Universal Studios Hollywood
Universal Studios Hollywood is the smaller and cheaper sister of Universal Studios Orlando.
If you’re looking to see the top Hollywood attractions, you can find them all in the heart of the hills above the bright lights of Los Angeles and behind the gates of Universal Studios Hollywood. We have derived a list of the top Universal Studios Hollywood attractions that make the park magical and memorable, but first, we want to give you some valuable tips before your visit.
Tips for Universal Studios Hollywood
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- It is usually only around $10-20 more for a two day ticket (check Attraction Tix above).
- If you’re wondering how long you will need to see Universal Studios Hollywood, we recommend a minimum of two full days in the park.
- Free drinking water is available everywhere within the park.
- Every ride and attraction is free with admission tickets.
- Divide your day into the Upper and Lower lot attractions, the gap between them is a 10-15 minute ride on the escalator.
- Visit Universal City Walk after the park, there are no time limits apart from regular shop/restaurant closing.
- There is a free shuttle bus to the park from the Universal City/Studio City Metro Stop.
- Dressed up characters in Universal Studios Hollywood can not accept tips for photographs.
- Sit on the right edge of the Studio Tour cart for the best view of Jaws, Wysteria Lane and Normal Bates.
- Sit on the left edge of the Studio Tour cart for the best view of the King Kong explosion and flash flood experience.
- Check the schedule for the shows as soon as you’re in the park and plan around them.
- The best time to queue for the Studio tour is just before closing.
- Protect your electronics on water rides, always ask the park stewards if you’ll get wet.
- Take time to enjoy the views of the surrounding Hollywood Hills.
- Can you see the Hollywood sign from universal studios? No.
Our top Universal Studios Hollywood Attractions
The Simpsons Springfield
Even if you’re not a hardcore fan of The Simpsons cartoon, Universal’s full replica of the fictional town of Springfield has something for everyone.
Visitors can enjoy The Simpsons 3D Ride at the Krustyland fairground that takes you on a simulated digital roller-coaster via an 80ft state of the art dome. The ride take visitors on a bumpy ride through the town of Springfield with most of the characters from the show making a high definition appearance, getting a little soaked when Maggie pops out her dummy towards the end!The digital ride actually starts in the pre-show queuing area.
If you’re hungry, grab something to eat from the official Krusty Burger fast food.
Buy official Simpsons merchandise at the Kwik-E-Mart.
Grab Homer’s favorite sweet treats at Lard Lad or pop in the identical replica of Moe’s Tavern for a Duff Beer or a Flaming Moe.
We were told by the bar staff that Budweiser offered a lot of money for the rights to Duff beer but Universal wanted to keep it for only three locations in the world, the Universal Studios in Japan, Orlando and Hollywood.
Grab a non-alcoholic Flaming Moes drink, enjoy the genuine smoke and the fizzy orangeade like liquid, you get to keep the cup too!
Enjoy the Hollywood sunshine at the first Duff Brewery Beer Garden.
Universal Studios Hollywood – Studio Tour
For us, this is one of the Universal Studios Hollywood Attractions that can not be missed. The Universal Studios Hollywood Studio Tour takes visitors on a 90 minute tour of the movie making backlots and studio buildings.
An open-air trolley takes viewers on a behind-the-scenes journey of the world’s largest working movie studio. The trolley will pass 13 stage cities across 4 acres of land.
TV presenter Jimmy Fallon hosts the video and a live guide will point out all of the attractions during the ride.
Be careful when you pass the water, a famous sea creature will make an appearance and will most likely soak you!
The Universal Studios Hollywood Studio Tour also includes the award-winning King Kong 360 3-D. This is probably the most thirlling part involving an earthquake, an exploding truck and King Kong himself.
During the Universal Studio Tour, visitors will also see:
The plane crash scene from Tom Cruise’s War of the Worlds.
The town of Whoville from the Grinch
Wisteria Lane from ABC’s hit series Desperate Housewives
Norman Bates standing outside the actual Bates Motel from Psycho.
and real cars from the Fast and the Furious franchise.
The Studio Tour is completely free with all Theme Park admission tickets and is run on a time schedule. Check the times and allow yourself a couple of hour to experience one of the best features of the park.
The Mummy Returns Ride
The Mummy Returns is a ride for thrill seeking adrenaline junkies. The twist and turns start at the very beginning of the ride when you’re thrown 45mph into darkness at high speed.
