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Universal Studios

A star-studded venue which is part film and TV studio, part entertainment complex and part amusement park for three-times the fun.

Universal Studios is one of the oldest working studios in Hollywood. Its doors first opened to paying guests in 1915, when enterprising studio founder Carl Laemmle charged people 25 cents to see silent films being made. You can still see real film-making in action, but there’s so much more to discover and enjoy. Feel your pulse quicken on one of the high-speed thrilling rides.

Many of the rides are based on popular family films and television shows from the Universal stable. Get swept away on a tidal wave of action on the Waterworld attraction, speed past hieroglyphics spelling out real warnings, in virtual darkness on the Revenge of the Mummy roller coaster, marvel at the special effects of Shrek 4-D and feel shivers run up your spine at Jurassic Park, the ride. Hollywood doesn’t believe in small and the rides use a fusion of pyrotechnics, state-of-the-art technology, a big budget and bags of imagination.

Take the famous Studio Tour, a tram ride through one of Hollywood’s famous back lots. Here, you’ll see the birthplace of many classic films while experiencing tumultuous earthquakes, floods, fires and every possible special effect that the TV and film industry can throw at you. An encounter with Jaws is still a Universal favourite, but one of the most memorable experiences has to be a face-to-face confrontation with famous screen giant, King Kong 360 3-D, a spectacular ride created by multiple Academy Award winning writer and director Peter Jackson. Find yourself in the thick of a pitched battle between the giant ape and a pack of ferocious dinosaurs. When you’ve had your fill of excitement, make your way to Universal’s CityWalk right next to the park, where you can find entertainment, shopping and plenty of eateries.

Beat the queues by turning up before the gates open.

Universal Studios is located 16 kilometres northwest of downtown Los Angeles.

Popular Activities at Universal Studios Hollywood®

There's no place in the world exactly like Universal Studios Hollywood®. To help you make the most of your visit, we've created a list of the best activities:

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Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City NZ$344
Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City

Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City

555 Universal Hollywood Dr, Universal City, CA
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Universal Studios Hollywood™ and Universal CityWalk. Hollywood Bowl and Warner Brothers Studio are also within 3 mi (5 km). Universal City Station is 7 minutes by foot.

    Sheraton Universal Hotel NZ$352
    Sheraton Universal Hotel

    Sheraton Universal Hotel

    333 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City, CA
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Universal City, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Universal Studios Hollywood™ and Universal CityWalk. Warner Brothers Studio and Hollywood Bowl are also within 3 mi (5 km). Universal City Station is only a 5-minute walk.

      The Garland NZ$383
      The Garland

      The Garland

      4222 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood, CA
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Universal Studios Hollywood™, Universal CityWalk, and CBS Studio Center. Warner Brothers Studio and NBC Studios are also within 3 mi (5 km). Universal City Station is 16 minutes by foot.

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        BLVD Hotel & Spa-Walking Distance to Universal Studios Hollywood

        10730 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in the heart of Studio City, this romantic hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Universal Studios Hollywood™, Universal CityWalk, and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™. Warner Brothers Studio and Hollywood Bowl are also within 3 mi (5 km). Universal City Station is 5 minutes by foot.

          Nite Inn NZ$230
          Nite Inn

          Nite Inn

          10612 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Studio City, this motel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Universal Studios Hollywood™, Universal CityWalk, and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™. Warner Brothers Studio and Hollywood Bowl are also within 3 mi (5 km). Universal City Station is only a 4-minute walk.

            Loews Hollywood Hotel NZ$450
            Loews Hollywood Hotel

            Loews Hollywood Hotel

            1755 North Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly Los Angeles hotel is located in the historical district, just steps from Hollywood Wax Museum and Hollywood and Highland Center. Dolby Theater and TCL Chinese Theatre are also within 5 minutes. Hollywood - Highland Station is only a 2-minute walk and Hollywood - Vine Station is 17 minutes.

              UNIVERSAL INN NZ$158
              UNIVERSAL INN

              UNIVERSAL INN

              10740 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Studio City, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Universal Studios Hollywood™, Universal CityWalk, and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™. Warner Brothers Studio and Hollywood Bowl are also within 3 mi (5 km). Universal City Station is 6 minutes by foot.

                Private Bungalow - Walk to Universal Studios, Hollywood
                Private Bungalow - Walk to Universal Studios, Hollywood

                Private Bungalow - Walk to Universal Studios, Hollywood

                Ventura and Lankershim Blvd, Studio City, CA
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated near the airport, this vacation home is within 2 mi (3 km) of Universal Studios Hollywood™, Universal CityWalk, and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™. Warner Brothers Studio and NBC Studios are also within 3 mi (5 km). Universal City Station is only a 5-minute walk.