How To Visit Bates Motel, Universal Studios Hollywood

One of the most popular attractions at Universal Studios Hollywood is the Bates Motel. The facade of the Bates Motel has stood on the backlot of Universal Studios since the film Psycho began filming in 1959.

While it’s been relocated to a different area within the backlot and expanded due to popularity it’s still a ‘must-see’ when visiting Universal Studios Hollywood.

You can visit the Bates Motel Universal Studios Hollywood on the backlot tour available to general admission guests as well as Universal Studios VIPs. The backlot tour is located in the lower lot of the park and the entire ride takes between 50 – 60 minutes.

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The attraction is suitable for all ages, although younger guests may find this particular section of the backlot tour scary. If you’re worried your little travellers might get scared then try sitting at the front of the tour rather than the back as when “Norman” comes towards you he heads to the back rather than the front.

You can use the Universal Studios mobile application or check any of the screens around the park to find out the wait time for the backlot tour at any given time.

Aside from the Bates Motel, you’ll also see facades from popular shows such as The Happy Place & Desperate Housewives. This is a real, live, working set so you may see some celebrities or pass filming for a TV show or upcoming blockbuster. There are also 2 3D showings on the tour, 3D glasses will be available prior to boarding your tram for the tour.

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Be sure to get in the mood to see Bates Motel Universal Studios by watching the fantastic film that is Physco in advance. As always, if you have any questions about this attraction at Universal Studios feel free to leave us a comment below and we’ll do our very best to get back to you.

2 thoughts on “How To Visit Bates Motel, Universal Studios Hollywood”

    1. Sorry, it’s not possible to get out of the cart that’s taking you around so you won’t be able to take photos at the stairs.

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