6 Scariest Rides At Universal Studios Hollywood

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With so many rides and attractions to choose from at Universal Studios Hollywood, it can be hard to determine which ones are right for you.

There are six scary thrill rides at Universal Studios Hollywood, all of which have minimum height requirements of between 39″ and 42″. These rides include Revenge of the Mummy, Harry Potter And The Forbidden Journey, the newly launched Jurassic World: The Ride and more.

In this post, I’ll be breaking down each of these rides to give you an idea of what to expect so you can determine whether you’re up to the challenge.

1. Revenge Of The Mummy: The Ride

The scariest ride at Universal Studios Hollywood has to be The Revenge of the Mummy. This ride is situated in the lower lot of the park, and regularly see’s standby wait times of an hour or more, although express passes are permitted.

This ride catapults you at speeds up to 45 mph in virtual darkness as you run from the Mummy’s revenge you’ll likely be met with heart-pounding special effects and unexpected twists (literally!).

We love this ride as it’s a physical ride and not a simulator or 3D/4D ride that Universal is best known for. It’s our favourite thrill ride at Universal Studios Hollywood and our second favourite thrill ride at Universal Studios Orlando (first has to be Rip Ride Rockit)

Guests must be 48″ (122 cm) meanwhile guests whose waistline is at least 40” or greater may not be accommodated on the ride and are strongly encouraged to try the test seat provided at the entrance of the attraction to ensure their ability to ride.

2. Harry Potter And The Forbidden Journey

Located inside the world-famous Hogwarts is the Harry Potter And The Forbidden Journey ride.

The experience in the queue alone makes this ride worthwhile as you’ll have the chance to walk down familiar passageways and corridors of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, reaching important rooms such as Dumbledore’s office, the Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom, the Gryffindor common room, the Room of Requirement, and more.

Once you make it to the front of the line it’s time to begin soar above the castle grounds alongside Harry, Ron and Hermione on an unforgettable and thrilling adventure. You’ll come face-to-face with an array of both magical and terrifying creatures on this one-of-a-kind attraction.

This ride was awarded the best thrill ride by Parenting OC in 2017. Sadly, it’s not our number one due to its motion simulation but nevertheless is still a thrill ride experience at the park you won’t want to miss.

Guests must be 48″ (122 cm) meanwhile guests whose waistline is at least 40” or greater may not be accommodated on the ride and are strongly encouraged to try the test seat provided at the entrance of the attraction to ensure their ability to ride.

3. Jurassic World: The Ride

This ride recently underwent a major multimillion-dollar refurbishment and rebranding process and was reopened in the summer of 2019.

Being so new you can expect to wait up to two hours in a standby queue to experience the thrills and spills of this incredible ride, however, it’s a wait worthwhile in our opinion.

With a whopping 84ft drop and the latest technology in rollercoaster development, there’s something incredibly heart pumping about this immersive land.

Located in the heart of the lower lot, this ride is only further enhanced by the area it’s situated within; Jurrasic World. Which features a raptor encounter, the incredible dino play area and Jurassic Café.

If you’re between 42″ and 48″ tall then you’ll be permitted to ride Jurassic World: The Ride with a companion. Those over 48″ are free to ride unaccompanied.

4. The Simpsons Ride

Located in the upper lot is the incredible Simpsons Ride. While I’ve been on this ride a handful of times I generally avoid it now as it causes me significant motion sickness.

If you don’t have a problem with motion sickness and love The Simpsons as much as I do then this is a ride you’ll definitely want to check out.

The journey begins with someone sabotaging Krustyland, Krusty the Clown’s low-budget theme park. Together with Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie you’ll smash and blast through the park in a non-stop, over-the-top adventure.

You’ll no doubt spot a cameo or two on the 80-foot diameter domed surface as you take some high-speed twists and turns. All this only adds to the personality and family-fun feel of this awesome ride.

Much like Harry Potter And The Forbidden Journey, there’s a highly interactive queuing area with unique never seen before Simpsons animations and features.

If you’re between 40″ and 48″ tall then you’ll be permitted to ride The Simpsons Ride with a companion. Those over 48″ are free to ride unaccompanied.

5. Flight Of The Hippogriff

Ever fancied entering the Care of Magical Creatures grounds? Well, now you can on Flight of the Hippogriff. The ride begins with Hagrid giving you careful instructions on how to board the magical creature that is a Hippogriff.

Once onboard, you’ll spiral and dive around the pumpkin patch, before swooping past Hagrid’s hut on this family-friendly rollercoaster.

Family-friendly rollercoaster is the two reasons we love this ride so much. With a minimum height requirement of 39″ this is one of the best thrill rides for younger guests and provides a unique opportunity for the entire family to experience rollercoasters together.

Then, of course, the fact that this ride is a rollercoaster which reaches speeds of up to 29mph and has a drop of 30 feet.

If you’re between 39″ and 48″ tall then you’ll be permitted to ride Flight Of The Hippogriff with a companion. Those over 48″ are free to ride unaccompanied.

6. TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D

Finally, we have Transformers: The Ride-3D. This ride is in both Universal Studios Hollywood and Orlando, and as a result, is a fan favourite.

This immersive thrill ride will quickly blur the lines between fiction and reality as it takes you straight into the middle of a war zone as you fight alongside Optimus Prime and try to survive as you protect the Allspark from Decepticons over four stories tall.

With a combination of 3D HD media and flight simulation technology, this epic ride creates an experience like no other that will no doubt leave fans of the movie franchise and newfound admirers equally in awe.

As well as an interactive and immersive standby queue area you’ll also find stars from the show with whom you’re able to take photos with. This includes; Bumblebee, Optimus Prime and even one of the Decepticons.

If you’re between 40″ and 48″ tall then you’ll be permitted to ride TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D with a companion. Those over 48″ are free to ride unaccompanied.

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