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The VIP Experience at Universal Studios Hollywood

The VIP Experience at Universal Studios Hollywood
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Treat yourself to a VIP experience at Universal Studios Hollywood℠ with exclusive guided access to off-limits areas
Duration:
24h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
About
Reserve one of the coveted spots on a VIP tour that grants you access parts of Universal Studios Hollywood℠ that aren’t accessible to the general public. Once you book this all-inclusive tour you don’t have to worry about any additional costs along the way—it comes with an extensive guided tour of the film lot, unlimited access to rides, attractions, and shows, plus a gourmet lunch and valet parking. Please note: space for the VIP Experience is limited and advance reservations are required.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 24h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • All-day admission to the park including the Wizarding World of Harry Potter™
  • Universal Express Unlimited access to all rides, shows, and attractions
  • The pass includes access to reserved seating at all shows and a gourmet catered lunch
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 24h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Highlights
  • All-day admission to the park including the Wizarding World of Harry Potter™
  • Universal Express Unlimited access to all rides, shows, and attractions
  • The pass includes access to reserved seating at all shows and a gourmet catered lunch
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 2030VIP
Important information
Inclusions
  • A specially-trained guide to tour locations closed to the general public
  • Tour historic Backlot locations
  • Walk through actual set of War of the Worlds
  • Roam the largest prop warehouse
  • Universal Express Unlimited access to ALL rides, shows and attractions
  • Reserved seating at ALL shows
  • Gourmet lunch in exclusive dining location
  • Light refreshments served in an exclusive VIP Lounge
  • Valet Parking
Exclusions
  • Sideshow games
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Movie tickets for Universal CityWalk Cinemas
Duration
24h
Additional information
  • Please note: Booking is only valid on selected date of travel.
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • In order to maintain the safety of guests, modified operating procedures have been put in place. Guests visiting the park will have their bags inspected by staff. Large bags and coolers will not be permitted in the park. Outside food is not permitted inside the park with the exception of bottle water, fruit and baby food.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR. (s21).Inc.TRANSFORMERS and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission.© 2021 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved.© 2021 DreamWorks LLC and Paramount Pictures Corporation. All Rights Reserved. The Mummy © 2021 Universal Studios. All rights reserved. Kung Fu Panda © 2021 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All Rights Reserved. Universal’s Animal Actors © 2021 Universal Studios. THE SIMPSONS TM & © 2021 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Universal elements and all related indicia TM and © 2021 Universal Studios. All rights reserved.
  • Most travelers can participate
Inclusions
  • A specially-trained guide to tour locations closed to the general public
  • Tour historic Backlot locations
  • Walk through actual set of War of the Worlds
  • Roam the largest prop warehouse
  • Universal Express Unlimited access to ALL rides, shows and attractions
  • Reserved seating at ALL shows
  • Gourmet lunch in exclusive dining location
  • Light refreshments served in an exclusive VIP Lounge
  • Valet Parking
Exclusions
  • Sideshow games
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Movie tickets for Universal CityWalk Cinemas
Duration
24h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Please note: Booking is only valid on selected date of travel.
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • In order to maintain the safety of guests, modified operating procedures have been put in place. Guests visiting the park will have their bags inspected by staff. Large bags and coolers will not be permitted in the park. Outside food is not permitted inside the park with the exception of bottle water, fruit and baby food.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR. (s21).Inc.TRANSFORMERS and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission.© 2021 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved.© 2021 DreamWorks LLC and Paramount Pictures Corporation. All Rights Reserved. The Mummy © 2021 Universal Studios. All rights reserved. Kung Fu Panda © 2021 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All Rights Reserved. Universal’s Animal Actors © 2021 Universal Studios. THE SIMPSONS TM & © 2021 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Universal elements and all related indicia TM and © 2021 Universal Studios. All rights reserved.
  • Most travelers can participate
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: Mar 21, 2022
A note from The VIP Experience at Universal Studios Hollywood
It is recommended that all guests wear masks indoors
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Itinerary
  • Start
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  • 1
    Universal Studios Hollywood
    Stop: 8 hours
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  • 2
    The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
    Stop: 60 minutes
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  • 3
    Universal CityWalk Hollywood
    Stop: 60 minutes
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  • 4
    Universal Studio Tour
    Stop: 30 minutes
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  • 5
    The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash
    Stop: 30 minutes
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  • 6
    Jurassic World – The Ride
    Stop: 30 minutes
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  • 7
    Revenge of the Mummy - The Ride
    Stop: 30 minutes
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  • 8
    Transformers: The Ride - 3D
    Stop: 30 minutes
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  • 9
    Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
    Stop: 30 minutes
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  • 10
    Despicable Me Minion Mayhem
    Stop: 30 minutes
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kidsandtravel4fun
Ontario, Canada188 contributions
We debated booking this experience but glad we did. The parking, breakfast and lunch were great factors, in addition to the front of the line perk. Katy was an excellent tour guide! She was kind, enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. We enjoyed spending the day with her and she made our daughter feel very special as this was a birthday experience for her. The backlot tour was interesting with lots of info, special effects and tours of outdoor sets. The trolley was very comfortable and we had access to cold bottled waters. The best was going to the front line and not waiting to board the rides. When the tour was over, our VIP passes turned into express passes, so we had access to fast lanes. We saw the Watershow with Katy and then saw the animal show on our own. We enjoyed both those shows. This is a pricey experience but considering our limited time in LA and if considering express passes, this VIP experience was a great way to experience the universal studios. We’re very glad we did it!! Thanks Katy!
Written August 15, 2022
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Kata V
Bangkok, Thailand27 contributions
About 6 hour-long guided tour including rides and real food lunch, worthwhile and fun, every minute and every cent.
The good thing is we got special access to popular rides, including those in Harry Potter Wizarding World, PET the newest ride.
This is different from express line because our guide brought us right directly to the ride and passed the express line.
The weather while we were visiting was hot and we really appreciated that we dont have to be in a long line otherwise we probably could only do a few rides on our visit due to dehydration and time limitation. Our guide, Roxy were very helpful. Plus, we had plenty of time for lunch, included, with real food, like international buffet in a hotel.

