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Universal Studios Hollywood Tips to Maximize Your Time

by Leap on March 13, 2024 588 Los Angeles

Maximize Your Time at Universal Studios Hollywood - PinterestDo you love movies? If so, Universal Studios Hollywood is for you! The magic of movie-making comes to life at the park, which combines the quintessential Hollywood movie experience with frogtastic theme park attractions and shows. Universal Studios Hollywood is one of our Frog Family favorites, especially Tad's! The Studio Tour includes the exciting finale of Fast and Furious: Supercharged. Other action-packed attractions include The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, DreamWorks Theatre Featuring Kung Fu Panda, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem and The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash! Now, you can also visit the popular Super Nintendo World, which features the attraction Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge.

Maximize your time and get the most out of your visit with our Universal Studios Hollywood tips, so are you ready for action? Let's hop to it!

21 Universal Studios Hollywood Tips to Maximize Your Time

1. Buy Your Tickets in Advance

You'll always save time and money when you buy your Universal Studios Hollywood tickets in advance. Why wait in a long line at the ticket booth when you can purchase tickets from your couch? Plus, the park can sell out on peak days around holidays and summer, so you want to plan ahead and get your tickets early.

2. Pick the Best Times to Visit

Universal Studios Hollywood Tips to Maximize Your Time - Studio Tour Entrance

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 (except spring break). Avoid the days around the holidays and times when children are out of school. Weekdays are often less crowded than weekends. Hop over to our Los Angeles Crowd Calendar to check out crowd predictions, as well as our guide to the best times to visit Universal Studios Hollywood. Another thing to consider is park hours. Check the park hours before your visit. When park hours are short (say, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), you'll especially want to arrive early to fit everything in before the park closes.

3. Consider the Universal Express Pass During the Busiest Times

If you are planning to visit around the holidays, spring break or summer, consider purchasing Universal Express passes. With it, you will get one-time priority access to most rides, shows and attractions. (Mario Kart: Bowser's Challenge is not included on Universal Express. However, Universal Express does include one-time per day reservation-free access to the land when reservations are needed.) Now that's the way to maximize your time at Universal Studios Hollywood!

With the Universal Express Pass, you should have no problem seeing most attractions, even on super busy days. The park limits the number of Universal Express passes it sells, and the price can fluctuate at the park depending on the season and demand. Buying Universal Studios Hollywood Universal Express passes in advance is a must if you cannot arrive in the morning to purchase them at the gate.

You can upgrade your ticket inside the park. Or, you may want to plan ahead by purchasing Universal Express in advance. If one-time priority access is not enough, you may be able to upgrade in-park to Unlimited Universal Express. Yes, it’s more expensive, but it could come in handy if you are visiting on a busy day and you want to ride again and again and again.

Both the Express and Unlimited Express Passes allow for one-time (per day) entry into Super Nintendo World without reservations.

4. Arrive Ahead of Park Opening (or Purchase Early Access)

Maximize Your Time at Universal Studios Hollywood - Universal Studios Hollywood Entrance

We frogs have a saying ... the early frog gets the flies! When you arrive ahead of park opening, you 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!

If you are at the park entrance 30 minutes early, you just might get in early (depending on the day). Not all attractions may be open, but it gives you a great head start on your day. Head to the Lower Lot ASAP, to knock out those rides early in the day as they generally form long lines later. Mario Kart forms a line pretty quickly once the park officially opens. The other Lower Lot rides have very short lines for the first hour of park opening. The Lower Lot is restricted to people with Early Access until the park officially opens.

Universal Studios Hollywood Tips to Maximize Your Time - Early Access Sign

If Super Nintendo World is important to you, purchase Early Access to enjoy an hour in Super Nintendo World before the park officially opens. No matter where you buy your tickets, you can purchase Early Access directly from Universal. Hop over to our post on Early Access tips for Super Nintendo World to read all about it. Universal lets the Early Access guests in even earlier than stated so that they have time to get to the Lower Lot. After your Early Access hour is up, complete all the other Lower Lot rides with short waits.

5. Allow at Least 30 to 60 Minutes for Parking and Security

Parking opens two hours before park opening (one hour before Early Access). Give yourself enough time to park, walk to security and get through the metal detectors. Most general parking is sent to the farthest parking structures. Those lots will have you walking through Universal CityWalk (about 10 to 15 minutes) to get to the security screening area. You can upgrade to Preferred parking and park at the Frankenstein structure (and sometimes even closer to the front gate). The Frankenstein structure is very close to the park exit for that quick getaway at the end of the night. You can also upgrade to Front Gate parking, which puts you right next to security. That saves time but costs more money. If you plan to shop and eat in CityWalk anyway, then regular parking makes the most sense.

You want to arrive 30 to 45 minutes before Early Access to allow time to walk to the Lower Lot. The gates open early for Early Access to give you time to make your way to the Lower Lot.

6. Eat Breakfast Before You Arrive

Maximize Your Time at Universal Studios Hollywood - Hilton Breakfast

To 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 includes a variety of cheeses, cold cuts, fresh fruit, muffins, a doughnut bar, dim sum, pork dumplings, eggs, bacon and even Nutella! Wandering through Universal CityWalk, your breakfast options include Starbucks, Subway, Jamba Juice and Voodoo Doughnut. If you've skipped breakfast, The Three Broomsticks serves an English breakfast in the Wizarding World, and Jurassic Café in the Lower Lot has breakfast items as well. While Toadstool Café does not serve breakfast food, you might want to join the waitlist to dine in the mid to late morning for the shortest wait.

7. Bring Your Own Water or Purchase Souvenir Cups

Universal Studios Hollywood Tips to Maximize Your Time - Filling bottle with water

By bringing your own water, not only will you save time waiting in lines, but you'll also save money. While Universal Studios Hollywood isn't as lenient as the Disneyland Resort about bringing in outside food, you can bring water bottles (maximum 2 liters), baby food, small snacks, fruits and vegetables into the park. You can bring items required for medical purposes and special dietary needs. Small, soft-sided, insulated bags are OK, but 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 Halloween Horror Nights.

If you are concerned about meeting your dietary needs in the park, you can consult the Dietary Food Guide for hints on how to find gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free and peanut-free foods in the park. All the restaurant menus are now on the Universal Studios Hollywood app.

