A Day At Universal Studios Hollywood

By Jason Gonzalez- Contributing Writer For The Bronx Chronicle

On a recent outing to Los Angeles, California, The Bronx Chronicle visited one of the more popular attractions that the city has to offer. If you thought it was Disney Land, you’re obviously mistaken. Anyhow Disney Land is in Anaheim, but that’s beside the point. If you said Universal Studios Hollywood on your second try, you’re correct. 

Universal Studios Hollywood isn’t the quintessential amusement park by any stretch of the imagination. It deviates from the norm that typical amusement park enthusiasts gravitate towards. You won’t see any rollercoasters here; you ride the movie instead. Well, what does that mean exactly? It means that all the excitement is generated from participating in some of the more popular scenes in film and television history.

The Universal Studios Hollywood experience also includes meet and greets with characters that are synonymous with modern culture. Characters that include but not limited to Bettlejuice, Princess Fiona, Puss in Boots, The Simpsons, Hello Kitty, and The Minions. 

On the studio tour, guests ride a narrated tram through the Upper Lot of the park. The 45-minute excursion incorporates high definition video screens, it takes you around the front lot soundstages, as well as the backlot sets where thousands of films, television shows and commercials were filmed throughout the course of time. Such as the attack by Bruce the shark in Jaws.

Who can forget that? A new 3D, 360-degree King Kong experience has replaced the original King Kong attraction. The initial feature was burnt down in a fire nearly 11 years ago.

The inclusion also encompasses the “Fast & Furious: Supercharged” 4D encounter, which culminates the tour. The spectators are brought on a simulated high-speed chase and came face-with explosions in downtown Los Angeles. 

There is a fair share of fun coasters that are both comprised of simulators and suspended tracks for visitors to enjoy. Our favorites were the “Transformers: The Ride-3D”, in which riders join Optimus Prime in his battle against the Decepticons. This is a must do folks. “Simpsons The Ride” is highly recommended.

To say that the journey to Springfield was interesting one is an understatement. Lastly, “Revenge of the Mummy” is a perfect way to end your stay at Universal Studios Hollywood. The enclosed coaster will rattle your faculties when least expected. As for “Jurassic World” the attraction provided great visuals, however the ride itself was a bit underwhelming. 

The world-famous Studio Tour at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Universal Studios Hollywood welcomes a massive number of tourists daily. To avoid having to wait on long lines, we suggest that you purchase the Express pass, which can run you up to $179 per person [online]. Take it from us, it is worth it. [Is it me or are things always cheaper online?] 

A one-day general admission ticket for adults and children can range anywhere from $109 to $129 online. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that a trip to Universal Studios Hollywood is costly one, especially if you are bringing family to accompany you. But what the heck, you must live a little. Life is about having fun and for non-Californian residents [like us], this is the type of trip that you will probably only do once in your lifetime.  

Jurassic World – The Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood

There are restrooms, multiple food and beverage concessions stands, restaurants, and gift shops located on the premises. However, please be warned, food and souvenirs are costly. We advise that you budget your money accordingly, so that you are not breaking the bank when thinking about others.

Located in Universal City [near Hollywood], driving is your best bet. Parking can run you approximately $27. Of course, it is contingent on the type of car that you are driving. Bigger cars and SUVs will cost more to park. The amusement park is open daily from the hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There are days that the park will open earlier, 9 a.m. and extend its hours until 10 p.m. Please check on the park website beforehand to confirm.

The Bronx Chronicle had a fun. We approve this message and we are confident that you will too. 

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