Universal Studios Hollywood in Universal City, CA

100 Universal City PlazaUniversal City, CA 91608
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Overview

Ready to bring your favorite movies to life? Universal Studios Hollywood combines thrill, incredible special effects, and beloved characters for the ultimate movie experience. Go behind the scenes with exclusive tours of a real working movie studio or dive deep into the stories with jaw-dropping rides and shows. Minions, Harry Potter, The Walking Dead, Transformers, Kung Fu Panda, and more are waiting for you!

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Universal City Travel Experts
  • Coolers are not permitted into the park.
  • General parking is $20 or $10 after 5:00 pm. Valet parking is also available for an additional fee.
  • Locker facilities range from $8 to $15, depending on the locker size and location.
  • Strollers, ECVs, and wheelchairs available to rent for a surcharge.
  • Purchase a Universal Express™ ticket to skip the lines for popular rides and shows.
  • "DreamWorks Theatre featuring Kung Fu Panda" now open!
  • Tickets do not include early park admission.

Description

from Universal Studios Hollywood®
Universal Studios Hollywood®
Go behind the scenes on the world-famous Studio Tour to explore where Hollywood movies are made. Then, face action head-on in heart-pounding rides, shows, and attractions that put you inside some of the world’s most popular movies and TV shows.

Despicable Me Minion Mayhem
Join Gru, his daughters and the mischievous Minions on a heartwarming and thrilling 3-D ride. Start your journey in Gru’s home, where you’re recruited for his latest scheme – one where you’ll become an actual Minion

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™
Explore the mysteries of HogwartsTM castle, visit the shops of HogsmeadeTM, and sample fare from some of the wizarding world’s best-known establishments. Plus experience Harry Potter and the Forbidden JourneyTM and Flight of the HippogriffTM that transport you into a world of magical thrills and excitement.

TRANSFORMERS™: The Ride-3D:
Experience the Ultimate Transformers Battle! Fusing HD 3D media and flight simulation technology, TRANSFORMERSTM: The Ride-3D is an immersive, next generation thrill ride that blurs the line between fiction and reality. Prepare for the greatest battle you’ll ever ride.

Fast & Furious – Supercharged
Hold on tight for the Studio Tour’s grand finale, Fast & Furious – Supercharged! Ride along with the all-star cast from the hit movies on an exhilarating high-speed chase that catapults you into the high-stakes underworld of fast cars. You’ll be engulfed in a world of cutting-edge, hyper-realistic special effects, including 3D-HD imagery projected onto the world’s most expansive 360-degree screens!

Get ready for another level of awesomeness at DreamWorks Theatre Featuring Kung Fu Panda, now open. Discover the all-new multi-sensory attraction using state-of-the-art visual effects and cutting-edge technology, including the first-ever interior projection mapping, 360 surround sound audio, and sweeping physical effects, to engulf you in a world of adventure. Join Master Po and more from DreamWorks’ blockbuster franchise on a thrilling journey of awesomeness destined to stimulate your senses, exercise your wit and unlock the hero within through the power of kung fu.

Kung Fu Panda ©2018 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All Rights Reserved. ©2018 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Studio Tour:
The world-famous Studio Tour offers a real, behind-the-scenes look at moviemaking secrets. Visitors can experience the largest street movie set in Hollywood history built with creative consultation from Steven Spielberg himself. Guests can see the sets from hit series and witness special effects used in blockbusters like The War of the Worlds and Universal Pictures’ King Kong.

Parking Fees:
  • General parking: $25 or $10 after 6:00 pm
  • Preferred Parking: $35 or $20 after 6:00 pm
  • Valet Parking: $20 first 2 hours, $40 over 2 hours


LEGAL: HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR. (s17) TRANSFORMERS and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. © 2017 Hasbro. © 2017 DreamWorks, LLC and Paramount Pictures Corporation. All Rights Reserved. ©2017 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Reserve San Diego Customer Reviews

10 Reviews
Sammy Amezcua
Fresno, CA
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Before School Getaway"
August, 2018 NEW
Lots to Do and see was the kids first time there and we were All excited to be there, had a Great time, we will be Back
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Tip: Lots to see you need at least two days to get on all the rides

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Juan Fernando A.
AR
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Very fun"
August, 2018
Is not cheap, but is fun. Lots of things to do. Nice staff.
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Tip: Check Guest Assistance services if you travel with handicapped persons, very helpful. Check in early to have enough time to ride all the attractions.

