Universal Studios Hollywood is a great place for a date night or girls day out. While people often think of amusement parks as places for kids and families, they usually forget about how much fun they can be as adults! Here are some of the highlights to enjoy as grown-ups at Universal Studios Hollywood.
1.) Grinchmas. Each holiday season Universal Studios Hollywood comes alive with the magic of the Grinch from the Grinch Who Stole Christmas. You can take a photo with the Grinch and his dog Max and watch the Whobilation show on a Backlot Tour where you’ll be able to see the Whos sing and dance in Whoville.
2.) Wasabi at CityWalk®, Universal Studios CityWalk If you love sushi, this restaurant is a must-dine while at Universal Studios Hollywood. The sushi is fantastic and reasonably priced. Order your favorite sashimi and pair with a Japanese beer or California wine. Innovative dishes as well as classic tempura dishes will tempt your palate as you dine on the heated patio overlooking the CityWalk.
3.) Front of Line Pass. If you can swing the extra cost, purchase the Front of Line Pass, which grants you one-time priority access to each show, ride, and attraction in the park. As the day grows on, lines become pretty long for some of the more popular attractions and this ensures you maximize your time. You’ll thank me later.
4.) Transformers™: The Ride—3D. While this ride is called a 3D ride, it’s really more of a 4D ride with the heat and wind gusts of some of the action you experience while on the ride. In this 4-story high simulation ride, you get to fight alongside Optimus Prime to defeat the Decepticons. As you wait in line to get on the ride, you are briefed on what is happening at AllSpark to get you ready for your mission. Even the most mature adult can’t help but feel a little youthful fighting alongside Optimus Prime.
5.) Revenge of the Mummy℠—The Ride. The Egyptian hieroglyphics on the walls of the entrance spell out ancient warnings, but ignore them and you’ll face the evil Mummy. This ride gets me every time. Possibly the scariest of all rides I’ve ridden. Maybe because the ride is almost completely in the dark, or maybe because the ride will propel you forward and drag you backward at up to 45 mph. Feel the breath of the evil Mummy (and experience other special effects) as you race through the dark. If you can handle going a second or third time, hop on the single-rider line to avoid the wait at peak ride times.
6.) Backlot Studio Tour. Join Jimmy Fallon (tour guide via HD monitors) on this tram ride, where you will go behind the scenes of Universal Studios Hollywood, the world’s largest movie studio. You’ll tour 13 city blocks of historic movies and TV sets across 4 acres, including the town hall from Back to the Future, Wisteria Lane from Desperate Housewives, and the docks where part of JAWS was filmed. If you’re lucky, you’ll also see Norman Bates at the Bates Motel from Psycho. Because of the relaxed nature of the tram ride, this is a great late day ride to get a break from the sun and walking around. If you didn’t buy the Front of Line Pass, you’ll want to hit this ride early in the day because the line gets ridiculously long.
7.) The Blues Brothers. If you are familiar with the movie or just enjoy the music, you won’t want to miss the Blues Brothers show. Usually twice daily you can catch the musical stylings of Jake, Elwood, and a fantastic blues band in the Upper Lot. If you want to sit for the 30-minute show, you’ll want to snag some seats early as the show is always standing room only.
Have you been to Universal Studios recently? Would you ever go without your kids?