Universal Studios Hollywood Tips to Maximize Your Time - Souvenir bottle

If you want to save money on soda, you can purchase souvenir cups that work at the Coca-Cola Freestyle machines. You can purchase a souvenir cup for $19 (or two for $17 each) at participating locations. You'll get access to 100 drink choices and unlimited refills (one pour every 10 minutes) the day you purchase it. If you are returning, you can purchase an extra day of refills for $12. You can use these cups at Universal Orlando too!

8. Utilize Package Pickup

Universal Studios Hollywood Tips to Maximize Your Time - Package Pickup sign

Don’t want those bags of souvenirs slowing you down? Don’t worry about it! Any purchases made (including packaged treats such as those adorable Honeydukes bakery items!) can be held at the front of the park for you. Just ask the team member who is ringing you up to utilize package pickup. They will send your items to be held inside the Universal Store nearest the entrance to the park, and even make sure they all end up together if you purchase from multiple places.

9. Schedule Your Day Around the Shows

Maximize Your Time at Universal Studios Hollywood - Waterworld

WaterWorld is the biggest show in the park. Arrive early if you want to see it.

The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle takes place during certain seasons, such as select nights of spring break and summer. You can catch smaller acts in the Wizarding World such as the Triwizard Spirit Rally. During the Christmas season, catch the Holiday Frog Choir along with The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle and Grinchmas shows.

We schedule our day around the shows we want to see. 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 in its official app (look for shows on the map filter and tap them to get the next available times that day). There are also show 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 and Lower Lot attractions (which have much shorter wait times early in the day) before the shows start. The shows offer some much-needed rest for your tired flippers in the afternoon.

10. Plan Your Visits to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Super Nintendo World

Universal Studios Hollywood Tips to Maximize Your Time - Super Nintendo World during Early Access

The two most popular lands are the Wizarding World and Super Nintendo World. Super Nintendo World is least crowded during Early Access and later in the day. Early Access gives you access to the land an hour before the park opens. This is a huge time saver for several reasons. Firstly, all the games and challenges have short lines in this hour but long times later in the day. Secondly, Mario Kart does not accept Universal Express. (Ride early or late. The ride offers Single Rider.)

If you purchase Early Access to visit Super Nintendo World, leave the land once the park opens to experience other Lower Lot rides with short wait times. Then head to Hogsmeade to ride the Wizarding World rides — Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey and Flight of the Hippogriff. Go ride other attractions, and return to Hogsmeade later in the day for meals and shopping when the wait times in the rest of the park peak. Since it is centrally located in the Upper Lot, you can come and go with ease.

Both of the rides in the Wizarding World accept Universal Express passes, but the Ollivanders wand-pairing demonstration does not. The line for Ollivanders is the longest in the morning after opening. The line drops off significantly in the late afternoon and evening, so it is better to wait.

During the recent visits, we have found that the Wizarding World and Super Nintendo World have shorter wait times in the late afternoon and early evening. So if you arrive after opening, save your visits for these rides toward the end of your day.

11. Hit the Lower Lot in the Morning

Maximize Your Time at Universal Studios Hollywood - Transformers

If you arrive at park opening, you also should have no problem hitting the Lower Lot rides with very few people and minimum waits. Everyone will be heading to Super Nintendo World, so park opening is the time to hit the other Lower Lot rides. We have put together a Universal Studios Hollywood Park Plan so that you can prioritize rides, shows and attractions. Hit the Lower Lot ASAP for the shortest wait times of the day.

Maximize Your Time at Universal Studios Hollywood - Indominus rex emerges on Jurassic World

There's now an Indominus rex animatronic as part of Jurassic World — The Ride. That means you should try to hop on the ride as early as you can to experience this new ending. It's so realistic!

Super Nintendo World, located to the left of Transformers: The Ride in the Lower Lot, may require a Virtual Line time slot (or a special ticket) to enter during peak times. Most of the time you can walk right in. It gets busy right at park opening, so watch wait times in the app to return later. We recommend later in the day. Hop over to our post on accessing Super Nintendo World for more details.

12. Reduce Time on the StarWay

The elevators that connect the Upper Lot and the Lower Lot are very loooonnnnngggggg and can very well take 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 (as soon as it opens in the morning) because the lines are shortest there in the morning. They peak in the afternoon. Try to time your reservation to visit Super Nintendo World for the time you'll be in the Lower Lot. If you have Universal Express, you do not need a reservation to enter the land (when needed) one time per day.

13. Use the Single Rider Lines

Maximize Your Time at Universal Studios Hollywood - Single Riders Line

If you don't mind splitting up your party on a ride, the Single Rider lines are the fastest way to get on a ride without having a Universal Express Pass. You can't beat a free way to skip the line! It's one of our top tips to maximize time at Universal Studios Hollywood. There are minimum Universal Studios height requirements for tadpoles to ride without an adult, so make sure they measure up first.

Universal Studios Hollywood Tips to Maximize Your Time - Single Rider Pass

Attractions with Single Rider lines: 

  • Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
  • Revenge of the Mummy - The Ride
  • Transformers: The Ride 3D
  • Jurassic World - The Ride
  • Mario Kart: Bowser's Challenge

Single Rider is subject to availability. Ask a team member about it. The line may close when it gets too long. At some rides, such as Revenge of the Mummy, the team member may offer you a pass to use for Single Rider.

14. Be Strategic About Your Studio Tour

Maximize Your Time at Universal Studios Hollywood - Studio Tour

The Studio Tour closes about an hour or two before the rest of Universal Studios Hollywood closes, so check the last tram departure and wait times so you don't miss out.

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 3D and Fast and Furious make the tour an exciting ride, as well.

We recommend it in the late morning, afternoon or early evening when waits for other attractions are high, temperatures begin to rise and your legs could use an hour of rest.

If you purchase the Early Access ticket for Super Nintendo World, you get one-time Express use for the Studio Tour (valid if used before 11 a.m.).

15. Have Lunch During Off-peak Times

Universal Studios Hollywood Tips to Maximize Your Time - Food from Three Broomsticks

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 sit-down restaurant, there are plenty of options at CityWalk next door.

If you are a "Harry Potter" fan (OK, even if you aren't), 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. Wizarding alcoholic beverages are available for purchase in Hog's Head Pub.

