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Volcano Bay, New Universal Orlando Ticket Options on Sale

by Leap on November 15, 2016 528

Here Is the Lowdown on What's New Plus Tips to Choose the Best Ticket for Your Family!

As we mentioned in our recent post about Universal's Volcano Bay, new ticket options are available for the Universal Orlando Resort that include the water theme park that is set to open May 25, 2017. Today, we're walking you through all of the different ticket types and providing a few details to help you choose the best Universal Orlando ticket for your family. As always as an authorized seller, we're hoppy to offer Universal Orlando tickets at a discount.

It's important to note that many of these new Universal Orlando ticket options are not valid until June 1, 2017, so keep this in mind if you are traveling before then. 

Best Universal Orlando ticket - Universal's Islands of Adventure

Universal Studios Florida, Universal's Islands of Adventure & Universal's Volcano Bay Ticket Types

  • The Universal 2-Park Base Ticket entitles you to admission at Universal Studios Florida OR Universal's Islands of Adventure for each day of your ticket (one park per day). If you are visiting on or after June 1, 2017, you have an additional option of a 3-Park Base Ticket that allows you to visit Universal Studios Florida, Universal's Islands of Adventure or Universal's Volcano Bay for each day of your ticket (one park per day). For example, with a Universal 2-Park 3-Day Base Ticket you could go to Universal Studios on Monday, Universal's Islands of Adventure on Tuesday and then go back to Universal Studios on Thursday. Another example if you are visiting on or after June 1, 2017, is the Universal 3-Park 3-Day Base Ticket, which would allow you to visit Universal Studios on Monday, Universal's Islands of Adventure on Tuesday and Universal's Volcano Bay on Wednesday.
  • The Universal Park-to-Park Ticket entitles you to admission at Universal Studios Florida AND Universal's Islands of Adventure for each day of your ticket (you hop back and forth between the two parks). If you are visiting on or after June 1, 2017, you have an additional option of a 3-Park Park-to-Park Ticket that allows you to enter Universal Studios Florida, Universal's Islands of Adventure and Universal's Volcano Bay for each day of your ticket. For instance, let's say you purchase a Universal 2-day Park-to-Park Ticket. On Monday, you could go to Universal Studios Florida for the first half of the day then head over to Universal's Islands of Adventure. On Wednesday, you start at Universal's Islands of Adventure, go to Universal Studios Florida in the afternoon and then end the day back at Universal's Islands of Adventure. Another example if you are visiting on or after June 1, 2017, is the Universal 3-Park 3-Day Park-to-Park Ticket, which would allow you to visit all three parks every day for three days.

Choosing the Best Universal Orlando Ticket - Minions

More Ticket Days Available

You now have the option to choose among 1-Day, 2-Day, 3-Day, 4-Day and 5-Day tickets for your vacation. (The Orlando FlexTicket will not be available in 2017 and the Three Park Unlimited Ticket that included Wet 'n Wild is no longer available.)

Is Base or Park-to-Park the Best Universal Orlando ticket?

Universal Studios Florida, Universal's Islands of Adventure and Universal's Volcano Bay are on the same property and within walking distance of each other, making the Park-to-Park Ticket a popular choice. Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure are right next door to each other, so it's super easy to hop between them. Universal's Volcano Bay is not next door to them, but it is walking distance from these two parks. Water taxis and buses from Universal CityWalk will also be available. It's super easy to hop between all of these parks!

Best Universal Orlando ticket - Park-to-Park ticket

The Park-to-Park Ticket types gives you more flexibility than the Base Ticket type. Plus, the Park-to-Park Ticket is the only way to experience the Hogwarts Express™ in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ - Diagon Alley™. It's also a good choice when one park closes earlier than the others. For instance, if Universal Studios Florida closes at 5 p.m. and Universal's Islands of Adventure closes at 7 p.m., the Park-to-Park ticket allows you to leave Universal Studios Florida and have two hours to enjoy the rides at Universal's Islands of Adventure. (You can see park hours on Our Crowd Calendar.)

The Universal Base Ticket is a good choice if: you are traveling with little ones and one park a day is plenty, you don't care to experience the Hogwarts Express™, or you just want the lowest-priced ticket.

Is there anything else I should know to decide the best Universal Orlando ticket?

Best Universal Orlando Ticket - Universal's Volcano Bay at Night

With the addition of Universal's Volcano Bay and so many great on-site hotel choices, it makes sense to stay and play longer at Universal Orlando. A two- to three-day visit is ideal now, and when Volcano Bay opens, a three- to four-day visit will be ideal. How long to stay depends on many factors, including the ages and interests of your kids, your own interests, whether you are staying on site, how leisurely you like to tour the parks and how busy the parks will be during your visit.

Consider a longer stay if ...

  • You and your kids are thrill seekers and meet the height requirements for most rides (40 inches)
  • You want to see and do everything during your visit
  • The parks are expected to be busy
  • You like to tour the parks leisurely and/or you don't like to get out of bed early
  • You are staying on site and want more time to enjoy the hotel pools and amenities

Choosing the Best Universal Orlando Ticket - Universal CityWalk

More details to keep in mind:

  • The Universal CityWalk® Party Pass is included on Universal Base and Park-to-Park Tickets (Exception: Universal 1-day Base ticket.) The Party Pass entitles you to free admission to the paid entertainment venues at Universal CityWalk for the seven days that your ticket is valid. Party Pass Venues: CityWalk's Rising Star, Red Coconut Club, Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, Bob Marley - A Tribute to Freedom, the groove and Pat O'Brien's.
  • Ticket expires seven days after first use—you will activate the ticket upon entry into your first Universal Orlando® Resort Theme Park or one of the paid entertainment venues of Universal City Walk®.
  • Parking for all three parks (at Universal CityWalk) is not included on the tickets and is currently $20 per day (subject to change at any time). Valet parking is also available.
  • The Universal Express℠ Pass, which allows you to skip the regular lines on most of Universal Orlando's attractions, can be used with tickets purchased from us. We have done a whole post about when to use Universal Express.

We hope this post has helped you in determining the best Universal Orlando ticket for your family. Which ticket do you prefer and why? Share in comments below along with any questions you have! For even more tips, hop over to our What to Do in Orlando page inside the Orlando Planning Timeline!

Hoppy Traveling!

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Evelin Jul 31, 2017 at 7:07 a.m.

I purchased the 3 park-5 day pass. Does that mean I can visit the park every day of those 5 days? Or does it mean that out of those 5 days I can visit for 3 days (1 park per day). Thank you

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FrogBlog Aug 2, 2017 at 10:42 a.m.

Hi Evelin,

Did you purchase a Park-to-Park or Base Ticket? If it is a Park-to-Park, then you can visit all 3 parks everyday for those 5 days. If it's a Base Ticket, then you can only visit one park per day.

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salim Jul 21, 2017 at 7:31 p.m.

If i get a 5 day park to park and start on Sat, would the 7 days expire on Fri. or Sat?

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FrogBlog Jul 27, 2017 at 4:48 p.m.

Hi Salim,

The seven days are activated on the first day of use. So if you activate the ticket on a Saturday, then your seven days go through the following Friday.

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Andrea May 22, 2017 at 4:44 a.m.

We have 3park 4 day base tickets staying on site. We would like to upgrade to park to park for one day to ride hogwarts train. Is that possible or do we have to upgrade to park to park for all 4 days? Anybody know the price of upgrade to park to park?

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FrogBlog May 22, 2017 at 11:25 a.m.

Hi Andrea,

You would need to upgrade your ticket to a 4-Day Park-to-Park ticket. It would be about $55 per ticket to upgrade.

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Maria May 19, 2017 at 5:50 a.m.

Hi! We are visiting Universal early October, have a 3 day park to park ticket. I am planning what days we will go and wondering if Oct 9, Columbus Day is busy being a public holiday? We are visiting from New Zealand so I am not familiar with your holidays and if they impact crowd attendance at the parks Thank you very much for any insight!

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FrogBlog May 19, 2017 at 8:19 a.m.

Hi Maria,

Yes, Columbus Day is a holiday. While kids are out of school, not every business is closed, so it's not a big travel holiday. We're forecasting average crowds that weekend.

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Omar Apr 9, 2017 at 3:55 a.m.

My family and I are going to Orlando for 11 days in early July. The 2 plus 2 extra day Universal Studios promo would be perfect, but it expires on 5/31. Do you think the same promotion will be run after 6/1? Plan on purchasing the 4 day Disney promo tickets and the US 4 day promo to get 8 days of theme park visits.

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FrogBlog Apr 10, 2017 at 8:47 a.m.

Hi Omar,

Prices and promotions are subject to change at any time. We recommend you purchase the best option for your family and visit.

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Lara Mar 26, 2017 at 7:36 p.m.

Come June 1, 2017, will there be a Universal 3-Park 2-Day Park-to-Park Ticket? Would like to have the choice of visiting all 3 parks on a park-to-park ticket in 2 days.

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FrogBlog Mar 26, 2017 at 8:10 p.m.

Hi Laura,

This 3-Park, 2 Day Park-to-Park ticket is what you're looking for!

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Bridget Mar 20, 2017 at 2:21 p.m.

I was thinking of getting the 2 days base tickets that gives you 2 free e tickets. Can my family go to Harry Potter experience while there if we did a park a day?

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FrogBlog Mar 20, 2017 at 10:32 a.m.

Hi Bridget

To get the most out of seeing The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, we recommend the 2-Day Park-to-Park ticket, which would allow you to ride the Hogwarts Express, which travels between the two sections — Diagon Alley in Universal Studios and Hogsmeade in Islands of Aventure.

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Mark Feb 28, 2017 at 5:51 a.m.

Can i use 2 day park to park one day, and come back a later date for the 2nd?

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FrogBlog Feb 28, 2017 at 7:46 a.m.

Hi Mark,

The Universal 2 Day Park-To-Park ticket is valid for any two (2) calendar days during a seven (7) consecutive calendar day period which includes the first day the ticket is activated.

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HJoy Feb 17, 2017 at 3:17 p.m.

We want to go to Universal Studios & Islands of Adventure in (2) days. So we can go back and forth between those (2) Parks. We want to only do Volcano Bay on the 3rd day. What is the best pack of tickets to buy.

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FrogBlog Feb 17, 2017 at 10:32 a.m.

Hi Hjoy,

Consider the Universal 3-Day Park-to-Park Ticket with Volcano Bay Water Park. This will let you hop between the parks.

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Katelyn Feb 10, 2017 at 8:02 p.m.

Hi, my friend and I are wanting to go to Harry Potter world for one day only. I notice the 3 day, 1 park ticket is cheaper than the single day, 1 park ticket. Do you think we could purchase the 3 day ticket with no problem?

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FrogBlog Feb 10, 2017 at 3:18 p.m.

Hi Katelyn,

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter attractions are in two different parks. If you want to visit Diagon Alley, Hogsmeade and experience the Hogwarts Express, you will need to purchase a park-to-park ticket.

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Lacey Feb 10, 2017 at 3:57 p.m.

What is the difference between the 1 day park-to-park regular ticket and the 1 day park-to-park value ticket?

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FrogBlog Feb 10, 2017 at 10:15 a.m.

Hi Lacey,

The differences are the days when the tickets are valid. Click each ticket and scroll to Availability to see the dates.

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Kris Feb 6, 2017 at 10:29 p.m.

Hi, I am planning on a trip in June, but have noticed that tickets on sale now are only valid through May. When will summer tickets go on sale and will prices drastically increase, or will they be pretty comparable to current peak season prices?

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FrogBlog Feb 6, 2017 at 9:06 p.m.

Hi Kris,

We are selling Universal Orlando Resort tickets that are good for the summer. They're listed as Valid Starting May 25, 2017.

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Jeff Jan 30, 2017 at 7:22 a.m.

Planning a trip in November. My wife and I are not into the fast roller coasters or 3d as much..but the kids (17 and 20) are. 1 day at universal Orlando...have the express passes. What should be our plan of attack? What to do...and the order to do it in?

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FrogBlog Jan 30, 2017 at 8:29 a.m.

Hi Jeff,

Use our Universal Studios One-Day park planner to get the most out of your one day at Universal Studios Florida. You'll have to adjust for the roller coasters and 3D attractions.

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KT Jan 9, 2017 at 4:44 a.m.

If we buy a one day park-park ticket and we decide we want to come back another day, can we upgrade to a 2 day ticket while we are at the park?

If so, do you know the cost of doing that?

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FrogBlog Jan 9, 2017 at 3:35 p.m.

Hi KT,

Yes, you would be able to upgrade your ticket at the park that day, and they would be able to give you the cost at the time of the upgrade.

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Dean Jan 3, 2017 at 5 p.m.

Are annual passes at USO from date of purchase or are they from Jan 1 to Dec 31? Am planning a multiday trip in July but could follow up with another next year as well.

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FrogBlog Jan 3, 2017 at 1:19 p.m.

Hi Dean,

Universal Annual Passes are valid from day of purchase.

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Nicole Dec 31, 2016 at 5:51 p.m.

Hi, I'm visiting Orlando and are planning to do Diney and Universal. We don't have too much money to spend with a park to park pass for Universal park and would only be able to do 1 park. I would like to see as many Harry Potter rides as possible. My friend and I are in our 30's, and like thrill rides. The problem is I have a medical condition which prevents me from doing upside down rollercoasters and anything that would make me too dizzy. Which park would you recommend?

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Neddy Jan 2, 2017 at 10:40 p.m.

If you can only visit one, I suggest going to Diagonal Alley. It only has one ride (which is lots of fun) but I feel like it has more of the Harry Potter world experience. So many details in Diagon Alley!

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FrogBlog Dec 31, 2016 at 12:24 p.m.

Hi Nicole,

Your best bet is Universal Studios. While Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is a great ride, it definitely can make someone prone to motion sickness very dizzy. Universal Studios has coaster attractions, but only one with a loop. Know that Diagon Alley in Universal Studios only has one ride - Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts. If you make the "leap" to a two-park pass, then you'd be able to ride Hogwarts Express. That two-park one-day ticket will give you the most Harry Potter possible.

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Dan Oct 31, 2016 at 7:10 p.m.

Would a 3 day park to park with the express be enough time to see everything in the two parks during the busy time of March Break or would 2 days sufice? Some hotels include the line skip options, but it looks cheaper to go to the Cabana Bay and buy the express pass separately. What is the diff between Universal express unlimited (standard 2) vs (Peak)?

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FrogBlog Nov 15, 2016 at 1:45 p.m.

Hi Dan,

A 3-Day Park-to-Park with Express Pass for all three days should be enough to see and do everything.

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Izzy Jul 27, 2016 at 8:24 p.m.

If I were to buy a 2-day park-to-park ticket, could I redeem both in one day? Aka, could I redeem one for myself and one for a friend?

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Jennifer Aug 9, 2016 at 6:20 p.m.

I'm going for 2 days and want to spend both at Harry Potter, do I need Park to Park or can I just get 2 base tickets?

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FrogBlog Aug 16, 2016 at 12:41 p.m.

Hi Jennifer,

If you want to ride the Hogwarts Express, you will need the Park-to-Park ticket. Otherwise, you can purchase the base tickets.

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FrogBlog Aug 8, 2016 at 11:15 a.m.

Hi there,

No, that is not how the ticket works. It is good for one person.

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Sunny Apr 5, 2017 at 4:01 p.m.

can the 2-day 2 parks tickets be used by 2 friends on 2 different days?

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FrogBlog Apr 5, 2017 at 11:20 a.m.

Hi Sunny,

Sorry, tickets are non-transferrable between individuals.

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debby ayala Jul 8, 2016 at 5:21 p.m.

We want to mainly visit the Harry Potter and Animal kingdom. My company is offering a 4 day park to park for the price of 2 days. Would this allow us to do both?

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FrogBlog Jul 12, 2016 at 2:10 p.m.

Hi Debby,

If the ticket is just for Universal, then it would not cover Animal Kingdom, since it is at Disney World.

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Kyler Jun 13, 2016 at 6:33 p.m.

Hi, I was wondering how much would a 2 day park-to-park ticket for Universal resort, including Wet-n-Wild, would be? Instead of the 3 day option listed that includes Wet-n-Wild. Thanks!

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FrogBlog Jul 5, 2016 at 1:32 p.m.

Hi Kyler,

You would need to add on Wet 'n' Wild ticket:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/wet-n-wild-length-of-stay-ticket/

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Rashmi Jun 5, 2016 at 9:49 p.m.

We are a group of 6 people (4 adults , 2 children) visiting Disney world end July. We wanted to do a one day trip to universal studios , especially for Harry Potter section.(none of us are too keen on roller coaster but want to see the castle and Hogwarts express) Could you recommend which tickets to buy for this?

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FrogBlog Jul 5, 2016 at 10:40 a.m.

Hi Rashmi,

We would recommend the 1 Day Universal Park-to-Park Tickets.

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Kelsie May 22, 2016 at 12:39 a.m.

Going to Orlando for Disney in Sept. should I spend 1 or 2 days at Universal we would go to Universal on a Wednesday when the crowd calendar states the crowds are expected to be level green.

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FrogBlog May 31, 2016 at 2:37 p.m.

Hi Kelsie,

That depends on a lot of factors, but we definitely think it's optimal to spend at least two days at Universal.

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Debbie May 15, 2016 at 10:38 a.m.

Hi, we are travelling from NZ in Sept/Oct 2016. Our

Itinerary would be something like -

Walt Disney World 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 1 Oct (staying onsite)

Rest Day 02 Oct

Swap hotels (to Universal Hotel) 03 Oct

Kennedy Space Centre 04 Oct

Rest day 05 Oct

Universal 06, 07, 08 Oct (is 3 days enough?)

Rest day 09 Oct

Legoland 10 Oct

Fly back to NZ 11 Oct

Would it be better to purchase the 3-Park Unlimited tickets for Universal?

Thanks

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FrogBlog May 16, 2016 at 11:01 a.m.

Hi Debbie,

Are you staying at Universal on Oct. 3 to Oct. 11? Which hotel?

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Debbie May 24, 2016 at 1:08 a.m.

Hi there, yes we will be staying at Universal. Either at Cabana Bay or Portofino. Thanks

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Debbie May 19, 2016 at 1:25 a.m.

Hi, yes we will be staying at Universal, at the Loews Portofino Bay from the 03,10 to 11.10.

Thanks

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Carol Apr 27, 2016 at 3:08 a.m.

Are the 3 Park Unlimited tickets considered park-to-park? I am asking because we want to ride the Hogwarts Express and also go to Wet and Wild. Would the 3 park unlimited be my best option?

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FrogBlog Apr 27, 2016 at 1:33 p.m.

Hi Carol,

Yes, it is considered a Park-to-Park ticket. Depending on how long you want to visit, the 3 Park Unlimited may be your most economical option.

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NewtoDisney/Universal Apr 9, 2016 at 5:21 p.m.

We are traveling to Disney by plane with 8 people the beginning of June. We would like to spend 1 day at Universal but would need transportation. What is my most cost effective way. I dont think we want the Park-to-Park as we have a little one and will probably only last long enough for one park. My kids are ages 12, 11, 7, and 4. Which park do you suggest and what is my best option for transportation? (I did look into the the ticket and transportation option but that seemed pretty pricey for 8 people.)

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FrogBlog Apr 25, 2016 at 12:21 p.m.

