Universal Studios, Hollywood
So far, we have been to Universal Studios both times when we were in Los Angeles. I specifically liked the studio tours, but also the different rides and the shows with special effects are worth doing. If you only have a slight interest in movies and how they are made, I can recommend you to spend at least half a day at Universal Studios!
I went to Universal Studios in Hollywood a long time ago - May 1986 to be precise.
There are a couple of things in the photo that show how dated it is.
1. The car is from the David Hasselhoff TV show, Knightrider. Now, how many people remember that?
2. The tourist taking a photo of the car is sporting a wonderful 80's hairstyle known commonly as a 'Mullet'. I love seeing a good mullet but unfortunately they are getting rarer these days. The States is still a good place for this most classic of haircuts and it is still favoured by some Germans. (See www.hairboutique.com/Links/mulletlinks.htm for more info).
Every year we like to take the boys somewhere fun and we decided it was time to let them experience Universal Studios, although my oldest has been here a couple of time with the youth centers. My youngest though was all big eyed and had question after question of all the shops and restaurants (City Walk) that you have to walk to, to get to the entrance of the Studios.
I remember in the old days once you got in, you lined up right away to get onto the trams and they took you on the back lot tour and then let you off to see the rest of the exhibits. Not anymore. The tram tour is an option, but an option everyone should experience. You get a wonderful view of Universal City and I thoroughly enjoyed my day with the family here. We did most of the attractions and found that the wait time was not bad at all. You will get wet on the Jurassic Park ride and might find yourself getting a little wet on the tram ride if you sit on the right side, so beware…lol! All in all it was a great visit. Oh, its not cheap eating there, but hey it’s costly at most amusement parks now days so I am just reminding you of any sticker shock. Parking is not cheap, but plenty of spaces available and getting there is really easy too! Check it out, loads of very trendy restaurant and stores waiting for you to experience and explore.
I haven't been to Universal Studios since I was a kid in the late 60s. I was anxious to go back and see the changes. First, I did my homework and shopped EBay for discount coupons. I found one for $5 that admitted 6 of us for $30...a huge savings. They have front of the line passes on EBay too, so shop first! I would recommend front of the line passes for peak days (starting Mid March) only. You don't need it off season.
I thought the lot tour was great! It was 45 minutes and had everything! My 4 year old was a little shaken...but she recovered nicely seeing 'SpongeBob and Patrick' in person. There are a lot of characters through the park for the younger kids. They also show clips at the various scene locations to show how it looked on screen..great idea!
The Mummy coaster was fun, but not scary or too wild. Jurassic Park was a log ride with a big drop. Ten seconds of fun. Shrek 4D was great! 4D technology has come a long way.'>Back to the Future' ride was also fun. We saw 3 live shows...and the family enjoyed them all.
We were lucky that we beat the spring break crowds. We spent the whole day at the park and nobody wanted to leave!
Use the child switch! That allows one parent to wait with the kids and then get right on when the other parent is done with the ride.
The park was clean, staff friendly, and food not too outrageously priced. I took 5 kids...aged 1-15...and everyone loved it. Some of the rides are a bit scary for the young ones, so just be aware.
Also...get the preferred parking and go to CityWalk after the park closes. Lots of food and shopping and kids eat free at certain retaurants with your ticket stubs.
We can easily afford to pay full price for everything, but we make shopping for discounts a game. We then contribute the amount we save to the kid's college funds, so they get involved too! We saved $160 on our Universal day alone!
Have fun at Universal and the day we were there...we passed by the filming of Desperate Housewives!!!
Universal Studios in Hollywood is sometimes a disappointment if you have visited the Orlando version. You can appreciate the fact that the Hollywood Studio is a working studio and they are filming in various parts when you visit (when I visited it was Desperate Housewives so the backlot tour was adjusted to omit Wisteria Drive, we just saw the corner of the street with cameras, etc there), there is not the choice of rides that the Orlando version offers.
If you havnt been to LA Universal before it is definitely worth a visit just for the backlot tour, which takes in the sets of Back to the Future = town hall with clock, The Great Outdoors = cabin, Pyscho - Bates Hotel, War of the Worlds - plane crash in street, Heroes series - Mohinders house, etc etc. The rides offered are great, The Mummy is fantastic, but there are not many.....only The Mummy, Jurassic Park, and a couple of others (though they were building The Simpsons when I was there in Feb), and a couple of shows such as Shrek and Terminator. Comparing rides, Orlando is far better, however, Hollywood is better for the tour.
