It took us a while to make up our mind to purchase the VIP tickets at Universal Studio Hollywood, but we were glad that we made the right decision to purchase the VIP tickets. The VIP tickets provided us heaps of benefits, including a free valet parking (to avoid long queue to park our car), enjoyed breakfast in the VIP lounge (to avoid long queue at the ticket office), exclusive train to tour around movie facility (we were allowed to got off and took photos), got accessed to warehouse (we got to see the costume for the movie "47 Ronin" before it's officially released), escorted to most popular rides by our tour guide, enjoyed free lunch in a VIP lounge for lunch and continued enjoying unlimited front of line access to all rides.The tickets are expensive compared to general admission tickets, however the value is much worth as we got to see and experience more things than we could do by ourselves. The theme park is quite large so it is recommended to spend one day there and especially for the VIP tickets, minimum 6 hours are required to see every thing with this type of ticket.
After reading many reviews we decided FOL passes would benefit us, and we were not wrong! Our family of 4 (2 adults,13 and 11y.o.) easily made it through all Universal Studios had to offer.
We did the studio tour, special effects stage, water world, animal actors, each ride twice (a couple of rides 4 times), including leaving the park to lunch on Universal Citywalk, all by 7:15pm.
My best advice is to do your homework (which attractions will suit your family) and PRE-PLAN your day before you enter the parking lot! Also, use the time spent in lines to plan the location of the next show or ride.
- PARK in general parking, it is convenient and cheapest
- ARRIVE @ entry around 8:30am and proceed directly to the FAR RIGHT box to exchange paper vouchers. We did not have to wait in line and the exchange was problem free.
- DO the 'studio tour' first. It is a fabulous way to start the day and wait times increase monumentally as the day progresses. The gate to the tour doesn't actually open until 9am, but join the crowd and
-LINE-UP for rides with short wait times early on in the day and save the FOL pass for later when the park is jam-packed and the wait times can be 90 mins. Eg. rides which state a '10mins' wait in the morning may allow you to walk right in, as was the case in our experience. If you have younger kids they will love the Simpsons ride and this is VERY popular with super long wait times later in the day. It is even worth lining up for 30mins in the morning to use your pass to skip the 90 min cue in the afternoon!
-Use LINE A for all attractions (you will be told this) and sit in RESERVED SEATING for shows (you will not be told this! We only worked this out by watching other FOL pass-holders at our 3rd show)
- Tickets were the cheapest I found on the internet at the time. They were also cheaper than the park price.
- Viator.com was very easy to use
- Tickets MUST be printed on paper and taken with!
- 5 stars
I highly recommend getting the Fast Pass tickets for Universal!
This tour is by far one of the best things we did during our five week holiday in the US. Our tour guide Bobby was fantastic, he had an obvious love of his job and all things related to movie and television. Bobby was funny, enthusiastic and very entertaining. It was great to see behind the scenes, even our kids were fascinated by the in depth look we took at production/sets/costumes etc. The rides at the end of the tour were so much fun, and you can go on again and again, straight to the front of the line with VIP tickets. You also get a lovely breakfast on arrival, and a fantastic gourmet lunch. Would absolutely recommend paying the extra money and doing Universal in style with a VIP pass!
Probably the best way to see Universal studio. Detailed and comfortable, without spending time in the waiting line. You see movie production from the inside.
We had a GREAT time at Universal Studio. The Front of Line Pass definitely helped us to enjoy all the rides. They had special entrance to each ride for the pass holders so the maximum waiting time was only 5 minutes comparing to 30-50 mins waiting time without the pass. So it definitely worth it. Buying the pass from Viator also helped us safe a lot of time. We only showed the voucher at the "group" ticket booth and got the ticket, and it was no line at the group booth. We also got good deal booking via Viator. So we will definitely use the service again. Highly recommended.
Loved this. Jump the queue came in handy later in day when starts to fill up. Only get to jump once per ride so advise to use it when have to! Universal was great, especially The Mummy and Transformers rides!!
awesome time at universal....front of line is essential.
Great experience at the Universal Studio! :) got the chance to try all their rides and see all their shows! You just need to carefully look at the schedule for the day so won't miss any of the shows! Highlight of the day was the Studio Tour and the Waterworld! :) A must see in LA.
Not really worth it at all. Universal Studio had gone dirt cheap on this offer. Imagine paying over USD $300 per individual on this, not much of VIP experience at all. No gift packs but a dirt cheap poncho for the Jurassic Park Ride...All the other exclusive studio visitations...don't even want to go into it at all...only happy with the tour guide Sami...others are merely a rip-off....Viator, please do not recommend this on your advertising page....this offer is really, really an outmost ripped-off to all individuals....
Note from Viator: We're very sorry you didn't enjoy your VIP tour of Universal Studios Hollywood. This tour is all about going behind the scenes and walking onto sets from current television shows (such as Parenthood), Movie Sets (eg Pirates of the Caribbean), and to see areas not usually accessible to the general public like the props warehouse. A fabulous lunch is included that goes way beyond regular theme park food and is all you can eat. You also get front of line access to all the shows and rides after your tour ends.
It's universal studios. What's not to like!
We were unsure about spending so much on the Universal trip, but decided in the end to do the VIP tour. We then kept saying, during the day, "We are so glad we did this. It is worth every penny". Apart from going through security, no queues all day. Welcomed at a lounge where breakfast of salmon and cream cheese bagels and other rolls, yoghurt, fruit, juice and coffee were waiting. Sat on comfortable sofas, awaiting being collected by our guide for the day, Bobby. Then taken on all the rides, entering by special entrances to avoid queue - be warned, there is no ride where you do not get sprayed with water and for Jurassic Park, you definitely need the plastic poncho they provide. Fabulous buffet lunch, in private dining room. Then, in the afternoon, taken down to the back lot and allowed to walk around the square they used in Ghostwhisperer and Back to the Future, taking photos; taken inside the sound stage they were using for a current series - Parenthood; toured the props warehouse (that was amazing). Our guide, Bobby, kept us entertained with lots of info and gossip and was great. Could not recommend highly enough. A big outlay, but well worth it.
This tour is absolutely amazing!!! The experience allows you to feel like a total VIP. My tour guide was very friendly, funny, and knows all about the movie industry!!! I would really recommend this package for any going to Universal. Lunch is provided - it is a very delicious gourmet buffet with Valet parking as well - which is awesome so that you don't have to go and search for your car at the end of the day, they will bring it right to you! My family and I will definitely go next year! I can't wait for the Harry Potter and Minion Rides to open!!!
We saw everything that we wanted to at universal Studios because we had front if line passes. We went on a very crowded Sunday and the queues were LONG but we just bypassed everyone and went through Gate A. Highly recommended.
Universal Studios is so overrated! Paid double the price of normal entry for this pass, only to find out you can only use it once per ride. However I didn't know this so did use it multiple times without realising and got pulled up on my third go on one of the rides. If it was strictly once per ride I would've been furious. Maybe it made a difference because we didn't go on the rides multiple times consecutively.
Anyway there only like 8 rides. Nearly all are simulated. The best was Simpsons and Transformers, both simulated. When we left the park (about 5 hours before closing) transformers had a 3 hour wait time.
Too many people let in the park for it's size. Which left long queues for food and nowhere to eat once you actually got the food as all seats were taken.
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