6 Rides To Avoid At Universal Studios Orlando Resort

The two theme parks at the Universal Orlando Resort in Florida are home to more than 40 rides. However, not all rides are created equal.

As a Universal Orlando annual passholder, I visit Universal often. However, there are several rides I always avoid.

1. The Simpsons Ride

I am a massive fan of The Simpsons. However, I still believe The Simpsons Ride is the worst ride at Universal Studios.

This ride is at Universal Studios in Orlando and Hollywood and has the same storyline at both. The story sees you visiting Krusty the Clown’s budget theme park with the Simpsons family.

However, it’s not the story that’s the problem with The Simspons Ride; it’s the motion simulation. This ride takes place inside a theatre room with an 80-foot domed screen. Once strapped into your seat, the ride will lift you off the floor for a full-motion experience.

If you’ve seen any episodes of The Simpsons, you can imagine what Krusty’s theme park will be like. The motion is non-stop and intense. However, The Simpsons Ride opened in 2007 and is almost 20 years old. Therefore, despite several upgrades, the intense non-stop motion simulation makes most people queasy.

2. Transformers: The Ride 3D

Transformers is another ride I always avoid at Universal Studios, again due to motion sickness. The motions on this ride aren’t as strong as those on The Simpsons Ride. However, having opened in 2013, the technology on this ride is still dated.

For this ride, you don’t sit in a theatre but instead ride in a N*E*S*T vehicle. There are no drops; however, the cart does make sudden movements that swing you around quite a bit.

I’ve been on this ride three times, and each time, I get incredibly motion-sick every time. To combat motion sickness, I take Dramamine, remove the 3D glasses and close my eyes.

3. Fast & Furious Supercharged

This Fast & Furious Supercharged ride opened in 2018 to heavy criticism for its lack of creativity and thrill.

Fast & Furious Supercharged is not a rollercoaster. Instead, the ride concept is similar to King Kong’s Skull Islands at Islands of Adventure. You board a tram and enter a tunnel with screens surrounding you.

Inside the tunnel, wind, rain and other weather conditions are simulated. The tram then moves left and right. You don’t go anywhere; it’s all a simulation.

The line for this ride is usually around 40 minutes. So unless you’re a massive fan of the Fast & Furious franchise, this may not be time well spent at Universal Studios.

4. Doctor Doom’s Fearfall

Doctor Doom’s Fearfall is one of the oldest rides at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. This ride opened in 1999, so a serious update is long overdue.

This space-shot ride lacks any thrill. However, it could be good for kids who are tall enough and want to work up to some of the bigger rides inside the theme park. Despite the line for this ride rarely passing 20 minutes. I’d still skip it in favour of most other rides.

5. The Incredible Hulk Coaster

The Incredible Hulk Coaster is the most controversial ride on this list. I’ve been on this ride several times during my visits to Islands of Adventure. However, it’s not without its downfalls.

This ride is fun and it is thrilling. However, The Incredible Hulk Coaster is known for ‘head banging’. This is when your head bangs side to side on the overhead bars, resulting in a nasty headache.

You can reduce the ‘head bashing’ by pushing your head to the back of the seat instead of leaning forward. However, this is hard when the force of the ride is pushing against you.

6. Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon

Race Through New York, Starring Jimmy Fallon, is another of Universal’s motion simulation rides. However, this ride opened in 2017. As a result, the motion technology used is better than on other rides and doesn’t leave you feeling quite as sick.

Instead, the only sickness you may experience is boredom.

This ride sees you ‘race through New York’ to the NBC Studios, where Jimmy Fallon presents. It’s fun for fans of The Tonight Show and Jimmy Fallon. However, otherwise, the story and thrill of this ride are lacklustre.

One positive of Race Through New York, Starring Jimmy Fallon, is that this ride has a virtual queue. With the virtual queue, you don’t have to stand in line. Instead, you can use the time to browse The Tonight Show’s memorabilia.

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20 Comments

  1. I loved the Simpsons ride. To each his own. Didn’t make me sick at all. The only one that did was the Hulk ride and the Mummy.

    1. As an annual pass holder who has ridden most most of the rides, on several occasions, I think that you should have prefaced your comments by saying that you’re kind of a wuss. Stick to the Cat In the Hat. Maybe you won’t get sick on that. 😉

  2. We went on the Simpsons ride when we went in November 2020 and we just walked on. I thought it was very fun ride. I don’t ever get motion sick though. My boyfriend can and he was fine on the ride. Men in Black, however, did not do well with him and while I didn’t get sick I did have some serious whiplash.

    1. Not at all, I’m just giving this list as a guideline. Everyone is going to be different. I’d love to know what rides you’d skip when visiting?

  3. Wow, really? Hulk is one of the best roller coasters of all time and I love motion rides like The Simpsons and Jimmy Fallon. Rather than writing this article, you could have saved your readers’ time by just saying that you don’t like motion rides. And why didn’t you list Spider-man? It’s basically the exact same ride as Transformers. And what about Minions? Isn’t that basically the same ride as Jimmy Fallon? Lame.

    1. Hi Ward,

      It’s just personal preference, nothing more. I’m also not the first person to make these comments about any of these rides. That being said I’d love to know what rides you’d skip.