Hop over to our yummiest guide to Universal Studios Hollywood restaurants for more choices. Also, many restaurants now offer a mobile ordering service through the Universal Studios Hollywood app. You can sit and wait for food instead of standing in line.

Universal Studios Hollywood Tips to Maximize Your Time - Toadstool Cafe entrance

Toadstool Café is the hottest meal ticket in the park right now. You have to join the wait list or queue (also known as making a reservation) that same day in the morning about the time that Early Access opens. You can do this from your home, hotel room or car, using this link: Book a Reservation for Toadstool Cafe at SNW (zomatobook.com). To join, you do not have to be on-site, however, you can also scan QR codes to join in the park. And we recommend you join as soon as you can because it fills quickly. If you miss the morning sign-ups, more times are released about 2 p.m. We recommend dining early or late. It can take longer to order and receive food at peak mealtimes. Eat an early lunch to save time.

16. Don't Want to Worry About Anything? Purchase the VIP Experience

Maximize Your Time at Universal Studios Hollywood - VIP Tour

With the Universal Studios Hollywood VIP Experience ticket, you will enjoy a six- to eight-hour personal, guided tour of the park. This includes valet parking, light snacks and refreshments in the private VIP lounge, exclusive Backlot access, unlimited priority access (with Unlimited Universal Express) to all of the rides (including Mario Kart!) and shows (with a guide to get you the best seats) and a gourmet meal in the private VIP dining room.

Universal Studios Hollywood Tips to Maximize Your Time - People on Mario Kart

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. The order on the itinerary can vary per day, but you will eat about three hours into your tour. There is limited availability, so book in advance. Children must be at least 5 years old.

17. Take Advantage of Child Switch

If any of your children cannot 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 and take a companion with you. We have more tips for entertaining small children at Universal Studios Hollywood if you are bringing a little tadpole with you.

18. Make the Best of Ride Breakdowns

Sometimes a ride experiences technical difficulties. If you're on the ride when this happens and team members need to have you exit (or delay you on the ride before it starts operating again), they will generally try to keep you hoppy 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 again (once the attraction reopens) without having to wait. Remember this word or snap a picture of it, just in case you froget it.

And the best prize of all is a single-use Universal Express Pass. (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. If things go wrong, we frogs always try to make the best of it. The benefits of breaking down can mean less time standing in line.

19. Take a Midday Break

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 at the end of the day. But that is easier said than done. All of the walking, heat (especially in summer) and missed nap times take their toll. If your hotel is nearby, consider leaving at midday to escape the crowds and heat. Be sure to hold onto your ticket and get a hand stamp when you exit. Relax in a hotel pool or darkened hotel room to recharge for the evening. This is only recommended for days with longer park hours. Otherwise, you might miss out on experiencing everything.

If you don’t want to leave the park, Kung Fu Panda is air-conditioned, making it a great choice for cooling off and escaping the sun. Use this time to meet the characters. The tadpoles will enjoy splashing in the Wet Zone area at Super Silly Fun Land, which has over 80 water play features. Parents can sit in the shade and cool off in the mist while watching the kids.

Another fun option is heading out to Universal CityWalk. This themed mall offers familiar and unique shopping, dining and entertainment. Tad loves Dark Horse Comics for all of his comic book needs. Lily is into the whole "silly socks" thing, so The Los Angeles Sock Market is her haven. For dinner, the tadpoles are fans of Johnny Rockets. Leap and I prefer Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville (#finstotheleft) or Antojitos. The whole Frog Family is excited that the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen is now open! We usually visit CityWalk after we've left the park for the night because CityWalk is open later than the theme park.

Something to consider during or after your day of movie theme park thrills is catching a movie at the Universal Cinema 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.

20. Do Your Souvenir Shopping When the Attraction Lines Are Long

Lines in the stores can get crowded at the end of the night, especially the ones closer to the exit. With package pickup, you can do your shopping when lines are shortest (typically in the middle of the day) and send your goodies to wait for your retrieval! Our favorite froggy tradition is sending a Giant Lard Lad Simpson’s doughnut or some chocolate frogs to the package pickup and eating the goodies at the end of our night for dessert!

21. Download the Universal Studios Hollywood App

Universal Studios Hollywood Tips to Maximize Your Time - Lady with app

The Universal Studios Hollywood app is your best guide in the park for quickly finding upcoming shows, checking wait times and locating restaurants (and menus) or shops. It also guides you through Universal CityWalk. The park offers free Wi-Fi. You can always ask a team member if you can't find a show time, such as the Wizarding World performances, since not every show is listed.

You may also use the Universal Studios Hollywood app to get a Virtual Line Pass when offered. Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash sometimes offers a Virtual Line during busy times. That allows you to enjoy the rest of the park instead of standing in a long line!

You have to be physically in the park to get a pass. You can also join the Virtual Line for Secret Life of Pets near the ride at kiosks that look like subway ticket machines (toadally awesome feature, BTW). Also, you can join the Virtual Line from the ticket machine as it is not linked to your park ticket, although these kiosks are usually not in service.

Universal Studios Hollywood Tips to Maximize Your Time - super nintendo world

To ride Mario Kart: Bowser's Challenge in Super Nintendo World, you'll need to have access to the land when the reservation system is in place. People who have a Universal Express ticket get one-time access to enter the land without a reservation. Most days you can just walk right in though.

22. Set up the Mobile App Before Your Visit

While at home, download the latest version of the Universal Studios Hollywood app. You can link your park tickets, although Early Access tickets will not show up in the app. Bring those QR codes with you, either printed or on your device. If you plan to use mobile mrder, you can add a payment option. You'll save time and frustration if you manage all this at home before your visit.

Speaking of mobile order, this is a new feature in the app. You can skip the food lines for select restaurants and order food in advance. You can modify the pick-up time if you get held up somewhere else. This allows you to spend more time having fun or relaxing at a table until your food is ready.

Have a Universal Studios Hollywood tip we didn't mention or a question? Share it in the comments below! Don't froget — we offer a Universal Studios Hollywood Park Plan to maximize your time! 

Related: Toadally Magical Guide to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood

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Feb 5, 2024 at 1:35 p.m. Robbie Says...

