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Complete Guide to Height Requirements at Universal Orlando Resort

by Mommy Frog on April 19, 2024
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Universal Orlando Resort is a toadally top destination for thrill-seekers in Orlando. But with great thrill comes great responsibility. When it comes to the wide selection of big, bad coasters at Universal Studios Florida and Universal Islands of Adventure and waterslides at Universal Volcano Bay, height plays a more critical role than at other neighboring theme parks. For some of you, it may play a part in deciding when to visit. After all, an inch or two over a couple of months could open up a whole new set of ride possibilities. (Take it from this momma frog, those tadpoles sometimes grow like weeds!)

Height Requirements at Universal Orlando - Caro-Seuss-El

Overview of Height Requirements at Universal Orlando Resort

Whether you’re thinking further out about the best ages for your kids to visit, or just reviewing rides a few days ahead of your trip, it will be so hopful to know BEFORE you arrive. (We learned that the hard way with Lily on Despicable Me Minion Mayhem. There were soooooo many tears when she found out she wouldn't be riding with big brother, Tad.) With so many rides of varying height requirements at Universal Orlando Resort, it's critical to prep your frog squad so there are no disappointments. And thanks to child swap, there is no reason for frog parents to miss out, either (more on that below)!

Height Requirements at Universal Orlando - Skull Island

In this guide, you’ll find a list of the rides with height requirements at Universal Orlando. Keep in mind that just because your little ones are tall enough to ride doesn't mean they're ready to ride! Even though she was tall enough, we could not get Lily to even consider Skull Island: Reign of Kong. But no matter their height, even your tiny tadpoles can still have a blast at Universal Orlando. We've also made hopful infographics, which you can even download and save to use in the park!

Height Requirements at Universal Orlando - Infographic

Universal Orlando Height Requirements: None

These attractions have no height requirement and can be enjoyed by frogs big and small.

  • Illumination's Villain-Con Minion Blast - Universal Studios Florida
    Children under 48 inches must be accompanied by a Supervising Companion. Hand-held infants are not permitted.
  • Kang & Kudos' Twirl 'n' Hurl - Universal Studios Florida
    Children under 48 inches must be accompanied by a Supervising Companion. Hand-held infants are not permitted.
  • The Hogwarts Express - King's Cross Station - Universal Studios Florida
    Children under 48 inches must be accompanied by a Supervising Companion. (Remember, you need a Park-to-Park ticket to ride the Hogwarts Express.)
  • Caro-Seuss-El - Universal Islands of Adventure
    Children under 48 inches must be accompanied by a Supervising Companion. Hand-held infants may ride in the chariot only.
  • One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish - Universal Islands of Adventure
    Children under 48 inches must be accompanied by a Supervising Companion. Hand-held infants are not permitted.
  • Storm Force Accelatron - Universal Islands of Adventure
    Children under 48 inches must be accompanied by a Supervising Companion. Hand-held infants are not permitted.
  • The Hogwarts Express - Hogsmeade Station - Universal Islands of Adventure
    Children under 48 inches must be accompanied by a Supervising Companion. (Remember, you need a Park-to-Park ticket to ride the Hogwarts Express.)
  • The Reef - Universal Volcano Bay
    Children under 48 inches (122 cm) tall must wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life vest.
  • Waturi Beach - Universal Volcano Bay
    Children under 48 inches (122 cm) tall must wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life vest.
  • Puka Uli Lagoon - Universal Volcano Bay
    Children under 48 inches (122 cm) tall must wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life vest.

Universal Orlando Height Requirements: 34 Inches or Taller

Must be at least 34 inches (87 cm) tall. Children between 34 inches and 48 inches (86 cm-122 cm) tall must be accompanied by a supervising companion.

Height Requirements at Universal Orlando - Botanicus and ET

Universal Orlando Height Requirements: 36 Inches or Taller

Children between 36 inches and 48 inches (92 cm-122 cm) tall must be accompanied by a supervising companion.

Height Requirements at Universal Orlando - Seuss Trolley Train

Universal Orlando Height Requirements: 40 Inches or Taller

Must be at least 40 inches (102 cm) tall. Children between 40 inches and 48 inches (102 cm-122 cm) tall must be accompanied by a supervising companion.

Height Requirements at Universal Orlando - Minion Mayhem

Universal Orlando Height Requirements: 42 Inches or Taller

Must be at least 42 inches (107 cm) tall.

Height Requirements at Universal Orlando - Bilge-Rat Barges

  • Popeye & Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges - Universal Islands of Adventure
    Children between 42 inches and 48 inches (107 cm-122 cm) tall must be accompanied by a supervising companion.
  • Jurassic Park River Adventure - Universal Islands of Adventure
    Children between 42 inches and 48 inches (107 cm-122 cm) tall must be accompanied by a supervising companion.
  • Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts - Universal Studios Florida
    Children between 42 inches and 48 inches (107 cm-122 cm) tall must be accompanied by a supervising companion.
  • MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack - Universal Studios Florida
    Children between 42 inches and 48 inches (107 cm-122 cm) tall must be accompanied by a supervising companion.
  • ika Moana of Honu ika Moana - Universal Volcano Bay
    Children between 42 inches and 48 inches (107 cm-122 cm) tall must be accompanied by a supervising companion.
  • Krakatau Aqua Coaster - Universal Volcano Bay
    Children between 42 inches and 48 inches (107 cm-122 cm) tall must be accompanied by a supervising companion.
  • Maku Puihi Round Raft Rides - Universal Volcano Bay
    Children between 42 inches and 48 inches (107 cm-122 cm) tall must be accompanied by a supervising companion.
  • Punga Racers - Universal Volcano Bay
  • Taniwha Tubes - Universal Volcano Bay
    Children between 42 inches and 48 inches (107 cm-122 cm) tall must be accompanied by a supervising companion.
  • TeAwa The Fearless River - Universal Volcano Bay
    Children between 42 inches and 48 inches (107 cm-122 cm) tall must enter the river with a supervising companion. All guests must wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life vest.

