Tips for Visiting Universal Studios Hollywood

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Universal Studios Hollywood is a must-see attraction in Los Angeles. A favorite of movie buffs and pop culture fans from around the work, Universal combines the best park of a theme park, a historical attraction, and a working movie studio into one fantastic experience. Here are a few insider tips for visiting Universal Studios from our destination experts – we hope they’ll make your next visit to this top Los Angeles attraction a fantastic one! Start with the Tour Begin with 45-minute tram tour through one of most famous working studios in Hollywood. Jimmy Fallon (SNL alumnus and new host of “The Tonight Show!”) will be your video guide through Universal Studios, highlighting the exciting bits of movie magic along the tour. Highlights include the site of the plane crash from the movie “War of the Worlds,” a block of Wisteria Lane from ABC’s “Desperate Housewives,” … [Read more...]

Los Angeles July 4th 2014 Attractions

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No matter where you go or what you do in Los Angeles, the Fourth of July is guaranteed to be fun, festive, and busy, busy, busy. However, to ensure the holiday is one that you’ll enjoy to the fullest, it’s good to know what’s going on and where you’ll get the best deals while having the most enjoyable time. One of the most famous Fourth of July attractions in Los Angeles is the annual July Fourth Fireworks Spectacular at the Hollywood Bowl. This year’s performance features Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers with Edie Brickell. You’ll also see the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West. While the show takes place three nights in a row – on July 2nd, 3rd, and 4th – tickets are bound to become scarce, so you’ll want to get them soon. There are many other great daytime attractions and themed activities in Los Angeles that … [Read more...]

Los Angeles Vacation Tips

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Whether you are heading out west for the sunny weather, the beautiful beach or to try and catch a glimpse of a star or two, there are certainly a number of things to know which will make your time in Los Angeles a little bit more fun. With a couple helpful Los Angeles Vacation Tips and a Go Los Angeles Card Attractions Pass tucked into your pocket, there’s simply no way that your time in the Golden State won’t be great! The first tip is a relatively new one. Use your Go Los Angeles Card to visit Universal Studios Hollywood and take a trip on the park’s newest ride - “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem.” A motion simulator ride based off of the rib-splitting flick Despicable Me, the ride has been a hit since it opened up in LA after first having success in Orlando. A special feature of the Go Los Angeles Card that is unique to Universal Studios allows pass-holders to enter the … [Read more...]

Los Angeles Summer Discounts

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While there are obvious perks to visiting Los Angeles in the off-season, there’s really no better time to visit Los Angeles than the summer. Why’s that? Warm beach weather, late hours at attractions, outdoor music and festivals, and ample opportunity for outdoor activities are at the top of the list. With a Los Angeles attractions pass, you’ll get the best LA summer discounts on all the top attractions—which is a big deal in the touristy summer months when prices are on the rise. Check out some of the 37 attractions on the Los Angeles attractions pass to see what it’s all about! Universal Studios Hollywood A day experiencing the movie magic at Universal Studios Hollywood is free with your 3, 5, or 7-day Go Los Angeles Card attractions pass. This summer’s newest feature attraction is Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, a comical and heartwarming 3-D ride. Next door, you’ll … [Read more...]

Los Angeles Tourism Discounts

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Picture yourself sprawled out on a beach towel in the sands of Santa Monica while LA natives bike or jog on the paved trail behind you and off in the distance a camera crew captures footage that could wind up on your favorite television shows. There’s probably a street performer nearby, strumming a guitar and belting out tunes that everybody knows, and as he plays on the docks, a pelican waddles past him and steals the some bait from the group of fishermen angling off the pier. Undoubtedly, there are several high-tech looking cameras around, in the hands of cameramen with black-rimmed glasses, snapping photos of Hollywood hopefuls. You look up to see the big Ferris wheel turning against the sky, and in the background, jagged cliffs lean precariously over the Pacific. Something about Los Angeles makes you feel like you’re on vacation all year round. For tourists, this is great, … [Read more...]

Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood

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With visions of falling leaves and Thanksgiving turkeys fading into the rearview, it’s certainly beginning to look a lot like…Grinchmas? Although it started on Thanksgiving, Grinchmas will kick off in earnest on Saturday, Dec. 7 and continue on through the rest of the month at the entertainment capital of Los Angeles, Universal Studios Hollywood. In addition to Saturday the 7th, Grinchmas will take place on 12/8, 12/14, 12/15, and then everyday from 12/20-12/31. On the days that the Grinch invades Universal Studios Hollywood, visitors can expect to celebrate the "Wholidays" by watching the Whos dance through Whoville while spreading holiday cheer and singing along with the Who-Carolers. Guests will also have the opportunity to take photos with the Grinch, his dog Max and pose for a shot beneath the 60-foot-tall Grinchmas tree in Universal Plaza. Universal Studios Hollywood will … [Read more...]

Top Hollywood Attraction Discounts

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In show business, there’s always something new and exciting going on. Perhaps that’s why Hollywood, the motion picture capital of the world, is without fail such a thrilling destination. Because the top Hollywood attractions hinge on what’s happening on the big screen, you can count on your favorite movies and television shows making an appearance on your Hollywood trip. Wondering what’s new at Universal Studios Hollywood? As usual, there’s a lot going on. Recently, Universal Studios became the new home of “EXTRA,” the celebrity news show hosted by Mario Lopez and Maria Menounos. The show broadcasts daily near the Globe Fountain and the 5 Towers stage. Fall also welcomes the annual production of Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood. In the scariest event in Los Angeles, Hollywood magic takes a dark turn with nightmarish landscapes, monstrous costumes … [Read more...]

Hollywood Attractions Fall 2013

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Early autumn is an ideal time to visit Los Angeles because though the weather is still very warm and the sun is almost always out, the heat is less oppressive and there are fewer tourists crowding the city. This autumn, there are so many special events and exhibits at top Hollywood attractions, you’d be crazy not to take a trip out there! There’s something enchanting about Hollywood, from the iconic Hollywood sign up in the hills to the famous old theaters on Hollywood Boulevard. It must be that movie magic that’s filling the air! If you want to experience the magic but don’t know where to start, keep reading to discover the Hollywood attractions you can’t miss and the special events that make now the perfect time to visit. Start with a Tinseltown tour to get a feel for the area and view some of Hollywood’s most notable landmarks. The Red Line Hollywood … [Read more...]

LA Studio Tour Discount Tickets

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Even though studios are opening up all over the country these days, make no mistake - the hub of the entertainment industry is still Los Angeles. Maybe it’s the weather or maybe there’s something in the water, but the left coast is definitely where the stars come to shine. If you want to get an inside look at the entertainment industry while you are in the “Golden State,” grab a Los Angeles Studio Tours Pass from Smart Destinations and save 25% on the Warner Brothers Studio Tour, Sony Pictures Studio Tour and a tour of Universal Studios Hollywood. The Los Angeles Studio Tours Pass gives you access to the Warner Brothers Studio Tour. Once you step foot on the legendary lot, a knowledgeable tour guide will take you through the place where some of the most memorable moments in film and television history have been created. You’ll recognize sets like Hennesy Street’s urban … [Read more...]

Southern California Attraction Discounts

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Northern California can be a great place to visit. San Francisco is beautiful, Oakland has lots to do and if you go even farther up, Redwood country looms tall. That said, the North can’t really keep up with all the Southern California Attractions in the bottom of the state. California’s most famous park might be Disneyland, but Knotts Berry Farm was open for business long before the Magic Kingdom even existed. This historic park is chock full of rollercoasters, family-friendly rides, water rides and the world famous Timber Mountain Log Ride. (Warning - you may get wet!) The parks newest ride, Coast Rider, brings the ultimate family coaster experience to the next level. Riders will begin with a 52-foot ascent to the top of the rollercoaster before being swept down 1,339 feet of track filled with hairpin turns, twists and spins. The ride last two-and-a-half minutes and maxes out … [Read more...]