top of page
  • saheimhaque

๐ŸŽข Lights, Rides, Action! ๐ŸŽ†A Day of Hollywood Glamour at Universal Studios ๐ŸŽฅ

Updated: Mar 17

๐ŸŽ‰Welcome to the ultimate destination where blockbuster movies come to life! ๐Ÿš€ Who says you need days to explore every corner of Universal Studios Hollywood? ๐ŸŒŸWith my expert guidance, you'll conquer this iconic theme park and experience all its exhilarating rides and attractions in just one epic day! ๐ŸŽข๐ŸŽฌ

History Time?

๐ŸŒŸ Founded as a movie studio in 1912 by Carl Laemmle in Chicago, Universal Studios expanded to a 230-acre ranch in San Fernando Valley in 1914. ๐ŸŽฌ becoming the world's first studio for feature-length films!

๐ŸŽฅ Universal Studios later became a theme park on July 15, 1964, ๐ŸŽž๏ธ earning the slogan "The Entertainment Capital of L.A." ๐ŸŽขโœจ and later in 1990, expanded to Orlando, Florida. ๐ŸŽก #UniversalStudios #FilmHistory #CarlLaemmle ๐ŸŽฅ๐ŸŒŸ

When is the Best Time to Visit?

๐Ÿ—“๏ธ Selecting an off-season visit is key to maximizing your Universal experience! โ„๏ธ Skip the crowds and opt for weekdays in winterโ€”December tends to be the busiest, soย plan your trip from October to mid-November for a more enjoyable time.ย ๐ŸŽƒAvoid the summer months when high heat and long lines can dampen your fun. โ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿšซ

Which Ticket to Buy?

๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ ๐Ÿ“With so many ticket options available, purchasing Universal Studios tickets can feel overwhelming. But fear not! I'm here to help simplify the process.

๐Ÿ•’ ๐ŸŒŸTo make the most of your visit, be sure to purchase tickets for a day when the park is open from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM, giving you a full 12 hours of fun-filled adventure! โฐ

๐Ÿ’ซ ๐ŸŽ‰If you're looking to maximize your time and skip the lines, consider purchasing the express pass. It's an awesome option for those who want to make the most of every moment! ๐ŸŽขโœจ

๐Ÿ“… However, if the express pass isn't in your budget, don't worry! I've created this itinerary based on the assumption of buying the General Admission Tickets, ensuring you still have an amazing experience. ๐Ÿ’ผ๐Ÿ’ก

Haque's EYE

๐ŸŒŸ Pro Tip: Experience the excitement of the newest addition, SUPER NINTENDO WORLD at Universal Hollywood with an Early Access Pass, starting from just $20! ๐ŸŽฎPlease note it does not include theme park admission, which must be purchased separately for the same date. ๐ŸŽข Guests are encouraged to arrive early to park and enter through the Front Gate. Keep reading to discover all the exciting benefits of the Early Access Pass and make the most of your visit to the Universal Studio! ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ๐ŸŽฎ

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŽฌA Guide to Planning Your Perfect Day!

With 4 memorable visits under my belt, I've garnered some valuable insights to share. So, let's dive in! First things first! Here are a few steps to ensure you get the best value out of your expensive ticket! ๐Ÿ’ฐ

1. ๐Ÿ“ฑ Download the App,ย  Navigate easily, and check live wait times! This can save you tons of time and frustration.

2. โฐ Arrive at least 1 hour early to the parking lot (7 AM) before they open the gate. Trust me, this tip will pay off later!

3. ๐Ÿ“ธ Don't waste time taking a bunch of photos at the entrance with the Universal Sign. Just head straight to the line and wait to be entered. Capture those memories later!

4. ๐Ÿš— Must save your parking spot on your map! Wasted hours searching for our car one time!

๐ŸŽขThe Rides and Attractions You Should Not Miss!

