Los Angeles: Top 5 Theme Parks.

*Before you go…

Although not compulsory, if you are planning on going to a few theme parks while in Los Angeles, your best bet is to purchase an ‘LA Go Card‘ before you go.

This is a once off purchase, giving you access to Universal Studios, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Knott’s Berry Farm, Legoland, Warner Bro’s Studio and much more. The ‘Go Card’ varies in price from $92 for a one-day pass to $360 for a seven-day pass, but it saves you loads of money and messing around, and can be personalized to suit your needs.

If you don’t want to purchase a ‘Go Card’, it’s still worth purchasing your tickets in advance, online. The prices at the gates are much higher – and the earlier you purchase your ticket, the better price you’ll pay.

Source: https://www.discoverlosangeles.com/hotels/hilton-los-angelesuniversal-city

1. Universal Studios

Universal Studios Hollywood is a must-see destination if you’re in Los Angeles.

Featuring a slew of shops, restaurants and attractions, including the ‘Wizarding World of Harry Potter’, ‘The Simpsons Ride’ and much more, Universal Studios knows how to exceed expectations. The park sees over 6 million people annually, and is home to a bunch of working TV stations.

WEBSITE: universalstudioshollywood.com

PRICING:

Is this included if I buy an ‘LA Go Card’?Yes
1-Day General Admission$109 – $129
2-Day General Admission$149 – $169
1 Day General Admission + VIP Experience $349

2. Disneyland & Disney California Adventure Park

Based in Anaheim, roughly 45 minutes from Los Angeles, Disneyland and it’s sister park, Disneyland California Adventure Park are the product of fairy tales.

‘The Happiest Place on Earth’ is Disneyland’s slogan, and they’re pretty much correct. The staff are welcoming and stay in character throughout all visitor interactions, and the attractions are incredible. Although neither of the Disney Parks use the ‘LA Go Card’, it’s still worth paying a bit extra to see what all the fuss is about.

Disneyland California Adventure Park boasts roller-coasters and incredible sets from everyone’s favourite movies – including ‘Cars Land’, while Disneyland features the famous Disney Castle and attractions like ‘Star Wars – Galaxy’s Edge’.

There’s truly something for everyone – and if you’re visiting, Downtown Disney has a bunch of shops and restaurants too!

WEBSITE: disneyland.com

PRICING:

Is this included if I buy an ‘LA Go Card’?No
1-Day General Admission to one park$104 – $149
2-Day General Admission to one park a day$225
Source: https://www.viator.com/en-PH/tours/Anaheim-and-Buena-Park/Six-Flags-Magic-Mountain-with-Round-Trip-Transportation-from-Anaheim/d797-44025P5

3. Six Flags Magic Mountain

If you’re after adrenaline-inducing rides, Six Flags is for you.

Located in Valencia, approximately 40 minutes out of Los Angeles, Six Flags is full of high-speed roller-coasters and rides that will blow your mind. Although the park has family-friendly attractions too, it’s the thrilling rides that bring in the most visitors.

Worth the trip, and generally not as crowded as Disneyland or Universal Studios, as it is a little further away.

WEBSITE: sixflags.com

PRICING:

Is this included if I buy an ‘LA Go Card’?Yes
1-Day General Admission (if bought online)$50-$93
1-Day General Admission at the Park$93
Source: https://www.getyourguide.com/los-angeles-l179/knott-s-berry-farm-general-admission-any-day-ticket-t344831/

4. Knott’s Berry Farm

Knott’s Berry Farm oozes a form of old-fashioned nostalgia. Located in Buena Park – roughly half an hour from Los Angeles, this theme park is a great ‘in-between’ park, which caters for the thrill seekers and the little ones.

Knott’s Berry Farm has something for everyone – with four themed areas, including the ‘Old West Ghost Town’, ‘Camp Snoopy’, the ‘Fiesta Village’ and ‘The Boardwalk’.

Stroll around Knott’s Berry Farm with an ice-cream, or hop on one of the world-class roller-coasters (if you dare!).

WEBSITE: knottsberryfarm.com

PRICING:

Is this included if I buy an ‘LA Go Card’?Yes
1-Day General Admission (bought online)$47 – 64
1-Day General Admission (bought at the Park)$84
Source: https://www.legoland.com/california/legoland-california/rides-and-attractions/rides/

5. Legoland

Legoland is a childhood dream come true.

Located in San Diego, roughly an hour and a half from Los Angeles, Legoland has an array of attractions. Although the park is designed mostly to appeal to children (the roller-coasters are very family friendly, so to speak), there’s still plenty to explore for the adults too.

Legoland boasts ‘Miniland USA’ which features over 32 million bricks in its constructions – including a mini-sized Las Vegas, New York and New Orleans. If you have time and don’t mind a drive, Legoland is worth chucking in the itinerary.

WEBSITE: legoland.com

PRICING:

Is this included if I buy an ‘LA Go Card’?Yes
1-Day General Admission (bought online)$95 – $110
1-Day General Admission (bought at the Park)$110
Shayde Morley

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