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Tips for Being a Smart Universal Studios Hollywood Visitor
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Whimsical cars rise off the ground and rotate in a circle. It'll be fun for families with younger children, but my kids ages 10 and 12 had no interest in this ride.
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Arrive early. This is the 1 rule for avoiding long lines. My husband insisted that we arrive at Universal Studios 45 minutes before the official opening.
I thought it was overkill, but then they opened the gates to everyone 25 minutes early and we were able to ride Harry Potter twice with no wait. Buy tickets in advance. You'll save time and money if you buy your tickets before you arrive. I buy my Universal tickets for a bigger discount from GetAwayToday. Down first. The park is built on a hill. The entrance and main section of the park is at the top.
Several of the best Universal Studios Hollywood rides are at the bottom, at the bottom of a long escalator. Most visitors will start at the top of the hill and then visit the bottom afterward. You can beat the crowd by going to the bottom of the hill first and then coming back to the top.
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We made an exception to this rule and rode Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey at the top of the hill first. Take older kids. Most rides at Universal Studios Hollywood are built for older kids, 48 inches and taller. There are rides and play areas for littles, and the Studio Tour is for everyone.
Child Switch. If your child cannot go on a ride for any reason, you can wait in line once. Then one adult waits with the child while the rest of the family rides. When the ride is finished, the person who waited can ride without standing in line again. Express Pass? You can pay extra for a ticket that allows you to wait in the Express line once for every ride, among other perks.
It's Universal's version of FastPass. This ticket costs more than a two-day ticket, but it might be a good option if you're visiting on a busy weekend or holiday, and don't want to worry about the crowds.
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Related: Best Rides at Disneyland. Get Away Today sells discounted Universal and Disneyland tickets and you can save even more when you buy them together. Universal Studios Hollywood is one of Los Angeles' best attractions for families. If anyone at your house loves movies, and especially Harry Potter, it's a must-see destination. Universal Studios is a great option for families with older kids because, while it doesn't have a lot of rides, nearly all of them are intense, high-thrills experiences for older kids and adults. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam.
Learn how your comment data is processed. Skip to content Skip to primary sidebar. Planning a trip to Universal Studios Hollywood? Transformers — The Ride This immersive ride is a fast-paced 4D adventure where you'll move from scene to scene as Transformers battle Autobots and save the day. Revenge of the Mummy Revenge of the Mummy ride is an intense indoor coaster.
Studio Tour This is the best ride in the park.
Flight of the Hippogriff Flight of the Hippogriff is located in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which means fans will want to ride it.