Universal Studios Hollywood™ Pre-arrival tips
Universal Studios Hollywood™ is one of America’s great attractions and theme parks. You and your family will have access to some fantastic rides from famous movies and franchises like Harry Potter™, The Simpsons™, The Walking Dead, and Fast & Furious.
Before you embark on this unforgettable trip, you should consider the useful pre-arrival tips found in this guide.
Buy discount tickets online
One of the easiest ways to make huge savings when visiting Universal Studios Hollywood™ is to buy your tickets online. At aRes Travel you will be sure to find some of the best tickets available anywhere.
Why not try the VIP Experience ticket? This ticket will provide you with exclusive access to historic Backlot locations, a tour of the largest prop warehouse, and you can even walk through actual sets of War of the Worlds. All these attractions will also come with an expert tour guide. Additionally, The VIP experience ticket will provide you with a gourmet lunch in an exclusive VIP lounge.
You can use the ticket for general admission to the park, but with Universal Express Unlimited™ you get access to all the best rides and attractions. All you need to do is make your reservation in advance.
Make sure that your children are eligible. Children must be at least five, and if your kids want to get express access to rides unaccompanied, they must be at least seventeen.
Booking this ticket with aRes Travel can save you up to 20 percent on the regular ticket price at the park. In addition to this excellent VIP package, you also get significant savings on general admissions tickets. Save up to 26 percent on a 2-day admissions ticket or 27 percent on a 1-day ticket.
When bringing your family to Universal Studios Hollywood™, why not consider a combo ticket package. With aRes Travel you could try the Park Hopper® ticket, which would give you 1-day access to Universal Studios Hollywood™ and then unlimited back-and-forth access to Disneyland® and Disney California Adventure® Theme Parks, available as a 2-5 day ticket.
Alternatively, you could combine you Universal Studios Hollywood™ with 1-day access to the Knott’s Berry Farm theme park.
There is also more to see at Universal Studios Hollywood™, and you can combine your ticket with the separate Warner Bros. Studio Tour for the ultimate Hollywood experience.
Another great way to combine your tickets with aRes Travel is to purchase a hotel deal. This deal gives you access to Universal Studios Hollywood™ and great discounts at over 60 local hotels. Hotels like the Hollywood Hotel (with free American breakfast), Best Western Hollywood Plaza, and Hilton Universal City are situated within walking distance of Universal Studios Hollywood™, making it easy and convenient for you and your family.
Hotels like Super 8 Hollywood or Embassy Suites by Hilton include a free breakfast for all guests.
There are a lot of other great hotels with free shuttle service to and from the park, such as the Garland, which is perfect for families or the beautiful Coast Annabelle Hotel.
What can you bring into Universal Studios Hollywood™?
You can avoid hassles and extra time at the entry points to Universal Studios Hollywood™ if you engage in a little pre-planning.
Security is tight, and all bags, backpacks, purses, and other items will go through an x-ray and subject to further inspection by security personnel.
Make sure you also leave bags with wheels, coolers, and suitcases in your car or at the hotel as these are among items on the prohibited list.
Other items banned from the park include:
- Any explosive or weapon.
- Illegal drugs.
- Clothing with obscene messages or images.
- Clothing that imitates or gives the impression you work for emergency services or Universal.
- Segways (unless used as an ADA mobility device), hoverboards, and drones.
The park permits selfie sticks in some cases, but only at the discretion of Universal personnel. You must put them away in your purse or bag while on all rides and attractions including the Studio Tour.
Once you are inside the park if you want to smoke, you must ensure you go to one of the designated smoking areas. These include an area on the Upper Lot, close to Super Silly Fun Land and two designated smoking areas in Universal CityWalk™.
Plan your day
Before going to Universal Studios Hollywood™, plan your day by using the following quick checklist.
- Check the weather before your day out. You can check the weather online for up to 90 days in advance.
- Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. After you have checked the weather, wear appropriate clothes to the park and comfortable shoes as you will cover a lot of ground inside the park. Don’t forget to pack raincoats in your bag just in case.
- Review the park map in advance of your visit. You can download the Universal Studios Hollywood™ official app to give a live map view and allows you to check wait times for all the rides, shows, and attractions throughout the day. The app also allows you to set alerts to notify you when the lines shorten.
Longer stay vacation packages
With aRes Travel, you can purchase a Universal Studios Hollywood™ vacation package, which gives you access to the park and a nearby hotel.
Depending on how long you have allotted for your vacation, you can take advantage of your time in the area and visit some of the other great attractions in the area.
You could try one of the combo packages, which also include access to Universal Studios Hollywood™ like the Park Hopper®. This ticket provides unlimited repeat entry to Disneyland® and Disney California Adventure® Theme Parks.
You can choose a ticket providing from 2-5 day repeat entry to Disneyland® Resort attractions and a 1-day ticket to Universal Studios™.
Alternatively, you can purchase the Knott’s Berry Farm combo ticket, which gives you 1-day access to this incredible park.
Six Flags Magic Mountain is only 35 miles outside of Los Angeles, voted by USA TODAY readers as America’s Best Theme Park. Inside the park, you’ll find over 100 rides and 19 of the world’s most thrilling rollercoasters.
Whatever combination or ticket you choose, your trip to Universal Studios Hollywood™ will be an unforgettable vacation for all your family.
All you need to do is use the helpful pre-arrival guide to maximize your Universal experience.