Hi there,

If you don't want to rent a minivan, your best option is a cab, Uber or shuttle. I would compare prices to see the best option.

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Neel Mar 29, 2016 at 2:07 p.m.

Hi, we are a family of 4 traveling to Universal April 13-15 and I had 2 questions.

1. If we are doing the VIP experience one day, is it better to do it on Wed or Friday?

2. We are mainly going for Harry Potter so is it worth getting the 2 park VIP or 1 park, since the price difference is minimal?

Thank you for all the help you provide on the website, it has been incredibly helpful.

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FrogBlog Apr 7, 2016 at 1:33 p.m.

Hi Neel,

I think either day should be fine, but Wednesday might just be a little bit better. I would definitely spring for both parks if you can afford it.

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Stefanie Mar 23, 2016 at 4:03 a.m.

Hi,

I'm planning to go mainly for the Harry Potter attractions during end June 2016, let say 28-29 June, will it be like a peak season? I'm an international traveler, so i would really like to plan ahead =)

Can advise, which entrance ticket for the park that you would recommend? I want to enjoy HP on both Parks as well the Hogwarts Express.

Do we need the Universal Express as well if it's just for the HP attractions?

Thanks a bunch

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FrogBlog Mar 28, 2016 at 10:40 a.m.

Hi Stefanie,

Your best bet is the Park-to-Park ticket, so you can ride the Hogwarts Express. Express Passes are not available on the Harry Potter headliners.

Here are all of our discount Universal Orlando tickets:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/universal-orlando-resort/

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renee Mar 15, 2016 at 2:53 p.m.

If I purchase the 3 day ticket but decide once we are there that I would like to add a day, Is it possible to upgrade to 4 day ticket at the park?

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FrogBlog Mar 16, 2016 at 2:34 p.m.

Hi Renee,

Yes, this won't be a problem.

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Lucinda Mar 15, 2016 at 1:47 p.m.

Hello!

We are going to disney world for two weeks at the beginning of november this year, and want to go to universal as well but can't decide whether to go for one or two days. Either way we will be getting park to park, but are not sure which to choose! If we get a one day ticket will we be able to experience most of the attractions at that time of year? Is there enough there to fill two days?

Thanks :)

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FrogBlog Mar 16, 2016 at 2:34 p.m.

Hi Lucinda,

I think you will be happy with two days and should be able to see most everything at that time of year.

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Anette Mar 9, 2016 at 5:28 p.m.

Hi. We are going to visit Universal Studio (both parks at one day) and I'm wondering if the price is the same if I order it at the Internet or if I bought it at the entrance. We also want to buy express pass that we can use one time at each attraction.

Anette

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FrogBlog Mar 10, 2016 at 9:19 a.m.

Hi Anette,

We are an authorized Universal ticket seller and offer discounts off of the gate prices. Check out all of our Universal tickets here:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/universal-orlando-resort/

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Helen Mar 6, 2016 at 12:04 a.m.

If we buy a one day/2 parks universal ticket from undercover tourist, but decide that we would like to go to universal for an additional day, will we be able to add on a day to the pass? How would we do that and how much would it cost?

Thank you!

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FrogBlog Mar 8, 2016 at 2:22 p.m.

Hi Helen,

Yes, you would be able to upgrade the ticket at the gate. The price would depend on what you upgraded to.

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Ayesha Feb 26, 2016 at 7:17 p.m.

Hello there,

I have a group of 9 that is planning on going on March 14 and 15. Do you think we will need the express pass for these days?

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FrogBlog Feb 26, 2016 at 1:53 p.m.

Hi Ayesha,

It is a busy time, but perhaps not as bad as you think if you arrive at the parks ahead of opening, and use our touring plans and mobile app. You could always purchase the passes in the parks if you think you need them.

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Julie Feb 20, 2016 at 7:43 p.m.

We will be headed to Orlando end of October. Our last night we will be staying at Cabana Bay (and entitled to earlier park admission), then we are flying out 7:45PM the following day. Wondering if we have time to sneak in a trip for my Harry Potter-loving 9 yr old in one day? I have 4 kids ages 9 and under, so if it weren't for Harry Potter world, Disney is still more our speed. However, I was contemplating buying park to park admission for 1 adult and 2 older kids, and single park admission for younger kids and other adult to save money. Which single park would my Harry Potter fans (ages 9 and 7) be spending the most time in....hoping to spend the most time together as a family, but give the older kids a chance to see all things Harry Potter. Thanks.

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FrogBlog Feb 24, 2016 at 6:20 p.m.

Hi Julie,

Both parks are amazing as far as The Wizarding World goes. I give Diagon Alley a slight edge for theming and experience, but both are a lot of fun, and they won't be disappointed. Universal Studios Florida, which is home to Diagon Alley, is also usually a little better for the little ones. Both parks offer experiences for young children, but there are more thrill rides in Universal's Islands of Adventure.

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Utkarsh Deepak Jan 31, 2016 at 11:45 p.m.

Hi,

I have visited Universal Studios of Florida. In that i visited Menions, Mummy, Rock it Roller Coaster, Harry Potter and the Griffins Bank, Shrek, Transformers, Symphsons Ride. Would like to visit another Theme Park Just wanted to know the best ticket to buy for me to visit Island of Adventure. Also, i want to go for Howgwarts Express train.For the Howgwarts Express, it seems like Park to Park ticket is required. If so, please suggest what must to visit in Island of Adventure, and from the rest of Universal Studios of Florida, what must to visit.

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FrogBlog Feb 2, 2016 at 9:09 a.m.

Hi there,

I would recommend the Park-to-Park ticket so you can ride the Hogwarts Express. You might also want to check out our Park to Park touring plan for Universal:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/islands-of-adventure/

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melony Jan 30, 2016 at 1:35 p.m.

My family and I want to come to Universal Studios and Island of Adventures for our Spring Break Vacation. April 6th-9th 2016. Please give me you best advice for these 2 park and the best ways for us to buy tickets for these days

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FrogBlog Feb 8, 2016 at 11:46 a.m.

Hi Melony,

You can see all of our discount Universal ticket options here:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/universal-orlando-resort/

There are some very good prices for three and four days. The parks shouldn't be too terribly busy during this time, but we do recommend you prioritize your day by riding the most popular attractions when their waits are lowest, which we list by park:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/islands-of-adventure/things-to-do/

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/universal-studios-florida/things-to-do/

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Jessy Jan 29, 2016 at 4:56 p.m.

Hi there!

Do you know until what time they will admit you to the parks? Let's say the official closing hour is 8 PM but there is a Mardi Gras concert starting at around 8.30 PM, can you still get in at 7 (just for the concert)?

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FrogBlog Feb 2, 2016 at 9:28 a.m.

Hi Jessy,

Yes, you can, but you would still need regular admission.

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Elizabeth S. Jan 26, 2016 at 7:57 p.m.

Is it true that if we buy the base ticket, we can upgrade to a park-to-park when we're in the park near Hogwarts Express? We only have one day, and I'm thinking if we buy park-to-park but run out of time for the second park, I'll be mad I paid the extra, but love the idea that if we find we have extra time, we can upgrade then, hop on HE, and head next door. (I'll be visiting soon, so slow season).

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FrogBlog Jan 26, 2016 at 2:12 p.m.

Hi Elizabeth,

Yes, you can do this!

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Julio Monroy Jan 22, 2016 at 4:31 a.m.

Hi, I have a question, I want to visit island of adventure and Universal studios... but I don't understand the 2 day single park tickets... Can I buy the promo? $75 per day, and visit one day Universal Studios and the next day Island of adventure? I'm confused, or do I have to visit two times the same park? thanks!

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FrogBlog Jan 28, 2016 at 9:20 a.m.

Hi Julio,

Yes, with the Two Day Base Ticket, you can visit Universal Studios Florida one day and then visit Islands of Adventure the next.

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Ashley M Jan 20, 2016 at 5:14 a.m.

Hello, I am planning on visiting Universal Studios in March. However I was wondering if I by the two day base tickets will I be able to visit both parts of the Harry Potter park? From my understanding if I buy the 2 day park to park tickets the only other advantage im getting is the Hogwarts Express so my question is do I necessarily need the park to park tickets in order to visit the Harry Potter theme parks? I'm looking for the cheapest option but we are really just going for the Harry Potter parks.

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FrogBlog Jan 20, 2016 at 7:54 a.m.

Hi Ashley,

This would be the cheapest option, and yes, you can visit both Harry Potter parks. You just won't be able to ride the Hogwarts Express.

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Caroline Jan 17, 2016 at 7:02 p.m.

Bring three children Jan 24-26. The crowd calendar says 3/10 for both days at the top, but Universal is listed as yellow and red. Can you tell me why? And, I was thinking we would not need express passes, but thinking I do now. Thoughts? Mainly wanting to do Harry Potter themed rides.

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FrogBlog Jan 19, 2016 at 11:14 a.m.

Hi Caroline,

No, you don't need Express Passes. With crowds this low, I would not worry if USF and IOA are not always the most recommended parks. The individual park recommendations are based on many factors, including historical data, park hours, seasonality etc.

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Jason Jan 17, 2016 at 3:07 p.m.

My family of 6 is planning a trip to Orlando this March (spring break). We are only planning to spend one day at Universal Studios/ Island of Adventure, primarily for the Harry Potter attractions. I know it will be super busy. We are trying to decide wether or not to pay extra for the VIP tour/tickets or just get the express passes and try to get to the Harry Potter stuff early? The VIP tour sounds great but kind of hard to swallow at $550/day/person.

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FrogBlog Jan 19, 2016 at 11:08 a.m.

Hi Jason,

You will be guaranteed a minimum number of rides if you go the VIP tour route. It's not a bad idea, especially if you want a guide who can share more information about the rides and the park, and don't mind the cost. I think the Express Passes could satisfy your needs, but keep in mind that with the VIP tour, you would be able to walk on to the Harry Potter headlining rides, and they are not included with Express Passes.

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Tammy Jan 14, 2016 at 4:57 p.m.

Hi! My family will be driving down to catch a cruise at Port Canaveral that leaves on April 18. I was thinking we might drive in a day early and spend the 17th visiting one of the Harry Potter parks. Which is better?? I thought about the Park-to-park but it is so expensive. Remember...we just paid for a cruise too! :) But since we're going to be down there...I know we can't do Hogswort Express without the park-to-park ticket. Which park would you suggest for our family (kids are 10 and 13? Thanks!!

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FrogBlog Jan 26, 2016 at 12:48 p.m.

Hi Tammy,

If your tadpoles are into thrill rides, I would go with Islands of Adventure. If not, I would go to Universal Studios Florida.

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Lucy Dec 28, 2015 at 1:06 p.m.

Hi! We are a group of 10, with two 13 years old.

We are going to Orlando on February 12-21.

Is it convenience for us to buy the 3-Park Unlimited Universal Ticket? Does it include the Express Unlimited to skip the regular lines? Is it convienience for us in the week we are going? Does it include the Hogwarts Express?

We are staying in the Disney's hotels and going to Disney's parks. Is it so crowded in the dates we are going that you will recommend us to skip the parks with extra hours to avoid crowds?

Thank you in advance!

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FrogBlog Dec 28, 2015 at 1:46 p.m.

Hi Lucy,

This ticket does include the Hogwarts Express, but it does not come with Universal Express. That week is very busy, so using EMH is a good idea if you have it.

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/crowd-calendar/february-2016/#calendar

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Margret Dec 19, 2015 at 10:49 a.m.

Hi so me and my family are going to orlando next summer 9 june - 20 june and we were thinking of going to 4 parks, magic kingdom , islands of adventure, universal studios and a water park. Me and my sister love crazy big rides and would like to do a lot of rides so my question is what is the best to buy? is it enough to visit both island of adventure and universal studios on the same day, especially if we want to do a lot of rides? we have not decided yet which waterpark we would like to go to so if you have any recommondations that would be great :) thank you for your help.

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FrogBlog Dec 21, 2015 at 7:36 a.m.

Hi Margaret,

If you love big rides, I would consider Universal's two parks, SeaWorld and Busch Gardens for sure. I would consider purchasing the Flex Ticket Plus, which includes all of these parks plus Aquatica and Wet 'n Wild, and offers a terrific discount for a longer stay such as yours. You would then just need to decide how many days you want to visit Disney and purchase those tickets.

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Subha Nov 25, 2015 at 7:49 a.m.

Hi, I will be travelling to Orlando for a 2 day business meeting in Feb. I have around 5 hours with me after the meeting before i leave for the airport. I really want to visit the Universal Studio. Is 5 hours a decent time to go around in Universal Studio? What all are the must see things which i should cover? I am assuming Universal Studio would be a better option than Island of Adventures given the time i have. Please help me plan this trip. Also how can i get the Express pass to beat the rush.

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FrogBlog Dec 3, 2015 at 8:59 a.m.

Hi Subha,

What is your date? That will determine how much you can do, but if it's during a non-busy time you should be able to see quite a bit in 5 hours and especially so if you get Express Pass. You could consider a Park-to-Park ticket and hit the best rides in both parks with an Express Pass. The only real question mark are Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. If you do just Universal Studios, I would for sure hit Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, Transformers, the Mummy Returns, and Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts. For Islands of Adventure, I would definitely hit the Amazing Adventures of Spider Man, Dr. Doom's Fear Fall, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, and Dragon Challenge. If you got the park-to-park ticket, you could also ride the Hogwarts Express.

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shashank b Nov 24, 2015 at 5:44 p.m.

We are 2 adults, both in early 30, planning to visit Orlando Disney parks for 2 full days. Please suggest which are 2 best parks to choose. Can I hop and cover more than 2 parks in a day. I am interested in rides, 3d simulators and dont really prefer shows (like fairy etc). I want to know of a cheap accommodation nearby Disney parks and want to know how far is each park from other. Does disney provide hopping rides across parks ? I wish to cover most top attractions in 2 days.

I have been to Universal and Islands of adventure and dont want to go there again.

Thanks for all your blog information, will be great to hear your advise for my queries.

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FrogBlog Dec 4, 2015 at 10:01 a.m.

Hi there,

You can definitely hop and cover more than one park in a day. For Disney, you could hit all four parks in those two days with the 2 Day Park Hopper. Depending on when you are going, that would impact how much ground you can cover. You can use Disney transportation to hop between the parks. There are several good locations near or even on Disney property (that aren't Disney hotels). For the cheapest accommodations, you would need to look further, such as the International Drive area.

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Carl Oct 29, 2015 at 6:23 p.m.

I will be in Orlando Feb 10-15 2016 with my wife and 4 kids (ages 8-12). Our rough plan:

Feb10: Animal Kingdom

Feb11: Magic Kingdom

Feb12: Universal Islands of Adventure

Feb13: Universal Studios

Feb14: Epcot?

Feb15: SeaWorld (we fly home mid-afternoon)

Does this plan seem reasonable? What kind of Universal ticket should I buy? Park-to-park or base ticket? Do I need Universal Express?

Thanks!

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FrogBlog Nov 2, 2015 at 8:25 a.m.

Hi Carl,

I think this is a good plan. Hitting Magic Kingdom early before the holiday crowds build up is a good idea, and Epcot is a great choice for the busy 14th since it's so big and can handle more crowds. I would definitely consider Express Passes for Universal, and whether you choose park to park depends on if you want to ride the Hogwarts Express. Here are all of our Orlando ticket options.

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Michelle Oct 29, 2015 at 3:42 p.m.

We are planning a trip for 2016. Nov. 24th - Dec. 3rd.

If I buy tickets now through your site will they still be good to use next year for our trip? I will be buying 3 day Disney tickets for 4 and 2 day park to park Universal for 4.

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FrogBlog Nov 2, 2015 at 8:21 a.m.

Hi Michelle,

Yes, you can buy tickets now for 2016! Each ticket includes details, including if there is any expiration. Most Disney and Universal tickets do not expire.

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Michael Sep 28, 2015 at 3:25 p.m.

Hi, my wife and I are in the 20's and will be in Orlando from 20-27 Oct. Here's our plan:

20 (red-eye flight): Epcot (or other Disney Park)

21: Magic Kingdom

22: Epcot

23: Disney Hollywood

24: Animal Kingdom

25: Seaworld

26: Universal Studio

27: Morning flight

Since I will be arriving in a red-eye flight on the first day, do you suggest going to a Disney Park or Universal studio? Or other suggestions?

Thank you very much. Your website is my bible!

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FrogBlog Sep 28, 2015 at 1:12 p.m.

Hi Michael,

What time will you arrive on the 20th and how tired do you expect to be? That would be a factor in my decision. Epcot is a big park, and it might be too much for your first day if you're exhausted. Disney's Animal Kingdom or Disney's Hollywood Studios might be better choices.

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Ana Sep 17, 2015 at 5:52 p.m.

Hi... We are going to universal in less than a month and I would like to know... if i buy 1 day 2 parks ticket and by the end of the day I was not able to see everything, would I be able to upgrade my ticket for a 2 days ticket before I leave the park, or I would have to buy another one day ticket to come back next day?

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FrogBlog Sep 23, 2015 at 11:19 a.m.

Hi Ana,

You would be able to upgrade.

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cookingirl Sep 16, 2015 at 5:17 p.m.

My mom, daughter (age 8) and I are going to FL for 4 days the 2nd week in November. We are trying to figure out how to split the days. Not sure if we need two days at Universal? We do want to see all of Harry Potter so we would get the park hopper if we did just one day. She's tiny (under 48" so I know there will be some rides she can't go on). The other two days I was thinking of 1 full day at MK and one day split between MK and Epcot. We don't want to do AK at all.

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FrogBlog Sep 21, 2015 at 4:36 p.m.

Hi there,

I think you could definitely do the rides your daughter meets the height requirements for at Universal in two days and probably hit many of them in one. I think the idea of a day and a half at Magic Kingdom and half day at Epcot. If you're park hopping at Disney, you could spend the other day at Disney's Hollywood Studios or hop back again to Epcot.

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Kristin Sep 15, 2015 at 1:56 p.m.

Hello, We are traveling to Universal in April 2016 from 4-16 through 4-20. Debating staying on site to get the express pass benefit versus staying in a timeshare but then having to pay per ticket for the express pass (5 tickets, 4 adults and 1 child). Any thoughts? Is it very busy? That's our school vacation week.

Also, if I buy tickets from Undercover Tourist does that affect whether or not the Universal hotel gives us the express pass? or do I have to buy directly through Universal?

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FrogBlog Sep 21, 2015 at 4:31 p.m.

Hi Kristin,

If you stay on-site and buy tickets through us, you have the Express Pass benefit at Universal's deluxe hotels and Early Park Admission at all of its hotels. We are expecting medium crowds during this time. I would do the math to see which option is more economical. Most times staying on-site is cheaper than buying individual Express Passes.

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Jen Sep 11, 2015 at 1:37 a.m.

I'd appreciate some advice. I'm trying to decide if the Park to Park option is worth it. We are traveling in late October/early November and will also be going to Disney and spending one day at Legoland. We have a 4 and 7 year old. Our 7 year old is a Harry Potter fan and I'd love to be able to experience all of the Harry Potter area at once and ride the train, but it will add an additional $150 to our ticket price to get Park to Park. Is it really worth it?

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FrogBlog Sep 14, 2015 at 2:43 p.m.

