Welcome to Hollywood !
Couple of weeks back I visited Universal Studios, Hollywood with my friends. It is too big to cover in single day. Although we tried covering most of it, we still missed some shows.
We visited on a weekday, so thankfully there was not much waiting at most of the rides except few. There is option to buy front of line ticket — where in you can skip the lines and get priority access to the rides and shows. If you have time you can even opt for 2-day pass. It make sense specially if you are going with kids as you can’t rush with them. I would recommend to buy tickets online as you may get some promotional offers and discounts.
Park opens at 10 AM and we reached at around 10:30 and there was a queue at entrance. So first tip is to reach before time to avoid queues.
Do grab the map available near entrance or you can download the app. Check out some of the visual treats at Universals.
There are two level — Upper lot and Lower lot. To start with we covered Harry Potter and Minion rides on Upper lot and then went to lower lot. Unlike Upper lot where rides are located a bit far, rides in lower lot are very close and can be covered in lesser time. Would recommend to cover major rides in first half and go for tour and shows in second half. Shows have specific timings so you need to plan accordingly. We did WaterWorld and Animal Actors shows . Go for Animal actors only if you are pet lover. Otherwise you can utilize your time somewhere else. We missed Special effect show by few minutes, which I think would be much better as compared to animal actor show.
However all the rides are good, below ones are not to be missed — Harry Potter and the forbidden journey, Transformers, Revenge of the Mummy, and the Studio tour which covers — King Kong and Fast and Furious. The Simpsons ride and Despicable me Minion mayhem are special mentions. Simpsons ride had some really good falls.
Apart from rides and shows you can enjoy character sight-seeing specially if you are going with kids. Below are some of my rendezvous with them —
While making your choices go for the rides which are unique and not available in other amusement parks. By the end most of the attractions were marked done on our map !
Do leave a comment if you share same excitement and ready to visit Universal Studios , hollywood again !