Four Things To Check Out At Universal Studios Hollywood!

Looking for something fun to do with the whole family this summer? Check out these 4 fun new experiences at Universal Studios Hollywood!

Universal Studios Hollywood Entrance

Hey All!

It’s no secret here that I’m a theme park junkie. It’s been EXTRA hard on me being locked down and not being able to go to my happy place Universal Studios Hollywood. Since I’m an immunocompromised mom, I have to be extra careful when I go out and what I can go to. But since Universal is primarily outdoors and large enough to keep a distance, I feel safe going there! I can’t wait to get back this summer, because since I last set foot in the parks they have opened four things that I can’t wait to experience! If you’re like me and looking for something fun to do this summer, you’ll definitely want to check out Universal Studios Hollywood!

NBC Sports Grill & Brew at Universal CityWalk in Hollywood

First up, you’ll want to check out new NBC Sports Grill & Brew at Universal CityWalk Hollywood! It’s an amazing new sports themed bar and restaurant where you can enjoy your favorite sports and savor some amazing food and drinks!

NBC Sports Grill & Brew - Interior

It’s a sleekly designed addition to Universal CityWalk! NBC Sports Grill & Brew is reflective of NBC Sports’ award-winning coverage and unparalleled collection of media partnerships that include the International Olympic Committee and United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, the NFL, NASCAR, INDYCAR, PGA TOUR, The R&A, PGA of America, USGA, Churchill Downs, Premier League, Tour de France, Roland Garros, and many more.

NBC Sports Grill & Brew at Universal CityWalk in Hollywood

With an array of HDTV screens broadcasting continuous, in-depth sports coverage, NBC Sports Grill & Brew is prepared to offer guests the MVP treatment. Visitors can enjoy dining upon converted shuffleboard and foosball tables amid sports-inspired décor, including specially commissioned art pieces and a custom neon NBC peacock logo.

NBC Sports Grill & Brew at Universal CityWalk in Hollywood

The restaurant’s expansive menu, curated by Universal Studios Hollywood’s Executive Chef Marie Grimm, NBC Sports Grill & Brew covers all the bases by providing a fresh take on traditional pub fare, including tasty appetizers, flavorful sandwiches and burgers, fresh salads, hearty grain bowls and indulgent desserts. The inspired menu includes vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options as well as traditional fare with an array of cleverly themed courses.

Guyere Burger at NBC Sports Grill & Brew at Universal CityWalk in Hollywood

These include: The Starting Lineup features mouthwatering appetizers from Wings and Fish Tacos to Loaded Nachos and an Artisan Pretzel. Home Run Handheld takes burgers to new heights with such tempting fare as Roadside Chili Burger, Gruyere Burger, Beyond Burger, Nashville Hot Fried Chicken Sandwich and the Brat Pretzel Press. The Chili Bowl and The Grain Bowl add tasty twists to The Bowl Games menu section.

Guac Bowl at NBC Sports Grill & Brew at Universal CityWalk in Hollywood

In the mood for a crunchy salad, On The Green pleases with Classic Chicken Caesar Salad, Grilled Steak Wedge and Nashville Hot Chopped Chicken Salad. Game Time is serious with Smoked BBQ Pork Ribs, Farmhouse Fried Chicken, Broccoli & Cheddar Mac ‘n’ Cheese, NY Strip Steak and Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon.

Cedar Plank Salmon at NBC Sports Grill & Brew at Universal CityWalk in Hollywood

Final Play rounds out the meal for the home stretch, including Warm Apple Strudel, Warm Chocolate Chip Cookie with Stout Ice Cream and a variety of Floats. A la carte Side Lines add even more options to the extensive menu with extras including Tater Tots, Crinkle Cut Fries, Grilled Vegetables, Creamy Mashed Potatoes and Cornbread.

Floats at NBC Sports Grill & Brew at Universal CityWalk in Hollywood

A refreshing complement to the menu, the restaurant also features a full bar and an extensive selection of over 40 beers, including the 862 as an IPA or seasonal draft custom-made to the Universal CityWalk Hollywood location. Looking to customize their beverages, diners can create their own beer flight, build their own mule cocktail or select from a list of craft cocktails and wines. For more information including restaurant hours and reservations, guests can visit Universal CityWalk Hollywood.

After you check out NBC Sports Grill & Brew on City Walk, you definitely have to make your way to Universal Studios Hollywood! There you can check out the new Minion Café!

If you’re like me and love Minions, then you’re going to be super excited to eat here! I know I am and I can’t wait! I may just wear this hat when I go!

