Like many theme parks, Universal Studios Hollywood offers a form of the “child switch,” also known as the “child swap,” on all of its attractions with height requirements.
How it works
If you have a child shorter than the posted height requirement for any given ride, one or two of your party members will accompany your child to a special “child switch” room. The rest of your party waits in line and experiences the attraction while the remaining party waits with the child. After they ride, party members will “switch” with those waiting with the child, allowing them to experience the same attraction without waiting in line twice.
Below is a brief rundown of the child switch situations at each attraction. If you’re ever confused, ask a team member at the main entrance to the ride for instructions. They’re happy to help!
Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem
The Despicable Me building was not designed with a child switch room in mind. Inform the team member assigned to the main entrance that you’d like to do a child swap; s/he will give you further instructions that will include those waiting with the child to play in Super Silly Fun Land while other party members ride.
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
Enter through the castle and up where the ride platform is, which is past the Gryffindor common room, you’ll see a room with benches and a TV playing Harry Potter movies.
Jurassic World: The Ride
(Though we don’t know much about Jurassic World opening in 2019, we don’t expect this to change.)
Enter through the main “Jurassic World” gates. On your left, you’ll find a side entrance marked “Lockers – Child Switch – Universal Express.” The dedicated child switch room, complete with a small play area, is just inside.
Revenge of the Mummy
Head up the ride’s exit stairwell, located behind the Mummy Refreshment snack stand and to the immediate left of the StarWay escalators. Once inside, you’ll pass through a brief blank hallway. Once you reach the turnstiles blocking your path, bear right and head down the marked stairway. The dedicated child switch room and small play area is at the foot of the stairs.
The Simpsons Ride
Like Despicable Me, The Simpsons Ride does not have a dedicated child switch room. You’ll need to speak to the team member manning the Universal Express queue entrance to the left of the Krusty the Clown head for instructions.
Transformers: The Ride 3D
Head to the main entrance. Just inside the doors and directly to the right of the Single Riders line entrance, you’ll find an elevator. Take it down to Level 1 (it’ll be marked “Ride/Child Switch”). You’ll see a Child Switch sign that leads you to the dedicated room.
The Walking Dead
Like Despicable Me and The Simpsons Ride, The Walking Dead does not have a dedicated child switch room. You’ll need to speak to the team member manning the main entrance for instructions.