Immerse yourself in the magic of the movies at one of Hollywood’s oldest and most famous film studios.
More than eight million people flock to Universal Studios Hollywood every year to soak up the visceral thrills that can only be experienced by walking the sets of some of the most beloved and iconic films. The rides are great, letting visitors experience some of their favorite films in a whole new way. The world-famous studio tour covers four acres of working movie studios, which means you may grab a glimpse of celebrities at work. Video narration, provided by Jimmy Fallon, augments the tour guide’s commentary. Fans of J.K. Rowling won’t want to miss the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, where they can explore Hogwarts Academy, soar above the castle grounds on the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride and then steady shaky legs with a Butterbeer at the Three Broomsticks tavern.
- Located directly next to the theme park, the CityWalk offers three blocks of entertainment, shopping and more than 30 dining options, in addition to three nightclubs. Catch the latest blockbuster at the 19-screen Universal Cinema, then refuel over a margarita at Camacho’s Cantina while taking in a performance by a live Mariachi band.
- If you’re not studio tour-ed out, hit neighboring Warner Brothers Studio for their three-hour tour, which lets you explore back lots and soundstages where current hit shows are filmed, including “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “The Big Bang Theory.”
- Follow in the footsteps of James Dean in “Rebel Without a Cause” and head up to the Griffith Observatory for killer views of Los Angeles and the famous Hollywood sign.
If You Go
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608
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Accessible by the Metro Red Line subway train or Metro Local bus lines 150, 155, 224, 240 and Metro Rapid line 750
Recommended time to spend:
At least four hours
Where to stay
Radisson Hotel Chatsworth’s pristine location provides you with easy access to the best of Southern California, while also being just outside of the big-city bustle. The hotel offers a secluded courtyard, fitness center, outdoor pool, Caprese Restaurant and Lounge, 24-hour business center, and free parking.
Radisson Suites Hotel Anaheim – Buena Park is the perfect getaway location for your family to explore the Anaheim area. The property is less than one mile from both the Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament and Pirate’s Dinner Adventure, and also offers complimentary shuttles to the nearby Disneyland Resort.
Offering views of Disneyland Park’s spectacular fireworks show from the comfort of our outdoor heated pool, Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Anaheim CA is an unbeatable location for your trip to the park. The hotel is also only five minutes from Angel Stadium, across the street from the GardenWalk, and close to the Anaheim Convention Center & Arena.
Located only 11 miles from Disney California Adventure Park and Disneyland Resort, Country Inn & Suites by Radisson John Wayne Airport, CA is a prime location for any family looking to visit the resorts. The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle to John Wayne Airport, outdoor pool and hot tub, fitness center, business center, and free hot breakfast.