Our trip to Los Angeles in the Summer was full of amazing experiences and adventures and none more so that our day at Universal Studios, Hollywood! LA is all about the movies, illusion, perfection and appearance – and if this has to be fake then so be it!

Scooby doo

Scooby doo

Universal Studios is still in use as a movie studio, and as part of the attraction you can go on a tour of the studio itself. Before our visit I had heard a lot about the backlot tour and how this was the best thing to do, so this is where we headed first! You board a bus which has a commentator on board who points out all the sights around the 13 city blocks you navigate. Along the way are amazing experiences where you feel you are part of the film action of Jaws, King Kong, Jurassic Park and Fast and Furious as well as seeing the sets for Desperate Housewives and loads more! It was epic!

studio tour

On the way we stopped to purchase Front of Line passes for us all. This works in a similar way to “Fast Pass” at Disney in that you skip the main queue for a slightly shorter wait time. You can only use the pass once on each ride and it also gives you priority entry to shows. If we hadn’t have got these we definitely wouldn’t have managed to go on all the rides that we did.

the simpsons

Universal Studios is built on a hill and the park is effectively divided into three sections all reached via escalators that go up and down the hill. There are amazing ice cold fans blasting out much needed air and water to cool down. We said on more than one occasion that Disneyland could have done with some of these!

  • Simpsons ride: we didn’t have any idea what to expect from this but it is amazing fun virtual rollercoaster!
  • Transformers: we went on this twice it was so brilliant! It was even more exciting to meet Optimus Prime afterwards!
  • Revenge of the Mummy – The Ride: good one for Halloween with lots of twists (not as scary as the hype makes you believe!).
  • Jurassic Park – The Ride: I was really nervous about the drop in this one!
  • Despicable Me – Minion Mayhem: cool ride where you are turned into a Minion!
  • Water World – stunt show
  • Special Effects – performance where you are shown how films create the special effects.
  • Animal Actors – meet the pets that the movies love!



We ate at Krusty Burgers which was as filthy as you can imagine (in a good way)!

Universal Studio is definitely a must see for any visit to LA and especially a fan of the movies! Coming soon is the Harry Potter ride which will take you to the heart of the film and promises to be an unforgettable experience. Can’t wait!


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