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Ranking Universal Studios Hollywood's Top Rides

We love Universal Studios Hollywood. The vibe is so L.A., with tourists strolling down the red carpet, exploring the Back Lot on the Studio Tour and taking in the sights and sounds of Hollywood, both yesterday and today. We've spent a lot of time at Universal Studio Hollywood's counterpart in Florida, and even with similar attractions, the two parks couldn't be more different. Today we're ranking Universal Studios Hollywood's star attraction — its rides!

Universal Studios Hollywood Top Rides

7. Shrek 4-D

Universal Studios Hollywood top rides - Shrek 4-D

Not a ride in the strictest sense of the word, Shrek 4-D nonetheless puts you in the middle of the action in an original 3-D film starring the "Shrek" movies' original cast. Thanks to moving seats, wind, water and 3-D OgreVision glasses, you'll feel like you're part of the quest to save Princess Fiona from the ghost of Lord Farquaad.

6.  Jurassic Park - The Ride

All starts off so pleasant aboard your raft tour of Jurassic Park. You pass an Ultrasaurs and baby Stegosaurus with its mom. But somehow, your raft is knocked off course intro restricted territory, where the raptors have broken loose! You'll face down an angry T-Rex before you plunge some 84 feet!

5. The Simpsons Ride

Universal Studios Hollywood top rides - The Simpsons Ride

One of our very favorite attractions is a motion-simulator wild ride that takes you through a rundown midway (owned by Krusty the Clown!) that has been taken over by criminal mastermind and former Springfield Mayor Sideshow Bob. It's up to the Simpsons to save you!

4. Revenge of the Mummy

Us frogs are coaster fans through and through. For us, it just doesn't get better than this at times 45-mph coaster ride through the world of Imhotep. Part dark ride, part coaster, Revenge of the Mummy is pure thrills!

3. Despicable Me Minion Mayhem

Universal Studios Hollywood top rides - Despicable Me Minion Mayhem

Super sweet like Margo, Edith and Agnes, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem is a playful, at times nail-biting motion simulator adventure! Gru has invited guests to his house to undergo Minion training, and it becomes clear soon enough that his (evil) intention is actually to turn guests into Minions! Thankfully, the girls are there to help out. For us, this family ride is not to miss, but I must warn you that the first time Lily rode it she was absolutely terrified she would be turned into a Minion.

2. Transformers: The Ride 3D

Using flight simulation technology and 3D-HD screens, Transformers: The Ride 3D puts you right in the middle of the action, battling alongside Optimus Prime to protect the AllSpark. It's one of the most technologically advanced rides of all time, and you don't need to be a Transformers fan to appreciate it.

1. Studio Tour

The park's signature attraction is a tour through the Back Lot of Universal's working studios and no. 1 on our list of Universal Studios Hollywood top rides. Yes, you might spot a celeb on set! If not, you'll still tour some of the most famous sets in all of movie and TV history, including the courthouse square in Back to the Future, Wisteria Land and the Bates Motel from Psycho. You'll cozy up to Jaws and do battle with King Kong on Skull Island. Starting June 25, the tour includes a new finale, Fast & Furious - Supercharged. Using 3D-HD imagery, you'll be flying along at 120 mph with the cast of the hit movies!

Related: Universal Studios Hollywood Touring Plan

Well, there you have it — our list of Universal Studios Hollywood top rides. Do you agree? What is your favorite Universal Studios Hollywood Ride? Share in comments below!

Planning a visit to Universal Studios Hollywood and the other SoCal parks? You'll find a ton of resources inside our San Diego and Los Angeles Planning Guides.

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Jul 16, 2017 at 9:36 p.m. Stan C Says...

Are rides too much for a 60 year old? Coming July 27 should I get FOL tickets? Do you get Wet on any of the rides? If I buy tickets ahead of time can I get FOL tickets when I arrive?

Jul 17, 2017 at 4:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stan,

It all depends on what you can handle! If you're in perfectly fine health and feel up to it, then try a few out and have fun. You will get wet on Jurassic Park - The Ride. July is a very busy month, so FOL passes can certainly help minimize your wait in line. You can purchase FOL passes when you buy your tickets or at the park when you arrive.

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