With the SUPER NINTENDO WORLD Early Access ticket, you should be at the gate at 7:45 AM at least. Once you're inside the park, you'll discover two main sections to explore: the Upper Lot and the Lower Lot. There are mainly a total of 16 Rides and Attractions in Universal Studio Hollywood. To make the most of your time, I'll group the rides and experiences by zone and sequence for maximum efficiency. Let's dive in! ๐ŸŽข๐Ÿ—บ๏ธThank me later for these insider tips!! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽข๐ŸŒŸ

๐Ÿšฉ Start your day from the Lower Lot

  1. ๐ŸŽ๏ธ Mario Kart: Bowserโ€™s Challenge (8:15 AM- 9:00 AM)

  2. ๐Ÿค– TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D (9:00 AM-9:30 AM)

  3. ๐Ÿบ Revenge of the Mummy - The Ride (9:30 AM - 10.00 AM)

  4. ๐Ÿฆ• Jurassic World - The Ride (10:00 AM- 10:40 AM) (If the wait time is longer, skip it for now, and come back later, as your express access to Studio Tour is till 11 AM only)

  5. ๐Ÿฆ– DinoPlay (For Kids Only)

โฌ†๏ธ Head back to the Upper Lot

  1. ๐Ÿ›‹๏ธ The Simpsons Ride (Not Worth it)

  2. ๐ŸŽฌ The World-Famous Studio Tour featuringย Fast & Furious - Supercharged &King Kong 360 3-D (11:00 AM-12:30 PM) Express from the early access ticket!

  3. ๐Ÿ” Lunch &๐Ÿช„ Tri-Wizard Show if any available at that time! (12:30 PM - 1:00 PM)

  4. ๐ŸŒŠ Waterworld Show (1:15 PM-1:45 PM)

  5. ๐Ÿผ DreamWorks Theatre Featuring Kung Fu Panda (2:00 PM-2:45 PM)

  6. ๐ŸŒ Despicable Me Minion Mayhem (2:45 PM- 4:15 PM)

  7. ๐ŸพThe Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash (Not worth it)

  8. ๐ŸŽ  Silly Swirlyย (For Kids Only)

  9. ๐ŸŽข Super Silly Fun Land (Roam for 15 mins)

  10. ๐Ÿฆ… Flight of the Hippogriff (5:00 PM - 6:00 PM)

  11. โšกHarry Potter and the Forbidden Journey (6:00 PM - 8:00 PM)

  12. ๐Ÿ’ฅHogsmeade & Light show on the Castel (8:00 PM - 9:00 PM)

Let's Head to the LOWER LOT . . . .


๐ŸŽฎ Step into the world of SUPER NINTENDO WORLD with Early Access! ๐ŸŒŸ Get ready for an exclusive experience with reservation-free admission to SUPER NINTENDO WORLD one hour before the park officially opens, which is at 8 AM! ๐Ÿ•— Don't miss this chance to dive into the action-packed world of Nintendo before the crowds arrive! ๐Ÿš€๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ

๐ŸŒŸ During this exclusive time, guests can fully immerse themselves in the magic of the new land, experiencing attractions like ๐Ÿš— Mario Kart Bowserโ€™s Challenge, meeting beloved characters, and indulging in delicious treats at Toadstool Cafรฉ, which typically requires a reservation. ๐ŸŽฎ๐Ÿ„

But that's not allโ€”your ticket also includes one-time express access to the Studio Tour, valid until 11 a.m. only! ๐ŸŽฌ โœจ #NintendoWorldEarlyAccess

Along with the Nintendo world, Lower Lotโ€”a haven for adrenaline junkies and adventure seekers! ๐ŸŽข๐Ÿ”ฅ This compact section of the park packs a punch with three more exhilarating thrill rides, each offering heart-pounding excitement and unforgettable experiences. ๐ŸŒŸ

Second Stop: Transformers The Ride 3D

๐ŸŽฎ Even though the graphics may be a bit dated, I can't help but love this ride every single time! The nostalgia factor is off the charts! ๐ŸŒŸ And the best part? The short waiting times make it even more enjoyable! No long lines to worry about! ๐Ÿ•’

ย ๐Ÿค–๐Ÿš— Prepare for an immersive battle between Autobots and Decepticons! Join Optimus Prime and Bumblebee in a high-octane showdown against Megatron as you zoom through city streets and soar to new heights in this mind-blowing 3D adventure.

Third Stop: Revenge of the Mummy The Ride

๐ŸŽข Brace yourself for a high-octane roller coaster experience packed with heart-pounding thrills! ๐Ÿš€ Feel the rush of sudden and dramatic accelerations as you zoom through twists and turns. ๐Ÿž๏ธ Climb to breathtaking heights before plunging down steep drops, with exhilarating climbs and tilts along the way.

