We frogs like to travel light whenever we go to Universal Orlando Resort, but for some rides, locker usage is unavoidable — even if you’re just carrying your phone and wallet. Unlike at Walt Disney World, where you can take your bags on all rides, Universal requires you to check your bags and belongings before you board certain rides at Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure. After all, these are some coasters with capital Cs! Using the lockers is fairly simple, but we’ve compiled everything you need to know about Universal's ride lockers, including where to find them in the parks and advice on which one best suits your needs!
Types of Universal Orlando Lockers for Rides
Based on how much you’re carrying around and what rides you’re going on, Universal offers three different types of lockers: complimentary ride lockers, pre-paid ride lockers and all-day lockers.
Complimentary Ride Lockers
The good news is that if you just need a place to stash your gear while you ride, you can use the Universal Orlando lockers for rides at the locations listed below for FREE! The "free" time is calculated using the ride's current wait time and the actual duration of the ride (with a generous cushion). After that, each additional half hour is $3 (with a daily max of $20). A locker attendant can override charges that accrued for reasons outside your control (like the ride breaking down).
Free Ride Lockers at Universal Studios:
- Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit
- MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack
- Revenge of the Mummy
- Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts
Free Ride Lockers at Islands of Adventure:
Most of these rides allow items that can easily be safely stored in your pocket or small fanny pack that can tuck under your shirt, but all other large items (purses, camera bags, backpacks etc.) must be placed inside the ride locker.
At each of these locker stations, there are two different sizes: standard and large lockers. The standard lockers can easily fit small purses, wands, wallets and cell phones. But they aren’t tall enough to fit popcorn buckets or cups, if standing up straight (an empty reusable cup can fit on its side). The large lockers can fit big backpacks and multiple purses. While the standard lockers are free, these large lockers cost $2 ($3 for every additional half hour, with a max at $20).
You should also be aware of Universal's "no loose items" policy at The Incredible Hulk Coaster and Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit. You must walk through a security screening with metal detectors and scanning wands that detect any items hidden in your pocket (everything from cell phones to coins). At these rides, you are required to store all items, no matter the size, inside a ride locker!
Pre-Paid Ride Lockers
What about those crazy water rides, you ask? Unfortunately, Universal does not provide free lockers for the following rides at Islands of Adventure:
- Jurassic Park River Adventure
- Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls
- Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges
However, there are paid short-term, single-entry lockers right outside of these rides so that you can protect any belongings you don't want to get soaked. The only difference between these lockers and the free ones is that you pay $4 (or $5 for large lockers) for the first 90 minutes and $3 for each hour after that. There's also a $20 daily maximum on these short-term lockers.
All Day Lockers
If you bring a large backpack with items (like bathing suits, towels, change of clothes, etc.) that you don’t necessarily need to lug around with you all day, you can choose to use Universal’s all-day lockers, which are located near the entrances of the parks. For these lockers, you can return anytime and continue to use the same locker throughout the day.
These stations also have two different sizes: large lockers or family lockers. The large lockers cost $10, while the family lockers cost $15. There is a limited amount, but we don’t see too many families using these lockers, so you shouldn’t need to worry about not getting one.
These all-day lockers are emptied one hour after park closing, so don’t forget your belongings!
How to Use Universal Orlando’s Lockers for Rides
Universal’s relatively new locker system is simpler than ever! The old locker system, which required your fingerprint (and your brain to remember your locker number!) has been replaced with a new system that can simply scan your park ticket and it’ll open the assigned locker immediately. When you return from the ride, just scan your park ticket once again and your locker will open. Note: if you need to pay for your locker, there are just a couple additional steps.
For any of the pre-paid lockers, you must go to one of the locker pay stations first. You’ll select the locker size, scan the barcode on your park ticket and pay. Then, you'll need to go to a locker rental station and scan your ticket. Similar to the free lockers, it’ll open up a locker for you.
If you have any problems or use a mobile park ticket, look for a locker attendant, who should be stationed nearby.
Jurassic Park River Adventure and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey at Islands of Adventure still use the old locker system, but we suspect they will transition to the new locker system in the future.
There you have it! Everything you need to know about Universal Orlando lockers for rides. Make sure to check out our touring plans for the Universal Orlando Resort or download our app, which allows you to see wait times and customize your own plans.