Universal Studios Hollywood is part working movie studio and part theme park.
The main attractions at Universal Studios are the movie studio tour, thrill rides, and the amazing shows.
We recommend visitors buy discount tickets ahead of time online. Ticket purchased at the gate are rarely the best-priced option. Check below for current ticket offers.
Universal Studios Hollywood Deals
Visiting Universal Studios Hollywood
Guests should try and arrive at the park at least 30 minutes before the park opens to allow for parking and the walk to the main entrance.
From the main entrance, we suggest the first thing you do is head to the escalators and hop on the Universal Studios back lot tour.
Smart guests start with the back lot tour. Afternoon lines for this ride can be huge. Go here first!
Universal Studios Back Lot Tour
Visitors board 60 passenger trams that take them on a tour to see sets and locations from some of the most iconic films and TV shows in history.
The 60-minute guided tram tour also features several shows and rides along the way, including a backstage look at some the studios, sound stages, prop warehouses and executive offices.
Once visitors come from the tour area and back to the park, they will find the Simpsons’ ride, which combines 3D with artificial motion, to give riders the feeling that they are experiencing everything they are watching.
Waterworld Universal Studios Hollywood
Next is the live Waterworld show, which features plenty of action, fire and explosions just like in the Waterworld movie starring mega movie star Kevin Costner.
Just nearby is two additional movie theatre-type shows — Terminator 2: 3D and Shrek 4D. Both which combine 3D film and live action on stage.
Weekend Activities Guide
Jurassic Park River Adventure
Moving on to the lower lot, guests will want to start with the Jurassic Park River Adventure, a water ride that will leave riders wet and want more. So, to quench that thirst, a ride on The Revenge of the Mummy, an all indoor roller coaster mostly in darkness, should please.
After guests check out Backdraft, they will want to head back to the upper lot to check out the Special Effects Stage and the Animal Actors Stage next door.
To end the day, visitors can visit CityWalk just outside the theme park’s main gates.
More ways to save
Costco & Ralphs Market offer seasonal discounts on Universal Hollywood tickets. Subject to availability. Check your local store.
AAA members can save a few dollars, and we do mean a few.
US Military with ID can get a small discount on tickets
Universal Studios Hollywood 100 Universal City Plaza Universal City, CA 91608