Finishing out the lower lot is Revenge of the Mummy.
Although the ride exists in three different Universal parks, none of them follow the same storyline or layout. Considering what a hot mess the plot in Orlando’s version is, I was definitely interested in seeing a different interpretation (Hollywood’s version apparently does not contain the “Brendan Frasier needs his coffee” subplot).
Mummy themed characters wander the area around the attraction.
Oh, crap. The ride is down. We’ll goof around for a bit and try again.
We popped into the NBCUniversal Experience attraction, which is essentially a collection of various props and costumes from Universal productions. Obviously one of the heavy hitters here is one of the Back to the Future Deloreans.
But I was actually delighted to see some of the stop motion characters from Coraline represented. The level of detail that goes into productions like this isn’t praised enough.
They have some television stuff as well, like this tombstone from a dream sequence in 30 Rock. While this is interesting, we were getting a little burned out on looking at movie props. We decided to grab lunch while waiting on Mummy to reopen.
Well, we purchased food like items from the Jurassic Café, but I sure as hell won’t call this lunch. I got a burger and Karen got a veggie wrap. Neither were remotely edible. I would dare say it was the nastiest theme park food we’ve ever had. Just in case you need me to qualify that, let me point out that we’ve been to the International Food and Film Festival at Universal Orlando so we know gross park food.
I should point out that the restaurant itself was also fairly disgusting. It was too early in the day for this place to be as trashy as it was. We were already feeling a little ripped off by the park, so this experience wasn’t improving matters at all.
Revenge of the Mummy still wasn’t up, so we headed back up the Escalator from Hell to the Upper Lot to see what we could find. While we didn’t really want to ride the Simpsons Ride, we wanted to at least pretend like we were getting our money’s worth out of these Express Passes. It’s the same ride as Florida, so nothing exciting there.
I actually though this was going to be the new Harry Potter area, but apparently they tore down the Universal Amphitheatre to make space.
Hey, remember when they made two live action movies out of The Flintstones? Yeah, I’ve spent years trying to forget about that too. Thanks for the painful reminder.
I know I’m being negative about this place (and don’t worry, it’s going to get worse), but I want to break that pattern and praise the hell out of the House of Horrors. This is a great walkthrough attraction that feels very much like a permanent Halloween Horror Nights attraction. If this is any indication, I bet HHN here is absolutely amazing.
You pass through some great horror movie props as you walk the queue, including this great gory piece from John Carpenter’s The Thing.
We both really liked this attraction, so it makes perfect sense that Universal has closed it and the Blues Brothers venue so they could expand out the Universal Studios Store. Because selling shirts and plush is far more important than actual attractions, right?
Waterworld: A Live Sea War Spectacular is a 15 minute long stunt show. It’s supposed to be pretty impressive, but at this point in the day we just couldn’t possibly care less.
We just wanted to do the damn Studio tour and get the hell out of here.
The roots of the entire park can probably be traced back to the original studio tours. Originally, people just sat in bleachers and watched productions. The trams were introduced in 1964, and they’ve been using them ever since.
But as we’ve already established back on the Sony tour, there’s nothing remotely interesting about the outside of closed soundstages, so let’s move it along.