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Reviewed May 29, 2018 via mobile

Great place for adults and kids. Lots of rides, shows, eateries and great views!

We were there for 8 hours and still didn’t get round everything. Queues weren’t too bad - longest we waited was 20 mins. The Harry Potter section was great and the butter beer was delicious!

The highlight for me was the water world show! Expect the unexpected, that’s all I’ll say!

Overall, great day and we’d go back even though we’ve been twice already.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed May 29, 2018

We had been debating the choice of visiting Disneyland or Universal Studios during a recent visit to LA. Our daughters are 12 and 14 and we'd visited Hong Kong Disney a couple of times so we opted for Universal. Let's face it, a family of four at both Disney and Universal is going to set you back somewhere between $2-3k. We weren't disappointed with our choice as Universal has a great range of attractions that kept us very happy for five or so hours. The highlight was the Studio Tour which gives you an insight into the world of the big movie studio but also some great historical references for the fan. Our kids had a ball on the various movie-based rides and the park is easy to get around with even the giant escalator from the upper to lower levels a great part of the fun. Yes, food and drinks are relatively expensive but Universal is so easy to get to via the LA Metro system. If you can afford it certainly pay a bit more for the Express Pass. It's a must if you want to make the most of your time and the entry fee. Despite the world's shortest roller coaster ride and uniformly short lived ride experiences, your kids will love the day if not your credit card.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed May 29, 2018

Wanted to attend as many studios we could during our visit to California. This was our first stop. As far as the theme park goes , the one in Orlando was better. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter disappointing. Simpson area consisted of 1 ride and several Simpson themed stores and eateries. The main attraction for us was the studio tour. Visiting the back lot, crash sight from War of the Worlds, Bates Motel, Wisteria Lane and raging waters of Big Fat Liar! All very exciting.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Doreen B
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Thank you for taking the time to share feedback about your visit, Doreen. We are certainly glad to hear you enjoyed the world-famous Studio Tour!

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Reviewed May 29, 2018

We visited Universal on our last full day in California and it was well worth it. We switched it earlier in the week with Disney as they (Disney) put their prices up for the Friday as it was Memorial Day weekend whereas Universal did not. We booked the whole trip up with AMG coaches and Tours in Anaheim and the cost included our entrance ticket. It's a fab park with plenty to occupy you all day. We went straight to the Harry Potter ride and queued but nowhere near as long as we did in Florida. We followed this with a brilliant ride on The Simpsons and then the Studio Tour. This is the best of its kind I have experienced with over an hour spent on the attraction which takes you through working parts of the studio as well as having a couple of 3D shows on the way. If you fancy a beer whilst in the park beware they are not cheap. Probably better to wait until you're back in you hotel much more economical. Food is pretty much the same as most theme parks as is the cost. We're glad we switched parks as we thought Disney was looking a bit tired and this is so full of life and atmosphere. Well worth the entrance fee for a great day out.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Michael C
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Reviewed May 29, 2018

The park is well laid out for an easy progression of your day. Be certain to plan a bit by reading insider tips as they will save you money, time, and help you to locate a place to rest out of the scorching sun ... lots of asphalt so it does get hot. My family enjoys CityWalk as well.

Date of experience: May 2018
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