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Universal Studios Hollywood Tips to Maximize Your Time

by Leap on May 3, 2017 270 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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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Jun 11, 2017 at 9:07 p.m. Aparna Says...

We are family of 2 adults and 2 kids (3yrs - 39inches height, 7 yrs - 49 inches height)... Planning to buy tkts online. But my one kid is less than 40 inches and read that separate tkt will be issued for kids those who don't satisfy the min height requirement at the tkt counter.. In that case shall we buy 3 tkts online and again stand in queue to buy 1 tkt from the counter? Is there any way out? At what counter will be open.. 8 or 9am? Thank you

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Jun 12, 2017 at 9:37 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Aparna,

We're not sure where you read that information, but there is no separate ticket needed for tadpoles that don't reach a height requirement. All children age 3-9 pay the same price, regardless of height. You can save time by purchasing your tickets through us!

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May 26, 2017 at 6:09 p.m. diana Says...

hello, my mom is a type 2 diabetic. she needs to carry her insulin with her. is it okay to bring it into the park? it will be carried in a lunch box with ice packs in it, because it needs to be cooled at all times, which will be carried in a backpack so it wont be visible at all.

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May 30, 2017 at 6:40 p.m. Nicole Says...

Yes, Please go to guest services. They will allow insulin and might give you some extra accommodations for your party,

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May 26, 2017 at 1:18 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Diana,

Your best bet is to call 1-800-UNIVERSAL and check with Guest Services. While you should be okay, it's best to check, as there is no mention of medications being carried into the park on the Universal Studios Site.

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May 24, 2017 at 4:53 p.m. LIndsay Says...

We purchased tickets online for early admission....BUT how early do you need to arrive FOR the 8 am early admission on a Saturday in June. I assume there is a line then.

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May 24, 2017 at 3:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Linsday,

We recommend arriving at the gate 30-45 minutes before park opening, allowing time to get through security.

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May 13, 2017 at 4:45 p.m. Nick Says...

We're planning to go May 26, what should we expect?

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May 14, 2017 at 5:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nick,

You should expect heavy crowds. Check out our crowd calendar for more information. Consider purchasing a front of the line ticket if it's busier than you'd like.

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May 5, 2017 at 5:32 p.m. Manny Esteva Says...

I'm planning on going May 25. What are the chances of being crowded that day? Also when is the best time (like what hour) to ride the Harry Potter rides?

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May 5, 2017 at 1:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Manny,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting average crowds on May 25. We recommend visiting Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey first thing in the morning or in the evening. Using Single Rider may save you time as well.

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May 2, 2017 at 8:13 p.m. Aks Says...

Hi, helpful post.

We are planning trip to LA on long weekend in May end. We are 4 adults but is it advisable to do this on may 28 or May 29th?

Thanks

Aakashi

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May 2, 2017 at 3:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Aks,

On our crowd calendar, we're forecasting heavy crowds on May 28 and 29. We recommend purchasing front of line passes if you plan on visiting those days.

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May 8, 2017 at 7:57 p.m. Noah San Nicolas Says...

I would like to know what to wear and what and what to bring

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May 8, 2017 at 3:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Noah,

We recommend comfy shoes and clothing. Be sure to bring your camera!

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Apr 28, 2017 at 3:53 p.m. Olivia Says...

Hi! Great post! Would I be able to ride most of the rides without a front of the line pass and arriving around 1pm on tomorrow? Taking a quick trip and want to verify its worth it... thanks!

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Apr 28, 2017 at 11:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Olivia,

We're forecasting average crowds at Universal Studios Hollywood tomorrow. You're arriving right around peak time. Prioritize what you want to see, and know that you may not hit everything. Be sure to stay until the park closes!

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May 1, 2017 at 7:04 p.m. Lana Says...

We are heading to there right noe, its Monday. Expecting less crowd. Ist true? Thanks, Lana

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May 1, 2017 at 3:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lana,

We're forecasting average crowds today at Universal Studios Hollywood.

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Apr 24, 2017 at 3:28 a.m. Fiona Says...

We will be there in May and looking to buy our tickets early.

Can we get in 1 hour early if we buy tickets from your site?

Loved all your suggestions! Thanks

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Apr 25, 2017 at 8:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Finoa,

We're glad you like our site!

You would need to purchase your tickets directly from Universal Studios Hollywood to receive early admission.

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Apr 19, 2017 at 5:16 p.m. Neil Says...

Hi, Does the Front of Line pass work for the Studio Tour?

Thanks!

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Apr 20, 2017 at 8:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Neil,

Yes, FOL works for the Studio Tour.

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Apr 14, 2017 at 2:32 a.m. Tina Says...

just wanting to make sure that I understood you correctly. Can the front of line ticket be used for more than one person at a time? For example, if I go on a ride with my son, can both use the one ticket?

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Apr 14, 2017 at 7:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tina,

Everyone in your party will need their own individual Front of Line ticket.

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Apr 11, 2017 at 8:24 a.m. Sofia Says...

Is the night worth it? We are going take your advice on leaving the park mid-day to reboot. What time frame do you suggest for leaving and returning? Also, is there anything else to note when leaving other than stamping our hands and the parking pass? Thank you in advance!

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Apr 17, 2017 at 4:43 a.m. Megan Says...