If my family and I arrive at security 45 mins. before regular park open on Thursday, March 28th then walk directly to Mario Kart at rope drop, will the wait already be quite long due to Early Access parkgoers?

*We don’t care about collecting coins in Super Nintendo World or securing a reservation at Toadstool Café so paying $120 for Early Access for four people essentially just to ride Mario Kart (then wait a bit for the park to open) seems excessive.

Thanks much!

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Feb 8, 2024 at 3:43 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Robbie!

We'd say that you should expect to wait 30 to 60 minutes if you're in the very front and one of the first to enter at park open once Early Access ends, though each day can vary based on crowds and ride operation. We suggest going through the immersive queue at least once, but if you want to ride again, go through Single Rider if your party can be separated on the ride.

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Nov 18, 2023 at 12:50 a.m. Sophie Algilar Says...

Hello! Me in my friends are going to USH tommorow and it is going to rain. Do you have any tips for rainy days?

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Nov 2, 2023 at 12:22 a.m. Marie Says...

This will be my first time at universals and I wanted to know when I purchase a general admission even if I don’t pay the $20 for Super Nintendo world can I still go in with just my general admission

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Nov 2, 2023 at 10:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marie!

Yes, you can enter Super Nintendo World with just a general admission ticket. However, do note that if the land reaches capacity during busier times, a Virtual Queue may be in place to enter, so you would need to join if it's in use. If you don't have Early Access tickets, we recommend rope dropping if you're still able to arrive before the park opens, or visit later at night (crowds in the land continue to stay consistent all day). If Toadstool Cafe is a priority, you'll need to make a reservation early (only available day of) - spots fill up quickly.

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Oct 25, 2023 at 11:14 p.m. KAM Says...

We have a large group planning to visit in December between Christmas and New Years. Is one day enough or do we need two?

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Oct 26, 2023 at 9:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi KAM!

The week between Christmas and New Year's is one of the busier times of the year, so we would recommend two days, especially if you're hoping to get everything done without Express.

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Oct 25, 2023 at 1:26 p.m. Elaine Says...

Love this helpful site! We are a family of 15 and coming on Nov. 6th. We chose this time specifically because we hate crowds. I really don't want to have buy everyone the fast pass at the US $ price. The trip is already very expensive for us. We have 7 kids and are thinking we would get the early tickets for Mario at $20 each, but to you think we can save on the additional cost for the FastPass? Also if I buy the all the tickets, can I transfer them to the 3 parents so they can use the app on their individual phones?

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Oct 26, 2023 at 2:52 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elaine!

We definitely recommend the Early Access tickets. You can skip Express at this time of the year. Once Super Nintendo World opens to all the other park-goers, you can leave and hit all the Lower Lot attractions pretty quickly with short lines. You can buy the tickets and either link them to the apps or just share screenshots with everyone.

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Oct 29, 2023 at 3:32 a.m. Elaine Andrews Says...

Thank you so much. It's so nice to get good advice when you are embarking on a big trip. :)

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Oct 30, 2023 at 8:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Have a frogtastic time, Elaine!

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Oct 3, 2023 at 5:19 a.m. Justin Says...

Hello! We will be visiting Universal Hollywood on 12/4/23 for one day. I haven’t seen hours posted yet for dates that far out. We definitely have Super Mario World on our list. Also wanting to cover the high points of the rest of the park during our one day. Do you think it would be necessary and/or wise to pay for early entry to SNW as well? Thanks!

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Oct 3, 2023 at 8:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Justin!

We do recommend Early Access tickets for Super Nintendo World! It's the best way to maximize your time in Super Nintendo World, which is still continuing the draw the biggest crowds in the park, especially if you're only there for the day.

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Oct 2, 2023 at 8:33 p.m. Justin T Says...

Hello! We are planning on a visit on December 4, 2023. Hours of operation aren’t yet posted. Only have time for one day on this trip. Do you think that paying for early entry to Super Nintendo World would be necessary if our objective is to fully see SNW and also hit the rest of the main highlights of the park in one day? Thanks!

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Aug 8, 2023 at 3:22 p.m. Poor planning Says...

Is it worth it without the express pass for the second Sat in August (Aug 12) ? We already got a room at the Universal Hilton but waited to buy express passes, and now they are $280 each, which is out of our budget with two kids. Would you just go elsewhere in LA? Or get regular tickets and go from 6-9pm?

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Aug 9, 2023 at 4:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Since the 12th is a summer weekend night, crowds are still likely to be high, which doesn't leave much time if you can only be there from 6 to 9 p.m. You could spend time in Universal CityWalk or hit other attractions in Hollywood or Burbank.

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Apr 18, 2023 at 7:47 p.m. Laia Garcia Garcia Says...

El vaso rellenable de Universal Studios orlando sirve para Universal Studios Hollywood??

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Apr 19, 2023 at 7:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

¡Hola Laia!

Buena pregunta! Por $10.99, más impuestos, puede rellenar su vaso de Universal Orlando ilimitadamente durante su visita a Universal Studios Hollywood.

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Apr 4, 2023 at 11:56 p.m. Caryn Cross Says...

Looking to plan a trip somewhere from July to August. Not sure of best time/ places to stay. Worried about safety. Any suggestions would be awesome.

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Apr 6, 2023 at 3:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Caryn!

We'd recommend the second half of August for the lowest crowds during that timeframe. As for places to stay, there are two hotels that are close to Universal — the Hilton and the Sheraton — which are within walking distance.

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Jan 5, 2023 at 4:34 a.m. Jena Says...

Thank you for the great information! We are considering 2 days in February. Do you have tips or a 2 day itinerary suggestion?

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Jan 5, 2023 at 1:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jena!

Thanks for hopping by! With two full days, you'll have enough time to get everything accomplished and be able to take your time going through it all. Though depending on when you visit in February, Super Nintendo World will officially open Feb. 17! So stay tuned for more details on how to access the new land, as you will need to enter via a virtual queue. This would be our biggest consideration during this timeframe — if you want to avoid crowds, visit before it opens (though keep in mind that there will be annual passholder previews going on for select dates from Jan. 29 to Feb. 11). And if you are interested in the new land, then wait until its grand opening and expect more crowds than usual.

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Jan 3, 2023 at 11:52 p.m. Shereen Says...

