Universal Studios Hollywood Itinerary

Do you plan to visit Universal Studios Hollywood but need help seeing all of it? Don’t worry. We have got your back. 

Here is a 1-day and 2-day itinerary for Universal Studios Hollywood, covering all the top activities you can do in the movie theme park in California.

Universal Studios Hollywood 1 day itinerary

Can you visit Universal Studios Hollywood in a single day? Yes, you can! 

It’s achievable when everything is open, you have a spaced-out plan for rides and shows, and you are going for the entire day.

With a Universal Studios Hollywood entrance ticket, you can embark on the ultimate Hollywood adventure.

Enjoy an exciting 1-day itinerary at Universal Studios Hollywood packed with top-notch attractions, performances, and entertainment for all ages.

9 AM

The opening hours of the park change seasonally, so it’s always best to reach there at least 30 minutes before. 

Regardless of your mode of transportation, it would help if you reached on time because a long line starts forming in the morning, especially in peak seasons.

10 AM 

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is the most popular and busiest zone of Universal Studios Hollywood, so you should arrive here as soon as possible for the least wait times.

When you arrive at the Wizarding World, we suggest heading directly for the attraction at Hogwarts Castle – Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride. 

This 4D thrill ride is a must-try for every Harry Potter fan.

After the ride, relax at the Three Broomsticks with a butter beer or browse the stores in Hogsmeade Village, which include Ollivanders, Zonko’s, and Honeydukes!

11 AM

Leave Hogwarts’ magic and enter Springfield. This strange and eccentric city is home to the Simpsons.

The Simpsons Ride, a motion simulator that transports you through Krusty the Clown’s low-budget theme park, is a major attraction here.

In addition, you may play various arcade games and have lunch in well-known Simpsons eateries like Krusty Burger and Moe’s Tavern.

12 PM

A must-do is the one-hour World Famous Studio backlot tour at Universal Studios! 

Exclusive only to Universal Studios Hollywood, you get a unique offer to tour around an actual, operational film studio.

1.30 PM

Next, move on to the AMC Walking Dead Attraction on the opposite end of the Upper Lot.

2 PM

For light-hearted entertainment, move to Super Silly Fun Land, a minion-themed waterpark and carnival.

Despicable Me Minion Mayhem is another excellent ride where kids can blast!

2.30 PM

Right before the Super Silly Fun Land, you pass the French-themed streets as quirky as photogenic!

Tip: Before your one-day visit to Universal Hollywood, make a list of all the rides and other attractions like shows, stores and restaurants you absolutely want to visit. 

This will help you focus on your top must-dos and save time figuring out what to do on the day of your visit.

Here are five of the best rides at Universal Hollywood: 

  • Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey: Immersive experience with long waits, popular among fans of the franchise.
  • Universal Studios Hollywood Studio Tour: Top attraction, offering behind-the-scenes glimpses of real film sets and productions.
  • Jurassic World: Thrilling ride with updated technology, based on the popular movie franchise.
  • Revenge of The Mummy: Classic roller coaster with immersive queues, thrilling experiences.
  • The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash: A fully immersive experience, enjoyable even for those unfamiliar with the movie.

3 PM

Before entering Universal Studios Hollywood’s Lower Lot, the Special Effects Show is the last stop. 

You can observe how filmmakers produce grand yet realistic effects in many of today’s blockbusters.

3.30 PM

The Transformers 3D and Revenge of the Mummy rides are found in the Lower Lot, and both live up to expectations of excitement and action.

Jurassic World and the new SUPER NINTENDO WORLD are must-see attractions when traveling during a warm spell.

It has a brand-new ride, Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge, shops, and themed dining at Toadstool Cafe. It is situated in the Lower Lot.

5 PM

End your day with Universal’s Animal Acting Show to watch some adorable pets act out on stage.

6 PM

Drop by the Universal Studio Store on the way out to pick up some souvenirs, which concludes your fun-filled day at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Don’t waste time finding places to eat either, choose beforehand from some of the top eateries at Universal Hollywood.

