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Summer Fun at Universal Studios Hollywood

We visited Universal Studios Hollywood as a guest

One of our favorite summer traditions is to spend a day at Universal Studios Hollywood. This summer is extra special because the theme park just debuted the all-new attraction, Jurassic World—The Ride!

Universal Studios Express Pass

Jurassic World at Universal Studios Hollywood

The most important things that I recommend when visiting Universal Studios during the summer months is to get the express pass added to your tickets. With the express pass, you’ll be able to experience almost all of the attractions at Universal Studios. The pass allows guests one-time express access to each ride, attraction, and seated show.

Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle Light Show

Harry Potter World at Universal Studios Hollywood

When we first arrived at Universal Studios, we began our day exploring The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. We were immersed in the magical world where we flew high in the sky on a hippogriff, used our magical wands to bring the world to life and sipped on a refreshing cup of Butterbeer. We returned to the world once the sun had gone down to experience Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle light show that is happening until August 11th.

Jurassic World – The Ride!

Jurassic World - The Ride!

Then it was time for the most exciting part of our visit this year – to ride on the newly opened Jurassic World – The Ride! We boarded a boat and went on a thrilling adventure. The ride was so realistic, and my kids loved getting wet on the hot summer afternoon. The all-new attraction is more realistic with more splashing, bigger than life dinosaurs and is so much fun!

Isla Nu-Bar

Cocktails at Universal Studios Hollywood

After experiencing the attraction, the kids went on The Mummy Ride while the mommies took a break at the Isla Nu-Bar. I savored a delicious Mai-tai while my friends had a pina colada. The cocktails come in a pretty tiki-themed collectors cup that I was able to bring home a souvenir from our day.

Jurassic Cafe

Jurassic cafe at Universal Studios Hollywood

The kids had built up quite an appetite, so we took them to the all-new restaurant, Jurassic Cafe. The restaurant featured elevated food. Some of my favorites were the pomegranate guacamole, crispy green lettuce roll, and the roasted chicken salad. The restaurant has both indoor and outdoor seating for guests to relax and refresh during their visit.

Raptor Encounter with Blue

Raptor Encounter at Universal Studios Hollywood

Then we were in for a thrill of a lifetime by experiencing the new Raptor Encounter with Blue. Blue’s trainer brought him out to visit us, and we got to interact with him. My kids asked if we could bring home a baby raptor after spending time with Blue, but unfortunately, I had to tell them, “no.”

DreamWorks’ Trolls Meet-and-Greet

Trolls meet and greet at Universal Studios Hollywood

Finally, we took some time to celebrate DreamWorks’ Trolls with Guy Diamond, Poppy and Branch at their new home in the park. We got to dance with them, capture a memorable photo, and Guy Diamond even farted glitter for us.

Universal Studios Ticket Information

Hogwarts Express at Universal Studios Hollywood

There is so much for families to experience this summer at Universal Studios Hollywood. I recommend purchasing your tickets online in advance to save time at the entrance and don’t forget your camera; you’ll have endless opportunities to create memorable photos that will last a lifetime.

Summer at Universal Studios Hollywood

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