Universal Studios Launches Nighttime Tours for 50th Anniversary

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The park is also set to open attractions based on 'Fast & Furious' and 'The Simpsons' later this year.

If guests at Universal Studios Hollywood think Norman Bates' home is creepy now, just wait until the lights go out. 

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the theme park is launching the Nighttime Studio Tour, giving visitors an after-dark look at 20 spots along its venerable Studio Tour path. Additionally, the tram's cars will be newly refurbished in 2016.

The ride will involve lighting and special effects that studios use in nighttime productions, allowing visitors to learn how daylight is created after the sun goes down.

Appearing in the Nighttime Studio Tour will be such iconic Universal figures as Frankenstein, Marilyn Monroe and yes, even the Psycho madman himself. 

The new tram ride is just one facet of the park's anniversary celebration. This summer, the park — which opened in July 1964 — launches the Fast & Furious-Supercharged ride, based on the successful racing-film franchise. This year also sees the opening of the Springfield experience, centered on The Simpsons Ride. In 2016, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter arrives. 

"We are reimagining over 75 percent of our destination as we build upon our incredible success and expand our vision for the future, and we look forward to entertaining and inspiring guests for generations to come with what will ultimately be an entirely new theme park experience," said Universal Studios president Larry Kurzweil.

The Nighttime Studio Tour runs every weekend from July 4 until Labor Day.

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