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Jeffrey Medlock
Queen Creek, AZ
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Better thanks to Reserve Los Angeles."
July, 2018
My daughter and I had a great time at Universal but it was extremely expensive. The discount tickets we got through ReserveLA made a huge difference.
The rides were fun, but if motion simulator rides make you nauseous, this isnt the park fir you. Even the backlot tour has replaced some of their "events" with motion simulators. Wizarding world of Harry Potter and the Simpson's sections were definitely highlights.
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Tip: Bring sunscreen. Universal does a great job of providing shade, but the Southern California sun is deceptive. It doesn't feel that hot and the next thing you know your having your skin checked for melanoma.

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Jeanee T.
Diamond SPrings, CA
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Our Universal Studios Visit"
July, 2018
Took my granddaughter to this park. It was a blast!! We spent 9 hours at the park and still didn't quite do everything. In hindsight, it would be more economical to get the express upgrade with your package instead of at the park. But in any case, we had a lot of fun!
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Tip: Get the Express upgrade with discount offers and be prepared for all day fun!

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Monica Mancilla
Salinas , CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great"
July, 2018
I bought 4 tickets, at a great price, all I had to do was print them and got them fast, we had an easy time getting in the park, hassle free. Thank you reservelosangeles for making it easy.
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Tip: Make sure to check your dates

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Judith B Reeves
Fairview PArk, OH
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Less than expected"
June, 2018
This amusement park focuses primarily on current movies. Hard for grandparents to relate to: Harry Potter, The Minions, Jurassic Park, etc. The rides are properly ID’d as jostling, loud sounds, flashing lights. Not especially good for family outings of varied ages. Special effects show disappointing -expected more descriptions of how SE are achieved. The lot tour was most helpful and interesting.
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Tip: Not a trip for preschoolers or those easily upset by “rough “ rides.

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Eva Sartorius
Roseburg, OR
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"True magic"
May, 2018
We had a wonderful time. The staff is fantastic and wants you to have the best time ever.
Disney is cool but... U.S.H is the best.
Big shout out to guest relations; Tiffany and Mustapha. You 2 are my heros.
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Tip: Best staff on the planet.

