Toddler Rides at Universal Studios Hollywood

toddler rides at universal studios hollywood

Universal Studios Hollywood is an iconic entertainment destination, seamlessly blending thrills, magic, and cinematic wonder. Nestled in the heart of Southern California, this theme park caters to visitors of all ages, making it an ideal spot for family adventures.

As a mother and travel blogger, I am thrilled to share our recent adventure exploring the park with our toddler, with the hope of inspiring you to embark on your own stress-free and knowledgable trip. 

Toddler Rides at Universal Studios Hollywood Breakdown

Universal Studios Hollywood Excitement Unleashed 

Having recently embarked on this unforgettable journey with our little one earlier this year, the excitement was almost tangible from the moment we entered the park.

The sheer joy reflected in our toddler’s eyes as she encountered beloved characters and experienced the magic of the movies was truly heartwarming. 

From the enchanting Wizarding World of Harry Potter to the whimsical delights of Super Silly Fun Land, Universal Studios Hollywood unfolds as a treasure trove of family-friendly attractions. As a mom, witnessing my child’s laughter and sheer joy through the park brought a profound sense of happiness, making our visit an unforgettable bonding experience.


If you ever get the chance to take a mommy and me (parent and little) one-on-one trip, besides the allure of travel and adventure, the overarching bonding experience and the unforgettable memories are priceless.

Toddler Rides at Universal Studios Hollywood Jurassic World

Family-Centric Attractions

Universal Studios Hollywood seamlessly weaves together blockbuster entertainment and family-centric attractions.

The park offers a variety of rides suitable for young thrill-seekers, ensuring that every family member can experience the excitement.

Whether it’s the immersive adventure of Despicable Me Minion Mayhem or the timeless classic of The Simpsons Ride, Universal Studios Hollywood caters to the diverse interests of both parents and toddlers. 

Toddler Rides at Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Hollywood has the least amount of rides as a whole compared to the other Universal parks.

The theme park has 11 rides, and those are split between adult rides and rides for younger kids. We will list all 11 rides below but break them up into height restriction categories so you have a better idea of rides that are good for little kids, older kids, and adults in your group. 

If this is your first time, we will talk about child swap and the child swap room that Universal offers, as well as a few other important notes you should know about going to Universal Studios Hollywood with a toddler.

For the Toddler Rides at Universal Studios Hollywood section, we will discuss the minimum height requirement, lot locations of the ride, and a little bit about the ride style. 

Rides at Universal Studios Hollywood

As we mentioned before, there are 11 rides currently and one under construction with a targeted 2024 open date.

I like to discuss toddler rides by height, not age. There are some 4-year-olds who, yes, are toddlers but are almost 44 inches tall.

But having a two-year-old toddler who’s barely 38 inches will provide a significantly different experience when it comes to toddler rides at Universal Studios Hollywood. We will break the rides into a younger toddler rides section, older toddler rides at Universal Studios Hollywood section, and an older kids/adult section. 

We provided a free download for toddler rides at Universal Studios below that is color coordinated and has the essential information on each ride available in the park.

The best toddler rides at Universal Studios Hollywood are Secret Life of Pets, Flight of the Hippogriff, and Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge. 

Toddler Rides at Universal Studios Hollywood List

Download Toddler Rides at Universal Studios Hollywood List


No Restriction Toddler Rides at Universal Studios Hollywood

Silly Swirly Fun Ride

Height Requirements: No Height Restrictions

Lot Location: Upper Lot 

Embark on a delightful and whimsical journey aboard the aerial carousel-style Silly Swirly Fun Ride, located in Super Silly Fun Land. This attraction is perfect for the entire family, and there are no height restrictions. Spin and twirl in a world of laughter and delight as you make cherished memories with your loved ones.

Studio Tour

Height Requirements: No Height Restrictions

Lot Location: Studio Tour Lower Lot

Hosted by Jimmy Fallon and the wonderful tour guide, this tram ride takes you behind the scenes of blockbuster movies and TV shows, providing a fascinating glimpse into the world of filmmaking. You will experience King Kong, an Earthquake, a Flash Flood, Bruce from Jaws, and so much more. 