Hi Jen,

How many days will you be spending at Universal? If you are spending more than one, I think you could skip the Park-to-Park, but just know you can't ride the Hogswarts Express. If you have a diehard Potter fan and only have one day, I would consider it. I think it really comes down to how disappointed your 7-year-old will be vs. the cost.

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Manoj Sep 9, 2015 at 5:19 p.m.

Hi,

I, with my girlfriend will be visiting Orlando on September 25th and we only have one day there. Will we be able to cover both the parks in one day ? The crowd calendar says that it is neutrally crowded on September 25th. If not, which of the parks will you suggest us to take ? We are a big movie fan and definitely don't want to miss the Harry Potter ride.

Cheers,

Manoj

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FrogBlog Sep 9, 2015 at 2:20 p.m.

Hi Manoj,

You should be able to hit a lot of the highlights from both parks, but definitely not everything. Hopping probably still makes sense, so you can pick and choose your rides. But if you just wanted to focus on the movie rides and shows, then I would recommend Universal Studios.

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Shana Thomas Sep 3, 2015 at 10:13 p.m.

We are visiting Universal October 14 and 15. We are trying to decide if the Express Passes are really worth it. They are quite expensive. We visited last time in May and found we did not need them. Any advice?

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FrogBlog Sep 8, 2015 at 8:10 a.m.

Hi Shana,

We have a whole post devoted to this topic. We don't think you'll need them for these dates.

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Shana Thomas Sep 17, 2015 at 8:01 p.m.

Thanks, of course Universal is telling us it is a busy time, but I can't decide if that is just Halloween Horror Nights. It is quite a savings to stay offiste if you don't need them. Thanks again.

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Ashley Sep 2, 2015 at 2:23 a.m.

How do you decide if a day is red, yellow, or green? They days in particular we are going are yellow but the park is red. I know the overall day matters most so I am just curious how you figure it. Thanks.

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FrogBlog Sep 2, 2015 at 8:23 a.m.

Hi Ashley,

Many factors are considered in determining the park level, including historic data, seasonality, events etc.

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Theresa Aug 23, 2015 at 10:18 p.m.

We are planning a trip for Spring 2016. Our main objective is to experience everything Harry Potter. Is it possible to visit both UA & IOA in one day? Thanks ;)

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FrogBlog Aug 26, 2015 at 10:26 a.m.

Hi Theresa,

If you are primarily focused on Potter and going during a non-peak time, you could visit them in one day. It really, really depends on how busy the park is, which you can see on our Crowd Calendar.

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Jenny Aug 12, 2015 at 5:54 p.m.

We're going to Islands of Adventure on Monday, 12/20 and have to decide whether to pay an extra $85 for the standard Express pass (1 use/ride). It seems so expensive but we also don't want to spend our day in lines. Is it necessary this time of year. It's right before a holiday but it's also on a Monday....? Thanks for your advice!

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FrogBlog Aug 20, 2015 at 1:27 p.m.

Hi Jenny,

I think you would find the Express Pass quite helpful, but you could also hold off on purchasing until you get there and decide whether you really need it. This post might offer more food for thought.

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Abdullah Aug 25, 2015 at 5:26 a.m.

Hi, we are 2 adults and 3 kids intending to see both Universal parks over two days in December. However we only want to purchase the express tickets for one of the parks as a cost saver. Which of the two parks should we purchase express tickets for?

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FrogBlog Aug 27, 2015 at 1:16 p.m.

Hi Abdullah,

What are the ages of the kids, and how big are thrill rides to your family? I can provide more thoughts if I have a little more information :)

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Angeline Jul 31, 2015 at 10:05 p.m.

Hi Leap,

My husband and sister in law and I will be heading to a wedding in Florida in early September but we plan to stop by Orlando first and go to US and IOA. We will only be there for 1 day so plan on getting 1 day 2 park ticket. I'm debating on whether or not we should stay at any of the onsite hotels to get the Early admission and express passes but not sure if it's worth it. Based on your experience, do you think it's worth it based on the crowd level? I am a Harry Potter fan so I'd even just setting for staying at Cabana Bay with only the early admission. Or I guess other option is to stay at a cheaper hotel without either of those 2 benefits. Any advice would help.

Thanks!

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FrogBlog Aug 1, 2015 at 8:56 a.m.

Hi Angeline,

Sounds like a great way to spend that free day :-) If you can afford to stay on-site, it's a nice benefit, especially since you are a big Potter fan and don't have a lot of time. You have low crowds working for you, but I think you will find it's even better if you have the Early Park Admission.

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Alejandra Jul 30, 2015 at 8:42 p.m.

hi! We´re celebrating my sons 8th birthday at Universal, We´re planning to buy the 3 day single park option.

We´re travelling fron august 22nd to 29th. In your crowd calendar says is 6/10 even 3/10 one day, but some parks are red.

Question 1: on a Green Day but a Park in Red, what could we expect?

Question 2: Is the Express Pass worth it for those days?

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FrogBlog Jul 31, 2015 at 8:52 a.m.

Hi Alejandra,

This is a great time to visit. Green days are great! While the park may not be recommended over another park, a green day overall means the crowds will be very low. We don't think Express Pass is needed for these days. We just did a post on this very topic: https://www.undercovertourist.com/blog/universal-express-pass/

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Maddie L Jul 30, 2015 at 5:32 p.m.

Hi- We are planning to go to only 1 Universal Studios park on Aug 11, 2015. My husband and I will be traveling with our two children ages 18 and 14, Which park would you recommend. We are on a budget so we will not be purchasing any fast passes. Thank you

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FrogBlog Jul 30, 2015 at 2:55 p.m.

Hi Maddie,

Tough decision! It's hard to say without knowing more about you and your preferences. If you are a fan of thrill rides, I would choose Islands of Adventure. If you want a mix of thrill rides, shows and more 3-D experiences, I would choose Universal Studios Florida. If you are big time Harry Potter fans, I would also pick Universal Studios Florida. While both Wizarding Worlds are amazing, we think the attention to detail in Diagon Alley gives it a bit of an edge over Hogsmeade. Both parks are amazing!

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Cameron Jul 28, 2015 at 7:06 p.m.

Hi there. I will be travelling to Orlando for 1 week with my parents and younger siblings (aged 17 and 9). As we'll only have 5 days free to go to the parks, and are trying to keep on a budget, which tickets would you recommend? We're interested in going to both Universal parks, as well as Busch Gardens, Wet + Wild, and possibly Sea World as well. Many thanks!

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FrogBlog Aug 3, 2015 at 2:29 p.m.

Hi Cameron,

I would recommend the Flex Ticket Plus. Take a look. It covers each of those parks at a great price!

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Cameron Jul 28, 2015 at 11:11 a.m.

Hi there. My parents, myself and my two younger siblings (17 and 9) are going to be in Orlando for just under a week, allowing for 5 days to spend in the parks. We're looking mainly at covering the Universals , Busch Gardens, and maybe Wet + Wild and Sea World.

What would be the cheapest way to do this, keeping in mind that we'll only have 5 days? Thanks!

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FrogBlog Jul 31, 2015 at 9:12 a.m.

Hi Cameron,

I would look at the Orlando FlexTicket Plus 2015. It's a great value and will cover everything you want to do!

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Tray Jul 27, 2015 at 5:58 p.m.

If I purchase a two day Universal park to park ticket and decide on that 2nd day I want to add a 3rd day can I upgrade during the day? If I can do this would the cost be the difference between a two and three day park to park or would I have to purchase a single day ticket for that 3rd day?

Thanks Tray

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FrogBlog Aug 5, 2015 at 10:17 a.m.

Hi Tray,

Yes, you can do this, and the difference would be between the 2 and 3 day park-to-park ticket vs. a single day ticket.

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Craig Jul 24, 2015 at 6:07 a.m.

Would the 4-Day Base Ticket work as a 2-day park-to-park ticket? For instance, suppose I start at Island Adventure in the morning then go to Studios in the afternoon. Theoretically this should use up two days of my four day ticket. Is this correct, do they allow this?

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FrogBlog Aug 3, 2015 at 7:30 a.m.

Hi Craig,

Unfortunately, this would not work.

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Brittany Jul 21, 2015 at 5:52 a.m.

My boyfriend and I are going to Orlando beginning of August. I have been to Universal and all of the Disney Parks but he has not been to any so this is very exciting for him : )

We both like thrill rides but we are on a budget. I was thinking of doing the 2 day Universal park to park + Wet-N-Wild and then maybe a 1 day Disney Park hopper and hitting Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. My question is for the 2 day Universal Park to park and wet-n-wild would that allow us to say for example on Monday go to Universal Studios then ride the train to Island of Adventure, then Tuesday do the same thing, then Wednesday do Wet-N-Wild? Please help

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Jarrod Jul 24, 2015 at 9:07 a.m.

Do we all need fast passes or if only two people want to go on each ride could be just buy two (for a party of 4) and just share them??

Thanks.

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FrogBlog Jul 21, 2015 at 1:22 p.m.

Hi Brittany,

Yes, you would be able to do what you are describing. Here are all of our discount Orlando ticket options!

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France Jul 19, 2015 at 12:33 p.m.

My husband and 3 children 10 - 16 will be going to Universal Studio's Florida.

They want to do both parks and hogarts express.

Possibly water park what is the best ticket to buy.

Leaving Aug. 2.

Anything else they should see. While in Orlando

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FrogBlog Jul 22, 2015 at 9:44 a.m.

Hi there,

Could you tell me how long you will be there? That is a big factor in deciding what else you might want to do and also dictate the best ticket for you.

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Kelly Jul 18, 2015 at 2:09 a.m.

My family and I (2 adults, an 11 year old and a 9 year old) are going to Universal on Aug. 19, 2015. We have already purchased park to park tickets. We have never been to Universal, but are experienced theme park "goers". Since we are covering both parks in one day, would you recommend buying the express passes in advance, or should we wait to see what the lines are like once we get there. The crowd rating is moderate (6/10) that day. I don't want to spend the money if we don't have too, but I do want to be able to see/do everything. Is there any chance that the express passes will be sold out if we wanted to purchase them on the day of our trip? What would you recommend?

Thanks for your thoughts.

Kelly

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FrogBlog Jul 22, 2015 at 9:35 a.m.

Hi Kelly,

I don't think passes will sell out for this day, and since peak season is winding down, I would wait to purchase Express Passes.

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Jen Jul 17, 2015 at 3:23 p.m.

you guys are great! I have already purchased my 3 day, 2 park universal tickets from you for my family of 4. We will be there for 14 days 8/7-8/21. Is it okay to wait to add on the express pass at the park in the morning we visit? The site says the have a limited number. Will I be in danger of having them sell out? Just want to do the right thing, but given the number of days we are there I'm a little afraid to commit to a date for the pass. Any of your great advice is appreciated!

Thanks!

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FrogBlog Jul 22, 2015 at 9:30 a.m.

Hi Jen,

In theory, they can sell out, but I do show availability for all dates, and I don't think you will have a problem adding them. Keep in mind that prices can rise day of vs. in advance. I would go ahead and start planning your dates in the park if you haven't already, then you can decide if you want to buy for a day or two or wait and see. You can see recommended parks on our Crowd Calendar.

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Jim Jul 16, 2015 at 12:56 p.m.

I have 5 kids from 9-21 coming with me next Friday July 24th and we only have one day to go. I already bought the tickets and they are park-to-park passes. My question is since i only have 1 day to do both parks, how should I attack the parks to get the most out of my trip? I plan on getting there at 7:30am and already have tickets. Do you suggest going to one park first and then buying a fast pass for park i visit in the afternoon? Any advice would be helpful. Thanks.

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FrogBlog Jul 16, 2015 at 9:24 a.m.

Hi Jim,

I think that is a solid plan if you don't want to spring for Express Passes in both parks. Make a plan to hit the most popular priority attractions in that one park early, then hop over to the other late morning/early afternoon so you can maximize your time with the Express Passes. If you are all roller-coaster, thrill-ride people, I would use the Express Passes in Islands of Adventure.

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jim Jul 16, 2015 at 6:18 p.m.

what's more advantageous, getting in the park with early admission or use of a fast pass for one park for the day? I can either purchase a hotel room at cabana bay and get early admission, or buy fast passes for my party of 7. Which do you think is the better choice?

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FrogBlog Jul 17, 2015 at 8:23 a.m.

Hi Jim,

Given how crowded the day is expected to be, I would spring for Express Passes for one park rather than Early Park Admission. Follow your original plan. Have everyone pick their priorities. Head to the first park early, and ride the most popular rides first. You can see what they are if you check out our touring plans.

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Chris Jul 16, 2015 at 11:44 a.m.

When I buy tickets for Universal Studios Orlando through this site, do I have to exchange them for other tickets at Universal (much like Disney)? Just wondering, as I have a trip planned in August and I'm very excited.

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FrogBlog Jul 16, 2015 at 9:26 a.m.

Hi Chris,

We're excited for you. Rest assured, we sell real tickets and not vouchers. You do not need to exchange our tickets, unless you opt for Disney E-tickets and do not have MagicBands. The regular Disney tickets we sell do not need to be exchanged.

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Angie Jul 13, 2015 at 9:22 p.m.

We have a 1-day base ticket for Islands of Adventure that we will use sometime the week of July 27th (except Wednesday). From what I am reading it sounds like the Express Pass will be worth it, but there are six of us and the price is too high for my budget. I have a six year old daughter and I am wondering if many of the busiest rides may not appeal to her anyway, or she may not reach the height requirement. So an Express Pass may not be worth it for her, in which case I would not get one for myself. What are your thoughts---would it be a bad idea just to get the Express Pass for my husband and 3 older kids?

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FrogBlog Jul 16, 2015 at 10:52 a.m.

Hi Angie,

I think you might be right to do what you are suggesting if you don't mind sitting out, but you don't have to. Keep in mind that you and your party can do child swap at most attractions. So if you're daughter doesn't want to ride or doesn't meet the height requirement, one of you can stay with her and then the other one can ride after that, and you don't have to wait in line twice. You should approach the cast member at the ride entrance, because procedures vary by ride. Express Pass may not be worth it for your daughter at Universal's Islands of Adventure, but at Universal Studios Florida it might, especially for rides such as Despicable Me Minion Mayhem. I know you are trying to keep costs down, and what you're suggesting is definitely an option.

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Stephanie Jul 13, 2015 at 1:33 a.m.

Hi Leap!

Greetings from Peru!!! My boyfriend and I will be travelling to Orlando the second week of September but we will only have 3 days to visit Parks. We were planning on visiting Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and Magic Kingdom but we were also interested on Hollywood Studios. Do you think its possible to visit either of these parks on the same day or would you recommend us to allow one day for each park? Also, would you suggest another park instead of either of the ones we have in mind? We are both 26 years old and of course looking for thrilling rides.

Thanks for the help!!

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FrogBlog Jul 16, 2015 at 10:39 a.m.

Hi Stephanie,

With three days, I would recommend sticking with Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and Magic Kingdom. I wouldn't shortchange Universal since you really like the thrill rides, and if it's a first-time, visit Magic Kingdom is a must. You could get a hopper at Disney and visit Magic Kingdom and Disney's Hollywood Studios on the same day. I would start with Disney's Hollywood Studios and then hop over to Magic Kingdom in the afternoon so you don't miss out on Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade in the afternoon, or the fireworks and other shows in the evening.

Let us know what you decide!

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Justin Jul 12, 2015 at 10:41 p.m.

Planning a trip with my girlfriend - both in our mid-20's - trying to decide the best ticket to buy. We're mostly interested in Harry Potter World, so a Park-to-Park seems like a good option - but I just realized you cannot get into Epcot or Magic Kingdom? Being an adult now, I would like to be able to visit night time hot spots and maybe spend a day "drinking around the world" at Epcot. What is the best / easiest way to accomplish this? Thank you!

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FrogBlog Jul 16, 2015 at 10:59 a.m.

Hi Justin,

The Wizarding World is at Universal, and Epcot and Magic Kingdom are at Disney. You'll need separate tickets for them. You didn't mention how long you are going for, but if you have time I would recommend at least two days at Universal with the Park-to-Park ticket, and then keeping Epcot and Magic Kingdom separate days. Magic Kingdom has so much to see and do, and drinking around the world takes time ;) You can see all of the Disney and Universal options here. Enjoy yourselves!

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Beth Jul 12, 2015 at 9:38 p.m.

HI!

You are SO Aweome to answer everyone's questions, Thank you so much! We are going to Universal Studios Orlando for just one day (3 days at DW). Which of the two parks do you recommend for our kids: 9yo girl and 7yo boy (who may not hit the 48" height by then....he's 46" now). We are going either Nov 5th or 6th, is one of those days better than the other?

P.S. My kids have watched all of the Harry Potter movies, so definitely want to see the HP attractions....which park is better for that?

Also, my son LOVES the marvels (esp Spiderman and Hulk).

THANK YOU!!!!

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FrogBlog Jul 16, 2015 at 11:07 a.m.

Hi Beth,

I would plan Universal for the 6th. There are no red parks at Universal this day, and Disney will be busier thanks to the Wine & Dine Half Marathon event going on that weekend. If you are only doing one of the parks, Universal Studios Florida would be the better park in terms of height requirements and what your son can get on. The Wizarding World is amazing in both parks, but your son might not meet the height requirement at Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. Do know that The Amazing Adventures of Spider Man is at Universal's Islands of Adventure. The Incredible Hulk Coaster is too, but he wouldn't meet the height requirement. Tough decision!

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Nick Jul 12, 2015 at 6:34 p.m.

Hey

I am visiting Orlando in early September and I was wondering if I buy a "Park to Park" ticket, am I able to go back and forth between US and US IofA as many times as I would like?

i.e. go to Hogwarts in the morning, hop on Hogwarts Express back to the US, do Universal Studios rides, then go back to Islands of Adventure after I finish what I want to do there, etc....

Or does the park-to-park ticket work that once you leave the first park you visit, there is no re-entry?

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FrogBlog Jul 16, 2015 at 11:16 a.m.

Hi Nick,

Yes, you can hop back and forth as much as you'd like in a day with that ticket.

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Galea Jul 10, 2015 at 6:12 p.m.

Hi! I've been reading some of the questions you've answered so far (Thank you!!) and I just wanted to know what the best deal would be for us. It's 2 of us but we're staying in separate rooms so we thought booking an onsite hotel may not be a good idea. Now I'm confused about the express passes they provide. Do they include admission to the parks? Or do you have to purchase your own park-to-park tickets and the complimentary express passes are a bonus they give you?

We're paying $426 for each 4-day Express Unlimited ticket (Dec16-19) and that is a lot of money but I keep reading about the lines and wait times and I guess we do need them as I dont want to wait that long in line. I thought maybe booking a room at one of Lowe's hotels and using it as a day room might be cheaper since it'd mean we'd book it for 2 people and get 2 passes out of it (for 2 days) but if it's just for the express bonus, and does not include admission then im not sure it's worth it for us since we still have to pay for a room at Drury's that night as well. Any advice? Also, do you know if other hotels have ticket kiosks to pickup tickets too, or is that exclusive to onsite hotels? One last question, are Fridays busier than Saturdays or Sundays? just wondering which day we should take a break. Thanks so much!

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FrogBlog Jul 16, 2015 at 1:10 p.m.

