Visiting Los Angeles is a movie lovers’ paradise. From exploring the Hollywood Walk of Fame to touring movie star homes, LA gives visitors an insider look at the film industry. When you stay at our universal studios hotel in Hollywood, CA, you will be so close to the action because we're only 10 minutes from Universal Studios Hollywood. There’s so much jam-packed fun into one park— it’s hard to know where to begin! That’s why we’re highlighting the most notable attractions you’ll experience when visiting Universal Studios. Spending a full day at this theme park is something you can't miss during your visit for Los Angeles.
Be a part of your favorite movies when you visit Universal Studios Hollywood! The rides at Universal Studios offer thrills that place you at the center of the action. So, if you're looking for universal studios lodging in Hollywood, CA, that's super-close to the park, look no further!
Explore Hogwarts Castle while waiting in line for Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. Then, join Harry and friends as you fly over the castle grounds with a thrilling 3D adventure. For a family-friendly experience, Flight of the Hippogriff is an outdoor roller coaster also located in Hogsmeade.
Enter a prehistoric world when you experience Jurassic World-The Ride. Recently updated to include the newest additions to the Jurassic Park franchise, this water-flume ride ends with a daring drop! Revenge of the Mummy is another thrill-ride that thrusts you forward at 45 mph in total darkness as you attempt to escape an ancient pyramid.
Take a virtual ride with America’s favorite family, The Simpsons, on a 3D roller coaster journey around Krustyland when you experience The Simpsons Ride. Here are some of the top attractions you will experience when you stay at our universal studios hotel in Hollywood, CA, just a short 10 minutes ride to the park.
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The number one attraction to experience at Universal Studios Hollywoodis the Universal Studios Tour. This 60-minute tram ride is hosted by Jimmy Fallon (via monitors located on the tram) and takes you behind-the-scenes at the active movie studio. See how backstage elements come together to produce a movie when you ride Fast and Furious: Supercharged at the end of the tour.
Harry Potter fans will delight when visiting Hogsmeade, the small village outside Hogwarts Castle. Venture down narrow and crooked pathways along “magically” snow-capped buildings and explore various shops and pubs all themed after the famous book and movie series.
For the little ones, Super Silly Funland is a Minion-themed play area based on the loveable creatures from the Despicable Me movie series. The site includes rides, carnival games, and a wet play zone. There are also various playgrounds located throughout the park, like the DinoPlay area in Jurassic World.
Get a glimpse of how movies are made with Universal’s behind-the-scenes shows. WaterWorld is a 20-minute stunt show that takes some of Hollywood’s best stunt actors and puts them all in one place. From jet skiers to explosions and even a plane crash, this show has it all. Dive in deeper with how movie magic is made with Universal’s Special Effects Show. The Universal Animal Actors show displays how man’s best friends co-star in famous blockbusters. This show is sure to be a hit with the kids, so don’t miss out!
There are also many movie-themed shows throughout the park. The Raptor Encounter at Jurassic World is where you’ll meet Blue, everyone’s favorite velociraptor, a triceratops, and a baby raptor. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter hosts various shows throughout the day, including the Frog Choir, Triward Rally, and two nighttime projection light shows on Hogwarts Castle.
The park offers numerous options for quick and casual dining. Hollywood and Dine is a quick-service eatery that offers burgers, pizzas, salads, and Asian stir-fry dishes. Don’t leave without trying a homemade funnel cake! Mel’s Diner serves milkshakes, burgers, and fries in a classic 50s diner setting—complete with jukebox and antique cars. Jurassic Cafe pays homage to the island where the Jurassic Park films take place, serving Costa Rician-inspired dishes like Mojo pork with jackfruit, plantain chips, and pomegranate guacamole.
Themed after the tavern where Hogwarts students spend their weekends, The Three Broomsticks is a table-service restaurant serving classic British dishes like fish and chips and shepherds pie. Sit back and relax while tasting traditional Mexican dishes like tacos, burritos, and frozen margaritas at Cocina Mexicana.
A trip to Hogsmeade wouldn’t be complete without grabbing a Butterbeer, which you can do at Hogs Head pub. Simpsons lovers will enjoy sampling a beer at the Duff Brewery, where you can sip among Duff-inspired topiaries. There are also many food trucks, snack vendors, and a Starbuck located in the park.
There are plenty of places to shop to your heart’s content at Universal Studios. Many attractions have gift shops near the ride exit, like Jurassic Outfitters (located near the Jurassic World ride). Commemorate your prehistoric journey with Jurassic-themed merchandise and museum-quality dino sculptures. Production Central is an all-encompassing shop that includes memorabilia from Universal Studios movies, including plushes, souvenirs, clothing, glassware, and more. Fans of animated films will love the new Animation Studio Store, which includes souvenirs from Dreamworks movies, Dr. Seuss, Scooby-Doo, The Simpsons, and Hello Kitty.
Ollivanders is half-show, half-shop located in Hogsmeade. Will the wand choose you? Experience a wand choosing ceremony hosted by the shop’s owner. Then, enter the shop to purchase specially designed wands modeled for your favorite Harry Potter characters, or customize your own.
Also, shopping opportunities abound outside the theme park at Universal’s CityWalk!
Universal Studios hosts many events throughout the year, which makes any time a great time to visit. During Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights, the most famous names in horror flicks come together for a fright fest that is sure to scare your socks off. Walkthrough several horror-movie themed “houses” and mazes (if you dare) while scare-actors roam the streets.
Celebrate the holidays down in Who-ville with Grichmas, or see how Hogsmeade is transformed to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. Specialty food and merchandise options are also available. Ring in the Lunar New Year with character meet and greets from Kung Fu Panda and Mandarin-speaking Megatron from the TRANSFORMERS series. 2021 will commemorate the Year of the Ox!
Events are subject to change without notice, so check Universal’s official website for the latest updates.