The Ultimate Guide to Universal Orlando Rides

List of Universal Orlando Rides

The Ultimate Guide to Universal Orlando Rides

In this article we’ll cover the complete Universal Studios Orlando rides list as well as a description of what to expect during your next vacation! If you and your family love rides, then you’ll want to make sure to have a game plan for your next Universal Orlando Vacation! With so much to choose within the two main parks for Universal Florida – Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure – you’re most likely going to want to see it all.

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So if you’re ready to find out everything you need to know about all Universal rides read on!

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Complete List of Universal Studios Rides

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Before we begin our trek through the Universal Parks, let’s cover some basic questions. First, there are two parks we’ll be covering for our Universal Studios attractions list, and in order to hit up all of these rides, you will need to have either a park-to-park pass or you’ll need to have two days of one-park passes. There is one ride on our list, the Hogwarts’s Express, that can only be ridden by guests who have a park-to-park pass, allowing them access to both parks in one day since this ride travels between the two parks.

This Universal Studios Florida rides list will cover all of the Islands of Adventure rides as well as all of the Universal Studios Orlando rides, so settle in and take the tour of all of the Universal attractions with us!

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Where to Begin?

While we won’t always travel as the crow flies, our goal in our list of rides at Universal Studios is to take you through each park almost as if you were walking from area to area. We may back track a bit but we’re going to try to save as many steps as possible by traveling the most direct routes when we can. That said, we’re starting at the Universal Studios entrance to visit the Universal Studios attractions first. Won’t you join us?

Production Central

Transformers Ride Universal Studios

As you enter Universal Studios, the first area you walk through is Production Central. While not the prettiest area, it’s here that you find some of the most well-known Universal Studios Florida rides, ready to greet you and take you for a spin or two.

Despicable Me Minion Mayhem Ride

On this motion-simulated ride, you are invited to join Gru, his daughters, and all of the minions on a wild ride through Gru’s house and laboratory. This ride starts with a fun pre-show guaranteed to keep all your family members entertained while you wait to hop aboard the actual ride.

Who loves it? This ride is listed as family friendly, so your group should all love it so long as motion sickness doesn’t bother anyone, and they meet the height requirements.

Height Requirements? Minimum height is 40” but anyone under 48” will need to have a supervising companion.

Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit

Just around the corner is the Rip Ride Rockit, one of the wildest Universal Studios rides. Going up 17 stories, you’ll be sure to find your scream on this ride. Luckily, you get to choose the music you want to listen to and that might help you change your screams of fear into fun. With speeds of 65 mph and a non-inverting loop, of all rides Universal Studios Orlando, this one is definitely only for the brave of heart.

Who loves it? Teens and tweens can’t get enough of this ride, along with adults who love thrill rides.

Height Requirements? The minimum height for this ride is 51” and it also has a maximum height of 79”.

Transformers: The Ride

In this motion-simulation ride, you’ll be ride along with classic transformers like Bumblebee and Optimus Prime (on the big screen in 3D) to save the planet from Megatron and his goons. Be prepared to be immersed in another world where the lines between fantasy and reality get blurry!

Who loves it? This is a great ride for Transformers super fans. With tons of Easter Eggs and different characters throughout the ride, superfans will love trying to find them all.

Height Requirements? Minimum height is 40” but anyone under 48” will need to have a supervising companion.

Related Article: Complete Guide to Universal Studios for Adults 

New York

Revenge of the Mummy Ride Universal Studios

Once you leave Production Central, you’ll walk into a New York from decades past. With music from the Blues Brothers and traditional New York City architecture, you might forget you’re in Florida.

Race through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon

This is one of the newest Universal Orlando rides and so long as you’re in New York, you might as well stop by and watch the Jimmy Fallon show with Hashtag the Panda and the Ragtime Gals. But once you take your seat, be prepared to race through, below, and above New York with Jimmy Fallon on a motion-simulator ride.

Who loves it? Fans of Jimmy Fallon will enjoy his classic jokes and general craziness. This ride is family-friendly without any scare factors so everyone who can fit in the ride will enjoy it.

Height Requirements? Minimum height is 40” but anyone under 48” will need to have a supervising companion. This ride also has safety restraints that may restrict people of certain sizes to ride. Those with a waist size of more than 40” may not be able to ride.

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Revenge of the Mummy

This indoor thrilling coaster is another ride only for the brave. If you like being terrified on a ride, this will top your Universal Studios Orlando rides list. From plunging into complete darkness to endless mummies trying to attack you, be prepared to scream!

Who loves it? Anyone who loves classic scary coasters will love this ride. Younger kids may be able to make the height requirement, but parents should consider if they will be too scared on this ride.

Height Requirements? Minimum height is 48” and there are safety restraints that may not be able to accommodate those with a waist size of 40” or more.

