Sunday, April 29, 2012

Visit to Disney and Universal Studios

Doug and I flew into Anaheim a few days before WonderCon started Friday, March 16 so we'd have time to visit Disneyland; we enjoyed beautiful weather while checking out the promenade shops, open-air cafes and entertainment at the Downtown Disney District.

After WonderCon closed Sunday, March 18, Doug and I visited Universal Studios - celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. It's the oldest American movie studio, with a 415-acre movie lot, that's still in continuous production; the next oldest is Paramount Pictures.

Universal "rolls out" the red carpet for visitors!

Doug got a chance to chat with an impersonator for Lucille Ball, the queen of comedy.

"Jaws" is one of several movie icons featured at Universal.

On our way to the studio tour, with comedian Jimmy Fallon the video host, we stopped for a photo op at a replica of the famous Hollywood sign, erected in 1923. Today's letters are 45' tall and cover 350' in length.

The tram slowed down so we could take pictures of the cars featured in "Back to the Future."

Only in the movies: we paused at a recreation of the crash site from "War of the Worlds" directed by Steven Spielberg; Norman Bates' "Psycho" house is in the background.

Doug couldn't resist a chat with Marilyn!

While waiting for the show featuring Universal's Animal Actors, I had a photo op with Jonas.

Kevin Costner's 1995 "Waterworld," a post-apocalyptic science fiction film, is a popular attraction with visitors to Universal Studios despite being nominated for four Razzie Awards and achieving only moderate success at the box office.

The fountain inside the main gates at Universal Studios pays tribute to the men and women of the film industry.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

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