A trip to Los Angeles is incomplete without a visit to the Universal Studios in Hollywood. I remember this place vividly as a child and to return decades after brings back a flood of memories! I am happy to recreate new memories in one of the iconic places in SoCal with two kids in tow.
Find the map and directions to Universal via driving or public transportation here.
Do invest in front of line passes. Some of the rides and attractions may take up to an hour of waiting time! These front of line passes lets you cut through the crowds to save you precious time! Another tip to save on time is to study the map found here before going to make an itinerary suitable for you and your family members.
The festive feel is all over Universal this month and will most likely run until January, so do go for a visit to as soon as possible!
Since my daughter is very young, she couldn’t get to do many of the rides. Thankfully, Universal Studios has the child switch service where you can wait in a special section for infants and switch with your partner if you want to get on the ride without having to line up again. Although, if you have front of the line passes, this won’t be an issue. But the designated areas are a huge help for parents with young children.
The Despicable Me Minion Mayhem was the first ride my son took together with my husband.
My daughter didn’t make the height requirement so we took photos while waiting instead. Note that she hasn’t seen the movie so she was wondering who these gigantic cartoony creatures were. If you are with little ones, consider that they might get spooked, initially so it helps to warm them up to characters before taking photos.
This is what I am talking about…
If you do visit Universal Studios Hollywood until January 3, you’ll be greeted by the characters of Grinchmas in Whoville who were such a delight bringing to life the magic of the book, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas! I wrote all about this here.
Jurassic Park was one ride that I got to do with my son while my husband watched over the baby. Don’t be fooled by the innocent looking river raft. The real adventure lies is the 84-foot plunge at the very end which will make your heart race!
The Universal Studio tour was unanimously the favorite of my family! It is a 60-min ride so be prepared to go with snacks and a drink (just in case the kids get hungry or thirsty!). Also, the lines were extra long so if you do not have the front of the line passes, you will be waiting over 60 minutes during holidays. Best be prepared by coming earlier than the crowds.
If you’re not a fan of rides or are baby-sitting small ones, you can opt to enjoy the live entertainment around the theme park. These musicians were so very talented and funny!
For the kids and kids at heart, there is a fun playground located just right next to Despicable Me Minion Mayhem. The Super Silly Fun Land is more age-appropriate for them. You can rest and watch them play from a nearby bench as they climb, jump and slide. Gru’s LAB cafe is also nearby for a bite or a cup of coffee and still within eyes view from the playground!
There are tons of unique attractions for photo shooting with your kids, too!
It was extra cold that day so make sure your kids are all covered and have a blanket, too for when they are asleep in the stroller. Oh, the stroller will save your day so make sure to bring a lightweight, easy-to-use one!
My son enjoyed so much that he made me promise to take him back to Universal Studios. I honestly cannot wait to! Harry Potter’s Wizarding World is opening in Hollywood on April 2016. Watch the official tv commercial here. Who’s as excited as I am to return?!
Universal Studios Hollywood
100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608