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Best Queue Lines at Universal Studios Hollywood

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Article By: Dani Ruben
Last Updated: March 2, 2023
When visiting theme parks, many guests try to avoid long lines to maximize their time at the park. Single rider lines and fast passes are popular ways to beat the crowd and skip most of the queue altogether. Although efficient, guests who use this strategy often miss fun details created in the queue line to help riders pass time.

Some queue lines are an experience of their own and should not be overlooked, especially if it's your first time on a ride. These rides boast the best queue lines at Universal Studios Hollywood.

1. Harry Potter & the Forbidden Journey

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
The queue line for Harry Potter & the Forbidden Journey at Universal Studios Hollywood is a must-see for any Harry Potter fan. Without a doubt, this ride has the best queue line at Universal Studios Hollywood. The entrance offers a spectacular view of the Hogwarts Castle before it takes you inside for an in-depth tour. The queue is filled with intricate props from the movies, providing an immersive experience for visitors. From the house tournament hourglasses to the herbology greenhouse, to the Mirror of Erised, there's plenty to delight even the most casual of fans.

The area also offers limitless photo opportunities to capture memories with friends and family. There are statues and rooms to pose with, along with some favorite characters like the Fat Lady and even Professor Dumbledore!

Overall, the queue line for Harry Potter & the Forbidden Journey is a magical experience that truly brings the Hogwarts to life. It's a bit of a long walk, but it's definitely worth it, even if you decide to skip the ride after.

2. Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash

Upper Lot
The queue line for the Secret Life of Pets ride at Universal Studios Hollywood is one of the most colorful and interactive queue lines we've ever experienced. The line takes guests through a New York apartment complex, complete with furniture and pets, giving guests a glimpse into the secret lives of pets.

Guests can follow Runty through his voyages in the tunnels. The mail slots on apartment doors offer a secret peek at the lives of the pets who live within. Snowball gives guests a breakdown of their mission before they enter the ride. There's plenty to take in and enjoy, and lots of furniture to sit on (although most of it isn't very comfortable).

Most of the scenery in this queue line is also great for mini photoshoots. There are various bedrooms with cartoon-like features that are adorable. There are also plenty of opportunities to pose with the pets as you go through the line. Overall, the queue line for the Secret Life of Pets ride is a playful and interactive experience that perfectly captures the fun and mischief of pets.

3. Transformers: The Ride 3D

Lower Lot
Transformers: The Ride 3D at Universal Studios Hollywood has a well-themed queue line that features a military operations base where guests walk through to reach their assignment (the ride). The line showcases high-tech gadgets and screens with information about the ride and the Transformers universe, adding to the excitement and anticipation. Fun lighting and special effects are used to get visitors in the spirit of the ride, creating a thrilling and immersive atmosphere.

Additionally, there are lots of lights on gadgets and displays throughout the queue line, providing guests with plenty of things to look at and play with while they wait. There are switches that move, buttons that trigger lights, and lots of little signs with fun information about the world.

This queue line isn't the most beautiful, but it fits well with the theme and does a great job of getting visitors in the mindset of entering the world of Transformers.

4. Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem

Upper Lot
The waiting line for Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem is not particularly unique or exciting. Once inside Gru's house, visitors are treated to beautiful wallpaper and artwork that perfectly captures the whimsy and fun of the Despicable Me universe. While the majority of the outside waiting area is relatively plain, it does feature some quirky decor elements that add to the playful nature of the experience. It also has some charming details and videos to prepare you for your journey into Minionhood.

Once you step in to the preshow areas, Gru's house and lab really start to come alive. The ride's preshow areas are where visitors will find the most impressive props from the movies, including some vases from Hercules (a cool easter egg), a plethora of Gru's weapons, and the Gru family tree.

Even before entering the ride, guests can play with doorbells at neighboring houses. They'll get various responses from minions who are doing... whatever minions do! This one is particularly great for younger kids who don't want to commit to waiting in line for the ride.

5. Mario Kart: Bowser's Challenge

Super Nintendo World
Mario Kart: Bowser's Challenge at Universal Studios Hollywood features the newest and cleanest queue line in the park. This ride may not have the best queue line at Universal Studios, but it's well worth a look for its whimsical features and beloved video game characters. The line features a myriad of different environments from the land of Super Nintendo to keep the experience refreshing and entertaining for guests. The line also has lots of little details that hardcore fans will appreciate, adding to the overall excitement and anticipation of the ride.

Visitors will also have plenty of photoshoot opportunities, including the popular large statue of Bowser at the entrance to his lair, Bowser's throne, and the Bob-omb factory. The waiting line also sets the stage for the ride's story by showcasing Bowser's plans to dominate the track with his mischievous acquaintances.

The preshow area for the ride is also beautifully decorated. This can sometimes be lost in the background as guests focus on the ride video that plays. The ride is a bit more hands-on than most, so there's plenty to learn from the preshow videos about how to enjoy the ride to the fullest.
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