The 9 Best Rides at Universal Studios Hollywood You Shouldn't Miss Out On - Klook Travel Blog (2023)

If you’re taking a trip to Universal Studios Hollywood, the first thing to do is look up guides for the park. Why? Cos even though you wanna experience everything the park has to offer, it simply has too many things in store! From merch stores filled to the brim to countless restaurants and stalls to beautifully-designed attractions, Universal Studios Hollywood is one of the most popular theme parks in the world for a reason.

Whether you’re travelling with friends orfamily, there’s something here for everyone to enjoy. If you’re wondering which Universal Studios rides you definitely can’t miss out on, we’ve compiled a list of ninebest Universal Studios rides in Hollywood that are guaranteed to bring fun, laughter, and excitement to your vacation.

  1. Studio Tour

  2. The Simpsons Ride

  3. Revenge of the Mummy – The Ride

  4. The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash

  5. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

  6. WaterWorld

  7. Jurassic World – The Ride

  8. Despicable Me Minion Mayhem

  9. Transformers: The Ride – 3D

1. Studio Tour

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Now you can say you’ve been on a real-life movie set! Image credits to Klook

Among all Universal Studio rides, the world-famous Studio Tour is a definite must-ride to complete your Universal Studios Hollywood experience. Get the inside scoop on movie-making secrets, as well as an in-depth behind-the-scenes look at the TV and movie sets you’ve only seen on screen. Hold on tight as you experience real special effects with burning fire, shark-infested waters, and a 3-D King Kong.

This attraction is exclusive to the Hollywood location as Universal Studios Hollywood is a real, working film studio with dozens of your favorite shows and movies filmed right in the lot. The VIP Experience gives you exclusive access to walk along some of the busiest sets in show business. You’ll also be stopping by the Property Department, which contains thousands of set pieces and decorative items that have been used in the biggest blockbuster films and TV shows. Who knows? You might just get lucky and spot a famous face on your tour!

2. The Simpsons Ride

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Haven’t you always wondered what you would look like as a Simpsons character? Image credits to Jason Leung

Come on down to the colourful town of Springfield for a virtual reality roller coaster ride inside Krustyland, a theme park run by Krusty the Clown. While inside, you’ll find out that you and the Simpson family have been picked to be one of the first people to try out the newest and most extreme ride in Krustyland, the Thrilltacular: Upsy-Downsy Spins-Aroundsy Teen-Operated Thrillride.

All seems fine and dandy until the ride is hijacked by Krusty the Clown’s nemesis, Sideshow Bob. It turns out you weren’t on the Thrilltacular at all, but the Tooth Chipper! Prepare to get tossed up, down, and all-around as the Simpsons try to save you and themselves from the killer attractions in Krustyland. We recommend keeping an eye out for exciting cameos by your favourite Simpsons characters along the way to really immerse yourself in the hit TV show experience.

3. Revenge of the Mummy – The Ride

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Hop aboard, if you dare. Image credits to @magicalsoulfoodie on Instagram

A fan-favourite and staple among all the Universal Studios rides and locations, the Revenge of the Mummy – The Ride is a must for first-time guests and usual visitors alike. This indoor roller coaster is based on The Mummy film franchise and your journey begins with an exploration at a 1944 archaeological dig in an Egyptian tomb. But as you board the unsuspecting minecart, you’ll receive a warning about the mummy buried in the tomb having an evil curse that sucked out the souls of people—if only you’d found out sooner, right?

Make a high-speed escape through the tomb of the mummy, Imhotep, and his evil wrath. Careful, the way out is blocked by mummy warriors, scarab beetles, and a backwards ride through the tunnels, which the ride is most popular for. There’s never a dull moment on this horrifically fun adventure, except maybe when you’re waiting in line to ride the coaster again.

4. The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash

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If you could be a pet for a day, which would you be? Image credits to Klook

Dive into the world of talking creatures in The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash ride. What happens when Max and his friends encounter a litter of stray puppies (that’s you!)? They’ll help you find a loving and fur-ever home, of course! Explore New York City, take a trip to the groomers, and head to the pet store for the adoption fair! Kids will surely love this slow yet immersive adventure where they’ll get to encounter their well-loved characters from the animated film series.

The ride’s set is extremely well-dressed and detailed with NYC and animal references fused together. You’ll find cats hanging from clotheslines, dogs doing yoga, and more pets playing with firecrackers for an explosively good time.

5. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

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A magical adventure made for muggles. Image credits to James Lee

Hold onto your magic wands on this one-of-a-kind flying adventure in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Your journey begins in the grand halls of Hogwarts Castle, where you’ll visit some of the most popular rooms in the school, such as Dumbledore’s Office, the Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom, the Gryffindor Common Room, and more. Then, you’ll make your way to the Room of Requirement to meet up with Harry, Ron, and Hermione, and from there your enchanted bench will begin flying!

The adventure takes several wrong turns when Hagrid’s pet dragon, a giant sentient spider named Aragog, and a group of Dementors crash the trip. From the Quidditch field to the Forbidden Forest, to the Chamber of Secrets, this ride is filled with just as many twists and turns as the books and films! Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is one of those Universal Studios rides both Potterheads and muggles are guaranteed to enjoy.

6. WaterWorld

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With so much action, you’ll feel like you just got off a ride! Image credits to Tommao Wang

Based on the 1995 film of the same name, WaterWorld is a thrilling stunt show that actually isn’t a ride at all, but makes it a must to complete your Universal Studios Hollywood experience. Universal Studios itself considers WaterWorld to be its #1 show, and experienced park goers would agree.

The live show’s storyline begins where the movie ends, but the show is just as exciting even if you have yet to see it. Here’s what you need to know: the community of Atollers is once again being attacked by a group of pirates, called the Smokers. The action-packed fight begins with breathtaking stunts and jaw-dropping special effects. Expect land, water, and overhead stunts on seaplanes and jet-skis, along with pyrotechnics and a massive explosion at the end—all of which will leave you wondering how the actors can manage to do another show.

7. Jurassic World – The Ride

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Let out your loudest roar at Jurassic World! Image credits to Tommao Wang

What could be cooler than dinosaurs? Getting to see them up close at Jurassic World, obviously. Tour the dinosaur observatories and enclosures, where you may or may not get splashed by some playful baby dinos. However, the fun trip takes a turn for the worst when you find out that the Indominus Rex and the Tyrannosaurus Rex have broken out of their enclosures. Blue the Velociraptor appears to attempt to help you get to safety, when you get caught in between the two rival dinosaurs. You might want to hold on tight because you’re in the splash zone for this epic battle.

Jurassic World — The Ride is another fan-favourite and you’ll see why! This gripping coaster doesn’t only include splashing, but a giant dinosaur looming over your head leading into a 28-yard drop as well. Apparently, riders love the adrenaline rush from narrowly escaping massive dinosaurs and certain doom, and we’re sure you will too.

8. Despicable Me Minion Mayhem

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Suddenly craving for bananas? Maybe you’re still a minion! Image credits to @behindtheparks on Instagram

Join Gru, Margo, Agnes, Edith, and a whole lot of minions on a super silly, fun ride through Gru’s laboratory. Here’s the sitch: you’ve been recruited by Gru to undergo minion training for his latest scheme. Prepare to be sprayed by the Minion Gun, after which you’ll turn into one of the cute yellow creatures. You’ll then be tested on “strength, speed, and the ability to not die” on a series of challenges to truly see if you have what it takes to be a minion to a supervillain. There might be a few mishaps along the way, but don’t worry you’ll turn back into a human at the end…or will you?

This motion simulator adventure is both heartwarming and exciting for the entire family with immersive graphics and an engaging storyline. If you’ve loved the movies, you’ll love this ride too.

9. Transformers: The Ride – 3D

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Robots. Explosions. 3D. What could be better? Image credits to @uni.versalboi on Instagram

If it’s your first time at Universal Studios Hollywood or any other location, you absolutely have to experience the Transformers 3D ride at least once. For this adventure, you’ll find out you’ve been recruited by the Nonbiological Extraterrestrial Species Treaty (NEST) to help Optimus Prime and the Autobots keep the AllSpark safe from the Decepticons. Your mission is to navigate the way to safety for Evac, the vehicle you’re riding on.

A battle for the history books occurs all around and you observe the chaos in 3D. Put on your brave faces as Megatron, Devastator, and Starscream all attempt to capture you and Evac. This ultra-immersive movie and ride experience will have you cheering and gripping your seat all at once for an unforgettable ride.

Can’t keep your excitement at bay? Book your tickets to Universal Studios Hollywood on Klook right now! Decide how you want to experience the theme park with General Admission, Express, and VIP Tickets available. Take advantage of the Buy a Day, Get a 2nd Day Free package to make sure you have enough time to try out all the rides, and make your own list of Universal Studios best rides. Tell your friends and family what they should ride, or keep the list for your next visit!