Make sure you stop to talk to Donkey......
a return jaunt to Universal Studios in 2009. The Universal Studios in Universal City is one of the many attractions in the Greater Los Angeles Area. The primary attraction here is a "sneak peak" into the production backlot of famous old and new movies and tv series like Psycho, Moonlighting, War of the Worlds, Terminator, A Team, etc with corresponding special effects. Universal has hosted spectators at its studios since the 1920s, and began tram tours in the 1960s. In the late '80s, it opened its lower lot, expanding Universal Studios Hollywood to a full-fledged theme park with many branches like in Florida, Tokyo, South Korea and dubai. Other than the popular backlot tours, it also have fun rides like the Jurassic park, terminator, The Mummy, Van Helsing and Waterworld included in the ticket.
General Admission for Universal Studios Hollywood is $64.00. However those under 48 inches tall are admitted for $54.00, and children 2 years and under are admitted for free.
Opens: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm everyday.
the strip going to Universal Studios. My first time to go to Universal Studios in 1989, the City walk was non-existent then and in 2005, at my latest trip to LA, I was surprised at seeing a long area of bars, restaurants and kitsch at the Unversal Studios Entrance so now in a revisit in 2009, again more new shops and restaurants have mushroomed and this time we ate lunch at Bubba Gump restaurant. The Universal City Walk is a glittery mall with one-of-a-kind shops, a neon art museum and an 18-screen cinema. There is a large steel-web canopy with a leaping fountain below, created by WET. A huge television monitor brought in by Panasonic, is located above the multiplex, showing upcoming Universal movie releases, music videos, and NBC Universal promotions stands next to the giant guitar towering over the Hard Rock Cafe.
Admission is free but there is a parking fee.
Sun-Thurs 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Fri-Sat 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Univeral Studios has tours of the sets and you can attend shows being filmed live in Hollywood.
I got to be in a show with THE INCREDIBLE HULK!
That is the BIG GREEN guy and Dracula fought him for me. It was neat to have the Directors talk to me with a microphone hidden in my ear and see what a day as a Hollywood star is like.
We purchased five tickets to Universal Studios Hollywood on 6 April 2007. There was an advertised promotion that day to the effect that for the purchase of a one-day admission, the purchasers would get free admission for the remainder of the calendar year. When attempting to redeem admission on a subsequent visit, we were told that in order to have received the annual pass, we had to make it expressly clear to the ticket agent on April 6 that we intended to seek the annual pass. This stipulation was not explained to us nor was this condition, to my knowledge, clearly advertised. This is misleading at best and downright dishonest at worst. I do believe that Universal Studios Hollywood is still advertising that deal. How many unsuspecting customers are purchasing tickets under the false impression described above?
Universal Studios and, especially City Walk, is very fun for singles and families alike. You have all the fun and interests of the Studio as well as the restaurants, nightlife, and shopping of City Walk. Easy to find off the 101, parking for City Walk is $10, and everything else is to your choice- inside you'll find hotspots like BB Kings Blues restaurant, Saddle Ranch Universal, Hard Rock Cafe, Bubba Gump Shrimp, and the list goes on...
$50 for the day ($70 if you want a front of queue pass)
Did the lot and enjoyed it thorougly...well worth £30UK.
Jurassic Park ride, Back to the Future ride, Backdraft scene tour (mint), views over Walt Disney studios and San Fernando Valley, shops with decent gear in and not too £...
and even the Apollo 13 crew were going to put a Stoke City flag on the moon..trust a disaster to stop them :-)
Even if you don't want to go to the theme park itself, Universal studios is worth the trip. When you go to City Walk you can get a bit of a taste of it.
City Walk is a no entrance fee part of the park, here you can shop, dine or go to the movies. You can get combo tickets for movie, meal and parking so your ensured to be entertained for a few hours. You can also get here by subway MTA redline has a stop at Universal City...
For full information about Universal Studios and the Universal City Walk see my Universal City Page.
Universal Studios in North HollywoodA Fun Place to visit. Picture is the Ateam Van. It was a Popular Show in the 1980's.