San Francisco

Walk through the streets of 1950s San Francisco to head to the only ride here. Don’t forget to stop by Jaws for a fun photo op!

Fast & Furious - Supercharged

One of the newer Universal Studios Attractions, Fast & Furious is a motion-simulator ride that transports you to the Fast & Furious movies where you’ll get to see cars flip, things blow up, and listen to a great soundtrack. Fans will notice lots of movie props and the supercharged vehicles they had only seen on the big screen before.

Who loves it? Anyone who loves cars will enjoy this family-friendly ride.

Height Requirements? Minimum height is 40” but anyone under 48” will need to have a supervising companion.

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Hollywood

E.T. Adventure Universal Studios Rides

As you leave San Francisco and enter Hollywood, perhaps it’s time for a break from hitting everything on your Universal rides list. Spend a bit of time enjoying the Bourne Spectacular Stunt Show and watch someone else get tossed around for a bit.

Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone

If you’ve got little ones, this is going to be one of their favorite places, but don’t stop the older ones from enjoying it as well. With nostalgic cartoon characters and movies, there’s something here for everyone.

Woody Woodpecker Nuthouse Coaster

This coaster is the perfect coaster for a first-time coaster rider. With gentle swoops and turns as you tour Woody’s nut factory, little ones don’t have to worry about any scary drops or monsters jumping out.

Who loves it? Kids and adults will enjoy this fun little coaster. If you have older adults like grandmas and grandpas who can’t manage motion simulated rides anymore, some of these tamer rides might be right up their alley.

Height Requirements? Minimum height is 36” but anyone under 48” will need to have a supervising companion.

This heart-warming ride takes its guests on a gentle bike ride with E.T. through the sky as you try to save his planet. You might even get to hear E.T. thank you personally for your hard work.

Who loves it? Everyone. While this is one of the slow rides at Universal Orlando, it overwhelming is loved by everyone.

Height Requirements? Minimum height is 34” but anyone under 48” will need to have a supervising companion.

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Springfield: Home of the SimpsonsTM

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Step into the world of the Simpsons and see all the shops, restaurants and hang outs that make Springfield a great town to live in also home to some of the best Universal Orlando rides. Any Simpson fan will love finding all the show references spread out over the entire area.

The Simpson’s Ride

This virtual reality roller coaster will take riders to Krustyland with the Simpson clan for a nice, fun day at the park. But it’s the Simpsons, so you know that something will go wrong, and Sideshow Bob is sure to see to that! Ride projections are displayed on a huge 80-foot dome to make sure you are surrounded by all of the action.

Who loves it? If you grew up watching the Simpsons, you’re going to want to ride this ride! The cameos from multiple characters makes it all the more fun.

Height Requirements? Minimum height is 40” but anyone under 48” will need to have a supervising companion.

Kang & Kodo’s Twirl ‘n’ Hurl

Hop aboard a spaceship and twirl around the giant alien as you try to shoot lasers at the residents of Springfield. Try to do more twirling and less hurling while you ride this spinning ride.

Who loves it? This family-friendly ride will be loved by even the smallest of ones so long as you don’t mind going around in endless circles.

Height Requirements? No height requirement but anyone under 48” will need to have a supervising companion.

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World Expo

Men in Black Ride Orlando

As you hit the back of the park, you’ll enter World Expo, which currently only has one ride.

Men in Black: Alien Attack

This shooting dark ride takes you on a hunt for aliens. See how many points you can wrack up as you protect our planet against an infestation of aliens in New York.

Who loves it? Tweens, teens and those who love the Men in Black movies. Plus, anyone who just likes a good ol’ fashioned shooting game with some motion simulation. Without too scary of aliens, this ride is pretty family friendly.

Height Requirements? Minimum height is 42” but anyone under 48” will need to have a supervising companion.

Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley

Harry Potter Escape from Gringotts Ride

Go through the wall and enter the immersive world of Harry Potter Diagon Alley at the London Embankment of World Expo.

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts

Of all the current Universal Studios rides, this one is a favorite to many. A dark 4-D roller coaster will take you along with Harry and his friends as they try to escape the villains at Gringotts.

Who loves it? Every Harry Potter fan ever! Not to mention, anyone who loves a thrilling ride with an amazing line queue.

Height Requirements? Minimum height is 40” but anyone under 48” will need to have a supervising companion. This ride also has safety restraints that may restrict people of certain sizes to ride. Those with a waist size of more than 40” may not be able to ride.

Hogwarts Express

Although you’ll need a park-to-park ticket to ride this ride, if you have one, this is the best way to head over the rest of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and all the rides at Islands of Adventure. Hop on the train at King’s Cross and be transported to Hogsmeade Village on this ride with windows showing you images of wizarding life.

