6 Scariest Rides At Universal Studios Hollywood

Are you looking for the scariest, most thrilling rides at Universal Studios Hollywood? I’m a Universal Studios Hollywood annual pass holder. I visit theme parks regularly, and I love scary rides and rollercoasters.

However, I often visit the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park with my son. My little boy Oliver is sensitive, but I love encouraging him within reason. As a result, I know first-hand the tamest rides at Universal Studios and the most thrilling!

1. Revenge of The Mummy: The Ride

📏 Height Requirement: 48″
🫣 Scare Factor: 4/5

The scariest ride at Universal Studios Hollywood is Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride. Revenge of the Mummy is an indoor ride that catapults you at speeds of up to 45 mph in virtual darkness.

I love this ride as it’s one of the only rides at Universal Studios Hollywood that isn’t motion-simulated. Motion-simulated rides often cause me to feel a little queasy. 

Revenge of The Mummy: The Ride doesn’t go upside down, and you don’t experience any crazy heights. Not that you’d be able to tell because this entire ride is in near darkness.

Without spoiling too many of the details, it’s the speed and darkness that most people will fear on this ride. However, the ride’s theme and projections may scare some younger children.

2. Jurassic World: The Ride

📏 Height Requirement: 48″ (unaccompanied) 40″ (accompanied)
🫣 Scare Factor: 4/5

The second scariest ride at Universal Studios Hollywood is Jurassic World: The Ride. This ride is in the theme park’s lower lot, opposite Revenge of The Mummy: The Ride.

Jurassic World: The Ride has recently undergone a multimillion-dollar refurbishment and rebrand. Subsequently, this ride now features the latest in rollercoaster technology.

This ride has some thrilling elements, including dinosaurs and water, which means you get wet. However, the scariest thing about Jurassic World: The Ride is the 84ft drop, the biggest at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Be sure to go to this area of the park even if your child isn’t tall enough to go on the ride, as this area features:

  • Raptor Encounter
  • Dino Play Area
  • Jurassic Café

3. The Simpsons Ride

📏 Height Requirement: 48″ (unaccompanied) 40″ (accompanied)
🫣 Scare Factor: 3/5

The Simpsons Ride is one of several motion simulator rides at Universal Studios Hollywood. However, it’s also one of the most dated. So, while this ride is scary, thrilling and fun, it’s also not the best for those who suffer from motion sickness.

The Simpsons Ride takes place in a theatre room with an 80-foot-diameter domed screen. Once strapped into your seat, the ride will lift you off the floor for a full-motion experience.

The ride takes you to visit Krusty the Clown’s budget theme park with the Simpsons family. So expect the motion of high-speed twists and turns as you blast through the theme park in a non-stop, over-the-top adventure.

This ride is available at Universal Studios in Hollywood and Orlando. As such, if you have been to Universal Orlando in the past, you may have already been on this ride.

4. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

📏 Height Requirement: 48″
🫣 Scare Factor: 2/5

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is not a rollercoaster. Instead, it is considered a ‘dark-themed’ motion simulation ride.

You do not go upside down on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, nor are there large drops. In fact, the largest physical drop is just 5ft. Instead, it’s the darkness and fear of the unknown that make this ride so scary.

This ride is a favourite among Harry Potter fans. So much so it’s available at every Universal theme park worldwide:

  • Universal Studios Orlando
  • Universal Studios Hollywood
  • Universal Studios Osaka, Japan
  • Universal Studios Beijing, China

5. Flight of the Hippogriff

📏 Height Requirement: 48″ (unaccompanied) 39″ (accompanied)
🫣 Scare Factor: 2/5

Flight of the Hippogriff is a fantastic rollercoaster for children visiting Universal Hollywood. The height requirement for this ride is rather tall for what it is. However, it’s one of few track-based rides at the theme park.

To go on the Flight of the Hippogriff, you will need to hop on the back of the magical creature that is a Hippogriff. Once onboard, you’ll tour the grounds of Care of Magical Creatures, passing the pumpkin patch and Hagrid’s hut.

Flight of the Hippogriff reaches maximum speeds of up to 29mph, and the largest drop is 30 feet. So while younger children might still find this ride scary, it’s still one the whole family can enjoy.

6. TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D

📏 Height Requirement: 48″ (unaccompanied) 40″ (accompanied)
🫣 Scare Factor: 2/5

TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D is another thrilling motion simulator ride at Universal Studios Hollywood.

This ride uses 3D HD media and flight simulator technology to create an experience like no other. There are no drops on this ride, nor do you go upside down. Instead, it’s the storyline of this ride that may scare some people.

It’s basically a sped-up version of the first film. So, you will be fighting with Optimus Prime, trying to survive as you protect the Allspark from Decepticons.

Be sure to grab a picture with Bumblebee, Optimus Prime or a Decepticon opposite Panda Express, next to the ride’s entrance.

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