100 Universal City Plz, Universal City, CA | Directions 9006834.138112 -118.360648
Bad Info on Website re: Shuttle Times – Universal has some arrangement with Southern California Gray Lines, a shuttle service to/from Anaheim hotels, but the info on Universal's website is not correct. Off-season departure from the park is between 6 and 6:30 pm -- NOT at 5pm and 8:30 pm as the Universal Site suggests. I informed them I had spoken with Gray Line and confirmed the correct (and only) time the shuttle departs from the park, but they merely responded that their information was directly from Gray Line - I must have been confused. Clearly, they have made no effort to pick up the phone and call their associated vendor because it was easier to pass the buck through an email to me.
I'm sure the parks great, I've never been and have no intention to go - I was just making ride arrangements for family I had visiting. So, if you're a local trying to make arrangements for your family or friends, make sure you call to check shuttle times for your dates, because Universal certainly isn't going to make sure the info they provide on their website is accurate. (And I'd hate for you to get stuck with the $120 bill for a town car back to Anaheim!)
Lots of movie fun!! – One of my best amusement park memories was the first time I visited Universal Studios as a child and Frankenstein sat next to me on the back lot tour tram. It was weird, a little uncomfortable, but very funny. Although the park has changed drastically over the last few decades, it still retains it's original spirit...celebration of film. The rides/attractions are more clever than ever. I have family that come from Hawaii, and Universal is their first stop...even before Disneland and Knotts. If you've never been, go spend a day at the "movies".
Flagship movie studio-theme park reveals what happens between "action!" and "cut!" – Overview
Some of the world's most memorable movies and television shows have been shot at this sprawling San Fernando Valley site. Since the 1960s, an eager public has been invited in to see how it's done and become part of the action.
The once-supreme Studio Tour of famous facades now takes a back seat to attractions cut from the traditional theme-park cloth. Standouts include Jurassic Park: The Ride, a plunging dinosaurs-on-the-loose boat trip and Mummy: The Ride, a hair-raising, twist-and-turn ride based on the popular movie. Newer thrill-a-minute shows include the live version of popular gross-out TV show "Fear Factor," Shrek 4-D, a mind-blowing special-effects show, and a vampire spectacular called Van Helsing: Fortress Dracula. If rampaging dinosaurs, vampires and ogres sound too scary, pay a visit to Animal Planet Live (an updated version of the longtime favorite Animal Actors Stage), or the Nickelodeon Blast Zone, a water play area based on the "Rugrats" and "Blue's Clues."
Awesome time! Saw TV stars and had fun. – My wife, two children and I had a great time at Universal! It was my first time back in years and I was surprised by all the new cool attractions. We all loved Shrek 4d its really funny. We liked it so much we went back to see it again. We also loved Mummy ride and Waterworld (amazingly, Universals turned it into a very cool stunt show). My wife loved the Studio Tour it passes movie sets and Wisteria Lane from Desperate Housewives. We even saw some of the D.H. actresses (including Teri H.!) standing on a set. When my kids were younger, they liked Disneyland a lot; but last time we were all really bored. Disney is fun for younger kids, but once they get older, Universals a much better fit (my son is 9 and my daughter 14). In all, a very fun and memorable outing.
Go to Disneyland instead...or the beach – I've been to US twice now - once in March, and once in July. Both times were miserable. Their attractions are short and just don't have the effort put into them that disney does...and the new Mummy ride is a sad attempt at competetion with disney. There is only one room with special effects...the rest is just paintings on pieces of scrimm lit with black light. The food is terrible, the lines are long, and everything is way too expensive.
Save money and time - don't go! – I have never had a plesant experience at Universal Studios. The lines are way too long, and the number of rides is limited! You will spend most of your day in a line, and about 20 minutes TOTAL in the attractions (if they're not broken!) Add overpriced, low-quality food and a $15 Spongebob Squarepants drink sipper, and what a day! I'd rather be at the beach.
Another World amid concrete jungle – A great place to get away...not too expensive if you have the annual pass. Residents take advantage of this. Cheap eats at Universal Citywalk. Some good shopping toolike Red Balls, Hot Topic, Sketchers, Kelly Slaters...etc...etc....Movie theaters are large and comfy.
rain or shine, it rocks! – My family went to Universal Studio around April, it happened to be raining that day but we still had tons of fun. There were bus load of tourists from other countries but the park was huge enough to accomodate all the visitors. The animal show with all the famous animal characters in movies was very funny and my little sister loved "Babe!" I also liked the train ride that takes you to fmaous movie sites like "Back to the Future" and the car they used in the movie was there including all the rides.. I give it in an A...
Great day out!! – I really enjoyed visiting Universal Studios.
Loved the Backdraft experience and the studio tour.
If you get time go to Citywalk at night, there are some great bands playing in BB Kings.
A nice day for the family – I like U-Studios, once I recovered from the sticker shock. It was not only entertaining, but an educational experience. The backlot tour is a must, and the attractions are great. I'm a Backdraft guy myself, but everything else is well done. Younger kids might not enjoy T2, but overall I think this is a place that offers a little something for everyone.
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