Adventure, thrills await you at Universal Studios Hollywood – Merced County Times

T.These are the best days of summer no matter what price is flashing at the pumps.

Families in this part of the Central Valley live too close to Southern California not to embark on a fantastic summer adventure at one of the best amusement parks in the world.

Disneyland may come to mind, but consider the incredible entertainment at Universal Studios Hollywood, not to mention the idea of ​​saving an hour or more behind the wheel in heavy traffic and arriving comfortably before check-in at a cheaper hotel in Burbank.

My daughter and I were booked at the Burbank Hotel of the same name, formally the center of the Holiday Inn, which can be viewed from I-5. We actually arrived with lots of free time, so we went to the nearby Griffith Observatory. We got lucky and found a parking space at the top, so we enjoyed looking at the panoramic views of the Los Angeles Basin, downtown Los Angeles and the Hollywood sign. The structure of the Observatory, with exhibitions and a planetarium, is free to enter.

Later we found the streets of Burbank easy to walk and they took us to some great restaurants along South San Fernando Boulevard. Safe looking free parking was just around the corner. It was all really perfect.

The next day, we left fresh and early, and arrived at Universal Studios after a short, cheerful drive down Olive Avenue that took us around Warner Bros. Studios, and made us feel like suitors without. ashamed of Angeleno.

Once we got out of the car (parking was a breeze in Universal’s huge parking lot; $ 30), we followed the crowd through Universal City Walk, a dynamic outdoor shopping and dining complex that is home to popular restaurants. and one of Los Angeles’ most popular theaters, Universal Cinema, which showcases reclining seats in theater-quality theaters. We could have easily spent half the day inside the City Walk, but we were eager to get into the park.

Get your theme park tickets in advance on Universal’s website, of course. California residents get a discount (starting at around $ 104 – pretty good compared to other sites and considering what Universal Studios has to offer). We recommend adding the “Universal Express” pass if available. The pass will get you to rides and attractions faster, especially on busy weekends.

Once inside … well, it’s impossible to do and see everything in one day.

But regardless of the length of your stay, we are absolutely certain that people of all ages will be happy to have visited.

My daughter’s favorite thing: the new ride “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash”, inspired by the hit movies of the same name. You can tell from all the wide eyes and smiles lined up that this run is a hit with the little ones. It’s an impressive journey that combines 64 technologically advanced animated characters with hyper-realistic media and projection mappings designed to take fans of all ages on a journey to meet some of their favorite characters from the movies, including Max, Snowball, Daisy, Gidget, Chloe and Duke, along with a host of other animal friends, who have all been transformed and transported to the world of live-action.

A walk along the cleverly themed Pets Place takes guests past Katie’s New York condo, where the groundbreaking “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!” Is located. she laughs resides and answers the question, “What do your pets really do when you’re not at home?”

My favorite thing: “The Studio Tour”. It’s the star attraction of Universal Studios Hollywood, the famous behind-the-scenes tram ride that winds around the 415-acre film studio complex of soundstages, facades, work sets, and special effects attractions. Highlights include recreations and simulations of “Earthquake – The Big One”, “Flash Flood” and “Lake of Jaws”.

The famous Studio Tour at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Here is the latest news from Universal Studios Hollywood:

• Universal Studios Hollywood celebrates the 4thth of July by extending the Independence Day holidays throughout the weekend from Saturday 2 July to Monday 4 July, including dazzling nightly fireworks displays, live music performances, themed decorations and more, all included in the admission price to the theme park . Beginning in the evening at 9pm, an elaborate fireworks display will soar into the sky, synchronized with a score of Universal-themed music and patriotic favorites from two locations within the theme park.

After seeing the epic conclusion to Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World Dominion, which opened as the # 1 film. 1 in the world, guests can experience “Jurassic World: The Ride” where they will be caught in the midst of an extraordinary battle between the Indominus rex and its arch rival, the Tyrannosaurus rex.

• The Minions continue to go wild at Universal Studios Hollywood as the theme park prepares for the theatrical release of Illumination and Universal Picture’s new movie, Minions: The Rise of Gru, on July 1.

• From Monday June 27th to Sunday July 17th, mischievous Minions will take center stage at Universal Plaza, where guests can meet the brand new Minion, Otto, along with fan favorites Jerry and Dave before setting off on an adventure to edge of the “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem”. Minion Activation also offers exclusive guest experiences, including interacting with a 16-foot squishy Minion and engaging in a specially crafted Minion-themed game until Sunday, August 14th.

• “The Night Lights at Hogwarts Castle” returns with dazzling light and special effects projection against the backdrop of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As night falls in the village of Hogsmeade, guests can enjoy a majestic spectacle that showcases the four houses of Hogwarts: Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin, accompanied by a special musical arrangement based on the original soundtracks from the film series. .

• The “Special Effects Show” is also back this summer, a fast-paced, fun behind-the-scenes peek into the wizarding world of Hollywood cinema. The special effects show will take place every day from Friday 1 July to Sunday 14 August, therefore only on weekends, starting from Saturday 20 August.

• Halloween horror nights start on Thursday 8th September with eight spooky haunted houses. The events will take place on select evenings until Monday, October 31 and further details will be revealed soon. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.

Universal Pictures ‘legendary monsters The Wolf Man, Dracula and The Mummy join Universal Studios’ Halloween horror nights in new haunted houses, “Universal Monsters: Legends Collide” for the first time ever.

Getting ready for a visit to Universal Studios Hollywood to experience the Best Day in Los Angeles is easy with a number of convenient online tools ranging from Universal’s interactive mobile app and website and the brand new Discover Universal hub, designed to maximize your travel for the definitive visit.

More information is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com.

Universal Studios Hollywood brings guests face-to-face with “Jurassic World: The Ride’s,” the all-new and stunningly realistic dinosaur, the Indominus rex, as he claims his right to the final race in a fierce battle with his arch rival, the tyrannosaurus rex