Universal Studio Tour Hollywood Tickets

Universal Studios Tour in Hollywood Tickets and Discounts

This post provides details about visiting Universal Studios in Hollywood. We also include information about the Universal Studios Tour, ticket prices, discounts, attractions to see and more.

 

 


UNIVERSAL STUDIOS TICKETS

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.


Ticket Prices

Please keep in mind that these prices reflect tickets purchased online. You can expect tickets to cost more at the gate.

It’s also worth noting that the studio tour is included with admission, so you don’t have to pay anything extra to get a behind-the-scenes look at Universal Studios.

TIP: You can save anywhere from 20% – 50% off Universal Studios Hollywood tickets with a Los Angeles tourist pass. Check our discounts section for more details.

NOTE: The studio tour offered by this studio is included with the price of admission to Universal Studios Hollywood. Read our tour section for additional information.

 


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DISCOUNTS

This section covers all of the best discounts available on tickets to Universal Studios Hollywood, including information about tourist passes, discount sites and more.


Tourist Passes

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
  • And more!

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.

For more details, please read our full post covering Los Angeles tourist passes.


AAA Discount

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.


Military Discount

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.


Discount Sites

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!

 


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UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD TOUR

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!

 


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OTHER ATTRACTIONS AT 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.


Backlot Access

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.


Universal CityWalk

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!


Amusement Rides

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
  • And more!

 

 

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.


Themed Locations

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
  • Jurassic World
  • WaterWorld
  • And more!

 

 

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.


Character Sightings

Much like a theme park, you can expect to see several notable characters walking around Universal Studios Hollywood, including some of the following examples:

  • The Minions
  • The Simpsons
  • Scooby-Doo
  • Optimus Prime
  • Bumblebee
  • Spongebob
  • Curious George
  • 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!

 


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Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Hollywood

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This post provides covers things to do at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Hollywood, as well as how to save money on tickets.

 

 


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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

 

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TICKETS

Each of the activities at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is included with the price of admission to Universal Studios Hollywood.

As such, all you will need to enjoy this attraction is a ticket to the theme park!

Here are the current ticket prices you can expect to pay:

  • 1-Day General Admission: $109-$139 per person
  • 2-Day General Admission: $149-$169 per person
  • Universal Express Admission: $179-$279 per person
    • Skip-the-line access to each ride/show
  • VIP Experience Admission: $349 per person
    • Skip-the-line access to each ride/show
    • Expertly guided tour including backlot
    • Light snacks and refreshments
    • A gourmet meal in a VIP dining room
    • Valet parking at the theme park

Purchase tickets or learn more.

Even if this sounds a bit too expensive for your budget, you may want to take a look at the discount section.

Depending on which service you use, you could save 50% or more off general admission prices!

 


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DISCOUNTS

This section will cover all of the best deals on general admission to Universal Studios Hollywood, including various Los Angeles tourist passes and combo packages.

 

 

We will also provide information about how to save money on tickets with various additional discount opportunities.


Tourist Attraction Discount Passes

There are currently four tourist passes in Los Angeles that offer discounts on general admission at Universal Studios Hollywood.

The first and most popular option is the Go Los Angeles Card, which offers admission to the theme park with every 3, 5 and 7-day all-inclusive pass.

This pass also includes admission to dozens of additional attractions while it is valid, including the Warner Bros. Studio tour which features a Harry Potter tour.

  • 3-Day Pass: $258/Adults | $222/Children
    • $86/day for Adults | $74/day for Children
  • 5-Day Pass: $340/Adults | $293/Children
    • $68/day for Adults | $58.60/day for Children
  • 7-Day Pass: $399/Adults | $352/Children
    • $57/day for Adults | $50.28/day for Children

At $57 per day with the 7-day pass, you’d literally be paying less than half the price of general admission tickets to Universal Studios Hollywood.

The Starline Attraction Pass is another all-inclusive pass that offers admission to this theme park at a discounted rate.

Much like their competitors, you have to purchase at least a 3-day pass for access to this activity.

Unfortunately, while the Go Los Angeles Card includes both Universal Studios Hollywood and the Warner Bros. Studio Tour, you must choose one or the other with this tourist pass.

If you’re looking for a discount service that focuses primarily on theme parks, the Los Angeles CityPASS is an excellent option.

This tourist pass includes attractions like Disneyland, SeaWorld and more.

While the deals offered by this company aren’t as impressive as their competitors, the opportunity to pick and pay for just the activities you want may be a bonus for some travelers.

Alternatively, you can also use the Build Your Own Pass option from Go Los Angeles, which provides up to a 20% discount on tickets when you pick four or more attractions.

Needless to say, this discount isn’t amazing, but it’s still almost $25 off general admission prices!


Combo Packages

Although tourist passes are a great way to save money on activities like this, they aren’t always perfect for people who are only planning to do a few things while visiting Los Angeles.

If you’re only interested in a few attractions, you might want to consider getting a combo package instead.

These combination deals include anywhere from 2-4 activities for one flat price, allowing you to save some money on tickets.

The Top 4 Los Angeles Attractions package from the Go Los Angeles Card is actually one of the best examples, and it includes the following:

  • Universal Studios Hollywood
  • Warner Bros. Studio Tour
  • Hollywood Movie Star Homes Tour
  • Madame Tussauds

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.


AAA Discount

Members/cardholders can save money on all types of admission (general, express, VIP) when purchased directly online from AAA.

You can also save $10 off express tickets at the gate.

This discount can bring the cost down to $95 for adults and $87 for children.

There is also a 10% discount off at select CityWalk locations, which is a popular shopping center at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Learn more about this discount opportunity.


Military Discount

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.

For more details, make sure to read the Military Discount section on the Universal Studios Hollywood website.


Discount Sites

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.

 


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WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER ATTRACTIONS

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.

 

 


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WIZARDING WORLD VS. HARRY POTTER TOUR

There are two major Harry Potter attractions in Los Angeles – one at Universal Studios Hollywood and the other at Warner Bros. Studios.

Universal Studios is home to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which includes thrill rides, theatrical performances, and many other fun activities for both young and old fans.

The Harry Potter tour at Warner Bros. Studios features several notable costumes and props from the film on display, including the sorting hat!

Just as the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is included with admission to Universal Studios Hollywood, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour includes access to their Harry Potter attractions.

While each of these activities is sure to be a hit with fans, you’ll definitely get more bang for your buck at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

That said, hardcore fans may want to consider experiencing both attractions while they’re in Los Angeles!

 


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