Taking your children to Universal Orlando is easy once you know what they can and can’t go on due to height and how to unlock the secret powers of those who are under 52 inches tall.
Below you will find a full ride list based on height requirements in height order to make planning rides easier for every member of your family. The parks also have height charts at the front of the park and each attraction to measure those who are close in height to the requirement. Height requirements are for safety reasons so there is no flexibility on if they are tall enough or not. Most of the ride cues are fully themed which is always a fun experience for the young and old alike. When it comes time to board the attraction, parents can take advantage of the Rider Swap. The Rider Swap rooms have seats and are fully air-conditioned and most show a movie while you wait.
Universal Studios Orlando Rider Swap
How does Rider Swap work? Your whole family will enter the ride cue and wait in the amazingly themed cue. When it is time to board the attraction, a parent will be given a paper ticket and taken to the Rider swap room while the other parent experiences the attraction with the older ones. When the rest of your family gets off of the attraction, you will exit the ride cue and take your paper ticket to the Express Pass Lane. The coolest thing about Rider Swap, the other parent can now take the older kids back on the attraction with them so they get to ride twice. So fun right?!?
The little ones always light up when the see their favorite characters at dance parties and meet and greets. There is also a designated play space just for kids to run out some of that extra energy. You can find all your favorite characters here.
And don’t forget to add the Photo Pass so professional Universal Orland photographers can capture all the memories for you!
Indoor and outdoor fun spots…
Camp Jurassic in Islands of Adventure
This outdoor recreation area is a multi-level prehistoric playground of epic proportions and mammoth sized fun! Climbing nets, caves, swaying bridges, mines and water cannons are some of the fun you can find at Camp Jurassic.
To explore indoors, we recommend Jurassic Discovery Center where you can learn about the life of dinosaurs. Here you can also play fun interactive games, examine large fossils and dinosaur eggs and even see a baby velociraptor hatch!!
DreamWorks Destination Character Encounter
UPDATE: This attraction will be closing January 16, 2023. We will update here when anything new opens in that area.
New to Universal Studios is the DreamWorks Destination Character Encounter. This hidden gem is a must do! An indoor, airconditioned space offers an amazing experience with some of your favorite DreamWorks characters. Dance with the crew from Madagascar, Trolls, Shrek and KungFu Panda as well as meet them and take a photo after the amazing dance session! There is plenty of seating so parents can sit back, relax and enjoy watching you children dance and interact with these amazing characters.
The Come Back Pass
Many of the attraction with a height requirement offer a special pass for the little ones to come back and ride when they meet the height requirement. This pass acts as a future VIP pass so when the day comes that they are tall enough, that child will get a VIP Express entry to that ride and can bring up to 4 people with them. The visit can be months or years into the future so hang on to those passes for a special experience on a future visit.
Height requirement attractions
You must be 34” to experience this attraction
- E.T. Adventure
You must be at least 36” tall to experience these attractions.
- Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster
- Cat in the Hat
- Flight of the Hippogriff
- The High in the Sky Suess Trolley Train Ride
- Pteranodan Flyers (2 person ride, one rider must be between 36” and 56”
- Skull Island Reign of Kong
You must be at least 40” tall to experience these attractions.
- Fast and Furious Supercharged
- Race Through New York starring Jimmy Fallon
- Transformers: The Ride 3D
- The Simpsons Ride
- The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman
- Despicable Me Minion Mayhem
You must be at least 42” tall to experience these attractions.
- Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts
- MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack
- Popeye and Pluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges
You must be at least 44” tall to experience these attractions.
- Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls
- Jurassic Park River adventure.
You must be at least 48” tall to experience these attractions.
- Revenge of the Mummy
- Hagrid’s Motorbike Adventure
You must be at least 51” tall to experience these attractions
- Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit
You must be at least 52” tall to experience this attraction
- Doctor Doom’s Fearfall
You must be at least 54” tall to experience this attraction
- The Incredible Hulk Coaster
Ready to Woah!
You hear a lot that Universal Orlando is for older kids, but there is so much more for the little ones to experience than expected. With a good plan and a trusted travel professional helping you with your amazing vacation, we can help make your little one’s experience as amazing as any of the bigger ones.
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