What an amazing experience. The upgrades to the dinosaurs were surreal .
The ride's state of the art effects are breathtaking, and there's more attention to making you feel the terror of what it might be like inside a theme park gone wrong. .
Once aboard the rafts, guests travel through dense vegetation and end up directly within the the Mosasaurus’ three million gallon glass aquarium and observatory tank. A large shark becomes the Mosasaurus’s snack and being on the raft, riders get a pretty exquisite and crisp view of the dinosaur as it swims about.
Beyond the ride itself, they've upgraded lovable velocoraptor Blue for the nearby Raptor Encounter photo meet-and-greets. They've also added two more impressive dinos for you to meet: a triceratops that lumbers around the area around the ride, as well as an adorable baby velociraptor that you can come up and pet.
For Jurassic Appetites!
Whether you have the appetite of a T. rex or just want to nibble, Jurassic Café is the perfect spot for a tasty bite. Choose from a selection of Costa Rican inspired cuisine including Slow Roasted Mojo Pork with mojo jackfruit, Citrus Glazed Chicken, Roasted Mahi Mahi, or an Isla Burger. Smaller bites are also available including savory Chorizo and Potato Empanadas, Tropical Fruit Salad, Pomegranate Guacamole with plantain chips and more. Then finish your meal with something to satisfy your sweet tooth!
On top of the ride, there’s also an interactive Dino Play area for kids to explore the world of paleontology.
“The Simpson’s Ride” - Krustyland -
It is cute, we all have grown up watching the Simpsons so I think us adults appreciate this land more then the kids do. We enjoyed giant Donuts 🍩 and played a variety of games. This is one of my favorite rides. Kids that are at least 40 inches tall can ride the Simpsons Ride.
It’s like a virtual reality rollercoaster.
Parents can relax and have a DUFF beer inside Moe’s or there are plenty of places to grab food in Krustyland. Take advantage of several fun photo opportunities throughout Springfield, as well as character meet and greets like Sideshow Bob.
“ The Silly Fun Land “
It’s a special play zone in the park geared especially towards young kids. There’s a playground located in Super Silly Fun Land as well as a ride called Silly Swirly Fun Ride. The kids cooled off by running around in the water park with 80 different water play features. Don’t miss this if you have little ones.
“ Despicable Me Minion Mayhem “
Young kids at #UniversalStudiosHollywood will love the Despicable Me Mayhem Ride. It’s both 3D and 4D, and kids must be at least 40 inches tall to ride. We had fun taking pictures with all the characters from the Minion Movie 🍿 Make sure you don’t miss the cute minion themed food .
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
was such a magical and exciting experience. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is awesome to visit just to feel like you are part of the world you read about or saw on the movies. I’ve read the books, and seen all the movies. I can’t wait until we can come back when he’s a little older after he watches all the movies and do this again.
Here are some things you may find there :
I’ll start with the Wands: Any Harry Potter fan will tell you that the wand is an important part of who they are, and it. Go to Olivander’s Wand Shop and let a wand chose you, and then enjoy running around casting spells. Interactive wands are around $50, so plan for that. That line gets long so try to get there early. .
The Potter Rides
*Flight of the Hippogriff:
This is a small roller coaster that even young kids will enjoy.
*Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey:
Is the main attraction this ride occurs inside the Hogwarts Castle, and allows you to make your way through the classrooms and corridors of Hogwarts. It is so fun, once you actually reach the ride, the fun continues. You get to join Harry Potter and his friends on an adventure, fly through a Quidditch match, face a dragon, dementors and more. .
Food and Drinks : The food in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a huge part of the fun, When you read the books and watch the movies, food is a big thing. They talk about feasts, and specific foods and drinks like pumpkin juice, Gilly Water, and #Butterbeer. And you can try them all while in the park. You can eat a meal at the Three Broomsticks, grab something quick in the food court, snack on Chocolate Frogs from Honey Dukes.
Shop: How often do you get to shop for the things you need to be a wizard? Like owls, wands, cloaks, and other wizard items. When visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter you can get outfitted in house colors, You can buy robes, scarfs, shirts and more, And you will see plenty of witches and #wizards sporting their #HarryPotter Merchandise. “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” resonates with immense detail, inviting guests to revel in Harry Potter’s world with the opportunity to enjoy authentic food and beverage at multiple locations, including Three Broomsticks™ and Hog's Head pub, as well as the Magic Neep and Butterbeer™ carts. A foray through the shops adds to the authenticity of the land with eight retail venues and locations, including Honeydukes™, Ollivanders™, Owl Post™, Zonko’s™ Joke Shop, Wiseacre's Wizarding Equipment, Dervish and Banges™, Gladrags Wizardwear and Filch’s Emporium™ of Confiscated Goods.
