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Full List of Disability Access for Universal Orlando Attractions

by Leap on May 1, 2023 12

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We get tons of questions about disability access at the theme parks, and most of our questions center around the rides and attractions. We've covered the various types of disability access for Disney World attractions, and today we're looking at disability access at the Universal Orlando Resort! With this full list of disability access for Universal Orlando attractions, you can be fully prepared for a wonderful and stress-free vacation. We've covered both Universal's Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida, so let's get hoppin'!

Don't forget to check out our Overview of Universal's Attraction Assistance Pass. This post is also handy when preparing to experience the parks as a person with disabilities!

Disability Access for Universal Orlando Attractions

Accommodations by Park: Islands of Adventure | Universal Studios

Full List of Disability Access for Universal Orlando Attractions - Islands of Adventure (Hogsmeade)

DISABILITY ACCESS FOR UNIVERSAL'S ISLANDS OF ADVENTURES® ATTRACTIONS

The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man®

  • Guests must be able to transfer from their wheelchair/ECV to the ride vehicle with the assistance of a party member.
  • Guests with service animals should see a ride attendant for access information.
  • Open Caption queue monitors are available on The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man®. Ask a Team Member for details.

Camp Jurassic™

  • Guests may remain in their wheelchair/ECV/motorized scooter or wheelchair throughout the attraction experience. There are ramps that provide access to all areas of Camp Jurassic™.
  • Service animals are permitted at Camp Jurassic™.

Caro-Seuss-el™

  • Guests may remain in their wheelchair throughout the attraction experience. Guests must, however, transfer from their ECV or motorized wheelchair/scooter to a standard wheelchair to experience Caro-Seuss-el™.
  • The ride vehicle has adequate floor space for a service animal. Since there is an option of bench or character seating, riders on characters may have a service animal lie in front of or between the animals. Leash length should be long enough to accommodate the rising characters. Guests with service animals should see a ride attendant for access information.

The Cat in the Hat™

  • Guests may remain in their wheelchair throughout the attraction experience. Guests must, however, transfer from their ECV or motorized wheelchair/scooter to a standard wheelchair to experience The Cat in the Hat™.
  • The ride vehicle has minimal to adequate floor space for a service animal. It also has adequate side barriers to contain medium to large animals. Guests with service animals should see a ride attendant for access information.
  • Assistive Listening Devices are available for portions of The Cat in the Hat™. Ask a Team Member for details.

Doctor Doom's Fearfall®

  • Guests must be able to transfer from their wheelchair/ECV to the ride vehicle with the assistance of a party member.
  • Service animals are not permitted on Doctor Doom's Fearfall®.
  • Open Caption queue monitors are available on Doctor Doom's Fearfall®. Ask a Team Member for details.
  • Assistive Listening Devices are available for portions of Doctor Doom's Fearfall®. Ask a Team Member for details.

Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls®

  • Guests must be able to transfer from their wheelchair/ECV to the ride vehicle with the assistance of a party member.
  • Service animals are not permitted on Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls®.

Flight of the Hippogriff™

  • Guests must be able to transfer from their wheelchair/ECV to the ride vehicle with the assistance of a party member.
  • Service animals are not permitted on Flight of the Hippogriff™. A portable kennel is available upon request.

Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure™

  • Guests must be able to transfer from their wheelchair/ECV to the ride vehicle with the assistance of a party member. This attraction has a modified ride vehicle to assist with the transfer.
  • Service animals are not permitted on Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure™. A portable kennel is available upon request.

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™

  • Guests must be able to transfer from their wheelchair/ECV to the ride vehicle with the assistance of a party member. For guests with difficulty transitioning between a stationary platform and a moving platform, a non-moving transfer station is available. Please see a ride attendant for assistance.
  • Service animals are not permitted on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™. A portable kennel is available upon request.

The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride!™

  • Guests must be able to transfer from their wheelchair/ECV to the ride vehicle with the assistance of a party member.
  • The ride vehicle has minimal to adequate floor space for a service animal. It also has side barriers for containment. Guests with service animals should see a ride attendant for access information.

Hogwarts™ Express - Hogsmeade™ Station

  • Guests may remain in their wheelchair/ECV/motorized scooter or wheelchair throughout the attraction experience.
  • The ride vehicle has adequate floor space for a service animal. It also has side barriers for containment. Guests with service animals should see a ride attendant for access information.