Hi Galea,

Staying on-site at all of the hotels except for Cabana Bay gives you Express Unlimited, but it does not include park tickets. Crowds should be neutral during your visit, so having Express Passes will be nice but may not be absolutely necessary. It does get busier toward the end of your stay, that Friday and the weekend, so if you plan on visiting the parks then, you would want to consider the passes.

We hope you'll consider us for your tickets as we offer some terrific discounts.

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Brian Jul 7, 2015 at 8:35 p.m.

My family and I are planning a trip to Orlando in May 9-14 2016. We have 2-3 days for Universal. We will have a group of 4 adults, 3 teenagers, 3 kids and 1 toddler. Can we experience both Universal parks in two days, or should we plan on three days? If we use only 2, that opens up a day for us to visit some other area attractions, but I don't want to shortchange Universal.

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FrogBlog Jul 8, 2015 at 8:26 a.m.

Hi Brian,

You definitely need at least two days to experience Universal. There are a few questions to answer that can help you decide:

1. How much time do you want to spend in The Wizarding World? If you have hard-core Harry Potter fans in your group who want to visit Ollivanders and Shutterbugs and all of the shops, you may need more time.

2. Is your group staying together or splitting up? Larger groups tend to be less efficient just because you spend more time deciding/debating what to do next, and in general there are more potty breaks, stops for food/drinks etc.

3. Will you be arriving at opening? Are you planning on taking breaks and heading back to the hotel in the afternoons? The parks will most likely have shorter hours during this time because it is not super busy, which means less touring time. We always recommend arriving at opening (ahead of it really, since the parks actually open a little earlier than their official opening hours). If your group is going to be sleeping in and rolling into the parks around 11, then you might consider the extra day. If you're planning breaks each day that also makes the case for an extra day.

All of this said, you are going during a slower time, so you should be able to cover more ground. If you want to experience everything Universal has to offer, I would spring for that third day. If you are happy to see most all of the best parts of the parks, I think you can do it in two. Then you could spend that third day at Disney, SeaWorld or another Orlando attraction. Let us know what you decide!

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Amy Jul 7, 2015 at 1:53 a.m.

Going to Universal Sat. Aug. 8 with 5 students. Trying to decide if we will run out of things to do if we only buy the One Park ticket. But park to park ticket is quite a bit more money. Thoughts? When you are there, can you buy the park to park half way through the day? And is it more $ because you are there and not buying online??

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FrogBlog Jul 7, 2015 at 11:12 a.m.

Hi Amy,

It is cheaper to buy in advance, but yes, you can upgrade at the gate. With one day, one park makes sense, especially during a busier time.

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Natasha Jul 3, 2015 at 10:26 p.m.

Hello, my family of 3- my husband, myself, and our 4month old will be visiting universal mid July. My question is, since we will have our son and he is so small, should we do the 2 park 2 day pass where we can jump to both parks or just do the 1 day 2 park ticket. We know we won't be able to do much, but also want to have a good time. Thanks in advance.

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FrogBlog Jul 7, 2015 at 11:38 a.m.

Hi Natasha,

You can do a ride swap on all of the rides your son cannot go on, so you shouldn't have to miss out on anything you don't want to. Whether to hop or not is really a personal decision and how much you think you can cover with a baby, but if you can, I'd try to factor at least two days. You'll need a park-to-park if you are want to ride the Hogwarts Express, and it's really easy to hop between parks at Universal. If you've only got one day, I might choose Park-to-Park tickets just so I can experience the best attractions in both parks. That said, if you are planning on or want to take a break in the afternoon, you may want to stick with the base ticket as you just may not cover as much ground during this time of year with the crowds.

Let us know what you decide.

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Callie Jul 1, 2015 at 12:36 a.m.

I will be visiting Orlando with my boyfriend from September 1st-7th. We were hoping to visit both parks using the park-to-park tickets and was wondering whether 2 adults could do both parks in 1 day or whether a 2 day ticket would be necessary? The 1 day ticket would be more suitable for our plans (we are mainly visiting for Harry Potter World)

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FrogBlog Jul 6, 2015 at 11:14 a.m.

Hi Callie,

You could likely hit most of the highlights in one day during that time since lower crowds are expected, especially if you were focused on Harry Potter. Just make sure to arrive ahead of opening!

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Callie Jun 30, 2015 at 1:36 a.m.

Hi Leap!!!

I have been to Disney and Universal many times, however we are going in August for 4 days only for my 30th Birthday this year. Our dates are August 19-23 2015. We will be both US/IOA on Thursday August 20th with a park-to-park ticket. My question to you is, my friend will be joining myself and my mother on this trip and she's never been to any of the Disney or Universal park. I want her to be able to experience it all but I know it's getting towards the slower end of the "moderate" crowd levels for that month in the parks. Would you reccommend us getting the express unlimited passes (they are quite pricey...I believe an extra $115 for the day we would need them), or getting to the parks when they open and taking our chances on getting on everything? I went back in August of 2011 and I feel like lines for pretty much everything besides the Harry Potter ride wasn't very bad at all?

Thanks in advance for your advice!!

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FrogBlog Jul 1, 2015 at 8:51 a.m.

Hi Callie,

Actually, things really start slowing down starting that week that you will be there. If you arrive early and tour efficiently, I don't think you need Express Passes, although you can always add it on in the parks if you decide you do want it. Check out our new touring plans for Universal that include each park, and a park-to-park option. Let us know what you decide.

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Russ G. Jun 29, 2015 at 4:33 a.m.

Hi,

We're a family of 3 adults going to the 2 parks Dec 13-17ish. Can we enjoy both parks at a leisurely pace in 3 days/4 nights , or should we get a 4-day pass & stay 5 nights? Thanks!

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FrogBlog Jun 29, 2015 at 6:48 a.m.

Hi Russ,

This is a great time to visit with low crowds. You should be able to do it in three days. Will you be staying on-site? That will also factors into how leisurely your days will be.

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Susan Jun 27, 2015 at 4:26 p.m.

We have been to Universal Studios once before and loved our time in Wizarding World of HP. We are returning this summer but only for one day - want to see 2nd park and new HP features, but struggling whether Park to Park tickets are worth it since we've been to the other park and also have limited time (probably can't get to the park before 11). Appreciate your advice.

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FrogBlog Jun 29, 2015 at 7:02 a.m.

Hi Susan,

I agree that it might be better just to focus on one park in your scenario, but you can always add the park to park option while you're there if you decide you want to visit Islands of Adventure or you want to ride the Hogwarts Express. Let us know what you decide!

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Demet Jun 25, 2015 at 10 p.m.

Hello,

We are planning an Orlando Vacation, which will not include Disney, but will include Discovery Cove and all Sea World parks(including Busch Gardens Tampa) and All Universal Parks(including Wet and wild) I was thinking of getting the flex plus ticket since we want to ride the Hogwarts Express and wanted to be flexible to be able to visit some parks only half a day and return another day. We have 13 days. But I found out that when you buy discovery cove tickets, it includes Seaworld and Aquatica and then you can add busch gardens at an additional $25. Now I don't know what kind of ticket to buy for Universal, Island of Adventure and Wet and wild.

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FrogBlog Jul 6, 2015 at 11:11 a.m.

Hi Demet,

I would look at the 3 Park Unlimited ticket for Universal and Wet 'n' Wild, and then the Discovery Cove ticket would cover you for the SeaWorld parks.

Hope this helps!

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Adri Jun 20, 2015 at 11:14 p.m.

Hello, we are a 4 people family, i would like to ask, if we can buy only 2 express pass, and use them interchangeably among family members?

Thank you

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FrogBlog Jun 22, 2015 at 8:32 a.m.

Hi Adri,

Unfortunately, no, you cannot. Each person would need their own pass.

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JACKIE Jun 18, 2015 at 2:22 p.m.

Hi,

I am going to universal for 1 day on July 4 ( WE ARE 4 ADULTS) and booked the Loews Royal Pacific to get early entry and unlimited express pass. On the crowd calendar it shows that day will be very busy. Is it worth it to buy park to park tickets or should I just go to one park?

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FrogBlog Jun 18, 2015 at 11:25 a.m.

Hi Jackie,

You will have longer waits hopping between parks on busier days, but since you have the Unlimited Express, you will be saving time. I'd hate for you to miss out on the amazing attractions since you only have one day, but it's your call. You didn't mention whether this is a first visit for you and whether you plan to return again soon, but that would be a factor for me.

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Karla Jun 16, 2015 at 3:57 a.m.

Hi,

Me and 4 friends are planning on going to Universal, they're coming from Boston and staying from Aug 6 to 10. However we can only choose one day for park visiting since we have family compromises. Would you recommend us to buy a one day Park to Park or a base ticket? And which day will be less crowded out of the ones we have available for visiting? Also do you guys recommend the Fast Pass? If so should we buy it for just Island of Adventure (since it has more attractions) or for both?

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FrogBlog Jun 22, 2015 at 8:22 a.m.

Hi Karla,

All of these days are expected to be very crowded, but Sunday is most recommended for both of Universal's parks. I would consider purchasing Express Passes if you were going to do both parks, and maybe if you are doing just one. Keep in mind that you cannot use the passes to skip the lines on the Wizarding World headliners, but you can save time by using the single rider line for those. If you want to ride the Hogwarts Express, you will need the Park-to-Park ticket, so that might be a factor. We do offer touring plans, including a Park-to-Park plan that can help you maximize your time. Let us know what you decide!

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Kristen Jun 15, 2015 at 3:34 p.m.

We have 3 day Park-to-Park tickets and are going July 21, 22, and 23 (Tues, Weds, Thurs) We are staying onsite at Cabana Bay and plan to utilize the early admission each day. Our plan is to go at opening (early admission) each day, go back to hotel around noon or 1 and return each night from 5pm to close. Is that a good plan? Will we be able to do everything (excluding shows and focusing on Harry Potter) without the Express Pass?

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FrogBlog Jun 22, 2015 at 6:51 a.m.

Hi Kristen,

I think you've got a great plan, and you should be able to do everything in that time. I would suggest you ride Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey during Early Park Admission (on separate days), and then about 15 minutes before the official opening time, head to the most popular rides in the park when waits are at their lowest. The most popular rides at Universal Studios Florida are Despicable Me (ride as soon as park opens), Transformers 3D and Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit. At Islands of Adventure, it's the Amazing Adventures of Spider Man and Incredible Hulk Coaster. Please report back and let us know how much you enjoyed the parks and Cabana Bay!

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Janice Jun 14, 2015 at 2:56 a.m.

I kept reading comments looking for an answer to my question but there's so many! Thank you for answering everyone's questions :)! We'll be at Universal from Dec.15-21 and we're not sure what to buy. We don't like making long lines so I guess it's gotta be the Unlimited Express passes. Problem is it's around $400 pp for 3-4 days. Will we really need 4 days of express at that time of the year? Can we upgrade from 3-day park-to-park to 4-day Unlimited Express at the park?

What if we want to dine at Margaritaville the night before we use our passes, will that count as our first "day" of our 4-day express unlimited?

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FrogBlog Jun 15, 2015 at 10:28 a.m.

Hi Janice,

Personally, I don't think you need Unlimited Express for each of those days. Check out the Crowd Calendar. It's going to really pick up the actual week of Christmas. Of course, this is your decision, but you could purchase the tickets you want now and then upgrade to Unlimited Express for the days you need them in the parks. And, no, dining at Margaritaville will not count against your park admission.

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Kristina T Jun 13, 2015 at 7 p.m.

I apologize in advance if this has already been answered. I am planning a trip for 9, 5 adults 4 children (11,11,7,3) August 24th-Sept 2nd. We usually visit disney, but decided to try Universal this year as its much cheaper and we would enjoy many of the rides. I know the parks will be less crowded around this time, but I've been checking wait times during the moderate times and waits have been 45min for many main attractions, should I plan to buy an express pass in addition to the park to park unlimited tickets. We are staying off site in a private pool home. We plan on buying a one or two day disney pass, at least to magic kingdom.

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FrogBlog Jun 15, 2015 at 10:31 a.m.

Hi Kristina,

This is your decision, of course, but given your dates, I don't think you need Express Passes, especially if you follow a smart touring plan. You can always upgrade at the parks if you decide that you do want it.

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Martha Young Jun 11, 2015 at 9:49 p.m.

Is it possible to buy a one day park to park pass and then decide to upgrade at the end of the day? I say this because I'm not sure if I want to do two days out in the heat of a large amusement park, but it would be nice if it's an option.

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FrogBlog Jun 12, 2015 at 11:05 a.m.

Hi Martha,

Yes, you can upgrade at the park.

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Karen Jun 23, 2015 at 4:07 a.m.

hi. If you upgrade to a second day at the park how much is it per adult.. thanks

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FrogBlog Jul 7, 2015 at 11:56 a.m.

Hi Karen,

Sorry for the delay, but your comment was caught in our spam filter. The cost will be the difference between the gate price of the original ticket and the new one you purchase. It's possible that you may retain any savings you may have received on your first ticket but not guaranteed.

Hope this helps!

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Les Jun 3, 2015 at 12:45 p.m.

Do you have to have a park to park pass to ride the Hogwarts express?

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FrogBlog Jun 3, 2015 at 8:51 a.m.

Hi Les,

Yes, you need either a Park-to-Park ticket, FlexTicket or 3 Park Unlimited ticket.

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Amy May 29, 2015 at 11:36 a.m.

Hi!

My boyfriend and I will be in Orlando for only two days. We wanted to go to one of the theme parks at Universal and were hoping for a recommendation. I love Harry Potter (but know this is split across two parks), but otherwise we are just a young couple who will enjoy the rides and the general excitement of the park. Which can you recommend for us??

Thank you!!

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FrogBlog May 29, 2015 at 1:56 p.m.

Hi Amy,

I'd recommend the Park-to-Park ticket, then you could choose among the best rides in both parks. If you have to choose just one, I think Universal's Islands of Adventure has more action and thrill rides, while Universal Studios Florida has more 3-D and sensory rides.

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tatt2dchica May 28, 2015 at 12:06 p.m.

The hubby and I are going to Universal Sept 21-25.

What are the best options for both Universal parks, Wet&Wild and HHN?

(We already have hotel accommodations off site..within walking distance)

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FrogBlog May 29, 2015 at 1:50 p.m.

Hi there,

Given your length of stay and desire to go to Wet 'n' Wild, the 3 Park Unlimited is likely the most economical option. Then you could add on the HHN ticket. We typically offer HHN tickets and bundled HHN + park tickets in August and September.

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Beanie May 27, 2015 at 5:34 a.m.

Hi, we live in Idaho and are planning a surprise vacation to Orlando Aug 13-23 for our 4 oldest children (16, 13, 11, 9). They have never been on an airplane, let alone to anything Disney. And they are all huge Harry Potter fans.

We have 7 1/2 days to do Disney World and Universal Orlando, and definitely want to hit Harry Potter world. We are staying off site from both resorts due to our family size (much cheaper for us!). What is the best way to split 7 1/2 days between both resorts? We are leaving one day to visit Cape Canaveral and the beach :). Thank you for your advice!

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FrogBlog May 28, 2015 at 7:54 a.m.

Hi Beanie,

Congratulations on your upcoming trip! That time should be nice as far as crowds go. If you need one day for Cape Canaveral, I would say do 3 or 4 days at Disney and then the rest at Universal. With your children's ages and if they like thrill rides, you might opt for a full 3 days at Universal. You definitely need the Park-to-Park at Universal so you can ride Hogwarts Express!

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Shereen Benjamin May 20, 2015 at 12:09 a.m.

My family (3 adults) will be arriving on 23rd early morning. we want to visit Wizzarding world of Harry Potter ( universal adventure park0 and Universal studios on Saturday and Next day Wet n wild. Which type of ticket we should buy? We are there only for 2 days. Saturday and Sunday

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FrogBlog May 20, 2015 at 7:47 a.m.

Hi Shereen,

If you are planning on hitting both parks in one day, you'll want the one-day Park-to-Park ticket. You can purchase a Wet 'n' Wild ticket for the other day. You can see all of our Universal ticket options here.

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rachel May 18, 2015 at 2:40 a.m.

if I purchase 2 day base tickets for two adults does that mean we get free admission into citywalk as a party pass?

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FrogBlog May 19, 2015 at 6:44 a.m.

Hi Rachel,

Please check the details page for the specific ticket you are looking at, but most of the Universal tickets do come with the party pass :)

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David May 6, 2015 at 12:15 a.m.

We are staying on property at the HRH. Can we buy Park to Park tickets from UT and then pick up the Express passes at the hotel after we check in?

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FrogBlog May 8, 2015 at 9:52 a.m.

Hi David,

Yes! You don't get your Express Passes until you're at the hotel anyway. Love the Hard Rock — it's one of our favorites.

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Robyn May 3, 2015 at 1:15 a.m.

We are visiting Universal Studios from Australia with 2 huge HP fans aged 9 in mid June. We are staying at an on-site hotel (spending 3 days at Disney World first). I'm looking at the 2 day 2 park pass. Is there any advantage of adding the Express pass. We aren't big thrill riders, and will be mostly there for HP and and the general atmosphere.

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FrogBlog May 8, 2015 at 8:57 a.m.

Hi Robyn,

Are you staying at Cabana Bay? If you are staying at one of the other Universal hotels, Universal Express will be included. If not, I would suggest you arrive for Early Park Admission and then look at riding the most popular rides early when crowds are at their lowest. You can always add Express Passes while you're there if you think you need them.

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Louise J May 2, 2015 at 10:54 a.m.

Can you pls confirm if a "Universal 2 park bonus ticket" allowing access for 14 consecutive days is the same as a "park to park" ie. will allow us to ride Hogwarts Express?

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FrogBlog May 11, 2015 at 6:33 a.m.

Hi Louise,

If you are referring to this ticket, yes, it will get you on the Hogwarts Express!

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Cheryl Apr 28, 2015 at 5:23 p.m.

We will be in Orlando June 9th - 14th with 6 teens. We all LOVE thrill rides. Planning on getting 2 day park-to-park Universal with express pass. Will 2 days be enough to enjoy all the best rides at least 2-3 times?

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FrogBlog Apr 28, 2015 at 2:08 p.m.

Hi Cheryl,

Are you buying the Unlimited Express Passes? With those, I think it's possible you will get to ride some of the most popular rides 2-3 times. With just Express Pass, I think it would be tough.

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Cheryl Apr 29, 2015 at 11:43 p.m.

Yes, we plan to buy the unlimited express pass. Where can I find list identifying the suggested rider age and thrill level of the different rides. I'd like to bypass the kiddie rides (if there are any at Universal) since I'm bringing a brood of teenagers eager for high thrills.

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FrogBlog May 20, 2015 at 8:44 a.m.

Hi Cheryl,

We offer this information on our individual ride pages. You can see them here for Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure.

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Don Deich Apr 22, 2015 at 5:50 a.m.

we just got our universal 2 day park to park (with extra 3rd day) tickets, do we have to print our names on them and sign them before we get to the park or do we do it there

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FrogBlog May 5, 2015 at 9:16 a.m.

Hi Don,

This is just so you can keep tabs on whose ticket is whose. I would do it before you leave just for ease.

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Cristy Apr 18, 2015 at 3:49 p.m.

Can we book an on-site deluxe hotel and wait to buy the park tickets at the gate? My mother has an annual pass and will get discounts on tickets bought at the gate.If so do we still get the express pass from the hotel?

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FrogBlog Apr 20, 2015 at 7:20 a.m.

