I’ve visited this park many times and with the opening of their new attraction, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, it has attracted a long of attention. the amusement park I’m talking about is none other than Universal Studios. This park is most often marketed as an amusement park for the general public, and people tend to forget how it all started (and remains) because of the film industry.
Universal Studios has offered tours all the way back to 1915, yet these were canceled once sound films came to Hollywood in the 1930’s. However, once Music Corporation of America purchased Universal Studios, they realized that reopening tours could be an easy profit. In 1964, Universal Studios was opened as a theme park and has been slowly adding to its repertoire. The park slowly grew adding rides and attractions from various big name movies such as the Flintstones, Jaws, King Kong, and Rugrats. However, even with all of the added attractions, the main tram tour still exists and runs to this day. Even the rockslide effect added in 1974 still remains an active portion of the tour.
Universal Studios functions as a way to bring the film industry and the general public together. It allows the public to see, and hopefully understand, some of the effort and work that goes into making the movies that everyone knows and loves. Being based in Hollywood, it is an important park, as well as an important active studio. Universal provides a way for the film industry and you and I to become interconnected with film and to therefore care a little more about all the movies that come out. Granted, the amusement side of the park has overshadowed the film side, yet all of the attractions are still based around film.