The Simpsons at Universal.
Spent our last day on holiday at Universal Studios. Our hotel is right near a metro station that takes you directly there, so for $2.50 return each, we had a terrific day (plus the enormous entrance fee!). A shuttle bus takes you up the hill from the metro station, and once you get in, it's movie and TV heaven. Our first stop was Krustyland for The Simpsons stuff. Had to wait quite a while for the ride, and although it was one of those motion things and you know you're not really flying through space, we kept our eyes shut most of the time in order to keep our breakfast in our tummies! After a quick look at Moe's and the KwikEMart, we took the escalator down to the lower lot to see the Backdraft set and ride on the Jurassic Park water boat - had a big drop at the end, and Noel got soaked (dried off pretty quickly though).
The end of the Jurassic Park ride - we were in the front row, so Noel got soaked.
The Mummy roller-coaster is also down here, but neither of us thought we could manage that, so went back up the stairs to the top lot. We visited the Shrek 4-D adventure and saw Dora the Explorer, got attacked by robots in Terminator 2 and saw a show with various animal movie stars. The Waterworld show was quite good, and luckily we kept dry because we were sitting up the back. As we gave two minutes at the entrance to do a quick survey, we got a front of line pass for the Studio Tour, which saved about an hour of queuing - it also means you get on the front bus, which isn't so good. Prime seats are middle coach, left hand side for the best views. The tour tooks us past the sound stages for shows like CSI and Three and Half Men, out into the western set and where they were filming stuff for The Ghost Whisperer.
The set from the final scene of Backdraft.
A bit disappointed that when we went past the Jaws set, the shark doesn't come out and bit you - he must be at the dentist or something. Went through a subway set for an earthquake scene, drove along Wisteria Lane and through the street set for the plane crash scene in Tom Cruise's War of the Worlds. Got chased by Anthony Perkins at the Bates Hotel (although, the actor bore a striking resemblance to our GP back in Kyneton!). Had an extremely expensive hot dog for lunch and bought some things for our niece and nephew, then caught the metro back to the hotel where our bags were in storage for tonight's flight back to Australia. Universal was great fun and although expensive, is definitely worth a visit. We caught the Super Shuttle back to the airport and had a shower in the Qantas lounge to freshen up. Our flight left a bit late, but was incident-free (thank goodness!) and arrived in Melbourne on time. Wonderful to see Melissa's parents again, and be back on Aussie soil. Hard to believe our trip is over, but also great to be home.