10 Oct 2016

USA Photo Diary 2016 - Universal Studios


DAY 2:

We woke up bright and early, marveled again at the view from our room then headed downstairs for breakfast. The continental breakfast at the Hilton Universal City is more than adequate with a wide range of selections including bagels, muffins, various breads, yoghurt, cereals, fruit and more. For an additional fee you can upgrade to the full buffet but honestly, there is more than enough in the continental offering to satisfy any craving you may have. In keeping with the theme of the day I chose to embrace my inner child and have my favourite cereal Froot Loops, with a side of actual fruit of course (adulting).After breakfast we excitedly made our way across the foot bridge to the gates of Universal Studios Hollywood! The day was spent laughing our heads off, gaping at the exquisite detail of each 'land', screaming our way around the rides and just generally having fun. We satisfied our In'N'Out Burger cravings with an early dinner. In'N'Out is is must do if your travelling through California. It's super delicious, super affordable and that true American burger joint experience. They also have a secret menu! Order your fries Animal Style, you wont regret it.Our theme park day was au revoir-ed with one last lap of the park as the sun slipped below the hills.


  1. Pre purchase your tickets via the website. They are often slightly cheaper than at the gate and online tickets come with the added bonus of early park entry. The more park time the better!
  2. Don't bother with 'Front of The Line' tickets. Most of the big attraction rides don't accept them anyway. It would just be a waste of money.
  3. Use your early entry to bee line it to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and get straight in line for Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride. This attraction is by far the most popular so the line gets long very quickly.
  4. Most of the attractions have in line entertainment so don't be put off by a long wait.
My Top Attractions:
  1. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey - my absolute favourite of the entire park. You truly feel like you are flying. 
  2. The Simpsons Ride - simulator style ride that smells like popcorn, nom nom nom nom.
  3. Transformers 3D - nothing too scary in this one but the carriage does spin a lot. The 3D effects are done incredibly well, you really feel like Optimus Prime and Megatron are right there with you. We decided our 7 year old nephew would love this ride.
  4. Waterworld - highly entertaining stunt show.
  5. Studio Tour - the line length for this is pretty consistent the entire day so just jump in and enjoy a lengthy chat with your fellow park goers (bring a snack). Not only do you get to see a ton of iconic Universal movie sets the tour also includes 3 ride aspects that are what i would consider entry level. Nothing too scary for the not so adventurous.
  6. Revenge of the Mummy - this ride is terrifying (in my personal opinion) but also thrilling and never once did I feel unsafe. Definitely worth it if you can stomach travelling backwards and sharp jerking motions.

Which ride is your favourite?

Hogwarts Castle and the home to Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

The Hogwarts Express: sadly the Hollywood location doesn't have the ride for this yet.

Honeydukes: here you can buy the famous Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Bean.

Hogsmeade from a distance.

Refreshment cart featuring Gilly Water and Pumpkin Juice.



Bates Motel

Birds eye view of the park from our room
Burger cheers!

'A number 3 and a number 2, fries Animal Style please!'



  1. Love your post! Been to Universal in Orlando but not in LA, looks awesome. My inner theme park nerd wants to gobble!

  2. Looks like an amazing day! Another one for the bucket list :)

  3. Thanks Katherine :) I've been to Universal Orlando too... theme parks are awesome, wish we had some proper ones here in Australia!

  4. Such an incredible day, so much fun. Would love to go back and repeat it.