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Reserve San Diego Customer
BATTLE GROUND, WA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Universal Studios discount tickets"
March, 2018
Had a great time at Universal! I love Universal Studios, over Disneyland. Awesome rides and decent lines. The discount tickets I got through Reserve Los Angeles were easy to purchase and easy to use...Can't beat saving money!
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TripAdvisor Reviews
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huggy1964
"Amazing resort"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 18, 2018 NEW
So much to do at this place. The skip the line tickets proved invaluable to miss the queues and get on as many rides during the day. Food may have been slightly overpriced and of little variation but was to be expected at these resorts.
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DPMALLIC
London
"AMAZING EXPERIENCE"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 18, 2018 NEW
We were in Hollywood and went to Universal Studios for 2 days. We purchased 2 day tickets on- line from UK, took the prints outs. I now give some important information and advice: 1. Must buy online ticket, take a print and go directly to the gate before the opening time. We went in July 2018 and opening time was from 9am. We went at 8-30am, security check and ticket check took 10 mins and entered in the park at 9-10am. There are Early entry ticket available and with that you can enter early but I don’t see any value by spending extra money as the rides open at their scheduled timings , not early. 2. One of the easiest ways to go to park is take Red line metro, get down at UNIVERSAL stop, come out, cross the road bridge just outside and take free shuttle provided by Universal. All directions are clearly sign posted. 3. These are the following main activities/rides available (latest updated July 2018). I have provided some popularity Index as judged by me : • Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey -Very high • Jurassic Park –Very high • The Simpsons Ride -High • Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride -Average • Special Effects Show -– Hall show at every hour or so (check the schedule) interval- about 400 people can be at a time, so stand in the queue just befor the show time-Average • The Studio Tour- Very high • Universal’s Animal Actors- open air show at every 2 hour or so (check the schedule) interval- about 250 people can be at a time, so stand in the queue just before the show time-Average • Water World: A Live Sea-War Spectacular – open air show at every hour or so (check the schedule) interval- about 500 people can be at a time, so stand in the queue just before the show time-Average • Transformers: The Ride 3D-High • Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem -High • The Walking Dead- Low 4. From the above list, I would recommend to attempt the very popular trips as the first thing in the morning or late hours, so that excess crowd ,mainly due to Conducted trips(11am-4pm) could be avoided. 5. Now I write down some details and tips: a. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey It is a simulator journey, enjoyable. However, hands are to be kept free and no cameras are allowed. Please keep the bags and cameras in the locker (free for 2 hrs) b. Jurassic Park- Another very enjoyable ride on river boat with cog wheel. You can keep bags below the seats. A plastic bag is highly recommended to keep for camera protection and it is better to put the camera in the bag when the boat rises up at the end for 15-20 ft before a 84ft fall. I took all the photos and kept the camera in the bag at the end before the fall, as there will be lots of water splash in the falls, particularly on the first 2 rows. This 84ft fall is the main charm and since is a guided fall through cog wheel, no big jerking was felt. I purchased a photograph of my fall from their office, which was $17 but completely dissatisfied with the quality. c. The Simpsons Ride – This is also a simulator ride which takes through Krustyland, i.e. the world of The Simpsons. Excellent and funny, no big jerking. d. Revenge of the Mummy This is a roller coaster drive and in some portion it accelerates to 45 miles per hour. I didn’t like this journey and it gave lots of pain due to sudden movement and acceleration. Here alos, hands are to be kept free and no bag is allowed. The journey also looked dull to me. e. Special Effects Show- Excellent show with a live show of human fire, special effects, sky walk etc. Seats also shake to enjoy the live show feeling. f. The Studio Tour- This is a 1 hr long guided tram ride which features backdrops and sets used in many of their films and TV shows. Major attractions are live journey to witness King Kong vs Dinosaur, Artificial rain and flood, Earthquake, Car chasing. Shark as shown in Jaws and Fire explosions are also shown here. I liked it as one of the most entertaining experience. g. Universal Animal Actors- This shows the various animals used for film shootings (like dogs, cats, pigs, owl, parrots, Eagles etc.) with live demonstrations and very enjoyable, particularly for children. h. Water world- I liked it most. It showed a live drama with many demonstrations like human fire, fighting, gunfight with water tank leaking, speedboat actions, fire at various places and at the last, a live sea plane comes, catches fire and falls on the water. A spectacular show and will be remembered by me for rest of my life. i. Transformer- It was a 3D ride and lots of movement which gave me little uneasy feeling. To me the gain was less but the ache was more. Probably young people will enjoy more. Hands are to be kept free and no bag is allowed during the ride. j. Despicable Me is a 3D Ultra-HD movie motion-simulator ride. This ride is very smooth and entertaining due to Minions . I liked it very much. k. The Walking dead- This 15 min walk-through is through the haunting atmosphere and many dead people scares you . I was watching few dead people and one of them suddenly stretched his hand to scare me. Very interesting and not for faint hearted people. Overall, it was very enjoyable.
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elena z
"expensive!"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed September 18, 2018 NEW
it a nice place to see its fantastic especially if u are intrested on movies and the actors. the bad thing its expensive almost 100 dollars for me only.! for a families visit this place is very expensive . i belive is not worth the money Especially for families just take a walk outside. there a restaurants and cafes everywhere.
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MAAlawadhi
East Riffa
"Safe Ride "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 18, 2018 NEW
On 21 September 2017 was play day. 1 day for Los Angeles universal studios enough to finish all games if you have some one to guide you or you have a plan before you enter. And this is kind of Park for safe ride by 3D at same time enjoyed it the feeling of danger.
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Marlon M
Colombo, Sri Lanka
"Tips on having the best day at Universal "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 17, 2018 NEW
If you are traveling to California this is 1 place that you definitely must go visit ...and if you are planing to visit keep one separate day as you will find so many interesting this and your day would go by with lots of fun and excitement .... start your day early as possible even though it is opening at 9am its best to get up early and be there before 8.30am ... a one day pass general admission you can get it for about $130 at the gate .. but planing yourself a head you can get a ticket more cheaper if you check online. as you enter the place I recommend walking a bit on the streets of Harry potter which will be on the right hand side .... after spending a couple of hours i recommend to do the universal tour at about 10.15 am ... and straight after the tour which will be about 45 mins go to the lower deck of universal studios and finish the rides, and side seen the place ... I am telling you this as there will be lot in line at the upper deck in the morning and you might be able to save some time by doing so.I also recommend to download the universal app as it will be very easy to find out the times of the shows and don forget to get a map from the gate as well ... this place is a great place to hang out even if you are old ... i highly recommend this place and you will have an amazing time ....
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Frequently Asked Questions about Universal Studios Hollywood®

