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Universal Studios Hollywood Height Restrictions

Universal Studios Hollywood used to be a theme park for adults only because there were fewer rides available for smaller children, who tended to be shorter.

Theme rides for younger kids have recently been added to the Los Angeles theme park, including Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem and DreamWorks Theatre Featuring Kung Fu Panda.

The most popular Universal Studios Hollywood ride height restrictions are listed against them for the rider’s safety.

Ride NameUniversal Studios Hollywood Ride Height
Harry Potter and the Forbidden JourneyMust be 83’’ tall (122cm)
Flight of the HippogriffMust be 39’’ tall (99cm).
Children 39’’- 48’’ (99-122cm) must be accompanied by a supervising adult of 14yrs or more.
Jurrasic World – The RideMust be 42’’ tall (107cm).
Children 42’’- 48’’ (107-122cm) must be accompanied by a supervising adult of 14yrs or more.
Despicable Me Minion MayhemMust be 40’’ tall (102cm.
Children 40’’- 48’’ (102-122cm) must be accompanied by a supervising adult of 14yrs or more.
TRANSFORMERS: The Ride 3DMust be 40’’ tall (102cm).
Children 40’’- 48’’ (102-122cm) must be accompanied by a supervising adult of 14yrs or more.
The Secret Life of Pets: Off the LeashMust be 34’’ tall (102cm).
Children 34’’- 48’’ (102-122cm) must be accompanied by a supervising adult of 14yrs or more.
The Simpsons RideMust be 40’’ tall (102cm).
Children 40’’- 48’’ (102-122cm) must be accompanied by a supervising adult of 14yrs or more.
Revenge of the Mummy – The RideMust be 48’’ tall (122cm)

Some rides and attractions don’t have a height restriction, while others have an age limit. 

There are no height restrictions for performances, the Studio Tour, DreamWorks Theatre Featuring Kung Fu Panda, the Silly Swirly Fun Ride, or water play areas. 

Under 48 inches (122 cm), riders need a supervisory companion for the Silly Swirly Fun Ride. Age restrictions apply to the VIP experience as well. 

To participate, children must be at least five years old. They must be at least 17 years old to take the tour alone.

Skip the lines and ride the coasters with the Universal Studios Hollywood Express Ticket, perfect for thrill-seekers of all heights!

Child Switch

Child Switch
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When a child doesn’t quite meet the height criteria (or doesn’t want to ride at all), Universal Studios Hollywood provides Child Switch.

It’s a lifesaver for parents who still want to go on the ride. 

Every attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood offers a child switch.

You only need to mention Child Switch to the team member at the door if you want to use it. The whole group will proceed to the front of the line. 

When it’s time to board, up to two people can wait in the Child Switch room with the child while the other passengers take the train. 

Rides with no minimum height requirements for Universal Studios Hollywood

There are no height requirements for the following rides: 

  • Kung Fu Panda at DreamWorks Theatre 
  • The Silly Swirly Fun Ride
  • King Kong 360
  • Fast & Furious Supercharged

The Silly Swirly Fun Ride, however, requires an adult to be present for riders under 48 inches (122 cm).

There is no minimum height requirement for King Kong 360 or Fast & Furious Supercharged, which both feature 3D/4D experiences.

Additionally, visitors’ height is not considered in shows like WaterWorld and Universal’s Animal Actors.

t is not considered in shows like WaterWorld and Universal’s Animal Actors.

Rides for people 34 inches (86 cm) or taller

Rides for people 34 inches
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  • The Secret Life of Pets

The Secret Life of Pets – Off the Leash, based on the same-named film, is an engaging experience. 

Children taller than 34 inches (86 cm) can go on this ride, but a 14-year-old or an older person must accompany those below 48 inches (122 cm).

Rides for people 39 inches (99 cm) or taller

Rides for people 39 inches
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  • The Secret Life of Pets
  • Flight of the Hippogriff

Flight of the Hippogriff in Harry Potter’s Wizarding World allows children 39 inches (99 cm) or taller to ride.

However, a person at least 14 must accompany children under 48 inches (122 cm).

Rides for 40 inches (102 cms) or taller 

  • The Secret Life of Pets
  • Flight of the Hippogriff
  • Transformer 3D
  • The Simpsons Ride
  • Despicable Me Minion Mayhem

Those 40 inches or taller can enjoy thrill rides, including Transformers 3D, The Simpsons Ride, and Despicable Me Minion Mayhem.

However, since they are under 48 inches (122 cm) in height, they will require a companion who is at least 14 years old.

Rides for kids 42 inches (107 cm) or taller

Rides for kids 42 inches
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  • The Secret Life of Pets
  • Flight of the Hippogriff
  • Transformer 3D
  • The Simpsons Ride
  • Despicable Me Minion Mayhem
  • Jurassic World: The Ride

Rides for kids 48 inches (122 cm) or taller

Children taller than 48 inches can access all 12 rides at Universal Studios Hollywood.

  • DreamWorks Theatre Featuring Kung Fu Panda
  • Silly Swirly Fun Ride
  • King Kong 360
  • Fast & Furious Supercharged
  • The Secret Life of Pets
  • Flight of the Hippogriff
  • Transformer 3D
  • The Simpsons Ride
  • Despicable Me Minion Mayhem
  • Jurassic World: The Ride
  • Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride 
  • Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

FAQs

What is the minimum height to ride all rides at Universal Studios Hollywood?

All the theme park rides are accessible to kids 48 inches (122 cm) or taller.

What is the average height for rides at Universal Studios Hollywood?

The average height requirement for Universal Hollywood rides is 40 inches (102 cm). 

While children this tall are permitted on five rides, they are not allowed on three of the most thrilling ones—Jurassic World, Revenge of the Mummy, and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.

What ride has the tallest height requirement?

The tallest Universal height requirement is 48 inches (122 cm) for Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey and The Revenge of the Mummy. 

Is Universal Studios strict with height requirements?

They do adhere to strict rules. 
The staff member may ask to measure the child’s height. 

Following the rules is crucial because they’re there for your safety.

What are the tallest Universal Studios Hollywood height requirements for rides?

Children 48 inches (122 cm) or taller can visit all rides at Universal Studios Hollywood. 

There may be DVDs or even toys to keep the kids occupied while you wait.

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