Guide to Universal Studios, Hollywood
Universal Studios Hollywood is a film studio and theme park in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles County, California. The majority of the studio sits within the unincorporated county island known as Universal City, while the remainder is located within the city limits of Los Angeles, California.
The famous Universal Studios Hollywood has been in operation since 1923 and is one of the world’s most popular movie production companies. Its primary advertising slogan is “The Entertainment Capital of Los Angeles.” It was built to let visitors visit actual Universal Studios locations, and was the first in a series of Universal Studios Theme Parks around the world.
Universal City, California is home to Universal Studios and its theme parks, as well as a number of hotels and attractions. The Sheraton Universal Hotel and the Towers at Universal Hollywood are two great options out of several hotels to choose from. The Universal CityWalk is also located there, which includes a variety of restaurants, stores, and an IMAX movie theater.
Universal Studios, Hollywood – Theme Park
Universal Parks & Resorts is recognized for theme parks and resorts based on well-known classic and modern pop culture properties from NBC Universal, as well as third-party enterprises.
Universal Studios Hollywood is made up of two parts on various levels connected by a set of escalators called the Starway. These areas are known as the Upper lot and Lower lot. Universal Studios Hollywood has ten rides, seven shows, and two play areas. Each lot has its own collection of rides, performances, attractions, and eateries.
Some of the main attractions at Universal Studios Hollywood are The World Famous Studio Tour, Jurassic World – The Ride, The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, and Transformers: The Ride- 3D.
The Upper Lot
The Upper Lot is home to a number of family-friendly attractions. The entrance path leading into Universal Boulevard is themed in Mission Revival style, known as Universal Boulevard. There are fewer fully themed worlds than there are in other Universal Theme Parks, but there are smaller themed areas linked by a common Art Deco theme that evokes the glitz of Old Hollywood.
The Upper Lot holds some of the most popular attractions in all of Universal Studios Hollywood. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is located in the Upper Lot and is the largest themed area in the park. There you will find the extremely popular Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride and the family-friendly Flight of the Hippogriff roller coaster. The Harry Potter and the Fordidden Journey dark ride is located within a replica of Hogwart’s castle. The entire ride queue is filled with even more replicas from Hogwarts and even some actual props from the films.
The Upper Lot also houses the popular attractions Despicable Me Minion Mayhym motion simulator, The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash dark ride, and The Simpsons Ride motion simulator. There you will also find The World Famous Studio Tour which is a tram ride that takes passengers on a tour of Universal Studios back lot. On this ride, passengers will be able to see backdrops and sets that were previously used in many of Universal’s films.
The Lower Lot
The Lower Lot is the smaller of the two, but there are still a few great attractions located there. In the Lower Lot you will find three major thrill rides. Jurassic World: The Ride is a water ride that depicts events from the film Jurassic World, culminating with an 84-foot plummet. Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride is an enclosed roller coaster that reaches 45 miles per hour and propels passengers in forward and backward motions. Transformers: The Ride 3D is a dark ride where passengers wear 3D glasses to elevate their experience.
Places to Eat & Shop
Within Universal Studios Hollywood theme park, in both the Upper and Lower lots, visitors can find a variety of food and beverage options. The most notable are the park’s themed locations. In the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, located in the Upper lot, you can eat at the Three Broomsticks which offers a variety of rustic meals. Krusty Burger featured in The Simpsons can be found in the Upper lot. There is also the popular Panda Express located near Jurassic World- The Ride in the Lower lot.
As you enter and exit the park, you will need to pass through Universal CityWalk. On CityWalk you will find more than 30 restaurants, a movie theater with IMAX screens, seven entertainment options, and over 30 merchants. Some of the restaurants you will find there include Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, Johnny Rockets Restaurant & Sports Lounge, and NBC Sports Grill & Brew.
There are also a variety of stores on CityWalk that offer something for everyone. Some of the stores located on CityWalk are Abercrombie & Fitch, Billabong, Sephora, Lids, Fossil and the Universal Studios Store.
Universal Studios Hollywood has so much to offer its visitors both inside and outside of its theme park. You will not be disappointed after visiting Universal Studios Hollywood.
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