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Trip Start Jan 03, 2013
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Trip End Jan 20, 2013


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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Where to start? had an absolutely amazing day, got to Universal just before opening, and there was a stand offering V.I.P tours, after talking to the girl about this, we decided why not? We were ahead on our budget, so thought we would spoil ourselves, and besides it sounded just too good. Started the day by being taken to the V.I.P lounge, where we had a continental breakfast, then off with our guide Donna who was exceptionally good, to the backlots, where first stop was the set of parenthood. We got to walk through and see how it's all done which was really interesting. We then were taken to the set building area, where they make everything from buildings to trains, the guy was there who built the train in back to the future, as well as anything else they may need, like fire hydrants, sewer covers etc which are made of foam. Then off to the prop department which covered 3 floors of a massive warehouse building, and that was only a fraction of it, there is more stored offsite. Then off on our little blue trolley car to view the rest of the backlot, seeing where outside filming was done, actually saw them shooting something for a picture spread. Was good we actually got to get out and walk about the backlot which most people don't get to do. Went through King Kong which was surround 3d, then off to Amity to see Jaws, and also saw Norman Bates. Then a few rides, with escorted front of the line access, made it so much better than standing in line for an hour, then lunch. Included lunch was a buffet style affair, but not your normal buffet, it was in an exclusive restaurant reserved for V.I.P access, with a delicious array of mouthwatering foods and desserts that you would expect in a top restaurant, cooked by a chef, a full assortment of vegetables, chicken, seafood, Osso bucco, turkey, so many desserts that i think i put on weight just looking at them. Had a leisurely hour there, then Donna came and met us for the second half of the day, more rides and shows with reserved seating, well worth the extra cost, it made the day!!! Before we knew it was 5pm and time to get picked up for the trip back to our hotel, a very enjoyable day for our last day in L.A. Now to pack for an early morning pickup, 6:25am! for our flight to Honolulu, can't believe we only have 4 more days, but it also feels like we've been gone for months, we have done so much.
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