Is Universal Studios Hollywood Worth Visiting in 2024?

Are you considering visiting Universal Studios Hollywood on your trip to Los Angeles?

I have travelled to LA and Universal Studios Hollywood several times over the past ten years. So, I am equipped to answer whether visiting Universal Studios is worth your time and/or money.

If you are mildly interested in theme parks, Universal Studios Hollywood is worth visiting. The theme park combines unique behind-the-scenes movie magic experiences with several thrill rides. As such, it’s suitable for adults and families travelling with kids.

If you are not interested in rollercoasters, I’d suggest skipping Universal Studios Hollywood. I’d recommend visiting another film experience in Los Angeles instead.

Visiting Universal Studios With Babies & Toddlers

Children under three years old do not need a theme park ticket to go to Universal Studios Hollywood. Instead, children under three years old can enter the theme park for free with an adult.

This rule is in place because the number of attractions for children under three at Universal Studios is severely limited.

I recently spent one day at Universal Studios Hollywood with my wife and 14-month-old son. However, we didn’t go to the theme because of our son. Instead, we went because we wanted to enjoy the theme park.

That’s not to say our toddler didn’t have a fantastic time at Universal Studios Hollywood. However, when you compare his experience to a 7-year-old, for example, it will be very different.

Some rides at Universal Studios Hollywood are suitable for toddlers. These include:

  • Super Silly Fun Land Splash Zone
  • Super Silly Fun Land Playground
  • Silly Swirly Ride
  • The World Famous Studio Tour
  • DreamWorks Theatre Featuring Kung Fu Panda
  • The World Famous Studio Tour

Kids of all ages can also meet characters at Universal Studios Hollywood, including:

  • Scooby Doo & the gang
  • Hello Kitty
  • Gru
  • Minions
  • The Simpsons

Visiting Universal Studios Hollywood With Kids

Being a family-focused theme park, it’s no surprise Universal Hollywood has many family-friendly attractions.

However, your child’s height will determine which rides they can go on. Some of my favourite rides for kids at Universal Studios Hollywood include:

  • Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge (40″)
  • Secret Life of Pets: Off The Leash (34″)
  • Flight of the Hippogriff (39″)
  • Despicable Me Minion Mayhem (40″)

If your child is over the age of 3 years old and subsequently requires a theme park ticket. I would measure them to ensure they are tall enough to go on several rides inside the theme park.

If your child is over the age of 3 and shorter than 36″ I don’t think Universal Studios Hollywood is worthwhile. At least not for the child’s benefit, since the number of rides they can go on will be severely limited.

Visiting Universal Studios Hollywood With Teens & Tweens

Tweens and teens are the perfect age for Universal Studios Hollywood. At this age, kids should be able to go on all the rides at the theme park. Popular tween & teen rides at Universal Hollywood include:

  • Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey (48″)
  • Transformers: The Ride 3-D (40″)
  • The Simpsons Ride (40″)
  • Revenge of The Mummy – The Ride (48″)

Visiting Universal Studios Hollywood as an Adult

I have visited Universal Studios Hollywood as an adult without children several times. I’ve travelled to the theme park solo and with my wife, and we always have a great time. So much so that we often upgrade our tickets to annual passes. That way, we can revisit the theme park throughout the year.

If you are an adult and love rides and pop culture, you will thoroughly enjoy a day at Universal Studios Hollywood. Some of the best attractions at Universal Studios Hollywood for adults include:

  • Revenge of The Mummy – The Ride
  • The World Famous Studio Tour
  • WaterWorld
  • Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
  • Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge

I typically find adults visiting Universal Studios Hollywood also enjoy visiting CityWalk. CityWalk is a free-to-enter entertainment district attached to the theme park. Here, you’ll see several fantastic restaurants, stores, and additional attractions. It’s a great place to end an amazing day at Universal Studios.

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2 Comments

  1. Hello and thank you for your article on Universal studios Hollywood.
    I’m still perplexed about if I should take my six grandkids (ages 13 to 5) for two days. Can you give me your true opinion.
    I’m worried two days might now be entering enough for them.
    What other attraction are in the area that they might enjoy.
    Thanks again!
    Best.

    1. Hey Kristi,

      One day should be enough for your grandkids given their age. The only other similar attraction nearby is Disneyland (which is two theme parks opposed to Universal’s one)

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