Will it be busy tomorrow April 17th

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Apr 17, 2017 at 7:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Megan,

We're forecasting heavy crowds today at Universal.

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Apr 11, 2017 at 7:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sofia,

A good time frame would be between 12:00 and 5:00. You don't need to be away the whole time, but those hours see the heaviest crowds. To maximize the price of your ticket, it's definitely worth it to come back for the night.

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Apr 7, 2017 at 1:46 a.m. Andrea Says...

We originally purchased our Southern California Passes on-line--do we always get early entry or just the first day of use?

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Apr 7, 2017 at 8:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Andrea,

We don't sell the Universal Studios California Neighbor Pass. Check with Universal Studios Hollywood to see their policies.

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Apr 6, 2017 at 2:16 p.m. Jessica M Says...

Thanks so much for the tips are already given! I was thinking in 5 year old and a baby this weekend to Universal. On the calendar it says that Sunday will be busier than Saturday and that gets confusing for me because it seems that Sunday would be less busy? Would you recommend going on Saturday or Sunday? Understanding that we have a baby is there any possible way of still doing the tour that you would recommend? If we leave halfway through the day like you recommended for the kids and came back would the parking pass bought earlier in the day still work? Thanks so much for the help in advance!

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Apr 6, 2017 at 10:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessica,

The best advice we can give on Sat vs. Sun is to go when it works for you. It will be busy both days.

The Studio Tour has moments where it will be VERY loud, and the tram will rock back-and-forth. Be prepared for that if you take your baby. There is no alternative or less-intense version offered.

Keep your parking pass and show it when you return so you won't be charged for parking twice.

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Apr 5, 2017 at 7:33 p.m. Denise Says...

We are in California this week and planning on going to Universal on either Friday or Saturday. Is one of these days better, or will it be equally busy either day that we go?

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Apr 5, 2017 at 5:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Denise,

Both days will be equally busy.

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Apr 3, 2017 at 4:37 a.m. Emily Says...

Hi, We're looking to visit Universal on 19 April but its looking like we might not be able to get there until about midday. Do you think its still possible to see everything? We are an older couple (no kids), we did Disneyland (1 park) in about 5 or 6 hours. Thanks so much

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Apr 3, 2017 at 8:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emily,

You may not be able to see everything, but if you make priorities and utilize the single rider option at the attractions that offer it, you should be able to see what's important to you within the short time you're there.

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Apr 2, 2017 at 3:35 a.m. Sid Says...

Hi,

I am planning to go to Universal on 6th April, any idea what crowds will be like on that day? And how long would it take to cover the whole park if I dont go for the front of line tickets? Thanks!

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Apr 3, 2017 at 7:03 a.m. Dave Says...

Thanks so much for all of your great advice! We will be there same day and have purchase fol tickets. We will get there early but do you have any other strategy with already having fol tickets? We don't plan on spending entire day. Thank you so much for taking the time to help. It is much appreciated!

Thanks,

Dave

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Apr 3, 2017 at 8:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dave,

Follow everything in the post and you'll be fine. Have a great time!

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Apr 2, 2017 at 1:43 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sid

According to our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting heavy crowds that day. We recommend arriving at the park 45 minutes before the gates open, and staying until closing to see everything if you're not going to do FOL.

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Mar 29, 2017 at 10:40 a.m. victoria Says...

Hi, we're coming to Los Angeles in August, from the UK. Can you do Universal Studios including the Harry Potter World in one day?

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Apr 1, 2017 at 5:12 a.m. Jack Says...

Yes it is connected together one pass goes to both

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Mar 29, 2017 at 8:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Victoria,

Depending on the day you are visiting, and if you feel that the additional Front of Line pass, then you can do Universal Studios Hollywood in one day. Here's our August Crowd Calendar to help you plan.

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Mar 29, 2017 at 2:52 a.m. Cobi Says...

Hello - any idea what crowds will be like tomorrow - March 29, 2017? First time going and want to make the most of it. Thanks.

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Mar 29, 2017 at 8:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cobi,

Today, we're forecasting high crowds at Universal Studios Hollywood. Consider purchasing the Front of Line pass if it's too crowded.

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Mar 27, 2017 at 11:27 p.m. John Fisher Says...

What kind of crowd do you expect for Tuesday, 3/28/17? Thursday, 3/30?

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Mar 28, 2017 at 8:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi John,

We're forecasting heavy crowds on March 28 and 30th at Universal Studios Hollywood.

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Mar 24, 2017 at 5:21 p.m. Tricia Williams Says...

Hi - we will be out there April 5 - 8 is Friday April 7 2017 a quiet day? Is there a cost to park? Thanks, Tricia

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Mar 24, 2017 at 1:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tricia,

We're forecasting heavy crowds on Friday, April 7. General parking is $20.

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Mar 21, 2017 at 1:15 p.m. Louis Says...

Thank you for the tips. I am planning to go with my friends to Universal Hollywood on 6/6. We will buy 7-day Go Los Angeles Card which included general admission. Would you recommend getting the FOL? Would it be possible to upgrade on that day and how much for the upgrade? Thank you!

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Mar 22, 2017 at 11:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Louis,

You would need to purchase Front of Line separately, and the price is subject to change without notice. Inquire at Guest Services on the day you visit for availability and cost!

