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Universal Studios Hollywood
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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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Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City
Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City
4 out of 5
555 Universal Hollywood Dr, Universal City, CA
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The price is $174 per night from May 23 to May 23
Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal CityWalk. Warner Brothers Studio and ...
4.3/5Excellent! (2,407 reviews)
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Reviewed on May 7, 2021

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Loews Hollywood Hotel
Loews Hollywood Hotel
4 out of 5
1755 North Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
The price is $209 per night from May 9 to May 9
This family-friendly Los Angeles hotel is located in the historical district, just steps from Hollywood Wax Museum and Hollywood and Highland Center. Dolby Theater ...
4.4/5Excellent! (2,522 reviews)
"Definitely would recommend this place. Very beautiful and clean. And location was amazing. Will definitely return. We chose to valet but the parking garage is literally next door. Everything is walking distance. Very friendly staff."

Reviewed on May 7, 2021

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BLVD Hotel & Spa-Walking Distance to Universal Studios Hollywood
BLVD Hotel & Spa-Walking Distance to Universal Studios Hollywood
3.5 out of 5
10730 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA
The price is $114 per night from May 17 to May 17
Located in the heart of Studio City, this romantic hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Universal Studios Hollywood, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, and Universal ...
3.9/5Very Good! (944 reviews)
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Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City
Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City
4 out of 5
555 Universal Hollywood Dr, Universal City, CA
The price is $174 per night from May 23 to May 23
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Loews Hollywood Hotel
Loews Hollywood Hotel
4 out of 5
1755 North Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
The price is $209 per night from May 9 to May 9
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BLVD Hotel & Spa-Walking Distance to Universal Studios Hollywood
3.5 out of 5
10730 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA
The price is $114 per night from May 17 to May 17
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Sheraton Universal Hotel
Sheraton Universal Hotel
4 out of 5
333 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City, CA
The price is $151 per night from May 23 to May 23
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Nite Inn
Nite Inn
2.5 out of 5
10612 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA
The price is $113 per night from May 11 to May 11
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Plum Guide - Cloud Chord
3.5 out of 5
3780 1/2 Multiview Drive, Los Angeles, CA
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Luxurious Studio City Home
4 out of 5
10728 Aqua Vista St, North Hollywood, CA
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Tilt Hotel Universal/Hollywood, Ascend Hotel Collection
Tilt Hotel Universal/Hollywood, Ascend Hotel Collection
2.5 out of 5
3241 Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
The price is $159 per night from May 9 to May 9
Tilt Hotel Universal/Hollywood, Ascend Hotel Collection
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