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Universal Studios Hollywood Reopens After More Than A Year

Universal Studios
Photo by Emanuel Ekström on Unsplash

After more than a yearlong closure because of the pandemic, Universal Studios Hollywood is officially reopening tomorrow, April 16 for CA residents. But annual and season pass holders can actually get in today!

Annual and season pass holders are being offered a series of complimentary “bonus days” on select dates, between April 15 and May 16. Regular use of the annual and season passes will resume May 17. Anyone who purchased a park ticket prior to April 8 will have to make an advance reservation at universalstudioshollywood.com to schedule a date to visit.

Only CA residents will be allowed for the time being, and required to wear masks and have their temperature checked. With Los Angeles County in the orange tier, the park will be operating at 25% capacity to assure social distancing.

New rides and features at Universal Studios Hollywood

Park officials said most rides will be available on April 16, while some attractions won’t be available just yet, in order to comply with health restrictions. Rides and attractions available at the moment include:

  • Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

  • Transformers: The Ride — 3D

  • Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride

  • Flight of the Hippogriff

  • Super Silly Fun Land

  • Springfield, U.S.A.

  • Studio Tour

A new ride called “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!” will launch with 64 high-tech animated figures. And Jurassic World will have an upgrade: “Jurassic World — The Ride,”  featuring the Indominus rex, a 22 foot tall dinosaur.

COVID-19 safety measures at Universal Studios

  • Face coverings are required.

  • Guests will have their temperatures checked upon arrival. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees/ 38° Celsius or higher will not be allowed inside.

  • Social distancing markers will be present in queues.

  • Contactless payment options wherever possible.

  • Physical distancing practices at all locations throughout the park and at rides and attractions.

  • Eating and drinking will only be permitted in select areas.

  • High-touch surfaces will undergo “rigorous” cleaning and disinfecting.

Refer to the park’s FAQ for more information and check out California’s reopening guidelines. To buy tickets visit the park’s website.