Me and Minions

It’s such a fun new dining location with an eclectic selection of sandwiches and more.

Here is just some of the items you’ll find:

  • Classic Grilled Cheese with Tomato Soup
  • Meatball Parmesan Grilled Cheese with Tomato Soup
  • Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese with Banana BBQ Sauce
  • Chicken Bacon Ranch Mac n Cheese
  • Nutella™ Banana Pudding
  • And More!

You’ll also have to ride the new “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!” ride! It looks like so much fun and my son loves those movies, so we can’t wait to ride them!

Take a stroll along the cleverly themed Pets Place brings guests to the front of Katie’s NYC apartment building where the innovative “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!” ride resides. This all-new tech-savvy adventure inspired by Illumination’s blockbuster The Secret Life of Pets films, answers the question, “What are your pets really doing when you’re not at home?”

This impressive new ride combines 64 technologically-advanced animated figures with hyper-realistic media and projection mapping designed to take guests on a journey to meet some of their favorite Illumination characters from the movies, including Max, Snowball, Gidget, Chloe and Duke, along with a host of other animal friends, who have all been transformed and transported into the live-action world. From blinking eyes to eyebrow movements, from head tilts to head nods, from moving mouths to smiles, from ear curls to lip curls, from full torso twists to physically walking, the depth of mobility and function programmed within each of these loveable characters creates an experience unlike any other theme park ride.

After the ride you can stop by the Pets Store and Adopt-A-Pup from the film! You can bring home your very own fury friend! How fun is that?! You can also style them up and get them a carrier too!

How cute is that folks?! Love it!

Lastly you’ll want to check out “Jurassic World—The Ride” featuring the new Indominus Rex!

Jurassic World - The Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood

This is one of my favorite rides and I can’t wait to get back on it. One helpful tip, bring some ponchos or buy some there at Universal. You will get very wet on this ride! “Jurassic World—The Ride” features an original storyline that takes guests on a breathtaking excursion through the theme park as depicted in Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s film, JURASSIC WORLD. It soars to new heights with the addition of iconic dinosaurs from the movie, including the colossal Indominus rex and the magnificent aquatic Mosasaurus in her natural habitat. The ride also features the stars of the JURASSIC WORLD films – Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and BD Wong who reprise their roles as Owen Grady, Claire Dearing and Dr. Henry Wu.

Universal Studios Hollywood brings guests face-to-face with “Jurassic World

“Jurassic World—The Ride” brings guests face-to-face with the all-new, extraordinarily realistic dinosaur, the Indominus rex, who stakes her claim at the ride’s finale in a forceful battle with her arch-rival, the Tyrannosaurus rex. Breaking new ground with highly complex innovations, this fully-articulated lifelike Indominus injects intense new thrills, excitement and intrigue to the already dynamic ride. Spanning nearly 55 feet horizontally from head to tail and over 22 feet vertically, the Indominus’ imposing presence will be amplified by the fluidity of her motions and synchronized movements that deliver an unprecedented level of authenticity. From the subtle blinking of her eyes, the flexing of her arms and claws and clenching of her jaw as she bears her razor-sharp teeth, the colossal Indominus rex will lunge from her hillside setting, stalking guests just before they descend the giant waterfall drop to escape her grasp.

Jurassic World Raptor Encounter

You’ll also have to check out the new elaborately themed “Raptor Encounter” located adjacent to “Jurassic World—The Ride”! It’s where you’ll get to meet Blue, the most beloved Velociraptor from the JURASSIC WORLD franchise engages guests in daring face-to-face encounters. Brought to life by employing the exact computer-generated model and images used to create her for the big screen, Blue tips the scales at a hefty 750 pounds, towering 15 feet in height and 13 feet from tail to snout, and succumbs to highly skilled handlers who adeptly guide her to within feet of guests.

Jurassic World - The Ride at Univeral Studios Hollywood

You’ll also get to pet baby dinosaurs too!

That’s all the new stuff you have to see at Universal Studios Hollywood! You’ll of course want to stop by “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter”

And the Studio Tour – Behind-the-Scenes Tram Ride! Those are always musts when you visit Universal Studios Hollywood!

There is so much fun to be safely had at Universal Studios Hollywood! Also since Universal Studios Hollywood is located here in Los Angeles, All guests, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear face coverings indoors. It’s just safer that way folks!

We all want to stay safe while we have a blast at Universal Studios Hollywood! I can’t wait to visit!

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Some Photos and info provided Universal Studios Hollywood! All other photos are my own.