Universal Studios Hollywood

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Universal Studios which includes rides, signage and a fountain

Part film and TV studio, part entertainment complex and part amusement park with full-throttle fun at every turn.

As one of the oldest working studios in Hollywood, Universal Studios Hollywood™ gives you every chance to glimpse movie-making in action, but the star attractions are the adrenaline-pumping rides.

Many of the rides are based on favorite family films and television shows from the Universal Studios® stable. Give gravity the slip and get your bones rattled on the Revenge of the Mummy® roller coaster. Hollywood doesn’t do small and the rides fuse pyrotechnics, state-of-the-art technologies, big budgets and even bigger imaginations.

The heart of the park is the Studio Tour®, a tram ride through one of Hollywood’s most famous back lots. Here, you’ll visit the birthplace of many movie classics, and experience earthquakes, floods, fires and all the special effects that the TV and movie industry can throw at you.

An encounter with Jaws is still a Universal Studios® favorite, but one of the most memorable experiences is a face-to-face confrontation with an even bigger beast. King Kong 360® 3-D is a spectacular and immersive ride created by multiple Academy Award winning writer and director Peter Jackson that pitches you into the middle of a battle between the giant ape and a pack of hungry dinosaurs.

When you’re ready to turn down the “exhilaration” dial, make your way to Universal’s CityWalk® where you’ll find three blocks of entertainment, shopping and dining adjacent to the park.

Universal Studios® opened its doors to paying guests in 1915 when enterprising studio founder Carl Laemmle charged people 25 cents to watch silent movie scenes being filmed. Not surprisingly, it became a popular destination and remains so today, all year round. Get a jump on the lines and turn up before the gates open, or purchase tickets beforehand. Universal Studios® is located 10 miles (16 kilometers) northwest of downtown Los Angeles.

For more details on interesting local attractions and activities, check out our things to do in Los Angeles page.

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3.5 out of 5
10730 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA
The price is $140 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Located in the heart of Studio City, this romantic hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Universal Studios Hollywood, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, and Universal ...
3.8/5 Good! (962 reviews)
"Pros: Excellent Large room (double queen rm) and large well stocked bathroom. Very clean, comfortable beds. Friendly front desk staff. Location very close to Universal Studios & Universal City Walk. Cons: Deadbolt lock on door didn't work🤔but additional slide lock did🙂 Not related to hotel: Unfortunately ..."

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Sheraton Universal Hotel
4 out of 5
333 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City, CA
The price is $188 per night from Nov 16 to Nov 16
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Universal Studios Hollywood and within 3 mi (5 km) of Warner Brothers Studio and Hollywood Bowl. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,850 reviews)
"Super great hotel. It has a shuttle for universal but you can also walk to it. The hotel itself is beautiful and will definitely be back."

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2021

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Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City
4 out of 5
555 Universal Hollywood Dr, Universal City, CA
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The price is $178 per night from Nov 3 to Nov 3
Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal CityWalk. Warner Brothers Studio and ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (2,299 reviews)
"Is located in a good area, and super close to universal studios!"

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2.5 out of 5
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