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From Disneyland to Universal studios

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From Disneyland to Universal studios

We will be staying in Anaheim in June and have arranged a day at Universal studios. 3 adults and 2 children 11 and 9. Whats a good way of going between the 2. Someone suggested a private taxi??? Is there anything else special to do near there? Thought we would put as much in to this day as we could.Is it worth getting the much more expensive VIP passes. Lots of questions, hope you can help.Thanks Kym

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1. Re: From Disneyland to Universal studios

Universal studios are only about 1 hour from Anaheim,it is easy to get to so driving is a cinch,a taxi could work out expensive though,V.I.P passes are good at universal as you won't have to wait in line it does save a lot of time,I wouldn't pay the extra but I think it is personal choice,Depending where you stay in Anaheim you could use the anaheim shuttle to disney,it is about $3 each although it is $10 to park your car at Disney. I also like Knotts Berry Farm and Soak city both are nearby

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2. Re: From Disneyland to Universal studios

We were in Anaheim early December and we hired a car and drove to Universal. We had a navsat but it basically was only 2 freeways and very easy to get to. The traffic was a busy and it took over a hour. While we had the car we also drove down to Sea World and Legoland.

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3. Re: From Disneyland to Universal studios

Grey Line/Coach U.S.A. has daily bus service from Anaheim to Universal Studios.

www.AirportBus.com

Or you could take the train (Amtrak or Metrolink) to Union Station (downtown), then catch the subway to Universal City. Universal Studios has a free shuttle from the bottom of the hill (the subway station) to the Main Gate.

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4. Re: From Disneyland to Universal studios

Depending on the day of the week, the train line you select and whether you are a child or adult, the train costs between $3 and $8.50 per person each way. So, for about $60 return, you could ride the train into downtown Los Angeles (just under an hour) and switch to the redline metrorail ("tube") to Universal $3 each (DAY PASS allows unlimited rides) -- a 22 minute ride.

The advantage to the train is "low stress". You don't have to navigate nor remember where you parked your car and it's not affected by "rush hour" traffic. In addition, parking can be expensive if you want to see a number of different areas in Los Angeles.

If you arrive at Universal just before they open -- highly recommended -- go to the backlot tram tour immediately aftering entering the gates and then ride some rides after the tour. You will be ready to leave by 1 or 2 pm. At that point, take the redline metro one stop (toward downtown and your train home) and get off at Hollywood and Highland -- the center of Hollywood and literally steps to the Chinese Theatre, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, etc., etc.

After that, continue on the train, get off at the downtown Civic Center stop and tour the Music Center, City Hall, the Los Angeles Catholic Archdiocese (Cathedral of the city of Angeles), maybe have dinner in Chinatown, take a walk down Olivera Street (the oldest street in the city) and walk a block to Union Station and the train home.

For train info, go to: amtrak.com (the national rail compnay) or

www.metrolinktrains.com (the regional rail company).

Both websites are a little hard to navigate so here are some notes:

1. For amtrak, you will depart from eithert the Anaheim or Fullerton rail stations Use the station codes 'ANA" or "FUL" for these. (Check with your hotel to see which station you are closer to. If the distance is the same to both stations, select "FULLERTON'. It's closer to L.A.). Your arrival station is "LAX" (which stands for L.A. Union Station). You may buy your tickets online, in advance. Amtrak runs the most frequent trains.

2. For metrolink, you need to select SCHEDULES and then the ORANGE COUNTY line from their webpage. You'll be using the same stations as on Amtrak (Anaheim or Fullerton to L.A. Union Station). Keep in mind that Metrolink has an abbreviated schedule compared to Amtrak (as it tends to service business people entering and exiting the city for business). You may not buy tickets in advance online.

You may mix and match the trains.

Good luck!

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