If I Ran The Zoo™

  • Guests may remain in their wheelchair throughout the attraction experience. Guests must, however, transfer from their ECV or motorized wheelchair/scooter to a standard wheelchair to experience If I Ran The Zoo™.

Incredible Hulk Coaster®

  • Guests must be able to transfer from their wheelchair/ECV to the ride vehicle with the assistance of a party member.
  • Service animals are not permitted on The Incredible Hulk Coaster®.
  • Open Caption queue monitors are available on The Incredible Hulk Coaster®. Ask a Team Member for details.
  • Assistive Listening Devices are available for portions of The Incredible Hulk Coaster®. Ask a Team Member for details.

Jurassic Park Discovery Center™

  • Guests may remain in their wheelchair/ECV/motorized scooter or wheelchair throughout the attraction experience.
  • Service animals are permitted at the Jurassic Park Discovery Center™.

Jurassic Park River Adventure®

  • Guests must be able to transfer from their wheelchair/ECV to the ride vehicle with the assistance of a party member.
  • Service animals are not permitted on Jurassic Park River Adventure®.
  • Open Caption queue monitors are available on Jurassic Park River Adventure®. Ask a Team Member for details.
  • Assistive Listening Devices are available for portions of Jurassic Park River Adventure®. Ask a Team Member for details.

Jurassic World VelociCoaster

  • Guests must be able to transfer from their wheelchair/ECV to the ride vehicle with the assistance of a party member.
  • Service animals are not permitted on Jurassic World VelociCoaster. A portable kennel is available upon request.

Me Ship, The Olive®

  • Guests may remain their wheelchair/ECV/motorized scooter or wheelchair throughout the attraction experience.
  • The walk-through attractions have adequate floor space for a service animal.

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish™

  • Guests may remain in their wheelchair throughout the attraction experience. Guests must, however, transfer from their ECV or motorized wheelchair/scooter to a standard wheelchair to experience One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish™.
  • The ride vehicle has adequate floor space for a service animal. It also has adequate side barriers for containment. Guests with service animals should see a ride attendant for access information.

Popeye & Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges®

  • Guests must be able to transfer from their wheelchair/ECV to the ride vehicle with the assistance of a party member.
  • Service animals are not permitted on Popeye & Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges®.

Pteranodon Flyers™

  • Guests must be able to transfer from their wheelchair/ECV to the ride vehicle with the assistance of a party member.
  • Service animals are not permitted on Pteranodon Flyers™.

Skull Island: Reign of Kong

  • Guests may remain in their wheelchair throughout the attraction experience. Guests must, however, transfer from their ECV or motorized wheelchair/scooter to a standard wheelchair to experience Skull Island: Reign of Kong.
  • The ride vehicle has adequate floor space for a service animal. It also has adequate side barriers for containment. Guests with service animals should see a ride attendant for access information.

Storm Force Accelatron®

  • Guests must be able to transfer from their wheelchair/ECV to the ride vehicle with the assistance of a party member.
  • The ride vehicle has adequate floor space for a service animal. It also has adequate side barriers for containment. Guests with service animals should see a ride attendant for access information.

Full List of Disability Access for Universal Orlando Attractions - Universal Studios Florida

DISABILITY ACCESS FOR UNIVERSAL STUDIOS ATTRACTIONS

Animal Actors on Location

  • Guests may remain in their wheelchair/ECV/motorized scooter or wheelchair throughout the attraction experience.
  • The show has adequate floor space for a service animal.
  • Assistive Listening Devices are available for Animal Actors on Location. Ask a Team Member for details.

The Blues Brothers® Show

  • Guests may remain their wheelchair/ECV/motorized scooter or wheelchair throughout the attraction experience.
  • The outdoor show has adequate floor space for a service animal.

The Bourne Stuntacular

  • Guests may remain in their wheelchair throughout the attraction experience. Guests must, however, transfer from their ECV or motorized scooter/wheelchair to a standard wheelchair to experience The Bourne Stuntacular.
  • The theater has adequate floor space throughout. There are various live performers in direct proximity to the audience, so please see an Attractions Attendant for recommended seating locations to ensure the safety of both the service animal and performers.

Despicable Me Minion Mayhem

  • Guests must be able to transfer from their wheelchair/ECV to the ride vehicle with the assistance of a party member. A stationary location is available for those not capable of transferring from their wheelchair.
  • The ride vehicle has minimal to adequate floor space for a service animal. It has no side barriers for containment. Stationary seating is also available. Guests with service animals should see a ride attendant for access information.
  • Open Caption queue monitors are available on Despicable Me Minion Mayhem. Ask a Team Member for details.
  • Assistive Listening Devices are available for portions of Despicable Me Minion Mayhem. Ask a Team Member for details.

