Universal Studios California

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The History

  • 1912: Carl Laemmle founds Universal Pictures in Chicago. Read More on Carl Laemmle Universal Pictures
  • 1914: Laemmle purchases a 230-acre ranch in the San Fernando Valley and establishes Universal City, the world’s first film studio created expressly for the production of feature-length films. Universal City, San Fernando Valley
  • 1915: Universal Studios opens to the public for a fee of 25 cents, which includes a chicken boxed lunch.
  • 1961: Universal Studios reopens to the public with a new studio tour, operated by Gray Line bus company. Universal Studios Hollywood Universal Studios Hollywood studio tour.
  • 1964: Universal Studios Hollywood opens its own tram tour, which includes a behind-the-scenes look at the studio’s backlot and sound stages.
  • 1970s: Universal Studios Hollywood begins to add more rides and attractions, including the Earthquake: The Big One simulator ride and the Jaws water ride.
  • 1990s: Universal Studios Hollywood opens several new themed areas, including the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, The Simpsons Ride, and Despicable Me Minion Mayhem. Read More. Wizarding World of Harry Potter Universal Studios Hollywood
  • 2000s: Universal Studios Hollywood continues to add new rides and attractions, including the Transformers: The Ride-3D and the Revenge of the Mummy.
  • 2010s: Universal Studios Hollywood opens several new attractions, including the Fast & Furious: Supercharged and the Jurassic World: The Ride. Learn More. Fast & Furious: Supercharged Universal Studios Hollywood.

Universal Studios Hollywood is one of the most popular theme parks in the world, attracting over 10 million visitors annually.


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