      In regards to Spiderman the interactive element similar to MIB makes this a worthwhile ride for some. Meanwhile, Minions has more of a worldwide appeal than Jimmy Fallon. Being from the UK, I barely know who Jimmy Fallon is.

    2. I don’t agree with this list at all. This list would maybe only apply to people who get easily motion-sick. And on the contrary, I actually thought the Incredible Hulk Coaster was pretty smooth, not rough at all. To anyone reading this, don’t listen to these kinds of articles and try any ride you want when you go, I promise you they’re all worth at least one ride, and you’ll find to like most of them anyways.

  4. Wow! We rode all the rides in this list recently & had no problems with motion sickness. This is coming from someone who gets motion sickness from riding in a car too long. I only agree with Fast & the Furious. That ride was so lame!! Our kids, 8 & 16, thought so too. And they are huge car enthusiasts. Since you mentioned not even knowing who Jimmy Fallon is, maybe that ride shouldn’t be on the list. We enjoyed it!

  5. We just went to Universal Florida back in April 2022. I had never done simulator rides like these until that day. I absolutely loved the jimmy fallon one. I am not a super fan or anything of his show. But I thought the ride was fun. We did the Simpsons one and the 3 of us felt super nauseous after it. I was so bad I refused to ride anything else after. My husband and son went on the transformers and fast & the furious rides and loved them both. So I’m not sure why the negative feedback. Each person is different and rides effect everyone so different.

  6. Dang this list is long. So basically stay home and save your money according to this…I haven’t been on JF or fast, but the other rides my family loves them.

  7. Fully agree that Hulk should be avoided unless you want to spend the rest of the day with a mild concussion. Every other coaster is totally fine.

  8. I think if you’re prone to having motion sickness, writing a blog about Roller Coasters and thrill rides may not be in your Forte! While I do agree with you on Fast and Furious and Jimmy Fallon, neither are great rides, but should be ridden for the experience alone! But, many of the other rides you’ve mentioned are really great rides and shouldn’t be missed by new visitors to the park! Transformers and Simpsons are 2 of the best non thrill rides in the parks! And, I’ve ridden Hulk many, MANY times, as much as riding it 6 times back to back without getting off other than to change seats/rows on the same train, I have never one time bumped my head nor do I know anyone that has had this issue! Hulk is easily a top 3 ride in the park and is a must ride upon entering IOA! I’m shocked that you somehow managed to make a blog about what rides to avoid at Universal, but Kong wasn’t the first ride mentioned! Absolutely nothing about that ride is enjoyable! However, again worth the experience of riding at least once!

    If you’re new to Universal, avoid reading blogs or list like this and ride the rides and form your own opinions on them!

  9. I totally agree that Transformers and Simpsons are outdated and just not worth it. I personally don’t care one way or the other about JF, but my kids love it. Dr doom and Hulk are ALOT of fun tho. You have a point about the head jostle on Hulk, which is why I won’t go more than once per visit, but it’s a lot of fun. I’m going to guess since Dr Doom is out, you aren’t a fan of Disney’s Tower of Terror, they are basically the same with a different theme, but ToT is one of my all time favorite ride.

  10. Constructively I found this a little disappointing so many of the reasons given are primarily subjective or based on personal reasons. Reading through the comments the most typical responses are it is personal or everyone is different. While those are valid it is in contrast to the impression given by the title of the article which indicates an level of expertise that would be applied to everyone. It would have been a much more honest approach to have titled the article “6 Rides I avoid at…”.

  11. You should keep you opinion to yourself. Other people reading this may miss out on a great ride cause of your opinion. For example the Simpsons ride is to me a great suprise of a ride. I always tell people don’t pass it up. I usually get great feedback after too.

  12. Race Through New York is fantastic! We live right by the park and season pass holders. This our first ride every single time. You got it right with #1 and #2.

  13. Lame.. people should Avoid reading your list before avoiding any of those rides… I’ve been to Universal studios/ island of adventure probably 12 times in my life and I absolutely Love it and I completely disagree all you’ve said… 💯

  14. Bro you’ve got it all wrong, all of the rides are so enjoyable at Universal Orlando, in my personal opinion. And coming from a guy who gets no motion sickness whatsoever, the only two rides there that personally I did not enjoy are:

    2. Transformers Ride
    Just a motion buss, nothing special, I didn’t really care for the action all that much, but I mean in the least bit, I’m glad I went on it, it was somewhat enjoyable, I didn’t hate it, I wouldn’t even say I don’t like it. I’m just neutral to it, completely numb, not much creativity.

    1. Fast And Furious Ride
    Now this is it, the only ride I absolutely despise at Universal Orlando. It’s literally just the Transformers ride, but 10 times worse. It’s incredibly loud, extremely uncreative, and the majority of it, you just sit there doing nothing or watching some clip. But unfortunately, I’d take that boringness anyday over the 30 second action part, you are not a part of it, your buss is just a witness that happens to follow the action. The loud noises are so unneeded though, it’s literally like 170 decibles at some points, it’s not worth your time. I never thought I’d prefer the line over the actual ride. I actually did enjoy the line, it was entertaining, and the mid-line rooms were fun, but after the line, it all goes downhill from there. So if you want to check out a fun and entertaining wait line, then that is the only case scenario of me recommending this ride.

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