Who loves it? Harry Potter fan or not, everyone loves this train ride between parks.

Height Requirements? No minimum height but anyone under 48” will need to have a supervising companion.

If you’re like us, you might need a bit of a rest before you start our Island of Adventures rides list. If not, then let’s continue as we keep covering our ultimate Universal Orlando rides list.

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Universal Islands of Adventure Rides List

Now that you have taken the Hogwarts Express over to Hogsmeade Village all rides from this point on will be located in Universal Islands of Adventure!

Hogsmeade Village

Harry Potter Ride Islands of Adventure

Welcome to Hogsmeade Village with Hogwarts Castle right smack in the middle. This is a great place to start your journey to discover how many rides are at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure and if you can ride them all. So, get out your Islands of Adventure rides list and join us as we walk around the lake and visit all of the islands.

Flight of the Hippogriff

This thrilling, yet kid-friendly roller coaster takes its riders through the Forbidden Forest, diving around a pumpkin patch and giving riders a nice look at Hagrid’s hut.

Who loves it? This roller coaster is great for all ages, providing slight thrills without any chills.

Height Requirements? Minimum height is 36” but anyone under 48” will need to have a supervising companion.

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is the newest of the Universal Studios Islands of Adventure rides. “Drive” the motorcycle or ride in the sidecar around the Forbidden Forest to discover many of the magical beasts that live there.

Who loves it? Older Harry Potter fans love the thrills and excitement of this roller coaster that whips around curves at high speeds and even goes backwards at one point.

Height Requirements? Minimum height is 48”.

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

Come inside Hogwarts Castle for a ride where the waiting queue is just as thrilling as the ride. As you walk through the many areas of Hogwarts Castle, you’ll be preparing for a thrilling ride with Hermione and her friends as they soar above the castle grounds on a one-of-a-kind ride that uses technology to create the sensation of flying.

Who loves it? Harry Potter fans will geek out as they travel through the castle, but everyone will love the soaring ride that puts you right in the middle of the action.

Height Requirements? Minimum height is 48”.

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The Lost Continent

It’s really lost. No rides are currently active in this area. Unless you want to eat a delicious meal at Mythos, keep walking.

Seuss Landing

Seuss Landing Rides

Oh, the things you will see and the places you’ll be when you find yourself in Seuss landing. One of the most cheerful islands at Universal Islands of Adventure, stop in here no matter your age or stage.

Cat in the Hat Ride

Travel through the Cat in the Hat story book on this omni-mover ride made to look like your couch.

Who loves it? It’s a favorite with small children but older kids may get bored with it.

Height Requirements? Minimum height is 36” but anyone under 48” will need to have a supervising companion.

High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train

Take a slow trolley ride about Seuss Landing to get a birds-eye view of it all while listening to classic Dr. Seuss stories.

Who loves it? Anyone who wants to just sit back and relax will enjoy winding around on these elevated tracks.

Height Requirements? Minimum height is 36” but anyone under 48” will need to have a supervising companion.

Caro-Seuss-El

A merry-go-round like no other, you are presented with all the nonsensical Seuessical creatures there are to choose from. Get your camera ready because you’re going to want photos of this ride!

Who loves it? Mostly the younger kids love it, but everyone will smile once they see it.

Height Requirements? There’s no minimum height, but anyone under 48” will need to have a supervising companion.

One fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

Take a spin on this ride as you choose which fish you want to sit in. You can choose when you go up and when you go down, but listen to the instructions if you want to avoid getting wet in the process.

Who loves it? Everyone seems willing to give this a shot at least once, but don’t be surprised if your littlest ones keep asking to do it again and again and again.

Height Requirements? There’s no minimum height, but anyone under 48” will need to have a supervising companion.

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Marvel Super Hero Island

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This immersive island was created for all those comic book fans out there, especially in the Marvel world of superheroes and villains.

Doom’s Fearfall

Are you brave enough to shoot up 185 feet in the air only to be plummeted back to Earth without any warning at a speed faster than gravity? Then you’re going to love this ultimate thrill ride at Universal Studios Orlando Islands of Adventure.

Who loves it? Thrill-ride junkies!

Height Requirements? Minimum height is 52”. This ride also has safety restraints that may restrict people of certain sizes to ride. Those with a waist size of more than 40” may not be able to ride.

Incredible Hulk Coaster

This giant green coaster can be seen from practically anywhere in Islands of Adventure. This ride tops the list of rides at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure that have been here from the start and still attract huge lines.

Who loves it? Anyone who can’t get enough of roller coasters that go upside down.

Height Requirements? Minimum height is 54”. This ride also has safety restraints that may restrict people of certain sizes to ride. Those with a waist size of more than 40” may not be able to ride. And this ride has a zero-tolerance policy for any loose items so guests have to walk through a metal detector before they can ride.

