Academy award winner Jordan Peele’s highly anticipated sci-fi horror film NOPE debuted this summer. Nope is the story of Hayward Horse Ranch who are targeted by an extraterrestrial who doesn’t think twice about gobbling up everything that looks up at it. The film was mostly shot in Aqua Dulce, Santa Clarita, CA and Jupiter’s Claim is an integral location in the film. It’s only fitting that the amusement park from the film now calls Universal Studios Hollywood it’s new home.
Jupiter’s Claim is the creation of production designer Ruth DeJong who built the elaborate set for the film. In the film, the theme park is owned Ricky ‘Jupe’ Park, a former child actor who has a mysterious interest in buying horses from Hayword Ranch. The set is so creepy yet cool and it’s awesome that Jupiter’s Claim is now a permanent location on the Universal Studio Tour. It was disassembled after filming and reassembled at Universal to coincide with the release date. Seeing the set in-person was really exciting after screening the film.
If you are unfamiliar with the film, then the Jupiter’s Claim stop on the tour is definitely a mystery and a fun feature but if you are a fan of the film then you’ll love it when the larger-than-life Ricky Park balloon and the inflatable air dancers come into view! The studio tour makes a stop and simulates the sounds and vibrations of when the alien creature moves in for the kill ! Do you want to look up?? NOPE!
Check out photos from my visit! This is a must-see if you loved NOPE and I really hope Jupiter’s Claim is a part of this year’s Horror Night! A creepy carnival would be perfect for a maze!
What’s your favorite part of the Studio Tour?
Visit for ticket information, attraction details and more!