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Mar 20, 2017 at 7:14 p.m. smc Says...

What are the anticipated crowds for April 11 or 12? And would you recommend one or two days? Taking 2 kids, 10 and 8.

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Mar 20, 2017 at 3:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

We're forecasting high crowds on April 11 and 12. With Front of the Line tickets, you should be able to see the park in one day.

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Mar 20, 2017 at 5:14 p.m. jason Says...

We re planning on a one-day visit to Universal Hollywood on Wednesday, March 29. I see different predictions for crowds on that date between sites. LA schools don't look to be in Spring Break, but many others are at that time. Would you suggest Front of the Line tickets / Early entrance for that day? I'd love to save the money if they won't make much of a difference, but also don't want to doom us to a day of long lines by being cheap.

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Mar 20, 2017 at 1:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jason,

If you can afford the extra expense, we definitely recommend FOL. It will let you experience your favorite rides more than once. We're forecasting heavy crowds on that day so it will help you save time!

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Mar 17, 2017 at 6:16 a.m. Brigid Says...

We are planning on visiting midweek in the second week of May - is this normally a reasonably quiet time?

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Mar 17, 2017 at 12:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brigid,

We're forecasting average crowds at Universal Studios Hollywood at that time. Have fun!

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Mar 15, 2017 at 3:53 a.m. Alysse Says...

Hello, Looking to come only 1 day and see only Potter things. Which of these 3 days would be best (other 2 days will be at EPCOT and MK) 9/21/17, 9/22/17 or 9/23/17. We'd like to do the halloween at MK and avoid halloween at Universal.

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Mar 15, 2017 at 7:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alysse,

On our Orlando Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting low to average crowds on those days. We don't know the dates of Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Here's a link to the Halloween Horror Nights dates.

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Mar 5, 2017 at 4:26 p.m. Kay kay Says...

Hello,, my family && I are planning on going to universal studios Hollywood Sunday June 4th. Will it be crowded that day?

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Mar 6, 2017 at 7:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kay,

We're forecasting high crowds at Universal Studios Hollywood on Sunday June 4. Check out our Crowd Calendar for more info!

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Mar 1, 2017 at 7:20 p.m. Mico Says...

Planning to visit on march 25, is that gonna be a busy day?

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Mar 1, 2017 at 1:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mico,

Oh yeah! It's Spring Break week. Forecasting high crowds that day. Check ">out our crowd calendar for more info.

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Mar 1, 2017 at 6:14 a.m. Kelly Says...

Planning a visit March 18. Even though it sounds like it'll be crowded, will Front of the Line Pass still help and be able to see/do all including the Wizarding World?

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Mar 1, 2017 at 2:13 a.m. Aimee Says...

Hi! I was wondering about Cesar Chavez Birthday 3/31 (Friday) for Universal? I see that LA School District has the holiday off. I am not seeing it on Ventura's school calendar. I think that LA County Spring Break starts on 4/10.

How much of an impact do you see Cesar Chavez Birthday having?

Do you suggest Express Pass for this day?

Any other insight is greatly appreciated!

Thank you!

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Mar 1, 2017 at 8:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Aimee,

We're forecasting large crowds on Cesar Chavez Day. If you can afford the extra expense, we recommend Front of the Line passes for that day.

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Feb 26, 2017 at 10:43 p.m. Michele Says...

We are planning to visit June 17-24, 2017. Will one day be enough for both parks or should we plan two days so we aren't rushed?

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Feb 26, 2017 at 7:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michele,

There is only one park at Universal Studios Hollywood. Are you headed to Orlando? If so, we definitely recommend spending two days at the parks.

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Feb 23, 2017 at 5:11 p.m. Nicola Says...

We will be there over Easter weekend - April 14-18. Will that be a super busy time? Also, is one day enough to see everything? We have a Harry Potter World priority.

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Feb 23, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nicola,

We're forecasting that Easter weekend will be very busy. We recommend arriving before the gates open and staying until the park closes to see everything inside The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

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Feb 26, 2017 at 4:24 p.m. colleen Says...

I live in Maryland and spring break here is April 14-23. I was thinking of coming after Easter weekend - that Tuesday, April 18-21. Will that be a little better since it is after Easter?

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Feb 26, 2017 at 1:18 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Colleen,

We're forecasting average to high crowds the week after Easter. Check out our Los Angeles Crowd Calendar for a better idea of when we think it will be busy.

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Feb 26, 2017 at 1:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Colleen,

We're forecasting average to high crowds the week after Easter. Check out our Crowd Calendar for a better idea of when we think it will be busy.

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Feb 23, 2017 at 12:27 a.m. Esco Says...

Will be there March 12-15 hows it looking for those days?

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Feb 23, 2017 at 7:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Esco,

We're forecasting high crowds that week since it's spring break for many school districts.

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Feb 18, 2017 at 3:21 p.m. Andrea Says...

can you please confirm that I can use

NON PEAK - Universal Studios Hollywood Front of the Line Ticket on March 28, 2017?

Thanks!

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Feb 18, 2017 at 7:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Andrea,

Yes, that ticket is valid the entire month of March.

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Feb 16, 2017 at 9:43 p.m. tony Says...

Planning on coming March 21 & 22, 2017.

is spring break that week and how busy would it be then? Two days enough time?

