Universal Studios Hollywood 2-Day Touring Plan

Touring plans provide a great way to get the most out of your vacation by highlighting the top rides, attractions, shows, and dining locations.

This touring plan is designed for those visiting Universal Studios Hollywood for one (1) day from park opening to park closing. This touring plan works for those with and without a Front of Line pass, which includes priority access to rides and shows; however, it assumes that you have not purchased a pass. This plan may require adjustments based on the crowd levels throughout the day, showtimes, unexpected events, and the park closing time.

Prior to visiting Universal Studios Hollywood, we recommend that you download the official Universal Studios Hollywood app on the App Store or Google Play Store. The app provides wait times, showtimes, an area-wide map, and more.

Day One
Entering Universal Studios Hollywood
We recommend getting to the park turnstiles at least 15 minutes prior to park opening, especially on projected busy days. You can view the likely crowd level for the day by using our FREE Universal Studios Hollywood crowd calendar. When you have entered the park, you can grab a guide map to help locate the park’s attractions and shows and to view showtimes as well as other details. If you download the official Universal Orlando Resort app, this information and more can be accessed on it.

1. Ride Transformers: The Ride-3D
Attraction details: This is a 3-D motion base ride.
Height requirement: At least 40 inches; guests between 40 inches and 48 inches must have a supervising companion.
Recommended audience: Everyone

2. Ride Revenge of the Mummy – The Ride
Attraction details: This is a high-speed roller coaster ride.
Height requirement: At least 48 inches
Recommended audience: Teens

3. Ride Jurassic Park – The Ride
Attraction details: This is a water raft ride.
Height requirement: At least 42 inches; guests between 42 inches and 48 inches must have a supervising companion.
Recommended audience: Families

4. Ride the Studio Tour
Attraction details: This is a tour.
Recommended audience: Everyone

5. Eat lunch
We recommend eating earlier in the day so that you may avoid the crowds later in the day. If you wish, you can skip lunch and instead purchase snacks at locations throughout the park to avoid taking time out of the day.

If you did not pack any lunch meals, we recommend dining at Three Broomsticks because of its close proximity and great food quality.

Three Broomsticks serves fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, turkey legs, rotisseries chicken, and more; the restaurant also serves Butterbeer.

Are you a vegetarian or vegan? No problem. Click here to view our Universal Studios Hollywood vegetarian and vegan guide.

6. Visit Ollivanders
Attraction details: This is an interactive magical experience.
Recommended audience: Everyone

7. Watch Special Effects Show (view showtimes)
Note: You should arrive at the venue at least 20 minutes prior to the showtimes.
Show details:
This is a live-action show.
Recommended audience: Everyone

8. Watch Universal’s Animal Actors (view showtimes)
Note: You should arrive at the venue at least 20 minutes prior to the showtimes.
Show details: This is a live-action show.
Recommended audience: Families

9. Watch WaterWorld (view showtimes)
Note: You should arrive at the venue at least 20 minutes prior to the showtimes.
Show details: This is a live-action stunt show.
Recommended audience: Everyone

10. Eat dinner
To ensure that you complete this plan, we suggest eating dinner by at least 5 PM. If needed, you may eat dinner in a different order than listed here.

Universal Studios Hollywood offers great dining locations throughout the park. We recommend eating at Gru’s Lab Cafe or Plaza Grill.

Gru’s Lab Cafe sells grilled cheese, sandwiches, chicken fingers, rotisserie chicken, salads, desserts, and drinks. Plaza Grill serves burgers, pulled pork barbecue and turkey sandwiches, turkey legs, and more.

If you’re a vegetarian or vegan, click here to view our Universal Studios Hollywood vegetarian and vegan guide.

Day Two
Entering Universal Studios Hollywood
We recommend getting to the park turnstiles by park opening, especially on projected busy days. You can view the likely crowd level for the day by using our FREE Universal Studios Hollywood crowd calendar.