FAQs

What is the scariest ride at Universal Studios Hollywood? ›

1. Revenge Of The Mummy: The Ride. What is this? Topping our list as the scariest ride at Universal Studios Hollywood is Revenge Of The Mummy: The Ride.

What month is least crowded at Universal Studios Hollywood? ›

Here are the days we expect to have the lowest crowd levels at Universal Studios Hollywood in 2023:
  • Weekdays in January (minus the week of New Year's Day and the days around MLK Day)
  • Weekdays in February (minus the days around Presidents Day)
  • March 1-10.
  • April 17-30.
  • Weekdays in May (except for Memorial Day)

What is the craziest ride at Universal? ›

Given its wild stats, VelociCoaster is the most thrilling attraction at Universal Orlando. (Although, we have not included Volcano Bay's water park rides here, and the Ko'okiri Body Plunge, which is inside the volcano, may actually be scarier.) It features two magnetic launches, one of which propels it to 70 mph.

Is Jaws still at Universal Studios Hollywood? ›

First opened on April 10th 1976 on the banks of the former Singapore Lake (see below), following the release of Steven Spielberg's 1975 smash-hit film, Jaws is still the signature attraction of Universal Studios Hollywood Studio Tour.

What is the slowest day of the week at Universal Studios Hollywood? ›

Least busy days at Universal Studios Hollywood 2022

Historically, weekdays in the morning to mid-afternoon are the best days to go to Universal Studios Hollywood 2022. Just remember, weekdays can still fall on certain holidays or special events, which would make them Universal Studios Hollywood peak times.

What day of the week is the slowest at Universal? ›

Universal Studios Least Busy Days in Order:
  • Tuesday (best day to go to Universal Studios)
  • Thursday.
  • Wednesday.
  • Sunday.
  • Friday.
  • Monday.
  • Saturday (busiest day at Universal Studios)

What is Universal's least busiest day? ›

Traditionally, Mondays are the busiest, with business tapering off every day until Sunday, usually the slowest day. Holiday weekends are different, and during Halloween Horror Nights, weekends may be busier. over a year ago. It is summer now so even weekdays are crazy!

What is the most intense ride at Universal Studios California? ›

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.

What rides should you do first at Universal? ›

Not all attractions may be open, but it gives you a great head start on your day. The Wizarding World usually opens first.
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Attractions with Single Rider lines:
  • Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.
  • Flight of the Hippogriff.
  • Revenge of the Mummy - The Ride.
  • Transformers: The Ride 3D.
  • Jurassic World - The Ride.
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What is the longest wait time for a Universal ride? ›

On these lean days, average waiting times are around 30 minutes. Saturday is the busiest day, with the longest queues in front of almost every ride and an average waiting time of 55 minutes.
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Average waiting by day of the week.
Day of the WeekAverage Wait Times
Friday35 minutes
Saturday55 minutes
Sunday45 minutes
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Did someone fall in Jaws ride? ›

Incident. In July 1990, a 39-year-old man fell into the water while riding after a boat railing allegedly broke. According to his lawyer, guests applauded as he was pulled back into the boat, having assumed the incident was part of the ride.

Why did Jaws ride shut down? ›

The ride first came in 1990 to Universal, but in 2012, it was removed. Because Jaws took up a lot of space in the area, it became a prime candidate when it came to finding something to remove so that Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts (The Wizarding World of Harry Potter) could be built.

Why did Universal get rid of Shrek? ›

The 4D attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood, Shrek 4 – was retired in 2019 to make way for DreamWorks Theatre.

Should you wear jeans to Universal Studios? ›

Most people prefer jeans and that's fine but fair warning, if you are going to Universal Orlando or any theme park in Florida during the summer, it will be scorching. Muscle tees, tank tops, crop tops, cotton material tees, all of these are perfectly fine.

Can you wear fanny pack on rides at Universal? ›

If you have prohibited items like backpacks, Universal lets you store them in on-site lockers. One item that is still allowed on Universal rides is the fanny pack. While it can't carry as many things as a backpack, its light weight allows it still to be brought on rides, without having to stow it away in a locker.

Which Harry Potter ride is better at Universal? ›

1. Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts. The highlight of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Diagon Alley, this attraction is truly the best ride at Universal Studios Florida. The queue itself is wildly impressive, with goblins that look like they're straight from the movies.

