Universal Studios Hollywood Tips: 10 Things to Know Before You Go

Published on February 23, 2018 by Chris

Things YOU need to know before you visit Universal Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles California. Universal Studios Hollywood is a combination of a working movie studio and a theme park. It is the only Universal Studios location to have the studio tour, which is a must see attraction. Riding the studio tour you’ll get to see attractions like the shark from Jaws, the Bates Motel, and Whoville from Dr. Seuss.

1 – Tickets
– The front gate is the worst place to buy them
– Buy them in advance, Costco, AAA
– Demand pricing – $100-120
– Express Pass – $250 in the summer
– VIP Experience – $400

2 – Getting to Universal Studios
– Parking: $25
– Uber/Lyft is a good option
– Even better is the LA Subway (Metro) —
– Shuttles from Anaheim hotels

3 -When to go
– Avoid summer if possible – Crowded, hot, and expensive
– Weekdays are the least busy
– Use one of the “crowd tracker” sites to gauge how busy it will be
– One day is good enough, it’s a small park

4 – Shortest Lines
– At park opening (one hour before if you buy tix online)
– Plan for extra time to park, go thru security, etc
– And park closing
– Park Visit Plans

5 – Single Rider Lines
– Best way to get on rides quick
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
Jurassic Park – The Ride
Revenge of the Mummy – The Ride
Transformers: The Ride 3D

6 – Universal Studios App
– Park Map
– Show times
– Wait times
– Wait time alerts

7 – Starway
– Escalators that connect the Upper lot and lower lot
– Can take 10 minutes or more and peak times
– Minimize your time going back and forth

8 – Shows
– Plan your visit around the shows
– Water World, Special Effects, Animal Actors, Walking Dead

9 – Rides
= Studio Tour
– The most iconic ride here. 45 mins long.
– Ride it in the late afternoon or early evening for shortest waits
– Pay attention to the closing time
– Avoid the back row of the cars, thats where the engine is
= Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.
– motion-based simulator ride through a replica of the interior of Hogwarts castle.
= The Walking Dead
– Walkthru Maze — PG-13 — not for the squeamish

10 – Universal Studios Citywalk
– 30 stores, 30 restaurants,6 Nightclubs
– 19 screen movie theater with a 7-story IMAX


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