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Skip the Line: Express Ticket at Universal Studios Hollywood

Skip the Line: Express Ticket at Universal Studios Hollywood
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Tour snapshot
All-day admission to Universal Studios Hollywood with a Universal Express ticket
Duration:
8h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
  • Duration:
    8h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
About
If you want to experience all that Universal Studios Hollywood has to offer, but only have one day to do it, the express ticket is exactly what you need. This special pass grants you one-time skip-the-line entrance to all rides, plus reserved seating at each show. With a limited number of express tickets sold each day, you can rest easy when you book your spot in advance.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Highlights
  • One-time express access to each ride, show, and attraction
  • See where Hollywood movies are made on the Studio tour
  • Priority seating at non-seated shows, plus behind-the-scenes privileges at select attractions
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Highlights
  • One-time express access to each ride, show, and attraction
  • See where Hollywood movies are made on the Studio tour
  • Priority seating at non-seated shows, plus behind-the-scenes privileges at select attractions
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 2030FRONT_LINE
Important information
Inclusions
  • One-time reserved seating at all Universal Studios Hollywood shows
  • One-time express access to all Universal Studios Hollywood rides and attractions
  • 1-day admission to Universal Studios Hollywood
  • Entry/Admission - Studio Tour
  • Entry/Admission - Revenge of the Mummy - The Ride
  • Entry/Admission - WaterWorld
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
Exclusions
  • Parking fees
  • Sideshow games
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Movie tickets for Universal CityWalk Cinemas
Duration
8h
Additional information
  • Voucher is only valid for date selected at the time of booking
  • This ticket option was formally known at "Front-of-Line Pass"
  • Please Note: 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
  • One-time reserved seating at all Universal Studios Hollywood shows
  • One-time express access to all Universal Studios Hollywood rides and attractions
  • 1-day admission to Universal Studios Hollywood
  • Entry/Admission - Studio Tour
  • Entry/Admission - Revenge of the Mummy - The Ride
  • Entry/Admission - WaterWorld
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
Exclusions
  • Parking fees
  • Sideshow games
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Movie tickets for Universal CityWalk Cinemas
Duration
8h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Voucher is only valid for date selected at the time of booking
  • This ticket option was formally known at "Front-of-Line Pass"
  • Please Note: 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 Skip the Line: Express Ticket 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
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Universal Studios Hollywood
    Stop: 8 hours
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  • 2
    The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Universal CityWalk Hollywood
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Studio Tour
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 5
    The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 6
    Jurassic World – The Ride
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 7
    Revenge of the Mummy - The Ride
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 8
    Transformers: The Ride - 3D
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 9
    Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 10
    Despicable Me Minion Mayhem
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
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Carolyn Chan
Fremont, CA10 contributions
Sep 2021
I haven't been to Universal Studios Hollywood in 5 years, and it's still such a great park! If you're only going for 1 day, I would highly recommend getting the Express Pass so that you can go on every ride & see all the shows.

If you only have 1 day, I would recommend starting at the Lower Lot with the Transformers, Jurassic Park, and The Mummy ride and riding those first in the morning since there are less people. To be honest, after riding those 3 rides in a row, I had a little bit of motion sickness.

Something that I thought was pretty cool was that the Studio Tour at Universal Studios Hollywood has the only behind the scenes tour out of all the Universal parks (Tokyo and Orlando). The WaterWorld show was really cool to watch, as well as the Animal Actors show. I absolutely loved the new Secret Life of Pets ride, but it only takes 2 people per car so it'll be quite a wait.

In terms of food, I read online that the Three Broomsticks had the best food of the park, and I have to say that it was pretty good for amusement park food. I also got a churro and a pretzel, and both were pretty tasty. After the park closed, we got food at Citywalk, and even though it's overpriced (Taco Bell there was 2x the price), it's definitely more for convenience. One of my go-tos is Johnny Rockets, and we also tried Bubba Gump which was good, but there might be a bit of a wait (we waited 35 minutes).

We didn't really go shopping at any of the stores, since most of the merchandise is also available at the Citywalk stores (which are open later than the park).

