Universal Studios Hollywood

My family was recently given tickets to attend Universal Studios Hollywood in California during a summer vacation.  I remember going to Universal Studios when I was in Jr High…it’s totally the same, but has totally changed too!  All my favorites were still there, but they’ve added new favorites too like Whoville, Wisteria Lane, Jurassic Park, and more.


Universal Studios Hollywood is located in Universal City (about 30 miles North of Anaheim).  The park is open most days from 10-6pm, but the hours do vary a little depending on the season.  We wanted to stay the whole day, but only got to spend about 3/4 of the day at the park.  Because we had a front of the line pass we were still able to take in all the rides and attractions that we wanted to.  I loved that pass.

Universal Studios Hollywood

The Front of the Line pass gets you to the front of the line to each ride and show one time during your visit.  This is perfect for families with young kids who hate waiting in long ride lines, people that don’t have a whole days to spend at the park, or if you just want to be able to experience everything Universal has to offer.  Oh and yes…Jaws is still there too!

Universal Studios Hollywood

Favorite Rides:

Jurassic Park–a thrilling and heart stopping water ride that puts you right in the heart of Jurassic Park.
Transformers 3D–this was by far the most awesome-est ride we have ever been on.
Revenge of the Mummy–I’m not going to ruin this one for you…let me just say if you love rollercoasters, you will love it!

Favorite Shows:

Waterworld–an action show on water…totally cool, just make sure you grab a seat front and center!
Studio Tour–Just like I remember, but it also has some current sets too…plus the new King Kong.

Studio Tour at Universal Studios Hollywood

One thing that we were really impressed with were the water fans all over the park..seriously, some of the other theme parks need to install these.  It was over 90F the day we were at the park and standing in front of one the fans for just a few seconds really helped cool us down and made the trip so much more enjoyable.  Plus, the kids thought it was fun to get all wet and run around.

Universal Studios Hollywood

Tickets run from $69-$139 depending on age and if you want the Front of the Line pass (which you do).

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Disclaimer: Universal Studios provided my family with complimentary tickets for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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  1. Wow, a front of line pass would be awesome! I haven’t been there in years, but it sounds great (especially the fans)! 😉


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