Keep in mind the studio tour is 60-70 minutes long and does not have a bathroom option. There are restrooms on the lower studio lot that you can use, we suggest peeing right before you board the tram.

Younger Toddler Rides at Universal Studios Hollywood

Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash

Height Requirements: 34 Inches or taller 

Lot Location: Upper Lot

The Secret Life of Pets ride is probably my favorite kids ride Universal Hollywood has, it takes you on a wild adventure as a lost puppy looking to find your new adoptive family. 

Flight of the Hippogriff

Height Requirements: 39 Inches or taller

Lot Location: Upper Lot, Wizarding World of Harry Potter

The cutest kids coaster in the park. Experience the magic of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and spark your lifelong Harry Potter obsession early with this kid-friendly coaster that allows you to soar through the enchanting grounds of Hogwarts on the back of Beckbeak, the majestic Hippogriff.

Older Toddler Rides at Universal Studios Hollywood

Despicable Me Minion Mayhem

Height Requirements: 40 Inches or taller

Lot Location: Upper Lot

This 3D motion simulator ride takes you into Gru’s world. Join the mischievous Minions on a hilarious and heartwarming journey that will have the whole family laughing and smiling. This is a motion-simulated ride.

The Simpsons Ride

Height Requirements: 40 Inches or taller

Lot Location: Upper Lot

Springfield comes to life on The Simpsons Ride, a motion-simulated adventure that invites you to join the Simpson family on a wild and comical escapade. Brace yourself for twists, turns, and the unmistakable humor of Springfield.

Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge

Height Requirements: 40 Inches

Lot Location: Lower Lot, Super Nintendo World

This high-octane ride brings the iconic video game to life, allowing you to race against familiar characters in a real-life Mario Kart adventure. Using new groundbreaking technology, this ride is perfect for younger children as well as adults. 

Transformers: The Ride 3D

Height Requirements: 40 Inches or taller

Lot Location: Lower Lot

Join the battle between Autobots and Decepticons on Transformers: The Ride 3D. Located in the Lower Lot, this action-packed ride with a height requirement of 40 inches or taller combines 3D technology and practical effects for an immersive and exhilarating experience.

Older Kids Rides at Universal Studios Hollywood

Jurassic World – The Ride

Height Requirements: 42 Inches or taller

Lot Location: Lower Lot

Venture into the prehistoric world on Jurassic World – The Ride in the Lower Lot. Originally themed for Jurassic Park, this thrilling water adventure brings you face to face with awe-inspiring dinosaurs, combining heart-pounding excitement with cutting-edge technology. This is one of the most popular attractions in the summer months. 

Harry Potter and The Forbidden Journey

Height Requirements: 48 Inches or taller

Lot Location: Upper Lot, Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Immerse yourself in the Wizarding world on Harry Potter and The Forbidden Journey. Using unique ride technology this motion ride fly you over the castle ground on a trilling adventure. 

Revenge of the Mummy

Height Requirements: 48 Inches or taller

Lot Location: Lower Lot

Dare to face the curse on Revenge of the Mummy, located in the Lower Lot. This indoor roller coaster takes you on a high-speed journey through dark and mysterious ancient tombs. With its special effects and unexpected heart-pumping thrills, it is an experience you won’t forget. This ride features a child switch room at the load station where parents can sit and wait to swap with the other parent once their ride is over. 

Coming Soon to Universal Studios Hollywood

Coming Soon: The New Fast and Furious Roller Coaster

Height Requirements:

Lot Location: Upper Lot

Universal’s Animal Actors and Special Effects Stage show were both taken down last year in mid-2023 to begin construction on the new roller coaster that will start in the upper lot and make its way down to the lower lot. There have been a lot of rumors about a drifting roller coaster. All we can imagine is that this will be high-speed and will be absolutely thrilling. 

While these have been long-standing, It’s important to check requirements before your visit for any updates or changes. 