โ†ฉ๏ธ And just when you think you've seen it all, get ready for the ultimate twist: the ride takes you forward and backward, intensifying the adrenaline rush! ๐Ÿ’ฅ It is most definitely the Lower Lot's most daring ride! ๐ŸŽข๐Ÿš€ #LowerLotAdventures

ย ๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ“œ The Book of the Dead displayed in the queue is an actual prop from The Mummy movie, adding an extra layer of authenticity to your adventure. ๐Ÿ’Ž โš ๏ธ Every hieroglyphic featured on the walls of the attraction serves as a warning literally, urging you not to enter lightly!

Fourth Stop: Jurassic World The Ride

๐Ÿฆ•๐ŸŒŠ Brace yourself for a prehistoric journey into the world of dinosaurs! The wait time is about an hour during the dayย so I would recommend you go after sunset. ๐Ÿฆ•๐Ÿ’ฆ Jump on board this thrilling water ride and prepare to get drenched as you encounter life-size dinosaurs spraying water at you! ๐ŸŒŠ But don't worry, you can still use your phone to capture the excitement during the first 2-3 minutes of the ride!ย ๐Ÿ“ฑ๐Ÿฆ–

๐ŸŽข๐ŸŒŸ Dive into the ultimate rush as you plummet down a colossal waterfall and come face-to-face with towering, life-sized dinosaursย in this epic aquatic adventure! ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿฆ•For an unforgettable experience, prepare to get wetโ€”wearing something water-resistant is recommended, especially if you're seated on the side of the boat! ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿšฃโ€โ™‚๏ธ #AquaticAdventure #DinosaurEncounter

Head Back to the UPPER LOT . . .

First Stop: The World-Famous Studio Tour

๐Ÿ“Œ Head to the world-famous studio tour before 10:30 AM. Two main rides are included with this tour, King Kong 360 3-D and Fast & Furious โ€“ Supercharged! Also, There are Jaws Encounter and Earthquake: The Big Oneโ€”all from the comfort of your tram seat. ๐ŸŽฌ๐Ÿšƒ

๐ŸŽค Featuring Jimmy Fallon as your tour guide (virtual!), it is a tram tour through the famous Backlot where you can discover the secrets of Hollywood moviemaking going through the backgrounds and sets from countless films and NBC series. #StudioTour #UniversalStudiosAdventure ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŽฅ๐Ÿฆˆ

๐Ÿฆ At one point, you will experience the thrill of King Kong 360 3-D, the world's largest 3-D experience, created by Peter Jackson! ๐Ÿš—

๐ŸŽฌ Hold on tight for the grand finale of the Studio Tour: Fast & Furious โ€“ Supercharged!๐Ÿ’ฅFeel the rush of a high-speed chase with the Fast & Furious cast! ๐ŸŽ๏ธExperience the thrill of zooming past at 120mph, surrounded by cutting-edge 3D-HD effects on massive 360-degree screens! ๐Ÿš—๐Ÿ’จ #FastAndFuriousRide #SpeedThrills

Step into the magic of Hollywood with a visit to the Real Plane set, and discover firsthand how directors and set designers bring scenes from some of Tinseltown's biggest blockbusters to life. ๐ŸŽฌโœˆ๏ธ

๐ŸŽฌ๐Ÿ’ฆGet ready for heart-pounding excitement as you face 10,000 gallons of rushing water in Flash Flood! Don't worry you won't get wet!๐Ÿซจ๐Ÿ’ฅBrace yourself as the Earthquake โ€“ The Big One delivers thrills since 1989, featured in movies and TV shows. โฑ๏ธ Tour Duration: 60 minutes. ๐Ÿ‘ผNo height requirements mean everyone can join in on the fun!