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Feb 17, 2017 at 8:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tony,

On our crowd calendar, we're forecasting high crowds at Universal Studios Hollywood that week due to spring break. Two days should give you plenty of time to see everything.

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Feb 16, 2017 at 9:30 p.m. Laurie Says...

Would you recommend going to the EM at Disney or California...assuming a 5 day Park Hopper only allows one EM. AND: would you recommend EM on a busier day of our days or a quieter day. We spend the entire day till closing when we go. We are there Feb 19 to 24, 2017. Going to Universal on the 21st .thanks

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Feb 16, 2017 at 3:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laurie,

We've mapped out a strategy for using Early Morning in this blog post!

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Feb 15, 2017 at 7:55 p.m. Daddy Says...

Hi guys, we will be visiting February 23-26. Do you expect crowds during those days?

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Feb 15, 2017 at 2:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Daddy,

After peeking at our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting for average crowds during that week—except Saturday, when crowds will be at their highest.

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Feb 15, 2017 at 6:52 p.m. Adolfo Says...

We will be visiting this weekend for the 1st time, but our hotel is about a mile away which we don't mind driving a few minutes. My question is, are there in&out privileges on parking?

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Feb 15, 2017 at 1:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Adolfo,

Yes, just hold onto your parking payment stub and present it once you return.

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Feb 15, 2017 at 2:48 a.m. Bel Says...

Hi, my husband and I will be in LA from 5th to 13th June 2017. We are wanting to do all of the VIP Tours at Universal Studios, Warner Bros and Paramount Studios. Can you please advise which days would be best to do these on. We will do one tour per day.

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Feb 15, 2017 at 8:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bel,

You'll be in LA during Spring Break, so you can expect crowds every day. Check out our Crowd Calendar and see that June 6 and 9 we're predicting average crowds surrounded by high crowds at the theme parks.

The Paramount Studios and Warner Brothers Studio tours are only available Monday through Friday. Try getting those done on the High Crowd days, and visit Universal Studios on the average days!

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Feb 8, 2017 at 1:46 a.m. Anusha Says...

Hii..,

Me and my husband are planning to visit universal studios,LA during the dates 04/22/2017 to 24/22/2017. Is that is the good time to visit? And what is the best day to visit? Also is one complete day sufficient to cover total studios?

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Feb 8, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anusha,

We're forecasting average to high crowds during your visit. Check out our Crowd Calendar to learn more. Weekends are always busier than weekdays. You can definitely see everything in one day by using our Park Planners and consider upgrading to Front of the Line Passes.

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Jan 31, 2017 at 8:49 p.m. Neil Says...

Seven of us are travelling as a family group from the UK and planning to visit Universal Hollywood for one day in the period between April 13 and April 15. Having read your helpful guide we think we should get front of line passes. The discounted ones you sell say off peak for this period which is confusing (April not being a black out period for these tickets). Do they also give early 8am entry to the Park by purchasing through Undercovertourist?

Many thanks

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Feb 1, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Neil,

Our NON-PEAK - Universal Studios Hollywood Front of the Line Ticket is valid every day in April. Unfortunately, Undercover Tourist tickets will not allow you early entry into Universal Studios Hollywood.

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Jan 26, 2017 at 5:48 p.m. Scott Says...

Thank you for your all your help and your responses! We are visiting on May 4th - after looking at the calendar - looks as it the crowd meter gives a 6 out of 10. Should we spend the money on a FOL pass? If we do not - how will we know to purchase FOL pass upgrade at the door when we get there? Thanks!

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Jan 26, 2017 at 12:01 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Scott,

If you can afford the extra charge, then the Express Pass will save you time on wait times, which means you'll be able to ride your favorites more than once! As for knowing if you should purchase FOL passes, that really depends on the crowds and your patience! If you're there for a few hours and it feels like you'd get more done with the passes, that's your signal to upgrade. If lines seem low and are moving at a good pace, you should be fine without it, and can use that money you were going to pay for FOL on dinner or souvenirs. Know that there are people that purchase the Express Pass on days with low attendance simply because they enjoy that convenience.

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Jan 7, 2017 at 2:43 a.m. Chaahat Says...

Hi. I will be in LA from 14th-17th of Jan. I was wondering if going to Universal studios on the 15th (Sunday) is a good idea. I was at first planing on going to disneyland on the 15th however have changed that due to the half-marathon. Please suggest on How busy it will be and if it is possible to do it in one day. Thanks

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Jan 9, 2017 at 3:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chaahat,

Weekends at Universal Studios Hollywood can be busy. You can see it all in a day by managing wait times and getting there before the park opens, as well as staying there until the park closes. Consider getting the Universal Express pass, which can help you skip some lines.

Hoppy Planning!

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Jan 5, 2017 at 5 p.m. Veronica Says...

Hello, we will be going to universal studios Hollywood between 2/22 and 2/24/17. It is right after Prsident's day. Which day is better? Wednesday, Thursday or Friday? I assume that Friday will be busier, but how much more? They also have longer hours on Friday. We won't have front of the line tickets. Thank you.

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Jan 5, 2017 at 2:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Veronica,

Take a peek at our Crowd Calendar for that month. You'll see that Wednesday is the best time to go, but Friday looks good too!

Keep Hopping!

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Jan 4, 2017 at 5:09 a.m. Tony Says...

