Sunday, May 1, 2016

Why you should take your toddler to Universal Studios Hollywood!

While my husband and I are big fans of Universal Studios Hollywood, once we had our son 2.5 years ago, we knew we probably wouldn't be back for a while since we didn't think there was much for him there. We were wrong. 

In these few years since our last visit, the park has been built up and multiple new things have been added. Last year, I told my husband that I wanted to go. I found a good deal (3 days for less than the price of 1!) through our work discount website and we picked a day to go without the kiddo. We had a blast! 

However, since we both had the 3 visits, we decided that we would take our son. While there was really only one ride he could go on, he had a blast at the 2 playgrounds and the Animal Actors Stage show. 

On the upper lot there is Super Silly Fun Land with a fun playground and the Silly Swirly Fun Ride (which is similar to Dumbo). It also has a water play area that was a little too wet for my kiddo! You have the opportunity to meet the Minions and the girls from the Despicable Me movies. My son had discovered a water fountain play area near the entrance to the park that he's deemed ok to play in (he's not a big water fan).

On the lower lot, there is a Dino themed playground next to Jurassic Park the  Ride, complete with dinosaur bones! If your little one is daring, there are meet and greets with a raptor as well as Transformers (be advised that these are interactive meet and greets and the characters are big so they may be too intense for small children). 

Last but not least, we can't forget the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter! While he can't go on any rides, he can do "The Castle Tour" of Hogwarts. It's a special pass that takes us through the Front of the Line pass line and we can see all the cool effects then exit out where everyone else boards. It's awesome! Also, there are employees around in character showing you how the  interactive wands work. The conductor in front of the Hogwarts Express was awesome and spent 3-4 minutes with Oliver even though there was a line. Oliver enjoyed the singing frogs as well! 

We had a blast and would recommend a trip to anyone with littles!