You know the dance with this place - theme park / studio tour.
Was expecting a little more from both.
Firstly, Universal Studios only has 2 decent rides - The Revenge of the Mummy, a slow ghost train with animatronics, turning into a pitch black roller coaster, with operators that clap and whoop like demented sea-lions with the arrival and departure of every kart, and Jurassic Park, which is your typical log-flume style ride but with unfortunately only ONE proper drop. All the other rides are BOBBINS - inc the much celebrated Back To The Future which would be even an embarrassment to most UK theme parks. As for the shows - Terminator is fairly good, Shrek is a similar style but for kids. The best is by far Waterworld which has some awesome effects - including a full size plane being thrown over the set towards the audience. Whoops, I've just ruined it.
The second part is the famous (but predictable) studio tour.
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
Most of Universal's attractions are shows, so check the daily show schedule first. We saw Waterworlds last performance and it was a sell-out. Try to arrive at the theatre at least 15 mins before the show time listed in the handout.
Sit on the left (drivers side) of the tour bus for better views.
Do the lower lot first. Most people start at the Upper Lot and you can see them go "downstairs" massively in the afternoon. The lower lot typically opens an hour or so after the park, so use that first hour to visit the most popular of the upper attractions.
To avoid the crowds, try not to visit on weekends, school vacations, and Japanese holidays.
If you're willing to pay extra money to save the hassle of standing in line, the park offers a "Front of Line" pass, as well as VIP passes (private tours). You can also purchase and print your tickets online. Although the park wasn't that busy, we had the front of line passes and it meant we got on The Mummy about 12 times. Buy normal tickets on-line, and then if the park is busy, buy the FOL separately at their in-park ticket booth.
Well it was EXCELLENT ... the lad didn't have a lot of time for the Disneyland nightmare, but for Universal .... he loved it!!
(So much so, he has insisted we got back again sometime)
The best thing has got to be the backlot tour on the trolly seeing the places your favourites are filmed ... yes it does take a little of the "myths" away ... but somehow increases the facination of it all. The earthquake, King Kong, Jaws ... all worth a view......
There is the "secrets of the soundstage" on the rear lot .. down a chain of escelators.
Rides, and fun for nearly all the family. *Note: take a change of clothes if you havea young child as there is a splash zone thing there ... my lad looked like he'd been swimming :)
Yes it is expensive to get in but it IS worth it. Virgin Holidays do a deal sometimes that you can get free admission to Universal at certain hotels - so keep an eye out !
Universal is more than just one of the largest movie studios in the world and can trace its roots back to 1909. The main attraction continues to be the Studio Tour, a 1-hour guided tram ride around the company's 420 acres. The modest tour includse a series of dressing-room walk-throughs, peeks at actual production, and staged events. You get to see the backlot where you can see the clock tower from "Back to the Future" or the house in "Psycho". However, it is the added features such as Jaws, the parting of the Red Sea, the flash flood, King Kong, and the earthquake that all add an extra fun element to the tour.
The attractions are now the highlight of a trip to Universal. The Jurassic Park Ride is a water ride with some amazing animatronics and has an incredible drop that will get you soaked at the end. The Terminator 3D experience will amaze you with its combination of live action and special events. The backstage thing is still fun with special effects and sound demonstrations. Foremost among these is the Backdraft exploding room. You can really feel the heat in there! Shrek 4D is one of the park's best attractions, a multisensory animated show that combines 3-D effects, a humorous storyline, and "surprise" special effects . Waterworld was a terrible movie but it is a great live action show with lots of explosions that culminates with a full scale seaplane being launched at the crowd. Most performances are sold out, so arrive at the theater at least 15 minutes before the show time listed in the handout park map.
For a lot of tourists, they come to LA hoping to get a glimpse of celebrities or learn more about the movie making business. Universal is a great place because its an actual studio lot. Frequently, movies are being shot while tourists visit the park. Unfortunately this means that certain areas may be closed off.
Lookout for props from various movies such as the cars from Fast and the Furious, etc.
I guess due to the lack of visitors, usually when you buy a regular adult ticket, its usually a season pass, meaning you can go almost anytime except for blackout dates.
Universal also has a cool display board that shows you how much wait time there is for each show and ride.
The Terminator 2 3-D show ~ easily the best thing at the park.
Jurassic Park: The Ride ~ kinda short, there's not much to this ride but the amazing drop at the end is so worth it!
Backlot Tour ~ apart from the Terminator show, this is my other fav ride. Lasting around 45 mins, this tour takes you around the lot where you can see movie props and sets used in your favorite movies.
Back to the Future: The Ride ~ Still fun after all this time.
Hollywood sign backgrop ~ there's a huge wall with a picture of the hollywood sign and if you pose in front of it, it actually looks as if you are posing in front of the real thing. Shh... don't tell your friends or relatives though... lol.
The Mummy Ride ~ The closest thing that Universal has to a true roller coaster. If you are a serious coast junkie, this ride will disapoint. It's indoors inside a soundstage and so the ride isn't as crazy as the rides in Magic mountain and it's very short. If the line is long, it might not be worth the wait.
Universal Studios is a themepark! Lot's of rides and stuff to do, but I enjoyed the studio tour the most. I got to se all the sets, the windowless studios, the downtown New York streets, the Back to the Future town square and lot's and lot's more.
The studio tour is truly recommended.
We spent the best part of a day here. The weather was horrible but it didnt dampen our enthusiasm. It rained half the time we were there and we ended the day drenched and bailed up in an irish pub inside the theme park. Pouring, dark, cold, lightning and thunder.....but a great day.
The rides here are better than Disneyland and it wasnt as crowded.
Some attractions we did were Back to the Future, Shrek 4D, Terminator 2 3D, Backdraft, Revenge of the Mummy & Van Helsing.
