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Studio Tram Tour
featuring Catastrophe Canyon
The loading station for this attraction is
not a good sign of things to come: it is very exposed to the elements,
gives little cover for those waiting in line, and has no theme at all.
The handrails are bare metal, and the overhead steelwork is industrial
The trams are exact copies of those in
Florida, with a nice addition of a TV screen in the front of each car
showing the tour guide. (Universal Studios Hollywood was the first to do
this last year.) The English-speaking guide for the tour is none other
than Jeremy Irons, quality at last.
The problem with the tour is that there is
very little to see. You pass a number of unrecognizable props, a large
set from Dinotopa, then on to Catastrophe Canyon. Here we are treated to
what looks and feels like a slightly cut-down version of that found in
Florida. Even so, it's very good and gives a nice thrill.
The ride then continues on through a tunnel
alongside the costume department, where there is very little to see,
then past the tram load area again (nice to see the people in line), and
on to the last part of the tour, which is a set from the new film Reign
of Fire. Here, you find yourself in a London street that has been
attacked by a dragon. While the set looks excellent and the effects of
the flame from the dragon are quite good, it would have been nice if you
actually got to see the dragon. It's then back to the tram load station
for the next set of guests.
Across from the Tram Tour is a large area of
land set to hold a future attraction.
If you look very closely at the photos, you
can see the logo for the Hollywood Tower Hotel behind those gates.
In a couple of years, we should find the
Twilight Zone Tower of Terror here.
let's visit the realms of outer space...