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Universal Studios Hollywood Tips to Maximize Your Time

by Leap on May 3, 2017 303 Los Angeles

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At Universal Studios Hollywood, the magic of movie making comes to life at this theme park that literally sprang up around the working studios. The park combines the quintessential Hollywood movie experience with quality theme park attractions and shows, including the most recent additions of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, The Walking Dead Attraction, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem and Fast and Furious: Supercharged on the Studio Tour. With careful planning and our Universal Studios Hollywood tips, you can maximize your time.

Here are 18 Universal Studios Hollywood Tips to Maximize Your Time:

1. Buy your tickets in advance.

You'll save time and money when you buy your Universal Studios Hollywood tickets in advance. If you are a Harry Potter fan (and without a Front of Line pass), you definitely want to take advantage of this guaranteed entry and early admission.

2. Pick the best times to visit. 

Universal Studios Hollywood Tips to Maximize Your Time - The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

While any day you can head to Universal Studios Hollywood is a great day, some days are better than others! You'll find the waits are lowest in the fall, winter and spring. Avoid the days around the holidays and times when children are out of school. Weekdays are often less crowded than weekdays.

3. Consider the Front of Line pass during the busiest times.

If you are planning to visit around the holidays, spring break or summer, consider purchasing Front of Line Passes. With it, you will get one-time priority to every ride, show and attraction! Now that's the way to maximize your time at Universal Studios Hollywood! And with the Front of Line pass you will have no problem seeing every attraction even on the most crowded day. The park limits the number of Front of Line passes it sells, and the price can fluctuate at the park depending on the season and demand. Buying Universal Studios Hollywood Front of Line passes in advance are a must if you cannot arrive in the morning to purchase them at the gate.

4. Arrive ahead of park opening.

Universal Studios Hollywood Tips to Maximize Your Time - Entrance

We frogs have a saying, the early bird gets the flies! When you arrive ahead of park opening, you will be one of the very first people inside the park and will have the opportunity to experience the rides with the very lowest waits of the entire day. This is one of our top Universal Studios Hollywood tips! Plan on extra time to park the car, go through security and walk through the entry gate.

5. Eat breakfast before you arrive.

Universal Studios Hollywood Tips to Maximize Your Time - Hilton Universal breakfast

So that you maximize your time experiencing the rides, shows and entertainment, we suggest you eat breakfast before you head to the park! We give two thumbs up to the buffet at Universal Hilton, which included a variety of cheeses, cold cuts, fresh fruit, muffins, dim sum, pork dumplings, eggs, bacon and even Nutella! Wandering through Universal CityWalk your breakfast options include Starbucks, The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf and Voodoo Doughnut.

6. Bring your own water. 

While Universal Studios Hollywood isn't as lenient as the Disneyland Resort about bringing in outside food, you can bring water bottles, baby food, fruits and vegetables into the park. You will need to leave coolers and food purchased from outside locations (minus the above exceptions) at home. Note that Universal Studios Hollywood does not even allow water or any food brought in for Horror Nights.

7. Check the park website if you want to spot some celebs. 

A couple of weeks before your park visit, check the official website to find out which celebs will be in Universal Studios Hollywood filming. Extra with Mario, Charissa & Tracey Live! is often filmed in front of the Globe Fountain on weekdays. Celebs don't appear every day, but when they will be filming, their times and locations are noted on the schedule. The Voice is filmed at Universal Studios Hollywood. If you want to attend a taping, you can find tickets here, but it is best to attend on a day you are not visiting the theme park because tapings and their check-ins are time-consuming and have dress codes.

8. Schedule your day according to the shows. 

Universal Studios Hollywood Tips to Maximize Your Time - Waterworld

Since the rides run continuously, but the shows do not, it's best to schedule your day around the show schedule. Universal Studios Hollywood publishes a show schedule on its website and in their official app. There are also show time and wait time boards located around the park. Shows normally begin in the late morning, so if you arrive at or before park opening, this gives you plenty of time to experience The Wizarding World, Lower Lot attractions (which have much shorter wait times early in the day) before the shows start.

9. Plan your visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Universal Studios Hollywood Tips to Maximize Your Time - The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

One of our top Universal Studios Hollywood tips is to break up your visits to The Wizarding World, which is centrally located in the Upper Lot. First thing in the morning, ride the Wizarding World rides—Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey and Flight of the Hippogriff. Then tear yourself away to ride other rides with short wait times (such as those in the Lower Lot). Circle back to Hogsmeade later in the day for lunch and shopping when the wait times in the park peak. Both of the rides in the Wizarding World accept Front of Line passes, but Ollivanders Wand pairing demonstration does not. The line for Ollivander’s is longest in the morning after opening. The line drops off significantly in the late afternoon and evening, so it is better to wait on that one.

NOTE: We do give you permission to grab a Butterbeer in the morning after you experience the rides. Because, you know, it's Butterbeer. 

