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Re: Universal Studios Hollywood (USH) Discussion Thread

Postby storms555 » Fri Dec 16, 2016 2:37 pm

ytterbiumanalyst wrote:I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that no one did. Might be because I'm psychic, might be because they're fictional characters. Take your pick.

Some people may have seen Jim Parsons and Mayim Bialik, though. ;)


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Postby TopThrill182 » Mon Jan 02, 2017 4:03 pm

What a mess! I have a feeling there will be a lot of angry USH customers by the day's end (if not already).

I went to CityWalk early this morning to see a movie. At ~10:30am, the digital sign at the Lankershim entrance indicated the park was sold out. The line of people waiting to get into the park stretched back into CityWalk.

When I exited the theatre at ~1:30pm, I walked by the park's front gate to hear that the park was at capacity. Except for re-entry guests, no one was being allowed in--including people with pre-purchased tickets. The entrance plaza was full of frustrated would-be guests.

Walking down the hill back to Lankershim, mobile digital signs alerted drivers that parking was also at capacity. It appeared cars were being diverted directly to the Cahuenga exit. Still, the line of cars hoping to park filled all three lanes of Universal Hollywood Drive and backed up Lankershim in both directions.

And apparently some people didn't get or accept the "at capacity" message now displayed on the Lankershim billboard because a huge flood of people were walking up the hill to the park.

It appeared the park had to deployed extra personnel in various locations to communicate and discuss refunds (for both tickets and parking) with guests; however, I thought some of the employees sounded a bit gruff/uncaring talking with guests, and the park seemed completely overwhelmed.

It's nice to see the park do good business, but i hate to think of all the families turned away today and potential PR problems for the park moving forward. Hopefully the park can find a way to avoid this situation moving forward--either by working to encourage more people to visit during off-peak times or further increasing the park's capacity.

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Looking down Universal Hollywood Drive
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Looking up Universal Hollywood Drive
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Line of cars stretching down Lankershim

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Re: Universal Studios Hollywood (USH) Discussion Thread

Postby Arthur_Seaton » Mon Jan 02, 2017 7:04 pm

Wow! I know the week following Christmas is the week to steer clear of theme parks around here, but I figured it'd be over now. Some schools start back up again next week, so maybe people are trying to get their visits in? I went to Universal twice last year and both times it was absolutely packed (once was for Halloween Horror though), but they still managed to run everything well and keep the crowds moving. Still, it's a pretty small space and can feel claustrophobic very easy. I would hate to be there on a sold-out day.

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Postby DirkFunk » Wed Jan 04, 2017 6:57 pm

Arthur_Seaton wrote:Wow! I know the week following Christmas is the week to steer clear of theme parks around here, but I figured it'd be over now. Some schools start back up again next week, so maybe people are trying to get their visits in? I went to Universal twice last year and both times it was absolutely packed (once was for Halloween Horror though), but they still managed to run everything well and keep the crowds moving. Still, it's a pretty small space and can feel claustrophobic very easy. I would hate to be there on a sold-out day.


The limited number of attractions is also a problem. I was told that they did 40K+ the 1st and 2nd with 4 hour waits for Potter. That's a crazy, crazy number for that place and I imagine it being impossible to enjoy. But hey, if you wait that long to get in with all those signs without turning around, you know what you're getting into.

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Postby Arthur_Seaton » Thu Jan 05, 2017 12:05 am

DirkFunk wrote:The limited number of attractions is also a problem. I was told that they did 40K+ the 1st and 2nd with 4 hour waits for Potter. That's a crazy, crazy number for that place and I imagine it being impossible to enjoy. But hey, if you wait that long to get in with all those signs without turning around, you know what you're getting into.

Yeah, it's not a good spot to be at when it's ever a fraction of that size of a crowd. While they're usually quite efficient at running the rides, it can be very draining spending so much time in lines. A four-hour line for Potter must have stretched way, way out of the building. The longest line I've ever experienced on that ride started just past the fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo, and I think that was about 90 mins or so.

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Re: Universal Studios Hollywood (USH) Discussion Thread

Postby Jew » Thu Jan 05, 2017 1:07 am

I've been at Disneyland on days where it took 45 minutes to walk down main street (sell out crowd+firework waiting+narrow walkways=BAD combination). Not sure what the big deal about this is.

If someone spent the whole day in the park, when the sun went down (along with the temps...), it cleared out quite well by 7PM. Rides were practically walkups in that final hour they added on to the park hours.
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Re: Universal Studios Hollywood (USH) Discussion Thread

Postby Shark » Sun Jan 15, 2017 2:36 am

Looking at staying near by USH in May, any hotel recommendation? I will me coming from Magic Mountain. Will only need one night's accommodation. Looking for something for a decent price and not too far from USH.

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Re: Universal Studios Hollywood (USH) Discussion Thread

Postby DBJ » Sun Jan 15, 2017 8:19 pm

The is the Nite Inn, which is close, and Tilt, which is nearby. In studio city, which is close by, there is Studio City Courtyard - cheapest -Mikado, Sportmen's Lodge, Comfort Inn (N. Hollywood). Also, the Hilton is next door, but next door so the price might be worth it.

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