Shows: They have some performances during the day. The Frog Chorus as well as the Tri-Wizard Tournament.
We got to get on this ride also. My son was barely tall enough . He loved it he wanted to keep riding it.
“TransformersTM: The Ride–3D,” based on the iconic brand from Hasbro and electrifying film franchise, directed by Michael Bay, and celebrated for its multi-generational appeal, inventive storyline, spectacular action sequences and amazing special effects, revolutionizes theme park ride perceptions as a cutting-edge mega-attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood.
The dynamic, motion-based thrill ride tells an original “TRANSFORMERS” story using original, photo-realistic 3D-HD media, sophisticated special effects masterminded by Industrial Light & Magic, and one of the most elaborate roaming flight simulator ride systems ever created. Fusing high-tech elements with an epic new “TRANSFORMERS” tale, “Transformers: The Ride–3D” set a new standard in the world of theme park attractions, stretching the medium’s potential as an immersive and powerful storytelling vehicle.
WaterWorld—A Live Sea War Spectacular
Transformed into the eerie-futuristic, mist-shrouded netherworld, “WaterWorld®—A Live Sea War Spectacular” represents the most complex combination of high-tech special effects, pyrotechnics, flame and human stunt work ever attempted anywhere in the world. The attraction puts studio guests in the middle of the exciting action that involves hundreds of stunts and fiery special effects. Highlights include giant fireballs rising 50 feet in the air and cascading to earth in a spectacular wall of fire and a seaplane that swoops in directly above the audience, skidding across the water and coming to an explosive crash landing just inches away from startled spectators.
The Walking Dead
Universal Studios Hollywood unlocked the iconic “Don’t’ Open, Dead Inside” doors to usher in “The Walking Dead” permanent daytime attraction, based on AMC’s top-rated television series and the most-watched show in cable television history. This enhanced venture takes the highly sought-after experience from a seasonal, limited time offering to an exciting 365-day opportunity, raising the bar for themed walk-through attractions. To ensure authenticity of the attraction, Universal Studios Hollywood partnered with “The Walking Dead’s” creative team, including Greg Nicotero and KNB Efx to develop prosthetics, utilize original molds and painstakingly apply paint and detailing to attraction walkers. The integral involvement of the creative team not only inspires the emotional connection fans experience, it is among the attraction’s key distinguishing characteristics that define it as a living representation of the show.
Coupled with authentic walker make-up effects, sophisticated animatronic walkers, substantially more detailed set design and costuming, and highly recognizable props replicated from the series, “The Walking Dead” attraction delivers an uncompromised realistic environment that brings guests even further into the most-watched show in cable television history. Due to the intense nature of this experience, the attraction is not recommended for guests under the age of 13.
Fast & Furious—Supercharged
High-octane excitement races onto the scene with “Fast & Furious—Supercharged,” a pulse-pounding, adrenaline-fueled thrill ride that is the grand finale to the world-famous Studio Tour. This gripping, technologically-advanced ride, inspired by Universal Pictures’ most successful film franchise of all time and featuring the film’s original cast members, propels guests into the high-stakes underground world of fast cars and daring escapades traveling at accelerated speeds of up to 120 miles per hour. Situated within a 65,000 square foot building on the legendary backlot, the high speed, 3D-HD ride reunites stars from the Fast & Furious series – Vin Diesel (Dominic “Dom” Toretto), Dwayne Johnson (Luke Hobbs), Michelle Rodriguez (Letty Ortiz), Tyrese Gibson (Roman Pearce) and Luke Evans (Owen Shaw) – in a revolutionary mega-attraction, conceived as an installment to the dynamic film series.
King Kong 360 3-D
King Kong, among the screen’s most powerful and enduring icons, reemerged in summer 2010, as a signature attraction created under the direction of Peter Jackson on the famed Studio Tour. “King Kong 360 3-D” created by Peter Jackson is the largest, most intense 3D experience on the planet, combining thrilling visceral effects with the world’s largest Surround Digital projection system to create a next-generation theme park experience. In the attraction, guests wear special 3D glasses as they enter a darkened soundstage aboard the Studio Tour trams and are transported – via the magic of Surround Digital 3D projection -- deep into a tangled jungle location. They find themselves caught in the middle of a titanic struggle between a 25’ Kong and a 35’ tall voracious dinosaur -- action which sends the packed trams sliding ever closer to the edge of a bottomless chasm.
Revenge of the Mummy—The Ride
The theme park’s first-ever roller coaster, “Revenge of the MummySM—The Ride” is based on the phenomenally popular “Mummy” films. A state-of-the-art roller coaster, the attraction taps into rider’s primal fears through immersion in a total multi-sensory environment. Utilizing animatronics, sophisticated motion picture technology, state-of-the-art ride, audio and robotics engineering, the ride preys upon common human phobias: fear of the dark, fear of insects, fear of speed, fear of heights and fear of death to deliver the world’s first psychological thrill ride.