We, a family of 2 adults, 16 and 8 year-old-kids, with limited time in Los Angeles area, about 4 days and we only wanted to spend a day at Universal Studios, so this was the best investment for the best day for our kids.
Written August 4, 2022
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Claire B
1 contribution
Family
What a truly awesome day. My family have travelled from the UK and decided to pay the extra for the VIP experience and we were so glad that we did. Our tour guide, Matt was absolutely brilliant - held our bags whilst we went on rides and kept our 9 yr old son company whilst we did some of the "scarier" rides. We actually think our son has a bit of a man crush on Matt as he has not stopped talking about him and how nice he was to him all day. With VIP experience you literally get to jump to the front of all the rides and get the best seats for the shows and once your VIP tour is over you still get to get ahead in the lines in the express lanes. We did Disney earlier in our trip but I think our experience today trumps this. Thank you Universal Studios Hollywood you were terrific 👍💯
Written August 4, 2022
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Myska74
Brussels, Belgium103 contributions
The VIP experience was a great choice for our family of 4. We had an amazing guide Christine who was very knowledgable about The Studios. She was very friendly and accommodating, always ready to answer any questions.

Our tour started at 12.15. We did not know but you can come earlier than your assigned time and explore the Studios on your own. Your VIP pass allows you to go for Express lines.before and after the tour. The early start probably does not make much sense for the rides unless you are a freak ;-) as you will experience them all with the guide. There was a couple with us who did many in the morning and did not want to repeat them later so was waiting for all of us. Earlier start might be a good choice for shows though. As we started later, we missed two shows (animals; special effects) but it was not an issue for us. Our guide chose the Waterworld show which had all we wanted to see - stunts and special effects. We liked it very much.

The Studio tour was fun. It was interesting to see the real film spots and scenes. Christine and her fellow made the tour very enjoyable.

At around 3pm we had our buffet lunch in restaurant Moulin Rouge. The food was very tasty and fresh. It was real treat and nice break from fast food.

The whole experience takes about 6h, without almost no waiting time for rides. It is a great choice for those who want to enjoy the park without stress and hassle. It was so nice to be guided. It is pricey but worth every dollar.
Written July 28, 2022
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AZ-Traveler85253
Scottsdale, AZ1,015 contributions
I’ve been to Universal many times, including as far back as 1970. I still remember getting picked to sit in a half police car from Adam 12 and green screen behind me. Later went on to be a real police officer. I digress.

Let’s skip to the bottom line- If you want an amazing day instead of a miserable crowded and wait- filled day, just drop the coin for this package. Everything about the day is so much better than the regular day- I could never go back.