All were great. They each had something about them worth experiencing. But the one that stands out is Back to the Future. It was the first and best of the day. Shrek is hilarious. Terminator is really well done. Van Helsing is scary. The Mummy was a great ride. Backdraft was good to see, but it gets pretty warm in there so be ready for that.
We also did the Back Lot tour. It takes you around where movies are made and has some great attractions like King Kong and Jaws.
Al in all we would say to make sure you dont miss this while in LA.
A theme park filled with very exciting rides and shows for the family. Several rides are similar to those at the Universal Studios theme park in Orlando, FL, which I have also been to. Save money if you buy your tickets online and print them at home. Otherwise the general admission is $53 per person, which I think is worth the price. Also, parking is $10.00 per vehicle. CityWalk, which is located outside the entrance to the park, has a lot of cool stores and excellent restaurants.
I thoroughly enjoyed Universal Studios.
I rated the attractions as follows:
Backdraft - 7/10 (pyrotechnics show)
Revenge of the Mummy - 8/10 (roller coaster ride)
Jurassic Park - 9/10 (roller coaster/water ride)
Terminator 3D: 6/10
Back to the Future: 6/10
Studio Tour: 9/10
Shrek 4D: 8/10
Van Helsing: 8/10
Oh Universal Studios Hollywood, how I adore thee. I just got back from a dream vacation to California and this was, by far, my favorite part of the trip. My friends agreed--next year we plan to make a specific trip to the themepark. My favorite attraction is the Mummy. I loved the journey through the “tombs” and felt like I was in the movie among the jewels and gold trinkets. What a wonderful shock when the doors open and release you into the dark, where you are shot forward and then backward at the speed of light, the trepidation and excitement knotted together in your stomach.
I truly enjoyed the shows as well. Now that I’m getting older, it was nice to have some sit-down time, even though I was jumping out of my seat the whole time. It’s amazing what a little pyrotechnics and some crazy high jumps into water can do. I was not at all surprised to find that the cast consisted of real Hollywood actors with impressive show credits to their name--I even chatted it up with the female lead after the show.
My friends and I also got a kick out of Jurassic Park. You are taken for an unexpected turn when you reach the “experiment-gone-wrong” area of the park where a terrifying T-Rex threatens the boat. And the fantastic surprise drop, a whopping 84 feet. I love that stomach-lurching feeling...
One of the best decisions we made was to purchase the front of the line passes, which gave us instant access to every attraction. No waiting involved! It would just be silly not to mention the splendor of the Studio Tour, our reason for visiting the park in the first place. From the Jaws shark to the Psycho house to the set of War of the Worlds—who could ask for a better taste of Hollywood? The tour surpasses any other “movie” tour and all my LA friends agreed that it’s the best in town.
We ended our day with a scrumptious dinner on CityWalk. Had a bit of an issue finding our car as the garages are a bit of a maze. Otherwise this place is fantastic. I’ll be going back soon...and will for many years to come.
Universal Studios is an amusement park of a different breed. It takes the public’s love of Hollywood and provides a behind-the-scenes look into the movie making business. Universal features a multitude of live action shows and demonstrations on all things cinema, from a Wild West Stunt Show to a stage devoted to animal “actors” and trainers. In recent years this theme park has gone through many redesigns, and in a recent effort to maintain its competitive has added several new rides and attractions including, my personal favorite, the Back To The Future ride. The biggest draw is still the tram tour, which has been drastically reduced over the years but still features crowd favorites like Jaws and King Kong. The tour operators give guests the inside scoop as the tram takes visitors through the vast backlot. Universal is an interesting theme park for any movie lover. There’s a lot to do and see here. Don’t forget your camera.
One of the many theme parks in LA. Universal Studios is filled with lots of adventures & fun rides! Totally enjoyed myself there with the rides. The only unfortunate thing that happened was that it RAINED whole day when we were in Universal Studios! Though it rained heavily, but that did not dampened our adventurous nature and stop us from having fun! =)
Acting up and being irresponsible is the best example warp to younger impressionible minds.
At least thins Jaws was more convincing than the one that was pushed out of the water during the tour. I swear, I could hear the hydraulics cranking away. Jaws needs to go the way o the Dodo.
I loved this place! You can easliy waste a day here, the queues aren't so bad out of season and the rides are really fun. The best thing for me was the tour where you are driven though the various film sets. The earthquake set and the Jaws set are the best.
Special tickets for queue jumping are available but certainly outside the high season there is no real need to get one.
Open everyday except Christmas and Thanksgiving.
this is definitely a must-see for everyone of all ages! its just so fun and exciting! do come early in the morning! there are not that many ppl and queues are shorter.
definitely do the studio tour! the jaws part was so funny! also a must do is the shrek 4D! amazing! the studio shows were also very funny and exciting. especially the one about the fire one. but i think these shows chenge periodically so i'm not sure if they are still around.
the van helsing fright walk was scary! but very funny! we went for it just before we left coz they flashed a huge sign saying "no queues!" we had absolutely no idea what was it about. everyone was just clinging on to the person in front of them throughout the walk. we laughed so hard when it was over but there was a family in front of me where the little girl was crying so badly the staff had to escort them out halfway. so families with young children, beware!
the back to the future ride was the dumbest i have ever been on in the world. seriously, dont waste ur time on it. it cant even be considered a ride! more like a really boring movie! we felt so cheated and dumb having sat through it.
the mummy was also not that fantastic actually. it felt just like a very windy ride. nothing fantastic.
that's THE SHARK, can you see me shacking just standing next to the monster?
Well tha´t's not really what I think. Sharla are just made to monsters in movies cause they look huge, and unfortunately people really believe this tale. But they are just predators öike we are when we eat fish;)