The grand opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood is Thursday, April 7, and I, for one, am very excited for the opportunity to ride an actual hippogriff. Okay, I have been told that there will not be any hippogriffs at Universal Studios…but the butterbeer is real though, right?
Still, there is a convenient form of Muggle transportation available in the form of the subway to get you to Universal Studios. The Metro Red Line Universal City/Studio City Station sits across the street from the free bus shuttle to Universal. Also, starting April 7, visitors to Universal can walk directly from the station to the shuttle stop without having to cross the street thanks to the new pedestrian bridge! (I’m a big fan of walking over car traffic, which will have to suffice until I can fly over car traffic with my broom. Or jetpack. Whichever comes first.)
You might also consider trying the new NoHo-Pasadena Express Line 501. The bus travels between Old Pasadena and North Hollywood, where you can transfer to the Red Line to reach Universal Studios.
Never ridden Metro before? Here’s how to ride.
But a few words on the basics. Fare for a one-way trip on Metro is $1.75 for adults and children five or older (two children four and under can ride free with a paying adult). The fare includes two hours of free transfers. The Universal City Station is about a 20-minute ride from downtown Los Angeles. The transfer to the Red Line from the Gold Line is at Union Station; follow the signs. From the Blue Line or Expo Line, transfer to the Red Line at 7th/Metro Center Station; follow the signs to the lower platform.
Universal Studios is expecting huge crowds on opening day (April 7) and parking may be in very short supply — so transit is a good option. Also, a friendly reminder that the park and ride lot at Universal City/Studio City Station is for transit commuters — do not park there if you are heading directly to the wizarding world.
We’ll also be making announcements at Universal City/Studio City Station and on our Twitter feed on April 7 if the park is at capacity — which means Universal may not allow additional people in or may temporarily pause ticket sales. This will help riders determine whether to go straight to Universal Studios or hang out next door at CityWalk for a bit.
So what are you most looking forward to at Harry Potter world? Riding the hippogriff? Getting measured for a wand? Posting a letter by owl? Enjoying a nice cold bottle of pumpkin juice? Let me know in the comments, and hey, maybe I’ll see you on the train to Hogwarts. (#hufflepride for life)
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