Universal City Travel Guide

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Universal City Things to Do

  • Fast and Furious

    the flying cars of the Fast and Furious backlot in Universal Studios Glam Tram Studio tour. These assorted cars were some of the stage props of all the 5 movies of the Fast and the Furious Movie Franchise (take a bow vin diesel and paul walker). These cars will then shake and dance and will go up in the air for a few seconds and you must be ready...

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  • Desperate Housewives Set

    the Wisteria Lane Backlot of the world famous Desperate Housewives (take a bow to the original desperate housewife, former first lady laura bush). This famous soap opera took a bow last may 2012 and had an eight season run from 2004 to 2012 and is the sucessor to the famous sex in the city. This backlot set for Wisteria Lane is actually named...

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  • Chuck's Fun House (House of Horrors)

    Chuckie has replaced Van Helsing in the attraction here in Universal Studios, in 2005, the last time I was here, it was a Van Helsing attraction but now, it is more spectacular than ever. It is now the Universal's House of Horror and the first attraction you will see after entering the upper lot area. It is the fifth variation of a walk-through...

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  • Walking Around Universal Studios

    lots of stuff and things to do while walking inside the Universal Studios and the Different areas have different attractions. You can hang around the Universal Citywalk and eat or shop or do the attractions there then proceed to the Upper lot area of Universal Studios, where most of the attractions are located then to the lower lot area which is...

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  • Assorted other Backlot Views 2

    more pictures of the backlot area of Universal studios Hollywood, along the 50 minute backlot tour aboard the glam trams. the terrace Near the Defunct Back to the Future Ride is a nice area to view the Backlots below and also see the Mountains beyond. You will be able to see some of the scenes at the Backlots below like War of the Worlds, Jurassic...

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  • Zombies at the Universal Studios

    a nice photo opportunity here at the Universal Studios is the Zombie Maze, which was remade by the famed musician Rob Zombie. This zombie extravaganza is usually held during the fall season as a precursor to Haloween, where assorted zombie motifs are on display on the upper lot area of the Universal Studios Hollywood and there are the zombie maze...

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Universal City Restaurants

  • made famous by a famous Chef

    Wolfgang Puck's, the famous iron chef and a celebrity on his own right (move over fellow austrian governator arnie hehehe), has a varitety of food outlets and restaurants that range from the amazingly wonderful luxe-expensive to the fast food variety and this is the budget variety of his chain of restaurants, the Wolfgang Puck's LA Bistro, that...

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  • Western Style Place

    western special in front of the entrance to the universal studios and featuring texas style cuisine of huge proportions with many hollywood style productions like desperate housewives and the bachelor and sex in the city featuring this restaurant. Chop House offers a place for guests to enjoy a high energy rock-western dining experience. Featuring...

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  • Restaurants at Universal City Walk

    there are lots of dining options at the Universal City Walk and you can have your fill of grub before entering the universal studios. Universal CityWalk caters to every taste, representing nearly every food genre available. CityWalk's dining ranges from casual to more sophisticated dining to quick service eateries and for any type of budget.opens:...

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Universal City Nightlife

  • Nightlife at Universal City Walk

    This Universal City Walk is really a tourist trap if you llok at it since it has lots of thing that wwould induce you to spend money and among them is the hotspot City Loft. Again, Universal CityWalk offers guests a variety of entertainment choices at its CityLoft, a trio of night clubs including: Howl at the Moon, a dueling, sing-along piano bar;...

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  • University City Walk at Night

    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. 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...

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  • World's Greatest Dueling Pianos!

    Howl at the Moon is a total entertainment experience where the piano players and staff not only entertain the guests... the guests become part of the show! The focal point of the nightclub is a stage featuring a pair of baby grand pianos. The piano players are the ringmasters responsible for creating the excitement. Requests are encouraged! They...

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Universal City Transportation

  • Studio Backlot Tours Trams

    This is the main attraction of Universal Studios Hollywood and the line can take hours except on front of the line passes. The Tram Tour is the signature attraction at the park, and goes into a working movie studio, with various film sets on the lot. In recent years, guests have sat in multi-car trams for the duration of the ride. The Tour lasts...

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  • Named parking sections

    The best way to get to Universal City is by automobile. You have two options with two different prices when parking your car. If you chose the first class parking (preferred), you are much closer to the park and very easy to find your way back to your car once you came out, since the parking levels are named after various movie characters and...

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  • Drive to Universal Studios

    the 2 1/2 hour drive to Universal Studios from San Diego via Interstate 5 north and US 101 North. Was at the San Diego Area attending a convention and we decided to have a daylong hop to los angeles and universal studios in between breaks in the convention since I am fond of going back there and since we had an annual pass ticket for just $ 54 (my...

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Universal City Shopping

  • sorry I'm a Giants (minus Barry Bonds)...