We're headed to Disneyland for the last week of January. Planning on heading to universal studios for 1 day. My dilemma is whether to go on a tuesday mid week with the park only open from 10-6, or on a Saturday when it's open from 9-9. Its low season, so do you think with less crowds the shorter day wont be an issue? Also any recommendations on best travel from Anaheim to LA? I'm looking at just taking uber or Lyft?

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Jan 6, 2023 at 4:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shereen!

We'd recommend going to Universal midweek despite the shorter hours, so you can make sure to hit the nighttime entertainment at Disneyland during the weekend (some of which only occur on the weekends over there). As for transportation between the two theme parks, we have a post about public transportation options here. Let us know if you have any more questions!

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Oct 9, 2022 at 7:26 a.m. Yvonne Mann Says...

Planning first trip to universal Hollywood, any hotels close by that offer early entry or walking distance to park

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Oct 12, 2022 at 9:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Yvonne!

The Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City Hotel and Sheraton Universal Hotel are within walking distance of Universal Studios Hollywood, and both have a shuttle to the park, as well. If walking, the Hilton is closer.

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Aug 21, 2022 at 6:59 a.m. Oscar Says...

Question: Can I purchase a VIP tour and upgrade to gold pass? or can I buy a gold pass and get a discounted VIP tour?

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Aug 23, 2022 at 11:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Oscar!

Passholders get a $100 credit on the tour as long as the pass is valid on the tour day. And the tour is upgradeable to a pass, but you have to go to the ticket booth on the day of your visit to discuss pricing.

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Jul 20, 2022 at 9:20 p.m. Paola Says...

Will these tips apply to Universal Orlando? If not, do you have a post regarding Universal Orlando? Is one better than the other? We'll be going next summer for my daughter's 16th birthday. It will be a first for all of us. My youngest will be 11 by then.

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Jul 21, 2022 at 2:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Paola!

We do have a similar blog post for Universal Orlando! You really can't go wrong with either. Universal Orlando is a bigger property — it has two theme parks and a water park, plus a number of hotels on property, while Universal Studios Hollywood is one theme park but still packs in a lot of attractions, including the World Famous Studio Tour. If the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a major factor, Orlando has both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley (plus you can ride the Hogwarts Express if you have a Park-to-Park ticket), and Hollywood has Hogsmeade (not including Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure).

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May 16, 2022 at 4:29 p.m. Nate Says...

I used a lot of these tips on my trip yesterday (Sunday) and I found that it wasextremely helpful! Secret Life of Pets was the longest wait for me as I was able to knock out Lower Lot early in the morning at park drop (even Mumm 3x; it was basically a walk-on) and I got decent times on Studio Tour, Minions, KFP and Forbidden Journey. Only things I missed were Animal Actors and Simpsons ride, both of which I've done in Orlando. Thank you for the tips and the article! My first time at USH and it really helped me get my bearings and have a game plan.

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May 16, 2022 at 12:13 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

That's so awesome to hear — thanks for sharing!! We're glad you had a hoppy first time at Universal Studios Hollywood!

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May 15, 2022 at 7:23 p.m. Marie Says...

We’re bringing 6 adults in late September and are planning to stay in the area for 3 days. What are the best package deals for us?

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May 16, 2022 at 2:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marie!

We don’t currently have packages, but we do have some hoppin' hotel deals! You can check them out here.

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May 13, 2022 at 9:51 p.m. Lindsay Says...

Is Universal Studios Hollywood worth it for a family who absolutely loved Universal Orlando for the rides? Or are we better to spend the day at another amusement park? (Already planning for Disneyland)

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May 16, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lindsay!

Universal Studios Hollywood is much smaller than Universal Orlando and does have some of the same rides (Despicable Me, the Mummy, WWoHP - though note that it's only Hogsmeade and there's no Hogwarts Express or Hagrid's). We think it’s still worth a visit, especially if you want to go for the Studio Tour. There are enough attractions that can only be found at USH, such as The Secret Life of Pets, Kung Fu Panda, WaterWorld. Jurassic World – The Ride has similar but also unique elements, as well. If so, one day is sufficient! However, we'd also say that if you're into roller coasters, then Knott's Berry Farm has more to offer in terms of thrill rides, and it has a unique Western theme.

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Apr 11, 2022 at 7:06 p.m. Timmy Says...

Parking Tip: Universal Studios charges $30 to park before 5pm. There's meter parking on Cahuenga Blvd near Universal Studios Blvd. Look for 10hr meters. Pay $4 and you are covered until meters shut off, which is 6pm. The walk up to Universal from Cahuenga Blvd is about 8min. Warning, It is uphill.

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Jul 18, 2022 at 12:01 p.m. keith anderson Says...

thxs great tip. have you got an exact location of the ten hour meters? We're coming from England, do the meters take coins or credit card? :)

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Apr 11, 2022 at 2:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Thanks for the tip, Timmy!

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Apr 11, 2022 at 2:16 a.m. Joy Says...

THANK YOU for this post! We’re visiting from out of town and just have one day to visit USH, so this information is helping us plan. We plan to upgrade to express passes when we arrive (just 2 adults), and I wonder, do we need two express passes or does one cover us both? I’m a little confused by some explanations I’ve read elsewhere. Thank you again!

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Apr 11, 2022 at 7:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joy!

We're so hoppy to help! Thank YOU for hopping by :) Each person would need Express. You can hop over to our Universal Studios Hollywood Express post for more details!

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Mar 9, 2022 at 8:39 p.m. Rebecca S. Says...

We are planning to be in the Park on 3/17/21 and are first timers. Your blog has provided a great deal of advice. Would you recommend the VIP Tour or is the Express pass a better option for the price difference? We definitely want to maximize our day! Thank you!

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Mar 11, 2022 at 1:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rebecca!

If it’s in your budget and maximizing your time is very important, then we recommend the VIP Tour! You'll be able to see and do everything, plus it includes food, valet parking and backstage access that other guests cannot experience.

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Mar 8, 2022 at 6:04 p.m. Jamie Says...

I just want to say THANK YOU!! Your one day guide and tips are so very helpful. I truly appreciate you!

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Mar 8, 2022 at 12:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jamie!