Amazing Adventures of Spider Man

Put on your 3-D glasses for this high-flying virtual reality ride. Guests get to join Spider Man as he soars above the streets chasing bad guys.

Who loves it? Classic Marvel character fans who don’t get motion sick. This one is a doosie.

Height Requirements? Minimum height is 40” but anyone under 48” will need to have a supervising companion.

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Toon Lagoon

Toon Lagoon Dudley Do-Right Ride

If you’re looking for Universal water rides, this is the island to visit as it is filled with water rides and even splash pads for the little ones.

Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge-rat Barges

A classic wet ride, the rafting ride puts a group of people in a large circular spinning raft and tosses them up and down a river with lots of water obstacles waiting to soak them.

Who loves it? Everyone on a hot day. No one on a cold day. If you liked to get soaked, you’ll love it.

Height requirements? Minimum height is 42” but anyone under 48” will need to have a supervising companion.

Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls

Another classic wet ride, this log flume ride takes you through twists and turns, ending in a 75-foot drop. You are sure to get soaked when you ride this.

Who loves it? A flume ride is fun for everyone, but older generation will really enjoy the references to this classic cartoon.

Height Requirements? Minimum height is 44” but anyone under 48” will need to have a supervising companion.

Skull Island

King Kong Ride Universal Studios Orlando

This island is the ride, and the ride is the island. That’s all there is and probably all there has to be.

Skull Island – Reign of Kong

This terrifying ride is at the top of many people’s Orlando Universal rides list. Board a ride vehicle and travel through Skull Island where all the nightmarish creatures of the movie come to 3-D life all around you.

Who loves it? Definitely for older kids, tweens and teens. This ride contains a lot of violence and unbelievably scary creatures so younger kids will want to stay away.

Height Requirements? Minimum height is 36” but anyone under 48” will need to have a supervising companion.

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Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park Land Orlando

If you’ve arrived here, you have now walked all the way through both parks and you can relax. Oh wait, no you can’t! This island has some of the best Universal Islands of Adventure rides that you can’t pass up, plus one more that will opening soon and will sure to be the hottest roller coaster in the area.

Pteranodon Flyers

Get carried away by a prehistoric flying reptile, suspended from a wire, and gently soar over the surrounding area of Jurassic Park. This ride is so kid friendly that anyone over 56” must find a kid to go on the ride with them!

Who loves it? Kids who love having the power of saying who gets to ride with them. More adults would probably love it too, but it’s awkward (and maybe illegal) to ask kids you don’t know to take you on the ride when you’re a childless millennial.

Height Requirements? Minimum height is 36” but with a maximum height of 56” unless accompanied by a kid between the height of 36-56 inches.

Jurassic Park River Adventure Ride

One last chance to get wet on a hot day. This boat ride starts out innocent enough as you travel into Jurassic Park to view the dinosaurs but then takes an ominous turn as you head into restricted areas of Jurassic Park and encounter so many T-rexes that you end up taking an 85-foot drop down into the darkness.

Who loves it? A great ride for anyone who loves dinosaurs but isn’t too scared of them.

Height Requirements? Minimum height is 36” but anyone under 48” will need to have a supervising companion.

Jurassic World VelociCoaster

This extreme roller coaster is set to open sometime soon in 2021. It boasts 4,700 feet of track that will take you to heights of 155 feet using launches, barrel rolls, and endless twists and turns through tight squeezes as you dash through the park’s raptor enclosure.

Who’s gonna love it? Every roller coaster enthusiast out there is chomping at the bit to hop aboard this one-of-a-kind roller coaster. This ride will definitely not be for the timid of heart. It will take over the number one spot for Universal thrill rides once it opens.

Height Requirements? None have been provided yet, but we’ve got to assume it’ll be similar to the Incredible Hulk Coaster with all of its twists and turns high up in the air.

Now that you’ve learned what rides are at Universal Studios are what are the rides are at Islands of Adventure, which park will you choose to start with as you make your own list of rides in Universal Studios Florida that you must ride on your next vacation?

Michael Belmont

Michael Belmont is the owner and chief editor at Theparkprodigy.com, an authorized Disney and Universal travel agent. He specializes in Disney and Universal theme park tickets and vacation packages, as well as daily park plans to help optimize vacation time. Michael and The Park Prodigy have been featured on ABC’s Florida affiliate, WTFV, as well as over 10 Disney focused blogs. As owner, Michael manages The Park Prodigy blog and social media, a Disney themed podcast, and a Disney and Universal focused YouTube channel. Prior to starting The Park Prodigy, Michael was a long time Disney and Universal enthusiast, frequent visitor of the parks, and even served as a Walt Disney World Cast Member in Orlando, Florida!