Hiya,

We will be visiting I hope on the 31 August 2017 as part of a round the world trip from New Zealand. Can you tell me when the "Front of Line" passes are likely to go on sale and if you think 31 August a Thursday is likely to be a busy or modertae day?

Many Thanks

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Jan 9, 2017 at 3:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tony,

You may purchase Front of the Line tickets before your visit. Our crowd calendar is forecasting average crowds that day.

Keep Hopping!

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Jan 3, 2017 at 3:22 p.m. Kristen Nguyen Says...

My husband and I are coming to LA for the first time with our 13 & 11 year old during their Spring Break Monday March 13th-Sunday March 19th.

Which day is the best day to visit Universal?

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Jan 5, 2017 at 3:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristen,

Peeking at our Los Angeles Crowd Calendar, the best day to visit would probably be Monday the 13th. That's a busy week to be hopping in!

Keep Hopping!

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Feb 15, 2017 at 5:13 a.m. Tricia Says...

Your March calendar is not working,... it keeps saying unavailable.

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Feb 15, 2017 at 11:08 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tricia,

We got our Frog Web Team on it and it's available!

Keep Hopping!

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Dec 29, 2016 at 11:49 a.m. george Says...

hi my name is George think of going 10 or 11th sepember 2017..can I do it in one day will it be busy this time of year?

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Dec 29, 2016 at 7:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi George,

We're projecting average crowds on both of those days, so one day shouldn't be a problem.

Keep hopping!

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Dec 28, 2016 at 11:03 a.m. Jessica Says...

Hello and thank you for this website! So happy to have found you.

We are visiting Universal 25 and 26 April 17 with our two girls (9&11). Our eldest daughter is in a wheelchair and requires support. She loves rollercoasters, rides and also Harry Potter and can't wait. I am concerned that she may not be able to go on many rides as we will mostly need to sit behind or next to her to support her. We have done this successfully in the past elsewhere.

Can you provide any information or suggestions that will help us at Universal? Also I think I read on your page Universal has separate wheelchair entrances for the rides - is that correct? Do we need a letter from our doctor confirming that is in a wheelchair? We had to provide it at Disneyland Paris a few years ago but I think they since changed the way they do things there.

Also given our somewhat limited mobility I wanted to confirm that two days would be better than one?

Many thanks for your assistance!

Jessica

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Dec 28, 2016 at 8:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessica,

Good questions. Two good sources of information for guests with disabilities are our own post about it, as well as Universal's page.

Each attraction/show has their own wheelchair access situation—some have a special entrance while others let wheelchairs go through the regular line up to a point. It's never a bad idea to bring any disability documentation that you have.

Two days at a theme park are definitely better than one! You'd be able to do your favorites multiple times and would have more time to take a break and head back to CityWalk or the hotel if someone needs a break.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Dec 28, 2016 at 1:35 a.m. Meg Says...

We are planning to visit Universal Studios Hollywood on either Tues Jan 3 or Tues Jan 10, 2017. Do you think FOL passes will be necessary on either of those dates?

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Dec 27, 2016 at 8:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Meg,

On our Los Angeles crowd calendar, we're forecasting average crowds on Jan 3 or 10th.

If you can afford the extra charge, then go with the Express passes. You'll be able to do your favorites faster and multiple times if you have them. If you're unsure, you can go there and see what crowds are like before making your decision.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Dec 29, 2016 at 12:59 a.m. Meg Says...

Thank you so much! I hadn't seen the crowd calendar when I was looking through your site the first time—what a great help that is! We are looking forward to making the very most of our visit to Universal Studios Hollywood, thanks to all of your great insight and suggestions! Many thanks for creating this great site!

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Dec 19, 2016 at 1:56 p.m. Pat waters Says...

We'll be trying to visit the park during the peak week between Chritmas & New Years. New Years Eve is not listed as a black out day. Is it generally less crowded? Trying to avoid FOL costs! Thanks.

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Dec 20, 2016 at 2:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Pat,

This is a very busy day. I would definitely consider Front of Line for these dates if you can afford it.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Dec 19, 2016 at 5:27 a.m. Pansy Says...

Hi There,

Thanks for your tips and suggestions.After going through your points and others comments now I am really scared as I have booked tickets for 25th December without FOL.Does the Hollywood studios reschedule the dates?I mean can I reschedule my date?

Thanks

Pansy

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Dec 27, 2016 at 12:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Pansy,

So sorry that we're responding to this after your trip. How was the visit?

Keep Hopping!

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Dec 18, 2016 at 4:42 a.m. Christian Says...

Thank you very much much for your this tips. I went to Universal Studios yesterday, Dec 16. , and I think the park was quite empty compared to other days. The longest waiting time was 45 mins for Harry Potter at peak, but when I went there it was only 25 mins on the board. Actually using the single rider line I could more or less enter the ride INSTANTLY. So I did it 3 times in a row :P I arrived at 9 am and got the Front of Gate parking ticket. I think it is worth to buy since I passed many big parking areas/buildings. Also, I could leave some of the water bottles and food in the car and could refill my backpack in just 1 min and re-enter the park. The 20$ more is nothing, if you consider what the whole day will cost you. Especially if you going there with 4 or more. After I took every ride I just had enough time to do the Studio Tour again at night, and they took a slightly different tour than they did at 9am. I never waited much more than 15 mins, I think it was because I hit a Friday and the last school day in California. So my tip is definitely go by that time and hope that not too much people will read this tip ;-). The park will be empty and the weather not too hot.