10. Hit the Lower Lot in the morning

Universal Studios Hollywood Tips to Maximize Your Time - Transformers

If you arrive at opening, you also should have no problem hitting the Lower Lot with very few people and minimum waits. We have put together a Universal Studios Hollywood Park Plan so that you can prioritize the rides, shows and attractions.

11. Try to reduce time on the StarWay.

The series of elevators that connect the Upper Lot and the Lower Lot are very loooonnnnngggggg and can very well take you 10 minutes each way (or more during peak times). Avoid multiple trips at all costs by doing everything in the Lower Lot once! We recommend hitting the Lower Lot first thing in the morning because the lines are shortest there in the morning. They peak in the afternoon.

12. Use the Single Riders LineUniversal Studios Hollywood Tips to Maximize Your Time - Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey Single Rider Line

If you don't mind splitting up your party on the ride, the Single Rider Line is the fastest way to get on a ride without having a Front of the Line Pass. It's one of our top Universal Studios Hollywood tips to maximize your time.

Attractions with the Single Rider Line: 

  • Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
  • Jurassic Park - The Ride
  • Revenge of the Mummy - The Ride
  • Transformers: The Ride 3D

13. Head to the Studio Tour in the heat of the day.

Universal Studios Hollywood Tips to Maximize Your Time - Fast & Furious: Supercharged & Universal Studio Tour

The Studio Tour is what makes Universal Studios Hollywood, well, Universal Studios Hollywood. You will go down to the backlot, where you will visit some of the most famous backdrops in movie-making history! The Bates Motel, Wisteria Lane from Desperate Housewives and town square from Back To The Future just to name a few. You might even see some filming taking place! King Kong 3-D and Fast and Furious make the tour an exciting ride as well. We recommend it in the later afternoon or early evening when waits begin to drop, temperatures begin to rise and your legs could use an hour of rest. Also keep in mind that the Studio Tour closes before Universal Studios Hollywood closes, so keep your eye on that last tram departure and wait times so you don't miss out.

14. Have lunch during off-peak times.

You'll save the most time at Universal Studios Hollywood if you dine outside of peak meal times. Know that there are no table-service restaurants within the park and you won't be able to make reservations in advance. If you are looking for a Universal Studios Hollywood sit-down restaurant, there are plenty of options at CityWalk next door. If you are a Harry Potter fan (or even if you are not), we find the most relaxing and delicious meal in the park to be at The Three Broomsticks. Grab an early lunch or early dinner and eat like a wizard in a replica of an iconic Harry Potter setting. HINT - Wizarding alcoholic beverages are available for purchase in the Hog's Head Pub.

15. Don't want to worry about anything? Purchase the VIP Experience.

Universal Studios Hollywood Tips to Maximize Your Time - Universal Studios Hollywood VIP Experience

With the Universal Studios Hollywood VIP Experience ticket, you will enjoy a 6-8 hour personal guided tour of the park, which includes valet parking, a light breakfast in the private VIP lounge, exclusive backlot access, unlimited priority access (think Front of Line) to all of the rides and shows, and a gourmet all-you-can-eat lunch at the Moulin Rouge dining room. You'll take a trolley down to the backlot and visit working sound stages, Universal's sound department and prop warehouse, and other areas not open to the general public. There is limited availability, so book in advance. You can save up to $20 on the VIP Experience when you book with us. Children must be at least 5 years old.

16. Take advantage of Child Switch.

If any of your children cannot ride a ride, an adult can wait with the child in the attraction’s Child Switch room. When the rest of the party returns, you can switch. We have more tips for entertaining small children at Universal Studios Hollywood if you are bringing a little one with you.

17. Make the best of ride breakdowns.

Sometimes a ride experiences technical difficulties. If you happen to be on the ride when this happens and team members need to have you exit, they will generally try to keep you happy with some consolation prizes. These may include a treat. We have gotten packets of Jelly Belly jellybeans. They may also tell you a secret code to come back and ride the ride again (once it reopens) without having to wait. Remember this word or snap a picture of it, just in case you forget it. If you hear of other people in the park talking about experiencing technical difficulties, you might be able to find out the ride and password.

And the best prize of all is a one-time use Front of Line ticket (it is good for any ride except Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey). But be smart. They only give one pass per party (each pass admits up to five people). When team members ask how many people are in your party, you might divide into smaller groups—especially if you are planning to split up or head to different rides. So one family of five could technically be five parties of one. You might decide to share rides together after all by jumping in on a family member’s pass or decide to split up because you enjoy different rides. Anyway, if things go wrong, we frogs always try to make the best of it. And the benefits from breaking down can mean less time standing in line.

18. Take a break midday.

In a perfect world, you could arrive before park opening and stay until the very end. That way you could take advantage of the shortest lines and most comfortable temperatures on the ends of the day. But that is easier said than done. All the walking and heat (especially in summer) and missed naptimes take their toll. If your hotel is nearby, consider leaving midday (be sure to hold on to your ticket and get a hand stamp when you exit) to escape the crowds and heat. Relax in a hotel pool or darkened hotel room to recharge for the evening.