I would highly recommend this park to anyone who enjoys movies, thrill-seeking rides, and of course Harry Potter world. Also, Super Nintendo World will be opening here, which is super exciting!! I can't wait to come back once it opens :)
Written October 11, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Debbie M
Fort Walton Beach, FL182 contributions
Great time had by all. Express ticket totally worth the additional cost if you only have a limited amount of time (1 day) to see everything or if like me, you dont like standing around waiting. Lines weren't too bad first thing in the morning, but by about 11AM everything had a minimum 25 min wait, more popular attractions were 60-90 min. Simpsons ride was down most of the day which from listening to other guests was not incommon. By far best attractions were Happy Potter Flight of the Hippogriff and the Mummy. Studio tour was okay, but mostly sitting on the tram looking at the outside of buildings. If you have the time, purchase the VIP Backlot tour experience.
Written April 10, 2022
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LSQRD1
Kent, OH628 contributions
Feb 2022
We visited on a weekday and opted for the ticket where you could get one express visit per ride. We could have gotten by without it since the crowds were very limited but the advantage for us was it allowed to go on our favorites a second time as they day got more busy. For example, Harry Potter ride at opening with a 5 minute wait and then again in the afternoon with the express pass. The park is not as large and complex as Orlando but we found it to be more doable and pleasant because of smaller crowds. We enjoyed all the rides and were easily able to see and do what we wanted to do by arriving when they opened and staying to closing (on our date this was 10AM-6PM). I would definitely get their early.
Written February 20, 2022
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Nina S
California44 contributions
Jul 2021
We bought regular passes and upgraded to the Express Unlimited Pass at the gate. We went on 7/17, and were let in 30 minutes early. The express pass was a must have on such a busy day.
However, we were concerned with the quality of the rides. We were stuck on the Jurassic World ride for almost 40 minutes, and had to be evacuated off the ride. We received NO compensation for the trouble as we already paid for the unlimited pass - no food vouchers, no certificates, no nothing. This was super disappointing as customers that had just dropped over 500 dollars to be there on tickets alone. A few hours later, we got stuck on Jurassic World AGAIN for 15 minutes. On the Mummy Ride and Simpsons we also stalled for several minutes.
The lines for food were so long, and we waited for popcorn for over 30 minutes with just 15 people in line ahead of us - this screams incompetence and poor time management.
We stayed at the Sheraton, and the walk is very short to and from the park.
Go on a weekday in the off season.
Written July 20, 2021
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Kyle
Ojai, CA2 contributions
Jun 2021
After waiting on hold for hours 2 days in a row and sending multiple emails to customer service with no reply, I was finally able to change two separate day passes to Platinum Season Passes once I got into the park and spoke to an employee in person.

I was very dissatisfied when the Universal employee explained to me that I would only get the General Admission discount of around $140 applied to each season ticket.

I originally payed $229 per ticket for the Express pass (+$40 to update to Express Unlimited, $269 total per ticket) and believe I should have received more of a discount considering I payed almost double the cost for the original tickets compared to the discount applied to the Platinum Season passes.

Over a week later after visiting the park (my park visit June 20th, contacted by Universal customer service June 28th) I finally received a response from Universal stating that, "Only the General Admission amount can be implemented to an upgrade as Universal Express is a separate premium product. I apologize for any inconvenience."

Universal, you should be ashamed of your customer service and refund policies and ultimately return the money.
Written July 1, 2021
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Evan
Indianapolis, IN4 contributions
Oct 2021
First review on here after visiting last weekend. We went on a Saturday and arrived right at 9AM and bought the front of the gate parking ($60) which was nice but not a must do.

What is a must do is the EXPRESS PASS.

At 9AM the park was not too crowded for many of the rides so I would recommend saving your express pass for mid-afternoon if there is a long line so you can ride your favorite rides more than once. Around 1 PM the ride in Harry Potter was at a 110 minute wait and we were able to get on in less than 10 minutes with our express pass.

I would go straight to the Lower Lot first and go on those rides first (Transformers, the Mummy, and Jurassic Park (my favorite ride) as it is a hike to get there. After that we went to the Upper Lot and did the studio tour and all of those rides as well and finished with Harry Potter World. Great experience and we rode every ride, ate lunch at the 3 Broomsticks (very quick service actually) and shopped all within 4 hours. Well run place!
Written October 11, 2021
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monkeylvr
san diego61 contributions
Here is the truth. The only way to truly have fun at Universal is to get an Express Pass. There are no low volume days at the park; it’s high season all year round. For a standard ticket you & your family/friends will wait 1-2 hours on average to ride for 2 minutes. $134 to wait in line all day doesn’t seem worth it at all.

The writing was on the wall when I took my teenage daughter yesterday. It was packed wall to wall by 10 am. The only way we were going to have a halfway decent day was if I upgraded our tickets to Express. For the two of us it cost over $600 ($134 for standard ticket + $184 to upgrade). The pass allowed us to skip long lines & jump on any ride multiple times. We had a great time but at an absolutely insane cost.

The rest of the time was spent waiting in line to use the restroom & buy food/snacks/drinks. Crowds are inescapable. Everything wildly overpriced. Why you ask? Because they can.

When you stop and look around for a second it’s pretty dystopian.