Universal Orlando Height Requirements: 44 Inches or Taller

Must be at least 44 inches (112 cm) tall. Children between 44 inches and 48 inches (112 cm-122 cm) tall must be accompanied by a supervising companion.

Height Requirements at Universal Orlando - Ripsaw Falls

Universal Orlando Height Requirements: 48 Inches or Taller

Must be at least 48 inches (122 cm) tall.

Universal Orlando Height Requirements: Under 48 Inches

Designed for children under 48 inches (122 cm) tall.

Universal Orlando Height Requirements: 51 Inches or Taller

Must be at least 51 inches (130 cm) tall.

Height Requirements at Universal Orlando - Rip Ride Rockit

Universal Orlando Height Requirements: 52 Inches or Taller

Must be at least 52 inches (133 cm) tall.

Universal Orlando Height Requirements: 54 Inches or Taller

Must be at least 54 inches (138 cm) tall.

Height Requirements at Universal Orlando - Hulk

Universal Orlando Height Requirements: Under 54 Inches

Designed for children under 54 inches (137 cm) tall.

Got all that down? Start stretching out those frog legs! Despite meeting height requirements, you may have some fear about your level of comfort in the ride. Have no fear! Many of Universal Orlando’s most exciting rides have test seats available so that guests can determine comfort and fit for themselves before riding.

You can find test seats outside of the entrances of Doctor Doom's Fearfall, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Revenge of the Mummy, Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls, Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike AdventureHarry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts and Jurassic World VelociCoaster. We really recommend testing out the seat if you’re nervous about feeling too claustrophobic on a ride — no need for an unpleasant ride experience ruining your day!

Universal Orlando Rider Switch (Child Swap)

Height Requirements at Universal Orlando Resort - Transformers The Ride 3D Ride Swap - Universal Florida

If any of your tadpoles are too tiny for a fun coaster the rest of the gang wants to try, there’s still hope. Universal Orlando offers child swap, a lifesaver for those parents who still want to ride even if their little tadpole doesn't measure up to the height requirements. Child swap is available on all Universal Orlando attractions. All you have to do is let the team member at the entrance know that you wish to use the child switch service. Everyone in your party will go through the line. Then, while the first party rides, up to two adults can wait with the child in the child switch area. When the others are back, the remaining adults can ride the attraction without having to get back in line.

There’s still plenty of fun to be had for tadpoles who aren’t quite leapin’ enough to meet all of the height requirements at Universal Orlando. Enjoy shows, characters and more across both Universal Studios Florida and Universal Islands of Adventure.

Planning a trip to the Orlando parks? Check out our Universal Orlando Resort park plans. We've also got great discounts on your Orlando hotel and theme park tickets

Related: The Best Theme Parks in Orlando for Every Age Group

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Jan 17, 2023 at 5:51 p.m.
Esquire Says...

When my daughter was 48" sometimes she would measure short because the measurements were off. Before getting denied a second time we bought her a sturdy pair of hiking boots at an outdoor supply store like REI and she was just tall enough that she measured exactly right. Those boots were sturdy and supportive and worked great on all the rides and parks except water rides. But for those maybe try Keens. I think investing in quality shoes is good before a theme park vacation. Before you pack measure your child against a door frame and see which of their shoes make them taller or shorter. Also you shrink during the day because of gravity so ride the height requirement rides first thing in the morning.

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Sep 5, 2022 at 4:45 p.m.
Amanda Says...

Are there max heights on any of the rides? My son is about 6'6" which is the limit for some of the coasters at our closer amusement park and am wondering if there would be any restrictions on the other side of the height chart!

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Sep 6, 2022 at 12:36 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amanda!

Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit has a 79-inch maximum height requirement. (Adults over 56 inches cannot ride Pteranodon Flyers unless accompanied with a child.)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 22, 2022 at 12:37 a.m.
Sarah Says...

What does this mean “Persons under 40" (102cm) must experience this attraction from an adjacent stationary seat.”? Does it mean they can just watch on a TV screen?

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Feb 22, 2022 at 9:56 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sarah!

A stationary seat means that you'll still be in the same theater as everyone else and get to experience the same ride as far as what's on the screen. But instead of sitting in a seat that moves around as part of the simulation, there is either a bench or a row of seats that do not move.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 29, 2022 at 11:10 p.m.
Abby Says...

What’s the child swap waiting area look like? Is it just a bench or is there anything that would be entertaining while they wait?

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Jan 31, 2022 at 2:21 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Abby!

The Child Swap family rooms may vary depending on the ride, but most have plenty of seating with a TV for entertainment (for instance, the family room for Jurassic World VelociCoaster has Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous playing on the TV).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 28, 2022 at 10:17 p.m.
Sowmya Says...

Planning to go soon and my kids are 1 cm short of 51 inches. Will they be able to do the two big coasters. Shoes will make them taller of course .

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Jan 31, 2022 at 12:50 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sowmya!

Because they're close to the height requirement, team members will double check their height against the measuring signs. We would prepare for the possibility that your kids wouldn't be able to ride. If you're told that they cannot, we toadally understand it may come as a disappointment (we've been there!), but just remind them that it's for their own safety.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 20, 2020 at 4:06 p.m.
Vienna Says...

Can you take the strollers in to the child swap areas?

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Mar 8, 2018 at 6:53 p.m.
Dawn Allard Says...

Thanks for all the info.

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