After the fabulous beaches of Los Angeles last Monday, I am taking you this week to Universal Studios Hollywood. Just the name sounds magical, right? It is. We love movies, so stepping into several in one go was an unforgettable experience.

Our lovely friend had taken a day off and came with us. We had bought Front of Line passes on-line well in advance and this turned out to be a great decision. We visited the studios at the end of July… Need I say more? Yes, serpentine queues in front of every attraction! The tickets were over a 100 $ but being there for one day only, I considered it money well spent. We would not have been able to do half of the park without them. And I will admit it: I am terrible at queuing anyway, especially in the sun with two children!
Universal Studios Hollywood - Movie set
You can find out all about the rides on the Universal Studios website. Of course, some of them have changed since we were there, like the Terminator attraction, half film, half action show. We all loved the Simpsons Ride, so much fun and suitable for young children too. What my girls remember most about Shrek 4D is that we got spat on… Not the only humid experience, we also got soaked on the Jurassic Park tour after taking a 25 meters plunge at the end or during the Waterworld show! But then, 10 minutes in the Californian sun and our clothes were completely dry again… Second Daughter was too short for the Jurassic Park and Revenge of the Mummy rides at the time, but rooms are available where one of the adults can wait with the child while the other accompanies the older one. Convenient.

We also went on the studio tour of course and I was rather excited to learn that the Desperate Housewives were filming that day. I got a nice glimpse of Wisteria Lane but without seeing any of the ladies. Another movie was about to be shot so we got a good look at the crew getting ready. We also spotted the Jaws shark creeping up on an unsuspecting diver and Norman Bates going about his grim business… The set of War of the Worlds was still in place and quite impressive!
Universal Studios Hollywood - Special Effect Stage
We managed to visit all of the Universal Studios attractions, having arrived at opening time and staying until dark. A very full but fantastic day. I would love to go back again!
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28 thoughts on “Universal Studios Hollywood”

  1. Wow Katia sounds like the most amazing place to visit. Have never been but I’d love to take POD there one day when she’s bigger. Seems like quite an experience and the photos are just fabulous. Thank you so much for sharing with #whatsthestory

    1. Nice to see you back! πŸ˜‰ More coming up after Christmas, realised that this trip was fab blog material… xx

    1. I am certain they would! πŸ™‚ I did not go through all the attractions and play areas, of course, but there is so much to do… xx

    1. LOL!! Second Daughter – who was quite young at the time – was a bit unsure about Jaws, I have to say… πŸ˜‰
      The temperature was just to my liking… πŸ˜€ xx

    1. OK, OK, OK!! πŸ˜‰ It would be fun!
      I was pleased with how the photos turned out. Wish I had one of the Jurassic Park plunge! xx

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