1. Ride Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
Attraction details: This is a motion base dark ride.
Height requirement: At least 48 inches
Recommended audience: Everyone

2. Ride Flight of the Hippogriff
Attraction details: This is a kid-friendly roller coaster ride.
Height requirement: At least 39 inches; guests between 39 inches and 48 inches must have a supervising companion.
Recommended audience: Families with young children

3. Watch a live performance in Hogsmeade
Hogsmeade features two live shows: Triwizard Spirit Rally and Frog Choir.
Triwizard Spirit Rally show details: This is a live-action show.
Frog Choir show details: This is a musical show performed by Hogwarts students and their giant croaking frogs.
Recommended audience: Everyone

4. Visit Ollivanders
Attraction details: This is an interactive magical experience.
Recommended audience: Everyone

5. Explore The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s Hogsmeade area has so much to see and offer. The great detail and many interactive experiences make it worth exploring. While here, cast some spells if you have an interactive wand, take some photos, or stroll through the area. The atmosphere of this place is truly amazing!

6. Ride The Simpsons Ride
Attraction details: This is a simulator ride.
Height requirement: At least 40 inches; guests between 40 inches and 48 inches must have a supervising companion.
Recommended audience: Families

7. Eat lunch
We recommend eating earlier in the day so that you may avoid the crowds later in the day. If you wish, you can skip lunch and instead purchase snacks at locations throughout the park to avoid taking time out of the day.

If you did not pack any lunch meals, we recommend dining at one of the restaurants in the Springfield area because of their wide variety of meals.

Restaurants at Springfield’s Fast Food Boulevard offer a wide variety of dishes, including chicken & waffle sandwiches, pizza, sandwiches, wraps, tacos, seafood, and tons more.

If you’re a vegetarian or vegan, click here to view our Universal Studios Hollywood vegetarian and vegan guide.

8. Watch Shrek 4-D
Attraction details: This is a 4-D attraction.
Height requirement: Guests under 48 inches must have a supervising companion.
Recommended audience: Families

9. Experience The Walking Dead Attraction
Attraction details: This is walkthrough attraction containing sudden scares.
Recommended audience: Preteens and older

10. Ride Despicable Me Minion Mayhem
Attraction details: This is a 3-D simulator ride.
Height requirement: At least 40 inches; guests between 40 inches and 48 inches must have a supervising companion.
Recommended audience: Families

11. Visit Super Silly Fun Land
Attraction details: This is an amusement park themed area.
Recommended audience: Families

12. Re-experience what you loved most or experience what you have not yet seen
Use this available time to re-experience the rides and attractions you loved most and re-watch the shows you enjoyed most. You can also use this time to ride an attraction or watch a show that you haven’t experienced. If you have available time, we suggest heading to a character meet and greet or taking awesome photos that can be cherished forever.

13. Eat dinner
Because you have experienced all of Universal Studios Hollywood’s top rides and attractions, you have the freedom to eat dinner at whatever time you wish; however, you should eat at least two (2) hours prior to park closing time, as many of the restaurants can receive large crowds and close within the park’s last operating hour.

Universal Studios Hollywood offers great dining locations throughout the park. Great dining locations at the park are Mel’s Diner and Hollywood & Dine.

Mel’s Diner sells burgers, chicken sandwiches, chicken tenders, fries, milkshakes, and more. Hollywood & Dine serves burgers, stir fry, sandwiches, pizza, salads, and more.

If you’re a vegetarian or vegan, click here to view our Universal Studios Hollywood vegetarian and vegan guide.

For full information about the park’s rides, attractions, and shows, click here.

NOTE: It is not guaranteed that you’ll experience all attractions and watch all shows listed by following this touring plan. We recommend skipping any attraction/show that you may not be interested in. Because of scheduled showtimes, you may be required to adjust this touring plan to accommodate their timetable. You may also be required to adjust this touring plan’s dining schedule depending on the park’s crowd level.

Rides and attractions at Universal Studios Hollywood for thrill seekers:
  • Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
  • Jurassic Park – The Ride
  • Revenge of the Mummy – The Ride
  • Transformers: The Ride-3D
Rides, attractions, and shows at Universal Studios Hollywood for young children:
  • Despicable Me Minion Mayhem
  • Super Silly Fun Land
  • Flight of the Hippogriff
  • Universal’s Animal Actors