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LA's Big Summer Sleepover: Universal Studios

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LOS ANGELES (CBS 8) - No big summer sleepover would be complete without spending a day at an amazing attraction that puts you right in the movies. Universal Studios Hollywood is a 3-D, star-studded, interactive tribute to the big screen. So buckle up, you're in for a wild, magical ride.

When it comes to spending a day at Universal Studios Hollywood, getting there is half the fun. City Loft offers an eye-popping array of shopping, dining and entertainment experiences. It's the grandiose gateway to a star attraction that combines classic Hollywood with cutting edge technology. The red carpet welcomes you to a global adventure.

One of the best ways to see Universal Studios Hollywood is on wheels for the behind-the-scenes tour, or you can just travel on foot and see all the major attractions.

The tram features some real star power. Former "Saturday Night Live" cast member and current late night talk show host Jimmy Fallon is your tour guide.

Jimmy is the new video host on the HD monitors located in the tram cars, which take you on a private and sometimes perilous journey through Universal Studios back lots. Here, you can almost reach out and touch the New York skyline, even if it's only made of plastic sheets.

The highlight of the tour is an intense 360-degree 3D virtual visit from a honked off King Kong as he goes postal on a couple of prehistoric pests right on top of your tram. Unforgettable is an understatement.

On the behind-the-scenes tour, cars spin, streets flood and suddenly you find yourself in the subway just as an earthquake hits. And of course no trip here would be complete without an up close and personal visit from Jaws. And there's a campy salute to classic Hollywood as you roll by the Bates Motel, just as Norman Bates drops a body in the trunk and notices that you are now a witness to the crime.

Nothing is quite as jaw-dropping and realistic as Steven Spielberg's spot-on recreation of a jet airliner crash that he staged for "War of the Worlds".

Meanwhile, inside the park guests still flock to interface with Springfield's most delightfully dysfunctional family, the Simpsons. Any day at Universal Studios seems like a family reunion.

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