Hi Cristy,

Yes, you can wait to book your tickets at the gate, but if you are staying on-site, I would recommend purchasing your tickets at the hotel instead so that you don't have to wait in a long line on the day of your visit.

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kk Apr 15, 2015 at 8:27 a.m.

How much difference is there between a 3/10 day on your crowd planner and a 4/10 or 5/10 in real terms of queue lengths for the big rides? Enough to justify re-organising our trip? Planning a 10 day trip in December - currently arriving evening of the 9th Dec and leaving 19th Dec - thinking to start with 7 nights at the Four Seasons to visit the Disney Parks (tickets for all 7 days but plenty of rest time in the middle of each day to avoid the worst of the queues) then finishing with 3 nights staying at one of the Universal deluxe hotels as this is when things start to look more busy, and we will get early entry as well as Express passes due to staying there, so hopefully avoid the queues. Children are Harry potter crazy so that is the main reason for the entire trip (and as such, is 2 full days enough time at Universal, bearing in mind early entry and express passes?), and really, really want to avoid excessive queuing at the Disney parks as well as have 3 young children. It might be possible to pull trip forward a day or two to be there for the lower crowd ratings on the 9th (quite a lot of hassle to do so though), but would this be necessary do you think?

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FrogBlog Apr 15, 2015 at 7:01 a.m.

Hi Kk,

There isn't always a huge difference between a 3 and a 4 in terms of ride standby time, as the more crowded the parks are, the more ride vehicles that are put into operation. I don't think it would justify reorganizing your trip as it sounds like you already have airfare, hotels etc. in place. I know you mention not wanting to queue, but keep in mind that Disney is never empty, even on the lowest crowd level days. Even a 3, 4 or 5 crowd level still means waiting in line except for when using FastPass+. The parks start to get busier on those last few days of your trip, but those final days will be your time at Universal. Since you are staying on-site and will have Unlimited Express, I really don't think you need to worry about it. I think two days would be enough, but a big factor is your children's ages and/or how many of the thrill rides they want to visit. If they are too young and/or don't like coasters and thrill rides, two days with your passes and early admission should be good.

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kk Apr 15, 2015 at 9:48 p.m.

Thanks Leap good to know. Kids are 9,9 and 6 and all love a thrill ride so will want to go on all of those that they can (youngest might have some height restriction issues) so possibly worth spending a third day there - trying to work out best way of dividing up 9 or 10 days into the parks as this will be a one off and not repeated (and with kids of that age we won't be able to hit the parks hard all day long - several hours each day will need to be spent chilling out by a hotel pool). Would love your input. Also, just found out that the FS won't let 5 of us share a room so now thinking about changing to a Disney hotel for first week - imagine this would be a benefit because of extra hours (a benefit in those slightly quitter park days, or still potentially a disadvantage in terms of drawing extra crowds?) and earlier access to booking fast passes? Which resort do you think is the most convenient for access to all parks (budget not too much of a constraint within reason since as i said this is a once in a lifetime trip). Many thanks

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FrogBlog Apr 16, 2015 at 7:23 a.m.

Hi KK,

Since you're going all out for this, I would stay at Disney's Grand Floridian. It's the grande dame of the Disney hotels and the most convenient to Magic Kingdom on the monorail. It has a refined Victorian elegance, but with its beachy feel, it remains firmly family friendly. Mommy Frog absolutely loves it! You didn't mention whether you are planning to get Park Hoppers for Disney, but this can be an advantage with the Extra Magic Hours. Days with EMH tend to make that park overall busier than the others overall, and most resort guests don't even attend during the actual EMH time. With Park Hoppers, you can start the day in the park with EMH and ride for several hours until the park gets busy. Then go back to the hotel for a nap or a swim, and hit a different park in the evening.

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kk Apr 17, 2015 at 5:16 a.m.

So we have worked out a solution with Four Seasons so will be staying there so now just need to work out which park tickets! We will stay 9-17th Dec at FS - since they don't get the EMH I'm guessing there is no point getting the park hopper tickets - we should instead focus each day on visiting the park which Disney hotels guests are not at (due to EMH etc) on that particular day yes? Therefore do we go for a 7 day single park each day ticket for Disney (is this too much - 2 days for each park and an extra day at whichever one we like the most?). Then we get either a 3 or 4 pass to Universal (only staying 3 nights at one of the Universal resorts, but am i correct in thinking that we will get Express pass for 4 days - i.e. both arrival day and departure day?), and if 4 days then seems to make sense to get the 4 Day Unlimited pass so we can also visit Wet and Wild? I hadn't thought we would include the water park extra option at Disney since i think Blizzard Beach is shut at that time anyway according to your calendar, but is Wet and Wild worth a trip (we could always go when staying at FS one day instead of visiting one of the disney parks) and is it better than or at least as good as Typhoon Lagoon? Sorry - trying to work out the most sensible (and cost effective!) way of buying these tickets and would love your input! Thank you!

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FrogBlog Apr 20, 2015 at 8:13 a.m.

Hi there,

I would recommend you check out this post on whether to park hop or not as there are more considerations than just the EMH factor.

https://www.undercovertourist.com/blog/to-hop-or-not-to-hop-magic-your-way-vs-park-hopper/

I would plan your day by the overall daily crowd levels and then individual park recommendations. You didn’t mention whether you are planning on Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, but I would definitely consider it as it’s a wonderful party and a special way to experience Magic Kingdom.

As for Universal, I would look at the 3-Park Unlimited Ticket as it includes Wet ’n’ Wild and allows park hopping. Yes, you will get Universal Express for your entire length of stay at the hotel.

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Brian Apr 15, 2015 at 2:22 a.m.

Hi, with a 3-day Universal base ticket, can two parks be visited in the same day, thus using two days of the ticket? So, hypothetically, I would visit IOA in the morning, and US in the afternoon, and have one day left to visit one park on a future date. Is this allowable?

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FrogBlog Apr 15, 2015 at 7:03 a.m.

Hi Brian,

Unfortunately, this is not allowed. You would need a Park-to-Park ticket to visit more than one park per day.

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johnnyalonso Apr 14, 2015 at 5:57 a.m.

hi,

we're planning a trip to Universal and cannot wait to experience all that HP has to offer! we're going the 3rd week of June. is the crowd expected to be massive around this time - leaving us with major wait time in lines? any info would be great. thanks!!

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FrogBlog Apr 14, 2015 at 9:44 a.m.

Hi Johnny,

Yes, it is expected to be very busy at the end of June. You can find some tips to help you Skip the Lines here.

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jennydiego1 Apr 13, 2015 at 5:51 p.m.

One more thing... We do not do "thrill" rides so the roller coasters etc.. are not a factor for us in choosing passes. I know you are park gurus and would love to benefit from your wisdom. PS- is Epcot something we should squeeze in? Thank you!!!

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FrogBlog Apr 13, 2015 at 1:46 p.m.

Hi Jenny,

Only get the Park Hoppers if you plan to visit more than one park per day. With your short of a visit and extended hours at Magic Kingdom, I would definitely consider it. Epcot is worth it, and you could spend half your day there and the other half somewhere else. Because you are staying at the Swan, you could take advantage of Extra Magic Hours and then hop over to less busy parks. I love that you just decided to go for it on this quick trip! Please report back and let us know what you decide to do and how it all goes!

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Jennydiego1 Apr 13, 2015 at 5:49 p.m.

HELP! Need a plan ASAP! Planning a last minute vacay this weekend 4/18-4/22. It's a total SURPRISE 1st time trip for daughters 8&11. Only have Sunday, Monday and Tuesday for parks. Will take advantage of after 2:00pm park hoppers for MK for 2 days and leave 1 full day for Universal. Staying at Swan for conference. I have to fit Universal in 1 day. Do I need all the bells & whistles to get a good taste of the park? Such as park to park and the express pass? I had thought about getting just a 1-day Universal pass + express pass vs. Park to park no express pass. We "like" HP but are not "super fans." Any advice would be appreciated! We live in Southern CA and visit our parks but the Harry Potter is a definitely a draw for us. Thank you!!!

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FrogBlog Apr 13, 2015 at 1:36 p.m.

Hi Jenny,

What a terrific surprise! I would get the Park-to-Park ticket for Universal so you can experience the best of both parks, skipping the rides that are too scary. Even though you are not super fans, I think you and your daughters will be awed by The Wizarding World, and it will be a nice treat to take the Hogwarts Express between the two parks. With medium crowds expected for your trip, I don't think you need Express Passes, but you can buy them in the park if you decide you do.

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Becky R Apr 13, 2015 at 3:25 a.m.

We are going to Universal Oct 3-4 but noticed they have Halloween Horror Night those evenings. Our kids are young so we are not interested in attending. We plan on park-to-park tickets but I am concerned we will have limited time. Do both parks close early for the event or can we start at Universal Studios and spend the rest of our evening at Island of Adventures? Thank you.

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FrogBlog Apr 13, 2015 at 8:25 a.m.

Hi Becky,

I still think the Park-to-Park ticket makes sense for the reason you mentioned. When Universal Studios closes early for the event, you can spend the rest of the time in Universal's Islands of Adventure.

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Hannah Thomas Apr 12, 2015 at 1:42 a.m.

I will be visiting Orlando on October 17th to the 25th. What are the best days of the week to visit the Universal Studios parks during this time frame usually? We are planning on spending two or three days at the parks with the park to park ticket.

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FrogBlog Apr 13, 2015 at 8:43 a.m.

Hi Hannah,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, Oct. 21 would be the best day to visit both parks. Know that Universal Studios Florida will close early for Halloween Horror Nights, but you could hop over to Universal's Islands of Adventure after that time!

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Hannah Thomas Apr 14, 2015 at 2:20 p.m.

Thank you!

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Kim Apr 10, 2015 at 4:39 p.m.

Hi,

If we are staying at an on-site hotel, like Cabana Bay, are we allowed to go back to the hotel during the day and re-enter later while using the same tickets? Thanks!

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FrogBlog Apr 13, 2015 at 9:35 a.m.

Hi Kim,

Yes, you can leave the park and come back within the same day no problem!

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Nick Apr 10, 2015 at 1:18 p.m.

Hi,

I'm wanting to purchase a 2 day pass. But I only want to visit 1 park the first day and the other park the 2nd day. I'm not wanting to do both parks in the same day. Is this allowed on the base ticket?

Thank you!

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FrogBlog Apr 13, 2015 at 10:57 a.m.

Hi Nick,

Yes, you would purchase the 2-Day Base ticket.

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Rain Apr 9, 2015 at 9:58 a.m.

Hi, I would just like to ask if the tickets have specific dates printed on them cause I bought tickets for three days via vacation packages but I'll be arriving in the evening of my first day of stay so I can't go to the park on the first day. So just wanna ask if the tickets are dated. Thanks!

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FrogBlog Apr 13, 2015 at 10:41 a.m.

Hi Rain,

Most of our tickets do not have specific dates for use. You can see any restrictions/blockout dates on the details page of individual tickets.

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Scott Apr 9, 2015 at 3:52 a.m.

Does the Orlando Flex ticket work on the Hogwarts Express?

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FrogBlog Apr 9, 2015 at 11:07 a.m.

Hi Scott,

Yes, it does!

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Fran Apr 8, 2015 at 8 p.m.

We are going to universal Sunday, April 12. I'd love to do both parks with the express pass but for a family of 5 it is over $1,000! Is it necessary and worth it? If we only chose one park... Which is better?

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FrogBlog Apr 9, 2015 at 11:21 a.m.

Hi Fran,

Of course, skipping the lines is awesome any day of the week, but we are expecting neutral crowds during your visit. I don't think they are an absolute must, but I would suggest you be at the parks at least 30 minutes before opening and have a plan for your visit.

Personally, it's too hard of a question to say which one over the other. If you like more thrill rides and roller coasters, I would choose Universal's Islands of Adventure. That said, Universal Studios Florida has some amazing rides and the brand-new Diagon Alley. In our book, it's not to be missed! I would encourage you to consider the Park-to-Park ticket.

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NinjaMom Apr 8, 2015 at 6:40 p.m.

Hi - I hope you can help!! We are coming over and have 6 days to fit in - 1 day in blizzard beach, 1 day in seaworld, 2 days universal and 2 days in Disney. We are 2 adults and a 10+11year old. What will be our cheapest option of tickets? Look forward to hearing from you

NinjaMom

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FrogBlog Apr 13, 2015 at 10:40 a.m.

Hi NinjaMom,

For Disney, I would suggest the water park & more ticket and skip Park Hoppers if you are trying to keep prices down. For SeaWorld, you could do the weekday ticket, and for Universal the 2 Day ticket.

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sarit Apr 7, 2015 at 5:57 p.m.

Hi, we are going to be in orlando for 5 days, 3 of tham in universal (2 parks and wet 'n wild), in july 14-18.

we want to buy the express tickets allsow.

the kids are 12, 15 years old. what combination is best for us? and how much it will cost? tnx.

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FrogBlog Apr 8, 2015 at 7:05 a.m.

Hi Sarit,

Your kids are a great age for Universal! We think the 3 Park Unlimited is a great value if you want to be able to hop between the parks. It is good for 14 days of consecutive admission, so an even better value if you plan to stay longer. Prices are available at the link provided.

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DesiKids May 1, 2015 at 8:18 p.m.

Does Park to Park with Wet n Wild inlcude Express? or Express needs to be purchased separately?

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FrogBlog May 5, 2015 at 9:29 a.m.

Hi Desi,

Express is not included unless you are staying at a Universal hotel.

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sarit Apr 10, 2015 at 6:58 a.m.

Hi, thank you for the answer. If I'll sleep in the resort hotel, i will enjoy early admission to the parks, but if they are already open a half hour early, i dont need the early admission...?

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FrogBlog Apr 13, 2015 at 10:56 a.m.

Hi Sarit,

The parks can open earlier than their official times, but only guests staying at the resorts will be able to enter The Wizarding World of Harry Potter during the hour early entry time.

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Dana Apr 7, 2015 at 3:08 a.m.

Our family of four plans to be at universal on April 14 (tuesday). Our kids are ages 7 and 9. If we are only there one day, we are trying to decide which ticket option is best and if we want to add on the express pass. We are not staying on site. Park to park with express passes is over $1k. That's a lot for one day,but don't want to spend the day waiting in line either. Decisions!

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FrogBlog Apr 7, 2015 at 10:33 a.m.

Hi Dana,

Crowds are expected to be neutral. Of course, it's wonderful to not wait in line, but I am not sure I would spend the $$$ on Express Passes. You could see how it goes and add it in the parks if you think you need it. I would definitely do the Park-to-Park ticket. Make sure to prioritize the attractions you want to see in advance and skip those that you don't!

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Karla Apr 6, 2015 at 3:49 p.m.

we are planning on coming on june 22- 26 and getting a 2 day park to park ticket, do we need to get the express tickets my kids don't like to ride a lot rides. Son is interested in seeing Harry Potter.

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FrogBlog Apr 7, 2015 at 10:40 a.m.

Hi Karla,

If you're kids are not that into rides, I would not get the Express Pass. If you can stay on-site, you would be able to take advantage of early admission for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which would be the best way to explore Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley.

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Peter D Apr 4, 2015 at 1:16 a.m.

Hi

We have a 3 park ticket for universal and wet'n'wild. If we wanted to spend a part day at universal and then go onto wet'n'wild (or visa versa) do we have to pay for parking again? (Or is it like Disney where you only pay once per day?)

Thanks

Peter

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FrogBlog Apr 7, 2015 at 10:56 a.m.

Hi Peter,

You should only have to pay once. Just keep your receipt.

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Shaheen Apr 1, 2015 at 9:28 p.m.

Hi,

We are 3 adults and one 4 year old,this is our first time to Orlando we will be visiting on spring break and staying for 3 days so we want to visit one attraction each day,so how can i buy ticket here and how does the system work and how much will it come for 4 people on each attraction which are WDW,Universal Studios and water parks and I m really confused what to choose for each attraction?? can give me an example and amount it will come, I would really appreciate ...

Thank you.

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FrogBlog Apr 13, 2015 at 9:53 a.m.

Hi there,

You can see the cost by adding tickets to the cart starting from the Orlando ticket page.

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Sam Mar 31, 2015 at 4:08 a.m.

Hi,

My wife and I are planning a visit, May 23rd to May 27th. We're getting the 2+1 park to park tickets.

1) How chaotic is it around that time - Should we invest in the Express Passes?

2) Is the 3-Day Photo Connect Star Card worth it or should we take out own pictures?

3) Everything we select says May 23rd (the day we check-in) - but we want our 2+1 days to start from May24th onwards - I hope we can do that?

Thanks!

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FrogBlog Mar 31, 2015 at 7:39 a.m.

Hi Sam,

Here are some answers.

1. Are you staying on-site at a Universal deluxe hotel? Unlimited Express is included if you are. If not, I would consider Express Passes for at least that Sunday and Monday, but that is ultimately your call.

2. The Star Card is a good deal if you want your photos taken, including ride photos. There aren't as many photographers or photo locations as at Disney World, so we would recommend you also take your own photos too.

3. I am not sure what this question is in regards to. Could you share more info?

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vurujack Mar 29, 2015 at 3:25 p.m.

I'm planning to go on a one day trip to visit Island of adventure and maybe universal studio in April with my husband. I have a few questions,

1. How much is the upgrading fee from 1-Day t to park-to-park ticket inside the Park ?

2. Is there any rides that costs extra inside the Park?

3. Where are the main castle and the night clubs are located?

Thanks :)

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FrogBlog Mar 31, 2015 at 7:49 a.m.

Hi there,

Here are some answers to your questions.

1. There is no upgrading fee. You just pay the difference between the ticket you have and the ticket you want.

2. There are no rides that cost extra, but you will need a park-to-park ticket to ride the Hogwarts Express.

3. Do you mean Hogwarts Castle? It is located in the back of Universal's Islands of Adventure. The nightclubs are in Universal CityWalk.

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Dave Mar 27, 2015 at 6:37 p.m.

Our family of 5 is coming down for Easter week and want to go to Universal one day. Based on your Orlando crowd calendar, it looks our best day is Easter. Does it tend to be much less crowded on Easter? I'm thinking about getting the park to park ticket along with the Express Pass and tix to Blue Man Group. The boys are 17, 15 and 12. Do you think this is too much?

Thanks

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FrogBlog Mar 31, 2015 at 8:13 a.m.

Hi Dave,

Just to clarify, it will be VERY, VERY crowded over Easter at all of the theme parks. That said, on Easter Universal's parks are recommended over the other parks. I think your idea to purchase Express Passes makes a lot of sense. Blue Man Group is doable, especially since you have older kids. I would just pick a later show.

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angie Mar 26, 2015 at 9:04 p.m.

How does the park hopping ticket work? Do I have to keep the home ticket printout with me each time I want to go between parks? What if it got wet on a ride? Thank you.

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FrogBlog Mar 27, 2015 at 7:12 a.m.

Hi Angie,

I would always keep a printout with you as backup, but you would simply need to insert your ticket at the gates to park hop. The ticket is waterproof, so you don't need to worry about it getting wet.

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Jacqueline Wittenberg Mar 26, 2015 at 12:58 p.m.

We only have 1 day for Universal, we have 3 kids, 17, 16 and 9. 2 of them are not fans of roller coasters. 3 of us do like the rides. 1 park only pass or park to park?

