zone opened.
Also in 2001, Animal Planet Live replaced the Animal Actors' School Stage.
In 2002 replaced The Mummy Returns: Chamber of Doom.
The following year, Fear Factor Live replaced Spider-Man Rocks.
In 2007, Universal's House of Horrors opened, replacing Van Helsing: Fortress Dracula.
Both Lucy: A Tribute and Back to the Future: The Ride were closed, prior to being replaced in 2008 by the Simpsons Ride and the Universal Story Museum respectively.
Also in 2008, the Nickelodeon Blast Zone was rebranded to the Adventures of Curious George.
In 2009, Creature from the Black Lagoon: The Musical replaced Fear Factor Live in the Upper Lot.nnIn 2010, the Special Effects Stages and Backdraft attractions were closed to make way for Transformers: The Ride which was announced in 2008 (Special Effects Stages was moved to the former Creature From The Black Lagoon building and reopened as Special Effects Stage). King Kong 360 3-D also opened.
On May 24, 2012, Transformers: The Ride opened on the Lower Lot. On December 31, 2012, Universal Studios Hollywood closed T2 3-D: Battle Across Time for Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem, the attraction at Universal Studios Florida, which opened on April 12, 2014