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Universal on a Saturday In March

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Universal on a Saturday In March

There's a group of us planning a short trip to LA in mid-March (about 20 of us ranging from 10 years to 50 years old). We've done Disney, so this time we want to check out Universal Studios. We've purchased a 2-day pass at Costco. Would be able to see and do everything if we were to go to Universal on a Saturday? I'm not sure how busy and long long the line-ups will be. Would we be better to head on a Thursday or Friday? Would one day work then? Or do we need to do two days? Help???

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1. Re: Universal on a Saturday In March

The issue has lots of variables. In March, the park will get busier as the month progresses due to Spring/Easter Break. Weather also plays a big part in how busy it will get.

Weekdays are usually lighter than weekends, as the Season Pass is popular with locals.

Can you do everything in one day, it is tough, you can get most things done on a light day, but you would miss a few things.

I was there last Friday, and the lines were not that bad.

My basic plan of attack (will change in April with the opening of Minion Mayhem), get to the park before opening, and head straight to the lower lot, ride in the following order, Transformers, Revenge of the Mummy and Jurassic Park. Then check out the rest of the lower lot, including the museum.

Then head back to the upper lot, check the electronic wait boards, and look at the printed schedule you got when entering. Plenty of time to do the show schedule, and come up with a plan.

When at the top, I would either do the Simpsons Ride or the Tram Tour, and then do the other, based on the waits.

Then I would focus on the shows, note, all shows do have a pre-show to keep folks in the stands entertained. Plan to get to the venue at least 30 minutes early for WaterWorld, Special Effects Stage and the Animal Actors Show.

Other things to factor in, dining and restroom breaks, shopping, and the minor shows like Shrek 4-D, the Blues Brothers and the House of Horrors.

So you might get most things done, and you might want to come back for a half day (I would do it in the AM) to repeat what you enjoyed, and then the things you missed.

Edited: 27 February 2014, 02:14
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2. Re: Universal on a Saturday In March

One day is plenty, imo. You don't need to see EVERYTHING in order to have a great time (any more than you have to visit every Province in Canada in order to have a great time). The city of L.A. and its neighboring municipalities (Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, etc) have HUNDREDS of attractions. There is SO MUCH MORE to southern California than theme parks.

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I think a lot depends on your temperament. I like Universal Studios. But, I get there about every decade. It seems incredible to me that anyone could spend two consecutive days there. But, that's me. I agree with HSJ. There is so much more in LA to see and do. Take a look at this list.


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4. Re: Universal on a Saturday In March

Agree - most peope spend about 3/4 day at Universal Studios. It won't take you two days to do everything there - if you do go for 2 days, most or all of the 2nd day would probably be spent repeating things you did on the first day.

Crowds should generally be lighter on a Thursday or a Friday in March, but March in general would not be a particularly busy time there.

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5. Re: Universal on a Saturday In March

I don't know, guys, 20 people are in this group. It's going to take them a looonnnngggg time to even leave the hotel in the morning with that big a group! I recommend a weekday. Get to the park when it opens and rely on granola bars or a big breakfast so you won't waste time sitting down for a pricey, mediocre meal inside the park. Have an early dinner afterward. There are chain restaurants at City Walk, but you can always do better by making advance reservations for your large party.

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