Toddler rides at Universal Studios Hollywood Silly Swirly
Toddler rides at Universal Studios Hollywood Mario Kart: Bowsers Challenge
Toddler rides at Universal Studios Hollywood Flight of the Hippogriff

Child Swap for Adult Rides at Universal Studios Hollywood

If your children are too small or unwilling to go on a particular ride that you want to experience, don’t worry. You can take advantage of the “child switch” program available for each ride. It’s simple: while the rest of your party rides the attraction, one member can wait with the little ones. 

Once the first riders are done, the adult(s) who sat out can enjoy the ride while the person(s) who rode can stay with the kids. This way, everyone gets to experience the ride they want! Many of the rides have a child switch room where you can sit and wait to swap, so you will want to talk to a team member before entering the ride line for specific ride details.

Shows and Play Areas

While rides are on the slimmer side when it comes to toddler rides at Universal Studios Hollywood, shows and play areas are something that they do really well.  

Water World

Plunge into the heart-pounding action at Water World, a mesmerizing live show at Universal Studios Hollywood. Set against a post-apocalyptic backdrop, this sensational performance combines daring stunts, explosive special effects, and breathtaking water-based feats. Brace yourself for an immersive experience as you witness thrilling battles, daring escapes, and jaw-dropping acrobatics. With a chance of getting soaked, Water World promises an adrenaline-pumping spectacle suitable for audiences of all ages. It’s a must-see attraction for those seeking excitement and aquatic marvels.

Water splash areas are marked, but if you want to steer clear, head towards the back. 

Kung Fu Panda

Located in Dreamworks Theatre, join Po, the lovable panda, on a captivating journey filled with humor, heart, and high-flying action. This immersive 4D show brings the beloved characters to life with stunning animation and special effects, allowing audiences to feel every kick and splash. Sit farther back to get a better view of the entire Theater. 

DinoPlay

For young children, DinoPlay is a delightful interactive play area that combines education with fun. Nestled in the Lower Lot, this dinosaur-themed play zone allows kids to unleash their imagination as they climb, slide, and engage in hands-on activities. With playful dinosaur fossil designs and educational elements about these prehistoric creatures, DinoPlay provides a welcome break for families. Children can burn off energy while parents relax in a shaded and themed environment, surrounded by the fascinating world of dinosaur fossils.

Super Silly Fun Land

It features invigorating water play features and charming small play areas, and it creates a great way for family members to bond. Designed with small children in mind, this vibrant land offers safe and entertaining experiences, making it the perfect destination for families with young children. The Super Silly Fun Land splash pad offers a range of exciting features, from interactive fountains to colorful slides, all designed to create a fun and enjoyable experience for visitors of all ages.

Toddler Super Nintendo World Mini Games

Mini Games in Super Nintendo World

Step into the vibrant and interactive world of Super Nintendo World, where mini-games await around every corner. Challenge your friends in Mario Kart-inspired races, collect virtual coins throughout the land, and experience the dynamic and engaging mini-games. Whether you’re a seasoned gamer or just seeking some friendly competition, these mini-games add an extra layer of excitement to your overall experience. 

Learn more about Super Nintendo World and how to make the best of your visit

Interactive wand location in Universal Studios Hollywood

Interactive Wand Locations in Wizarding World of Harry Potter

You will need to use interactive wands in this area. Interactive wands can be purchased through Olivanders and have a gold bar on them. 

Channel your inner wizard or witch in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter with an interactive wand. Explore the enchanting streets of Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley, discover hidden spell locations, and witness magical feats. From making water spout to causing objects to move, the interactive wand experience, combined with the magical ambiance, adds an extra layer of enchantment to your visit. 

Character Meet and Greet

One thing that sets Universal apart from many of the other parks with characters is how you interact with the characters. There are so many characters out and about in Universal Studios Hollywood, and depending on what special event is going on will depend on what rare characters will be there. Long lines are not something you will typically run into when it comes to character meet and greets. 

Your toddler seeing their favorite characters is one of the best highlights you will experience. Kid-friendly rides are always great, but there is just something about the joy on a young kids face that sees a character they are obsessed with. 

