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    Universal City Walk

    by machomikemd Updated Aug 1, 2012

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    Favorite thing: This Citywalk is a virtual tourist trap if you are fond of shopping and eating out as you will be spoiled for choices while hangin out here before or after touring the Universal Studios Theme park. Universal CityWalk is the name given to the entertainment and retail districts located adjacent to the theme parks of Universal Parks & Resorts. Universal CityWalk Hollywood is a three-block entertainment, dining, shopping promenade. Options include more than 30 places to eat, a 19-screen movie theater featuring IMAX theater, seven night spots, indoor skydiving and more than 30 stores. I will have a separate shopping and dining tip of the City Walk

    Fondest memory: hanging around the city walk

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    Universal Studios

    by machomikemd Updated Aug 1, 2012

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    Favorite thing: a general tip. Universal studios Hollywood is the first universal studios theme park and is the star attraction of the unincorporated city of Universal City in the Metropolitan Los Angeles Area. It is one of the oldest and most famous Hollywood movie studios still in use. Its official marketing headline is "The Entertainment Capital of LA", though during the summer it is often advertised as "The Coolest Place in LA." It was initially created to offer tours of the real Universal Studios soundstages and sets. It is the first of many full-fledged Universal Studios Theme Parks located across the world. Universal Studios Hollywood is split into two areas on different levels, connected by a series of escalators called the Starway. These areas are known as the Upper lot and Lower lot. Each lot features a collection of rides, shows and attractions as well as food, beverage and merchandise shops and the famed Universal City Walk in the front which serves as an entrance plaza from the parking lots to the theme parks and has it's own share of shops, restaurants and other attractions.

    Fondest memory: going to universal Studios Hollywood is a must.

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    Buying a Front of Line Pass

    by machomikemd Updated Jul 31, 2012

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    Favorite thing: unlike in Disneyland, you have to pay extra to have a front of the line pass here at Universal Studios. you can also buy the more expensive VIP Pass.

    Front of Line Pass
    Limited Availability!

    Ages 3+
    (?)
    Now - 8/12
    $159.00
    buy

    Ages 3+
    (?)
    8/13 - 9/3
    $149.00
    buy

    Get one-time priority access for each ride, show and attraction – including Transformers: The Ride-3D!

    The pass also includes 1-day Park admission. Buy online to avoid sellouts at the front gate ticket booths.

    You must select the appropriate date range

    - For use any one day now – Aug 12, 2012: $159 Front of Line Pass
    - For use any one day Aug 13 – Sept 3, 2012: $149 Front of Line Pass

    Fondest memory: the expensive front of the line pass and VIP Pass

    VIP Experience
    Limited Spaces Available!

    Ages 5+
    (?)
    now - Sept 3
    $269.00
    buy

    Ages 5+
    (?)
    Sept 4 - Dec 20
    $249.00
    buy

    Your exclusive access to Hollywood awaits

    An unforgettable experience. Go behind the scenes and visit closed sets on Hollywood’s most famous movie-studio backlot.

    Plus you’ll enjoy VIP privileges at Universal Studios Hollywood theme park, with escorted priority access to all rides, shows & attractions.

    Advance reservations are recommended. Book now while spaces are available!

    Buy online or by calling 818-622-8477, 24 hours daily.

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    Buying a Regular Ticket

    by machomikemd Updated Jul 31, 2012

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    Favorite thing: I will have a separate tip for the front of the line passes

    you can buy tickets at the entrance at the universal studios hollywood or online

    1-Day Pass

    General Admission
    (?)
    $80.00
    buy

    Discounted Admission Under 48"
    (?)
    $72.00

    12-Month Premium Star Pass

    Ages 3+
    (?)
    $169.00
    buy

    12 months of unlimited visits with NO Black-Out Dates, free parking and priority boarding on the Studio Tour.

    You’ll also receive exclusive Annual Passholder member benefits and special offers.