Universal Studios Hollywood Tips to Maximize Your Time - CityWalk

Another suggestion is heading out to Universal CityWalk. This themed mall offers familiar and unique shopping, dining and entertainment. Tad loves Things From Another World—a crazy comic book and sci-fi shop. Lily is into the whole "crazy socks" thing, so The Los Angeles Sock Market is her haven. For dinner, we're fans of Carl Strauss Brewing and Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville. #finstotheleft

Something to consider during or after your day of movie theme park thrills is by catching a movie at the Universal Cinema An AMC Theater. A dark air-conditioned theater can be a welcome oasis for tired bodies and a fun way to close down a day. Bring your Universal Studios Parking ticket to the theater Box Office for a parking rebate.

Have a Universal Studios Hollywood tip we didn't mention? Share it in comments below! Don't forget, we offer a Universal Studios Hollywood Park Plan to maximize your time!

Related: How To Survive The Walking Dead at Universal Studios Hollywood

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Feb 22, 2018 at 6:53 a.m. Andy Says...

Hello,

Thanks for all the wonderful tips. I have a question on tip #1. What does "you definitely want to take advantage of this guaranteed entry and early admission." mean? Just buying the ticket online gives you that extra hour? Thanks!

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Feb 22, 2018 at 12:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Andy,

If you purchase a ticket online in advance, then you'll receive early admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (one hour before the theme park officially opens)!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Feb 16, 2018 at 9:50 a.m. Eddie Says...

Hi!

I was wondering on 3 day weekends where a lot of people get Monday off, such as the one coming up, what day is usually less crowded, Saturday or Sunday?

I've debated both with my wife but would love to know your opinion.

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Feb 16, 2018 at 8:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Eddie!

You can always check our Crowd Calendar for questions (or debates) like this! Unfortunately, all three days are pretty hectic. Generally Sunday is the most crowded because this is when locals tend to visit.

Keep hopping!

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Feb 16, 2018 at 10:34 p.m. Ediie Says...

Thanks so much.

Keep up the awesome work.

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Feb 16, 2018 at 8:27 a.m. Nancy Says...

Hi! What will happen if I decided not be on time for the early admission? Still can use my ticket for the regular open time?

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Feb 16, 2018 at 8:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nancy!

Yes, you can! No worries. But we certainly do recommend arriving for early admission to make the most of your park time :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 13, 2018 at 5:33 p.m. Elle Says...

Hi there, great blog!

I'm visiting March 2 2018 from Yukon, Canada.

So I want to see all the rides but I'm basically petrified of any drops (think splash mountain kind but on any scale lol) and i hate roller coasters. I wish i could do them.. but I can't handle them :( what can you tell me about which rides I should avoid? Hopefully not harry potter... im so excited for that. Hoping to do jurassic park too :) Appreciate any info you can give me, thanks so much!!! :)

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Feb 15, 2018 at 4:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elle,

Not many rides here have drops. There are simulator rides (like Transformers: The Ride 3D and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey) that might simulate drops! Jurassic Park does have quite a big drop at the end, but it's a blast. You should be able to experience pretty much everything! Have a great trip!

Keep hopping!

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Feb 12, 2018 at 7:05 a.m. John Says...

Hi Noah,

I visited Universal Studios back in 2013, and I remember that when visiting after 2pm, we were able to get a discount on the Fast Pass (I think it was only $20 above the normal ticket price).

Do you know if they offer discounts on the Express Pass for visitors after 2pm?

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Feb 13, 2018 at 9:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi John!

We have heard that something similar is offered on select days if you visit the ticket counter, but prices have increased.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Feb 11, 2018 at 2:16 a.m. Indy Says...

Hi there,

Am planning a trip for my family. We were wanting to book the VIP experience but wondered what happens if we have early park access to the Wizarding world of Harry Potter. Does the VIP tour start early or does it begin at normal operating times?

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Feb 8, 2018 at 12:19 a.m. Nora Says...

Hi we will be going to Universal Studios Hollywood on Friday the 23rd and would like to know if we are able to take sandwiches and chips inside the park? Thanks!

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Feb 8, 2018 at 9:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nora!

Yes you are, no worries!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 2, 2018 at 11:42 p.m. Emily Says...

Hello, we are planning on getting express passes for our visit this month, crowd level is 6/10. Two questions. If we enter at 10am and have express passes, will we be okay? I keep reading that some rides don't have express passes, but that's for Orlando...and I'm not finding info about Hollywood. I know the recommendation is to do forbidden journey first and then go do other rides and come back to WWoHP, but I am wondering if we can get away with doing all the HP in the afternoon/eve. I usually follow a somewhat strict plan, and I don't know how relaxed I can be. Thank you!

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Feb 6, 2018 at 11:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emily,

Yes, Express Passes will definitely help you experience everything you'd like, especially on moderately crowded day. The passes will allow you to follow your own plan and do things how you want, so your plan sounds fine.

Keep hopping!

