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Universal Studios Hollywood REVIEW
Diana P 3 Review
“Entertainment Capital of LA: Good quality, insufficient quantity”
Reviewed 06/28/14 18:04

I had always been interested in visiting the so-called "Entertainment Capital of LA." All I knew about Universal Studios Hollywood was that there was a Jurassic Park ride with animatronics, and that alone sold me. I researched to find the lowest price ($69 at Costco) which also included the entire y..ut Universal Studios Hollywood was that there was a Jurassic Park ride with animatronics, and that alone sold me. I researched to find the lowest price ($69 at Costco) which also included the entire year free. That sounded a little suspicious to me (why is the cost of one day the same as the entire year?), but I decided to buy it anyway since I wanted to visit at least once.

The theme park is situated in Universal City, easily accessed by Highway 101 or public transportation. While I had my annual pass, I mainly took the Metro to Universal Studios since the cost of parking is, like all theme parks, ridiculous. If you do take public transport, be prepared for a hike. Situated on the top of a hill, the path from the rail station to the entrance of Universal Studios is a 15-20 minute walk. If you're lucky, you may be able to ride the free shuttle that goes from the bottom of the hill to the entrance. Parking is situated on the top of the hill though, and it will most likely require you to walk through Citywalk, a series of shops and restaurants along the way to Universal Studios (think Downtown Disney).

The entrance to Universal Studios Hollywood is complete with red carpet and photographers as well as the famous globe fountain. Inside the park is divided into an upper and lower lot. The upper lot is composed mostly of restaurants and shows like Waterworld and the Special Effects Stage. There are a few rides, such as the Simpsons ride and Shrek 4D, but they are more like simulation rides composed of a screen and a chair that moves back and forth.

It takes several minutes to get down to the lower level (by escalator or stairs) which is the level I stayed on mainly when I was there. The lower level houses the Jurassic Park ride, Revenge of the Mummy, and Transformers. These rides made the price well worth it. There is also a studio tour I would highly recommend that is accessible on the upper level that takes about an hour to go through. You are on a tram the entire time though, so you can't get off to look through the back-lot. Sometimes they are filming and so you can see that from a distance which can be pretty cool.

Overall, my first experience was fantastic. The quality theming really impressed me. However, after you have gone once, going multiple times can get boring. There isn't a lot there. But I would much rather go to a park with good quality entertainment than a park with lots of mediocre things to do.

Summary (1= worst, 5= best):

Cost: 4
Without a discount, the cost of going is $92. That is really pricey considering the amount there, but since they automatically upgrade it to an annual pass, I'll give them a 4.

Ride Quality: 4
There are some rides that have awesome special effects and animatronics, and there are others that feel a little dated.

Ride Quantity: 1
This can easily be done in a day. I guess that is why they are selling their day passes as annual passes.

Food:3
Typical theme park food. Nothing special. They sell large Simpsons donuts at the Quik E Mart which is surprisingly good, and fresh!

Entertainment: 4
Even though there weren't many rides, I still had a fun time. Sometimes that have street performers come out and do skits which can be fun to watch (for instance, dancing janitors).

Overall: 4
A smaller more mature-themed Disneyland that you should visit at least once.

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