Special Effects Show
The entertainment industry’s greatest movie-making illusions takecenter stage in Universal Studios Hollywood’s multi-media attraction, “Special Effects Show,” which provides a fast-paced, funny and compelling behind-the-scenes look at the ever-evolving world of Hollywood movie-making magic. Via the magic of digital technology, the “Special Effects Show” allows guests to participate in pivotal scenes from some of Universal’s most memorable films and reveal the hidden secrets of some contemporary filmmaking techniques that produce the slight-of-sight effects thrills in Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters.
The futuristic Starway links the upper and lower portions of the Universal lots. With spectacular views, this multi-layered escalator and adjoining steps stretch over 1/4 mile to an area of the studio previously inaccessible to the public. “Revenge of The Mummy—The Ride,” “Jurassic Park—The Ride” and “Transformers: The Ride—3D” are some of the attractions located on the lower lot.
Studio Tour – Behind-the-Scenes Tram Ride
The Studio Tour at Universal Studios HollywoodSM, which has taken more than 150 million visitors behind the scenes of the movie and television industry’s biggest hits, features comedian Jimmy Fallon, star of NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” who is the ride’s “video Studio Tour Guide.” Jimmy introduces a series of videos that areseen on the high-definition monitors located in each Tram car to augment the live narration provided by Universal Studios Hollywood’s tour guides.
Amid working soundstages and sets, movie facades and recreated streets of the world, the “Studio Tour” takes guests through a variety of special effects attractions designed to showcasing based special effects and is offered in multiple languages, including Mandarin, Japanese, Spanish and English
▪ Backlot Sets
After being damaged or destroyed in a fire in June 2008, the iconic sets on Universal Studios’ famed backlot were back in operation as production resumed on the world-famous Courthouse Square, Brownstone Street and an enhanced New York Street in 2010. The sets, including a contemporary cityscape that is the largest modern urban backlot shooting location in Los Angeles, are featured on the Studio Tour – featuring hi-def digital servers and flat screen monitors.
▪ Earthquake—The Big One
Housed within a two-story soundstage containing a recreation of a modern subway station, “Earthquake—The Big One” puts guests in the midst of a fully-dressed movie set, ready for filming. In slightly more than two minutes, the earth literally collapses, simulating the devastation of an 8.3 magnitude earthquake. As the pavement collapses above them, guests face sparking power cables, felled telephone poles, noxious gases, a crashed 18-wheeler containing highly flammable contents and a massive 60,000-gallon flood.
▪ Famous Cars
Famous cars will find a permanent parking spot along the Studio Tour route in an engaging display of recognizable prop vehicles that have appeared in cult-film favorites.
▪ Flash Flood
The “Flash Flood” attraction is designed to simulate the wrath of Mother Nature during a torrential downpour and on cue, pelts the tram with “movie rain.” Culminating in a devastating flash flood visual effect, the attraction will become an even wetter experience as 40,000-thousand of gallons of water are dispensed and strategically placed new water canons heighten the drama.
▪ Jaws Lake
Situated in the quiet New England town of Amity, “Jaws Lake” features an animatronic great white shark similar to the one used in Steven Spielberg’s classic “Jaws.” Guests explore the town, which also doubled for Cabot Cove in the TV series “Murder, She Wrote,” and find themselves at the mercy of the same man-eating, great-white that terrorized the citizens of Amity. After collapsing the dock which erupts in flames, the shark lunges out of the water for the ultimate movie-making special effect.
▪ War of the Worlds & Other Famous Movie Sets
Passing through one of the film’s most highly recognizable scene from a set left completely intact from Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster, War of the Worlds, guests aboard the Studio Tour observe a small town devastated by an elaborately choreographed 747 jetliner crash. Maintaining scenic authenticity, a series of special effects dramatically enhance the surrounding ruins with still-smoking wreckage and shattered debris.
In true Hollywood fashion, the War of the Worlds set is sandwiched among other original sets, including those from Jurassic Park: The Lost World, the snow-covered town of Whoville from Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Who Stole Christmas and the Psycho House and Bates Motel from Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller Psycho. Several decades of blockbuster movie history are crossed in just a few hundred yards.
Universal’s Animal Actors
Taking their cue from Hollywood’s top animal trainers, the furry stars of Universal’s Animal Actors attraction give guests an entertaining behind-the-scenes peek at how some of the most lovable pets that light up the big screen. A show for the entire family to enjoy, Universal’s Animal Actors feature cuddly animal stars from such hits as Evan Almighty,Night at the Museum, Ace Ventura Pet Detective and Dr. Doolittle.