We appreciate YOU! Thanks for hopping by :)

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Feb 28, 2022 at 2:59 a.m. Jayson Says...

If we go during the week on St Patrick's Day or the day before is that a good time to go for less crowding?

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Feb 28, 2022 at 1:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jayson!

Crowds should be similar between those two days, so we suggest whichever date works best with your schedule.

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Feb 13, 2022 at 12:20 p.m. BARBIERI Says...

Enfin un site archi-complèt et plein d'astuces pour préparer la viste d'Universal Studios ! A recommander. Un grand merci.

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Feb 14, 2022 at 10:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Merci beaucoup, Barbieri!

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Feb 4, 2022 at 2:38 p.m. Isabel Says...

Where may I find the 2 for 16.99 souvenir cup deal at universal studios Hollywood?

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Feb 4, 2022 at 6:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Isabel!

You can find the souvenir cups at any restaurant that sells the cups such as Mummy Eats, Minion Cafe, Hollywood & Dine, Cocina Mexicana and other quick-service locations (except for ones in the Wizarding World). It is, however, two cups for $16 each (not both).

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Feb 1, 2022 at 3:20 p.m. Cyndi Says...

2 questions. Is the backlot tour included in ticket price or separate? Do wands purchased at USO work for spells at USH? Thanks

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Feb 1, 2022 at 9:33 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cyndi!

The Studio Tour is included with general park admission (though there is a VIP tour with exclusive backlot access, which has a separate cost), and the interactive wands work in both locations!

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Nov 8, 2021 at 7:31 p.m. Sandy Says...

My family of 4 is planning to go on Mon, Nov. 29th for the VIP Experience - Universal Studio in LA. The purpose of the VIP Tour to reduce walking too much and waiting times - we have one senior in our family so concerns of too much walking). The park hours on Monday from 10AM to 5PM. I'm planning to purchase the 11:45AM VIP Tour/Experience. I'm going to be in the park around 10AM to maximize our time. Would we have enough time for all the attractions, shows and rides?

Can we still go on rides/shows before and after the tour?

Would the Tour Guide stay with us the entire 6 hours or can my family walk on our own pace and do rides, gift shops, and snacks? Where's the closest valet VIP parking lot?

The VIP Tour would allow us to stop around for gift shops and take photos with the characters? Thank you in advance for answering my many questions!

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Nov 9, 2021 at 2:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sandy!

There won't be time after the tour since the park closes before your tour ends (around 5:45 p.m.). The tour includes the shows, most rides and about 2.5 hours in the Backlot and lunch, so you'll want to arrive early. You can check in upon arrival and collect your VIP Universal Express credentials to use for any rides before your tour starts. The tour does have an itinerary, so do your shopping before it starts and meet as many characters as you can in advance, but your tour guide will do their best to meet your interests in the park. If you want to break off from the tour to shop, let the tour guide know. As for parking, just follow the signs to the VIP valet parking, which is close to security. You can also call 818-622-8477 for more questions about the tour.

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Oct 1, 2021 at 7:43 p.m. Lana Says...

Hi! Thank you so much for this blog. I have downloaded your itinerary and am so very grateful. One quick question: We are big Harry Potter fans and have two sons coming with us who also love HP. At one place in the blog it says to hit the to HP rides first, the head to the Lower Lot and loop back to HP for the rest of HP in the afternoon/evening. Then shortly after that is says that the two HP rides have recently had shorter lines in the afternoon evening. So, do we head to HP rides first or to the Lower Lot and then HP in the afternoon? Any suggestions. We will be there next week on a weekday and did not purchase express passes. Many thanks!

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Oct 5, 2021 at 10:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lana!

If you get there before park opening, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is one of the few rides open. However, if you cannot get there before the Lower Lot opens, you can wait to ride in the afternoon. A weekday at this time of year should be a great time to visit and we do not anticipate long wait times. Have a magical time!

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Sep 29, 2021 at 2:36 p.m. Courtney Neff Says...

We are planning a trip to see the Horror nights. My son is 9. Is he allowed to go to this event even though he is not 13? Also, because he is 9 he hasn't been vaccinated would he need to provide a negative covid-19 test?

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Sep 29, 2021 at 10:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Courtney!

While it's generally not recommended for children under 13, he can still attend as it's ultimately up to your discretion! And no, the county has since eased the mandate (which takes effect Oct. 7) so that children 11 and under do not need proof of a negative COVID test.

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Sep 17, 2021 at 1:49 p.m. Wendy Says...

Hello! I’ve been looking for options to travel from Disneyland to Universal Studios. Round trip for two people on a Sunday. We won’t have a car. Lyft is starting to look like the best option. I’m not having much luck with shuttle options due Covid issues. Thoughts?

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Sep 17, 2021 at 11:45 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Wendy!

We have a couple of transportation posts that may help you: one for general LA transportation options and one for taking public transportation to Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood. Besides renting a car for the day, which may be cheaper than Uber or Lyft (ride-sharing will get expensive), you could book a bus tour or take the train (though you have to look at schedules to make sure they work and it may take a longer time).

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Sep 7, 2021 at 2:53 a.m. Liisa Spink Says...

We are during the day during one of the Halloween times so their will be people entering the park on the night/day pass at 2pm - does this change the order of the park plan as more folks will be pouring in around the time that the Harry Potter rides appear on the schedule?

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Sep 7, 2021 at 11:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Liisa!

More people will be coming in at 2 p.m., but generally, this is not a busy time of year in the park. We would still start in the Lower Lot to knock those rides out early, but if you want to get the Wizarding World rides and wand pairing out of the way before others arrive, you could save shopping, dining, casting spells and visiting park characters for when ride times are at their highest.

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Aug 3, 2021 at 4:49 a.m. Amanda Terronez Says...

I'm taking a 6 and 4 year old who are 46 and 42 inches tall. Do they need express passes or just the 2 adults?

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Aug 3, 2021 at 3:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amanda!

Any riders who want to skip the lines will need their own Express Pass. Hope this helps!

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Jul 24, 2021 at 4:21 a.m. Ash B Says...

Due to a flight change, me and my 9 year old son will only be able to visit one day. That one day happens to fall on a weekend and a horror night. We already plan on getting express passes, but do you know what time they will “kick us out” 6 pm? 7 pm? Also, he loves Harry Potter, so I assume we should hit that first and then go to the lower lot after? Thank you for your help!