Haque's EYE

As you journey from the Studio Tour to the Kung Fu Panda experience, be sure to make a detour to Hogsmeade! ๐Ÿฐ Immerse yourself in the magic and excitement of the Wizarding World, and catch one of the captivating shows while you're there. ๐Ÿง™โ€โ™‚๏ธโœจ Keep in mind that shows tend to wrap up by 5 PM, so seize the opportunity for some enchantment before the day's end! ๐Ÿ•”๐ŸŽญ

Second Stop:ย The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the Upper Lot's most extensive themed section! It is the best attraction in any of the Universals. ๐Ÿง™โ€โ™‚๏ธโœจ Experience the magic of Harry Potter's world like never before! ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿช„๐ŸŽข

๐Ÿง™โ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸฐAs you enter Hogsmeade, you'll be greeted by the majestic sight of a replica Hogwarts Express!ย While you can't hop on board, be sure to capture the magicย with a photo alongside the station master. ๐Ÿš‚๐Ÿ“ธโœจ

๐Ÿช„Wander through the charming streets of the wizarding village, Hogsmeade,ย where you'll find four attractions, and a plethora of enchanting gift shops to explore! ๐Ÿฐโœจ Also get your Lunch here!

๐Ÿช„ Ollivander's Wand Show:

Step inside Ollivander's dusty shop for an interactive experience where a wand selects a witch or wizard, and explore a wide selection of magical wands and collectibles! Note: No height requirement, so the little one can enjoy it as well.

Little Known Secret of Hogshemeade

โœจ๐Ÿฐ There are various locations where you can cast spells with just a gentle flick of your wrist and remember to speak slowly and clearly while waving your wandโ€”with proper practice, you're sure to see extraordinary results! ๐Ÿช„๐Ÿ”ฎโœจ

๐Ÿง™โ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿš€ Plan to see some extraordinary shows themed around the Harry Potter movies! ๐ŸŽ‰I am giving you the best two!

๐ŸŽค Frog Choir & ๐ŸŽญ Triwizard Spirit Rally

๐ŸธEnjoy an outdoor live presentation featuring Hogwarts students and their singing frogs. Remember the Tri-Wizard Tournament from the movie? Witness characters performing martial arts maneuvers and acrobatics with sticks in this thrilling live show. Check the app for the exact show time.

Haque's EYE:

In Hogsmeade, Ollivander's is a choice, if you have to wait a long time then it isn't worth the wait. Show time for Frog Choir and Tri-Wizard rally, varies. check the app to be there at least 10 minutes ahead of the exact show time. There is no wait time but you must get the front row view for good pictures!

Third Stop: Waterworld: A Live Sea War Spectacular

๐ŸŒŠThe WaterWorld stunt show is one of a kind! ๐Ÿ’ฅExperience Universal Studios' #1-rated show, where the excitement never stops! ๐ŸŽฌ๐Ÿ”ฅ

๐Ÿ’ฆ๐ŸŽฌWitness an epic showdown as a brave Mariner defends against ruthless "smokers" who threaten the peaceful existence of Dryland.

With jet skis, boats, and daring stunts, the action unfolds right before your eyes! About 168,500 pyrotechnic effects are fired annually!๐Ÿ›ฅ๏ธ๐Ÿ’จ

๐Ÿ’ฆ๐ŸŒŸ Marvel at world-champion jet skiers as they perform jaw-dropping stunts, including jumping jet skiers and perilous plunges, including giant fireballs soaring 50 feet into the air! ๐Ÿ’ฅโœจ ย #WaterWorldAdventure

Fourth Stop:ย DreamWorks Theatre - Kung Fu Panda

๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ฅ Join Po, Mr. Ping, and Master Shifu as they brave roaring rapids, battle river pirates, and confront the villainous Kang Wolf on a wild mission to deliver the Liquid of Ultimate Power to the Emperor. ๐ŸŒŠ ๐ŸŒŸย It's not just a movieโ€”it's an immersive adventure that will leave you breathless and begging for more!

๐Ÿดโ€โ˜ ๏ธ Embark on an epic adventure and harness the power of Chi in this thrilling motion simulation experience! Feel the excitement with seat movement, sudden tilting, shaking, and jarring actionsย that thrust you into the heart of the action! Don't miss out on this unforgettable journey! ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿฅ‹ย #UnleashTheHeroWithin

Fifth Stop: Despicable Me Minion Mayhem

(Based on the wait time decide if you want to come back later)

๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ’ฅStep into the world of Despicable Me and become a Minion for a day!ย ๐ŸŒ Join Gru, his daughters, and the mischievous Minions on a heartwarming and thrilling ride through Gru's super-villain laboratory. ๐ŸŽข

๐Ÿ’ฅ Begin your adventure in Gru's home, where you'll be recruited for his latest scheme and undergo "Minion training." ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿค– ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ง On this motion simulator ride children 40-48" can join with a supervising partner aged 14 or older.๐ŸŒŸ

๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ”ฌ And the fun doesn't stop thereโ€”after the ride, keep the party going with an interactive, Minion-inspired dance extravaganza! Have fun with your friends! ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ’ƒ

๐ŸŽข๐ŸŽ‰Then head over to Super Silly Stuff for some fun Minion merchandise and souvenirs! ๐Ÿ›๏ธ Too expensive though!

