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Know Before You Go: Universal Studios Hollywood

Know Before You Go: Universal Studios Hollywood

Get a rundown of all the rides and behind-the-scenes attractions at California’s Universal Studios Hollywood—plus where to eat and much more

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If Hollywood is the land of make-believe, then Universal Studios Hollywood is your chance to step into that fantasy world. On a sprawling complex in the Hollywood Hills, this movie-studio-meets-theme-park blends a studio tour—aboard trams, some of which have been converted to all-electric—with thrilling action rides that swoosh, dive, swoop, and astonish with dizzying special effects. Head to the Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride, the Secret Life of Pets Off the Leash, or the popular WaterWorld live show. Or immerse yourself in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, complete with a recreation of Hogwarts Castle and Hogsmeade Village. Explore Springfield, home to the Simpsons, or battle the Transformers (don your 3D glasses for stunningly authentic visual effects). Jurassic World—The Ride delivers Mesozoic-era fun with a “Raptor Encounter” with the beloved velociraptor Blue, an interactive “DinoPlay” area, and a Jurassic-themed bar and restaurant.

Look for digital signs in the park that highlight the current wait times for all rides, as well as the schedule for daily shows, and download the Universal Studios Hollywood Mobile App to help you strategize your day. The app helps you track wait times, pings you when your favorite ride reaches an ideal timeframe, reminds you about show times, and even leads you back to your parked car at the end of the day. Want to skip the longest lines? Upgrade to a Universal Express ticket, which includes express access to each ride, attraction, and seated show. Or splurge on the VIP Experience and you’ll feel like a movie star yourself with valet parking, a private entrance, and an  expert guide who will grant you special access. 

No matter how you spend your day at Universal Studios, save time for Universal CityWalk. The park’s adjacent, neon-lit complex offers an array of stores and dining options, such as outposts Pink’s Famous Hot Dogs, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, and the first California branch of VooDoo Doughnuts, home of the ambrosial bacon-maple bar.

Most COVID-19 precautions have been lifted, but masks are still recommended when indoors. Click here for more information

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Universal Studios Hollywood address

100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608
Phone: 800.864.8377

HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR. (s17)

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