Universal Studios Hollywood is the only authentic, working movie studio and theme park in the world. It's as much a can’t-miss for visitors as it is a regular weekend attraction for LA locals. From the world famous Studio Tour to thrilling rides and family friendly attractions, the magic of moviemaking is made real for everyone who comes to experience it. We round up our top ten must-sees for your next visit.
Book the VIP Experience for the ultimate behind-the-scenes visit to Universal Studios Hollywood. Limited tickets to the VIP Experience are $299 per person, and include exclusive features such as:
- Tour the backlot in a special trolley that lets you disembark and explore areas not open to the general public.
- VIP guide who immerses you in Universal Studios history, gives you no-wait, front-of-the-line access to all rides, and finds the best seats at any show.
- Gourmet lunch in the private VIP dining room, valet parking, and VIP entry and exit from the park.
TRANSFORMERS: The Ride - 3D is an immersive, next generation thrill ride that blurs the line between fiction and reality. Fusing HD 3D media and flight simulation technology, this epic ride creates an experience unlike anything this planet has ever seen. Based on the popular movie franchise, this mind-blowing Transformers adventure puts you in the middle of the ultimate war zone.
Jurassic Park® - The Ride is an exhilarating raft ride that brings visitors face-to-face with prehistoric giants like a 50-foot Tyrannosaurus Rex, before plunging them 84 feet down a wild waterfall. Getting drenched is guaranteed, so plan accordingly.
This catapulting coaster launches riders 45 miles per hour through near-darkness, before it reverses and takes them backwards through the entire route. With authentic Egyptian hieroglyphics etched into the walls, actual props from the movies, warrior mummies, a scarab beetle attack and much more, rider on Revenge of the MummySM - The Ride won’t soon forget their encounter with Imhotep.
The world famous Studio Tour is perhaps the most legendary attraction at Universal Studios—and its original one, having debuted in 1915, not long after the theme park opened. Narrated by Jimmy Fallon, the Studio Tour offers guests the chance to explore the working backlot of a real Hollywood movie studio. The tram ride takes visitors past sets from films like War of the Worlds, Psycho, The Fast and the Furious, Jaws and others, with a fiery special effect or two thrown in for good measure. The tour also includes filmmaker Peter Jackson’s heart-pounding King Kong 360 3D, the world’s largest 3D experience.
A more family-friendly ride, The Simpsons Ride™ takes you on a simulator journey through Krustyland with fun animation in high-definition.
Guests will need to muster all their bravery for House of Horrors, a dark and windy walk-through maze where all the classic Universal Studios horror film villains lurk, just waiting for a chance to leap out and surprise the unsuspecting visitor.
Halloween Horror Nights has become a Southern California institution, taking place every fall at Universal Studios Hollywood from the end of September through Halloween night. Specially-constructed theme mazes feature blood, guts and the scariest and best-known Universal movie monsters as well as a host of other chilling characters, known for their penchant for pursuing those who show the most fear. Special “Terror Tram” tours of the backlot are also available during this time.
If you’ve ever wanted to see a movie stuntman in action, this is your chance. The 20-minute WaterWorld show features wild jet ski tricks, pyrotechnics, air stunts and more. Don’t sit in the front “Soak Zone” unless you’re prepared to get waterlogged.
How do they make monsters come to life? What is CGI? And how do those 3D images pop out of the screen like that? Visitors to the Special Effects Stage will find out all the answers when they get a behind the scenes look at these amazing filmmaking secrets and more.
With over 30 stores, 25 dining options, 6 nightclubs, live outdoor entertainment and a 19-screen movie theater with IMAX, Universal CityWalk is a one-stop destination for entertainment that's located just steps from Universal Studios Hollywood. Be sure to check out the state-of-the art 5 Towers concert venue which showcases live, free entertainment all year long.
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