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Universal Studios - San Francisco/Amity
Here is a guide to each area of Universal Studios with info on the rides, restaurants and shops in each “land”
The different areas consist of:
New YorkSan Francisco/Amity
San Francisco is the place to experience an 8.3 earthquake every 10 minutes. It is a highly themed recreation of Fisherman's Wharf.
Amity, where danger lurks around every corner. The fictional city of the famous film is once again being terrorized by JAWS, the killer great white Shark.AttractionsEarthquake – The BIG One
An experience in 4 parts - Movie Magic, Behind the Magic, How the Magic is Created, and finally the Earthquake.
Universal Express Available
EARTHQUAKE is based on the 1974 blockbuster film. This ride is broken down into 4 parts, the first part being "Movie Magic" in which the host talks about various movie effects and offers demonstrations. The host then picks people from the crowd to help in the 3rd part of the show "How the Magic is Created". Then you move on to "Behind the Magic" where you are shown various clips of Universal films such as Jurassic Park, Back to the Future, Twister, T2 and more. Charlton Heston reveals how the effects in EARTHQUAKE were created. Then you are shown various movie props; the small cityscape used in EARTHQUAKE, U571 Sub, The Grinch Sled, and E.T.'s UFO. The 3rd part of the show, "How Magic is Created", is the audience participation section using blue screen technology and stunts. The final part is the ride itself. You take the Bay Area Rapid Transit down to Embarcadero Square, when you get there you feel a slight tremor, and think nothing of it. Then the "Big One" hits... 8.3 on the Richter Scale, I’ll leave this part for you to experience for yourself.Jaws – The Ride
Jaws the shark attacks the boat in which you are riding
Be prepared to get wet
Universal Express Available
Welcome to Amity Island, before you get to the ride you travel through the small peaceful town of Amity. With its aroma of sea food and salt water, to its midway, shops and restaurants you no longer believe you are in a theme park but instead in this small town. Captain Jake welcomes you aboard the Amity Boat Tour where you will follow the sights of the famous scenes of the film JAWS. The trip starts off peaceful and serene until a mayday call is dispatched by another tour boat. As you round the lighthouse you see the remains of that tour boat but there are no survivors. The waters are not safe for long as JAWS appears off to the left. JAWS nearly tips the boat over as he goes under it. He then appears on the right side of the boat as the skipper fires a grenade launcher at him. You head for a boat house for safety……Fear Factor Live
Fear Factor stunt show preformed by regular park guests.
Park Guests perform 3 Stunts for prizes.
6 Non-Contestants can also compete in an eating challenge for prizes.
Kid's can join in the action as well, using devices to keep contestants from winning.
Fear Factor Live marks the first time a reality television show has been transformed into a theme park experience. It is also the first NBC television product to be fully integrated into Universal’s theme parks. Audience members will experience the thrill of the series in a way they could not before: live. In each show, park guests will compete against each other in a progression of extreme stunts. The stunts have been developed with help from Fear Factor’s creators and are designed to test the physical and emotional limits of each contestant. Imagine drinking a smoothie made of blended worms, crickets, sauerkraut, sardines, octopus and fish; or swinging high in the air on a harness while tossing slimy squid to a partner; or fishing with your bare hands through a tank of live eels; or having a bucket of squirming, slithering snakes dumped onto your head. Fear Factor Live contestants will do this and more. Members of the audience will play an interactive role by blasting contestants with water and air and controlling obstacles on stage. In addition, audience members can spin the “Wheel of Fear” and confront their own phobias. Not for the faint hearted or squeamish!!Beetlejuice Graveyard Revue
Monster-themed rock 'n roll show
Universal Express Available
Set on a 1930's looking stage Beetlejuice summons classic movie monsters... Frankenstein, Dracula, Wolfman and The Bride of Frankenstein to rock the house to modern classic Rock 'n' Roll tunes. This is a terrific show that should not be missed.Restaurants
Lombards Seafood Grille is a signature restaurant featuring full service dining and a complete menu as well as sandwiches and burgers.
Richter’s Burger Company is a fast food burger joint.
Chez Alcatraz offers seafood and wraps.
San Francisco Pastry Company has a good selection of pastries, salads, croissants and drinks.
Midway Grill sells burgers and hot dogs as well as a mean Philly steak sandwich.
Brody’s Ice Cream Parlour is self explanatory….
Boardwalk Funnel Cake Co for Funnel Cake. If you haven’t tried this before, give it a go but get it to share, far too much for one….
Captain Quint's Seafood and Chowder House Restaurant serves basket meals – mainly seafood, and drinks.Stores
Shaiken's Souvenirs - Pin trading station & Universal clothing.
Quint's Surf Shack - The latest in Surf Trends from Bathing Suits to Sunglasses.
San Francisco Candy Factory - Fresh confections, fudge, candy apples, gourmet cookies.
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Page added on: 27 September 2005
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