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Guide to Universal Studios Hollywood Height Requirements

 

For many years, Universal Studios Hollywood was thought of as a "grown-up park." Perhaps that was fair since so many of its attractions and shows were themed around the movies! To this day, the Studio Tour remains the real heart and soul of the park. It takes park goers around the Back Lot of this working studio and through some of the most famous sets in movie and TV history. But in the last few years, the park has added more kid-friendly attractions such as Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem, TRANSFORMERS: The Ride 3-D and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! While the park is more family friendly than ever, even some of those "kid" rides have height requirements. So before you head to the park with your tadpoles, be sure and review the Universal Studios Hollywood height requirements.

Nothing is worse than seeing tears if you're little one discovers he or she isn't tall enough to ride. Luckily, you can prep them for the trip by following this guide to Universal Studios Hollywood height requirements. And if your tadpole doesn't fully measure up, know that there is still plenty of fun for little ones at Universal Studios Hollywood, and child swap can make sure the grownups don't miss out.

Universal Studios Hollywood Height Requirements - 39” Rides

Universal Studios Hollywood Height Requirements - Flight of the Hippogriff

Universal Studios Hollywood Height Requirements - Despicable Me Minion MayhemFlight of the Hippogriff™: Must be 39″ (99 cm) tall. Children 39-48″ (99-122 cm) must be accompanied by a Supervising Companion (14 years or older)

Universal Studios Hollywood Height Requirements - 40” Rides

Despicable Me Minion Mayhem: Must be 40″ (102 cm) tall. Children 40-48″ (102-122 cm) must be accompanied by a Supervising Companion (14 years or older)

Transformers™: The Ride-3D: Must be 40″ (102 cm) tall. Children 40-48″ (102-122 cm) must be accompanied by a Supervising Companion (14 years or older)

Universal Studios Hollywood Height Requirements -

The Simpsons Ride: Must be 40″ (102 cm) tall. Children 40-48″ (102-122 cm) must be accompanied by a Supervising Companion (14 years or older)

Universal Studios Hollywood Height Requirements - 48” Rides

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™: Must be 48″ (122 cm) tall.

Revenge of the Mummy— The Ride: Must be 48″ (122 cm) tall.

Got all that down? Start stretching out those frog legs! Despite meeting height requirements, your little ones may still have some fear about your level of comfort in the ride. Have no fear! Many of Universal Studios Hollywood’s most exciting rides have test seats available so that guests can determine comfort and fit for themselves before riding. This feature can be found outside the entrance of Flight of the Hippogriff, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey and Revenge of the Mummy – The Ride. We really recommend testing out the seat if you’re nervous of feeling too claustrophobic on a ride — no need for an unpleasant ride experience ruining your day!

There are some rides and attractions that have no height requirement, and some experiences have age requirements. Shows and The Studio Tour, DreamWorks Theatre Featuring Kung Fu Panda, Silly Swirly Fun Ride and water play areas have no height requirements. For Silly Swirly Fun Ride, the riders under 48” (122 cm) require a supervising companion. There is no height requirement to enter The Walking Dead, however it is recommended only for ages 13 and up…and for those brave of heart! The VIP Experience has age requirements. Children must be 5 years old to attend and at least 17 to go on the tour without an adult.

Universal Studios Hollywood Child Switch

Universal Studios Hollywood offers child switch, a lifesaver for those parents who still want to ride even if their little tadpole doesn't measure up to the height requirements or just doesn't want to ride. Child switch is available on all Universal Studios Hollywood attractions. All you have to do is let the cast member at the entrance know that you wish to use the child switch. While your first party rides, up to two adults can wait with the child in the Child Switch Room (there may be videos or even toys to occupy you while you wait). When the others are back, the remaining adults can ride the attraction without having to get back in line.

Manage Summer Crowds and Heat at Universal Studios Hollywood - Forbidden Journey Child Switch

We hope you find this post outlining Universal Studios Hollywood's height requirements and child switch service helpful. Planning your next trip to Universal Studios Hollywood? Purchase discount theme park tickets and hotel rooms

Related: Entertaining Small Children at Universal Studios Hollywood

Related: Universal Studios Hollywood Tips to Maximize Your Time

Related: When to Hop on Universal Studios Hollywood Express

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Jun 28, 2018 at 12:59 a.m. Natalie Says...

What if the height requirement says that your child needs to be a minimum height of 48 inches? My child is 44 inches. We want to know before heading there. Can he still ride?

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Jun 28, 2018 at 11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Natalie,

Unfortunately, your child has to at least meet the minimum height requirement to ride. So if it's 48 inches minimum, then they must be at least 48 inches tall!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 19, 2018 at 10:38 p.m. Sharyl Says...

Hi Sharon,

We are planning on universal studios with our 11, 9 and 3 year old. Im thinking of getting the express ticket, do I need to get the express ticket for my 3 year old?

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Jan 13, 2018 at 7:45 p.m. Ari Says...

Hi we’re planning on going by the end of January, i have a my 4 year kid is 42” tall, is he able to ride on the rides with 48” height requirement with an adult?

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Jan 16, 2018 at 2:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ari,

Yes, it depends on the ride (they all have different height requirements), but the majority of them will allow him to ride if he is accompanied by a supervising companion.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 30, 2017 at 12:33 a.m. Aaron Says...

Hello. I have a 8 and 5 year old going. For 1 day only. Were planning on going the late January. My oldest is 52 inches and smallest is 43 inches. What do you reccomend?

