The Studio Tour is the signature attraction, as the park is a working studio this lengthy tour takes you to both historical and current sets with an entertaining tour guide/tram driver leading the way. Revenge of the Mummy is the only major coaster but not the only can't miss ride. Don't forget about Jurassic Park The Ride, Transformers, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey or the Simpson Ride.
Pizza, pasta, salads, chicken, burgers, hot dogs, Mexican, Chinese and BBQ options exist in the park.
The hot dogs served at the park are not standard as you can partake in two Los Angeles tradition with a choice of either Dodger Dogs or Pink's. Franchisees can be found with Pizza Hut, El Pollo Loco and Panda Express locations in the park.
For heavy eaters, Universal offers an "All You Can Eat Pass"
If that's not enough choice Universal CityWalk right outside the park has more options.
Open year round.
Established Seasonal events
Halloween Horror Night was for years considered the gold standard of theme park Halloween events, and still delivers. This is a separately ticketed event with scare zones and walk through houses.
Holiday season brings lighting and character overlays in the form of as Grinchmas and Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Access & Location
The following website outlines how to get to the park by car, via the Metro and links to Los Angeles Bus Maps. There is also information on hotels in Los Angeles and Anaheim that partner with Universal offering free shuttle bus service.
Since you are in Los Angeles there are literally hundreds of lodging options
Universal's two on-site hotels (The Sheraton Universal and The Hilton Universal City) both offer complimentary shuttle bus service to the park..
Virtual Queue Options
A limited number of Front of Line Passes are available each day. Of course Front of Line Passes get you to the front of the line but they are also good for priority seating at the shows and behinds the scenes benefits to Waterworld, Animal Actors and Terminator 3D.
Shows are a strong suit of Universal. Waterworld is the park's long running stunt spectacular based on the movie of the same name. The show is entertaining for all age groups. Universal's Animal Actors is a must see for any family with children and pet lovers alike. The Special Effects Stage shows you the behind the scenes aspects of make-up, computer generated effect, 3D, stop action, blue screen and many other Hollywood staples.
Universal Studios Hollywood is a movie studio first and a theme park second. You can get a feel for true Hollywood production on its signature Studio Tour, which is a must see for any visit and the most popular attraction in the park. The park has a very compact feel, however. It is separated into two sections (the lower and upper lot) serviced by very large escalator that can increase travel times, so plan your day wisely. Visit during a weekday to increase your chances of seeing actual filming taking place and make sure to check the production board at the entrance. Food is decent although limited inside the park with much better food selections in the adjacent Citywalk. Unless you visit during a peak time, the park can be seen in about six hours--but keep a full day available to explore the Citywalk entertainment district afterwards. Live entertainment is a also a strength of this park--make sure you get to its signature shows early for good seats. The park now incorporates the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
I highly recommend doing the vip tour as you get free lunch and front of the line passes and a tour guide. The back lot tour was awesome and you can get out of the tour bus and wander around. The little 3d movies were a bit scary but the King Kong one was the best.
The shows were really cool with water world being the best and most important
the rides were great. The violence was the only way to do it and it was worth every cent. Thanks Universal studios
For years I had wanted to visit the park for one thing and one thing only, the Studio Backlot Tour. The day finally game and I was in heaven. Sure, the SoCal folks may think I'm crazy, but being able to see where the Hollywood blockbusters or flops are filmed was a dream come true.
Besides the tour the other major attraction at the park is Mummy and it's certainly worth several rides.
While you won't get high speed thrills, you will get an experience that you can't find anywhere else.
Having been to Universal Studios Hollywood twice now, I can definitely say that no trip to Southern California would be complete without a trip to Universal Studios, if not for the Studio Tram Tour alone. Although there are plenty of other interesting attractions and shows, I would highly recommend Universal Studios Hollywood if only for the World Famous Tram Tour. With the addition of King Kong 360 3D, it's a must-see attraction.
Other must-see attractions include The Simpsons Ride, Shrek 4D, Terminator 2: 3D, WaterWorld, Jurassic Park, and the Special Effects Stage Show.
Unlike Universal Florida, Universal Hollywood is not really a theme park. There is a theme park section, but it only contains a few rides and is primarily dominated by shows. The true highlight of this park is the tram tour, which allows visitors to tour a working movie studio. This is what the park began as, and it is still the best attraction. The only downside is the price. This is, unfortunately, the most overpriced park in California.
Other parks try to make you feel like you are in a studio, with some kind of fake backlot tram tour. Not this park. At no other park can you actually see and actually experience the movies. The park is very show heavy, and not as large as one would expect. Also, as one can expect from Universal, it is quite pricy. However, USH is worth a visit.
A park where you truly can see and ride the movies.
Park has been updating "dated" attractions
Very few things for kids to do and they may be scared by parts of the famous tram tour.
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