Universal Studios, Hollywood


Universal Studios in Hollywood, Los Angeles is a popular attraction for all visiting Hollywood. The studio tour is one of the best in the business, the rides are inventive and detailed and your favourite characters are wandering around to take photo’s and sometimes cause a bit of a drama (I’m talking about you Bumble Bee, Optimus Prime and Megatron!). Not only is it a theme park, but many movies and television shows are still filmed right here in the studios back lots away from the tourists and theme park goers, although you can still get close to these sets (keep reading to find out how).

Universal Studios, Hollywood. 2014. Photo Credit: E.Hamilton

Universal Studios, Hollywood. 2014. Photo Credit: E.Hamilton

My travel buddy Emma and I chose to visit for a day during our week in Hollywood and here’s my 7 favourite things at Universal Studio’s:- 

  1. Studio Tour

    This is a must do… and a must do early! The Studio tour takes you around the backlot of Universal Studios where they film movies and television shows in outdoor areas and inside sound stages. Some of your favourite Universal Studios productions are still around and are featured throughout the tour including King Kong, Jaws, War of the Worlds and The Grinch. The tour is video hosted by Jimmy Fallon and your own cart guide who provides loads of fun facts and information on the sites you’re seeing and Universal Studios in general. Definitely aim to do this first and in the morning if possible, the tour runs for about an hour and the lines are usually long. Better yet purchase a front of line ticket to skip the lines. This tour is super fun and interactive and make sure you’re on your guard!

    Jaws stunt during the Studio Tour. 2014. Photo Credit: K.Allan

    Jaws stunt during the Studio Tour. 2014. Photo Credit: K.Allan

  2. Visit Krustyland

    Home to my favourite cartoon family, the Simpsons. Krustyland features the Simpson ride (which I definitely recommend, so much fun and my first ride at Universal Studios) the Kwik-E-Mart and loads of fun arcade style games to win Simpson’s prizes. Definitely purchase on of the Lard Lad donuts, which are definitely Homer’s favourites and now mine after purchasing one literally the size of my head! Photo opportunities happen throughout the day so make sure you find out when you get to meet *Theeeee Simpppppsooooons* (In the opening title sounding voice… you know what I mean).

    The Simpson's outside the Kwik-E-Mart in Krustyland. 2014. Photo Credit: E.Hamilton

    The Simpson’s outside the Kwik-E-Mart in Krustyland. 2014. Photo Credit: E.Hamilton

  3. Ride the Jurassic Park ride

    No detail is spared on this awesome water ride. With moving dinosaurs, jungle foliage oh… and a whole lot of water. This ride is one of the older rides at the park but has obviously stuck around for a reason. With a 25 meter (84 feet) water plunge at the end of the ride, be prepared to get very, very wet, but the ride is worth it, when else are you going to come face to face with a giant T-Rex?

    Jurassic Park Ride. 2014. Photo Credit: K.Allan

    Jurassic Park Ride. 2014. Photo Credit: K.Allan

  4. Watch Waterworld Stunt Show

    If you want to see an in your face, incredible stunt show, then this is one show you cannot miss! Featuring loads of fire, jet ski stunts, actors jumping and falling of ledges I wouldn’t even want to climb up and even a plane crash, this stunt show will have you hooked until the end and the crowd gasping at how some of the stunts are pulled off.

    Waterworld Stunt Show. 2014. Photo Credit: K.Allan

    Waterworld Stunt Show. 2014. Photo Credit: K.Allan

  5. Take in the incredible view of Hollywood

    When venturing from the upper lot down to the lower lot (conveniently connected by air-conditioned escalators as it really is quite a way up, or down) make sure you stop and take in the view of surrounding Hollywood. You can also witness incredible views whilst on the Studio Tour so make sure you have your camera handy.

    View of Hollywood. 2014. Photo Credit: K.Allan

    View of Hollywood. 2014. Photo Credit: K.Allan

  6. Ride the Revenge of the Mummy Ride

    My personal favourite from all the rides at Universal, the Mummy ride is a fast paced roller coaster that isn’t for the faint-hearted. I have recently developed a love for roller coasters so this ride was definitely a favourite. Being plunged forwards and backwards in darkness surrounded by ancient artefacts and of course escaping from the Mummy’s! I’m not entirely sure why, but everyone did a clapping chant as each vehicle got ready to depart so if anyone has any insight for why this happens or if it normally even happens at all, please feel free comment below, I’d love to know because it was hilarious and awesome.

    The Mummy Ride. 2014. Photo Credit: K.Allan

    The Mummy Ride. 2014. Photo Credit: K.Allan

  7. Ride the Despicable Me Minion Mayhem Ride

    The newest and quite possibly the cutest ride at Universal Studio’s, Minion Mayhem is a recruiting ride to transform you into a minion for Gru! Featuring a video ‘recruiting’ portion at the beginning featuring Gru, his 3 daughters and of course Minion’s, you then venture through to your cart , strap in and enjoy the process of becoming a minion, and lots of bananas.

    Minion's at the Despicable Me ride. 2014. Photo Credit: E.Hamilton

    Minion’s at the Despicable Me ride. 2014. Photo Credit: E.Hamilton

Another piece of advice for those who hate waiting in lines is to either a) pay more and purchase a front of  line pass or b) queue in the single rider lines, like I did for everything (Em’s not a fan of rides and gets motion sickness, unlucky for her :P). Universal Studio’s is a fun attraction and I definitely recommend spending a day here when in Hollywood.

Tickets for Universal Studio’s start at US$92 per ticket for a 1 day pass

All posts are by Global Whispers and are entirely my own opinions, views and experiences.

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