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Old 01-21-2013, 10:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Is it worth it???

We have 11 days to fill. This is a cross country trek for us, so we knew we were going to stay for a good amount of time. We are doing DL for 5 days then moving on to Vegas for 2 days (got a wedding to go to) and then Hollywood/La area for 4 days. So of course I thought of US. But when I check out the website, it doesn't seem like there are a ton of attractions...and it seems half of them are just 3d/4d type movies, not even rides.

I just want to know if it's worth shelling out $300 for the 4 of us to go or if we'd be better off doing something else. Thanks!
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If your kids are young, you might be better off heading toward San Diego and doing the San Diego Zoo, Sea World, and/or Legoland. It's an easy drive from Anaheim (or as easy as drives get in Southern California). My kids actually likes Legoland better than Disneyland when they were in the 5-8 age range, because it's less crowded and more geared for young kids.

I have done Univeral Studios Hollywood just once, in 1996, so I don't know what it has now. Then, though, it had the Studio Tour and not much else beyond movies and thrill rides.

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I agree, San Diego zoo was a favorite of mine growing up & there are so many great things to see & do near by in San Diego.. Great museums & the beach too.
You will be at Disneyland for 5 days so maybe other adventures besides a theme park may be fun..
http://www.sandiego.org/what-to-do.aspx
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Kids are 10 and 5. I know they will like the things at US and I know em and hubby would like it too. I guess it just seems like a lot of money for not a lot of stuff. But if it's quality stuff and worth it, then that changes it. We love all things Disney, but US seems very different even though they are both amusement parks.

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Have you gone to their web page to see what they have going on? That may help you decide..
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We were interested in the studio tour, but my daughter was only 9 and not old enough to go on an actual set. So we skipped it.
We did drive down to San Diego, to do Sea World, the zoo, and Legoland. Not sure I'd call it "close" though.
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We had a nice visit to US and I liked it I wouldn't say I loved it though. Wheras all our family loves US in Orlando.
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I'm not a big fan of universal studios, I found it to be dirty and crowded even though there were far less people there than at DL, it just isn't run the same. I also found the people that worked there very aggressive trying to get me to by photo's or other souvenirs. I actually commented to my husband that I felt like I was being attacked! Having said that, my son loved it (16 at the time). My daughter (14 at the time) also disliked it and my husband was indifferent. I would not take small children there, there is not much to do but if you have teenagers it might be a highlight for them. When we return this year we are not going to Universal.
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We are more than likely going to Universal in March for a day. I haven't been since I was a kid, hubby has never been and neither have the kids (ages 18 & 6). We'll just make the best of what they offer. I don't expect there'll be a lot offered for the 6 year old, but I think he's young enough not to care so much.
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I took my younest DD to California when she was 9 and she liked Knotts berry farm better than universal. Universal is better for teens, rides they do have are more intense, lots of shows some of which are cool. Knotts has rides for all ages and variety of rides, i.e. gentle to thrills, shows, good themeing and often offers deals especially online. I just checked and tickets on sale for 40.00 for one day. There's another option anyway.
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