What’s there to see and do in the park?Universal Studios Hollywood is split into two sections, the Upper Lot and the Lower Lot, each of which has themed areas with rides, shows, and other attractions, plus food and merchandise stores. The Upper Lot includes Despicable Me-themed rides and attractions, a ride based on The Simpsons, plus shows based on stunts (physical and digital) used in movies. It’s also the start of the Universal Studios Tour, and is where you can find The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, with its own themed rides, shows, stores, and restaurants. The Lower Lot has three thrill rides based on The Mummy, Jurassic World, and the Transformers movies, plus a dinosaur-themed play area.
Will it be interesting for kids who can’t go on rides?There’s plenty of rides which don’t have height limits (for example the Silly Swirly carnival ride, plus the Studio Tour) or have limits which include most kids under 5 (such as Flight of the Hippogriff or Despicable Me Minion Mayhem), but for kids who’d rather not ride there are plenty of things to do. There’s a Despicable Me-themed play area in the Upper Lot, a dinosaur-themed play are in the Lower Lot, Universal’s Animal Actors show, and a host of characters available to meet (including Paddington Bear, Dora the Explorer, the Minions and many more!).
What’s the deal with the Studio Tour?The Universal Studios Tour (also known as the Backlot Tour) lasts about 60 minutes and takes guests on trams around the Front Lot and Backlot, passing sets and props from famous movies (including Psycho, Bath to the Future, and War of the Worlds) along the way. The tram also stops to experience some staged demonstrations of special effects, including an earthquake, a flash flood, and surprise encounters with certain… stars. Tours are also available in Spanish and Mandarin.
How long should I plan for my trip?It’s recommended that you take a whole day to explore the entire park, but if you don’t have the time then you can see as much as possible by skipping lines with an Express pass.