What ride at Universal Studios has the biggest drop? ›

Next door to Islands of Adventure at Universal Studios, the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit is an experience unlike any other coaster. The ride reaches speeds up to 65 miles per hour, and features a 90-degree climb to the top of a 167-foot drop.

How much does it cost to skip lines at Universal? ›

Cost of a Universal Express Pass

Pricing for standard Universal Express access starts at $79.99 per person per day (plus tax), while Universal Express Unlimited starts at $109.99 per person per day (plus tax). This base pricing only includes one park per day.

What time of day is universal the busiest? ›

It doesn't matter whether it's the first day of July or the last day of February – theme parks are always busiest in the middle of the day. Even on a low-crowd day, if you arrive at the parks at 10:00 am and have to leave by 3:00 pm, you're going to end up feeling like you hit a really busy day.

What's the best day of the week to go to Universal Studios Hollywood? ›

The best day to go to Universal Studios Hollywood is between Monday to Thursday within the off-season from October – February with the exception of holidays such as Halloween, Christmas Day, Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve.

How do you get picked at ollivanders? ›

You can better your odds of being chosen by a wand by wearing wizarding gear. Many wand keepers seem to be especially partial to Griffyndor. You can also increase your chances by staying near the front, and well, being a kid, or at least young at heart.

Is Universal cheaper than Disney? ›

Additionally, as a general rule, Universal is less expensive than Disney in practically every area, including theme park meals, tickets, and hotel accommodations. In addition to being less expensive, the hotels at Universal seem to provide more facilities for free than those at Disney World.

What is the best month to go to Universal Studios? ›

Best Times to Visit Universal Orlando in 2023

Day) January 23 to February 17 (between MLK Day and Presidents' Day) February 27 to the Beginning of March (between Presidents' Day and spring break) Weekdays throughout September to December (minus Thanksgiving week and Christmas/New Year's week)

Why does Universal close early? ›

The theme parks are very good at keeping tabs on the numbers of guests and when those numbers are high or low. Universal has chosen to close early during off season; if they didn't they would be out of business because their expenses would exceed their income in off peak months.

How many days at Universal is enough? ›

Three days is ideal, particularly with a park-to-park pass, as it will allow you to fully explore each park and revisit your favorite attractions. A highlights tour of both parks can be done in one long day, but it would be tiring and you would miss many delightful smaller attractions.

What rides should you do first at Hollywood studios? ›

During the first hour, wait times for Rock 'N' Roller Coaster and the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror should be relatively low. Start with Tower of Terror, and then follow that by doing the Rock 'N' Roller Coaster while you're in the neighborhood–you might even be able to do the latter twice before crowds build.

What type of bag should I bring to Universal? ›

For this reason, I highly recommend bringing a small backpack or fanny pack – that will fit into the free lockers – as there are several things to bring to Universal Studios that will need to be stowed for a comfortable and convenient experience.

What do you do with your phone on rides at Universal? ›

Loose articles like cell phones, cameras, umbrellas and keys are prohibited at most attractions, and should be left with a non-rider or secured in a locker. Items that could extend out of the ride vehicle—either before or during the ride—should be properly secured before riding.

Is universal free after 6pm? ›

This is just what it sounds like: CityWalk offers complimentary admission all day, every day. After 6 p.m., parking is free as well, except during Halloween Horror Nights. And you'll never pay parking fees when you arrive on public transportation or stay at an official Universal Orlando Resort Hotel.

Can you do universal in 6 hours? ›

Most people would say 6-7 hours is the average time needed to see the best of Universal Studios, so pretty much one full day. You could certainly spend multiple days there seeing all the theme park has to offer but 6-7 hours should cover the main sights and experiences to get through that you are interested in.

Is 2 days enough for Universal? ›

Re: Is 2 days enough for Universal? I would say a day in each park is enough to do each ride. Depending on your dates in December, the closer you get to xmas week the parks will be very busy and yes you can buy Fast passes. The Fast pass can't be used on rip ride rocket or the Harry potter rides.

Is the shooting star in Jaws real? ›

According to The Making of 'Jaws' (1995) documentary, the shooting star that appears during the night scene where Brody loads his revolver was real, not an optical effect.

Was Jaws filmed in a pool? ›

So Spielberg recruited a small crew and reshot the scene in film editor Verna Fields' backyard swimming pool in Encino, California. To make the clear, chlorinated water match the murkier look of the ocean, crew members poured a gallon of milk into the pool.

