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Universal Studios Hollywood Tips: 10 Things to Know Before You Go

Universal Studios Hollywood Tips: 10 Things to Know Before You Go


– [Announcer] Yellow Productions Presents. – 10 Things to know before you go to Universal Studios
Hollywood in Los Angeles. I’m Chris (chuckles) and today we’re gonna tell you everything you need to know if you’re considering
visiting this theme park. It’s a cross between a movie studio and a working theme park. Number one, let’s talk about tickets. Where should you buy your tickets? Anywhere else except in front of the park, they’re gonna be the most expensive at these gates right here. Buy them online, buy them from Costco, buy from the AAA, you’ll find discounts from a lot of places
online before you get here. There’s regular tickets,
there’s express tickets, which are like bypass the lines tickets. Those can be between $170 to $250, and that depends on how busy the park is. Universal Studios has
implemented demand pricing, those are probably only
needed if you’re here on some of the busiest days. Then, if you really wanna splurge, there’s the VIP pass, which is like $400. You get a private tour
guide, things like that, so if you’re rolling in the dough, check out the VIP pass. The second thing to
know before you to go to Universal Studios Hollywood,
is about getting here. Most people drive here, $25
is the cheapest parking, $50 if you want front of the gate. If you’re staying around downtown LA, you can take the subway, or the LA Metro, there’s a subway stop right in front of Universal Studios Hollywood,
shuttle up the hill, Lyft or Uber is also a
good option to get here. If you’re here in Southern
California for Disneyland, a lot of the Anaheim hotels offer shuttles to get to Universal
Studios Hollywood as well, so that is an option. But, I’ll tell you if
you’re coming from Anaheim, or points far away, expect traffic in LA. So, if you’re trying to
get here at opening time, add a good hour to whatever
Google Maps tells you. That’ll give you time for traffic, and time to park, get through
security, and get in the gate. The third thing to know
before you to go to Universal Studios Hollywood,
is about when to go, to avoid crowds, and I will
say do not go in summer. Summer is the worst time to come to Universal Studios Hollywood, it is the hottest, it
is the most expensive, because the ticket prices go up, and everybody and their mother is here. Also, Christmas is the time to avoid, the rest of the year, probably not so bad. Weekdays are gonna be the least busy, but if you wanna pick
really the least busy day, use one of the crowd tracker websites. If you type into Google,
Universal Studios Hollywood Crowd Tracker, you’ll find calendars that’ll tell you when the
least busy days to come are. Also, to avoid the crowds, you can come an hour before park opening
if you buy your tickets from Universal Studios
directly from their website, and also the crowds have
a tendency to thin out at nighttime, so stay
til about park closing. Then you’ll probably able to just walk right on the rides, no big deal. The fourth thing to
know before you come to Universal Studios Hollywood is about how to get the shortest lines. I think I just said a
few things about it but, get here when the park opens, no not when the park opens,
before the park opens. You want to be through
security, and at the park as they drop the rope to
let you into the park, and the best place to go
for the shortest lines, it’s down the lower lot. The lower lot, it’s down low, and so people usually don’t get there right when the park opens,
so that’s you wanna go for some of the shortest lines. Also, at park closing time, you can walk on a lot of the rides between eight or nine o’clock at night. I will mention, if you’re
taking the Studio Tour, which you should, because it is the quintessential ride here. Make sure to do the Studio
Tour before it ends, it closes before the rest of the rides do. The fifth to know when
it’s related to lines, is about single rider lines. A few of the rides here
have what they call, Single Rider Lines, and
those will be the best ways to get on the rides, the quickest, as long as you don’t
need to sit next to you, and your closest friends. Look for the signs that
say Single Rider Lines, and that’ll be your fast way on to lines that have long
lines for the rides. The next thing to know before you to go to Universal Studios Hollywood,
is about the shows. Universal Studios Hollywood
has a lot of shows, well three main shows. Waterwold is probably the biggest of them, it’s based on the movie of the same name. Here’s a little bit from
the Waterworld show, this is Universal’s
