Top 10 Must Sees at Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios Hollywood

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 popular weekend attraction for L.A. locals.

From the world-famous Studio Tour to thrilling rides and family-friendly attractions, read on and discover the top ten must-see attractions for your next visit to Universal Studios Hollywood.

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey at Universal Studios Hollywood
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™ | Photo: Universal Studios Hollywood

1. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

HOGWARTS IS NOW IN HOLLYWOOD! The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ is one of the West Coast’s greatest entertainment experiences. Explore the mysteries of Hogwarts™ castle, visit the shops of Hogsmeade™, and sample fare from some of the wizarding world’s best-known establishments. Soar above Hogwarts with the thrilling Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™, or spiral and dive around the pumpkin patch when you ride the family-friendly Flight of the Hippogriff™ roller coaster.

DARK ARTS AT HOGWARTS™ CASTLE
Find a moment of hope hidden in the darkness when you see Dark Arts at Hogwarts™ Castle light up the sky with music and live special effects. Experience the fire-engulfed army of Inferi, the soul-draining breath of Dementors™ and the haunting image of Lord Voldemort™ as you stare in awe at the castle’s takeover. Accompanied by an atmospheric music score created by Academy Award-winning composer John Williams, this powerful spectacle is an unforgettable end to your day.

Jurassic World 1 2022
Jurassic World 2 2022

2. Jurassic World - The Ride

Prepare yourself for the evolution of Jurassic World - The Ride, as you come face-to-face with Indominus rex as she stalks you through the jungle. You'll be caught in an epic battle for the ages when she’s confronted by her archrival, Tyrannosaurus rex.

Besides the ride itself, highlights of the experience include:

  • Raptor Encounter - Meet Blue the Velociraptor and the friendly Triceratops.
  • DinoPlay - Discover the interactive kids area with activities for younger guests.
  • Isla Nu-Bar - Enjoy a Tiki cocktail beneath the shade of the thatched roof.
  • Jurassic Café - Whether you're as hungry as a T. rex or just want to nibble, this is the perfect spot for a taste of Costa Rican inspired cuisine.
  • Jurassic Outfitters - Commemorate the day with collectibles such as t-shirts, hats, drinkware and jewelry.
Fast & Furious - Supercharged at Universal Studios Hollywood
Fast & Furious - Supercharged | Photo: Universal Studios Hollywood

3. The World-Famous Studio Tour

The World-Famous Studio Tour is perhaps the most legendary attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood. 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 and Jaws, to filmmaker Peter Jackson’s heart-pounding King Kong 360 3D, the world’s largest 3D experience.

FAST & FURIOUS - SUPERCHARGED
Based on the Fast & Furious action movie series, Fast & Furious - Supercharged is a dynamic hydraulic-motion based ride that catapults guests into the high-stakes underground world of fast cars. The grand finale of the Studio Tour, Fast & Furious - Supercharged is housed in a 50,000 square-foot building and tells an original Fast & Furious story with hyper-realistic special effects that immerse guests in the adrenaline-fueled Fast & Furious universe. State-of-the-art 3D-HD imagery is projected onto the world’s longest and most expansive 360-degree screen, spanning nearly 400 feet in length to encircle Studio Tour passengers.

4. The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash

The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash is a fully immersive experience in which guests assume the roles of stray puppies as they join characters from the hit animated films on their quest to find forever homes.

Using animatronics, video mapping and more high-tech magic, the family-friendly adventure takes visitors through the streets of New York as they make their way to the adoption fair. Throughout their journey, riders will encounter Max, Snowball, Gidget, Chloe, Duke, and a host of other animal friends.

Universal CityWalk Hollywood
Universal CityWalk | Photo: Universal Studios Hollywood

5. Shopping and Entertainment at Universal CityWalk

With over 30 stores, 30 dining options, six nightclubs, live outdoor entertainment and a 19-screen movie theater - including a seven-story 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.

Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem at Universal Studios Hollywood
Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem | Photo: Universal Studios Hollywood

6. Despicable Me Minion Mayhem

Inspired by the blockbuster Despicable Me animated movies, Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem is an Ultra-HD movie motion-simulator ride. Along with Super Silly Fun Land, an outdoor family play zone, these are two of the best attractions for kids at Universal Studios Hollywood.

The Simpsons Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood
The Simpsons Ride™ | Photo: Universal Studios Hollywood

7. Springfield - The Simpsons Ride™

The Simpsons Ride™ is a virtual reality roller coaster ride through Krusty the Clown’s low-budget theme park, Krustyland. The Simpsons' hometown comes alive with favorite locations from the award-winning animated series. From eateries like Krusty Burger, Luigi’s Pizza and Phineas Q. Butterfat’s 5600 Flavors Ice Cream Parlor, to watering holes like Moe’s Tavern and Duff’s Brewery, guests will feel as if they’ve stepped through their TV and into the colorful city of Springfield.

Transformers: The Ride-3D at Universal Studios Hollywood
Transformers™: The Ride-3D | Photo: Universal Studios Hollywood

8. Transformers™: The Ride–3D

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 that's 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.

WaterWorld at Universal Studios Hollywood
WaterWorld | Photo: Universal Studios Hollywood

9. Entertainment

Besides the incredible attractions and The World-Famous Studio Tour, the whole family will love the numerous entertainment options, including:

  • WaterWorld - The park's #1 rated show is an unforgettable adventure that surges to life with jumping jet-skiers, perilous plunges, firefights, massive explosions, and an in-your-face plane crash that must be seen to be believed.
  • Universal's Animal Actors - The animals aren’t just in the live show, they’re in control! See your favorite scenes from The Secret Life of Pets re-enacted, watch exclusive film content, and witness Tinseltown-trained critters put pet tricks to shame with their animal antics. Who knows, you might even get to co-star!
Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights
Halloween Horror Nights | Photo: Universal Studios Hollywood
Holiday Frog Choir at Universal Studios Hollywood
Holiday Frog Choir | Photo: Universal Studios Hollywood

10. Seasonal Events

Throughout the year, Universal Studios Hollywood hosts some of LA's most popular seasonal events, including:

  • Halloween Horror Nights - From the movie studio that invented the horror film genre, Halloween Horror Nights brings together the stories and visions of the world’s most notorious creators of horror. Enter mind-ripping mazes; face nightmarish creatures in sinister scare zones; get lost in outrageous live entertainment; and escape to some of the park’s most exhilarating attractions.
  • Holidays - The whole family can celebrate Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, join in the Who-tacular Grinchmas™ celebration, and end the day at Universal CityWalk with holiday shopping, the 40-foot Christmas tree, and fantastic dining.
VIP Experience at Universal Studios Hollywood
VIP Experience at Universal Studios Hollywood  |  Photo: Yuri Hasegawa

BONUS: VIP Experience

Book the VIP Experience for the ultimate behind-the-scenes visit to Universal Studios Hollywood. Tickets to the VIP Experience start at $349 per person (discounts available throughout the year), 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 the Universal Studios story, escorts you through express lines at rides and attractions, and finds the best seats at seated shows.
  • Gourmet lunch in the private VIP dining room, valet parking, and VIP entry and exit from the park.

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