Where is the Jaws shark now? ›

It originally had tenure at Universal Studios Hollywood until 1990, when it moved to the Adlen Brothers Auto Wrecking firm in Sun Valley, California. The business closed in 2016 and owner Nathan Adlen donated the shark to the Academy Museum.

Is Jaws back at Universal Studios? ›

JAWS was later retired from the theme park in 2012 to make way for Diagon Alley and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Though the two attractions are gone, they have never been forgotten.

Is there a shark ride at Universal? ›

Welcome to Amity

From the sunken amityisland.net (2005-2010) the JAWS attraction tribute website has now resurfaced bigger than ever. Go behind the scenes of your favourite shark ride at all three Universal Studios theme parks.

What did the Jaws ride get replaced with? ›

It was perpetually July 4th in Amity, home of the classic Jaws ride. But on July 8th, 2014, Jaws' replacement will officially open as Universal Orlando debuts, Diagon Alley.

What ride is replacing Shrek at Universal? ›

Known in permits as Project 331, the new Minions attraction is being built inside of the former Shrek 4-D attraction, which is Building 40 (or Building 4D, as the gag on the side says). Shrek 4-D closed permanently back in January, after running for 18 years at Universal Studios Florida.

Why did Universal get rid of King Kong? ›

King Kong Encounter closed in 2008 after a fire broke out at Universal Studios Hollywood. However, the park still hosts a new Kong attraction: King Kong: 360 3-D.

Is Universal getting rid of Spiderman? ›

Universal Studios Removes 'Spider-Man,' 'Hulk' Attractions from Park Update. The Universal Studios Orlando Resort is one of the most popular vacation destinations globally, rivaling that of The Walt Disney World Resort.

Has there been a death at Universal? ›

Dueling Dragons/Dragon Challenge

On July 1, 2009, an employee was walking underneath the Dueling Dragons coaster in a restricted area when he was hit by a train during a test run. The victim suffered multiple head injuries and was taken to nearby Orlando Regional Medical Center and then later died.

What is the most intense Harry Potter ride? ›

For Universal's Wizarding World of Harry Potter attractions, the fairly mild Flight of the Hippogriff rates 3.25 on the thrill-o-meter, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey merits a 5.5, and the more thrilling coaster, Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Coaster clocks in at 6.5.

What is the number one scariest ride in the world? ›

Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure near Jackson, New Jersey, USA, reaches a maximum height of 139 m (456 ft) above ground level, making it the world's tallest roller coaster with riders reaching 206 km/h (128 mph) just seconds after launch.

What ride was stuck at Universal Studios? ›

LOS ANGELES COUNTY, Ca. (KTLA) — Nearly a dozen people were stuck on a theme park ride at Universal Studios Hollywood Thursday afternoon after the ride encountered a mechanical issue.

Why is the Jaws ride closed? ›

Jaws® Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water, a giant fin sliced through the waves and you were suddenly face to face with three tons of Great White fury—Jaws®. The big beast left the park in 2012 to make room for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ – Diagon Alley™.

Is it worth riding the Hogwarts Express at Universal? ›

The main reason is this is the only way to make sure you see absolutely everything that the Wizarding World of Harry Potter has to offer. The other main reason we think the Hogwarts Express is worth it is that it's a convenient way to travel between the two parks and you can enjoy a different experience both ways.

Is the Harry Potter ride worth it? ›

Recommended. This is my favorite ride of all time! It's is so amazing and Harry Potter fans use ride it! It can make some people motion sick but even if you don't want to ride it you should definitely go through the Q the ride is so fun!

What is the #1 roller coaster? ›

Tallest steel roller coasters
RankNamePark
1Kingda KaSix Flags Great Adventure
2Superman: Escape from KryptonSix Flags Magic Mountain
3Red ForceFerrari Land
4Fury 325Carowinds
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What is the scariest ride in the world 2022? ›

The Riddler's Revenge – The world's highest, fastest, and longest standup roller coaster. It also boasts the highest number of inversions, with six inversions.

What is the deadliest ride? ›

Q.1- Which is the most dangerous ride in the world?
  • Sky Scream Roller coaster-Germany.
  • Steel Dragon 2000, Japan.
  • Zero Gravity Theme Park in Dallas, Texas.
  • Insanity Ride at Stratosphere-Las Vegas.
  • Akhram Asylum- Movie world Australia.
  • Mission Space- Disney World, Florida.
  • Derby Racer, Revere Beach, Massachusetts.
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