E.T. Adventure®

  • Guests may remain in their wheelchair throughout the attraction experience. Guests must, however, transfer from their ECV or motorized scooter/wheelchair to a standard wheelchair to experience E.T. Adventure®.
  • The ride vehicle has minimum to adequate floor space for a service animal. However, there are no side bars for containment. Guests with service animals should see a ride attendant for access information.
  • Open Caption queue monitors are available on E.T. Adventure®. Ask a Team Member for details.

Fast & Furious — Supercharged™

  • Guests must be able to transfer from their wheelchair/ECV to the ride vehicle with the assistance of a party member.
  • The ride vehicle has minimal to adequate floor space for a service animal. It also has side barriers for containment. Guests with service animals should see a ride attendant for access information.

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts™

  • Guests must be able to transfer from their wheelchair/ECV to the ride vehicle with the assistance of a party member.
  • Service animals are not permitted on Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts™.

Hogwarts™ Express - King's Cross Station

  • Guests may remain in their wheelchair/ECV/motorized scooter or wheelchair throughout the attraction experience.
  • The ride vehicle has adequate floor space for a service animal. Guests with service animals should see a ride attendant for access information.

Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit®

  • Guests must be able to transfer from their wheelchair/ECV to the ride vehicle with the assistance of a party member. There is a device to assist with the transfer; see a ride attendant for assistance.
  • Service animals are not permitted on Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit®.
  • Open Caption queue monitors are available on Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit®. Ask a Team Member for details.

Kang & Kodos' Twirl 'n' Hurl

  • Guests must be able to transfer from their wheelchair/ECV to the ride vehicle with the assistance of a party member.
  • The ride vehicle has adequate floor space for a service animal. It also has side barriers for containment. Guests with service animals should see a ride attendant for access information.

MEN IN BLACK™ Alien Attack™

  • Guests may remain in their wheelchair throughout the attraction experience. Guests must, however, transfer from their ECV or motorized scooter/wheelchair to a standard wheelchair to experience MEN IN BLACK™ Alien Attack™.
  • Service animals are not permitted on MEN IN BLACK™ Alien Attack™.
  • Open Caption queue monitors are available on MEN IN BLACK™ Alien Attack™. Ask a Team Member for details.
  • Assistive Listening Devices are available for this attraction. Ask a Team Member for details.

Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon

  • Guests may remain in their wheelchair throughout the attraction experience. Guests must, however, transfer from their ECV or motorized scooter/wheelchair to a standard wheelchair to experience Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon.
  • The ride vehicle has minimal to adequate floor space for a service animal. It also has adequate side barriers for containment. Guests with service animals should see a ride attendant for access information.

Revenge of the Mummy®

  • Guests must be able to transfer from their wheelchair/ECV to the ride vehicle with the assistance of a party member.
  • Service animals are not permitted on Revenge of the Mummy®.
  • Open Caption queue monitors are available on Revenge of the Mummy®. Ask a Team Member for details.

The Simpsons Ride™

  • Guests must transfer from their wheelchair/ECV to the ride vehicle with the assistance of a party member.
  • The ride vehicle has minimal to adequate floor space for a service animal. It also has adequate side barriers for containment. Guests with service animals should see a ride attendant for access information.
  • Open Caption queue monitors are available on The Simpsons Ride™. Ask a Team Member for details.

TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D

  • Guests must be able to transfer from their wheelchair/ECV to the ride vehicle with the assistance of a party member.
  • The ride vehicle has minimal to adequate floor space for a service animal. Guests with service animals should see a ride attendant for access information.
  • Open Caption queue monitors are available on TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D. Ask a Team Member for details.
  • Assistive Listening Devices are also available on this attraction. Ask a Team Member for details.

Universal Orlando's Horror Make-Up Show

  • Guests may remain in their wheelchair/ECV/motorized scooter or wheelchair throughout the attraction experience.
  • The show has adequate floor space for a service animal.

Do you have experience with these attractions' disability accommodations at Universal Orlando? Let us know in the comments below! And don't forget to hop on over to the posts below for more tips and information on disabilities and the parks!

Related: Overview of Universal's Attraction Assistance Pass

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Apr 5, 2024 at 9:20 p.m. Randy B Says...

