Age Appropriate Rides/Shows
Here, as in Walt Disney World, height and age restrictions aren't bent to accommodate a screaming child. Even where restrictions don't exist, some shows have loud music and pyrotechnics that can scare young kids. Check the attraction descriptions that follow to make sure your child won't be unduly disappointed or frightened.
Overall, Universal Studios does a much better job in the way of entertaining its guests while they wait in line for the attractions (though recent upgrades at Disney have ensured there are a few notable exceptions). Many have preshows or TV screens with previews or introductions to the attractions.
They've also got it all over the House of Mouse when it comes to beating the sun -- many of the attractions here have waiting areas under some sort of cover or, in some cases, indoors (unless the line is so long that it extends beyond these areas, which it sometimes does in the busiest seasons). It is also exponentially easier to get from your car (or resort) to the parks. From the parking lot, if you have kids and all of the gear that comes with them, pack your stroller and bring it along -- you will be able to walk directly to the parks, though it can be a long haul for small feet (and there are no trams from the parking decks to the theme parks).
Elevators, moving sidewalks, and covered walkways will take you up to the entrance of CityWalk. And, if you're staying at a Universal resort, you'll be glad to know that all three resorts are relatively close by and are serviced by a water taxi that'll drop you off in CityWalk (and the Hard Rock is within walking distance). I'm not saying that you will not have to wait at all -- it can take several minutes -- but not nearly as long as some trips at Disney can.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.