Universal Studios in California is a fun place for a family vacation. If your family loves to get together and watch the latest blockbuster movies, then the rides here could surpass even Disney’s vaunted attractions. A trip to this great theme park is one that you’ll remember for the rest of your life. While this is a theme park with many big rides for older kids, teens and adults, there are also fun things for small children. Regardless of the ages of your kids, take them to Universal for an exciting vacation.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
If you saw the Harry Potter movies, you’ll feel as though you became a cast member when you walk into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. As you make your way through Hogwarts Castle to the Harry Potter rides like “Forbidden Journey,” you’ll be entertained with little IRL easter eggs like the potting shed that holds mandrake plants. You’ll see moving photographs and even a few of the school’s students.
This part of Universal also features Hogsmeade, the wizard town where you can purchase a wand and put it to good use, try unusual ice cream flavors, and buy your own wizard robe. Harry Potter world also has a rollercoaster called “The Flight of the Hippogriff.” Jump on board to float through the sky.
Other Universal Areas
Don’t miss the park’s studio tour. At Universal, the tram will take you to studios where your favorite movies were made. You’ll see the famous Bates Motel from the movie “Psycho,” and airplane wreckage from “War of the Worlds.”
Make time for the Jurassic World Ride. The dinosaurs are realistic and scary while the drop at the end is sure to give you a thrill.
“The Walking Dead” attraction will also give you a thrill as it brings this spooky show to life. Be sure to experience it with a loved one.
If you’re traveling with little kids, then make time for the DreamWorks Theatre. They’re sure to love the antics of Kung Fu Panda.
Where to Eat
For traditional New York pizza, head to Luigi’s. Along with pizza, you can get a salad, garlic knots, and sodas. At Universal Studios, you can also dine at the Three Broomsticks in Harry’s Wizarding World. Here, menu items include fish and chips and shepherd’s pie. And you won’t want to miss the famous Butterbeer. Bumblebee Man’s Taco Truck is great when you need a taco on the run and Krusty Burger will serve you a tasty cheeseburger and fries, even if you generally don’t have a cow, man.
Hotels in Westlake Village, CA
Consider staying a bit outside of Hollywood to save some money and have a bit more space. With its grand and dynamic interior, the Hyatt Regency Westlake is the perfect place to stay during your Universal Studios family vacation. Featuring Mediterranean styling, the hotel’s décor provides a departure from your everyday life. The rooms are nicely appointed, and you’ll have access to a gorgeous outdoor pool along with fire pits surrounded by lounge chairs and sofas that are great for relaxing and connecting with loved ones after a long day.
If you’d rather stay right up close and personal with the park, the Sheraton Universal is a good choice. It’s near the highway, next to the entrance to Universal Studios. You can also take the metro to other Los Angeles attractions, like the Walk of Fame and Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.
Theme Park Fun
Theme parks like Universal Studios are a great place to create family memories. Not only will your kids enjoy stepping into another world, but you’ll be glad you were along for the memories and fun.