Top 5 Things to do at Universal Studios Hollywood!

Among the tier 1 amusement parks in the world, Universal Studios Hollywood definitely ranks high up in the list. Not only does it feature new attractions such as the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, it is the only amusement park to have a full replica of the town of Springfield as popularized in the TV series – The Simpsons. In addition, given its location in the heart of Hollywood, you’ll also be able to get a tour of the studios in Hollywood, another attraction that no other park can replicate – you might just get lucky and catch some stars filming as well. In this post, we’ll show you what are the Top 5 Things to do at Universal Studios Hollywood!

2bearbear @ Universal Studios Hollywood
2bearbear @ Universal Studios Hollywood

Top Things to do at Universal Studios Hollywood – 1. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood
Hogwarts Wizarding World of Harry Potter Universal Studios Hollywood
Hogwarts
Hogsmeade Wizarding World of Harry Potter Universal Studios Hollywood
Hogswart Sorting Hat
Butter Beer Butter Beer Cream Three Broomsticks Universal Studios Hollywood
Butter Beer & Cream

If it is your first time in Universal Studios Hollywood, you will certainly be impressed with the details placed into designing the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Inside this zone, you’ll be able to stroll through Hogsmeade and enter iconic shops such as the Owl Post, Ollivanders Wand Shop and Honey Dukes (Every Flavour Beans). Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey Simulation/Movement ride is certainly the best ride in Universal Studios Hollywood. Before the ride, you’ll walk through the hall of talking portraits, the Defence Against the Dark Arts Classroom, Dumbledore’s office and even a photo opportunity with the sorting hat. Lastly, don’t forget to visit the Three Broomsticks Restaurant where you’ll enjoy the favourite drink of characters in Harry Potter – Butter Beer. We slurped up every last morsel of the Butter Beer Potted Cream as well. As the entire zone is so extensively developed, we wrote a separate post just on the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Definitely the top of our list of Things to do at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Top Things to do at Universal Studios Hollywood – 2. Springfield USA World of The Simpsons

Springfield USA - World of the Simpsons
Springfield USA – World of the Simpsons
Lard Lad Donuts Springfield USA World of The Simpsons
Lard Lad Donuts
Kwik-E-Mart Springfield USA World of The Simpsons
Kwik-E-Mart
Moe's Pub Springfield USA World of The Simpsons
Moe’s Pub
The Simpsons Ride Universal Studios Hollywood
The Simpsons Ride Universal Studios Hollywood
Springfield Penitentiary Springfield USA World of The Simpsons
Springfield Penitentiary
Krusty Burger Springfield USA World of The Simpsons
Krusty Burger
Duff Beer Springfield USA World of The Simpsons
Duff Beer

While we were waiting at Ollivanders Wand Shop for the demonstration, the staff told us that besides the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Springfield USA from World of the Simpsons is her next favourite zone. This is because, you cannot find a recreation of Springfield from the Simpsons, anywhere else in the world. After we visited the zone, we found that what she said was true. At Springfield USA, World of the Simpsons, you’ll be able to have a Duff Beer (both lager and ale specially brewed by a microbrewery for Universal Studios @ $10.99) at Moe’s Pub, enjoy Krusty’s Burger (we had the Clogger Burger – double patty for $13.99) and see many other iconic structures such as Apu’s Kwik-E-Mart, Lard Lad Donuts, Luigi’s Pizza and Pasta, Springfield Penitentiary and even Krustyland! As Kate’s a fan of the Simpsons, it was a treat to see the entire recreation of Springfield and we even got a shot with Marge and Homer while we’re there! While you’re there, check out the Simpsons Ride (which we enjoyed) – one of the best rides in Universal Studios Hollywood.

Top Things to do at Universal Studios Hollywood – 3. Studio Tour

Studio Tour at Universal Studios Hollywood
Studio Tour at Universal Studios Hollywood


Video Coverage of Studio Tour at Universal Studios Hollywood

Cars used in Hollywood Films Universal Studios Holly Studio Tour
Cars in Movies
Studio Tour 3D Experiences
3D Experiences
Crash Site of War of the Worlds
Crash Site

Another attraction that is only available at the Universal Studios Hollywood is the Studio Tour. The Studio Tour takes you through the back lot of Universal Studios Hollywood. Here, you’ll be able to see the different sets such as New York, Europe, Old West, Wisteria Lane (Desperate Housewives), crash site of War of the Worlds and more. There are also two 3D experiences during the tour where the entire tram enters into a tunnel and you’ll be able to watch King Kong 360 and Fast & Furious – Supercharged in the world’s largest 3D experience. If you’re lucky, you’ll also be able to spot stars filming during office hours at Universal Studios.

Top Things to do at Universal Studios Hollywood – 4. Special Effects Show

Special Effects Show Foley Stage
Adding Sound Effects
Calibrating Body Movement Special Effects Show
Calibrating Body Movement
Superimposed with Ted
Superimposed with Ted

The Special Effects Show is another cool show to watch. During the show, we were introduced to the various kinds of special effects that movie makers use to create desired effects in films. For instance, miniatures were constructed to film “sky view” shots of cities. Of course, these days, real drones are used to create the same effect. A fire stunt was performed live and the audience was asked to take part in creating sound effects for a scene in a movie. Our favourite? Calibrating body movement and superimposing Ted on the screen such that Ted would follow your movements! How cool is that?!

Top Things to do at Universal Studios Hollywood – 5. Thrash Talking Transformers

Transformers The Ride Universal Studios Hollywood
Transformers The Ride Universal Studios Hollywood


Top Things to do and Attractions in Universal Studios Hollywood

We were surprised to find out that the Transformers at Universal Studios Hollywood actually does thrash talking! In Singaporean language, that’s “suan-ing”. Transformers characters such as Megatron and Optimus Prime, not only poses for a photograph, they will talk about your dress, your poses and criticize them. Optimus, of course, does it in a gentler way. Not so for Megatron. So prepare your egos for this photo-taking experience! For an idea of how it is like, fast forward to the 3 minute mark of the video above!

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