Skies will be clear or at least partly sunny on average for about 22 days this month.
March will normally see about 5-6 days with some measurable rainfall with significant rainfalls of 0.5 inches (12.7 cm) or more on 1-2 days. These rainy days are more likely early in the month than near the month’s end.
Daylight increases from about 11.5 hours on March 1st to about 12.5 hours by the 31st.
And if you are planning on visiting many of Los Angeles’s top attractions, then you should consider a tourist discount pass as you could save up to 50% of retail ticket prices to tours, attractions, and restaurants.
The price of a ticket varies based on what you want to see, how many days you plan to visit, and when you will be coming to Universal Studios Hollywood.
If you’re looking for a skip-the-line experience, you can purchase a Universal Express ticket which will make it much easier to see everything available.
For an even better experience including gourmet meals and valet parking, you can get a VIP ticket. This option also includes exclusive backlot access, allowing you to get an even closer look behind the scenes.
The VIP tour is an entirely different experience from their main tour, so if you want to see as much as possible, check our attractions section for more details about this opportunity.
General admission can be purchased for either 1 or 2 days at a time, and the 2-day ticket option allows you to save at least $60-$70.
This section covers all of the best discounts available on tickets to Universal Studios Hollywood, including information about tourist passes, discount sites and more.
If you’re planning to enjoy more than just Universal Studios while visiting Los Angeles, you may want to consider getting a tourist pass to save money on a variety of activities and attractions.
The following passes include tickets to Universal Studios Hollywood:
Go Los Angeles Card
Los Angeles Explorer Pass
Build Your Own Pass
Los Angeles CityPASS
Starline Attraction Pass
The easiest option is the build-your-own-pass, as you only have to purchase two tickets in order to save 20% on both.
While this caps the savings potential, it’s also much better for anyone who isn’t planning a detailed itinerary in Los Angeles.
Alternatively, an all-inclusive pass provides one of the best deals with admission to dozens of attractions available for a specific amount of time (1, 2, 3, 5, or 7 days).
That said, Universal Studios Hollywood is only available on the 3, 5 and 7 day passes. Even so, you could save 50% or more off general admission prices by using this pass.
The only flaw with this option is that you have to use it for as many activities as possible to save the most money possible.
If each of the attractions you want to visit is rather expensive, the flex pass could be a great choice, as it allows you to pay one flat price for a set number of activities (3, 4, 5, or 7).
This could be a great deal and there’s potential to save up to 60% off general admission prices, but at roughly $31 per ticket, you definitely won’t want to use this pass for attractions that are already very affordable.
The final option is a preset package pass (CityPASS) which includes specific activities, and in the case of LA this is a great choice for anyone who wants to visit theme parks like Disneyland, LEGOLAND, and SeaWorld.
Aside from Universal Studios Hollywood, here are some of the best attractions included with each of these tourist passes:
SeaWorld | $68
Disneyland | $129
LEGOLAND | $95
Knott’s Berry Farm | $64
Six Flags Magic Mountain | $93
Warner Bros. Studio Tour | $72
Hop-on-Hop-off Bus Tour | $50
Madame Tussauds Hollywood | $30
Pacific Park Santa Monica | $33
TCL Chinese Theater Tour | $18
Dolby Theater Tour | $25
OUE Skyspace + Skyslide | $33
Aquarium of the Pacific | $35
Whale Watching Cruise | $50
Depending on which service you choose, you should be able to save at least 20% – 60% off general admission prices for a variety of fun activities in Los Angeles.
Members of AAA are eligible for the following discounts at Universal Studios Hollywood:
$20 off the VIP Experience when purchased online.
$10 off Universal Express tickets at the gate.
10% off at select CityWalk locations.
All you have to do is present proof of valid AAA membership to take advantage of these deals.
Universal Studios Hollywood offers special rates for both active duty and retired military. These rates are only available through participating military ticket offices and cannot be obtained either online or at the gate.
That said, even if you don’t have time to visit a military ticket office, you can still save $3 off general admission tickets at the gate.
In addition to all the other opportunities to save money on tickets, you can also find admission to Universal Studios Hollywood on discount sites such as Groupon or Living Social.
On top of the deals they already offer (currently about 20% off), these sites typically provide additional coupon codes with anywhere from 10% – 50% off local activities.
Before making any purchase, please check both the top and bottom of each page for banners that may contain coupons you can use to save even more money!
This tour is included with the price of admission to Universal Studios Hollywood, and it’s a combination of a behind-the-scenes tour and a theme park ride.
The studio tour is usually led by none other than Jimmy Fallon, but at times they’ll have special guests who hop on and serve as a guide. In the past, guests have included characters like the Grinch.
During the tour, you’ll visit 13 city blocks of the studio lot and see several notable sets from throughout the history of the Universal Studios.
Visitors can expect to see sets from movies like War of the Worlds, Jaws, King Kong, Psycho, and The Fast & The Furious. Some sets have actually been designed as more of an amusement park ride, bringing you closer to the action of filmmaking.
The tour runs for approximately 60 minutes and it’s offered several times each day. Although this may seem short, it also means you’ll have more time to visit other attractions in and around Universal Studios Hollywood!
This section will provide a few details about some of the other activities and attractions you can enjoy at Universal Studios Hollywood.
This studio is like an amusement park, so there are several great rides to enjoy that we will discuss below. There are also quite a few shopping opportunities you may want to consider.
If you want to get an even closer look behind the scenes, VIP tickets include exclusive access to the Universal Backlot, allowing you to check out actual sound stages and the prop department.
Many people report that while taking advantage of this opportunity, they have actually seen notable actors and celebrities!
This experience is best for movie buffs who legitimately want to learn more about the filmmaking process and see interesting locations related to their favorite films.