  • Three Broomsticks (Harry Potter) – offers a diverse menu featuring Bangers & Mash, Shepherd’s Pie, and Sticky Toffee Pudding, with Frozen Butterbeer.
  • Hogs Head (Harry Potter) – a cozy bar nestled within Three Broomsticks, serving Butterbeer and other delightful beverages.
  • Minion Cafe (near Silly Swirly Fun Ride water play area) – offers dishes like Meatball Parmesan Grilled Cheese and Nutella Banana Pudding.
  • Krusty Burger (Springfield – Simpsons Area) – a convenient spot for a quick snack, offering classic theme park fare like Burgers and Hot Dogs.
  • Luigi’s Pizza and Pasta (Springfield – Simpsons Area) – a satisfying snack option with dishes like Fettuchini Alfredo, perfect for sharing among friends and family.
  • Cletus’ Chicken Shack (Springfield – Simpsons Area) – serves delicious chicken thumbs (chicken strips) with two sides.
  • Jurassic Cafe (Lower Lot near Jurassic World) – offers savory delights like the Isla Chicken Sandwich and Slow Roasted Mojo Pork.
  • Isla Nu-Bar (Lower Lot near Jurassic World) – is a tropical paradise serving rum-based drinks in various tiki mugs.
  • Mulligan’s Pub (Upper Lot near Minion’s Cafe) – is a charming Irish Pub offering favorite drinks like Irish Coffee.
  • Vivo Italian Kitchen (City Walk) – a delightful dining experience outside the park, with a menu reminiscent of Italian classics like House Made Meatballs and Chicken Saltimbocca.

2-day itinerary

Most visitors find one day enough to explore the theme park. 

But if you like to take advantage of all rides and shows, you can buy a 2-day ticket.

Day 1

The Lower Lot of Universal Studios Hollywood has lesser crowds during the morning, so you should focus more on that lot.

Start with Jurassic World – another one of the highlights of the theme park. You can then move on to the TRANSFORMERS and the Revenge of the Mummy rides.

You should be done with these three zones before lunch. You can visit the famous Citywalk for entertainment, dining, and shopping at noon. 

Later in the day, the World Famous Studio Tour crowd thins. 

Take advantage of this experience. It is a once-in-a-lifetime MUST-DO at Universal Studios Hollywood!

Towards the end of the day, you can visit The Secret Life of Pets ride, the Forbidden Journey ride, the Simpsons zone, and the Despicable Me zone. 

Tips: We recommend visiting the Studio Tour at night to take full advantage of the two-day trip. It gives a different experience.

Visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at night as well. This zone has a lot to see and do, and it becomes more MAGICAL during the night!

Day 2

You can dedicate the second day to more shows than rides.

Start with WaterWorld, the #1 rated show of Universal Studios Hollywood.

Move on to DreamWorks Theatre featuring Kung Fu Panda. 

It is a world of special effects and adventure.

It is best to roam around the CityWalk at noon for fantastic food and entertainment.

You can spend the afternoon watching Universal’s Animal Actors Show for that super dose of cuteness and animal antics.

End your day with the Special Effects Show for a behind-the-scenes look at your favorite blockbusters.


How do I get to Universal Studios Hollywood?

Universal Studios Hollywood, located just north of Hollywood in Los Angeles, is easily accessed by car or public transport. Get directions.

The nearest metro station is L.A. Union Station, which the Red Line Metrolink services. From there, you can reach Universal Studios Hollywood conveniently.

How do I park at Universal Studios Hollywood?

Parking in Universal Studios Hollywood is available at four parking spaces — Frankenstein Garage, Jurassic Parking Garage, ET Garage and Curious George Parking Garage.

There are two options available: general parking, which is the least expensive, and preferred parking, located near the park entrance. 

Please refer to Universal Studios Hollywood parking for additional details on parking locations and fees.

How much does it cost to go to Universal Studios Hollywood for one day?

A one-day general admission ticket to Universal Studios Hollywood costs between $100 and $160, depending on the day and where you purchase the ticket. 

To save money, we recommend purchasing your ticket online to get discounted rates or visiting on less busy days when tickets are cheaper.

How to spend a day at Universal Studios Hollywood?

To make the most of a day at Universal Studios Hollywood, start with the iconic studio tour, which takes you behind the scenes of famous movies. 

Then, enjoy the popular rides and attractions throughout the park. 

If you desire a complete experience, consider referring to the Universal Studios Hollywood 2-day itinerary to explore all the park offers comprehensively.

Where to stay near Universal Studios Hollywood?

Hotels near Universal Studios Hollywood offer various accommodation options for visitors, from luxury five-star hotels like the Hilton to more convenient choices. 

The area has numerous hotels, making it easy to find one that fits your preferences and budget. 

Check out Hotels near Universal Studios Hollywood for some of the best options available. 

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