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    USH Trip Advice

    Well this will be my first time going to Universal Studios Hollywood and really have no idea what to expect and what is the best way to experience it in one day. It's been the only theme park in southern California that I haven't been too but this Saturday is the day. I know about lots opening at different times and I know that the rides get lines quickly. Any advice?

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    Re: USH Trip Advice

    Visit the lower lot as soon as possible. You will have minimum wait times for rides down there that way. You'll be able to do Mummy and Jurassic as many times as you want for at least an hour! Mummy is good, but very short, so multiple rides are the best way to feel like you got you're monies worth. Be warned that Jurassic is currently on a summer "wet" mode right now, and you will get soaked from it.) Do everything you want there in one shot (Mummy, Jurassic, Soundstage, Backdraft, Lucy Museum)... you don't want to keep going up and down those escalators more than once. You'll see what I mean when you get there.

    If there is a delayed opening for the lower lot (and there usually is about 1/2 hour delay), do Back to the Future first. It's rough, but will be closing permanently in less than a month, and the lines for it get very long all day long, and it moves very slowly.

    The lines for the House of Horrors goes down to "No Wait" by the afternoon. It's not for small children, as there are live actors in costume that will try to scare you.

    Tram tour lines move very quickly all day, but do tend to be less crowded later on in the day. Do not be too intimidated if you see a long line there... it really moves fast, as those trams hold a lot of people, and they tend to keep them coming. It's a must see, and the entire reason Universal was created in the first place!

    See the WaterWorld show, even if you know nothing about the movie. The show is excellent, and shouldn't be missed. T2:3D is also quite good, gets you in the air conditioning for a while, and holds a lot of people, so there's usually not much of a wait. Check for the showtimes, and don't miss it. It's SUPER! (You'll get that when you see the show.)

    If you are planning to stay the entire day, the food pass may be a good deal for you. But there are also lots of places to eat at Citywalk.

    Hope that helps!
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    Re: USH Trip Advice

    If it is your first time there, I'd recommend "upgrading" to the VIP Tour.

    It is well worth the investment. Plus, you get an AP to use for the rest of the year. You have a host CM, and you get preferred seating at the shows and don't have to wait in line for the rides. Also, after the T-2 and Water World shows, you get to meet the actors and take pics with them. You also get your own Trolley Car for the Tram Tour.

    We've done the VIP Tour about 6 times so far, dating back to the late 80's. The earlier ones were nothing like the current ones. A+++

    Check out their web site for more info.

    Enjoy!

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    Re: USH Trip Advice

    Definitely do the VIP tour at one point in your life. It's amazing


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    Re: USH Trip Advice

    If you're there at opening hour: 1) Back to the Future 2) Lower Lot Attractions 3) Tram Tour 4) Then do whatever you want according to show schedule times and whatnot

    Yes, I hear the VIP tour is good. That's about $200. There is also the "Front of the Line Pass" which they sell a certain number everyday. I think that's $120. Today they were sold out by the afternoon. You could also bring a specially marked can of Coke that gets you $12 off the 1st visit and 2nd visit free before the end of September I believe. No, you can't find the special Coke can in Citywalk. 1 day admission is $61. $71 annual pass. $51 for kids under 48". There's an online special for Southern CA residents, not sure how long that lasts, Buy A Day, Get A Year Free. If you're a US resident with a credit card and not using any coupon discounts, you can go to the Fast Self-Service Ticket machines to the sides of the Park Gates near Saddle Ranch and near the Restrooms/Guest Services/Chase ATMS/Payphones.

    The park is open 9am-9pm on a Saturday summer day.

    Lines for the ticket box office tend to be busiest between 11am and 1pm. But remember, box offices to the west of the red carpet also tend to be shorter than the east side.

    Say "hi" if you stop by the Universal Studio Store in Citywalk after 6pm this Saturday. The name's Russell.

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    Re: USH Trip Advice

    Thanks everyone for the advice, I got my tickets at Costco for 43 bucks plus the 2nd day free deal. Ill be there from opening til' close, which I think is enough to see all I want to see or even perhaps everything the have to offer (I wouldn't know but I assume it is possible) I will probably go to BttF first and go to the lower lot as soon as it opens, hit the tram in the afternoon, and all the other cool stuff.

    Thanks again

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    Re: USH Trip Advice

    If you park in preferred parking do you by pass the city walk?
    I don't want to walk through the whole section. Also does anyone know if they have the parent swap pass for rides if you have small children?

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    Re: USH Trip Advice

    head's up.

    you might be able to buy a front of the line pass INSIDE the park at the hollywood ticket outlet. it's directly across from shrek 4-d, in the new york area. i don't know how much they are in there.

    it is by far worth it. especially if you're going on a saturday. trust me. i used to work there for 3 years in ops.

    can't wait to see your TR!!

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    Whatever you do don't miss Waterworld as it is the single greatest stunt show on the planet.
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    Re: USH Trip Advice

    Have fun! Universal's a place I don't get to very often, but I always have a great time.
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