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  • Writer's pictureAnna Wildish

Reasons Why Universal Studios Hollywood’s VIP Experience Is Worth It

Updated: Aug 25, 2023

Review of Universal Studios Hollywood VIP Experience

My family spent this past Thanksgiving Holiday on vacation at Disneyland. The holidays at Disney never disappoints and we had a great time.

However, on this trip, we ventured outside of our normal routine and left Anaheim to do something new for a day: Universal Studios Hollywood!

This was our first time at Universal Studios Hollywood since my husband and I were kids. So, we splurged a bit and didn’t get regular park tickets. We opted for the VIP Experience.

It was amazing!

I highly recommend setting aside a day from your next Disneyland vacation to do the Universal Studios Hollywood VIP Experience as well.

Here are the reasons why.

Review of Universal Studios Hollywood VIP Experience

Valet Parking is Included

Disneyland is not close to Universal Studios Hollywood. You will need to rent a car to get there. Finding a rental car desk that is close to Disneyland is easy, so it’s no big deal to find a car to rent for the day.

Be prepared for a drive. It took us a little over an hour to get there with LA traffic. But everything was smooth sailing once we got there.

Why? Because valet parking is included in the price of the VIP Experience! We simply rolled up to the valet, dropped off our keys with the attendant, and we were off to the park entrance. So easy.

Just be sure to get your valet parking ticket validated when you check in at the VIP desk.

Review of Universal Studios Hollywood VIP Experience

Getting into the Park is Easy

Once you get through security, scanning into the park is easy. You get to skip the long line of people waiting to scan their tickets to get into the park.

Head to the right and look for the red carpet and the door marked VIP Experience.

That’s your entrance!

We strolled right in, no waiting.

Food is Included

Once we quickly checked in at the VIP desk, got our valet parking ticket validated, and were given our VIP Experience lanyards, we were escorted upstairs to a comfortable lounge with couches, tables and chairs, private bathrooms, and a light breakfast buffet.

We munched on pastries, fruit, oatmeal, yogurt, and more while waiting for our tour to begin. There was a TV in the lounge, the couches were comfortable, and we had plenty of time to relax and fuel up before the fun began.

We were also offered bottled water, ChapStick, a poncho, and other park essentials to make our visit more comfortable, all free of charge.

Later, we were treated to a gourmet buffet lunch, also included in the price. The food was delicious, healthy, and all-you-can-eat.

We munched on pasta, salmon, steak, salads, vegetables, fancy cheeses, lots of yummy desserts, and more. Soda, water, lemonade and tea were included as well.

Oh, and Dracula and Doc from Back to the Future made sure we were taken care of throughout the entire lunch.

Great Scott, it was good! We had plenty of energy after that delicious meal to keep us going for the remainder of the tour.

A Private Studio Tour is Included

The World Famous Studio Tour is what Universal Studios Hollywood is known for. There are trams to take everyone who visits the park through the lot. But we didn’t need those!

Our small tour group got its very own covered, but open-air tour bus and exclusive backstage access to the Studio Tour.

The seats were plush and padded, there was a cooler of ice-cold water for our enjoyment, and a private driver and tour guide took us around the lot.

We did all the same things the regular Studio Tour does. We saw King Kong, Jaws, Fast & Furious Supercharged, experienced a San Francisco earthquake, and drove by some of the most famous and recognizable film sets on the lot.

But our bus stopped, and we were allowed to get out and explore the sets on foot!

Review of Universal Studios Hollywood VIP Experience
Us on the set of Nope

We walked through the set of Nope, checked out the plane wreckage from the movie War of the Worlds, and got to walk around one of the most famous sets that have been around for decades.

This set is used constantly and is transformed based on what is being filmed. It was most recently used for the filming of one of my favorite shows, "The Good Place." But before that it was used for horror films, portions of Pirates of the Caribbean, scenes from the Muppets, and more.

I’m a huge fan of "The Good Place," and it was so cool to see where the chocolate shop was and walk where Eleanor and Chidi’s relationship blossomed. Again, not something you’d get from the regular Studio Tour.

You Get Front of the Line Access

Review of Universal Studios Hollywood VIP Experience

After the backlot tour, we were escorted around the rest of the park and got to experience its most popular attractions.

Attractions like the Special Effects Show, Jurassic World, Revenge of the Mummy, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Flight of the Hippogriff, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, Transformers, and the brand-new Secret Life of Pets attraction. (That one is adorable.)

We didn’t just go in the Express Pass lane for these attractions. No sir. We were escorted right to the front of the line and placed directly on the next attraction vehicle. There was absolutely no waiting in line!

Even better, after the tour was over our VIP Experience lanyards got us in the Express Pass lane for any attraction until park close. We had lots of time to go on our favorites again with minimal waits.

We also had plenty of time to explore Hogsmead, Springfield, and Super Silly Funland, either during or after our tour. We never felt rushed and got it all in.

The Price of Admission is Included in the VIP Experience Price

Review of Universal Studios Hollywood VIP Experience

Unlike some other VIP tours at other theme parks, the price of this VIP Experience included the cost of admission. And I was surprised at how affordable it was! It really was not much more than the price of admission with Express Pass.

And when you think about how much the cost of food and parking would be, it really is a no-brainer.

At the end of the day, we were exhausted after all we had accomplished. We had an absolute blast.

I highly recommend setting aside a day from your next Disneyland vacation to include a day at Universal Studios Hollywood. The VIP Experience is worth it and such a good value for all that is included in the price.

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