NOTICE: Many tourist attractions are still closed. Please check attraction websites for details.
While Universal Studios Hollywood is certainly family-friendly, those traveling with small children may find that the majority of the rides are too intense for the little ones. There are also some rides with height restrictions (see below) that may exclude your younger ones from riding.
Never fear! That doesn't mean you can't enjoy Universal. Many of the rides offer the opportunity to use Child Switch, which allows one parent to wait with the child while the other parent and family members ride, and then switch when they depart, without having to wait in line again.
Park maps indicate which rides are appropriate for your children and also list spots where you kids can enjoy photo-taking with their favorite characters. You'll find that restrooms, changing stations, and other things that families with kids need frequently are readily available and easy to find.
Universal's Animal Actors: combines animal talents and insights into working with animals on a movie set. Features dogs, cats, birds, a chicken and a pig. Most kids will like the show.
Characters in the Park: Dora the Explorer, Diego, Spongebob Squarepants, Donkey, Curious George, Woody Woodpecker and other characters are available for kids to meet and have a picture taken. Universal Studios is far less crowded than Disneyland, so kids don't have to wait in line 15 minutes to meet their favorite characters. In many cases you can walk right up, or wait just a minute or two.
Shrek 4D: This is a light-hearted movie. There are moments of darkness, but this should be suitable for kids 3+.
The Simpsons Ride: This roller coaster simulator seems suitable for most young guests. (40 inch requirement)
Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem: A roller coaster simulator that seems suitable for most young guests. (40 inch requirement)
Jurassic Park - The Ride: Part of the ride is dark and noisy, but the main concern is the 84-foot water slide at the end. There is a jolt at the end and kids will need to be able to keep their head from hitting the back of the seat. Make sure you warn them right before the plunge so they are prepared for this. (42 inch requirement).
Attraction Height Requirements
Parental Guidance Suggested
Child Switch Available
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