    Enjoy free daytime parking from your first visit onward.
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    12-Month No Black-Out Pass

    Ages 3+
    (?)
    $129.00
    buy

    12 months of unlimited visits with NO Black-Out dates.

    You’ll also receive exclusive Annual Passholder member benefits and special offers.
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    12-Month Value Pass
    Enjoy 12 months of fun!

    Ages 3+
    (?)
    $99.00
    buy

    Get ready for non-stop entertainment, including the new Transformers: The Ride 3D, opening May 2012.

    You’ll also receive exclusive Annual Passholder member benefits and special offers.

    Black-Out Dates apply.
    Learn More

    Fondest memory: Buy a Day, Get a 2nd Day Free
    Online only!

    General Admission
    (?)
    $80.00
    buy

    Discounted Admission Under 48"
    (?)
    $72.00
    buy

    Get second day FREE with the purchase of 1-Day General Admission.

    Buy now – this offer is not available at the Park ticket booths.

    Valid for two (2) visits for the same guest within any 30-day period.

    Your first visit can be made any day through (and including) December 31, 2012. You do not need to select a specific date of use.

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    Parking for the City Walk

    by Basaic Updated Oct 24, 2007

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    Favorite thing: There is a large parking garage for patrons of the city walk. The parking fees are complicated so refer to the website.

    Fondest memory: Hard Rock Cafe, Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, watching the people. Universal Studios.

    Website: http://www.citywalkhollywood.com/

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    Special Needs

    by Yaqui Updated Aug 24, 2007

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    Favorite thing: I am a big advacate for people with special needs. Many amusement parks will mostly certainly try to accomodate everyone with their special needs. Yet, not everyone in any of the amusement parks be aware of your rights of accomodation. You should be able to enjoy the park like everyone else. So do NOT let someone tell you different. If you have any questions please go to the customer relation or services office and I am sure someone can assist you with any questions or problems. This world is unique and beautiful because of special needs people and what they endure to enjoy everything like anyone else.

    I noticed on a few occasions of individuals attending to someone in a wheelchair and not being aware that they didn't have to push the individual all the way thru the line. You should be able to enter the front since it takes them extra time to assist someone into and from a ride. At Disneyland they give out special passes so you enter thru a special area to get onto the rides.

    Special Needs
    Special Needs Guide

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    Which Ticket to buy?

    by bumpychick Written May 13, 2007

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    Favorite thing: It is possible to 'do' Universal Studios in one day. But if you are staying at the Sheraton or Hilton just down the road, it's a good idea to get a two day pass or an annual pass. These will allow you to come and go as you please, maybe just spending half a day in the park and relaxing for the other half.
    If you purchase your tickets on line you can sometimes get 2 days for the price of one. Annual passes work in a similar way, if you are a tourist - but there are 'blackout' days.

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    See the Water World show.

    by janika Updated May 22, 2003

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    Water World theme show

    Favorite thing: See the Water World show! It's a must.
    Don't forget the green benches are part of the splash zone so chances are you'll get wet during the show. Very wet. Show participants throw buckets of water on the crowd during the show.

    Fondest memory: There is an airplane flying in from nowhere and lands right in the middle of the lake, creating huge splashes and fireballs. You can see part of this plane at the right side of the enclosed image.

    Please check my "Water World" travelodge for aditional images on this show.

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  • The Back to the Future...

    by TrueBeliever Updated Sep 7, 2002

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    Favorite thing: The Back to the Future movie ride is fantastic. I won't say that it puts you inside a movie because that would cheapen my memories of the experience. For me it would be more accurate to describe it as a visualization of the imagination. It seemed to physically place me inside the daydreams I had when I was a child. The ride through the futuristic city, the ice age, the T-Rex, the volcano--after the ride was over I had gained this euphoria that I used to feel as a child when pretending these things outside with my friends. The feeling wore off after I went on the ride a few more times of course....but my little sisters, who were under ten years old at the time, never seemed to grow tired of it. I saw all the kids getting excited around me and thought what a great thing it would be to have a job creating rides like this one. Then I started daydreaming... ;o)

