If you and your kids are movie buffs heading to Universal Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles this holiday season, you’re in for a real treat. To make the most of your trip, research the park ahead as time can really fly during a visit and this can feel quite overwhelming.
There are ways to navigate the park to improve your visit, especially when traveling with children. Here are five tips for families spending the day at Universal Studios Hollywood:
Stay in a hotel near Universal Studios Hollywood
Staying in the close proximity of the attraction is a great way to enhance your visit. Nearby hotels have shuttles that alleviate the issue of parking, saving you a great expense and hassle as a result. Plus, at the end of a long day of riding rides in the California sun, it’s nice to be able to be in your room within minutes without having to get on busy L.A. roads.
The Garland offers a shuttle to Universal Studios Hollywood every hour, kids’ suites that feature bunk beds, Dive-In movies at the pool, and on-site dining.
offers complimentary shuttle service to the studios, as well as packages including tickets to the park. The hotel also has a swimming pool to cool off in after your visit.
Make sure the kids are dressed comfortably. Theme parks involve a lot of walking so tennis shoes are a must. Even in the winter L.A. stays warm in the 70s and 80s F but it might pay to bring a light jacket. Make sure you do some Internet research with your kids before you go so you know what you all want to do and what you can’t miss. Grab a map as soon as you arrive and take advantage of the park offering inexpensive (prices start at $8), secure lockers so you can store belongings while on some of the more jolting rides and you don’t worry about getting really wet on some rides.
Get the Front of Line Pass
Studio tour at Universal Studios (Universal Studios Hollywood)
If you’re familiar with Disney FastPass+, you’re a good candidate for Universal Studios Hollywood’s Front of Line Pass. It takes you right to the front of the line and saves a lot of time. The pass costs an additional $50 per person but If you’re with children who have low thresholds for crowds, this is the way to go. It gives you priority access to all the rides, including the popular new Despicable Me Minion Mayhem and reserved seating at each show. You can buy these in advance online - always a good idea as they sell out during the day.
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