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Owner description: Get ready for the ultimate Hollywood experience! Find a full day of action-packed entertainment all in one place: thrilling theme park rides and shows, a real working movie studio, and Los Angeles’ best shops, restaurants and cinemas at CityWalk. Universal Studios Hollywood is a unique experience that’s fun for the whole family. Explore Universal Studios backlot on the legendary Studio Tour. Then face the action head on in heart-pounding rides, shows and attractions that put you inside some of the world’s biggest movies. End your day with the energy and excitement of Universal CityWalk. All this and much more. Only at Universal Studios Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of L.A.
Reviewed 2 April 2018

Visited Universal Studios towards end of March for spring break. To get the most out of the day, we purchased the Express Pass - which gives you a one-time pass to jump to the head of the line. While it's painful to know you're spending $800 just for park entry for a family of four - I have to say it was completely worth it. We also purchased the tickets online, which gives you early entrance.

When you start your day at 8am (early bird entrance), there is only one ride open at that time - the Harry Potter ride (at least when we went) - so head for that. We were able to go on it twice before 9 without having to use the Express Pass, which we saved for later in the day (more about that in a bit).

So if you take advantage of the early bird entrance and Express Pass - you are able to hit every single ride once with very little wait. By time we hit all of the rides, did the tram tour and watched the special effects show, animal show and Waterworld - it was about 6pm. By that point our kids (16 and 13) were ready to go - so for our family - the unlimited express pass wouldn't have been worth it.

Although - here's one thing that might have affected our kids "being done".
They got stuck on the Harry Potter ride for 40 minutes in the afternoon when they used the Express Pass. When they finally got off, the park gave them an extra one time express pass to ride the Harry Potter ride again - my kids said forget it. If this happens to you, don't give the pass away - go to the customer service area and just ask for a pass for something else - they gave us one to any ride. We used it for the Transformers ride - which we all thought was pretty awesome.

Here are some additional tips and unscientific observations:

- download the app - really nice to use when you want to determine wait time at rides

- to me it looked like in the beginning of the day the rides that were on the upper level had longer times (e.g., Simpsons ride), then by the time the afternoon rolled around the rides at the lower level (e.g., Mummy, Transformers) had longer wait times - which makes sense if you think crowds travel through the park in the same way - do everything close then work your way to the lower level - if this is the case - then start doing rides at the lower level first - go reverse traffic

- we didn't park close and saved the extra money - wasn't a terrible walk at 7:45am - made it to the park in about 10 minutes

- we brought bottled waters and it wasn't taken away

- personally I think sitting in the tram tour car towards the front is better - we did the express pass for the tram tour and walked right on - but the problem is that we walked right on to the last car - we probably should have just waited and tried to get on the next tram - oh well - in the end it was fine

- Mummy ride was super fun but also super short

- Was able to ride Jurassic Park without getting overly wet - fortunately the timing of my boat avoided direct sprays - so if you're curious about how wet you'll get - it's possible to stay relatively dry. Also I was sitting on last row on the end.

- Butter beer at Harry Potter world was a hit - cream soda and butterscotch - I'm not a fan of butterscotch but this was pretty good

- Taco truck at Simpsons world for lunch had good and surprisingly reasonably priced food.

Overall - great trip. Our 13 year old said it was the best day of her life - and how many parents of teens get to hear that?!

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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

Actually it's a great park to visit, it's a huge park so you have to be ready to walk.

I recommended to buy the VIP experience, that's fascinated, you visit many stages, you can walk trough different locations where movies are recorded. Also you don't have to do a line for attractions so you have fast pass.

The food is delicious. My fav one was Harry Potter and Simpsons. there were great but in general all park is amazing.

Thank Diego B
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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

We did the VIP experience. I definitely recommend booking an early time slot even with the line pass as once the park became crowded in the afternoon it was just a lot less fun in my opinion. VIP luncheon awesome! Filet, crab, shrimp, simply incredible. Once you are finished with the tour guide you still get VIP privileges but not as fun. It’s almost like the other park people don’t care. We went to the animal show and asked for the VIP seating and they said just sit anywhere. Basically they let non VIP people sit in the VIP seats so just don’t be surprised if it is less enjoyable when you are on your own.

Thank Susan S
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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

Had an absolute ball at Universal but it would’ve been different had we not paid for a “front of the line” ticket given we were only there for one day.

The queues can get huge and paying extra for this ticket is well worth it to cut out wait times and ensure you can get to everything. If you plan it well enough, a day would be plenty of time here with the express pass as it’s a relatively small park compared to Disneyland etc.

Harry Potter World is awesome; my sister is a huge fan and had an absolute blast - especially when she got to purchase the special wand that enabled her to do magic tricks within the world. The butterbeer is also something worth trying.

Water World is a fantastic show so definitely get along to that and the Jurassic Park dude is also very cool.

There are a lot of motion master machines (3D/4D type movement) so someone, like me, who struggles with vertigo may feel a little ill after a few rides. Well worth it though!

Oh, and Krusty Burger is a must!!

Thank Brooke-KiwiTraveller
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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

We had a great time at the theme park and the city walk. The family spent the entire day and everyone enjoyed it! Don’t miss the Waterworld show. You might think it would be old and outdated, but you would be wrong. It helps to know the plot and characters of course but even if you don’t it is a great show. The rides were all great and we also really enjoyed the Transformers out with the public. Would definitely go back!

Thank Chris F
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