How To: Visit Universal Studios Hollywood

Sometimes Universal Studios can be overwhelming, especially lately when they seem to keep adding new rides and parks. Hopefully this guide will help you navigate your way through Universal Studio if it’s you’re losing your park virginity, or it will help you save money or time  and learn some new tricks if you’ve been around the block before. Don’t worry, if this seems long for you there’s a TL;DR at the end.

What to wear

  • Something comfortable
    • You’ll be walking around all day so dress accordingly. Also no matter the time of year it’s usually really warm, so keep that in mind.
  • Layers
  • Possibly water resistant (optional) (some of the live shows have a splash zone, and if you go to the kids area, you’re bound to run through water)


What to bring

  • Backpack
    • One you don’t care too much about.
  • Purell
    • Get out of those bathrooms quick, maximize your time in the park.
  • Sunscreen
    • IT’s hella hot out there.
  • Food
    • DON’T pay for lunch there. Of course it’s okay to buy novelty snacks, but when you can pack your own lunch, DO IT.
      • Sandwiches or wraps are always a good idea.
    • Extra snacks are a good idea as well.
  • Beer
    • We love to day drink and in the past have just brought as many beers as possible. We bring the same beers they have there so when we drink in public, like you’re allowed to do there, it doesn’t look shady.
      • Some of the beer they sell include Budweiser, Modelo, and Bud Light.
      • In the photos below  I packed some extra PBR that we had, but put it in an aluminum water bottle while I was at the park
    • Water
      • Or at least a water bottle. It’s hot out there and you want to make a day out of it. Bring a water bottle you can refill at the very least.


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This is how I pack my backpack to maximize the amount of beer I bring.

When to go

  • Weekdays
    • If at all possible, AVOID WEEKENDS. It’s the absolute worst, the most expensive and super crowded.
  • It’s good to get your money’s worth so go as early as you can. Definitely check to see what time the park closes on the day you’re going because it varies.
  • Even after the park closes, you can spend some time at City Walk, if you have some more dollhairs to spend. There’s nothing cheap, but it’s all fun. If anything you can just recreate Chris Brown’s music video.


Best Order to do things

  • First: Harry Potter world
    • Do this as early as you can, the lines get long because it’s still so new and so popular.


  • Next Studio tour
    • This is also good to get out of the way early because the lines get longer as the day goes on, like everything else, plus its an hour long ride.
    • This part is probably my favorite part of the whole park. I don’t know why, but it never gets old.


  • Later in the day
    • Try to hit all the rides as early as possible, but choose the ones you like most. Then in the afternoon you can do some people watching and
  • Live shows
    • These can be really fun, just make sure you know what time they’re happening and plan accordingly. For these shows it’s better to go when everyone else is going, because the audience reactions make them more fun. I recommend going to all of them, but if you can only choose one, I’d say go to the Water World show.


What to buy

I know it’s hard to resist buying things at a theme park, even when you’re broke. I’m not saying buy all of these things, but these are some good things to spend your money on if you want to spend some money while you’re there.

  • Food
    • Simpsons doughnut
      • They’re $5 and huge and amazing!! 10/10 would recommend.


  • Booze
    • Irish Pub
      • Get the Blue Lagoon drink It’s the booziest for your buck. IT’s essentially a Long Island Ice Tea and it’s incredible. Will get you real drunk.
    • Duff Beer
      • It tastes just like a Blue Moon, how crazy! If you go to the Duff Brewery or Moe’s and spend an enormous amount of money, you can get a sweet novelty cup.


Duff beer with beer from home (that they also sell at the park)


  • Harry Potter drink
    • You must get that butter beer. Get if from the bar if you can.


  • Souvenirs
    • Wand
      • If you’re gonna go all out and buy a wand, you might as well get the ones that can actually do magic.

Look for those circle tiles on the ground and if you do the according spell ACTUAL MAGIC HAPPENS!!!



  • Bring your own beer and snacks
  • Go early on the weekdays
  • Do all the Harry Potter world things ASAP
  • Buy a god damn Simpsons doughnut

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