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Theme parks have always offered an escape from the dog days of summer.

But what about a park that not only offers an escape but also immerses guests in fully realized worlds? Attractions straight out of today’s most exciting books, TV series, and movies?

Enter Universal Studios Hollywood, a theme park that puts guests in the middle of all the otherworldly action.

This summer, the iconic park’s epic, five-year transformation culminates with the opening of two authentic attractions, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” where guests can explore their inner-wizard, and “The Walking Dead,” a new immersive experience based on AMC’s top-rated post-apocalyptic TV series.

With its impeccable details and thrilling rides, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” masterfully recreates the magic of the bestselling books and blockbuster movies. Fans will fall in love with Hogsmeade, from the towering Hogwarts castle to the “Flight of the Hippogriff” family coaster to the authentic food and sweets offered at Three Broomsticks™, Hog's Head pub and Honeydukes as well as the Magic Neep and Butterbeer carts.

But all that is just an appetizer to “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey," a brand new, hyper-realistic 3D-HD ride. Sporting Quidditch-inspired 3D goggles, guests venture through journeys experienced by Harry and his friends, spiraling and pivoting 360-degrees along an elevated ride track on a whirlwind adventure of a lifetime. 

Speaking of white knuckle thrills, they don’t get scarier than fighting for survival in the new “The Walking Dead” attraction. By partnering with the creative team behind the record-breaking TV series, Universal Studios Hollywood was able to fully recreate the post-apocalyptic nightmare that is “The Walking Dead,” a world replete with highly recognizable props and sophisticated animatronic versions of the decaying Walkers. Prepare to fight for survival in this fully immersive journey!

Not only has Universal Studios Hollywood become more immersive, it’s also become easier than ever to visit. Infrastructure enhancements include two new massive parking structures and expanded roadways, while theme park tickets can be purchased via EZ Rez™, the newly introduced, industry-leading online ticketing platform. Benefits include: premium savings with all online transactions, one-hour early entry to “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” and the opportunity to reserve your specific date to visit.

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