On a positive note we appreciate the talent of the designers & engineers responsible for creating many of the attractions especially The WW of Harry Potter. No doubt Mario World is going to be incredible as well.
Written May 30, 2022
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Bob M
1 contribution
Mar 2022 • Family
We usually go to Disneyland but thought we would try something different this time. What a terrible mistake.

Several adults in our party were turned away from most rides due to being moderately overweight. How embarrassing and disturbing to watch all the overweight and disabled people waiting outside all the rides while the “average” people were inside having fun. I don’t even understand how this is legally allowed.

We were also fristrated by the park’s unwillingness to assist with food allergies. For example, the restaurant would not not cook a burger without cheese, and the Butter Beer kiosk in Harry Potter world would not serve without the whip cream that they manually put on top at the end. Everyone kept saying these are “signature” meals or drinks and they are forbidden from modifying it. They are actually trained to deny simple modification requests. Totally ridiculous.

There is also a stark difference in how the employees interact with guests. At Disney parks, the employees go out of their way to ensure a positive experience. At Universal, we noted several instances when park employees were literally yelling at guests like they were misbehaving kids on a playground. The guests would look around at each other like “what the…?” This is either a complete failure of training or employees are encouraged to be stern with guests. Either way, it added a lot of negativity to the experience.

Amazing to see a well-known tourist attraction so poorly run and lacking training to ensure an inclusive and positive experience for all guests. How disappointing. We’ll stick to Disneyland next time.
Written March 20, 2022
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mattleaver
Wallingford, UK215 contributions
Excellent day out. All the rides operational and the relatively new Harry Potter land is sensational. The main Harry Potter ride is one of the best I’ve experienced in any park anywhere in the world. The Studio tour itself remains absolutely fantastic and can’t be recommended highly enough. As with any opportunity ALWAYS book the skip the line tickets, at Universal we waited no more than 5 mins for anything, it’s worth double the money to maximise your day. Food is best in the City walk which is actually outside the park but you can re enter. Kristy burger in Simpsons land has amazing theming, average food, but hey it’s a theme park. Great day.
Written May 8, 2022
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yanina
2 contributions
My family of 5, kids ages 12, 9, 6 visited Universal Studios Hollywood in April. We had the best time and this was one of the highlights of our Southern California spring break vacation. First of all the park has two levels and each level is easy to navigate as the attractions are close to each other. So it’s not spread out like Disney. Second, I got express passes which I highly recommend especially if you go during school breaks. My take on it, I am already spending a lot of $ for tickets so I’ll spend some more to get the best experience out of it. Also I used Undercover tourist website to purchase tickets (express tickets option) which was abt $200 less than on universal website. There is an express line for express tickets at each ride. We loved all the attractions, the WB studio tour was really good and it’s only available at Universal Hollywood (Florida doesn’t have this). We loved all the rides and got to go on all thanks to express pass. My husband is not a fan of amusement parks and he loved Universal. If you are in California don’t miss Universal Studios Hollywood!
Written April 28, 2022
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Last time I'll go
The express line ticket was stupid overpriced so we didn't do as much as we did at other parks because we didn't bu
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Family vacation! Nice experience
I visit Universal Sudios by first time and we hd an amazing time. We were there in November 2021 and the park was n
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Loved it during winter
I did not catch every single ride, only managed to go in for walk around. And the Hollywood studio tour, was crowde
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VIP
Behind the scenes on movie sets and a lot of photo ops. Front of the lines access to shows and rides. This package
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Family Trip
Was very disappointed that they waited until the end of the line (80 min on some rides) to tell you if you could ri
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Amazing experience
My kids love it. And we felt like kids again. We enjoy every moment of waiting along with heavy crowd.
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Good day out, let down by a couple of minor issues
We had a good time at universal studios but let down by a couple of issues which led us to complain. One was due to
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Lots to see and do - go early to miss queues
We had a great time here without paying for fast passes! I would recommend doing what we did; arrive at the park
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Lackluster
In the past my family has visited Universal Studios Hollywood at least once per year and many times we have purchas
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visited with my fiancé
we had a great time here but honestly the lines are so so long you have to get the fast pass if you want to get on
Shari C
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A full and entertaining day.
The entire experience was very enjoyable. The facility was clean and well laid out. There was much to see and do ev
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Fantastic visit on a quiet Thursday in May
We visited Universal Studios Hollywood for the first time in May 2022, we had previously visited Universal Orlando
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Very fun half day park!
The Universal Studios at Hollywood is a solid theme park, with a good range of attractions. I arrived at around 9:
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Affordable and fun!
It was affordable and fun. Less expensive than Six flags magic mountain, and definitely less of a commute.
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Underwhelming
After visiting Universal Studios Florida many times, Universal Hollywood is somewhat underwhelming. The fact it is
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