31 Universal Studios Secrets That May Blow You Away

Who can resist the allure of a great theme park and the chance to tour the largest working movie studio in the world all in one fun-filled stop? Whether you’re up for a ride on the world’s most expensive theme park ride or want to cruise down Wisteria Lane from Desperate Housewives, consider hitting up Universal Studios Hollywood on your next vacation. This list will give you some cool tips for maximizing the fun on your trip with a collection of Universal Studios secrets and little known facts.

We're about to take you behind the scenes of both the studio and the theme park to give you a sneak peak at some cool old stories and facts that have faded into little known theme park lore over the years. We’ll offer you cool insights into everything from why your guide on the studio tour may not be allowed to point out certain actresses to the name of the mechanical shark in Jaws Lake. We’ll also explore things you may see along the tour that aren't often pointed out, such as which sound stage on the lot is rumored to be haunted by a famous old Hollywood actor. 

This nifty list of Universal Studios secrets and tips will also give you some helpful info for avoiding everything from long ride lines to being excessively creeped out by Norman Bates at the Psycho House. From the fun to the freaky, this fun collection of little known facts about Universal Studios LA are guaranteed to make you the most interesting guy or gal in the that ridiculously long line for the Simpsons ride. 
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    Founder Carl Leammle Accidently Flooded Universal's Grand Opening

    Founder Carl Leammle Accidently Flooded Universal's Grand Opening
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    In 1915, Mr. Leammle held a huge grand opening of Universal Studios, which was attended by thousands of guests including Thomas Edison and Buffalo Bill Cody. As part of the event, he staged a simulated flash flood which went completely awry and ended up flooding parts of the lot and soaking many of the guests.
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    The Original King Kong Was Accidentally Burned Down by Workers Re-tarring the Roof of the Attraction

    The Original King Kong Was Accidentally Burned Down by Workers Re-tarring the Roof of the Attraction
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    Classic Kong has since been replaced with the new King Kong 360-3D, which was designed by Peter Jackson and his team. However, a few of Classic Kong's ashes were collected at the time of his "demise" and put into a large urn, which remains in the Studio Tour Guide break room to this day.
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    Right After You Come out of Jaws Lake on the Studio Tour, Look to Your Left to See a Hidden Street

    Right After You Come out of Jaws Lake on the Studio Tour, Look to Your Left to See a Hidden Street
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    As you pass a house that your tour guide will point out as the "chicken ranch," look over to your left and you'll see a street called "Elm Street" which the tram isn't able to go down because it's too narrow to turn around on. Universal bought the houses along the street for $1 when the city needed to clear the space where they originally sat to build Dodger stadium.

    They've since been used in movies like To Kill A Mockingbird, The Hulk, and Hancock, and on TV shows like The Ghost Whisperer and Monk.

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    The Plane Wreckage on the War of the Worlds Set Was Created by Destroying an Actual 747

    The Plane Wreckage on the War of the Worlds Set Was Created by Destroying an Actual 747
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    The airplane was an old 747 that had recently been retired. Most of its parts had to be shipped to Universal late at night on the backs of large trucks, except for the tail piece. It was so big, that it had to be flown in with helicopters.