Hold on tight as you escape the Mummy’s Revenge passing through incredible special effects. Enjoy the screams of others as you wait in line as well as the Mummy themed props and Egyptian hieroglyphics.
The Waterworld show is simply incredible and it is often overlooked as it is near the exit of the park.
The live show consists of explosive action with a lot of water, fire, fighting, jet-skis and ships.
A live plane crash happens right before your eyes, you need to see it to believe it. Be careful where you sit, most front row and lower seating areas will get wet!
Despicable Me Minion Mayhem 3D Ride
This 3D ride is an absolute must for people of all ages. See Despicable Me’s Gru, his daughters and the wild Minions take a hilarious and heartwarming adventure in 3D.
The ride starts in Gru’s home where you will be turned into an actual minion.
Extensive Minion training will follow with twists and turns taking you on a trip through Gru’s laboratory.
Of course there’ll be a fun filled Minion-inspired dance party thrown in, leaving visitors wanting more as the ride comes to an end.
Super Silly Funland
Despite how it sounds, Super Silly Fun Land is an attraction aimed at all ages. It’s great for adults who want to cool off during a hot day in LA and kids love it.
The outdoor zone of Super Silly Fun Land is inspired by Despicable Me’s ‘Seaside Carnival’ with more than 80 different water-play features.
There is a also dry zone within the area where visitors who wish to remain dry can climb, jump and slide.
One of the best parts of Super Silly Fun Land is the Minion-themed ride, Silly Swirly Fun Ride that allows a 360-degree view of Super Silly Fun Land.
Super Silly Space Killer is located in the fun-land where guests can try for Minion themed prizes and a stuffed unicorn as seen in the movie.
Official Minion merchandise can be purchased here.
Jurassic Park® — The Ride
This is an actual roller-coaster ride on water and it is based on the blockbuster movie, Jurassic Park. Queuing for the ride starts in the jungle where you may catch a glimpse of a rare dinosaur.
Visitors will raft along the river in an adventure through a dinosaur ridden jungle habitat.
The 84 ft plunge and splash comes immediately after being chased by a T Rex.
A 9-foot Velociraptor waits for the raft to get really close before a fright and the fear continues at the Raptor Encounter on the Lower lot.
Shrek 4D ride
All of your sense will be satisfied in this incredible 4D show based on the animated movie, Shrek. Pop on your glasses and be prepared to laugh, scream, dodge flying things and have your legs tickled by mysterious forces.
The 4D journey takes cinema style seated guests through Lord Farquaad’s Dungeon. The seats will move, and weather elements will be physically felt, it is 4D after all!
The voices of the film’s cast are authentic, Eddie Murphy is Donkey, Mike Mayers is Shrek and Fiona is Cameron Diaz. The Shrek 4D ride in Universal Hollywood is an unforgettable experience for all.
Special Effects Show
This is a stage show taking visitors behind-the scenes to see how special effects are used in movies. Audience participation is encouraged as a Universal Studios expert takes the audience through stunts, practical effects and cutting-edge technology.
Learn how sounds are created for movies, and how sights and illusions fool movie viewers to create unforgettable scenes from blockbuster Universal Movies.
If you’ve ever wondered how combat, horrors scenes and zero gravity space travel is simulated, then the Special Effect Show is for you.
Check the schedule of the show and be sure to allow time for it during your day at Universal Studios Hollywood.
Universal City Walk
Universal City Walk Hollywood is situated right beside the Universal Studios park. The Universal City walk is free for the public to enter and the walkway consist of an array of shops, restaurants and entertainment.
Enjoy the Universal Cinema, Noveltiy shops and have a go at the indoor skydiving!
Enjoy all genres of live music at the ‘Howl at the Moon’ and pick up official LA Dodger merchandise at the official Dodgers outlet.
See Celebrities at Universal Studios Hollywood
Check the Universal Studios Hollywood calendar if you want to see some celebrities.
The official website will list which celebs will be filming at Universal Studios Hollywood. Extra with Mario, Charissa & Tracey Live! is filmed in front of the Globe Fountain by the entrance on weekdays.
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For more detailed information on the park, including accessibility and a full list of Universal Studios Hollywood Attractions, visit the Official Universal Studios website here.