Touring plans make it easy for you to get the most out of your trip by outlining the order you should visit attractions and shows, allowing you to enjoy the top experiences in the park.

This touring plan was created for those visiting only the Universal Studios Hollywood park for a single day; however, those visiting the park for a longer period may still take advantage of this plan. This touring plan assumes that you are entering the park at the opening time and staying until the closing time. Although this plan is specifically designed for those without a Universal Express pass, which allows you to skip the regular lines at participating attractions, it may be still be used by such visitors.

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

You should fully review the information in this touring plan prior to using it to ensure the attractions you wish to experience are prioritized.

ENTERING THE PARK

If you purchased your ticket online via universalstudioshollywood.com, we recommended getting to the park turnstiles at least 45 minutes prior to park opening to take advantage of early entry to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. This will allow you to experience this area of the park 30 minutes before the theme park officially opens (subject to availability, cancellation, and change). Otherwise, we suggest getting to the park turnstiles at least 20 minutes prior to park opening, especially on projected busy days. You can view the predicted crowd level for the day of your visit 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 Studios Hollywood app, this information and more can be accessed on it.

Experience by Midday

The following attractions typically experience the longest wait times, so we suggest visiting them as soon as possible. You should visit the attractions in this exact order to quickly access them. Please note the crowd levels throughout the day may impact when you are able to complete this section of the touring plan.

1. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
Attraction details: This is a motion base ride.
Height requirement: At least 48 inches (121.92 cm)
Recommended audience: Teens and older

2. Flight of the Hippogriff
Attraction details: This is a kid-friendly roller coaster ride.
Height requirement: At least 39 inches (99.06 cm); guests between 39 inches (99.06 cm) and 48 inches (121.92 cm) must have a supervising companion.
Recommended audience: Families with children

3. TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D
Attraction details: This is a 3-D motion base ride.
Height requirement: At least 40 inches (101.6 cm); guests between 40 inches (101.6 cm) and 48 inches (121.92 cm) must have a supervising companion.
Recommended audience: Everyone

4. Revenge of the Mummy — The Ride
Attraction details: This is a high-speed roller coaster ride.
Height requirement: At least 48 inches (121.92 cm)
Recommended audience: Teens

5. The Simpsons Ride
Attraction details: This is a simulator ride.
Height requirement: At least 40 inches (101.6 cm); guests between 40 inches (101.6 cm) and 48 inches (121.92 cm) must have a supervising companion.
Recommended audience: Families

Eat Lunch

If you completed the attractions listed above and it’s around 12 PM or shortly after, you should fuel up before continuing this touring plan. If it’s not quite that time, continue forward, and take a meal break when it does reach that time. Then, continue where you left off. We’ve highlighted some noteworthy dining locations located in the nearby area, but if you don’t want to take too much time out of the day, you can always pack snacks with you or purchase some at the many concession stands in the park.

Springfield Restaurants
The Springfield area is home to numerous quick service dining locations offering everything from chicken, burgers, pizza, and tacos. Eateries in this region include Cletus’ Chicken Shack, Krusty Burger, Luigi’s Pizza, Bumblebee Man’s Taco Truck, and tons more. There are a lot of different quick options for you to enjoy in this area, and they’re all situated within close proximity of each other.

Three Broomsticks
Three Broomsticks is located in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The level of detail in this restaurant is amazing, which makes it a top spot. Meals sold here include fish and chips, beef pasties, spare ribs, turkey legs, shepherd’s pie, rotisserie chicken, and chicken and ribs.

Vegetarians and Vegans
If you’re a vegetarian or vegan, you can find quite a few meals in the park. Click/tap here to view our Universal Studios Hollywood vegetarian and vegan guide. In this guide, we highlighted the different dining locations offering meals available to you as well as which options will satisfy your diet.

Experience by 5 PM

The attractions listed in this section are other popular experiences. We placed the attractions in this specific order for easy navigation; however, you may be required to adjust the order due to scheduled showtimes and openings. As previously noted, crowd levels may impact when you are able to complete this section.

