An Overview of Universal Studios Hollywood
100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City
With rides, shows, and attractions based on blockbuster motion pictures and popular television shows, Universal Studios Hollywood allows you to experience your favorite movies in a whole new way. Universal is a family-oriented theme park, combining quasi-thrill rides, movie-themed shows, attractions, dining, and shops.
Universal Studios Hollywood is divided into three main areas: the Upper Lot, the Lower Lot, and the studio. Adjacent to the theme park and accessible without an admission ticket, you'll find Universal CityWalk, a dining and shopping complex, and the Gibson Amphitheater, a popular concert venue.
Operating hours for Universal Studios Hollywood theme park are from 8 A.M. to 10 P.M. during the summer, Thanksgiving, Easter, and Christmas, and 9 A.M. to 7 P.M. during all other times. Call or check their Web site to find out their hours during your visit. Ticket prices are summarized in Chapter 6.
If you've been to Universal Studios Florida, you may notice that the Hollywood theme park is somewhat smaller than the one in Florida. However, the working studio section in California is bigger. After all, this place was originally (and still is) a busy major motion picture studio.
Universal Studios Hollywood is located between Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley, just off the Hollywood (US 101) Freeway. Take the Universal Center Drive or Lankershim exit and follow the signs.
If you're staying in Anaheim, you can visit Universal Studios Hollywood without renting a car. If you buy a full-price admission ticket, you'll get free round-trip shuttle bus transportation between Anaheim and Universal. The shuttle bus operates seven days a week and leaves both locations several times a day. While it's not as flexible as driving on your own, the price is right and you don't have to worry about driving hassles.