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Feb 2, 2018 at 9:36 p.m. Sarah Says...

Hi. We are going to Universal Hollywood on March 13th (a Tues.). We are planning to do the 1-hour early entry time at Harry Potter, which right now on the calendar shows to be 8:00. My question is--does the lower lot often not open until an hour after official park opening (9:00 on this day)? So, possibly not opening until 10:00? How/when/where could I find out if the lower lot has a delayed opening time? Thanks!

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Feb 7, 2018 at 2:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sarah!

If you have early entry for Wizarding World at 8 AM, then the other attractions in the park (including the lower lot) will open at 9AM, when the rest of the park opens.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 29, 2018 at 7:31 p.m. Ellen Says...

We are heading to LA for presidents day weekend and are looking to go to Universal on the Saturday 17th. would we get it all done in one day there? looks like the opening hours are longest on that Saturday. Our flight arrives in at LAX early morning 7:45. Would you recommend flyaway bus & red line to get there (don't really want to drive). any other suggestions please? Thanks in advance

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Feb 1, 2018 at 12:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ellen,

We would take a ride share (like Lyft or Uber) from the airport for the easiest travel (especially assuming you will have bags) or take the Flyaway bus to Union Station and take a Lyft from there. It will be the fastest way. You can take the flyaway bus from LAX to Union Station, but for some reason, we are not seeing the red line rail option from there—just bus options that day. Maybe because it’s the weekend. A 90-minute bus ride after another bus ride wouldn't be too fun! If you look at airport shuttles.com, as well, you should be able to find a shared ride from the airport for less.

As for crowds, since it is a holiday weekend, the only way to get it all done is to arrive early and get Universal Express (formerly Front of Line). The hours on Sunday are also 9-9, same as Saturday. We recommend arriving to LA, doing something else that day, getting some good sleep that night and then arriving before park opening on Sunday, full of energy and ready to go! If you are set on Saturday, having a ride arranged to drive you there from the airport is the fastest and easiest route. Expect it to take an hour to get to Universal. Saturday traffic can be generally lighter than weekday traffic, but the 101 ALWAYS has traffic (which is the freeway that takes you from LA to Universal). Hope this helps!

Keep hopping!

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Jan 26, 2018 at 9:50 p.m. Renie Says...

Hi, We are planning on visiting February 17, or the 18th ( Saturday or Sunday) 2018. Do you expect the park will be quite crowded with it being Presidents Day weekend? Would we be better off trying to go a non holiday weekend or that Friday?

Thanks! :)

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Jan 29, 2018 at 2:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Renie!

Great question :) As our Crowd Calendar shows, holiday weekends are always quite a bit more crowded. If you have the flexibility, we would definitely recommend visiting a different weekend.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 26, 2018 at 9:13 p.m. Dawn Aulisio Says...

Hi, I love the tips thank you. We have a party of 3 and will be going mid March for granddaughters birthday. I will be renting a wheelchair due to bad knee. In the past (20 years ago) we were able to have much shorter lines due to the wheelchair. This will be a peak time, so do you think with the wheelchair we could skip the FOL pass? Thanks

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Jan 29, 2018 at 2:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dawn!

Visit guest services upon arrival and they should be able to grant you a disability pass that allows you much shorter wait times. :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 23, 2018 at 6:48 p.m. Kelly Says...

Hello,

I purchased tickets online for tomorrow, 1/23/18, and was wondering if they included early admission or if that was only included if I booked one of the hotels as well? Thanks!

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Jan 23, 2018 at 8:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelly,

Early admission is only available to those staying on site at Universal.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 23, 2018 at 8:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelly,

Early admission is only available to those staying on site at Universal.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 1, 2018 at 2:45 p.m. Amber Says...

I am taking my 10 yr old daughter on the 2nd with the main purpose of enjoying all the Harry Potter fun. We have general one day passes purchased - what time would you recommend we arrive and is it worth upgrading to front of the line for the most out of the day? She’s waited 7 months for this ????

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Jan 2, 2018 at 11:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amber,

Yes, it would be worth upgrading to the Express Pass. Our Los Angeles Crowd Calendar predicts it to be a busy time at the parks. To experience everything and then some, it would definitely help cut down wait times, especially if you're only visiting one day.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Dec 26, 2017 at 8:50 p.m. Jenf Says...

How early should we get in line for early admission to Harry Potter? We are going tomorrow 12/29/17 and my daughter in law wants to be inn line at 6am, to make sure we get in . Opinions?

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Dec 28, 2017 at 9:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jen,

This post is for the Hollywood park, but I'm assuming you're talking about Orlando. That is probably a good call with the higher crowds. I would definitely say by 6:30 to get a hop on crowds!

Keep hopping!

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Dec 19, 2017 at 1:28 p.m. Devika Says...

Hi,

I am going there tomorrow( 12/20/2017) do u recommend Express ticket or Single riders will be fine?

Thank you!

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Nov 8, 2017 at 2:31 p.m. Emily Stephanie Diver Says...