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FrogBlog Mar 26, 2015 at 8:13 a.m.

Hi Jacqueline,

I would definitely get the Park to Park ticket in your case.

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PrinceBuster Mar 25, 2015 at 3:56 p.m.

We are planning a last minute visit to Universal and we plan to be in the parks on April 5, 6, &7. We are not staying onsite due to limited availability and cost. Do you think we need to get the Express pass for all three days?

Also, what is the price difference between the Express Unlimited and the Express one-time (where you can only use it once time per ride)?

Thanks.

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FrogBlog Mar 26, 2015 at 8:41 a.m.

Hi there,

If ever there is a time to purchase Express Passes, this would be it :) You could also give it a go without them and then add on if need be. The price difference between Unlimited and one-time is about $20 if you have a Park-to-Park ticket $15 more if you have a single park ticket.

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Ana Mar 24, 2015 at 5:40 a.m.

We are planing WDW, Universal Trip May 29- June 5. All these passes and express passes snd 2 day, ugh so many different things to look at. We are staying at Sheraton Vistana Resort and can't figure out if we have shuttle service from there to WDW parks or universal. Would it b better to rent a car? What's parking like at the resorts? Help!!

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FrogBlog Mar 24, 2015 at 9:27 a.m.

Hi Ana,

I would contact the hotel directly to confirm, but it appears as though it offers seasonal shuttle transportation to Disney (Universal is not listed). You would also want to find out the shuttle times, frequency and drop-off schedule (does one trip include multiple stops to the various parks, or does each shuttle go direct to one park). Personally, we like the flexibility of having a rental car, especially when staying off-site and heaving to the different resorts. At Universal, you park outside of CityWalk to access both parks. At Disney, you would park at each theme park. You only need to pay one time per day if you park hop; just show your receipt.

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Matt Mar 24, 2015 at 4:48 p.m.

My wife and I are coming down later this week and we are going to purchase a one day base pass. If we decide once we get there to add the 2nd park can we do that and if so how would we go about it?

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FrogBlog Mar 26, 2015 at 8:49 a.m.

Hi Matt,

Yes, you can upgrade to the Park-to-Park while you are there, either at the park entrances or outside of the Hogwarts Express.

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Tim Mar 23, 2015 at 4:24 a.m.

We are planning to visit Universal on April 9 and 10, and are debating the whether or not the near $300 investment for express passes on just one of those days is worth it. Any thoughts?

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FrogBlog Mar 23, 2015 at 7:47 a.m.

Hi Tim,

I think you will find it's worth it. April 9 would be the better day to purchase them.

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Lisa Mar 21, 2015 at 2:15 p.m.

Hi Leap,

Haven't been to either Disney or Universal, trying to plan a trip, 1 adult, 3 kids (14, 12 & 6), planning on a budget and hoping to see both Disney and Universal focusing on the Harry Potter piece. Haven't figured out when's the best time to go. Not sure if I should stay on site Disney for 4 days, pack everyone up and finish the trip at Universal and stay on site there (seems like a pain)?? Or if staying put is best and renting a car to get to the other one is the better option. Lastly, does either park offer shuttle service to the other?

Thanks

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Josh Mar 25, 2015 at 4:04 a.m.

I took my family last summer. We spent 6 nights at Disney on site and then 3 nights at Universal. We used a shuttle service for each transfer, 3 in all. Airport to Disney, Disney to Universal and Universal to the airport. The only hassle was the gap between checking out of Disney and checking into the new hotel. Ended up waiting a bit for the room to be ready.

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FrogBlog Mar 23, 2015 at 8:04 a.m.

Hi Lisa,

Disney and Universal do not offer shuttle service between them. You could take a cab, use Mears or rent a car. Personally, we like the flexibility of having a car. We prefer staying on-site, and while it can be a bit of a hassle to do a split stay, it's really nice to be close to the parks you are visiting. Plus, there are the park benefits for staying on-site! Check out our car rental rates. When you buy tickets, we are able to offer some great rates from five car rental brands.

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PCS Mar 17, 2015 at 2:57 p.m.

How would one use express passes with tickets that are purchased through your site? Do you purchase the passes upon arrival to Universal? Do they ever sell out of the passes? Thanks for your help.

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FrogBlog Mar 27, 2015 at 7:20 a.m.

Hi PCS,

You can purchase Express Passes separately from tickets, so there is no problem using them with tickets purchased through us. And, yes, they can sell out.

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Minnie Mar 16, 2015 at 7:01 p.m.

Hello, if my family of 4 adults is planning to visit Universal Studios/Islands May 17-20 (3 days) this year, is it predicted that we should purchase the express pass to avoid waiting more than 45 minutes for rides outside the Harry Potter rides?

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FrogBlog Mar 17, 2015 at 8:28 a.m.

Hi Minnie,

We are expecting high and medium crowds during this time. If you plan on arriving ahead of park opening, you can experience a few hours with much lower waits, but yes, I would expect at least 45 minute waits during peak times.

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Marie Dorey Mar 14, 2015 at 8:19 a.m.

Hi

I have purchased an unlimited Seaworld/Aquatica ticket in the UK. My question is if I activate it on our first day Wednesday 13th May will I be able to use it on our last day Wednesday 27th May.

Thank you

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FrogBlog Mar 14, 2015 at 7:47 a.m.

Hi Marie,

If the ticket is valid for 14 consecutive days and you activated it on May 13, your last day would be Thursday May 26.

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Ryan Mar 14, 2015 at 4:25 a.m.

My family of 4 (2 adults 1 7 year old and 1 infant) are heading to Orlando over spring break. My Son and I will be going to Universal 2 days, and my wife would like to go one day to see the new Diagon Alley. If My son and I buy 2 day 1 park tickets and get a third day free, can my wife use my third day ticket and go with us one of the days? I assume on 0 year old will be free as well.

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FrogBlog Mar 14, 2015 at 7:49 a.m.

Hi Ryan,

Unfortunately, no. Each family member, except for your infant, would need a separate ticket. In this case, your wife would need a one day ticket.

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Hyd Mar 13, 2015 at 11:44 p.m.

Hello! Im going with husband and kids (8-8-13 yo) to Orlando on thursday october the 8th trough the 15th. We want to visit WDW, Universal and Legoland. I'd really apprciate your advice on the days we should go to each place to make the most out of it.

Thanks in advance for your help and support!!

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FrogBlog Mar 14, 2015 at 7:54 a.m.

Hello!

We created our Crowd Calendar just for this very thing, so you can see expected crowd levels and recommended parks by day for your trip planning! I would hold off just a bit as we don't yet have park hours for Disney World and Universal, and that does factor into the decisions. Also you did not mention whether you will be attending Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and Universal's Halloween Horror Nights. Those additional parties will also affect when to visit. As a general rule, I would plan at least one day at Magic Kingdom and two days for Universal, and LEGOLAND will be less crowded on weekdays than the weekend.

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Lynette Mar 12, 2015 at 9:32 p.m.

First trip to Universal coming up at the end of April, staying at the Cabana Bay, but we're wanting to purchase the 3 park unlimited tickets. Will we still be able to get into the parks an hour early with these if we are staying on property?

Thanks for your help!

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FrogBlog Mar 14, 2015 at 8:04 a.m.

Hi Lynette,

Yes, you will and you're going to love Cabana Bay! Have fun and report back on the trip!

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Karen Mar 12, 2015 at 11:18 a.m.

If we purchase Universal Orlando tickets from you can they be upgraded to annual passes before they expire?

If yes, is this done at Universal Guest Services or other?

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FrogBlog Mar 14, 2015 at 8:19 a.m.

Hi Karen,

Yes, you can, and yes, this would be done at Universal Guest Services.

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Liz Mar 11, 2015 at 12:09 a.m.

Hi

We are coming to Florida at Easter and want to visit Universal Studios and Universal World of Adventure as well as Seaworld and Busch Gardens. We have looked at the 5 park flexi ticket. Our daughters are Harry Potter fans and would love to go on the Hogwarts Express. Will this ticket allows us to travel via Hogwarts express?

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FrogBlog Mar 14, 2015 at 8:34 a.m.

Hi Liz,

Yes, this ticket will get you on the Hogwarts Express. You and your daughters are going to love The Wizarding World!

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Stacey Mar 9, 2015 at 6:39 p.m.

We are considering going to Universal (FL) on May 4-5. Should we get a two day park-to-park so we can visit Island of Adventure also? We have a 5 and 7 year old who are Harry Potter, Transformers and Jurassic Park fans. We may be able to stretch it into three days if we traveled at night but that is hard on the grown ups. :) Thanks for the advice!

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FrogBlog Mar 9, 2015 at 2:17 p.m.

Hi Stacey,

Your little ones are going to love it! I would definitely make it a Park-to-Park so that you can visit both of the parks with your little ones. Hopefully not too much suffering for the grownups :)

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Stacey Mar 10, 2015 at 12:22 a.m.

Thanks for the info! Would you recommend making it 3 days or can we pack it all into 2?

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FrogBlog Mar 16, 2015 at 8:16 a.m.

Hi Stacey,

We are expecting medium crowds (on the low end) during your visit. I think you can experience most everything in two days if you follow our advice and arrive ahead of park opening so you can tour the priority attractions with the lowest waits. You can always add another day to your ticket in the park if you think you'll need it.

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FrogBlog Mar 16, 2015 at 8:15 a.m.

Hi Stacey,

We are expecting medium crowds (on the low end) during your visit. I think you can experience most everything in two days if you follow our advice and arrive ahead of park opening so you can tour the priority attractions with the lowest waits.

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Milo Mar 7, 2015 at 10:25 a.m.

Is there any other way to ride the Hogwarts Express besides using a Park-to-Park Ticket? Someone told me that a single ticket for that ride could be bought for $45 or so but I haven't seen it advertised officially anywhere. Thanks,

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FrogBlog Mar 9, 2015 at 2:41 p.m.

Hi Milo,

A Park-to-Park ticket is the only way to experience the Hogwarts Express.

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Rina Mar 7, 2015 at 8:33 a.m.

Hi.. Will be in Orlando 11th-20th December and planning to spend maybe a day or two in Universal parks. If we decide to go for only one day park to park with express pass between any of these dates, do you think it would be enough to experience both parks? Or would we be better off getting 2-day park to park but w/o Express pass? We are big Harry Potter fans but both my kids (ages 6 and 9) also love rides. Thanks :)

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FrogBlog Mar 16, 2015 at 8:09 a.m.

Hi Rina,

That is a tough call. If I had to choose between the two options, given your dates, I would opt for the two days. Plan on getting to the parks ahead of opening to experience the most popular attractions with the lowest waits.

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AKS Mar 6, 2015 at 6:18 p.m.

Hi, We have one day in Orlando to do the park to park option at universal. We are going solely for the Harry Potter themed attractions. We have been once before but have not returned since the addition of DIagon Alley and the Hogwarts Express. Is one day enough to see both?

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FrogBlog Mar 6, 2015 at 1:23 p.m.

Hi AKS,

You don't mention when you are visiting, but that is a factor. The busier it is, the less ground you generally will be able to cover. We would recommend two days, even if you have been before so you can experience the major attractions in both parks.

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Alex K. Mar 5, 2015 at 10:08 p.m.

Hello,

My boyfriend and I are traveling to Orlando in May. We're both 20. Would you recommend one park over the other? Or would you recommend the park-to-park pass? If we only bought a one-day pass, is it possible to see what we want to see of both parks in one day? Also, is the CityWalk something you think young adults of our age would enjoy? Thank you!

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FrogBlog Mar 16, 2015 at 7:12 a.m.

Hi Alex,

I would definitely do both parks. May can be quite crowded, so when you visit would definitely affect how much you can see in one day. Two days would be ideal. CityWalk is fun, and there are tons of great dining and shops. Most of the clubs are 21 and up (or are after certain times/on weekends etc.), so that might be the only issue you would encounter.

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Susan Mar 4, 2015 at 7:38 p.m.

We are travelling to SW Fl for spring break and recently decided to stop at Universal Orlando for a few days on the drive home. We want to buy the three day park to park passes for us and three kids (12, 10, 8). I know this is peak time, so we wanted to get express passes by staying onsite. On the Universal Orlando website, the hotels show no availability, but on other sites (hotels.com, booking.com, Travelocity, etc.) they do show rooms available. (they are the same rooms with two queen beds that I had looked at booking on Universal's site a few weeks ago). These other sites will not let me book the room if I indicate that there are three kids... they list the room occupancy as four people, but Universal lists it as 2 adults and 3 kids. Can I book the room for two adults on one of these external sites and then add the kids by calling the hotel or at check-in? Will this affect our ability to get five express passes?

Thanks!

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FrogBlog Mar 6, 2015 at 1:16 p.m.

Hi Susan,

All of Universal's hotels allow five guests. I would give the hotel a call in advance and explain the situation. I bet you would be fine to add the kids, and who knows, maybe calling direct they would have some availability!

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Jerry W Mar 4, 2015 at 2:18 p.m.

We are planning to go to Universal on March 29 and March 30. Being that this is Easter Week do you recommend that we purchase the Express passes? We will be bringing three kids ages ranging from 7 to 16 and may be our only trip to Universal. Was actually looking at staying at the Royal Pacific Resort to get the passes included - comes out to be the same price as just buying tickets.

Thanks.

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FrogBlog Mar 4, 2015 at 8:24 a.m.

Hi Jerry,

To clarify, you mean the same price as purchasing Express Passes separately? If it works out to the same price as Express Passes, I would opt for the hotel stay as you'll be right there on-site plus you'll get the benefits.

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ann Mar 3, 2015 at 3:11 p.m.

what's the difference between 2-Day Universal Park-to-Park Ticket - plus extra day free (PROMO) for $192.77 (adult) and 2-Day Universal Park-to-Park Ticket - plus extra day free for $177.99 (adult)?

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FrogBlog Mar 6, 2015 at 1 p.m.

Hi Ann,

There is an expiration on the promo ticket, and it is valid for U.S. and Canadian residents.

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Deb Mar 1, 2015 at 10:03 p.m.

Hi, I am interested in the Universal Unlimited ticket for $200. Do you know if the price will be increasing with Univrtsal's recent price increase? Thanks

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FrogBlog Mar 2, 2015 at 11:22 a.m.

Hi Deb,

We do offer the Universal Unlimited ticket, which is a terrific value. Here are the details.

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melissa May 10, 2015 at 10:33 a.m.

Hi Leap

If I buy the 3 park unlimited ticket now will It defiantly be ok to use in july 2016?

Thanks

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FrogBlog May 10, 2015 at 8:16 a.m.

Hi Melissa,

Yes, you will be good to go!

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Thais Mar 1, 2015 at 4:34 a.m.

Hi there,

We are planning a trip to Disney World and Universal Studios Orlando in April this year. Our kids are 11 and 7 year old and we are trying to figure out how many days would be good to spend at Universal Studios. We only have 6 full days for both Disney and Universal. What do you think? Thank you!!!!

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FrogBlog Mar 2, 2015 at 11:29 a.m.

Hi Thais,

If it's a first-time visit, we'd recommend at least two days at Universal.

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Misty Feb 28, 2015 at 4:14 a.m.

This may be a silly question, but we will be visiting Universal in June and staying on site at Royal Pacific, which includes express passes to the parks. One of our children is 2, so he falls into the free admission category, so will he get an express pass as well? I know he won't use it like we will, but he's tall and fearless, so any ride he's allowed on, he will be there! Also, aren't there shows that allow the use of express passes? Just want to know if I should expect to purchase an express pass solely for him or not!

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FrogBlog Mar 6, 2015 at 12:45 p.m.

Hi Misty,

All of the people in your party, no matter their ages, will receive room admission keys that could be used to obtain the Unlimited Express passes, so you do not need to purchase additional passes for him.

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Sylvie Mar 8, 2015 at 10:01 p.m.

Is it garantee that we obtain a express pass when we stay at this hotel? Even if it's a busy day...

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FrogBlog Mar 9, 2015 at 2:26 p.m.

Hi Sylvie,

Yes, you are guaranteed Universal Express Unlimited if you stay at one the three deluxe resorts: Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Hard Rock Hotel or Loews Portofino Resort.

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Dianna Feb 27, 2015 at 5:46 p.m.

Hi,

We are going to Universal Orlando for one day and purchased park to park tickets. Do you recommend that we purchase the Express Passes so that we can go on more rides? We are interested in Harry Potter, Spiderman and Simpsonland particularly. What park do you recommend that we start at? We are staying off-site at the Disney Swan and Dolphin.

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FrogBlog Mar 2, 2015 at 9:51 a.m.

Hi Dianna,

The big determining factor of whether to use Express Pass is when you are planning on visiting. If it's during a very busy time, then the value of the Express Pass goes up (so does its price).

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Amy Feb 26, 2015 at 5:19 p.m.

We bought adult and child tickets--the expire within 13 days of first use--from you before the 2014 price increase with the intent of using it in a couple of years when our younger child will be old enough to enjoy most of the rides. But I just realized that I didn't think through the child/adult ticket issue if we end up going after my younger kid reaches 10. I've read that Universal will allow folks to pay the price difference to upgrade a child ticket to an adult ticket if you buy the tickets from Universal. How about Undercover Tourist tickets? May we upgrade the child ticket still? If so, how much would Universal give us as "credit" for the discounted child ticket?

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FrogBlog Mar 2, 2015 at 9:40 a.m.

Hi Amy,

Yes, you can upgrade the ticket with no problem and should pay the difference between the two.

Best,

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ashley Feb 24, 2015 at 1:17 p.m.

Hello hoping you can help us.

On July 28th and August 5th 2015 we are heading to universal and want park 2 park tickets for 5 adults, Do I need to buy tickets to get express pass or can I buy them on their own to get in the parks?

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FrogBlog Mar 2, 2015 at 7:39 a.m.

Hi Ashley,

Express Passes is an additional charge. You must have regular admission to get into the parks.

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Adrian Feb 23, 2015 at 8:59 p.m.

Hi!

I have the folowing question: I'm going one day to IoA and another to Universal.

I'd like a third in Wet'n wild

I don't know if I have to pick "2 day Single Park + Wet'n Wild Ticket" or "3 day Single Park + Wet'n Wild Ticket"

In short, I don't get wether the Wet'n Wild Park must be counted in the "n day Single Park" of if it's an extra and I should get "n-1 day Single Park"

Thanks in advance

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FrogBlog Mar 2, 2015 at 9:32 a.m.

Hi Adrian,

We offer a 3-Day Unlimited Ticket that includes admission to all three parks for 14 days.

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Dee Feb 23, 2015 at 2:31 a.m.

Thanks for advice last month. We are staying one night onsite and others off and plan to go to one park the day we arrive and other day we leave. Which park takes less time to tour (family with teens)- I would like to have time to enjoy resort pool on first day but thought we could choose the shortest park that day. Also, as we have a 3rd day with our tickets, we may be able to go to one park the evening we arrive in Orlando - it would be after 6 p.m. Which park would you recommend for that night? Thanks

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FrogBlog Feb 23, 2015 at 7:04 a.m.

Hi Dee,

If you think you will skip many of the shows at Universal Studios Florida, that is likely your shortest day. With Diagon Alley open now, both parks take about the same amount. You did not say when you are visiting. That would also factor in how long it takes to tour the parks — and how late they are open. Sometimes Universal will have one park open later than the other, so that will likely dictate which park you visit in the evening.