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Jan 2, 2018 at 10:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Aaron,

There are several attractions they'll both be able to enjoy! To ride alone, riders must meet the 48 inch height requirement, but they can ride if you ride with them.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 19, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. Dawn Says...

Hi we are planning on going to universal studios Hollywood this Friday December 22. It seems like buying the express pass would be a good idea correct? We have one child who is 41 inches, so looks like there are a few rides they cannot go on. Is it still worth purchasing the express pass? Thank you!

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Dec 20, 2017 at 3:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dawn,

Yes, Express Pass is a great idea seeing as this is a very busy time of year in the parks! If it works with your budget, then we say go for it.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 15, 2017 at 11:47 p.m. Olivia Says...

Hi,in taking my 10 yr old son he is 52'' is he good for all the rides or just a couple of them btw is there any thing special for him he is turning 10

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Dec 19, 2017 at 11:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Olivia,

Yes, he should be fine to ride all of the rides, as far as his height goes. You can check out the height requirements for the attractions on our Universal Studios Hollywood park page.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 15, 2017 at 11:13 a.m. kirti Says...

my kid is 100cm. we r planning a trip in december. hopefully he gains 2 cms in these two months.

are they too precise with the 102 cm guideline

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Nov 8, 2017 at 12:09 a.m. Mary Ann Chastain Says...

We have, in years past, helped to boost a child's height by a little by not only putting shoes on them with a little thicker heel, but if necessary rolling up an extra sock and putting it in the heel of each shoe for long enough for them to be measured and get on the ride. They're basically walking on tip-toe, so there's no way they can go very far like that. Yes, I know that the restrictions are there for the child's safety, but when you've got a child who is hell-bent to ride, and they've ridden other, similar rides with no problem, I'm not going to let 1 inch prevent them from riding.

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Sep 15, 2017 at 9:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kirti,

The height restrictions are in place for the safety of the child. The parks stick to the measurements as they are posted.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 30, 2017 at 10:07 p.m. Marcy Says...

How old does a child have to be to ride by themselves without an adult?

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Aug 2, 2017 at 3:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marcy,

As long as they meet the height requirement, then they should be able to ride alone. If they don't, then they need to be accompanied by a supervising companion 14 years or older.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 27, 2017 at 5:54 a.m. KB Says...

How about MAXIMUM heights (i.e., as at Disney and 6-Flags); my teen boys are 6'8 and 7'1; can they go on any rides if I bring them?

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Jun 17, 2017 at 12:28 p.m. Kim Says...

I have two kids 11 &13, and I will be the only adult. Do a lot of your rides parents have to ride with them or can i just escort them to the front of the line and yes i will have the front line hoppers.

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Jun 18, 2017 at 5:54 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kim,

It depends on the attraction. Since neither of your children are 14, you will need to ride with them on many of the attractions.

This is Universal's policy - Any child who meets the minimum height requirement of the attraction but does not meet the 48-inch ride-alone height requirement must be accompanied by a Supervising Companion. A Supervising Companion is defined as someone who is 14 years of age or older and meets all other attraction ridership requirements.

Hoppy Planning,

Mommy Frog

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Jun 7, 2017 at 4:52 a.m. Sabrina G. Says...

We are planning a trip to Universal this summer, we would like to purchase the "front of line" passes to make things quicker. We also have 2 toddlers that we will need to use the "ride swap" for. Was wondering if they would allow us to buy only 2 front of line passes since the other 2 adults will use the "child swap" or do all 4 have to buy the front of line passes?

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Jun 7, 2017 at 1:13 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sabrina,

For the rides that you'll be using rider switch, they will NOT need the FOL passes. However, for the shows and rides that they can go on, they will need their own individual FOL pass.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 28, 2017 at 4:12 a.m. Mark Says...

We are planning a trip to Universal Studios summer of 2017 my daughter is 40 1/2 inches tall. does anybody know if she can get on Jurassic Park?

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May 28, 2017 at 7:40 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mark,

The Height Requirement on Jurassic Park - The Ride is 42 inches. She's good to go!

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 22, 2018 at 1:23 a.m. Christine Chachanko Says...

Hi! My daughter is also only 40 1/2 inches also, so even though Jurassic park ride is 48 inches, she will still be able to go on it with an adult?

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Feb 21, 2018 at 10:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christine!

Your daughter must be 42" in order to ride with an adult.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 20, 2017 at 7:04 p.m. Edgar Moreno Says...

This is extremely helpful since I want to take my little brother who is 9 to universal studios. My only question is: are these the only rides with height requirements?

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May 20, 2017 at 7:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Edgar,

We just updated this post with the two Wizarding World of Harry Potter rides that have height requirements. Hop back over to check them out!

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 31, 2016 at 4:20 p.m. Deirdre Says...

Hi

Thanks for all the info, really useful for our trip. When it says 'accompanying adult (or over 14), does that have to be 1:1? For example, can one adult ride with 3 kids? Thanks :)

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Jan 5, 2017 at 3:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Deirdre,

Yes. You're good to go with just yourself and three kids!

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 24, 2015 at 1:22 a.m. Sharon McDonald Says...

Hello, we have a trip planned for December 28, 2015 we are taking our 2 1/2 year old grandson, I don't think he is 40' yet will there be rides & things for him to do there.

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Dec 25, 2015 at 8:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sharon,

There will be rides and shows he can experience, but many of the major attractions do have a height requirement. With all of the Christmas fun happening, there will be a lot to do and see!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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