It’s hard to identify the best parts because they are all great. From relaxing in the lounge before the tour to the no rush backstage tour where you get to walk around. Amazing lunch with no waiting and of course, even better than Express Pass for rides where you often go through the exit line to the ride. Priceless. After or before the tour, your badge is an Express Pass, so it’s still great without the guide. Ended with great seats at Waterworks and plenty of time to see other shows or rides.

Lastly, if you do this, and you liked your guide (spoiler alert- you will) please tip appropriately. These kids are working hard to make you happy and an unforgettable day. From engaging you in conversation to holding your bags on rides, they do it all.
Written July 26, 2022
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I haven’t been everywhere... yet
Panama336 contributions
What a fantastic day we had with our guide Mike M...! So much fun and loads of things to do and see. It was very relaxed in the sense you can chill out before the tour in a private air con area which has a small buffet, drinks, couches/ TVs... they even provide you with sunscreen if you need it (which was a nice touch). Our group was 11 people, all adults. There aren't that many rides in the park for thrill seekers/ adults, but what they did have was well done (Transformers, Jurassic World, The Mummy, Harry Potter). The VIP tour takes you to the front of the line for everything (even passing the express ticket holders) so we didn't wait more than 5 minutes for any ride. Likewise for lunch... no waiting whatsoever. We were taken to a private dining area and seated immediately. The food and choice did not disappoint - high quality and extremely satisfying! We also spent time at the studio lot which was interesting and eye opening. The difference between VIP and other tours is you can get out of the transport and walk around the movie sets and take pictures up close, instead of from a distance. War of the Worlds was a highlight. Also, a much smaller group (we were around 20 adults) and personalised attention. All in all, definitely worth the money for memories that will last a lifetime and a no stress experience.
Written July 25, 2022
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Tuban90
San Francisco, CA22 contributions
I struggled to purchase this because it is a hefty chunk of change. However, I took my kids, aged 9 and 14, and husband on this over a busy summer weekend in July, and it was 100% worth the cost. Just plan for it. You can really maximize your time in a low-stress way. Both aged kids (big gaps) had a wonderful time. Inspired by movie studios and shows in production (14 yo), and a lot of thrilling rides for my 9 yo daredevil. The tour guide, Gillian, was amazing (thank you, Gillian). She knew a lot about movie history and was great at keeping the group together. There's a special effects show, and you get the best seat. You skip all the long lines for the rides and get in and out really quickly. You get a special meal with a nice buffet spread and drinks (no booze though, FYI). Our family thoroughly enjoyed this experience. My husband was so happy we didn't have to make decisions all day, and that nobody fought about what to eat, where to go, or which line to stand in. No grumbling about lost money on long lines. I am not sorry I spent this money, even though I am very conscientious about how many other things that money could have gotten us. These memories were worth it.
Written July 18, 2022
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Erin
Las Cruces, NM7 contributions
We originally decided to do the VIP experiance because it was my Dad's and mine first time to Universal, and he also has terminal cancer, so we wanted to make some great memories while we could. We were told it was accesibility friendly, but it ended up being far from it. At the beginning we were told we would have to leave the wheelchair behind for the studio tour, and that he would have to walk a little, but that they could get him a wheelchair at the stops. So, right off if you can not walk part of the time, this tour will not accomadate you. Then on the studio tour we were never given a wheelchair. I was always working with my Dad, to hang onto him and we were always behind. The tour said no more then 18 people, but they combine you with two groups for the studio tour, so there are a lot of people and when off the tram, the guides do not have mic's, so if you are in the back of the group you miss alot. We definetly saw some cool stuff, but because of the added strain, it was exhausting.
The thing we were most shocked by and disappointed was when it was time to go to the lower lot we were informed that my Dad would have to get himself down five flights of escalators, and that I would have to take the wheelchair down them. I was terrified for many reasons as I got on the first escalator. I am not the strongest women and was already hot and tired from the sun. I took the wheelchair on slowly and almost lost it right there at the top as I struggled to figure out how to get it balanced on the moving downward stairs, it would have crashed into and probably severally injured those below. I was straining the whole way down. I was also very worried for my Dad, because I could not help him with balance and an arm, since I was forced to hold the wheelchair. I was terrified he would have another fall like the day before. I was praying the whole way down to let me not drop the wheelchair on someone, and that he would be able to keep balance and not get seriously injured. And when they made us to the whole process again on the way up I almost cried, and he almost fell twice. Luckily someone in our group noticed how hard it was for me on the way down, and started helping. He would get on first and turn backwards to help support the wheelchair. This was also a tragedy in the making for him, since he could have easily lost footing. I just couldn’t believe that universal would make us go through such an ordeal and not have an easier way to the lower lot. It was horrible and really did endanger guests. By the time we got to the bottom we were both shaken and I was exhausted from the muscle strain, heat, and stress of it. Those five flights, and walk between escaltors seemed like an eternity. For both of us this really soured the experience, and many in our group also shared that they could not believe we had to do that. I felt stressed for at least an hour after, and thinking of it still makes me cringe. What if I had been an older lady or man, there is no way they could have supported a wheelchair like that. It really needs to be re-thought before someone gets really hurt.
Our favorite part was probably lunch. We enjoyed the food and really enjoyed the character interaction, it was also just great to have a break and get out of the sun. The tour lasts from 9:15-3:15 now. Shorter then I thought, so keep that in mind.
I wrote to Universal's VIP experiance about what happened and never heard anything back.
Written July 17, 2022
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AriiTorres
23 contributions
Couples
Behind the scenes on movie sets and a lot of photo ops. Front of the lines access to shows and rides. This package comes with unlimited access to shows and rides as well. If you are a pass holder, you get somewhat of a discount.
Written June 19, 2022
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C D
Wales, UK10 contributions
Solo
Well worth it, straight front of the queue, parties of 12 so not too overcrowded when tour guide is taking.

