3 Worst Rides At Universal Studios Hollywood

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As Universal Studios Hollywood Annual Pass Members, it’s safe to say we’re big fans of this incredible theme park. However, as with any theme park, not all rides and attractions here are created equal.

Now obviously, the best and the worst rides at Universal Studios Hollywood are objective. However, having been on all rides at this incredible theme park multiple times, these are the rides that we chose to skip.

These aren’t the scariest Universal Studios Hollywood rides, and they aren’t rides we skip because they aren’t thrilling or entertaining enough. Instead, we predominantly skip these rides because they cause severe motion sickness which has been known to severely impact the rides of our day at the park.

1. The Simpsons Ride

Situated in the Upper Lot of Universal Studios Hollywood inside Springfield, home of The Simpsons is The Simpsons Ride. This five-minute simulation ride launched in 2008, and has a minimum height requirement of 1.02m.

This ride is in our opinion, the worst ride at Universal Studios Hollywood due to the severe motion sickness it’s known to cause. The storyline of this ride requires you to be thrown around quite a lot, which combined with a 15-year-old motion simulation often makes even those who have never previously experienced motion sickness feel a little queezy.

If you’ve been known to suffer from motion sickness on simulation rides in the past, and aren’t a huge fan of The Simpsons then I’d be tempted to skip this ride. Alternatively, if you’re unsure then you’ll likely have to experience this ride first-hand to determine if it’s something that your body can tolerate.

During the busiest days at Universal Studios Hollywood (Christmas, New Year, Thanksgiving, Halloween etc.) you’ll typically find that the standby wait time of this ride is between 20 and 90 minutes. However, it’s worth noting that you can use a Universal Studios Hollywood Express pass on this ride if you want to save time and skip the queue.


Much like The Simpsons Ride, TRANSFORMERS: The Ride 3D is an older motion simulation-based ride (opened in 2011) and is situated in the Lower Lot of Universal Studios Hollywood, next to the entrance for Super Nintendo World.


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This ride is also available at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida and uses a combination of 3D HD media and flight simulator technology to create an experience like no other. Leaving both fans of the Transformers movie franchise and newfound admirers equally in awe.

Be sure to grab a picture with Bumblebee, Optimus Prime or one of the Decepticons at the meet-and-greet location on your right as you walk towards the entrance of the ride.

The motion simulation on this ride isn’t the best (better than The Simpsons but worse than Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey in our opinion).

However, if you’re able to push past the motion sickness then even without previous knowledge of The Transformers franchise storyline you should still be able to follow the plot of the ride easily and enjoy the experience.

3. Fast & Furious – Supercharged

While the previous rides on this list are more of a personal opinion, it’s safe to say that 99.99% of people agree that the Fast & Furious – Supercharged is one of the most underwhelming rides ever featured at a Universal Studios theme park.

However, unlike at Universal Studios Orlando, Fast & Furious – Supercharged at Universal Studios Hollywood is actually part of The World-Famous Studio Tour.

As a result, you don’t queue separately for this ride, and instead, it’s more of a two, or in fact three (since King Kong 360 3-D is also featured) in one, kind of experience.

Given that The World-Famous Studio Tour is in our opinion one of the best things to do at Universal Studios Hollywood, you’ll likely find yourself experiencing the Fast & Furious – Supercharged, even if you don’t want to.

How To Avoid Motion Sickness On Rides

The majority of the rides we recommend avoiding while at Universal Studios Hollywood are a direct result of the motion sickness that they have been known to cause.

However, thankfully there are some solutions to motion sickness that can help ease or remove the feeling entirely.


These over-the-counter motion sickness remedies vary by brand but can ease the sickness feeling. However, keep in mind that these tablets may cause drowsiness – not ideal for a day at a theme park!


Sea-Bands are acupressure bands pressed on a point in the wrist that is related in Chinese medicine to nausea. Whether they work or have a placebo effect, they’re harmless and worth trying as there are no side effects.


It’s been found that in some cases, simply sniffing the essential oil of peppermint on a tissue before the ride can help reduce the feeling of motion sickness. However, carrying this liquid all day and remembering to take some in the queue of the ride could prove difficult.


Another substance that’s kind to the stomach is ginger, so it’s worth taking some ginger biscuits along to nibble on while waiting in line.


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  1. The biggest strike against the Simpsons is that it isn’t back to the future.

    1. I 100% agree and I don’t speak for just myself.

    2. wow I can’t believe all this simpsons hate I like that ride and apparently alot of others do to because it’s a 45min wait for it lol

  2. I do agree that simpsons is the absolute worst.