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  • You've GOT to take the...

    by TrueBeliever Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Favorite thing: You've GOT to take the Universal Studios tour. The tour is the central attraction of the amusement park. It's very fun and gave my overactive imagination and I the fairly pathetic illusion that I was a 'movie mogul.' I would go through the tour thinkning to myself 'I could do so much better with that movie set' or, when the tour guide would mention the ideas behind present and upcoming movies I'd think, 'That idea is trash, I can do better.: Anyways, enough with the indulgence in my little day-dreams--let me tell you, in length, about my tour experience...First off, let me tell you the same thing I mentioned under tip #4 on the Anaheim page: WATCH YOUR BACK! No wonder I still wimper in the night over the mention of an amusement park--the're a menace!!! Look out for the horror movie monsters. Universal studios is the only place on earth where the bogey man is real. And with that, let me tell you the story of 'Frankenstein and Me.' The faint of heart may want to turn on all the lights in the house for this one...

    Fondest memory: (I use the term 'fondest' in the loosest possible sense here) During my last trip to Universal Studios, while standing innocently in the mile-long line for the tour, Frankenstein snuck up behind me and put his big ugly green hand on my shoulder. Talk about a heart-attack!!! 'Unn Ugh Unn,' he says. 'What?' I remark with a rather perplexed look on my face. 'Ugg Unn Oog.' Then Dracula came over to translate with this phony Transylvanian accent. 'He vants to have his picture taken with yoo.' Sure enough, here comes this photographer all ready to embarass. All I remember thinking was 'Oh great, I'm chatting with Frankenstein, Dracula, and some sleazy photographer in a bad Hawaiian t-shirt...is this a living nightmare or what? But still I says, 'All right guys, I'll do it.' We walk over to the rail where the trams come in to pick people up for the tour. Oh, by the way, we were standing in front of about a HUNDRED PEOPLE!!! 'Move a little closer to Frankenstein sir,' says the photographer. 'Uh, how close?' Suddenly Frankenstein slumps his arm around my shoulder and the photographer says 'Smile!' Let's review the situation a moment shall we? Here I am standing in 100 dergree heat with Frankenstein's big heavy BO ridden arm wrapped around me and this guy wants me to smile?!? Ya right! But, being the considerate man I am...I smile anyways :) 'So,' I say to the photographer, 'when do I get my picture?' He stops, 'Huh? Oh get it at the photo booth near the entrance to the park...it's only ten bucks plus tax.'
    !!!!??!?!?!!!!?!?!?!!.....
    TO BE CONTINUED....
    --under construction--
    Hey! My writing is like fine wine! It must be aged slowly to maturity! (either wine, or cheap beer; depending on how you look at it :o)

    UNDER CONSTRUCTION

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    A friend of mine was selected...

    by Randall_Burt Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Favorite thing: A friend of mine was selected from the audiance to be an Astronaut in a special effects show during the Tram Tour stopover. He was suspended by wires in front of the crowd with Blue background and effects were added and on the TV Monitor it looks like He was in Space.It was from a scene from 2001, A Space Oddasey.

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  • If you want to visit the...

    by su_jen Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: If you want to visit the Universal Studios, you will need to pay $40 something per person to enter. They have quite some rides and stuff, but very few compared to Disneyland. The best ride I ever had from Universal is the tour that they give around the studio. I had plenty of fun.

    Fondest memory: The tour took about an hour to complete. It is amazing to see so much movies that have been produced ever since it was created. Imagine most of all the movies you see in the movie theaters were actually shot in the studios there. They have so many sets that actually look like the actual set in a place they want ie. Italy or back in late 60's where 'Leave it to Beaver' & 'Andy Griffith' was filmed then. Here's a picture of the famous spot in the new Charlie's Angels the movie, and also 'Scary Movie II' which they were making fun of Charlie's Angels hehe

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