There are ten rides, seven shows and two play areas inside Universal Studios Hollywood.
However, having been annual pass holders to the park and subsequently visiting multiple times over the past decade we know that simply understanding the number of rides, shows and play areas isn’t enough.
Instead, it’s good to know more about what to expect including height requirements, average wait time and storyline (in case it’s too scary for little ones).
Which is exactly why we’ve gone ahead and put together this list; a complete breakdown of every ride inside Universal Studios Hollywood.
Table of Contents
- 1. Despicable Me Minion Mayhem
- 2. Flight Of The Hippogriff
- 3. Harry Potter And The Forbidden Journey
- 4. Jurassic World: The Ride
- 5. Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride
- 6. Silly Swirly Fun Ride
- 7. The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash
- 8. The Simpsons Ride
- 9. The World Famous Studio Tour
- 10. Transformers: The Ride 3-D
1. Despicable Me Minion Mayhem
📏 Height Requirement: 40" (102cm) ⏰ Average Wait Time: 25 minutes
Despicable Me Minion Mayhem is a motion simulation experience.
If you’ve ever wondered about what it’s like to be a Minion, this ride is for you!
Experience a fun-filled day in the life of a Minion with Gru and his daughters as you all go on another unexpected adventure. Hijinks and impromptu dance parties are, of course, part of the ride.
The ride begins when the guests get shot by the Minion Gun, a new device that Doctor Nefario created to turn human beings into minions. The riders would then go through an absolute Minion Mayhem as they rush through their crazy lab.
Outside this ride, you’ll often find a Despicable Me meet and greet opportunity where characters from the franchise will rotate for photos throughout the day.
Meanwhile, around the back of the ride, you’ll find the expansive Super Silly Fun Land. A large interactive play area which has been recreated to represent the carnival from the first film.
2. Flight Of The Hippogriff
📏 Height Requirement: 39" (100cm) ⏰ Average Wait Time: 19 minutes
The Flight of the Hippogriff is situated inside The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and is the perfect family-friendly ride for Harry Potter enthusiasts.
On this ride, you have the pleasure of flying over Hagrid’s giant pumpkin patch and his bungalow hut as he directs you while approaching the Hippogriff, a mystical creature that’s a blend between a horse and an eagle.
This ride is a great introduction to rollercoasters for younger guests. It’s got a relatively low height requirement and there aren’t any gravity-defying loops or terrifying moments that you might find on other rides within the park.
That all being said, this ride is still worth going on as it’s one of the few open-air roller coasters in the park and provides some fantastic views of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter that can’t be found elsewhere.
3. Harry Potter And The Forbidden Journey
📏 Height Requirement: 48" (122cm) ⏰ Average Wait Time: 32 minutes
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is the second ride inside The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and unlike Flight Of The Hippogriff is a little more thrilling.
In fact, this is a perfect ride for all the muggles who’ve dreamed of studying at Hogwarts as the motion simulation will take you on a magical broomstick journey with Harry and his friends as you fly freely through the school of magic.
Unlike some other motion simulation rides at Universal Studios Hollywood, the synchronisation between the movements, music and the screen alongside the motion itself is well done and doesn’t cause too much sickness.
Better still, as you wait for this ride you’ll have the pleasure of visiting some of the most iconic parts of Hogwarts including; Dumbledore’s office, the Gryffindor common room, and the Hogwarts hallowed classrooms
4. Jurassic World: The Ride
📏 Height Requirement: 42" (107cm) ⏰ Average Wait Time: 47 minutes
Jurassic World: The Ride is one of the newest and most thrilling rides situated in the lower lot of the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park.
With a combination of masterful special effects, sets, and videos, immerse yourself in the timeless landscape of dinosaurs and action.
The ride begins as it takes you through the calm waters of Jurassic World. Then it gradually picks up the heat as more and more beautifully-crafted dinosaur illustrations show up on the way.
Get caught up in the action as the new Indominus Rex stalks you and dukes it out with her archnemesis, the Tyrannosaurus Rex!
5. Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride
📏 Height Requirement: 48" (121cm) ⏰ Average Wait Time: 30 minutes
If you’re looking for a thrilling ride at Universal Studios Hollywood then look no further than the recently refurbished Revenge of the Mummy.
Be sure to brush up on your hieroglyphics before you head to the park as some of the writing on the wall actually give you real warnings as to what you’re about to experience.