    I have to write a tip of this but I confess that obviously a Im a Giants Fan!. LA Dodger Fans may also purchase tickets to Dodger games at the CityWalk Clubhouse store along with authentic Dodger jerseys, caps and other merchandise, fans also have the opportunity to purchase Dodger game tickets. High Definition plasma televisions feature live...

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  • Mechandise Store of Universal Studios in...

    A mini- theme park of Universal Studios Hollywood merchandise. store for buying assorted Universal Studio Merchandise and even necessities like batteries, drinks, diapers, umbrellas, rain coats and other valuable stuffs besides the endless array of the souvenir stuffs that you can buy like the shot glasses, refrigerator magnets, stationaries,...

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  • main Store at Universal Studios

    there are lots of souvenir stores in the universal studio area sellling different themed stuffs from the different attractions nearby but the main shopping store is located just inside the entrance to Universal Studios and is the biggest store for buying assorted Universal Studio Merchandise and even necessities like batteries, drinks, diapers,...

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Universal City Local Customs

  • Universal Studios Shooters (shot...

    assorted kinds of shooters (shot glasses) are among my favorite collector items that I add to my kitschy items as my sounvenir to the many areas that I travelled and being to the universal studios hollywood is one of them. You can buy an assortment of these shooters at the many themed areas of the Universal Studios like in the upper lot areas,...

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  • Universal Studio Fridge Magnets

    I'm an avid collector of kitschy stuffs and one of my favorite are the fridge magnets of all types and shapes and being to the Universal Studios Hollywood on several occasions, I have bought a universal studio fridge magnets. they are available at any universal studio souvenir shops and stores at the upper lot, lower lot area and at the Universal...

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  • You'll see races of all kind...

    You'll see races of all kind in here, usually packed with teenagers else family else tourist. Well, in short, homosapiens hehe

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Universal City Warnings and Dangers

  • Squirting Dinosaurs

    If your going to sit on the very right of the tram tour, expect to get wet...lol! I did when we watched the Jaws set and tried to protect my camera. As you travel along there are many suprises. One of those other surprises is when we entered a set area that looks like Jurasic Park and because my attention was off guard, I was the victim of the...

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  • Pay attention to the Warning Signs

    Some of the attractions have warning signs in front of them. If you have any of the medical conditions they indicate. Think before entering.

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  • Visiting Disneyland from Universal City

    Before we arrived in LA it was our intention to visit Universal Studios AND Disneyland. We thought it would be quite simple to get from one park to the other, but it isn't!In the end we booked a day trip to Disneyland, through the hotel tour desk. We were picked up from the hotel quite early, but were taken in to the city and had to transfer to...

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Universal City Tourist Traps

  • Bring your own food.

    Most foods and drinks are very expensive, especialy if you are not American and you have to exchange your hard earned money to US funds. I recommend you bringing snacks and drinks or cold water in bottles. Leave the cooler in you car and when you get hungry you just go out to your car to eat and drink. Security will place a stamp on your hand so...

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  • This is a famous building in...

    This is a famous building in Universal Studios. One of the movie that has this building shot is Gladiator and the old movie Spartacus. oh I think Cleopatra too :D

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Universal City What to Pack

  • Dress light and bring spare underwear!

    No bags. Leave your bags in the car. Large bags will make you tired quickly. Light clothes, according to the weather. Bring extra underwear. There is water involved on some rides, including the City Walk. Headache pills. Sun lotion. Camera. Protect your camera with a bag or some sort of case. You don't want water in it! Running shoes. Bring...

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  • A long, hot day

    If you need to take a bag, be warned that on certain rides it will get wet, and on others (eg. Mummy Returns) you will have to leave it in a locker. Wear VERY comfortable shoes! There is a lot of walking to do. If it rains, it's possible to shelter, so don't worry about waterproof clothes or umbrellas, they'll just be in the way. Don't forget your...

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  • Packing List

    Make sure you have a good reliable camera, and tons of films :) Thers's a lot of snapping to do once you're in there, I didn't bring my camera and I bought those disposable ones, and the pictures didn't come out that good :( Sneakers and casual wear, hey that's me, I don't know about you. But I travel comfortably with a pair of sneakers a shirt...

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Universal City Off The Beaten Path

  • Watch the boat falling

    Watch the boat falling at the Jurassic park ride. This ride is located at the lower section of the park. use the escalators to reach the lower section. There are also other rides and shows and many food courts and ice cream stalls, etc.The city walk will take you around the studios where you can NOT enter normally on your own. The small train like...

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  • The amusing facts and...

    The amusing facts and information on how movies are made. After my visit to Universal Studios, I kinda felt 'cheated' or should I use that term? hehe, because everything that you see on the movies are made in there, and they didn't actually go to the exact place that they said they were, it's just a replica of the real place. And, here's another...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Universal City Favorites

  • Universal City Walk

    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....

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  • Universal Studios

    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...

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  • Buying a Front of Line Pass

    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 PassLimited 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...

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