Author: Jose G. Barr
Universal Studios is one of my favorite locations in Southern California. We enjoy going there for the day, often ending the day at Universal Citywalk for dinner and a movie. Below are my top ten tips to make your visit to Universal Studios Hollywood amazing for both you and the kids.
- Tickets – Purchase your tickets online. Tickets are often less online than at the ticket booth at the park (currently they are offering select dates at a $10 discount online). Another option is to purchase a season pass from Costco or Sam’s Club. I’ve gotten my tickets from Costco the last 2 years and enjoyed the savings.
- Arrival Time – It’s best to arrive as early as possible. Check the Universal Studios Hollywood website for operating hours. They will often open an hour earlier to allow guests early access to new rides or attractions. Currently they are open at 8 AM to give guest a chance to experience the Studio Tour and its grand finale “Fast and Furious: Supercharged”). Another benefit of arriving early is beating the crowds. By arriving early we have been able to get onto the majority of the big rides and the tour before the lines become too long. We can then spend time seeing the various stage shows around the park at our leisure.
- The Lower Lot – Plan on going down to the lower lot first (Unless you have arrived early to enjoy “Fast and Furious: Supercharged”). On the lower lot you have the three of the bigger rides at the park (Jurassic Park the Ride, Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride and Transformers: The Ride 3D). Transformers is an amazing mix of 3D movie and flight simulator technology that gives guests the feeling of being alongside Optimus Prime as he fights to get the AllSpark to safety. The Revenge of the Mummy is an indoor high speed rollercoaster that accelerates riders up to 45 miles per hour into the terrifying special effects filled darkness. Jurassic Park takes you into the original Island park from the movie. There are some really good movie effects along the way, but the the last drop is the show stopper. If you are brave enough to ride this one be prepared to get wet, if not soaked.
- Nighttime Studio Tour – The nighttime studio tour is available on a limited basis, weekend evenings through September 13, 2015. The nighttime tour begins operation at 6:30 PM. The Nighttime tour is enhanced by additional lighting, sound and characters throughout the backlot. Plan on staying late to enjoy this new view of the famous studio backlot.
- Family Comfort – All too often people neglect to wear appropriate attire to spend the day at Universal Studios. A good pair of comfortable walking shoes is a must; those cute fashionable shoes will only get you some ugly blisters and sore feet. Make sure to have hats and sunscreen available, especially for the little ones. There is nothing worse than sunburn after a fun day. Wear fast drying clothes to stay comfortable. Cotton clothing like jeans will stay soggy and be pretty uncomfortable for longer than you would like. Bring along water for yourself and especially the kids to keep hydrated. Bring along a light jacket as well, when the sun goes down it gets pretty chilly at the park.
- The Town of Springfield – Universal has built some of the most iconic locations from the Simpsons cartoon. Go on Simpsons – The Ride and visit the carnival booths in Krustyland Before heading across the way to the Town of Springfield. There you will find the nuclear power plant that Homer Simpson works at (look for the large red push button and have the kids press it for a fun surprise). You can grab some lunch at Moe’s Tavern or a giant donut at Lard Lads Donuts. For the adults in your party, you can enjoy an official Duff Bear at moe’s or at the first Duff Brewery Beer Gardens.