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Universal Studios

Thursday, May 29, 2008
Universal City is home to the original Universal Studios theme park. The park was created to offer tours of soundstages and sets, and it is great fun to see where your favourite movies and television shows are put together.

As you wander through the grounds you will see costumed characters roaming around. Maybe the Marx Brothers, Marilyn Monroe or Lucille Ball will be walking beside you. You could see Shrek, SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer or members of the Simpson family — their ride opened just this month. Woody Woodpecker is always there — he's the park's mascot — and you will see many of Hanna-Barbera's famous characters.

There are plenty of classic monsters to be seen — Dracula, Frankenstein and the Wolf Man.

The Studio Tram Tour is a must. It takes you past the incredible wreckage from Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds, Wisteria Lane from Desperate Housewives, the explosive effects of the Fast and the Furious, Skull Island from the movie King Kong and the set of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Be prepared for the screams as the open-mouthed Jaws leaps from the water!

There is a flash flood, parting waters, mummy's tomb and an earthquake.

Jurassic Park is a fantastic ride, but be prepared to get a little wet.

We've saved the best until last! While it's great fun to spend a day at an amusement park, no one enjoys queuing, particularly on one of those hot California summer days!

Get in early and you can be treated like a star at Universal Studios. Their Front of the Line program gives all-day admission, priority access to all attractions, reserved seating at shows, and behind-the-scenes at Terminator 2: 3D, Waterworld and Universal's Animal Actor show.

This is definitely a win-win! You can book online before you leave home, have your printed-off tickets ready when you arrive and save money. But be warned — numbers are limited so get in early.

Of course, there are dining options galore — just remember to have comfortable shoes, water, camera and sunscreen. You're guaranteed to have one of the most amazing experiences of your life.

Location

Los Angeles, California.

Cost

Universal Studios is open every day except Christmas Day and Thanksgiving from 10am to 6pm on weekdays and 9am to 7pm on weekends. Admission is around $70 for adults. Front of Line tickets are around $135 at the gate or around $129 online.

Creative Holidays has three-night packages including accommodation at the Crowne Plaza Beverly Hills and one-day Front of Line admission to Universal Studios. They start at $557 per person twin share. Two children 18 years and under stay free when sharing with two adults.

Air New Zealand has flights to Los Angeles.

Fares from:

  • Sydney $2229
  • Melbourne $2311
  • Brisbane $2320
  • Perth $2512
  • Adelaide $2529

Valid for travel until June 16, 2008 and between July 18 and December 9, 2008. Conditions apply.

Prices correct at May 29, 2008.

For further information

Creative Tours Pty Ltd
35 Grafton Street
Bondi Junction 2022
Ph: 1300 747 400
www.creativeholidays.com

Universal Studios
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City
CA 91608
United States of America
Ph: +1 818 622 3801
www.universalstudioshollywood.com

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From the story, the price of admission to USH $70, and the cost of the VIP pass on top is almost twice that at $135. I personally have visited USH, during their busy 'spring break', period and had no trouble seeing everything in one day, so I cant really see the value in a VIP pass, especially since your $70 ticket entitles you to free return visits anyway (so you can come back another day and see anything you might have missed, though the chances of needing to do this are pretty low) Personally, I don't really approve of these whole "pay to jump the line" type offers, it allows theme parks to profit from inefficiency, and makes non payers have to wait even longer. But yeah, no need to bother paying out for a VIP pass, it isn't really needed. Just a bit of common sense...turn up 15 mins before the gates open, have your tickets prepaid, find out on the internet beforehand which rides are the most popular, and go on those first thing.

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