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Dec 5, 2016 at 4:29 p.m. George K Says...

Hi ! Thank you or the tips! I will go to the park anyday of july 1-24 I hope I get FOL tickets... I want to spend some more time in the Harry Potter world.. What is in your opinion the best thing to do in the Harry potter section?

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Dec 12, 2016 at 11:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi George,

We really enjoy a lot about the Wizarding World—our top favorites are walking through the castle, seeing a wand pairing ceremony at Ollivanders, and trying the delicious food and drink at The Three Broomsticks.

Keep hopping!

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Dec 1, 2016 at 9:21 a.m. Beja Says...

Hi,

We are planning to visit Universal Hollywood on thursday 5th of Jan. Would we need FOL?

Thanks in advance!

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Dec 8, 2016 at 3:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Beja,

Yes, we would recommend them at this time if you can afford it.

Keep hopping!

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Nov 28, 2016 at 6:33 a.m. melissa Says...

Hi there!

Thanks for such an informative post. I'm planning on going to the LA US on Dec 19th, which is a Monday, with my sister and boyfriend. We are all in our 20s so we wouldn't really mind doing the whole single rider thing but my companions are not big on waiting more than 40 min for a ride. Would you recommend getting the FOL? I will be a Monday but it's within the whole holiday season time so I'm a bit unsure of whether we should get the FOLs of not.

Thanks a bunch!

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Dec 12, 2016 at 11:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melissa,

We always enjoy the FOL pass. Many people are on winter break then, so crowd levels may be growing. We recommend FOL, but you can take the chance of getting a regular ticket if you arrive early and then decide in park in the morning if you want to upgrade if the lines are longer than you had hoped. Early morning lines are the shortest.

Keep hopping!

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Nov 25, 2016 at 8:23 p.m. Gabriela Says...

Hello, do you know when will Mummy the ride be open again?

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Nov 28, 2016 at 11:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gabriela,

Unfortunately, we are not sure! The USH site only lists its starting date. Hopefully, we find more details soon!

Keep hopping!

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Nov 23, 2016 at 1:31 a.m. Rama Bapat Says...

Is it an absolute no-no to visit on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?

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Nov 24, 2016 at 7:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rama,

It is not a no-no, but please understand that these are some of the very busiest days of the year. We highly recommend purchasing Front of Line passes, if you can afford them.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Nov 24, 2016 at 9:42 p.m. Sher Says...

What day would be best between dec. 26-dec 30 to go to universal?

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Nov 28, 2016 at 12:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sher,

These will all be very crowded dates. I would pick the one that works best with your schedule.

Keep hopping!

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Nov 22, 2016 at 12:26 a.m. PK Says...

We will be there on Nov 23 Wed and Nov 24 Thus 2016. My 14 yrs old is a big fans of Harry Potter and my 10 yrs old want to see other attractions more than Wizarding World. Can we able to complete and enjoy our visit on single day? Mostly likly, we will buy FOL. Please advice. Thank you in advance.

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Nov 22, 2016 at 8:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi PK,

I would recommend FOL passes for one of these days so you can see most everything.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Nov 21, 2016 at 7:27 a.m. Ana Says...

Hi,

Great tips. I just booked 2 tickets. We will only be in LA for one day. And plan on going to the studios as earliest. it's for the 27th November Sunday. Looks like I should've gotten the FOL. would it be terrible without it? And how do I upgrade my general admission to FOL in case I change my mind?

Thanks a lot

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Nov 22, 2016 at 8:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ana,

Sunday will be busy, but not as busy as the days before it. There are only a limited number of Front of Line passes sold. To have your best chance of getting one, get to the park early on Sunday.

Keep hopping!

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Nov 11, 2016 at 6:44 p.m. Toni Says...

Hello, we will be there Mon. Nov.21- Wed. 23. Which day would be less crowded. My daughter is not in good health but wants to go.

Thank you,

Toni

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Nov 15, 2016 at 3:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Toni,

Monday is likely the best day. All of these will be busier dates to attend, but you can still have a great time!

Keep hopping!

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Nov 10, 2016 at 6:44 p.m. Jen Says...

Hello! We're planning a trip for the first week of December (5-8). Is that a slow time for the park? How many days should we plan to visit? Thanks!

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Nov 15, 2016 at 3:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jen,

That should be a good time to visit, and I think you would just need one day if you visit on a week day.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Nov 6, 2016 at 6:40 p.m. Michael Says...

WE are planning on visiting the park on 11/24. is there a restaurant in the park that might have a holiday dinner available? Can we see most of the park with our 14 year old son in one day?

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Nov 6, 2016 at 4:21 p.m. Rosana Says...

Hi, i'm planning a trip with my family on monday december 26, would you recommend getting the front of the line passes? Thanks!

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Nov 8, 2016 at 1:54 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rosana,

Yes, we would recommend them for this time.

Keep hopping!

Leao

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Nov 2, 2016 at 7:31 p.m. Megan Says...

We are coming on Dec 22 for our daughters 16th birthday from out of state. this will be Christmas and her birthday. It is her dream to go to Harry Potter, she is autistic...is there any tricks and recommendations for her to get picked at Ollivander's for the wand selection?