We have never been to Universal Studios and we are thinking about visiting the one in Hollywood for my son's birthday in March 2018. How far in advance should I book and how many days are needed at the park to experience all the fun! Thank you!

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Nov 15, 2017 at 10:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emily,

The earlier you can book, the better! If you plan it right, you can experience almost everything in one day. But if you aren't sure, then two days would be better.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 22, 2017 at 8:29 p.m. kevin Says...

Hello,

If our main goal is to see the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and ride some of the more mild rides, do you think a Front of the Line Pass is necessary? We are planning on being there Sunday, Nov, 12. Thanks.

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Nov 12, 2017 at 6:37 p.m. sop Says...

Hiii, I'm planning on visiting after Christmas on Thursday the 28th when the park opens. Will traffic volume be high around this time of the year on a wekday? I was planning on visiting the lower lot first but I'm mainly excited for harry potter world. Which lot should I go to first???

Thank youuuuuuuu.

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Oct 23, 2017 at 11:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kevin,

Looking at our Los Angeles Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting heavy crowds on that day. You may be fine using single rider. If you afford the extra expense, go for FOL.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 21, 2017 at 6:58 p.m. Izzy Says...

Hi, thank you for the SUPER helpful website! I am taking a cruise and will be arriving at Port Canaveral at 12pm and departing at 9:30pm on Monday 10/30. It's supposed to be about 1hr drive each way so it leaves me with roughly 7 hours at Universal. I REALLY want to go and enjoy the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Do you think its worth it to go for only 7 hours? I can't arrive before 1/1:30pm and I'd have to leave around 8/8:30pm. I'm researching like crazy because I'd really love to visit but only if its worthwhile. I don't really care as much about the non-Harry Potter parts. Appreciate any words of wisdom!

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Oct 23, 2017 at 9:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Izzy,

It's certainly possible to get a feel for the Wizarding World in that time. Having said that, you need to take into account any traffic delays as well as parking, getting through security, walking to the parks, standing in line and such. If you're cool knowing your trip will be short, then go for it.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 21, 2017 at 3:26 a.m. Derek Says...

Hey, just an FYI, I was there today and they said they no longer publish the show schedule on paper, the only option is to get it on the website or the app.

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Oct 23, 2017 at 9:01 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Derek,

Thanks for the tip! We have adjusted the post to reflect this new info.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 19, 2017 at 6:35 p.m. Thomas S Says...

I will be at Universal Studios Hollywood for the afternoon of 11/15/17 (Wed), and then 2 full days afterwards. Since I will only have 2 to 3 hours the 1st day, do you recommend Harry Potter (which my daughter loves), or the lower lot?

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Oct 19, 2017 at 2:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Thomas,

It's better to spend the full days at the Wizarding World. Head to the Lower Lot on that half-day!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Sep 27, 2017 at 7:54 a.m. Ryan Says...

I'll visit the studio today (Sep.27)

Do you think I need to purchase the front line ticket?

It seems like there aren't many people these days.

Please give me a tip.

Thanks :)

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Sep 27, 2017 at 3:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ryan,

We hope you had a good time!

Keep hopping!

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Oct 15, 2017 at 7:26 p.m. Sasha Says...

I will be visiting the park tomorrow, is it going to be busy?

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Oct 16, 2017 at 9:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sasha,

On our Los Angeles Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting average crowds today. Have a great time!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Sep 25, 2017 at 4:01 p.m. JackieBil Says...

I went to Universal Orlando and it was such a hassle to have even a small bag. Is Hollywood the same.? I saw you mention that the mummy and forbidden journey have lockers. Would I be able to bring a "small" across-the-body purse on all other rides?

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Sep 25, 2017 at 3:01 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jackie,

For safety reasons, no bags of any kind are allowed on Mummy and Forbidden Journey. A small bag will be fine on other rides.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Sep 21, 2017 at 6:36 p.m. Cathi Says...

We are going on Sunday, September 24th. The parking rates seem really high (before 6pm). Is there a way to park near public transportation and ride it in? Is the parking worth it? We are staying at a hotel near the airport and they do not have a shuttle. I've never used Uber or Lyft. Maybe this would work too? Any recommendations?

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Sep 21, 2017 at 2:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cathi,

A taxi or rideshare (Lyft/Uber) are excellent ways to get there. The Red Line (Metro) has a stop just outside Universal Studios.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Sep 8, 2017 at 6:22 p.m. Rich Says...

Going this weekend, Saturday the 9th. What rides would you recommend for those not fond of drops? Or just the rides that are maybe the least intense. Thanks.

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Sep 8, 2017 at 2:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rich,

The least intense rides are the Studio Tour, Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem and Flight of the Hippogriff.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Sep 6, 2017 at 7:57 p.m. Jeanette Says...

