How to explore Universal Studio, 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. If you’re considering visiting Universal Studio, Hollywood, CAlifornia, It’s a cross between a movie studio and a working theme park.

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
    There’s regular tickets, there’s express tickets, which are like bypass the lines tickets. Those can be between $170 to $250, and that depends on how busy the park is. Universal Studios has implemented demand pricing, those are probably only needed if you’re here on some of the busiest days. Then, if you really wanna splurge, there’s the VIP pass, which is like $400. You get a private tour guide,

2 – Getting to Universal Studios

  • Parking: $25
  • Uber/Lyft is a good option
  • Even better is the LA Subway (Metro) —
  • Shuttles from Anaheim hotels
    Most people drive here, $25 is the cheapest parking, $50 if you want front of the gate. If you’re staying around downtown LA, you can take the subway, or the LA Metro, there’s a subway stop right in front of Universal Studios Hollywood, shuttle up the hill, Lyft or Uber is also a good option to get here. If you’re here in Southern California for Disneyland, a lot of the Anaheim hotels offer shuttles to get to Universal Studios Hollywood as well, so that is an option.

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
    If you type into Google, Universal Studios Hollywood Crowd Tracker, you’ll find calendars that’ll tell you when the least busy days to come are. Also, to avoid the crowds, you can come an hour before park opening if you buy your tickets from Universal Studios directly from their website, and also the crowds have a tendency to thin out at nighttime, so stay til about park closing. Then you’ll probably able to just walk right on the rides.

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

You want to be through security, and at the park as they drop the rope to let you into the park, and the best place to go for the shortest lines, it’s down the lower lot. The lower lot, it’s down low, and so people usually don’t get there right when the park opens, so that’s you wanna go for some of the shortest lines.

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
    Look for the signs that say Single Rider Lines, and that’ll be your fast way on to lines that have long lines for the rides.

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

Universal Studios Hollywood has a lot of shows, well three main shows. Waterwold is probably the biggest of them, it’s based on the movie of the same name. Here’s a little bit from the Waterworld show, this is Universal’s most action-packed show, water splashes, guns, fireworks, people diving into the water, lots of excitement. There’s an animal show where they have lots of cute animals that run around. The show is great for animal lovers, and the whole family.

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
    is about Universal CityWalk, right here at this outdoor shopping mall located right next to Universal Studios, there’s a whole bunch of restaurants, there’s a whole bunch of shops, there’s a movie theater, there’s nightclubs.

An in depth look at the first, and probably most unique Universal park out there- Universal Studios Hollywood! This park may be well known for their world famous studio tour, but there’s always whole lot more to do, including world class shows, rides, and attractions and etc!

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