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Nov 16, 2016 at 11:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Megan,

They pick the person at random. Wearing Wizarding-themed clothes and standing front and center with a big eager smile certainly helps. If the crowd forms an L in the room, standing near the bend in the L seems like a great spot. The person who is picked will need to be able to communicate, say his or her name and repeat spells. If you find a short line later in the day, you can go see it more than once—the show is slightly different each time!

Keep Hopping!

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Nov 2, 2016 at 12:21 a.m. KJ Says...

Hi, Thanks for the tips and nice replies here.

We are planning to visit on Nov 25th. Yes, it's Thanksgiving weekends. Would it be much better if it's 24th? If so, we might want to change our schedule.

Would we need FOL no matter what?

Appreciate in advance!

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Nov 8, 2016 at 2:13 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi KJ,

You don't absolutely have to have FOL—there will be thousands of people without them. The Friday after Thanksgiving will likely be busier, but both days will be among the very busiest of the year.

Keep hopping!

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Oct 31, 2016 at 4:12 a.m. jaime Says...

We are planning to do a one day trip on Monday 11/21. Looking at the FOL vs VIP and trying to determine if it's worth it to spend nearly double. My kids are big Harry Potter fans so we will likely spend a lot of time there. Trying to determine the time if we do a VIP passes and what that really gets you?

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Nov 14, 2016 at 9:33 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jaime,

The VIP experience includes food, access to sound stages, prop rooms and behind-the-scenes secrets. Plus you get to walk around the Back Lot as well as have FOL access to rides. But it is definitely more expensive than FOL. Being the week of Thanksgiving, we highly recommend at least the FOL pass. The VIP experience is a once-in-a-lifetime experience if it is within your budget.

Keep hopping!

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Oct 30, 2016 at 5:19 p.m. Kristi Says...

What is the best day to go around a holiday? The weekdays before or the Monday following?

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Nov 3, 2016 at 2:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristi,

It really depends on the holiday and whether the kids are out of school around that time or not.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 30, 2016 at 4:31 a.m. Carmen Says...

I am planning a family trip to California the last week of June 2017. There will be 9 of us. Can we see everything in Universal in 2 days or would you recommend 3?

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Nov 3, 2016 at 2:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carmen,

You can definitely see everything in two days.

Keep hopping!

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Oct 29, 2016 at 6:40 p.m. CarolJ Says...

We are planning a trip for Nov 20th/ 21st, which day will be best and should be purchase FOL tickets...... what about VIP pass??

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Nov 3, 2016 at 2:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carol,

I would suggest Front of Line passes for both of those days if you can afford it and then pick whichever one is most convenient for you.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 29, 2016 at 2:08 p.m. Mike Says...

Hi.

I'll be travelling through California in the beginning of December. I'm just wondering if it's worth a visit as a lone person in his mid 20s! Whether the park isn't too aimed at a much younger crowd, or it would seem a bit pathetic doing this!

Thanks!

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Nov 3, 2016 at 2:01 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mike,

You can have a great time while traveling alone, and the park is geared toward your age group.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 29, 2016 at 10:35 a.m. Shawna Says...

We r coming on Friday nov 4 to universal studios, we have bought a 2pm afternoon pass which gets us into fright night as well. We have one day, can we see it al or should we buy a earlier pass for the morning?

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Oct 26, 2016 at 8:27 p.m. Joe Says...

Heading in on Sunday November 12th. Do you recommend buying an FOL pass for a weekend in november?

Thanks

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Nov 3, 2016 at 12:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Do you mean the 13th? You should be fine without them on either of those days.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 26, 2016 at 7:51 p.m. Carol Says...

We are going the week of 11/6. Is it better to go to Universal on Monday or Thursday of that week or does it matter? Please reply asap...thank you.

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Nov 3, 2016 at 12:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carol,

I think Monday would be better. With Veterans Day that Friday and some kids off, parents might make a long weekend out of it.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 26, 2016 at 3:07 p.m. Trish Says...

Planning on 2, possibly 3 day visit Dec 20-23. How busy is Universal right before the holidays?

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Nov 3, 2016 at 12:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Trish,

It's going to be busy.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Nov 3, 2016 at 12:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Trish,

It's going to be busy.

Keep hopping!

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Oct 25, 2016 at 9:28 p.m. Kristi Says...

Is a Monday following a holiday easier than the few days before the holidays?

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Nov 3, 2016 at 12:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristi,

Generally yes, but it really depends on school schedules.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 24, 2016 at 4:51 a.m. Michael Zylla Says...

We are wanting to go to Universal Hollywood tomorrow (Monday October 24th 2016) should we buy front of the line tickets?

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Oct 25, 2016 at 12:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michael,

Sorry for the delay. What did you end up doing?

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 23, 2016 at 1:34 p.m. Valerie Says...

We are planning on coming Dec 1-5th. Should we get FOL passes? How many days should we set aside to do both parks? Thanks!

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Oct 25, 2016 at 12:52 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Valerie,

While they are always nice to have, I don't think you will need them. If you are talking about Universal Studios in California, there is only one park.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 22, 2016 at 1:04 a.m. MikeR Says...

Is there a way to by preferred parking ahead of time? Should we worry about parking at the park?