Are guests allowed to bring food or drink items into Universal Studios Hollywood?
We offer a variety of fresh, delicious food for our guests to enjoy at restaurants and concession stands throughout our property; however, we understand that guests may need to bring outside food and drink into our Parks. Please note the following guidelines for bringing food and drink into our Parks:

Acceptable items: Bottled water, small snacks, any food required for special dietary needs, any food required for medical purposes and medically-indicated nutritional supplements, baby food/baby formula.

Prohibited items: Large coolers of food, alcohol, glass containers, hard-sided coolers, soft-sided coolers larger than 8.5” wide x 6” high x 6” deep, coolers, suitcases, and bags with wheels. Please be advised that all bags and personal items are subject to inspection.

Can guests bring coolers into the Universal Studio?
Large coolers or any large bags are not allowed. Soft-sided insulated bags no larger than 8.5" wide x 6" deep is acceptable.

Do Universal Studios tickets expire?
Yes, the expiration date is listed on the ticket. Tickets are only valid for entrance for either peak or non-peak days, please refer to the ticket description for details. 

How does my E-Ticket work?
It’s easy! Shortly after purchase, you will receive an updated admission ticket by email. Simply take your E-Ticket and click on the link to access your tickets to scan at the front gate/turnstile for entrance into the park.

Are tickets transferable? Can I give them to someone else?
No. Universal tickets are nontransferable and must be used by the same person on the reservation.

What are the parking fees?

  • General parking is $25. Parking after 6:00 pm is $10.
  • Preferred and valet parking available for additional fee.
  • Valet parking: $20 first 2 hours and $40 over 2 hours.

What are the restrictions for oversized vehicles and RV's?
If your vehicle is higher than 6’5” or if items are carried on the top or back of the car, you will be directed to outdoor, uncovered parking. Parking fees for oversized vehicles are the same as general parking. RVs, buses, and other commercial vehicles will be charged an additional fee. Overnight parking is not allowed on our property.

How long does it take to see the entire park?
If you don’t want to miss anything, we recommend that you spend a full day visiting the Park and Universal CityWalk Hollywood in the evening.

Do you have locker facilities?
Yes, lockers range from $8 to $15 depending on the size of the locker.

Can I bring my pet to the park?
Service Animals are welcome in all of our restaurant and merchandise locations, attraction queues and most other locations throughout Universal Studios Hollywood. Please stop by Guest Relations to register your Service Animal and obtain a Riders Guide. Pets, however, are prohibited from the Park and CityWalk.

Can I rent strollers and/or wheelchairs?
Yes, strollers and wheelchairs are available for rent just inside the Park, across from the Universal Studios Store. The rental fee for strollers and wheelchairs are:

  • Single Strollers – $15
  • Double Strollers – $25
  • Wheelchairs – $15
  • ECVs – $60
There is a $25.00 refundable deposit fee for wheelchair rentals.

Do I have to purchase a ticket for my baby?
Children 2 years old or younger are allowed to enter the Park for free.

What is child switch? How does it work?
At each of our attractions, we offer a “child switch” program.   If any child in your party cannot ride an attraction, one or two adults can wait with the child in the attraction’s Child Switch room. When the rest of your party returns, they switch with those who were waiting with the child, without having to wait in line again. Please ask any team member at the entrance of the attraction and they will be happy to assist you.

Is there a way to skip the attraction line?
Yes, a Front Of Line Ticket provides you with one-time priority access at each attraction and priority seating at each show, in addition to all day admission to the Park.

Do you offer the studio tour in foreign languages?
Yes!  We offer Studio Tours in both Spanish and Mandarin every day! Please visit Guest Relations for times.

Does this admission ticket include the early park admission?
No, the tickets offered on this site do not include the early park admission.

Does the park have smoking restrictions?
Yes. Smoking is only permitted in designated areas throughout the park.