This needs updating.

The ride attendants required me to leave my ECV in order to join the queue for every ride attraction except for Hogwarts Express. Often the parking area for ECVs was not conveniently located to the ride entrance. Then you needed to get yourself through the queue - on foot, or if you were lucky enough to find one by a courtesy wheelchair. Good luck getting up the ramps in a wheelchair on your own if you aren’t proficient using one.

It’s really frustrating as every queue we were in had space for the ECV.

The exit of many attractions is on an end of the building some distance from where the ECV is parked.

The attendants at ride entry were, with a few exceptions, not helpful in directing me where to park the ECV, obtain a courtesy wheelchair, or how to get back to where I parked.

The parks may be ADA compliant, but they are not at all friendly for individuals with mobility difficulties. There is no physical reason to not allow ECVs in the queues . . . it was a very frustrating day! Well, actually two days.

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Apr 12, 2024 at 5:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

We're sorry to hear about your frustrating experience and appreciate the feedback, Randy. We take the information directly from Universal's Guide for Rider Safety, so we will make sure to review and make necessary changes if there are discrepancies.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 6, 2024 at 1:42 a.m. Laura Says...

Hi when it says must transfer from motorised wheelchair to manual one is there hoists anywhere to help with that ?

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Jan 12, 2024 at 10:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laura!

Guests would need to be able to transfer from an ECV to a standard wheelchair on their own or with the assistance of their party members.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 22, 2023 at 1:40 p.m. JOAN Says...

7/22/2023

What rides @ Universal Studios & Islands of Adventure are available for those that are in a wheelchair. & those that have health restrictions. It appears either nothing or perhaps 1 or 2 rides .

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Jul 24, 2023 at 4:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joan!

There are some attractions that allow you to remain in a standard wheelchair — at Islands of Adventure, these include Caro-Seuss-el, The Cat in the Hat, Hogwarts Express, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish and Skull Island: Reign of Kong. At Universal Studios, these include Animal Actors (show), The Bourne Stuntacular (show), Despicable Me (stationary seating only), E.T. Adventure, Hogwarts Express, Men in Black Alien Attack, Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon and Universal's Horror Make-Up Show (show). As far as health restrictions go, it may depend on the condition. Please see Universal Orlando's Guide for Rider Safety and Accessibility for more detailed information.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 7, 2023 at 1:32 a.m. Marie Says...

Are there standard wheelchairs in the parking area to get you to entrance of Universal where you can rent a motorized scooter?

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Jul 7, 2023 at 9:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marie!

Yes, there is a manual wheelchair rental location that's closer to the parking garages — it's in the same hub area as security. You would pay the price for the manual wheelchair there, but once you get to the park entrance, you can upgrade to a ECV rental and use what you paid for the wheelchair toward the price of the ECV.

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Jun 22, 2023 at 12:46 p.m. Jane Says...

How much walking is it from parking to gate? How far to Harry Potter area? Are wide wheelchairs available? Are they safe to leave to go inside a shop? Reservations for wide wheelchair? Thanks

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Jun 23, 2023 at 10:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jane!

It's a bit of a walk from the parking garage to either park's front gate, as you have to navigate through the security hub and CityWalk. Depends on your pace, but it usually takes about an average of 10 to 15 minutes. From the parking structures to the CityWalk entrance, there are moving walkways to help. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter sections (at both parks) are located in the back, so it would be about an additional 10 to 15 minutes of walking once inside. We don't know exact dimensions, but the ECV rentals ($65) are quite roomy, though they have a maximum weight limit of 300 pounds. The standard wheelchair rentals ($15) are only one size, though slightly larger than a typical hospital wheelchair. Both options, ECV and manual wheelchairs, are first-come, first-serve. While wheelchairs don't tend to sell out, ECVs can run out by mid-morning on a busy day, so we'd recommend arriving as early as you can. It is safe to leave your wheelchair outside of shops and attractions, though we wouldn't leave anything of value behind. If you have any additional questions, we'd recommend reaching out to Guest Relations at 407-224-4233 and they may be able to help with more specifics regarding accessibility. Another option is to rent a wide wheelchair from a third-party.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Dec 22, 2022 at 1:03 a.m. James Byers Says...

I have walking disability and would like to know where and how to obtain an ECV.? A response needed.

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Dec 23, 2022 at 9:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi James!

ECVs can be rented just inside the main entrance turnstiles of each park at the stroller rental facility.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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