most action-packed show, water splashes, guns, fireworks, people diving into the
water, lots of excitement. There’s an animal show where they have lots of cute animals that run around. The show is great for animal lovers, and the whole family. They show how Hollywood trains animals to do really neat movie tricks. There’s a special effects show, where they show you
behind the scenes of how they make some of the coolest movie magic. But, one of the things they show you, is actually setting someone on fire. This is something that
virtual fire isn’t very good, so they still do real fire. This guy burns for about 20 seconds, he’s got a whole bunch
of protective layers on, and then they’ll put him out. It is real, cause if you
were sitting there in person, you could feel the heat from that fire. What I’ll tell you about the shows is, make sure to get there
about 20 minutes early, because if you don’t, you might not end up not having any seats. By the way, if you go to see Waterworld, make sure to not sit in the green seats unless you wanna get
wet, and when I mean wet, I mean really wet. By the way, they also
don’t print the show times. So if you wanna know the show times, this leads us into the next
thing to know, which is you need to the Universal Studios app. The app will tell you show
times, and wait times. It’ll also give you a park map, and if you’re trying to do the shows, make sure you don’t wait too late because, pretty soon you’ll run
out of show times if you do. You should also know about the escalator from the upper lot to the lower lot. This can six and a half minutes to go from one to the other, so minimize the time you go from the upper lot to the lower lot. Go down to the lower
lot, ride all the rides, then head up the lower lot. If you’re doing this a whole bunch, you’ll be wasting a bunch of time, just hanging out on the escalator. Wee! So the escalator, see these
are the other segments about it, but I’m going
down here to ride the Mummy. So, let’s talk about rides now. Universal Studios, in addition to shows, has a lot of cool rides. The biggest and most popular ride, it’s the Harry Potter Castle ride. It’s like a motion ride,
that has a projection screen, so you go through the castle. Down here, where I’m going, to see the Mummy, or ride the Mummy, it is a indoor roller coaster. There’s Jurassic Park,
that one you’ll get wet on, so do that one only if you’re not worried about getting wet. But, the epic ride, the
one you have to take, is the Studio Tour. Don’t leave Universal Studios without taking the Studio Tour, did you hear me? Take the Studio Tour, I’m
just trying to make sure I don’t fall down at the end. I’m gonna restart and talk more about the Studio Tour
at the next escalator. The best time to ride the Studio Tour, late afternoon, early evening. Typically cause it’s
the must-see attraction, most people do that on
their way into the park. So, as your walking around the park, you’re looking on your mobile device, check out the wait times
as it starts to get less later in the day, that’s when you wanna
check out the Studio Tour. We just got off it, it is super awesome, it is worth the wait, let me tell you. The other thing I wanna say about the rides here at Universal
Studios in general, a lot of them are sort of
these projection screen rides. If those make you dizzy, well then, take a look, and maybe skip those rides. Or if you’re dizzy on the
motion projection rides, just close your screen, close your eyes, then you won’t see the screen for a while. Just one more thing about rides, a lot of the rides have these lockers that they’ll have you put
your small belongings in, and you have to put them in there. If you have big belongings,
the lockers cost money. But, if you have small
belongings, the lockers are free. So, don’t bring any really big backpacks, otherwise you’ll paying a bunch of money to store them in the lockers. The tenth thing to know before you go to Universal Studios, is
about Universal CityWalk, right here at this outdoor shopping mall located right next to Universal Studios, there’s a whole bunch of restaurants, there’s a whole bunch of shops, there’s a movie theater,
there’s nightclubs. If you’re looking for some
of the cheapest food to eat at Universal Studios,
and I think the best, the cheapest, check out
the food court upstairs. The best restaurants are around here. It’s a pretty neat
complex, it’s open usually a couple hours after park closing time, and by the way there’s a, there’s a really big King
Kong, that’s pretty cool. Well hey, I hope you enjoyed this video, and Topper does too,
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100 comments on “Universal Studios Hollywood Tips: 10 Things to Know Before You Go

