Universal is a huge park with so many amazing attractions to take part in. One of the smartest things to do is to purchase your ticket in advance. This will save you lots of time and money.
One thing that is super helpful in making your way around the park is the Universal Studios Hollywood App. This app shows wait times, show times, ride updates and closings, and even restroom locations. The app also points you towards food locations and what to get there.
When you go to park, be sure to take a picture of where you park so you can easily find your spot. General parking is a 10-15 minute walk from the park so make sure you schedule that in.
Harry Potter World
If possible, head to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter as early in the day as possible. It is the busiest around lunchtime.
The most popular ride in the Wizarding World is located inside the castle but know that you are not allowed to bring anything on the ride with you. There are lockers outside the line for your belongings but it gets full fast so try to knock out this ride first.
Make sure to schedule time for a studio tour. It is an hour long and gives you a nice break to sit back and let the entertainment come to you. You are allowed to bring food and drinks on the tour.
Stroller & Locker Rental
Both rentals are located just inside of the gates of the park.
Strollers are $15 for a single stroller and $25 for a double stroller for all day use.
There are also lockers to rent to hold your belongings. There are no additional lockers throughout the park so be sure to lock everything up here that you do not want to have to carry around.
Going for a Birthday?
Be sure to stop by the Guest Relations Office to pick up your birthday pin!
Try your best to dine outside of peak meal times. There are no table reservations for any restaurants inside the park. Eating outside of peak times will leave you with shorter lines on the rides and a quicker time to eat.
Universal also allows you to leave and come back with a hand stamp. There are a lot of great food options in City Walk if you want better quality food than what the park has to offer.
Often times, young adults and those new to traveling have many questions regarding travel. This includes where to go, what to see, and overall how to get to these places in an affordable way.
Where do I go?
The biggest questions that most young adults have who have a strong desire to travel is “what places can I go to while on a tight budget?” And in short, the answer is that there are so many places! With just a little bit of research, there are so many places in the world that are extremely beautiful and don’t cost a whole lot to get to.
One of the most important parts of travel is transportation; and this can add up quickly. Be sure to take time in finding what flights are the cheapest and be willing to take a couple stops along the way. Once you are in the new country, be sure to learn the public transportation systems! Uber/Lyft costs add up extremely quickly and are an expense that can be avoided.
How do I Exchange Money?
When traveling to a foreign country, the money is different. One tip when first arriving at your destination country is that it's always wise to cash a small amount of money at the airport so you will have cash for a taxi or bus into the city. But don’t cash a lot. If you walk up to an exchange window at the airport, you will get less for your dollar because the moneychanger has little competition at the airport.
It’s helpful to bring a calculator when you travel abroad. After you change money for the first time, figure out exactly how much of the foreign currency it takes to equal $1, $5, $10, etc. Jot these down so you will quickly be able to estimate how much something costs before you buy it. This will help you avoid paying too much for something while you’re still getting used to the currency in your destination country.
Thailand: Instead of going to the great city of Bangkok, there are beautiful islands with white sands and crystal clear water that you can go to for a fraction of the cost.
Costa Rica: Known for its low cost of living, Costa Rica is perfect for a cheap vacation. There are so many opportunities to see wildlife, take a walk along the coast, or learn to surf in the clean waves.