Our family of 5 possibly 6 will be heading to Universal Studios for 1 day Nov. 21 2017 (busy I know). What would you suggest to get the most of this trip. Not too interested in seeing a lot of shows. More rides, Harry Potter World, and Backlot tour. No one is under the age of 12yrs. if that helps. Thanks

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Sep 6, 2017 at 5:01 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jeanette,

Start by looking at our Universal Studios Hollywood One Day Park Plan. Skip what doesn't interest you and add in things you'd like to do more than once.

Keep hopping!

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Sep 8, 2017 at 10:14 a.m. Adriana Says...

What attraction you dont recomend ,for a person afraid of highs and fuster ride? Thank you

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Sep 8, 2017 at 7:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Adriana,

If you're not into heights, we don't recommend Transformers, Jurassic Park or Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. Try the Studio Tour and Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Sep 6, 2017 at 3:23 a.m. Mary Says...

Hi! We will be visiting Universal at the end of January on a weekday. You suggest arriving before the park opens. I see that by buying tickets through Universal's website directly it allows for one hour early entry. However, tickets through your site are cheaper. Do you feel that it is necessary/beneficial to pay more for the extra hour? Or should the Harry Potter crowds still be low by just arriving early for general admittance with the cheaper tickets? When you say arrive early, are you suggesting the early hour admittance ticket? Thanks!

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Sep 6, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mary,

Determining if the extra hour is worth it depends on many factors.Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting low to average crowds at Universal Studios Hollywood throughout much of the month. If you go on a low crowd day, the extra hour may not make much of an impact. Also, if you play less for the ticket, you can use the savings for a nice dinner, souvenir or other savings. Regardless of the ticket you purchase, we recommend arriving before the park opens in order to park the car, walk to the gates and make it through security.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Sep 4, 2017 at 7:10 p.m. Veena Says...

We are 3 adults planing our visit to universal studio on the 24th sept. We are not planning to take the FOL pass. Will we be able to see the shows,park and go on all rides in one day. We plan on getting there before park opens.

If we are not able to finish can we buy a second day by just paying the difference?

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Sep 5, 2017 at 10:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Veena,

If you arrive early, prioritize what you want to see, follow our Park Plan, and stay through closing, you should be able to see everything in one day. You may apply your ticket price for a 2-day ticket at the park.

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Aug 28, 2017 at 10:45 p.m. Kristina Says...

Planning on visiting Wednesday, Sept. 13. Do you think the park will be busy on a random Wednesday. I’m bring my foreign aunt and uncle who are in their late 60’s and in overall good health. Any suggestions on what we should avoid?

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Aug 29, 2017 at 11:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristina,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting low crowds on Sep. 13. It's hard to say what they should avoid. Many rides are rough thrill attractions which can cause motion sickness. Perhaps start with The Mummy and Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem.

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Aug 27, 2017 at 6:15 p.m. Tenzin Says...

I am going to universal studio with my girlfriend for first time with 2 days pass on 09/02/17 and 09/03/17 any suggestions for us?

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Aug 28, 2017 at 8:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tenzin,

We recommend arriving before the park gates open, staying until the park closes, and following our Universal Studios Hollywood Park Plan. Have Fun!

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Aug 25, 2017 at 10:19 p.m. Lani Says...

I'm going with a group of 4. If I by 1 FOL pass, can my group accompany me to the front of the line? or do I have to buy 4 passes?

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Aug 27, 2017 at 11:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lani,

Everyone in your group will need their own individual FOL ticket. Four people = four passes.

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Aug 25, 2017 at 10:16 p.m. Lani Says...

We'll be there on Oct. 30th. If I get FOL's for all of us, do you think we can see the whole park in 1 day?

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Aug 27, 2017 at 11:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lani,

Yes, if you arrive early and stay until the park closes, you should be able to see everything that you want to with the FOL tickets. Have fun!

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Aug 23, 2017 at 6:24 p.m. Angelique Says...

I will be visiting the park this Saturday. with early admission and no fol pass. I know to start on lower level but will I be able to experience the whole park and all the shows even if it closes at 7pm

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Aug 23, 2017 at 3:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angelique,

If you arrive early, plan your time, eat lunch off hours, use single rider and stay right up until park closing, you should be able to experience everything.

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Aug 20, 2017 at 3:36 p.m. Alexandra Says...

Hello,

me and my friend are planning to visit the park in the first week of October, most likely between 3-5. Is the park busy on those days? They seem like regular weekdays not close to any holidays, but we are not from the US (Poland) and are not sure about the holidays and vacations. Do we need FOL passes to be able to see it in one day?

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Aug 20, 2017 at 2:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alexandra,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting average crowds during those days. You should be fine without FOL.

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Aug 17, 2017 at 12:46 a.m. Misha T Says...

Hello. This information is so great. I have a large group of 13 (ages 5 to 78, with six youngsters aged 16 to 21) visiting the LA area and after a ton of consideration, we've decided to do Universal over Disneyland. Trying to coordinate schedules, the only days we can fit in the park are either Sat or Sun, Sept 30 or Oct 1. Since those dates are weekends, I know we are best advised to go for FOL, but it's simply not affordable for such a large group. So...

