Have you ever toured the back lot of Universal Studios? It is the most amazing, eye opening experience in Hollywood. Think about it, you get to go behind-the-scenes of the most famous backlot in the world’s largest working movie studio. Driving through 13 city blocks on four acres of historic studio lot in the largest set construction project in studio history, built with creative advice from Steven Spielberg himself. You can explore exterior sets used in some of the most popular films and television shows such as a drive through Wisteria Lane from hit series Desperate Housewives.
The set of the original Jaws (that movie still scares). And the eerie plane crash from War of the Worlds (I found it very disturbing).
It was cool coming face-to-face with the legendary Bates Motel from Psycho. Many check in, but few check out. Dun Dun Duuuun.
You also get to explore the property warehouse where millions of items, including are old brick cell phones, Dinosaur and Marilyn Monroe statues, are kept and rented for movies.
My favorite part of the studio tour was the Edith Dead, costume department. Just as the legendary costume designer, Edith Head once said, “You can have anything you want if you dress for it.” And trust me, anything you wanted and anything you could have dreamed of was in the 4 floors filled with costumes and clothes worn by actors. I was in DressJess paradise and could have spent all day dressing up and traveling back in time with bellbottoms from the 60’s to the future with robotic metallic attire.
Looking back it was fabulous day but what made the entire tour so special was our tour guide, Percy. His passion and love for the movie industry and his appreciation for being invited to work on the Universal Studios Lot is contagious. He is my new bestie. Love him.