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.

One Comment

  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.

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