Character Meet and Greet Universal Studios Hollywood
Guy Diamond character meet and greet Universal Studios Hollywood
Toddler character meet and greet at Universal Studios Hollywood

Characters you may see during your visit at Universal Studios Hollywood

  1. Poppy and Guy Diamond
  2. Mario and Luigi, Peach and Toad
  3. Scooby Doo and the Gang
  4. Optimus Prime and Mega Tron 
  5. Raptor Encounter, Baby Raptor and Triceratops 
  6. Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein
  7. Count Dracula
  8. Marilyn Monroe
  9. Hello Kitty
  10. King Julius
  11. Doc Brown from Back to the Future
  12. New York City Goers
  13. Gru and the Minions
  14. Shrek, Fiona and Donkey
  15. Curious George

Navigating Universal Studios Hollywood Lockers 

At Universal Studios Hollywood, there are a few different lockers to be aware of.

Universal Studios Hollywood has small, medium, and large lockers conveniently located at the front of the park. On my last solo trip, I used one of the medium lockers for my duffle bag and merchandise. I had to check out of my hotel and needed a place to put my things while I was in the park for the day.

Locker Sizes:

  • Small Lockers: Height – 12¾” Width – 11″ Length – 16½” – $8
  • Medium Lockers: Height – 16″ Width – 8″ Length – 16″ – $12 
  • Large Lockers: Height – 21½” Width – 11″ Length – 16″ – $15 

Lockers are one price for the entire day with unlimited in/out privileges. 

The lockers take both cash and credit cards. 

The second type of locker is available for rides. 

These lockers are located outside the rides queue entrance and hold your items that are too large for the ride. This is mostly used for Revenge of the Mummy, but lockers are available for other rides as well.

First Aid

Universal Studios Hollywood has two first aid stations. One is on the lower lot near Jurassic Cafe and the Character Shop, and the second is on the upper lot next to the French Street Bistro.

Frequently Asked Questions about Toddlers at Universal Studios Hollywood

Coming Soon to Universal Studios Hollywood: The New Fast and Furious Roller Coaster

Height Requirements: No height requirement has been announced yet.

Are there designated nursing/changing areas in the park at Universal Studios Hollywood?

Universal Studios Hollywood has a changing room or nursing facility inside the First Aid Station. All bathrooms have a diaper-changing station for parents to use. 

Can I bring snacks for my toddler into Universal Studios Hollywood?

Yes, you can bring snacks for your toddler to Universal Studios Hollywood. Small snacks and small amounts of food are allowed at the theme park.

Is there a rider swap option for parents taking turns with older children at Universal Studios Hollywood?

Yes, this is one of our favorite features of Universal Studios. They are very family friendly when it comes to child swap, and some rides provide a room for parents to wait in.

All rides at Universal Studios Hollywood offer a form of child swap. Let a team member know you are looking to do a child swap, and they will help you. 

Does Universal Studios Hollywood have strollers to rent?

Yes, Universal Studios Hollywood has both single and double strollers available to rent at the theme park. You are also able to bring your own stroller for convenience. 

What other Universal Parks have rides for Toddlers?

Both Theme parks in Universal Orlando have toddler rides, Universal Orlando Resort and Island of Adventure have multiple toddler rides. The new Dreamworks land just opened in Universal Orlando, and Epic Universe has a projected 2025 open date. 

What are the height restrictions for popular toddler rides?

Here are the height restrictions for popular toddler rides at Universal Studios Hollywood and other rides at Universal Studios Hollywood. 

Silly Swirly Fun Ride

Height Requirements: No Height Restrictions

Studio Tour

Height Requirements: No Height Restrictions

Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash

Height Requirements: 34 Inches or taller 

Flight of the Hippogriff

Height Requirements: 39 Inches or taller

Despicable Me Minion Mayhem

Height Requirements: 40 Inches or taller

The Simpsons Ride

Height Requirements: 40 Inches or taller

Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge

Height Requirements: 40 Inches

Transformers: The Ride 3D

Height Requirements: 40 Inches or taller

Jurassic World – The Ride

Height Requirements: 42 Inches or taller

Harry Potter and The Forbidden Journey

Height Requirements: 48 Inches or taller

Revenge of the Mummy

Height Requirements: 48 Inches or taller

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