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Jul 26, 2021 at 12:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ash!

Daytime guests will have to leave whenever the park closes for the day (park hours have not been released yet beyond August). We'd suggest hopping to the Lower Lot, first thing in the morning if you're interested in those rides. The Lower Lot rides usually have the lowest waits right at park open and build throughout the day, whereas the wait times for the Wizarding World rides stay consistent all day long (so you can hop there anytime).

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Jul 14, 2021 at 10:38 p.m. Martha Mihalich Says...

Question. Can we ride when lines are short and then use our express passes to get on rides later in the day when lines are longer?

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Jul 14, 2021 at 7:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Martha!

Absolutely - that's a good strategy! You can use your Express Pass any time during the day.

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Jun 16, 2021 at 7:25 p.m. Kristie Says...

Hello!

This was all very helpful. We are planning to visit with our 4 and 6 year olds next month (July). I’m trying to decide if we should buy the Express passes and try to do it all in 1 day OR buy regular tickets and go 2 days? If we go one day, it’ll be a on a Sunday. Or we could spread it to both Sunday and Monday. What do you think? My husband is not sold on the Express passes since they’re double the cost of a regular ticket. Please let me know when you get a chance. Thanks!!

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Aug 3, 2021 at 2:22 p.m. Amanda Says...

Hi Kristie. I'm about to do the same with a 4 and 6 year old who can ride everything but the Harry Potter and Mummy ride. I'm wondering if you ended up buying express tickets for your kids and your opinion on if it is necessary for the little ones. Thanks

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Jun 18, 2021 at 10:20 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristie!

It's hard to say what wait times will be like, now that there isn't a capacity limit and other restrictions have been lifted. Wait times have dropped since they can fill all ride vehicles and rows, but they are likely to increase again once more people start to visit. Since there's so much to do in Los Angeles and Universal Studios Hollywood is smaller compared to other theme parks, we prefer to skip lines and do Universal in one day. But if you're the kind of family who likes to take breaks, not go from open to close and explore things at a more relaxed pace, then spreading it out would definitely work for you. Ultimately, it's up to you!

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May 31, 2021 at 10:30 p.m. Jordan Limos Says...

You probably won’t comment back in time, but I am visiting tomorrow on June 1 what ride should I ride first!! I’m thinking Harry Potter then going to lower lot to do all of it and then come up for studio tour!

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Jun 1, 2021 at 8:01 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jordan!

We hope we're responding in time — yes, we'd agree with your plan! If you arrive early and the park hoppens to open a little before the scheduled opening time, you may be able to hop on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey before the Lower Lot opens at 9 a.m. Though we'd try to hit the Lower Lot (particularly Jurassic World) as close to park opening as possible.

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May 11, 2021 at 5:24 p.m. Jenny Says...

Hi,

My husband and I will be visiting the park on June 3rd. I walk with a cane but still need to stop every now and again, is there plenty of seating in the park to stop and take a break?

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May 12, 2021 at 10:01 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenny,

Yes, there is plenty of seating to rest at the park! :)

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Mar 1, 2020 at 7:34 p.m. Kelly janssens Says...

Hello,

We plan to visit universal hollywood on 18 the of august.

According the crowd-calendar 5/10.

Can we visit without expresstickets that day,and do everything in 1day?

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Mar 4, 2020 at 11:08 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelly!

You can likely do a lot! Arrive at opening, follow our top tips from the post, use Single Rider lines when possible and stay until the end and you should have a hoppin' day! Enjoy!

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Feb 5, 2020 at 12:34 a.m. Mary Brown Says...

We will be visiting on Feb. 17, President's Day, with two grandchildren age 7 and 10. The 7 year old has type 1 diabetes and special diet needs. Plus we need a place to administer shots, etc. Can we all bring our own food so the 7 year old doesn't have to be the only one not buying food? What other advice can you give for coming on President's Day. We are coming from the East Coast for one day only. Thanks.

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Feb 6, 2020 at 4:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mary!

For your special needs froglet, we suggest packing a dedicated cooler with your glucose monitor, insulin pens and other supplies; in this case, fast carb snacks and foods are part of the disability and would need to be available. Consider using the AAP disabilities pass; it is easy to get overheated in lines, which can impact blood sugar. The AAP will prevent you from getting stuck in a long or uncomfortable line area. For the rest of the family, you can bring your own food into Universal Studios Hollywood, but there are some restrictions. The food they allow is more like snacks than meals, your cooler needs to be small (no larger than 8.5" wide x 6" high x 6" deep) and no glass or open containers are allowed. You can find Universal Studios' food policy here for more information.

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Feb 10, 2020 at 7:52 p.m. Mary C Brown Says...

Thank you very much for your reply. It is very challenging to keep our grandson's sugar level even. It will be helpful to have some accomodations. So we go to guest services upon arrival, right?

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Feb 11, 2020 at 8:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

You are so welcome, Mary - we can only imagine, and are so hoppy to help! Yes ma'am, just hop over to Guest Relations up on arrival and they'll be able to provide you with your options. Have a great trip!

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Jan 19, 2020 at 1:22 a.m. Kim Says...

Hi, we will be visiting Universal for the first time during a holiday weekend (sat before Presidents Day). We have splurged and purchased the VIP passes but the only tour time available was 10:45. I wanted to get to the park early for traffic etc, and to maximize our time. What would you recommend we do or see before the tour? (Does the tour time dictate what time we can park using valet or get into the park?)

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Jan 21, 2020 at 4:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kim!

You can still park early and get into the park. Stay in the Upper Lot and either check out Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem, or if you are huge Harry Potter fans, get some bonus time in the Wizarding World. Have a great time!

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Oct 15, 2019 at 5:26 p.m. Mix-Movie.com Says...

Universal Studios Hollywood bills itself as The Entertainment Capital of L.A. Famous for combining their film studio with a massive theme park, guests get a behind the scenes look at a real life working studio, see iconic movie sets from the past,  and immerse themselves into their favorite worlds like

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Oct 14, 2019 at 6:54 p.m. Linda Rice Says...

Can we do the entire park and studio tour in one day using VIP Experience? We will be there December 26 (or 27, or 28) Eleven of us.

