I have a few observations about our day at Universal Studios Hollywood.
The good. I really enjoyed the Studio Tour; it exceeded my expectations.
I was impressed with The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Trying to cover as many rides as possible, we rushed through this area. It would have been nice to soak it in a little more.
I did enjoy the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the Simpson ride.
Drew got two express passes from an old neighbor working as a New York cop character. These passes were a game changer. Although very expensive, if I went back with a smaller group, I would be really tempted to pay extra for the one time express pass for each ride, attraction and seated show.
The bad. I was surprised how many people were there; the place was packed. With a fairly limited number of rides, the wait times on the popular times stretched to 2 1/2 hours. Frankly, I would have been very unhappy if I had waited 2 1/2 hours for the very short Mummy ride!
Sharon felt like the rides were somewhat repetitious; the same ride just with a different setting.
I was frankly surprised how few rides there were. There are only seven major "rides." Universal Studios doesn't have the breadth and depth of the combination of Disneyland and California Adventure.
I don't have a strong desire to go back to Universal Studios. In contrast, Sharon, Jack and I went to Disneyland in August and would love to go back again!