We had Michelle and she was brilliant, very well knowledgeable and funny.

VIP includes breakfast and lunch - wide selection on both, something for everyone as it was a buffet.

The studio tour, really nice and personal, you join another group so max 24 of you, on a mini bus - no windows and air conditioned, the talk throughout was personal and not pre recorded. You got off a few places and up close and personal go for photos and some history facts.

Bounus they even have a dedicated UBER drop off and pick up (the others use the same), there are 2 spots, very easy.
Written May 19, 2022
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Kati T
Kati T
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Great Adventure for my Boys!
My sons had a blast visiting Hogwarts and exploring Universal Studios. We went on a slow day and it was even better
vdhillon
vdhillon
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Ok experience but could be better
Having been to the parks in Florida, we were not expecting the LA park to be at that level but still somewhat disap
686samadr
686samadr
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Universal Hollywood
Universal was actually cool Orlando is waaaayyyyy better but the overall experience was great as well. A lot more t
Martin L
Martin L
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What a waste of time and could have been a much better day with some park organisation .
70 minutes line for 60 seconds ride under 100F sun. Virtual line not an option!! Mummy ride down but made us do the
KTD_10
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Amazing a must!
Family with 16 year old who loves Harry Potter. Amazing place, blew our minds away. Definitely get express pass a
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Great, small theme park
Loved Universal, it is very small compared to Florida but is a great day out, the Studio bus tour was excellent. Al
AAdeshewa
AAdeshewa
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Amazing
It was beautiful! The studio tour is definitely a must, I was blown away! The Harry Potter theme park was soo amazi
Victor W
Victor W
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A Fun Time at Universal Studios
As a family we have always enjoyed going to Universal Studios Hollywood. The last time we visited the Wizardly Wor
janecL4724GE
janecL4724GE
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The Harry Potter section is great but skip the rest
The first decision you have to make is where to make..normal parking, preferred or close. We went for preferred and
rdehaan73
rdehaan73
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Very disappointed
It's a big and very nice place. I loved Hogwarts! But, in the middle of August, it's too busy to really enjoy it.
K4089MTrias
K4089MTrias
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Loved Universal!
Amazing time at Universal. The rides are great and there is a great variety of them, there is something for everyon
mariechristine4077
mariechristine4077
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Fun Day, although staffing seems to be an issue
We had a great day at Universal, some lines were long but that is to be expected. Jurassic World ride, Water World
553semrab
553semrab
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Horrible
Everything great until the machine broke down We didn’t move till 10 minutes then they brought us back to the sta
955florian
955florian
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perfect in every aspect
Treat yourself to the VIP all-in tour! There is no better way to explore the Park. Everything is organized. You are
BenjaminF773
BenjaminF773
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Amazing universe
2nd visit to Universal. Of course its very crowdy but with the express save you save a ton of times ! We loved the
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