Which day is better between the 30th and the 1st? Or will they be similarly bad. Also, if we are not able to do FOL, but we get to the park before the gates open to try and get Harry Potter out of the way first, then what kind of wait times are we looking at after that for the most popular rides? Thanks!

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Aug 17, 2017 at 7:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Misha,

It's hard to predict wait times, since it varies due to crowds, weather, if any rides are broken and if rides are running at full capacity.

On our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting average crowds on both days, so you should be fine without FOL. Know that the park will close early, due to Halloween Horror Nights. You're on the right track by planning to arrive before the gates open and visiting Harry Potter first.

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Aug 7, 2017 at 8:01 p.m. May Says...

My family reunion of about 20 is heading to Universal Hollywood on Aug 15. We were thinking about doing 2 days. My question is do I need 2 days for a large group? I don't want to feel rushed but I also don't want to go a 2nd day if i don't have to.

Thank you,

May

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Aug 7, 2017 at 4:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi May,

With good planning, you can see all of Universal Studios Hollywood in one day. Arrive before the gates open, prioritize favorites, eat during non-peak hours, and stay until the park closes. Let us know if you can get 20 people in a selfie!

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Aug 6, 2017 at 2:39 a.m. Cam Says...

Hi.

Family of 5 visiting on Monday, August 21st. Would the front of line pass be necessary? Incidentally it is the same day as the solar eclipse. Do you think this will impact crowds at all?

Thank you.

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Aug 7, 2017 at 11:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cam,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting Average Crowds that day. You should be fine without FOL. We're not sure about crowds and the eclipse. Let us know what happens!

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Aug 5, 2017 at 4:03 a.m. Tracey Says...

Hi! This is great info! Thank you so much! My husband and I will be visiting Universal in Hollywood in September for the first time. We will follow your plan to maximize the day. The only questions I have are about the rides. For Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, is that for kids? My husband is 6'2" and it says something about physical restrictions on the Universal Studios i page and I just wanted to make sure he can ride it. He's not a super big guy, he's just husky and tall lol.

Also, I read somewhere that you have to leave everything in the lockers for the Mummy ride. I plan on bringing light stuff like just a little purse. So I assume that also has to go in the locker? So is there a locker line and then a line for the ride?

Thanks!

Tracey

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Aug 7, 2017 at 8:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tracey,

Forbidden Journey is family-friendly, but it can be very rough for young and not-so young. There is a test seat outside of line for your husband to try out.

All items—purses, backpacks, phones—must be placed in the free lockers at Mummy, as well as Forbidden Journey. You'll find the locker area, place your items in the locker, then head into the ride line.

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Jul 25, 2017 at 3:26 p.m. Jose M Says...

Hi...

I will be going to universal on Aug 20, if I buy the tickets on their webpage to get early access do you think I will need FOL passes if I want to be out by 3 or 4 pm and try to see at least the main attractions?? Thanks.

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Aug 6, 2017 at 7:13 p.m. Jc Says...

Get 30mn early. Go threw gate straight 2 mininoins then goto simpsons ride. Then downstairs ride mummy,transforms jurassic. Then go up stairs harry potter ride. Tram. Shrek water and other shows

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Jul 25, 2017 at 1:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jose,

Yes, the FOL pass will help you skip the lines and experience the popular attractions with no wait. It would definitely help with your tight schedule.

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Jul 26, 2017 at 3:12 p.m. Jose M Says...

Thanks for your response, if I buy normal tickets can I decide to buy FOL passes once im in the park that day and only pay for the difference? Or do I need to buy them right away?

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Jul 28, 2017 at 11:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jose,

Yes, you would pay the difference.

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Jul 23, 2017 at 10:59 a.m. Jimmy Says...

Hi, my sister and I are doing topdeck and one of our optional activities is universal studios, so we pay for our ticket on the day, we are wanting to get front of the line. it will be 9th August on a wednesday, do you think it will be super busy? and does front of the line just put us front of everyone or some places don't accept them? what are some of the benefits?

sorry first time traveling and we want to make the most out of universal studios as we both are big movie fans!

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Aug 6, 2017 at 10:48 p.m. Jc Says...

Seasn pass holder heres what i do. Ucan go in early rides dont start til 9am. U can be in the ride line 845. Goto minions ride twice go straight 2 simpsons ride. Then go downstairs to ride mummy,transformers, jurrasic.twice. Go back upstairs. Harry potter ride. Tram 1 hr. Shrek water and other shows. Use single rider line when available when waits r long.

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Jul 25, 2017 at 1:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jimmy,

Yes, you can expect the park to be pretty busy on Aug. 9. The FOL pass will let you walk right on past everyone in line and experience the attraction. You can use them on all rides, but be aware that you can only use a FOL pass once per attraction. The benefit of using FOL pass is you literally skip the lines.

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Jul 22, 2017 at 10:40 a.m. Raquel Says...

Thank you so much for the tips! Coming to a once in a life time visit from Spain. Current Schedule is Friday 25th August, do you think FOL is still worth it?.