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Brittany Feb 22, 2015 at 11:26 p.m.

Hi, I had a quick question: If I bought the 2 day plus 3rd day free base ticket, will the Harry Potter Worlds at Universal and Islands of Adventure be included? I just want to make sure it won't cost extra.

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FrogBlog Feb 23, 2015 at 7:06 a.m.

Hi Brittany,

Yes, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in both parks is included with all tickets, but you would not be able to ride the Hogwarts Express without a park-to-park ticket.

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Sarah Feb 22, 2015 at 2:22 a.m.

We are flying into Orlando on May 20th and will be leaving on a Disney cruise on May 22nd and returning on the 25th and then flying out of Orlando on the 27th so we have one and half days before the cruise and one and half days after the cruise. We are a family of five. And wanted to visit universal studios. What tickets and where would be the best place to stay before and after the cruise

Thanks

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FrogBlog Feb 23, 2015 at 8:07 a.m.

Hi Sarah,

Tough choices! We always recommend staying on-site if you can afford it. All of Universal's hotels can accommodate five. The best ticket depends on how many days you actually want to be the parks, plus whether you want to hop between the two and/or ride the Hogwarts Express (you'll need a Park-to-Park ticket for the latter). Here are the Universal ticket options.

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PENNI Feb 21, 2015 at 10:41 p.m.

We will be staying 3 nights at royal pacific w/3 day base passes. Which park do you recommend to repeat for our 3rd day. I am not sure which park has more to see/do. We have 13 y/o, 11 y/o, and 8 y/o children who enjoy rides the most.

thx

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FrogBlog Feb 23, 2015 at 8:10 a.m.

Hi Penni,

I would suggest you visit both parks and then decide which one your kids like best and/or which one has more rides that you didn't get to.

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Snehaa Feb 21, 2015 at 10:59 a.m.

Hi..

I wanted to know if I it is ok to buy the park to park tickets without entering the dates of visit? As in how will they know when we are travelling? Won't that be a problem?

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FrogBlog Feb 23, 2015 at 8:21 a.m.

Hi Snehaa,

You do not have to enter your dates of travel as most unused tickets do not expire. You can find more information on the details page of the particular tickets you are interested in.

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heidi hjermitslev Feb 20, 2015 at 9:27 a.m.

hi.

we want to visit Island of aventure., studios, epcot and sea world.. we want to visit Island/studio at one day...wich tickets should i pick???

heidi

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FrogBlog Feb 20, 2015 at 8:55 a.m.

Hi Heidi,

To visit Universal's Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida in one day, you would need the Park to Park Ticket.

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Jayne Feb 19, 2015 at 2:13 p.m.

Hi,

I'm staying at the royal pacific hotel for 2 weeks in March 2015. I want to utilise the parks and city walks as much as possible during my stay. What is my best ticket option and should I purchase here from the UK before my holiday or when I arrive?

with regards and thanks

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FrogBlog Feb 19, 2015 at 2:23 p.m.

Hi Jayne,

Sounds like a blast! You have a couple of ticket options, including the 3-Park Unlimited Universal Ticket, the Orlando FlexTicket and the Orlando FlexTicket Plus. Each is good for 14 days, and the FlexTickets include additional SeaWorld parks. They are all a terrific value! We ship to the UK, but since I don't know your Orlando arrival date, I would suggest you add the tickets to the cart and then choose UK delivery to see if it makes sense to have them shipped or pick up directly in Orlando.

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Kim Feb 19, 2015 at 2:11 a.m.

Interested in the 3-park unlimited Universal ticket, but this option is not available on the Universal Studios site. Is this still a valid ticket option?

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FrogBlog Feb 19, 2015 at 2:30 p.m.

Hi Kim,

We do still offer the 3-Park Unlimited Universal Ticket, and it's a great value!

Keep hopping!

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Himanshu Feb 18, 2015 at 11:45 p.m.

Hi, If I buy 3 das universal base ticket... can I use 2 days on 27th and 28th Feb and the third day on 20th March? Please reply...

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FrogBlog Feb 19, 2015 at 2:33 p.m.

Hi Himanshu,

Unfortunately, no. You have 14 days from when the ticket is activated (when you first enter the park) to use the 3 days.

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Viktoria Mar 31, 2015 at 4:45 a.m.

Hi there,

If you select the pick up in Orlando 14 day 3 park unlimited ticket, whereabouts do you pick it up from?

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FrogBlog Mar 31, 2015 at 7:26 a.m.

Hi Viktoria,

It's a UPS Store location near Universal Orlando. The exact address is listed on the car checkout page.

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Kami Feb 18, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Hi, one more follow-up question: Can you explain why on a certain date (Monday, June 8, for example), the crowds at one Universal Studios park are expected to be low and the crowds at the other Universal Studios park are expected to be high (based on your site's crowd calendar)?

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FrogBlog Feb 23, 2015 at 11:01 a.m.

Hi Kami,

The crowd forecast is based on historical data we have collected over the years, taking into account touring patterns, time of year and special events.

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Kami Feb 18, 2015 at 7:15 p.m.

Hi, we are a family of 7 visiting June 5-15. We are planning to spend 3 days at Universal Studios / Universal IOA, 1 day at Wet & Wild, a day at SeaWorld and 1 day at Aquatica. We are planning to stay at the SeaWorld Marriott Residence Inn.

We are planning to buy the 2+1 day Park-to-Park tickets, add on a day at Wet & Wild, and then get our SeaWorld tickets with the hotel reservation.

What we are not sure about is Express passes. Right now you can't buy Park-to-Park Express passes online, they are all blocked out for most of June. Why? We can't really stay at an on-site hotel, it is too expensive for a family of 7. We are planning to just go with regular passes and upgrade them to Express passes at the park if needed.

A) Do you think we will need Express passes to see/do everything at the 2 parks in 3 days the week of June 8-12?

B) Will it be more expensive to upgrade to Express passes on-site in June than it is now (in advance)?

Thanks!

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FrogBlog Feb 23, 2015 at 10:58 a.m.

Hi Kami,

I do not see a blockout on Express Passes, but you can add them when you get to the parks. To answer your questions, I think you can likely see/do most of the major attractions within 3 days without Express Passes if you tour efficiently and start when the park opens. I don't have a definitive answer to your second questions, but the price of the passes likely fluctuate based on demand and anticipated crowd levels. If they go up, I don't think they would go up too much more than they are now, because Universal has a good idea of what the demand/crowd levels will be.

Keep hopping!

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Brittany Feb 18, 2015 at 4:59 a.m.

Hi,

I am planning a trip to Universal Studios for May 2015 and was wondering if I bought a 2 day plus third day free base ticket, would this include the Harry Potter Worlds in both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure? I wouldn't have to pay extra for any of that? P.S. I'm planning on staying in the Cabana Bay Resort and do not care about the Hogwart's Express.

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FrogBlog Feb 23, 2015 at 11:15 a.m.

Hi Brittany,

Yes, your ticket would include the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in both parks!

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Camilla Feb 17, 2015 at 3:19 p.m.

Hi,

we are planning a trip to Universal in June and are thinking about staying at the Royal Pacific Hotel with their great deal, Unlimited Express Pass and Early Admission. Do the base-tickets work with this deal or do we need to buy park-to-park tickets?

Thanks.

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FrogBlog Feb 17, 2015 at 11:32 a.m.

Hi Camilla,

Yes, these benefits are available for both base and park-to-park tickets. Sounds like you should hop on it :)

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Amber Feb 16, 2015 at 12:09 a.m.

Hi there,

We are planning a trip to Universal at the end of October and will be staying at the Hotel Portofino. Will our park tickets automatically include Halloween Horror Nights? And if so, should we purchase now (February) or where there will be deals closer to the fall? Thanks!

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FrogBlog Feb 16, 2015 at 9:59 a.m.

Hi Amber,

You're in for a treat - Halloween Horror Nights is a blast! It is a separately ticketed event. You could purchase regular admission now and then add on HHN when those tickets go on sale. Or you could hold off and purchase a Halloween Horror Nights combo ticket (that will include regular admission) when these go on sale in the late summer/early fall.

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Amber Feb 17, 2015 at 9:07 p.m.

Thank you!! Do you recommend reserving the hotel now or waiting? We are pretty sure on our dates and know exactly where we want to stay (including a need for the Minion room ;) ), but could buy the inclusive tickets at a later date.

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FrogBlog Feb 23, 2015 at 1:42 p.m.

If you know you want the Despicable Me Kids Suite, I would go ahead and book now as they go fast :)

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Harry Feb 15, 2015 at 6 p.m.

Hi, we are travelling with kids ages 3 and 9 in 1 st week of march( 4-9 ) . Would like to cover universal both parks, magic kingdom and seaworld. Which ticket package would be better for us and also stay at universal resort or. Other hotel equidistant would be better ? Please advise

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FrogBlog Feb 23, 2015 at 3:13 p.m.

Hi Harry,

We recommend staying on-site if you can afford it. Especially during spring break when the parks are more crowded, you will benefit from staying at the Universal Orlando hotels. As far as tickets, you might consider the Flex Ticket for your visit to Universal and SeaWorld.

Hope this helps!

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Graham Wright Feb 15, 2015 at 10:34 a.m.

We are in Orlando for 3 days and want to do Universal for 2 days and Wet N Wild (or other water park) for 1 day - which is the best ticket option for this. We also want Express Pass for Universal. Thanks

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FrogBlog Mar 2, 2015 at 9:27 a.m.

Hi Graham,

The 3-Day Unlimited Universal Ticket includes all three parks and allows admission for 14 days. Another option if you were considering visits to SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica would be the Flex Ticket, which also includes 14 day admission to Universal Studios Florida, Universal's Islands of Adventure and Wet 'n' Wild.

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Sandra Feb 14, 2015 at 3:52 a.m.

Hi

My family and I will be going to Orlando the week of March 14th-20. I have twin 7 year olds, a 3 year old and a 13 year old. WE will probably do 1 day at Disney since we have been before, 2 days at Universal, since it will be our first times, and we would like to go to Lego land. What type of tickets do you recommend? With a little one, how much are the express passes?

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FrogBlog Feb 16, 2015 at 10:21 a.m.

Hi Sandra,

Sounds like a great trip! You will need to purchase separate tickets for each park. I think the big question is whether you want to hop at Disney and Universal. If you want to visit more than one park per day, you need to purchase Park Hoppers for Disney and Park-to-Park tickets for Universal. You will also need Park-to-Park tickets if you want to ride the Hogwarts Express. These tickets will give you the maximum flexibility. The cost of Express Passes fluctuates depending on how crowded the parks are expected to be and whether you are looking for one park per day or both parks per day. There are quite a few decisions, but it really comes down to how you want to tour the parks.

Keep hopping!

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Heather Feb 13, 2015 at 9:01 p.m.

Hi. We are going to purchase 1 day park to park and start our vacation here...followed by 2 days at magic kingdom. Do you recommend the express pass upgrade or is the basic park to park a better deal? It looked like the express had a list of restrictions that were not included. Thanks for your help.

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FrogBlog Mar 2, 2015 at 9:17 a.m.

Hi Heather,

The Express Pass is an additional charge that allows you to skip the lines at most of the parks' attractions (not including the Wizarding World of Harry Potter). The park-to-park ticket allows you to hop between the two parks in the same day (and is a must if you want to ride the Hogwarts Express).

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Camilla Feb 13, 2015 at 12:31 p.m.

Hello,

we are planning on visiting Universal this summer (22nd - 23rd of June) and are thinking about staying at the Royal Pacific Resort because of the great deal with Unlimited Express Pass and Early Admission on both check-in and check-out day. Is it possible to get this deal when buying Base Tickets or do we need to buy Park-To-Park tickets?

Antother question, can we leave our car at the hotel on check-out day and pick it up when we leave at night?

Thanks.

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FrogBlog Feb 23, 2015 at 11:37 a.m.

Hi Camilla,

Sounds like fun! Yes, the Unlimited Express Pass and Early Admission are available on check-in and check-out, and it is available for both ticket types. And yes, you can leave your car at the hotel.

Keep hopping!

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pooja Feb 9, 2015 at 7:56 a.m.

Hello

I have an annual pass from universal studios hollywood purchased in July 2014. Would be Travelling to Singapore on the 19th of Feb 2015, was just wondering if the annual pass would be valid there.

Would be great if someone could advice so that I can plan accordingly.

Thanks.

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kevin Feb 7, 2015 at 3:21 a.m.

Hi do any of the hotel rooms occupy 6 people

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FrogBlog Feb 9, 2015 at 12:38 p.m.

Hi Kevin,

The family suites at Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort occupy six people. Some of the suites at the other Universal hotels sleep six, but Cabana Bay has more suites and they are more affordable.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Vic Jan 30, 2015 at 1:42 a.m.

Hello,

Can you confirm that the 2-Day Universal Base Ticket - plus extra day free and 2-Day Universal Park-to-Park Ticket - plus extra day free have no expiration date?

Thank you in advance.

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FrogBlog Feb 2, 2015 at 7:44 a.m.

Hi Vic,

Each ticket has a details page that lists any restrictions or expirations dates. Please refer to that for the specific tickets your are looking at.

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Shauna Jan 28, 2015 at 6:59 p.m.

Do you know the ages for the Universal child ticket? Is it the same as Disneyworld, that 10+ is considered Adult?

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FrogBlog Feb 2, 2015 at 7:56 a.m.

Hi Shauna,

Yes, you can see that here on the Universal tickets page.

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Murali Jan 28, 2015 at 3:05 p.m.

Hi,

What attractions are open during Early Admission for IOA and USF ?

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FrogBlog Mar 6, 2015 at 12:42 p.m.

Hi Murali,

One or both areas of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, including its rides, are open during early admission. Currently, early admission is open at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade in Universal's Islands of Adventure.

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Ashley Jan 27, 2015 at 2:48 a.m.

Hi! We are looking to stay at a universal park hotel.... do we need to also buy a "base" ticket or is it included in our hotel stay?? Also did I read right that the express pass is not useable on some of the harry potter rides??

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FrogBlog Jan 27, 2015 at 7:39 a.m.

Hi Ashley,

Yes, you will still need to buy park tickets. You are correct that the Harry Potter rides do not include Express Pass. With your hotel stay, you receive early park admission for your length of stay (if you buy tickets), which includes The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

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Polly Ward Jan 24, 2015 at 2:12 p.m.

Hello. My husband and I as well as four kids (9-17) are going to Universal July 1-3 2015. I have reserved a deluxe room at HRH but a little concerned as there are 6 of us so not technically supposed to squeeze the sixth person in but an additional room was $477 dollars per night and one of my kids will be fine sleeping on the floor. Do you think this will be a problem? I realize that we will have to purchase an additional express pass and one of us will not get into park early. Any advise you can offer would be helpful. Only going to IOA for one day and staying at HRH two nights. Thanks.

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FrogBlog Feb 2, 2015 at 8:36 a.m.

Hi Polly,

I realize you have already booked your room, but we would not recommend it as it is against the rules and room occupancy is determined by fire codes.

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Paul Jan 19, 2015 at 8:46 a.m.

We are tourists and planning to purchase the 2 Day base tickets with bonus 3rd day, wanting to know if this is applicable only US and Canadian residents only? Can we upgrade the 3rd day base ticket to park to park tickets? How much is the cost of the upgrade?

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FrogBlog Feb 2, 2015 at 8:11 a.m.

Hi Paul,

Each of the tickets list the specific restrictions on their individual details page. Yes, you can certainly upgrade the tickets if you decide to do so.

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Darren Jan 15, 2015 at 2:21 p.m.

We're planning an visiting Universal in May, staying at the Cabana Bay resort, visiting from Australia . We are wanting to purchase the 2 Day Park to Park tickets with bonus 3rd day, wanting to know if you mail tickets to Australia or if we can purchase redeemable coupons?

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FrogBlog Jan 16, 2015 at 7:10 a.m.

Hi Darren,

Yes, we ship to Australia!

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Liz Jan 12, 2015 at 8:32 p.m.

Hi... My husband and I along with our 7 children will be traveling to Florida March 21-28th. The kids ages are 8-19yrs. We would like to go to disneyworld for a day and to Harry Potter. We are going to be renting a house for the week. What suggestions do you have to purchase tickets in the most economical way?

Thanks for your help!

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FrogBlog Jan 13, 2015 at 6:28 a.m.

Hi Liz,

There are no discounts to 1-day Disney World tickets unfortunately. You did not mention how long you will be visiting Universal, but you have a few ticket options, regular park tickets, park to park tickets and the Orlando Flex Ticket and Flex Ticket Plus. The Flex tickets offer 14 day access, including park-to-park access, for Universal Studios Florida, Universal's Islands of Adventure, SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica and Wet 'n' Wild. The Plus tickets gives you access to Busch Gardens Tampa. I believe these last two will be your most economical options and offer a lot of park options!

Best,

Leap

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Carrie Jan 10, 2015 at 11:15 p.m.

Can your park to park tickets to Universal Orlando be used with Unlimited Express upgrades bought through Universal Orlando?

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FrogBlog Jan 11, 2015 at 3:26 p.m.

Hi Carrie,

Yes, they can!

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camila Jan 9, 2015 at 3:18 p.m.

hello,

i have purchased park to park tickets and as i am planning the strategy to get round the parks, i would like to know if you have any recommendations. is it better to start with islands of adventure or with universal studios? when is the best time to take the hogwarts express during the day?

thanks camila

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FrogBlog Jan 10, 2015 at 10:52 a.m.

Hi Camila,

It sounds like you will be using the park-to-park ticket. Where you start depends on a number of factors, including which park opens earlier, when you are going, what your priorities are and whether you are staying on site.

Generally, you can take the Hogwarts Express any time. It has a fairly high load capacity, so it doesn't often see huge waits.

Best,

Leap

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mp Jan 8, 2015 at 7:10 p.m.

Hi,

I'm buying a 1-day Universal park to park ticket for my family (2 adults, 12 yr old girl & 8 yr old boy). I'm hoping that that we'll be able to cover most of the rides/attractions we want to experience in one visit.

I will be travelling from Jan 27-Feb 3 and noticed on the Universal website that the hours are fairly short, with the parks closing at 6pm, rather than 8/9/10pm as that is the closure time right now. Do you know why this is?

Is it based on weather? or will the times change closer to the date we will be visiting?

And is one day hopper enough to experience both adventure islands & universal studios?

Thank you so much!

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FrogBlog Jan 11, 2015 at 3:39 p.m.

Hi Mp,

The park hours are shorter during this time because Universal is anticipating fewer crowds than during busier times. Since you are going during a time when crowds are expected to be low, you can cover a lot of ground. I don't think you will get through everything, but you could certainly pick your priorities and get through a lot of them.

Best,

Leap

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murali Jan 7, 2015 at 5:51 p.m.

Hi,

We are planning to visit Universal Orlando for 2 days - Feb 25,26. I have 2 day park to park tickets. The dates are listed as Slow on the crowd calendar. Do you recommend buying express passes for our visit ? Can we cover all the rides in 2 days with/without express pass ?

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FrogBlog Jan 8, 2015 at 10:05 a.m.

Hi Murali,

It should be a good time to visit, and I don't think you will need Express passes to hit the majority of the attractions if you arrive early and plan well.