Then, make your way to Super Silly Fun Land, a re-creation of the memorable seaside carnival from Despicable Me, where endless outdoor family fun awaits! Do not waste much time here! ๐ŸŽก๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŽฌ

Last Stop:ย The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

๐ŸŽข๐ŸŽ Hop on two awesome rides Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, which is inside Hogwarts Castle, and Flight of the Hippogriff coaster that zooms past Hagrid's hut! ๐Ÿฆ…

๐Ÿฐ Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

๐ŸŽขโœจ The wait time is 1-2 hours! Why it won't be? It is the best ride of all! You will be making your way through the familiar classrooms, characters, and corridors of Hogwarts!

๐Ÿงน๐Ÿช„๐Ÿงโ€โ™€๏ธIt is a 4K HD ride of soaring through Hogwarts Castle on "Nimbus 2000," a breathtaking journey filled with authentic props and scenes from the Harry Potter movies. Feel the wind rush past you as you embark on this exhilarating ride! ๐Ÿง™โ€โ™‚๏ธโœจ Note: Minimum height requirement is 48". ๐Ÿš€๐ŸŒŸ And you must have to put every belonging in the locker before the ride.

๐ŸŽข Flight of the Hippogriff

The queue for Flight of the Hippogriff is an adventure in itself, winding through the Forbidden Forest and past Hagridโ€™s hut. ๐ŸŒฒ๐Ÿ 

๐Ÿช„๐ŸŒ„ Did you know Flight of the Hippogriff's track is 1,100 feet long, reaching speeds of 29 MPH? And the height requirement is just 36 inches! ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿฆ…It is a kid-friendly roller coastal, easy fun!

๐Ÿ’ฅLight Show at the Castel

โœจ Brighten your night with a mesmerizing spectacle of music and lights at Hogsmeade village! ๐Ÿฐ On select evenings, witness breathtaking projections against the majestic backdrop of the castle. ๐ŸŒŸ Celebrate Hogwarts pride as the four houses come alive in stunning light and sound. ๐ŸŽถโœจ It's the perfect way to conclude your magical day at Universal's Islands of Adventure! ๐ŸŒŒ๐Ÿฆ‰

Do not miss the taste of butter beer and the Light Show! ๐Ÿ›๏ธ๐Ÿš‚๐Ÿฝ๏ธ

Shows and More?

Experience the magic of live entertainment at Universal Studios with two exciting shows, if you get some extra time considering you bought the express pass!

๐Ÿพ Universal's Animal Actors: Watch talented animals perform incredible tricks and antics in this entertaining live show! It is fun for animal lovers of all ages! ๐Ÿฆœ

๐ŸŽฌ Special Effects Stage: Get a behind-the-scenes look at the magic of filmmaking with an interactive demonstration of special effects! ๐ŸŒŸ

๐Ÿฆธโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿฆ„๐ŸตKeep your eyes peeled as you wander through the park because you never know who you might bump into! And if you're eager to meet a specific character, don't hesitate to ask park employeesโ€”they'll be happy to let you know which characters are making appearances on the day of your visit. ๐Ÿคฉโœจ Get ready to capture some magical moments with your favorite characters at Universal Studios! ๐Ÿ“ธ๐ŸŒŸ #CharacterSightings #UniversalStudiosAdventure

๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽฅ Whether you're a fan of heart-pounding roller coasters, immersive-themed lands, or live entertainment, there's something for everyone to enjoy at this exciting theme park. Make memories that will last a lifetime and create your unforgettable adventure at Universal Studios! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŒŸSee you in some other corner of the world...............till then Happy Exploring with Haque's EYE!



bottom of page