Last weekend we had the pleasure of visiting Universal Studios Hollywood. Although it’s only 30 miles from my house, I’ve only been there one other time. The last time we went was for my 30th birthday back in 2015 and we paid for the VIP Experience. It was really pricey but so worth it. It included a gourmet lunch, extended studio and backlot tours, breakfast and front of the line passes to all attractions. This was before the Harry Potter attractions had been built and a lot had changed since then so it was like seeing everything for the first time all over again.
Rides and Attractions
The Harry Potter rides are the newest in the theme park so the lines grow fast! I’d highly recommend starting your day here to minimize time spent in line. Also, you can’t miss the world famous Universal Studios Hollywood backlot tour so be sure to do that second. Again, this is the main reason why people come here so lines get long fast. This is definitely my favorite part of the theme park.
There is a water play area in Super Silly Fun Land however, it was not in service the day we visited. If you are visiting with children during the summer I would recommend bringing a towel and clothing that can get wet to enjoy the water.
After you’ve ridden all of the rides there are also some awesome shows such as Animal Actors to watch. The girls absolutely loved this show! Unfortunately we didn’t have enough time to watch the special effects show this time. But we did on our previous trip and I remember I remember it being really good.
Who can ride?
Our girls are 6 and almost 8 and meet the minimum height requirements for all of the rides so we thought it was a great time to go. There are only 2 rides in the entire park (Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey and Revenge of the Mummy) that have a height restriction of 48″. Rylie, unfortunately, is still a little too short. Brooklynn on the other hand rode everything! She was a little scared of the Mummy Ride and the Walking Dead attraction thought.
What to eat?
Like Disneyland, they do allow you to pack in your own snacks and water. That being said, we didn’t eat inside the theme park but we enjoyed some donuts from VooDoo Donut in Universal Citywalk. They have tons of restaurants and concession stands inside the park though. The food on the VIP tour was incredible so I’m sure that speaks for the other restaurants as well too. However, we have also eaten at the Karl Strauss restaurant in Citywalk and it was also really good.
Should you visit Universal Studios Hollywood?
I definitely would recommend visiting Universal Studios Hollywood! It’s a one of a kind theme park definitely worth experiencing at least once in your life time. I would not recommend visiting if your children are under 40″ tall though. There are child switch areas where you can have one parent wait with the child who cannot go on the ride but only on select rides. It would be a much more enjoyable experience to wait until your children are 40″ or taller.
If you have any trips to Universal Studios planned this summer I’d love to hear about them! And as always, thanks for reading!