Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios Hollywood is located to the north of downtown Los Angels. It takes about half an hour from Artesia to drive there without traffic jam. It’s maybe the only place of interest nearby so we went there last Saturday.

 

好莱坞影城位于洛杉矶市中心北边。如果不堵车的话,从阿提夏到那里大概半个小时的车程。这是附近仅有的好玩的地方了,上个周六我们去玩了一下。

 

We arrived there before 10am, and it was still very early because most of the shops were still closed, but it was a good time for the tour since the sunshine was still mild (by the way, California Sunshine is not as beautiful as described in the song, and it is too strong during the day and I have got too much tan already) and we had a full day to catch as many shows as possible and no need to waste time in the long queues.

 

我们到那里的时候不到10点,比较早,大多数店铺还没有开门,但是这是旅游的比较好的时间点,因为太阳还没有那么晒(顺便说一下,加州的阳光一点也不像歌里唱的那么好,太强烈,俺已经被晒得更黑了),而且也有充足的时间来玩并且不用排很久的队。

 

The park consists of two lots, the upper lot and the lower lot, which are connected by immense series of elevators. There are a lot of shows during the day (http://www.universalstudioshollywood.com/) and we got through each one of them 😉 As a whole, it is worth the time. Like most of the parks, the activities, such as Jurassic Park River Adventure and ride revenge of the Mummy, are similar everywhere from Disneyland in Orlando to Ocean Park in Hong Kong, and even to the Dream World in Bangkok. In spite of the seeming triteness, the activities are still absolutely fascinating and stimulating. Maybe that is why the second trip is worthwhile. However, as a theme park, it has something special: it explains the techniques and tricks behind movie making (like special effect stages); it also offers a long studio tour to explain which house was for which movie, and which location was imitating which part of the world, etc. (to be honest, this part is a little boring).

 

影城分为上下两部分,中间用很长很长的电梯连接。每一天都有很多节目(http://www.universalstudioshollywood.com/),我们玩了每一个节目,嘿嘿。总的来说,还是值得一玩。作为一个公园,很多节目和别的地方差不多,比如奥兰多的迪斯尼乐园,香港的海洋公园,曼谷的梦幻世界。但是这并不意味着节目不好玩。或许正是因为很好玩很刺激,所以才值得来两次吧。然而,作为一个主题公园,该影城又有所不同,它介绍了电影制作背后的花招和技术,也提供了为时很久的影城游览,介绍哪座房子是拍哪个电影用的,哪个地方又是模仿世界的其他什么地方等等(说实话,该节目有些无聊)。

 

When we finished all the shows, it was about 5pm already. Oh, by the way, there is no restaurants inside the park, and only several fast food shops. In the noon, we were pretty hungry, and without any other choice, we could only use chicken to fill up stomach, and that was the first time I ate junk food here. 

 

当我们玩得差不多的时候,已经下午5点了。对了,顺便提一下,影城里没有饭店,只有快餐。中午的时候,很饿,无奈之下,只好拿鸡腿果腹,这还是俺到这里来之后第一次吃垃圾食品。

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