Believe it or not, this attraction is actually located right outside Universal Studios Hollywood, and you don’t need to pay for admission to visit CityWalk.
With more than 30 places to eat, a 19 screen theater and 30 stores to shop at, there’s plenty to see and do here. Best of all, if you’re a AAA member, you can save 10% at certain CityWalk locations!
There are several themed amusement rides at Universal Studios, including some of the following popular examples:
Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem
Harry Potter: Flight of the Hippogriff
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride
Jurassic World: The Ride
Transformers: The Ride
The Simpsons Ride
Some of these rides are located in themed locations within the park that are designed to replicate the world within the films and shows they reference.
In addition to all the rides available in Universal Studios Hollywood, there are also several areas in the park that replicate the look and feel of film locations in popular movies and television franchises.
Here are some of the most notable examples:
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
The Walking Dead Walkthrough
The Simpsons World
Each themed location typically includes at least a few rides, attractions, restaurants and shops where you can find a lot of great memorabilia related to your favorite franchises.
Much like a theme park, you can expect to see several notable characters walking around Universal Studios Hollywood, including some of the following examples:
Shrek, Donkey & Princess Fiona
And many more!
Aside from character sightings, you may also spot a few celebrities on the Universals Studio backlot while taking their studio tour!
TIP: For budget travelers, it is worth considering purchasing a tourist attraction discount pass.
Tourist passes help you save money by packaging attractions together for one flat price. In some cases, you can save up to 50% of the cost you would normally pay to see many of the top Los Angeles attractions.
There are a lot of different Harry Potter attractions in the world today, so it can be confusing to figure out which activities are included at each location.
This post covers the Wizarding World of Harry Potter which is located at Universal Studios in Hollywood. (We also have a post on Harry Potter World Studios outside of London).
In addition to thrill rides and digital experiences, there are also areas designed to replicate sets from the films.
Every now and then, actors will re-enact certain scenes from the movies and books on these replica film sets, giving audiences the opportunity to relive their favorite moments from the story of Harry Potter.
This photo of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is courtesy of TripAdvisor
All of the attractions available in this area of the theme park are included with admission to Universal Studios.
Check our tickets and discounts sections to learn more about how to visit the Wizarding World.
There is also a Harry Potter tour available at Warner Bros. Studios, but this is a different attraction which includes unique things to see and do which are not available at Universal Studios.
Both of these attractions are included with tourist passes, combo packages, and other deals.
This photo of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is courtesy of TripAdvisor
This combo package can save you up to 24% off general admission prices for each activity.
It also includes both the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and the Harry Potter tour at Warner Bros. Studios.
If you’re not interested in all of the attractions included with that combo deal, there is another package offered by Starline which features both their Celebrity Homes tour and admission to Universal Studios Hollywood.
This is an excellent option if you only have a day or two in Los Angeles and are interested in both activities.
Both active and retired U.S. military personnel qualify for discounted tickets at Universal Studios Hollywood.
Admission should be purchased ahead of time at participating Military Ticket Offices, and a valid ID will be required in order to get the discount.
Although you’ll get a better deal by buying your tickets ahead of time, you will still be eligible for a discount if you present a valid military ID at the ticket booth for $3 off general admission and children’s tickets.
If all else fails and you’re not interested in using a tourist pass or combo package, there are also several services such as Groupon and Living Social which offer discounts on Universal Studios Hollywood tickets every now and then.
In addition to the deals they may offer throughout the year, these discount sites also frequently provide coupon codes for up to 20% off local activities, which could make tickets even more affordable.
This section will cover some of the most popular attractions you can enjoy in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood.
We will include both thrill rides and theatrical experiences that fans may want to check out while at the theme park.
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
Enter the world of Hogwarts on this “Motion Simulation” ride which includes a special interactive film experience.
Strap in and enjoy the feeling of flying alongside Harry, visiting sites such as Dumbledore’s office, the Gryffindor common room, the Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom and more!
Flight of the Hippogriff
This rollercoaster will simulate the experience of flying through Hagrid’s Pumpkin Patch on a Hippogriff.
This family-friendly ride includes spirals, dives and swoops, but it shouldn’t be too frightening for most kids.
Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle
After dark, this attraction is bathed in a fantastic light show featuring creatures and characters from the Harry Potter universe flying around the castle.
The show includes music from the original score written by John Williams.
Visit Ollivander’s Wand Shop
This theatrical experience recreates the shop where young wizards find their wands.
Watch as professional actors re-enact the experience of a wand choosing its owner!
Cast Your Own Spells
Speaking of wands, there are 15 special locations throughout the Wizarding World of Harry Potter where young visitors can test their own skills by casting a spell.
These are interactive experiences that allow visitors to do things such as conjuring flames, open locked doors and more.
See the Triwizard Spirit Rally
During this theatrical performance, you’ll witness several students from wizarding schools including Hogwarts, Beauxbatons, and Durmstrang participating in a special tournament.
Experience the Frog Choir
This is another theatrical experience that features students singing popular wizarding songs along with giant frogs who provide a bit more bass to the tunes!
Grab a Butterbeer
This popular drink from the world of Harry Potter is available at both the Three Broomsticks and Hog’s Head taverns.
Before you ask – yes, the Butterbeer is non-alcoholic and safe for children.
Get a Bite to Eat
There are three restaurants at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter including the Three Broomsticks, Hog’s Head and the Magic Neep Cart.
Each location serves a variety of foods including turkey legs, pumpkin juice and more.
Take Your Wizards Shopping
In addition to all the fun attractions and activities available at the Wizarding World, there are also several stores selling a variety of items related to Harry Potter including wizards’ robes, wands, sweet treats, stationery, novelty items and more.