  1. Interested in going to Disneyland too? Watch my "10 Things To Know Before You Go To Disneyland" video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8YNQctMZ_A&list=PLOVadUHX1B-JNLiPGCKBl2VJpAhG6tggs

  2. Hi, where is the lower parking lot? Is it somewhere before entering the gates (1,2,3) or inside? Is that a good place to park the car when we want to see Harry Potter first? Thanks

  3. The only thing I would add is prepare your children for seeing homosexuals holding hands. We saw quite a few. This is definitely an adult oriented theme park.

  4. USH is so overrated and overpriced. It's more expensive than Disneyland and only has 7 rides. Most of the rides are motion simulators on screens which cause motion sickness and the park's themeing is chincy and lackluster compared to Disney. Plus Universal charges a fee to cut the lines while Disney offers Fastpass for free. Yet Disney is who gets all the criticism for being "Too Expensive".

  5. Thanks for the heads up. Layer your clothing because it can get nippy at night and also bring extra clothes if your going to ride Jurassic World because you will get wet.

  6. We stayed at the Hilton hotel by the park, and they had shuttles to the park, but it was only like a 5 minute walk to the park.

  7. Go early to get on most of the rides and go straight to the Simpsons ride because that's a long wait time ride. Also, the food in the park is terrible. Go eat at city walk there's a Pinks hot dog, which is famous.

  8. For the Harry Potter ride, do you have to consider if you're a bit bigger? I remember that in FL they made me get off the line to sit in the model seat to make sure I fit.

  9. Hey Topher, I travel with humans too. Mostly I like to stalk celebrities and make them take pictures with me. Thanks for the tips on Universal. Haven't done the California one for a few years so great tips from you. I just did Paris a few months ago and of course I hang out in London, England just about every year. Do you have a blog? Hope to bump into you sometime. Your new buddy, Baxter the Travel Guy.

  10. So if i hav a small purse , does everyride has a locker for that ? i want to take my gopro but im afraid i can't take it with me ?

  11. So pretty much buy your tickets online or buy the express tickets so you don’t have to wait in line, bring snacks to avoid the expensive restaurants, take the train (depending on how far you’re hotel is), and take lots of pictures 🤷🏽‍♂️.

  12. I’m going this summer! It’s my first time going so this is probably going to be very helpful (especially the comments too) thank you

  13. I am planning a trip to go on the last weekend of June I am hoping Jurassic world is open when I go I also plan on buying express passes. Definitely want to get there before park open to experience everything I am going for a weekend only the biggest thing I want to see is the walking dead attraction and the kung fu panda attraction just because we don't have those back home in Orlando.

  14. You may not see this comment, but I just want to say that this is the first video I watch from you and just want to say you have great charisma and great tips! keep doing what you're doing.

  15. I'm going to Universal for my LA trip this summer, and I was wondering: Do you pay the admission fee and then you can just hop on any ride, or does the rides cost extra?

  16. Hi Chris
    We absolutely love your informative videos. Do you know if the VIP experience allows unlimited express for the rides or is it just a one time express like the standard express ticket?.
    Kind Regards

  17. New mexican suscriber over here, Great video, im going to universal Hollywood for the first time this year, and already taking notes to enjoy it, thanks a lot for the tips

  18. Hello
    I am coming from Yaxed first time
    Do u have Minion & sharek rides ?
    I have little kids they like that one in Orlando

  19. We just got back today. 7/21/19 yes it was busy…… but with Express pass or v.i.p. it's no problem at all at most 20 minute wait. Do not go with out express passes! I repeat do not go with out Express passes. Otherwise up to 4 hour waits. No joke. Harry Potter ride shortcut is legit. And dont skip waterworld show! Best ride mummy returns. The video def made my experience better.

  20. When did this get so complicated and expensive. The first time I went was 1990. It was $25 to get in, free parking, and no huge crowds. I went 8 years ago, and it was so different and expensive. This went from a favorite place of mine, to a skip

  21. For the studio tour if you don’t mind listening to it in Spanish ask at the front of the line what time the Spanish tour will start. I waited 30 min instead of 2 hours for the English. Helps that I speak Spanish but if I didn’t I would at least still get to see everything and not wait hours for the tour lol.

  22. Just wanted to say I watched one yellow video about Vegas randomly now watched a load great work! Going to sf, la then Vegas in September lots of useful info!

  23. i would consider buliding another themepark in mexico called universal mexico of wonders and i have a list of rides for it.

    [amblin street]

    e.t. adventure

    fivel's an american tail

    [dream works land]

    shrek 4d

    kung fu panda emperor quset ride

    madagascar the crate adventure

    dragons fight of berk

    puss in boots coaster

    trolls the musical

    [illumination town]

    despicable me minion mayhem

    silly fun swirl

    super fun coaster

    secret life of pets off leash

    sing theater

    [bikin bottom home of sponge bob]

    the sponge bob ride

    planktons chum tron

    miss puff boating school

    jumping jellyfish

    [spring field]

    the simpsons ride

    kang and kodos twirl n hurl

    krusty mt splashmore

    [danger zone city]

    transformers the ride

    fast and furious supercharge

    walking dead attraction

    revenge of the mummy

    back to the future the ride

    [the prehistoric lost world]

    jurassic world the ride

    raptor coaster

    king kong regin in skull island

    jaws the ride

    [wizarding world of harry potter]

    harry potter and the forbidden journey

    Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

    Flight of the Hippogriff

  24. You are right the studio tour ride is a must do thing if that's the only thing to do in the Universal Studios I mean that's the ORIGINAL ONE & ONLY Universal Studios offering visitors this experience. I've done it 2 times and I will do it the 3rd time next year.

  25. Great video. I am really looking to see some live show tapings, like sitcoms, game shows, or talk show, so I don't think Universal Studios is what I am looking for.

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