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Oct 15, 2019 at 3:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Linda!

The VIP experience should allow you to do it all. Be sure to arrive early to get the most out of your day!

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Oct 2, 2019 at 9:28 a.m. YH Says...

Thank you for the detailed information! I was thinking of visiting Universal on either 19 or 20/Oct, will Saturday or Sunday be better? Also, I am a solo traveler so I am planning to not get the express pass, is that a bad idea?

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Oct 2, 2019 at 4:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

You are so welcome - thanks for hopping by! Sunday always seems a little lighter, especially in the morning. I would arrive early before the park opens and if you want to use the single rider lines, you can to get get by without Express. You will miss a lot of the castle for Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey in that line, so you might want to do a castle walk through in addition to single rider. Ride the Studio Tour early, since it has no Single Rider line. All the rides in the lower lot have single rider.

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Oct 8, 2019 at 7:11 a.m. YH Says...

Thank you for the advice again! I probably will visit on 20/Oct. You probably have been asked many times but does Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride have big drops? Seems like it is not a roller coaster but I can't figure it out even after reading the reviews. I was hoping it's not cause I want to take that ride.

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Oct 8, 2019 at 3:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

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You are so welcome - thanks taking the time to share with us! It dips and sways but not like a traditional roller coaster. Your area of movement is much smaller and there are no big drops. Hope this helps!

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Sep 28, 2019 at 10:41 a.m. Mike Says...

We are going to the Universal Halloween Weekends on a Thursday night, would you recommend a Fast Pass?

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Sep 30, 2019 at 12:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mike!

We do recommend Express Pass at Halloween Horror Nights, as that helps you hop from one house to another quickly, helping you to get all in during a limited period of time. Weeknights, especially Thursdays, will begin to fill up more and more as the month goes on, as well.

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Sep 25, 2019 at 10:41 p.m. Alex Says...

Hi! I have a couple of questions - we plan to go for my 9 year old son's birthday, Jan 16. I saw one commenter mention that Harry Potter was closed the day they went. This is the main reason we are going, how can we make sure it will be open? Otherwise we'll want to pick an alternate date.

2nd question, is 1 day enough to enjoy it? We are debating 1 day or 2? FWIW his birthday is a Thursday, so we will be there midweek.

And then last, the VIP passes...does that mean we'll have someone with us the whole time? I like the idea of the private tour, but not so much having a stranger with us at everything we do all day long.

Thanks!

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Sep 26, 2019 at 3:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alex!

There are no planned closures for the ride or land during your visit. During the visit you mention where someone found it was closed, it might have had a temporary closure due to technical difficulties, but if that does occur, it is usually for a short time and will reopen as soon as wizards fix the problem. We would count on everything being open for your visit. One day is usually enough time, but there may be short hours that time in January. If the park is open 10-6, it can be challenging to get it all done if you want to ride every ride and see every show. A VIP tour can help you do it all. For the VIP tour, you have a guide who takes you through the backlot and then through attractions. It’s about a 7-hour experience and the tour guide stays with you because the itinerary can vary. If you want to break away from the tour guide for rides and shows, you can arrange that with him or her that day, but you will need to meet back up with the tour guide to get into the lunch and the Backlot tour. Hope this helps - hoppy birthday to your tadpole!

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Aug 24, 2019 at 2:51 p.m. Heather Says...

We are trying to make the most of a one day trip to Universal in October. How does one get early admission? We haven't made hotel arrangements yet, but were thinking Hilton Universal City. Does early admission come with any Hilton hotel stay or do I have to purchase a package through Universal?

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Aug 26, 2019 at 11:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Heather!

You have to purchase a ticket through Universal to get Early Entry. The Hilton is the closest and we really enjoyed a recent stay there!

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Aug 15, 2019 at 8:27 p.m. george Says...

Am planning to visit the Universal Hollywood on 16th August. If I be there by 3pm will I get the chance to see all the attraction at the park?

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Aug 19, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi George!

With summer crowds and arriving that late, you won’t be able to do it all, unfortunately. Try to pick your priority rides and shows to make the most of the time available to you.

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Aug 15, 2019 at 6:08 p.m. Danielle Says...

Thanks for your tips. We visited this week Aug 13 and 14 and despite high crowds, moved smoothly thanks to your suggestions! Definitely hit the lower lot first thing in morning after Harry Potter rides....that Jurassic line was long for the entire day! I would also add that the Walking Dead was not worth the long wait. It was a haunted house walk through that was not the best haunted house I have been in. We lucked out with a one-time Express Pass (pays to volunteer at the shows and get picked). Also the studio tour line did get long right around that midday time but it moved quickly. Thanks again for the help! It was huge! Family was so impressed by me ;)

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Aug 19, 2019 at 9 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

We love this, Danielle - we're just hoppy we could help! So glad you had a wonderful time AND that you got to be the family expert ;) Thanks for taking the time to let us know!

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Aug 12, 2019 at 1:06 p.m. Mark Says...

Hello,

Thank you for the article, great stuff. Need a suggestion. I will be visiting Sunday Sept 1st, and it seems as though its going to be very busy. I am traveling solo however, but I really want to make sure I see as much as I can in the shortest amount of time as I'm only in LA for 5 days. Do you suggest an Express Pass or will Single Rider be enough? I'm really interested in the Studio Tour and Jurassic World, and I know Studio Tour doesnt necessarily have a Single Rider. Thanks!

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Aug 12, 2019 at 3:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mark!

That day is expected to be an 8/10, so if you're okay springing for it, we'd say go for the Express Pass, as there are limited attractions that offer the Single Riders line (Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Flight of the Hippogriff, Revenge of the Mummy - The Ride, Transformers, and Jurassic World). If the Studio Tour is your only other priority and you're okay waiting in line for it, then the Express Pass may not be necessary. Otherwise, given the crowds and the Single Rider limitations, plus your wish to do as much as you can in your time there, we think it's a worthwhile investment. Have a great time!

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Aug 4, 2019 at 3:48 p.m. Leo Says...

Oh no! Harry potter says CLOSED in the app. Can we see the castle even tho its closed?

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Aug 5, 2019 at 2:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Leo!

Unfortunately, if it's closed, you likely won't be able to enter to tour the queue/inside, only view the castle itself from outside.

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