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Use This Guide to Plan Your Universal Studios Hollywood Trip!

Heading to Southern California Orlando anytime soon? You should be! SoCal is the entertainment center of California and for good reason. One of the most iconic and fun attractions is Universal Studios.

A visit to Universal Studios will have you feasting your eyes upon a real working movie studio. If you’ve been to Universal Studio’s in Orlando, your experience in Hollywood will be much different. No experience is ever quite the same at Universal Studios Hollywood. You never know who or what you will see.

One of the best parts of the experience is the arrival. Guests walk through Universal Studio’s Citywalk, where everything from donuts to margaritas can be purchased. Among the restaurants, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, and Tony Roma’s Steakhouse are excellent choices.

If you love celebrity news, then you’ll love the Universal’s Globe Fountain, where you can watch episodes of the half-hour celebrity and entertainment news program Extra be filmed all for FREE.

Your experience at Universal is all up to you. The Universal Theme Park is split up into two distinct areas, the Upper Lot and the Lower Lot. It’s a good idea to arrive when the park opens at 10:00 a.m. and then head directly to the Lower Lot. The Lower Lot is where the thrill rides are located, including Jurrasic Park, Transformers, and The Mummy rides. On the Lower Lot, you can also meet a T-Rex and members of the Transformers.

The Upper Lot offers 3D and 4D attractions. From the Minions to the Simpson’s, there is a ride based on every age range that deals with movies or television shows. The Upper Lot is also home to the new Walking Dead attraction, but be warned – you might be grabbed and dragged by zombies. That experience is definitely not for the faint of heart!

So many food options at Universal, it’s hard to choose! The park houses the famous Pink’s Hot Dogs, a Los Angeles classic. There’s also an endless array of cotton candy, ice cream, chicken fingers, French fries, and hamburgers. The giant donuts in The Simpson’s land are well-worth $10. 

Like any theme park, characters are all over the place. Some of the characters you might see are Dora the Explorer, Shrek, Beetlejuice, Scooby Doo, Spongebob Squarepants, Marilyn Monroe, and Curious George. All the characters make appearances throughout the day and are willing to take pictures and sign autographs. Side tip: An easy and fun way to collect autographs is by buying a hat and asking each character to sign the hat. A fun little keepsake, plus it doubles to keep the sun off your face!

The Universal Studio’s Studio Tour is one of the best experiences. This is a good attraction to visit after you’ve eaten lunch because it’s the perfect way to digest. The studio tour is about 30 to 45 minutes and the best part is that guests get driven around on a tram. The tour is very interactive, with guests getting up close and personal with some of the most famous movie sets in the world.

Explore Amity Island and see where Jaws was filmed or enjoy the 4D experience on Skull Island, become a resident of Wisteria Lane or visit the plane crash site from War of the Worlds! The studio tour is ever changing and each day the next viral music video could be filmed or you might see one of Hollywood’s biggest stars walking through a set piece!

There are so many ways to customize your experience at Universal Studios and for discount tickets, visit 365 Tickets USA! Have fun!