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Oct 25, 2016 at 2:29 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mike,

Unfortunately there is no way to pay for parking in advance.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 19, 2016 at 6:01 a.m. Daist Says...

We are planning to come on Sunday, after Thanksgiving (11/27/16). Will it be crowded? Should I purchase FOL?

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Oct 20, 2016 at 9:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Yes, we expect it will be busy, so consider purchasing a Front of the Line pass.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 17, 2016 at 11:16 a.m. Rose Says...

My hubby and I are coming sometime either on Dec 18, 19, or 20... which day would be best for us to come? Should we buy FOL tickets? thanks!!

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Oct 21, 2016 at 10:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rose,

I would do that Monday. I don't think you will need the Front of Line ticket, although it is always nice to have.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 12, 2016 at 4:29 p.m. Kymberli Barron Says...

My daughter and I are visiting for 2 days in December. I am going to have my disabled pass. Do you have any pointers for this, as I have 3 plates and 26 screws that keep me in one piece?

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Oct 14, 2016 at 10:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kimberli,

Don't be afraid to ask questions and requests! The team members are there to help, so feel free to talk to them and tell them about your situation; they can try to make your day easier and more enjoyable. If you're using a wheelchair/ECV, be sure to find out where to board an attraction. A team member on-site can help. Most of all, take your time and enjoy the park!

Keep hoppin!

Leap

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Oct 10, 2016 at 10:13 a.m. Kiki Says...

Thanks for the tips!! We are coming on a Friday in october. Do you think a front of line pass is worth it especially considering the regular park closes at 6 pm? Thanks so much!!

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Oct 12, 2016 at 10:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

If you arrive when the park opens, you should not have any problems with a regular ticket, but if you are arriving after that, we recommended FOL.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 8, 2016 at 9:07 a.m. James Says...

Hi,

I am visiting Universal Studios on a Sunday in October with my wife and two children. We only have one day at the park and so I am considering the FOL pass. However, my kids do not like scary roller coaster rides and water rides with long drops.

With this in mind, do you think it is worth buying a FOL pass?

Thanks.

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Oct 12, 2016 at 10:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi James,

Most of the rides are simulator-ish. There are two roller coasters—Flight of the Hippogriff is short and sweet (think beginner coaster) and The Mummy is in the dark and fast but without drops. Jurassic Park is a water ride with a drop. Nothing else has a real drop. If they are not huge ride fans and are more interested in shows, the Studio Tour and Wizarding World experiences, then you do not need the FOL.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Sep 27, 2016 at 7:22 p.m. Dorian sagy Says...

Coming to a once in a life time visit from Israel. Current Schedule is Sunday 14th October . Would it be too much crowded because there is a horror night that evening? (we are supposed to get there about 9 am)

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Oct 12, 2016 at 10:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dorian,

It should be fine in the morning. The real crowds will not come until the party starts.

Keep hopping!

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Sep 26, 2016 at 4:14 a.m. Indra Says...

Thanks so much for the tips! We're going in a month and I'm sure they'll be extremely useful!!!

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Sep 18, 2016 at 8:34 a.m. Kath Says...

Hi Leap! Thank you for the great article. Would you suggest 1 or 2 day pass this October to enjoy universal studios?

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Sep 26, 2016 at 9:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kath,

We generally recommend a 1-day pass, especially if you will visit during a weekday or if you purchase FOL. Be sure to check the park hours, because the park closes early many Thursdays through Sundays for Horror Nights, which require a separate ticket. We especially recommend Front of Line passes for Horror Nights. But during the day if you arrive at opening you should be in good shape.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jan 3, 2017 at 1:03 a.m. Tex Says...

Would you suggest the California neighbor pass if expecting to visit Jan 13 2017 or so?

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Jan 5, 2017 at 3:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tex,

We're not familiar with that kind of ticket, but we do have plenty of options on discounted Universal Studios Hollywood tickets!

Keep Hopping!

Leap

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May 2, 2016 at 2:21 p.m. Gaby Says...

HI, Thank you so much for taking the time to do this, and for all the suggestions. We are planning a visit mid June, after watching the video of the Jurassic ride, I think I may have to explain a little bit what it is about to my 6 yr old, so he is not to scare. Really appreciate your good work. Thank you.

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Dec 25, 2015 at 3:58 p.m. SM Says...

I am planning to go with my family to Universal Hollywood either on 12/25 or 12/26. We are driving from a different city and will not be able to arrive at the gate before 10 AM. Which of these two days do you think will be less crowded ?

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Sep 9, 2015 at 4:44 p.m. Ellen Says...

I wanted to say a big thank you for taking the time to write this page. We followed your tips at Universal Studios yesterday and they were fantastic. Thanks to you we really got the most out of our day there! The only tip I would add is waterproof mascara for the Jurassic Park ride haha.

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Sep 9, 2015 at 2:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ellen,

I don't know too much about mascara, but I'm sure Mommy Frog would approve ;) Thank you so much for the big praise! I'm so glad you had a great visit to the park.

Keep hopping!

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Apr 16, 2015 at 9:35 p.m. valarie Says...

thank you so much for your helpful tips...going to use every one of them!

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Dec 4, 2015 at 4:57 p.m. Shelby Says...

Thanks! Going there today armed with your suggestions.

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