Nocturnal Peek of the Iconic Studio Backlot, in 2015
In 2015, visitors will have the unique opportunity to traverse historic soundstages and famous film sets from Hollywood’s most memorable films as they are suffused with spectacular theatrical lighting.
“The Studio Tour has been our signature attraction for the past 50 years, taking millions of guests from around world on exciting behind-the-scenes excursions of an authentic movie and television studio,” said Larry Kurzweil, President of Universal Studios Hollywood. “In celebration of Universal Studios Hollywood 50th anniversary, the ‘Nighttime Studio Tour’ will complement the popular daytime experience as we continue to create unparalleled opportunities that showcase the various dimensions of Hollywood movie making magic for our guests.”
Twenty-one locations along the famed Studio Tour route will be engineered with practical lighting, to create an array of luminous onset lighting effects used in nighttime production shoots. Lampposts and theatre marquees will also be illuminated to help cast a Hollywood glow on iconic sets as expert Studio Tour guides enlighten guests with Hollywood secrets and tricks of the world’s most glamorous trade, including how filmmakers create the effect of darkness during the bright light of day.
The “Nighttime Studio Tour” will traverse guests along the familiar world-famous backlot that guests experience by day with the addition of set lighting. Visits under the Klieg lights will include New York Street and the filming location for such movies as “Transformers” and “The Sting,” Courthouse Square, made famous in “Back to the Future” and “To Kill A Mockingbird,” the cobblestone streets of Little Europe where such favorites as “The Pink Panther” and “Pirates of the Caribbean,” were filmed, and Six Points Texas, home to Hollywood’s greatest Western films.
The “Nighttime Studio Tour” excursion will also include an eerie visit to the “Psycho House” and the Bates Motel from Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller. Court of Miracles will seem haunted by the spirit of “Dracula,” “Frankenstein” and “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” while “Who-ville,” the original sets featured in “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” will radiate with twinkling holiday lights.
The nighttime experience will also include Universal Studios Hollywood new Studio Tour mega-attraction, “Fast & Furious: Supercharged,” debuting in Summer 2015. This adrenaline-fueled adventure will send Studio Tour guest – by day and night – on an exhilarating, high speed, 3D-HD thrill ride inspired by Universal Pictures’ most successful film franchise of all time and featuring the film’s original cast members.
The dynamic hydraulic-motion based ride will tell an original “Fast & Furious” story that fuses sophisticated hyper-realistic special effects with a state-of-the-art 3D audio system and 3D-HD imagery projected onto the world’s longest and most expansive 360-degree screen. Spanning nearly 400 feet in length to encircle Studio Tour guests within a newly constructed 50,000 square foot structure on the legendary backlot, the sprawling custom built screen will employ 18, 4K projectors and a never-before-used front projection system to fully envelope guests in unprecedented realism.
Universal Studios Hollywood SM, The Entertainment Capital of L.A.SM, includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour; the CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex, the Universal CityWalk Cinemas and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue. World-class rides and attractions include the intense, award-winning ride, “King Kong 360 3-D” on the famed behind-the-scenes Studio Tour, the critically-acclaimed mega-attraction, “Transformers™: The Ride-3D,” “The Simpsons RideTM,” “Revenge of the MummySM—The Ride,” “Jurassic Park® —The Ride,” and the 3D Ultra-HD movie motion-simulator adventure, “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem,” opening Spring 2014.