This is one of the best rides at the Universal park and takes you through the darkness at speeds of up to 45mph (72 km/h).
6. Silly Swirly Fun Ride
📏 Height Requirement: None ⏰ Average Wait Time: 10 minutes
The Silly Swirly Fun Ride will take you on 360-degree views and onto soaring heights of the beautiful and fantastical Super Silly Fun Land.
This playground, a recreation of Despicable Me’s seaside carnival, has all the cute and dreamy elements from the film.
Living up to its old-timey nostalgic charm, the Silly Swirly Fun Ride is compact and features colourful customized bugs you use as vehicles.
The whole ride mainly targets kids, but parents are more than welcome to accompany their children throughout the timeless classic.
The cool thing is that children have the freedom to control the height of their rides. This gives some sense of control rather than just going in an endless circle, adding more fun to the whole process.
7. The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash
📏 Height Requirement: 34" (87cm) ⏰ Average Wait Time: 25 minutes
The Secret Life of Pets: Off The Leash is one of the newest rides inside the Universal Studios theme park and is perfect for children.
This two-seater ride is a classic-indoor dark ride, meaning that there are no fast-paced roller coaster moments here as this right is primarily focused on the visual and auditory experience.
The ride takes you through the New York city streets with the characters of The Secret Life of Pets who are in search of a new forever home.
Given how new this ride is it’s no surprise it boasts some of the latest in ride technology including an impressive amount of special effects and a whopping 64 animatronics.
8. The Simpsons Ride
📏 Height Requirement: 40" (102cm) ⏰ Average Wait Time: 40 minutes
This Simpsons Ride is a thrilling and highly entertaining virtual reality ride that see’s you Blast your way through Kurstyland, Krusty the Clown’s theme park.
On your journey you are of course, accompanied by Springfields finest residents; Homer, Marge, Lisa, Bart, and Maggie – to name just a few!
Once you’re done with the ride be sure to explore more of Springfield, have a Krusty Burger or pick up a Duff beer from Moes.
9. The World Famous Studio Tour
📏 Height Requirement: None ⏰ Average Wait Time: 23 minutes
The World-Famous Studio Tour is the highlight of the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park.
Situated in the lower lot of the theme park, this 60 minute journey will take you across roughly 400 acres of studio lots dating back almost 100 years.
The tour brings with it a mishmash of both nostalgia and all-new franchise excitement making it perfect for the whole family.
Your entertaining tour guide will walk you through the all-too-familiar sets, genuine movie props, and animatronics, all while learning about the studio’s history and most popular films.
Given that this studio is still opporational you may pass by celebrities or live shoots making no two tours the same!
King Kong 360 3D
As part of The World-Famous Studio Tour you will also enter King Kong 360 3D and Fast & Furious – Supercharged.
Neither of these rides require you to transfer from the tour vehicle or have any additional requirements other than you needing to put on your 3D glasses which you will have been provided with upon boarding.
The King Kong 360 3D ride sees you get caught in the middle of a terrifying struggle between a 35-foot T-Rex and King Kong.
The experience can be a little scary and loud for younger viewers, however it lasts no more than two minutes.
Fast & Furious – Supercharged
Much like King Kong 360 3D, the Fast & Furious – Supercharged experience is part of The World-Famous Studio Tour and sees you ride alongside the all-star cast of the hit film franchise.
This attraction uses the worlds largest 360-degree canvas as a projector along with motion simulation of the ride vehicle to make you feel as though you are on an high-speed chase.
Unlike King Kong, most younger children really enjoy this part of the tour – and for those that don’t it only lasts a couple of minutes.
10. Transformers: The Ride 3-D
📏 Height Requirement: 40" (102cm) ⏰ Average Wait Time: 30 minutes
Transformers: The Ride 3-D ride has been especially designed with motion simulation, animatronics, special effects, and 3-D visuals which make it highly immersive, engaging and exciting.
Before the ride begins, the one-and-only Optimus Prime himself will give you a briefing about the mission you’re going on, setting the scene for the story that’s due to be told throughout the ride.
He will explain how the war between the Autobots and the Decepticons has raged and how you’re about to enter the battle yourself.
From there you’ll join the Autobots to help Optimus Prime and their fellow Transformers as you try to protect the Allspark from enemies
Those who experience motion sickness may find this ride is triggering, while the flashing lights and fast moving motions may not be suitable for all guests.