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Universal Studios Hollywood

Want to visit a thrilling theme park and go behind the scenes of Hollywood films at the same time? Then this is the place for you.

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Universal Studios Hollywood: Our most recommended tours and activities

Beverly Hills and Hollywood: Helicopter Tour

1. Beverly Hills and Hollywood: Helicopter Tour

Enjoy an exciting tour in a private helicopter over Beverly Hills and Hollywood. On this tour, you'll get an intimate look into the lives of celebrities, while listening to true stories from your friendly pilot. Begin your tour at the world-class Burbank Airport, a stone's throw from Universal and Warner Bros Studios. All guests are asked to arrive at least thirty minutes before the start of their tour in order to check-in with the flight team and get situated for their exclusive sightseeing experience. Lift off from the ground and soar through the air as you climb over the Hollywood Hills and across the LA basin. As you pass over Universal Studios, you might just make out the small crowds lined up for butterbeer at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter or see the gentle smoke rising from the stunt shows and animal experiences. Your tour will pass right by the iconic Hollywood Sign, offering you an opportunity to snap a photo (or a selfie if you're quick) from a vantage point view that few others get to see. From there, it's over Mulholland Drive and around Laurel Canyon, an exclusive, historical enclave once home to some of the greatest names in the music industry. Pass over Beverly Hills and the ultra-wealthy Bel-Air, and see the $90-million dollar mansion purchased by Jay-Z and Beyonce in 2017. Every seat is the best seat on a tour that includes noise-canceling headphones that allow you to listen along to your pilot's running commentary as you whirl through the air on this exclusive celebrity helicopter adventure. For an additional fee, you can book out the tour as private or include the sunset option to add a world-class sunset to the already incredible experience.

LA: Universal Studios Hollywood VIP Tour

2. LA: Universal Studios Hollywood VIP Tour

Go behind the scenes at a real working movie studio with a 1-day entrance ticket to Universal Studios Hollywood. Enjoy VIP treatment as you explore by special trolley and disembark at areas not open to the general public. Visit real sound stages where blockbuster movies and TV shows are filmed, and get a sneak peek at the enormous props warehouse. Avail of unlimited skip-the-line access to all the rides and attractions and get access to the VIP lounge to enjoy a light breakfast or gourmet lunch. Rides and Attractions: Fast & Furious - Supercharged: Hold on tight for the all-new Fast & Furious – Supercharged ride that exceeds speeds of 120 miles per hour and catapults you into a high-stakes underworld of fast cars and international crime cartels. Despicable Me Minion Mayhem Get the chance to become one of the mischievous Minions on a hilarious 3D ride. Transformers: The Ride Brave an epic ride that fuses HD 3D media and flight simulation technology to put you in the middle of the ultimate war zone. Studio Tour Go behind the scenes and explore Hollywood’s most famous back lot at the world’s largest working movie studio. King Kong 360 3D Test your survival instincts and prepare to be caught in the middle of a terrifying struggle between a 35-foot T-Rex and King Kong. Springfield Grab a Homer-sized helping of donuts at Lard Lad, imbibe at Moe’s Tavern or the first Duff Brewery Beer Garden and crash through Krustyland on The Simpsons Ride. Revenge of the Mummy – The Ride Face the heart-pounding special effects and unexpected twists as you escape the Mummy’s revenge in life-like horror at speeds up to 45 mph in virtual darkness. Shrek 4D Take adventure to the next dimension in Shrek 4D, with hair-raising and eye-popping effects so real all your senses will be on ogre-time! WaterWorld Experience a tidal wave of explosive action at WaterWorld. Join an adventure that surges to life with jumping jet-skiers, perilous plunges, firefights, massive explosions and an in-your-face plane crash. Special Effects Show Learn the secrets behind the making of your favorite blockbuster movies, and become an expert in Hollywood movie effects magic. Universal’s Animal Actors Witness Tinseltown-trained critters putting pet tricks to shame with their animal antics as the animals take control. Universal CityWalk Kick back with all the great food and live music entertainment of Universal CityWalk. Get some retail therapy with over 30 shops to browse.

Los Angeles at Night 30-Minute Helicopter Flight

3. Los Angeles at Night 30-Minute Helicopter Flight

Climb aboard a helicopter for a panoramic 30-minute flight over the city center of Los Angeles. Departing from Bob Hope Airport in Burbank just north of the Santa Monica mountains, set off for breathtaking views of the Downtown skyline. Enjoy a bird’s eye view of Staples Center, LA’s multi-purpose sports center. Swoop over Hollywood, with panoramic views of the Kodak Theatre and Hollywood Sign on the Hollywood Hills. Enjoy views of Dodger Stadium, Universal Studios, and many more of Southern California's notable landmarks. It’s truly amazing to see the shimmering lights of the city at dusk, and the tour is perfect for couples, families, or friends. Even if you are a native of Los Angeles you will see city sights you have never seen before.

