Universal Studios Hollywood is one of the oldest and most famous film studios still in use. It was originally created to offer tours of real sets. This theme park and studio spans 35.33 acres, and has nine rides, seven shows, and a large outdoor play area. The official mascot for Universal Studios Hollywood is Woody Woodpecker. The park is divided into areas on different levels. The levels are connected by several escalators, called The Starway.
Some of the most popular attractions at Universal Studios Hollywood include Waterworld, Terminator 2: 3D, Shrek 4D, House of Horrors, Jurassic Park: The Ride, Revenge of the Mummy, Transformers, Halloween Horror Nights, Studio Tour, and The Simpsons Ride. There’s also the very popular Wizarding World of Harry Potter. As a working film studio, you can often spot celebrities on site. Check the official park website to see what celebs will be in the park filming during your visit.
Universal Studios Hollywood attracts travelers from all over the world. Many families come into the park to enjoy a day together. Children love trying to spot characters. Some of the characters that may be found wandering the park are Bettlejuice, Curious George, Dora the Explorer, all your favorite Simpsons characters, Scooby-Doo and Shaggy, and of course, Woody Woodpecker.
The park offers restaurants to cover everyone’s tastes. Over in the Wizarding World, you’ll find Three Broomsticks and Hog’s Head pub. Step into Springfield USA, and you can eat at Krusty Burger, or head over to Cletus’s Chicken Shack for some chicken thumbs. Over near the Minions, you can find Gru’s Lab Cafe. If you’re wanting something more classic, look no further than Mel’s Diner, or Hollywood & Dine.
There are many tips out there offering advice to make the best of your trip. Buy tickets in advance is an oft repeated hint. Advance purchases offer you a guaranteed entry to the park on a specific date and early admission an hour before park opening. Busiest times of the year are the summer, around the holidays, and when kids are out of school. if you’re planning to visit during these times, consider a Front of Line pass. This gives you one-time priority to every ride, show, and attraction. It’s often suggested that you plan your day around the shows. The rides run continuously, but the shows don’t. So it makes sense to work around the show times. Schedules are not posted online, so grab one when you get to the park.
With ticket prices starting at $105 per person plus tax for a general 1-day admission, it would be important to make sure you research all that the park offers, and get a rough outline of what experiences you definitely want to have…before you purchase tickets. Always check the park website to see what discounts are available and if there are any package deals. Most importantly, relax and have a great time. Enjoy the sights and sounds with your family or friends. Don’t forget your sunscreen!