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  • Address: 1000 Universal Center Drive
  • Hours: Hours vary throughout the year, check their Park Hours Calendar
  • Admission: Adult: starting at US$77, Children (under 48

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Universal Studios Hollywood

One of the world’s oldest continuously operating movie studios, Universal Studios Hollywood presents an entertaining mix of thrill rides, live action shows, and a tram ride. It’s also one of the largest theme parks, and it cleverly integrates the shows and rides with behind-the-scenes presentations on movie-making.

First-timers should head straight for the tram, which takes you around the soundstages in the front lot, then heads to the back lot past the crash site from War of the Worlds, vehicles from Jurassic Park, and the spooky Bates Motel from Psycho. Also prepare to face down King Kong, brave a flash flood, and survive a shark attack, a spitting dinosaur, and an 8.3 magnitude earthquake.

The best thrill ride is Jurassic Park, a gentle float through a prehistoric jungle. Revenge of the Mummy is a satisfying indoor roller coaster romp through “Imhotep’s Tomb.” Fans of the Simpsons should not miss the Simpsons Ride, where you’ll join Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie as they soar high above the fictional "Krustyland" theme park in a "virtual roller coaster.” Of the live shows, Terminator 2:3-D combines live-action stunts with digital imaging, while Spider-Man Rocks is a cutesy, fast-paced musical show with aerial acrobatics.

Practical Info

Universal Studios is located in Universal City, west of Griffith Park. To get there, take the Hollywood Freeway and get off at either the Universal Center Drive or Lankershim Boulevard exits.

Snack food and drinks, including beer and margaritas, are available throughout the park. The best choices, though, are at the adjacent Universal CityWalk, a commercial fantasy promenade of restaurants, shops, bars, and entertainment venues.

Tours & Tickets

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Universal Studios Hollywood General Admission Ticket

4.5 star rating: Recommended 217 Reviews

Location: Los Angeles, California
Duration: Flexible

From USD $94.99

Skip the Line: Front of Line Pass at Universal Studios Hollywood

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 752 Reviews

Location: Los Angeles, California
Duration: 1 day

From USD $148.99

Universal Studios Hollywood and Movie Stars' Homes Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 21 Reviews

Location: Los Angeles, California
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes

From USD $176.00

The VIP Experience at Universal Studios Hollywood

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 194 Reviews

Location: Los Angeles, California
Duration: Flexible

From USD $298.99

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