1. Studio Tour
Attraction details: This is a behind-the-scenes tour.
Recommended audience: Everyone

2. Special Effects Show (this has scheduled showtimes; arrive at least 20 minutes early)
Show details: This is a live-action show.
Recommended audience: Everyone

3. WaterWorld (this has scheduled showtimes; arrive at least 20 minutes early)
Show details: This is a live-action stunt show.
Recommended audience: Everyone

4. The Walking Dead Attraction (this has scheduled opening and closing times)
Attraction details: This is a walkthrough experience that contains sudden scares.
Recommended audience: Preteens and older

Eat Dinner

After experiencing the attractions listed above, you should unwind and enjoy a meal. We’ve listed a few dining locations that are within close proximity to you.

Hollywood and Dine
If you’re looking for a higher quality meal with quick service, Hollywood and Dine is your stop. This is a quick service restaurant that can be found near the entrance to the park. The location offers premium burgers and pizzas, Asian stir fry bowls, specialty sandwiches, and more.

Mel’s Diner
Mel’s Diner places you into a ’50s themed diner inspired by the American Graffiti film. At this quick service eatery, you can enjoy chicken sandwiches, chicken tenders, burgers, turkey legs, milkshakes, and more.

Gru’s Lab Cafe
This is a quick service dining location located next door to the Despicable Me attraction. The menu features rotisserie chicken, chicken fingers, sandwiches, nachos, salads, and desserts.

Vegetarians and Vegans
If you’re a vegetarian or vegan, there’s no need to worry. We’ve highlighted the dining locations and meals that will satisfy your diet in our vegetarian and vegan guide, which can be viewed by clicking/tapping here.

Experience by Last Few Hours

The attractions in this list don’t necessarily need to be followed in this order, but we suggest following it in order to watch the available shows.

1. Despicable Me Minion Mayhem
Attraction details: This is a 3-D simulator ride.
Height requirement: At least 40 inches (101.6 cm); guests between 40 inches (101.6 cm) and 48 inches (121.92 cm) must have a supervising companion.

2. Kung Fu Panda Adventure
Attraction details: This is a multisensory show.
Recommended audience: Families

Experience Anytime

The attractions in this section are not top priority experiences. The type of attractions they are, however, give you the ability to experience them at any time of the day.

1. Super Silly Fun Land
Attraction details: This is a themed area that features a play area, a ride, and arcade games.
Recommended audience: Families with young children

2. Silly Swirly Fun Ride
Attraction details: This is a kid-friendly, spinning-based ride.
Height requirement: Guests under 48 inches (121.92 cm) must have a supervising companion.
Recommended audience: Families with young children

Unlisted Attractions

There are several attractions in the park that have not been listed in this touring plan. This is either because they are play areas, require a specific ticket type, or take too much time out of the day. Those visiting on a quiet day, for more than a single day, or traveling with children should consider experiencing them.

1. Universal’s Animal Actors (this has scheduled showtimes; arrive at least 20 minutes early)
Show details: This is a live-action show.
Recommended audience: Families

For full information about Universal Studios Hollywood’s attractions and shows, click/tap here.

TIP: Don’t rush your way to every attraction. Take time to enjoy the different areas of the park, especially The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Cherish your memories by taking photographs with characters and at the various themed areas.

NOTE: It is not guaranteed that you’ll experience all of the attractions and watch all of the shows listed by following this touring plan. We recommend skipping any attraction or show that you may not be interested in.

UNIVERSAL EXPRESS VISITORS: Although you have the ability to skip the regular lines at the attractions, greatly reducing your wait times, following this touring plan will still allow you to visit the top attractions in an efficient way and will prevent you from making unnecessary detours.

GUESTS VISITING MULTIPLE DAYS: If you’re visiting this park for more than one (1) day, we recommend sticking to this touring plan for the first day to ensure that you visit the top attractions. The next time you visit the park, you can choose to revisit the attractions you enjoyed most or experience the attractions that you previously skipped.

 

How we determine the recommended audience:

The recommended audience for each experience is determined based on the intensity level and content. Intense roller coasters, for example, are generally recommended to teens. This is because this age group typically enjoys the thrill factor of such attractions; however, other age groups may like such rides as well. Moderate roller coasters with immense detail, on the other hand, may be recommended to all audiences. Other attractions that we will recommend to all audiences include most simulator rides as they are less intense. We will suggest some attractions and shows for families if it’s an experience we think all members will enjoy together. Experiences for young children are usually designed specifically for those under the age of six (6); whereas, experiences for children, in most cases, are intended for those 12 years of age and under. Each person may prefer different experiences.