Los Angeles: Private 1-Hour Sightseeing Helicopter Tour

4. Los Angeles: Private 1-Hour Sightseeing Helicopter Tour

Your flight departs from Van Nuys Airpor and heads off along the golden coastline towards Calabasas. Next, fly south over Malibu Canyon and then along the stunning Santa Monica Mountains. From here, admire breathtaking views across the Pacific, as well as Malibu Pier, Surfrider Beach, and Pepperdine University. Continue the flight over some of Los Angeles’ most iconic sights, including Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Downtown LA, and the Dodger Stadium. Swoop over the city and see the impressive skyline gleaming in the Californian sunshine, before finally passing by the iconic Hollywood Sign. This is LA's only 65-minute helicopter tour.

Los Angeles Romantic Helicopter Tour with Mountain Landing

5. Los Angeles Romantic Helicopter Tour with Mountain Landing

From beautiful sunny Los Angeles, this private, 45-minute helicopter tour provides the perfect romantic getaway for two. The journey begins from the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, and once you’re in the air, heads east over many of the iconic landmarks of Los Angeles, including Universal Studios, the famous Hollywood Sign, and some celebrity homes of Beverly Hills and Bel Air. You'll then head west to see the world-famous beaches of Santa Monica, and the Pacific Palisades, which offer breathtaking views of the stunning California Coastline. Continue up the coast and land at your own private and secluded plateau overlooking the magnificent shores of Malibu beach. At this point, you and your guest will have 30 minutes of time on the peak for a complimentary toast, a delicious dessert, and a rose to celebrate your special occasion.

10-Minute Hollywood Sign Helicopter Tour

6. 10-Minute Hollywood Sign Helicopter Tour

Explore Los Angeles from above and swoop by the Hollywood sign on this helicopter flight from the Burbank Airport. Capture stunning pictures of the city from above and get a bird's-eye-view of sights like the mountains, sea, and the Hollywood hills. Check in with the flight team at the Burbank Airport and buckle in for the thrilling take off. Cross over the Hollywood hills and head towards the sign. Enjoy unique views of the surrounding celebrity-filled neighborhoods that dot Mulholland Drive, Laurel Canyon, and downtown Los Angeles.  Keep your camera ready as you snap photos and listen to the facinating commentary provided by your pilot. Pass the sign, as your pilot goes out of their way to provide you the best angle to take incredible photos. Select the sunset option to take majestic views of the mountains and the sun setting behind the Pacific Ocean (this option is limited, so book fast). Experience the excitement of landing in a helicopter at the end of your tour. 

Los Angeles: Hollywood Film Studios & TMZ Private Day Tour

7. Los Angeles: Hollywood Film Studios & TMZ Private Day Tour

Immerse yourself in glittering Hollywood with a private, full-day tour, including a local guide and van transportation between locations. Visit iconic locations such as Universal and Paramount film studios, TMZ studios, the Hollywood sign, Sunset Strip, Melrose Place, Beverly Hills, and more. Begin your tour by getting picked up from your Hollywood hotel with a private van and tour guide. Stop by major Hollywood film studios, including Universal, Paramount, Sony, and Fox. Continue to the infamous TMZ studios, where you can take photos, browse, or shop. Then it's time to visit the Hollywood sign, situated on Mount Lee in the Beachwood Canyon area of the Santa Monica Mountains. Continue your tour to the Walk of Fame, Sunset Strip, the Grove, and Rodeo Drive while keeping an eye out for famous celebrity mansions and estates in Beverly Hills.

From San Diego: Private Transfer to Orange County, CA

8. From San Diego: Private Transfer to Orange County, CA

Make your ride from San Diego and Carlsbad easy and pleasant by booking a private non-stop door-to-door transfer that fits your budget. Relax on your journey to Orange County. Get picked up from the cruise terminal, airport, hotel, or any other address in San Diego or Carlsbad. Because you are not sharing the ride with other travelers, your schedule is based on your or your party's travel arrangements. This private transfer includes drop-offs at John Wayne Airport, Disneyland Resort, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, and many other locations and landmarks.

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What people are saying about Universal Studios Hollywood

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 2,294 reviews

Hassle free valet parking, then on to breakfast. Our guide Taylor welcomed us there. The tour was in a group of 12 people. The express lane was great. At lunch there was a great buffet. Everywhere the staff was very friendly. The Studio Tour is also worth seeing. I would recommend this tour to everyone.

Fantastic experience with VIP treatment throughout the day. Skilled guides, delicious food, no queues, just a top experience all the way which was worth all the money!

Was our First time and everyone at office and pilot were so nice and professional, that make you feel so happy in this amazing experience!

It was amazing! Everyone was so nice and the sites were beautiful!

Amazing. Everything was safe and fun. Highly recommended