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Jul 24, 2017 at 11:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Raquel,

According to our Crowd Calendar, Aug. 25 is a yellow day, so crowds will be medium level. A FOL could help you beat any crowds and minimize your wait!

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Jul 14, 2017 at 3:21 p.m. Jenny Says...

I am going to visit Universal on July 28th around 7 alone. Will it be worth buying FOL or just to utilize single rider lines? Park hours on that day is 8am-10pm but I have another schedule at Walk of Fame at 6. Can I almost finish all the rides without FOL? I don't want to miss Studio Tour Show and Water World show and Special Effect Show!!!

It will be ok for me to skip shrek, animal atctors, Minion ride and so on.

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Jul 14, 2017 at 3:17 p.m. Jenny Says...

I am going to visit Universal on July 28th around 7 alone. Will it be worth buying FOL or just to utilize single rider lines? Park hours on that day is 8am-10pm but I have another schedule at Walk of Fame at 6. Can I almost finish all the rides without FOL?

I don't want to miss Studio Tour Show and Water World show and Special Effect Show!!!

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Jul 14, 2017 at 12:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenny,

July 28th is a crowded day at the park and with your tight schedule, it would be worth it to purchase a FOL pass.

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Jul 23, 2017 at 8:36 a.m. Rebecca Says...

My friend and I are going to universal in Aug we will not be accompanied by an adult but we'll be dropped off we are both 14 .. now have a question can i buy my own ticket at the booth even at my age or do i need an adult to purchase it for me..

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Jul 27, 2017 at 4:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rebecca,

Yes, you can purchase your own ticket.

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Jul 23, 2017 at 1:37 a.m. Weng Says...

Hello! Just purchased 4 tickets for August 27. What tips can you give? Early arrrival ? Water bottle you said is okay and fruits snack?

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Jul 14, 2017 at 2:49 p.m. Jenny Says...

HI ! Leap!!! Thank you so much for your suggestions.

I'm going to visit Universal on July 28th. You will definitely forecast very heavy crowds, right? I'm going there around 7 am cuz park hours on that day is 8am-10pm.

What I'm concerned about is to get FOL or to use single rider line. Because I'm going alone and I have another schedule at Walk of Fame at 6 pm. Will it be worth buying Front of Line ticket?

If I don't buy FOL , I can't finish all of rides even if I go there very early????

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Jul 11, 2017 at 5:20 a.m. jas Says...

Going to Uni Studios tomorrow, from gates opening and closing, without a first line pass. Any tips?

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Jul 11, 2017 at 7:08 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jas,

Arrive 30 minutes before the park opens and stay until closing. The article you commented on has our best tips for making the most of your time at Universal Studios. Have fun!

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Jul 9, 2017 at 1:33 a.m. Angelique Says...

I just found this website love it I am taking my son and mom to the park on Saturday aug. 26. can we see the whole park in 1 day without fol. I have a couple of questions. how many penny press are there? how much are lockers? can you buy a cup and get free refills. sorry so many questions.

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Jul 22, 2017 at 3:31 p.m. Cynthia Says...

I read somewhere the drink bottle that looks like Bart Simpson is something like $15-$16 but you can get $0.99 refills all day.

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Jul 9, 2017 at 8:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angeliue,

As of now, locker prices are $8, $12 and $15, depending on size. There are no free refills on sodas at this time. We're not sure about the penny press machines. Perhaps one of our readers has that answer.

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Jul 1, 2017 at 8:43 p.m. Ambie Says...

Hello! We are planing a trip the first week of aug.

We have two kids 6 and 9. We were planning on getting the two day pass but also have one adult that is somewhat impatient and one child that is also ???? Any tips?

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Jul 2, 2017 at 8:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ambie,

Be sure to take breaks and spend some time at CityWalk if impatience kicks in. If you can afford it, consider Front of Line passes.

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Jul 1, 2017 at 5:49 p.m. Daniella Says...

Hi,

I'll be visiting universal studios on July 23rd.2017, but I'm not sure what to expect. Do you recommend buying fast passes?

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Jul 2, 2017 at 8:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Daniella,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we are forecasting heavy crowds that day. We recommend Front of Line that day.

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Jun 21, 2017 at 5:01 p.m. Natalie Lundgreen Says...

Can Universal Studios Hollywood be done in 1 day? we are going to be there the week Mar. 1st weekday. 2018

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Jun 21, 2017 at 1:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Natalie,

Yes, if you arrive before the gates open, stay until the very end and use single rider, you can experience Universal Studios Hollywood in one day. On our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting average crowds that day. You should be good to go!

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Jun 19, 2017 at 1:27 p.m. Denise Says...

Would Mid October be considered off season? Planning a trip and thinking about Universal on Tuesday Oct 17.

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Jun 19, 2017 at 8:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Denise,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting average crowds on Tuesday, October 17. October is off-season, but crowds will still come for Halloween Horror Night's and the Halloween festivities at Disneyland.

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