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5 Reasons to visit Universal Studios Hollywood

Los Angeles, California

See movie magic come to life at Universal Studios Hollywood. While you might have visited Universal Studios in another location, here are five reasons to put the Los Angeles park on your bucket list.

1. Itís the original!

I really love to visit the first of anything - theme parks, restaurants, hotels, etc, so I can enjoy what made whatever it was special enough to spawn a chain or empire. Universal Studios is no exception. Universal Studios founder Carl Laemmle first opened his Universal City movie studio in 1915, offering guests a tour to watching filming for just 25 cents. When studios began adding sound to their pictures the tours ended due to the noise the visitors made and problems with soundproofing. Universal reopened its backlot to visitors in 1961, with Universal Studios Hollywood officially opening in 1964.

Universal Studios Hollywood

2. The Studio Backlot Tour

This is a must-do in my opinion, when visiting Universal Studios Hollywood - as well as a prime reason to visit in the first place. The Studio Backlot Tour is only available at this location - because itís where the movies and TV shows are actually made! Hop on a tram and get a look at working soundstages, movie facades, special effects and a few surprise attractions on this fascinating tour. We loved listening to the stories of old Hollywood and seeing a few famous movie sets along the way.

Universal Studios Hollywood

3. The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead This scary attraction is only available at Universal Studios Hollywood. Based on the TV series of the same name, The Walking Dead attraction features props replicated from the series, authentic makeup effects, animatronics and detailed sets and costuming to basically give you the fright of your life. Note: this attractions is not recommended for guests under the age of 13.

Universal Studios Hollywood

4. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

A major update to the park brought the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to Los Angeles. Entering the village of Hogsmeade is a highly immersive experience, including the famous train, Olivanders wand shop, Honeydukes sweets shop, and Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Soaring above the castle on the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is an exhilarating ride that brings you face-to-face with mystical creatures.

Universal Studios Hollywood

5. DreamWorks Theatre

Opening this year is the brand-new DreamWorks Theatre, exclusive to Universal Studios Hollywood. While at the time of writing the new theatre is still under production, what we do know is that it will play host to a variety of DreamWorks attractions starting with Kung Fu Panda and will fuse unforgettable stories with state-of-the-art technology to create highly engaging experiences.

Christine Knight writes about navigating the world and parenthood on her site, Adventure, Baby!. You can find her sampling gelato and cake around the world with her preschooler, or building sandcastles at the beach in her home town of Sydney.

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