My first amusement park visit during this trip would be Universal Studios Hollywood. It’s also my first ever Universal Studios experience anywhere so I was naturally excited! Join me as I look back on one of the best amusement park experience I’ve ever had so far!
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My Universal Studios Hollywood experience started with driving through the parking of the park. It’s not the prettiest, but it adds to the suspense for first timers like me. And once we’re out of the parking, you still have to navigate through the CityWalk before you get a glimpse of the entrance.
Universal CityWalk Hollywood
Universal CityWalk Hollywood (or simply, the CityWalk) is a three-block entertainment, dining, and shopping promenade. It’s actually pretty nice here as you have a decent selection of places to eat, get some souvenirs, watch a movie, and shop!
When we finally arrived at the entrance, we were greeted with a live broadcast of EXTRA and we were even invited to be in the background. I think I had a few seconds of live TV fame then so my first impressions of Universal Studios Hollywood was really great! I really am in Hollywood!
Then comes the moment of truth. Universal Studios Hollywood, here we come! 😀
Travel Tip: If you’re pressed on time, a Front of Line ticket is a lifesaver. Sure it costs about 50% more than regular tickets, but the time you save from queueing in line makes it worth it!
Universal Studios Hollywood is basically divided into the upper and lower sections due to the huge differences in elevation within the property. Thankfully, there are escalators so we didn’t have to step up and down the stairs, but it was really hot that day so walking would still give you some sweat.
Perhaps the most convenient way of seeing Universal Studios Hollywood is via the guided tour. You get into this long shuttle that will take you all around the park, and you have a tour guide that tells you what’s going on. And it’s not your ordinary sit down and listen kind of tour—it is really, really entertaining! I wouldn’t spoil it for first timers but I really, really recommend it!
By all means, there’s so much more in this tour that I wasn’t able to include and I wouldn’t be able to appreciate Universal Studios Hollywood that well had I not took this tour. Next stop, the attractions!
With so many attractions and so little time, it’s quite difficult to pick where to begin! So let’s start with the one where you’d most likely get wet…
Watch out for dinosaurs roaming around the area…
Next stop, a visit to the world of Shrek…
As always, I won’t spill the beans! Next up, Springfield and the Simpsons!
Quite surprisingly, The Simpsons ride was really fun! It’s not really for the little kids as I expected and is a bit dizzying. Moving on…
Of course, a trip to Universal Studios would not be complete without a visit to The Minions’ lair!
There are still a lot of other attractions that we went to that I won’t be including here so as not to make this post too long. 🙂
Aside from attractions, there are also shows you can enjoy. Again, let’s start with something we could get wet:
WaterWorld is a show based on a movie with the same name. It is an action-packed show filled with amazing actors doing amazing stunts with some explosions all around. You really can get wet but you don’t have to if you prefer to stay dry as seats are marked clearly as to where the wet and dry zones are. And this being Hollywood, the show we saw was star-studded as the actors who played have appeared on TV series and movies.
Universal’s Animal Actors is another show that we got to see and it’s another star-studded one. If you’ve seen a recent movie with animals in it, it’s most likely they were here in this show! We were shown what these animal actors can do and some techniques on how they film them. Note that it’s not just the usual cats and dogs!
And there were some more other animals on the show that I wasn’t able to take photos of! Overall, this show is for all ages and it’s quite entertaining and informative. It’s pretty interactive too!
Universal Studios Hollywood provides some very nice views of the surrounding area. And the park itself provides some really good place to take photos.
That’s a Wrap!
As the sun slowly sets, so too must our day in Universal Studios Hollywood end. But before we end our day, the CityWalk still have some things to show us…
A day at Universal Studios Hollywood sure is too short to really cover everything even with Front of Line tickets! Regardless, I sure had lots of fun! And just as I thought I was just entering a typical amusement park, I was actually stepping into actual TV and movie studios! Universal Studios Hollywood is really unique and won’t be easily matched by any amusement park with all the shows and movies that have been recorded and are still being recorded within its premises. Being here made me feel that I really was in Hollywood! Looking forward to returning in the future! 😀
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West Coast Chronicles:
- Downtown Los Angeles
- Santa Monica Beach
- Universal Studios Hollywood
- Road To Las Vegas
- Las Vegas (Day 01)
- Las Vegas (Day 02)
- Last Day in Las Vegas and Return to California