One of my fondest and carefree moments as a child was cruising through Universal City with my father. Although we rarely went to the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park, I would get excited because the mountains and scenery always seemed to captivate me. Just the thought of this city alone reminds me of life before bills and responsibilities. How I miss those days as a kid in California!
Universal City is an unincorporated area within the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles County. The city was founded in 1912 by Carl Laemmle. The original Universal city was called Oak Crest Ranch which was also a small studio. In 1914, Laemmle moved operations from Oak Crest Ranch to Taylor Ranch on Lankershim Boulevard. Universal City officially opened that same year. However, Laemmle was forced to end his studio tours in the 1920’s. Universal City started bringing in tourists again on July 15, 1964 with the opening of the Universal Studios Hollywood Theme Park.
As a kid, I couldn’t afford to really go to the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park so I would go to Universal City Walk. The City Walk is an expansion of the theme park and serves as the entrance plaza. This used to be the hangout spot growing up. City Walk is a three-block entertainment hub that has everything for the entire family. You can catch a movie at Universal Cinema. You can also enjoy live music performances, grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants, go bar hopping or get souvenirs at one of the many gift shops.
At the age of 13, I promised myself that once I have a family of my own, I would take them To Universal Studios Hollywood theme park so they wouldn’t have to just experience City Walk. In April of 2016, I followed up on that promise and took my family to an unforgettable trip to Universal Studios Hollywood.
Upon entering the theme park, I turned to a kid again. I took my family to The Simpsons based section of the theme park called Krustyland. We all had an amazing time on The Simpsons Ride. This indoor animated stimulation ride makes you feel like you are actually in the cartoon! We were on a roller-coaster one minute and then at Mr. Burns’ Power Plant the next minute. This is must see for all Simpsons fans! My oldest daughter even bought a huge donut from Lard Lad Donuts which is based on The Simpsons’ donut shop. That had to be the best donut that I’ve ever tasted in my life. I totally forgot I was an adult while in Krustyland.
While at Universal City, I realized that no matter how old I get, I will remain a kid at heart. As I looked over the hills of Universal City, I am grateful to have fulfilled my promise to myself while making precious memories with my amazing family.
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