Universal Studios Hollywood ROCKS!
Feeling confident when planning a family vacation has sadly been faltering. We worry about fitting in to the seats and if there’s any access for walkers and wheelchairs.
I reached out to Universal Studios and they immediately responded with open arms while other theme parks either didn’t respond or only directed me to their website for further information. To be offered the opportunity to two free tickets with front of line passes was greatly appreciated by this single Mama!
*This Review is my own and an unsolicited opinion and sharing of my experience*
My Daughter and I headed over for our day of fun and packed up the following:
- Water Resistant pouch to place our cell phones in
- Printed schedule of shows planned out for the day
*Note: Food and beverages are not allowed. All bags are checked prior to entry. Baby food and baby bottles are allowed of course.
Parking is $17 Regular or $30 Valet. There is also a drop off by the entrance for those with difficulty walking long distances. Parking structures accommodate wheel chairs, walkers, strollers and are equipped with elevators and escalators.
Walking Distance: When parking in the structures you will take a short stroll through Universal City Walk filled with great food/restaurant establishments and souvenir shops.
My step count from Valet (Small steps as I’m tiny/shorter): 200 paces – the average of walking a full block.
While in the park I counted approximately 1,500 steps not counting the escalators. It’s not a huge facility and did have my route planned for the day.
Wheelchair and Stroller Rentals: Through the entry gates you will find the wheelchair, electric wheelchair and stroller rentals on your right hand side.
Pricing: Single Strollers $15/Double Strollers $25 *No Deposit Required
For Wheelchairs – $40 Includes $25 Deposit/ Electrical wheelchair is $50 *Credit Card Required
There is a bit of walking while maneuvering through the visitors but you will find a few benches, and seating along the way to go at your pace. There are various food carts and establishments for you to quench your thirst or eat. There are trees that provide shade and “cooling zones” where high powered fans are spraying mist that really does make a difference to keeping cool.
The most standing you will do is if you’re using the escalators or waiting for the elevators as they are small and can only fit so many people, strollers and/or wheelchairs. There normally isn’t any seating area by the escalators/elevators and do recommend to bring your seat/walkers if you have a hard time standing for long periods of time.
Waiting in line:
You will experience long wait lines most especially on busy days. It can range from 30 minutes to hours and recommend a front of line pass for peace of mind as it will lesson your wait time and give you the opportunity to experience just about every ride and show.
*Note: Wheelchair access does not give you front of line pass usage. You will need to purchase the pass for yourself and/or your companion(s).
Many of the rides do have jolts and force. They also may require you to lift yourself up in to and out of the seat. Your upper torso should have the strength to sit and be able to lift. Bring someone with you to assist as it may be a little tricky.
My Measurements (inches) 48 – 44 – 55
Hip Measurement When Seated: 60 inches
Here’s the nitty gritty of it. I used my mass to best measure and review the seating to the rides. Most rides are constructed of one full bar to seat 4-5 bodies. The seating is tight and spaced at 14″ per seat (I used my measuring tape.) You will find that some rides have “bench” seating and others are indented/individual seating. I recommend to ride with friends/people that are of like sized mass as the bar won’t go lower than the largest body in that row.
For those of us needing extra space I was able to use some extra inches from my 11 year old Daughter’s space and was fortunate to have another smaller person next to me that also scooted over and we all fit comfortably.
TIPS for Added Space:
Sit on the edge of the seat closest to the entry of the ride. That is usually the side that is used to unload the passengers. The sides also have extra space on some of the “indented” rides for those of us with beefy arms (such as myself.)
Also, don’t be afraid to ask the staff if you can be given two seats if you need it. As I stated before the staff was very friendly and accommodating. Your safety is FIRST as well as that of the other passengers. Ask about the bar reaching a safe lock on you as well as those you’re sharing the row with. They may find it best to have you ride alone.
*Note: The Universal Studio Staff are very helpful and kind. Please direct any questions to them prior to entering the ride for you to decide if it’s safe and comfortable for you to ride.
All in all, our experience was GREAT! The weather was perfect, our tour guide was up beat and energized, JAWS never fails to bring extra excitement, the “Fast and Furious” ride was AMAZING and Transformers will forever by my favorite!
There is a small water park/play area by the Minions that every little one will enjoy, so bring their bathing suits. There are lockers by the entrance to leave your extra clothes/towels if you need them.
Krusty Burger is DELICIOUS and recommend it to any burger eater reading this. For those on a budget you can buy a refillable souvenir cup for $15 with one free fill and 99 cent refills through the day! Regular drink prices average $4 and this may be the way to go if you’re having more than 4 drinks during your visit.
We arrived when the doors opened at 8 a.m. and went straight to the tour before the sun came to full strength. We power walked to the Transformers ride, then to the Jurassic Ride. Power walked to the Minions Ride then headed to Crusty Burgers for lunch. We watched Water World, Animal Actors and Special Effects show when we finally decided to head home at 2:30 p.m.!
Thanks to the “Front Of Line” Pass we were able to experience everything we had set out to do. The longest we waited in line was 10 minutes! If you have it in your budget to splurge a little I recommend to purchase this pass. It will save you hours of time and will be able to experience some more of Hollywood since you’re in the neighborhood. You can also have lunch or dinner at Universal City Walk and get a stamp to re-enter the theme park if you’d like.
TICKET PRICING & PROMOS:
$95 Buy a Day and get the rest of 2015 FREE
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Let me know what you think? Feel free to ask me any questions and share your own experience.
AND… Stay tuned for other theme park reviews I will be sharing on my blog!