Best,

Leap

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Trine Jan 6, 2015 at 2:51 p.m.

hi!

is the new harry potter ride in Universal the same kind of ride as the one in Island of advanture?

how old do you recommend the children should be to ride the forbidden journey and the new one in Universal?

and the train ride between the parks.. is there happening anyting there or is it just a trainride?

trine

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FrogBlog Jan 6, 2015 at 9:24 a.m.

Hi Trine,

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts is similar to Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey in terms of intensity, but it is a different storyline and a lesser height requirement. It is incredibly themed, and Potter fans will absolutely love it, but depending on your child, the theming might scare them off. The minimum age for Escape from Gringotts is probably 5 or 6, and slightly older for Forbidden Journey just based on the height requirement.

The train ride is awesome, not scary and exactly as you would imagine taking the Hogwarts Express would be. It's not just a train ride, and the journey is different depending on where you depart from.

What are the ages of your children?

Best,

Leap

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trine Jan 6, 2015 at 7:54 p.m.

thanks :)

my children are 7 and 9. the 9 year old boy is a huge harry potter fan ;)

about the train ride... you say it is different where you depart from... is it two place in each park? or is there more places to go on the train?

trine

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FrogBlog Jan 7, 2015 at 8:47 a.m.

Hi Trine,

The train departs from Hogsmeade in Universal's Islands of Adventure and travels to King's Cross in London outside of Diagon Alley in Universal Studios Florida, and then leaves again from King's Cross and back to Islands of Adventure.

Best,

Leap

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Alison Scammell Jan 5, 2015 at 4:20 p.m.

Hi there

My husband and I have bought 2+1 base tickets and are coming to Orlando in 2 weeks time.

We would like to upgrade to P2P so we can ride the Hogwarts express. Is there enough time to do this now, how much would the upgrades be and would new tickets have to be sent to us? We live in Spain.

Many thanks

Alison

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FrogBlog Jan 6, 2015 at 9:28 a.m.

Hi Alison,

You can reach out to our customer service team now at 1-800-846-1302 or info@undercovertourist.com to see what your options are, but you can upgrade your tickets at the park (outside of Hogwarts Express in fact, if you wish) with no problem.

Best,

Leap

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Dee Dec 31, 2014 at 11:33 a.m.

We are planning a trip to Universal week of April 6. Tue - Thur or Fri was recommended for our visit to parks- do you agree? I am considering the 2 day park to park plus 1 free offer and also the Harry Potter 4 day package with 2 breakfasts. I have a few questions:

1, Are the breakfasts at Leaky Cauldron & Three Broomsticks worth the extra money and what do they include entree and 1 drink? I was wondering if it would be difficult to eat there during spring break if we did not have these reservations. Also wondering if breakfast best experience compared to lunch/dinner. Also if we have option, what time and day of the week is best to schedule breakfast to maximize access to attractions?

2. Staying onsite is over our budget so was looking at a partner hotel. Do you know if it is possible to purchase the 3 day ticket and stay only one day onsite - the other 3 nights in partner hotel?

If this is possible, will we have express pass benefit for the day we check in and the day we check out (so 2 days but not the 3rd)? Adding express pass and staying offsite during this week is $99 per person so not an option really.

3. We had also considered paying for a day at Aquatica but see there is a 3 day unlimited pass with Wet n Wild. Between the two water parks, do you have a recommendation (kids ages 13 & 14)?

4. Finally, is staying at Cabana Bay worth the extra money compared to staying at an off-site partner hotel with same early entrance hours to Harry Potter but no express pass. My quote was about $200 more to stay there for the Harry Potter 4 day vacation package than staying off site.

Thank you for your advice.

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FrogBlog Jan 5, 2015 at 9:20 a.m.

Hi Dee,

The week of April 6 is expected to be fairly busy. To answer your questions:

1. Breakfast and dinner at both restaurants are a fun experience, and there are traditional English dishes during all meals. There are American favorites as well. It is likely to be very, very busy that week if you don't reservations.

2. Yes, it's possible to do a split stay, and you would have the Unlimited Express benefit for the day of arrival and departure. I think this is a smart decision given the time you are visiting.

3. We prefer Aquatica, but Wet 'n' Wild would also be a good option for your kids' age ranges.

4. Cabana Bay is an amazing property. You can read why we love it here. Ultimately you have to make the call on whether it is worth it, but it is brand new, very convenient and great amenities.

Best,

Leap

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Dee Jan 10, 2015 at 12:32 p.m.

Thank you!

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Victoria Dec 28, 2014 at 3:47 p.m.

Hello,

I have a family of six my husband and I and four kids between the ages of 12-18 . And I'm having a hard time trying to pick reasonable tickets for us to visit the parks for 2 or 3 days. Any suggestions???

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FrogBlog Dec 29, 2014 at 10:18 a.m.

Hi Victoria,

Depending on when you are visiting, you might be able to take advantage of the 2 Day Plus Extra Day Park to Park Promo Ticket that offers deeper savings. If you are looking just at the cheapest ticket, that would be the regular (not park-to-park tickets). Keep in mind that you would a P2P ticket to ride the Hogwarts Express.

Here are all of the offers.

Let us know what you decide!

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Renee Dec 26, 2014 at 5:16 p.m.

purchases 3 day plus 1 free day park to park, do you know if we will be able to change those to the 3 +1 unlimited express pass bundle?

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FrogBlog Dec 29, 2014 at 10:23 a.m.

Hi Renee,

You would be able to add Express Pass to those tickets.

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Anja Dec 24, 2014 at 4:34 p.m.

Hi there

We have a 3 day base ticket. Is it possible to upgrade only the 3rd day to park-to-park? Like in case we decide that last minute? In any case how much would an upgrade cost approximately?

Thanks for your help!

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FrogBlog Dec 26, 2014 at 7:49 a.m.

Hi Anja,

Unfortunately, you would need to upgrade your whole ticket. If you look at the Universal Orlando ticket page, you can see the approximate cost of 3 Day Park-to-Park Tickets. Do the math, and you get an idea of how much it will cost to upgrade.

Best,

Mommy Frog

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Nina Dec 21, 2014 at 9:53 a.m.

Hello,

Firstly, thank you for everything put into this site and for taking the time to answer everyone's questions! This is great! Secondly, so, my friends and I are doing two days at Universal/IOA and planned on doing one full day at each. Well, obviously this cuts out the Hogwarts express and we're all really torn on dropping the extra $40 for this one ride/experience. If we buy 2-day base tickets, but decide we want to upgrade in the park, will that still only cost us $40 at the gate? We just want to give ourselves a bit of time to decide and maybe feel it out in person. Thanks!

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FrogBlog Dec 22, 2014 at 6:57 a.m.

Hi Nina,

You can get a rough idea on what it will cost to upgrade using our Universal Orlando ticketing page, where we list our savings vs. the gate prices. If you need any more help, feel free to contact our customer service at 1-800-846-1302 or info@undercovertourist.com.

Best,

Leap

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pam bardusch Dec 17, 2014 at 9:03 p.m.

Do you sell express passes for Universal Studios? I cannot find them on here.

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FrogBlog Dec 17, 2014 at 3:09 p.m.

Hi Pam,

We do not currently sell these.

Best,

Leap

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Daniel Dec 8, 2014 at 10 p.m.

Hi,

In your reply to HR on November 15, you say that the 2+1 day park to park-tickets are available to everyone, not just US/CA-residents.

But on your own site that you refer to, it clearly says "Valid for US & CA residents only". Which one is correct? If I buy those tickets and they ask me for an ID, what would happen?

Otherwise, I love your site!

//Daniel from Sweden

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FrogBlog Dec 10, 2014 at 2:16 p.m.

Hi Daniel,

We are happy you are a fan!

The one you are referencing is a promo ticket and does say for US & CA residents only, but there is another 2+1 Park to Park ticket that is open to all. We offer a details page for each individual ticket that provides terms and conditions, and that is your best source for information as well as our customer service team at 1-800-846-1302 or info@undercovertourist.com.

Best,

Leap

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Terence Dec 5, 2014 at 7:28 p.m.

Hello Leap; noticed in the blog mentioning an "express" pass and a "power" pass - what is the difference?

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FrogBlog Dec 8, 2014 at 8:03 a.m.

Hi Terence,

A Power Pass is a type of annual pass that has blockout dates. The Express Pass grants you walk-on access to the rides.

Best,

Leap

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Ari Dec 5, 2014 at 8:40 a.m.

Hi Leap, I purchased a 2 day universal base ticket - plus extra day free and I'm attending sometime this December. I noticed that the park-to-park version of this ticket has blackout dates, but didn't notice any on the base ticket version.

Are there any blackout dates on the 2 day universal base ticket plus extra day free?

Thank You!

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FrogBlog Dec 5, 2014 at 7:29 a.m.

Hi Ari,

Any details such as expiration or blackout dates are listed on the details of the ticket page. Since you already purchased, your best bet is to call our customer service at 1-800-846-1302.

Best,

Leap

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Carla Dec 2, 2014 at 8:34 p.m.

Hey! We are going to FL in April. We have an 8 yr old and a 3 yr old. My 8 yr old LOVES Harry Potter. However, I'm thinking 2 parks in 1 day is going to be a lot! Are the 2 parks "all day" parks? (PS....my 8 year old is really tiny and isn't tall to ride a lot of rides...not sure if this will effect which park we go to) I know some people say "Animal Kingdom" can be a 1/2 day park...etc. I just wanted to get some opinions on whether or not we should do the park tickets that allow us to do both parks. Is it worth it or is one park better than the other??

Thanks!!

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FrogBlog Dec 4, 2014 at 3:12 p.m.

Hi Carla,

What day are you visiting? How crowded the parks will be will affect how much you can reasonably see in a day. You can view the Crowd Calendar for April here. You didn't mention your son's height, but that would also be a factor as well as how much he enjoys thrill rides and roller coasters. If you only have one day, I would get the Park to Park ticket so you can all ride the Hogwarts Express!

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Kim Dec 2, 2014 at 6:02 p.m.

Did you receive my question yesterday?

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FrogBlog Dec 3, 2014 at 9:51 a.m.

Hi Kim,

I did reply to a question from you on the December Disney World Planning post!

Let me know if you have more questions.

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Karen Dec 1, 2014 at 2:59 p.m.

Hi

I purchased a 3 day base ticket and just realized that u need the park to park ticket to ride the hogwarts express. Is it possible to upgrade one day of my 3 day base ticket to a park to park ticket? and how much would it cost?

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FrogBlog Dec 1, 2014 at 10:12 a.m.

Hi Karen,

You would have to upgrade your ticket to park-to-park for all three days. Please contact our customer service team directly for help with your order at 1-800-846-1302!

Best,

Leap

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Kim Nov 26, 2014 at 3:59 p.m.

Hi!

I am thinking about getting park to park tickets by using American Express points through their rewards program. Do you know if I can add the express pass option afterwards?

Thank you for your help!!

Kim

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FrogBlog Nov 26, 2014 at 10:03 a.m.

Hi Kim,

Adding it on should not be a problem, but you can confirm through Universal directly.

Best,

Leap

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Kim Nov 26, 2014 at 11:01 p.m.

Wow!! Thank you so much for your prompt response!!!

Have a great Thanksgiving!!

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Veronica Nov 22, 2014 at 4:28 p.m.

If we purchase 3 day park to park tickets can we upgrade to power pass at the parks?

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FrogBlog Nov 24, 2014 at 6:56 a.m.

Hi Veronica,

Yes, you can upgrade to a Power Pass.

Best,

Leap

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Hank Nov 21, 2014 at 11:49 p.m.

Hello a quick couple of questions.

1. Does the island of adventure express includes access to the Ioa Park or additionally to the express we need to get a ticket to enter? My family and I are not going to Universal only Island.

2.,the Harry Potter rides they are located in Ioa or universal. Meaning our tickets can be used? I understand no express line is available

Thanks

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FrogBlog Nov 24, 2014 at 7:03 a.m.

Hi Hank,

You need to purchase admission to Universal's Islands of Adventure. The Express Pass is an additional add-on. There are Harry Potter rides in both Universal's Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios, which is why we would recommend you visit both parks. You are correct that there is no Express line for either of the major Potter rides, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts. There is no Express for Hogwarts Express either, but this ride requires a park to park ticket.

Best, Leap

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Melissa Nov 21, 2014 at 3:34 a.m.

Does the 3 park unlimited allow the riding of the Hogwarts Express? If not, how would you upgrade to be able to ride it at least once?

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FrogBlog Nov 21, 2014 at 10:04 a.m.

Hi Melissa,

Yes, the 3 Park Unlimited allows you to ride the Hogwarts Express.

Best,

Leap

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Melissa Nov 21, 2014 at 10 p.m.

Thank you!

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Jerone Nov 20, 2014 at 2:46 p.m.

Will the base ticket get you into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Hogsmeade in Island of Adventure and the new Diagon alley? thank you!

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FrogBlog Nov 20, 2014 at 10:06 a.m.

Hi Jerome,

The base ticket will get you into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal's Islands of Adventure and Diagon Alley at Universal Studios, but in order to ride the Hogwarts Express, you would need the park-to-park ticket.

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Jennifer Nov 19, 2014 at 5:49 p.m.

If I buy a 1 day park to park with the express pass and am visiting on a weekday, is that enough time to see most of both US and UIA? I have a 11 and 14 year old and we want to try to do most everything (except the really huge coasters at UIA.

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FrogBlog Nov 20, 2014 at 9:58 a.m.

Hi Jennifer,

It really depends on when you go and how much time you want to spend at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in both parks. If it's a busy time, and you want to experience the Potter rides, it will be really tough to see everything in one day.

Best,

Leap

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Mickyboy Nov 18, 2014 at 12:44 p.m.

Hi, if I buy tickets in the UK can IO express them on the day I enter Universal?

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FrogBlog Nov 19, 2014 at 8:45 a.m.

Hi Mickyboy,

Yes, you can add Universal Express to them.

Best,

Leap

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Kathy Nov 16, 2014 at 11:50 p.m.

flying to ft lauderdale on Thanksgiving and flying out 12/6. Have a 21 & 23 yr old. Never been to Florida. What days would you recommend for least crowded and where should we stay?

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FrogBlog Nov 17, 2014 at 8:57 a.m.

Hi Kathy,

Our Crowd Calendar can help you with this! If you can, we recommend staying at one of the Universal hotels.

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HR Nov 15, 2014 at 4:59 a.m.

Hello,

Is the 2+1 free day Park to Park available for non-US/Canada citizens?

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FrogBlog Nov 17, 2014 at 11:38 a.m.

Hi HR,

Yes, it is available to all. Each individual ticket includes a more details page that offers up any exclusions or expiration for each ticket!

Best,

Leap

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Jaclyn Nov 14, 2014 at 12:32 a.m.

Hello,

I see there is an option online for getting a 2 day 2 park pass and there is also an option for a 2+1 (free) day pass for 2 parks as well for the same price. What is the difference between these ticket options?

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FrogBlog Nov 14, 2014 at 9:12 a.m.

Hi Jaclyn,

The only difference is the extra day with the 2 Day Park-to-Park Plus Extra Day Free.

Best,

Leap

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Anas Nov 13, 2014 at 12:13 p.m.

Is the 3-park uniimited ticket valid for non US citizens and does it have any blockout dates ?

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FrogBlog Nov 13, 2014 at 10:36 a.m.

Hi Anas,

It is valid for all and does not have any blockout dates. Here are the specific details for this ticket.

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cecilia Nov 12, 2014 at 12:44 a.m.

Hi Leap,

We are going to Disney parks and Universal parks. I already have the tickets thru your page ( Thanks!). Now we will be there from Dec-20th to Jan-2nd. We have 2 boys ages 6 and 7. I have 2 questions for you:

1. Should I still bring a stroller?

2. Is it worth it to pay almost $1000 for express unlimited in US and IOA for 2 days? We already spent $1,700 in total for all the tickets.

Thank you,

Cecilia

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FrogBlog Nov 12, 2014 at 11:05 a.m.

Cecilia,

You have to make the call on the expense, but what I will say is that you will be visiting during the very busiest time of year. Without the passes you should expect sizable waits for all of the attractions. You can help mitigate that by following our advice and arriving at the parks ahead of opening and touring when crowds are at their lowest. I am guessing you have already booked your hotel, but you might consider staying at one of the Universal hotels that offer the Unlimited Express.

As far as the stroller, I would love to see advice from others. For younger children than your boys, yes, I would bring the stroller. But unless they ride in a stroller on occasion now, I don't think I would do it for this trip.

Best,

Leap

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CPujar Nov 6, 2014 at 1:34 a.m.

hi, We are looking for 2+1 day park to park tickets for Universal...Can you also provide us Express fastpass & Unlimited rides tickets? What could be the cost for 3 Adults & 1 child (3 years of age).

Would it be cheaper to also take the Universal Resort stay package? Can you provide that as well? Please let me know at the earliest. We are planning to visit during 26 Nov to 29 Nov...

Thanks

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FrogBlog Nov 6, 2014 at 9:31 a.m.

Hi there,

We do not sell the Universal Express℠ Pass nor resort packages at this time. You can purchase Universal Express℠ Pass separately.

Best,

Leap

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renee Nov 4, 2014 at 3:55 a.m.

we are planning on 2 days at universal, november 22 for sure and uncertain about other date...we have 2 adults and 7 kids (ages 3-15)...so, we've already booked our hotel, however I'm wondering, should we book a night at a universal partner just to get the express pass/early entry for 4 of us? and is it worth it for our 3 and 6 year old to get express pass?

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FrogBlog Nov 4, 2014 at 10:51 a.m.

Hi Renee,

Keep in mind that the Universal Express Unlimited will apply only for the dates of your actual stay at the resort, including the day you arrive and leave. If you plan your day in the parks back to back, this could be quite advantageous. I do think it would be worth it during the dates of your stay as it is expected to be VERY crowded in the parks, including the attractions for younger children. Of course, you do have to weigh it against the cost of the rooms.

Best,

Leap

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Annette Nov 3, 2014 at 2:47 p.m.

If I purchase a two day ticket if I'm right in reading this can be used in both parks it can then be upgraded once inside to include express pass how much would this be once inside the park please?

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FrogBlog Nov 3, 2014 at 10:45 a.m.

Hi Annette,

Yes, you can add Express Pass once inside the park. The cost varies depending on when you visit (based on how crowded it is expected to be).

Best,

Leap

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Jeanna Nov 2, 2014 at 12:06 a.m.

My 20 year old daughter and I have plans to go to Orlando this December 19-24. It our first time to go to disneyworld and universal. I was originally thinking we'd stay on site at Disney and go to universal for a day or 2 since disneyworld is so huge. However, she loves Harry Potter and got so excited about universal when we looked online. Now I'm thinking it'd be better to stay at universal. My first question is do we have to buy admission into universal for the same number of days that we will be staying at an onsite hotel? Do you have a recommendation for staying at Disney or universal? Also, what advice would you give on how we split our days between Disney and universal? Thanks in advance for your guidance.

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FrogBlog Nov 3, 2014 at 8:17 a.m.

Hi Jeanna,

The Universal hotels are all quite good, but I would recommend you stay at one of the hotels that offers Universal Express Unlimited (Portofino, Hard Rock or Royal Pacific) since you will be visiting during the very busiest time of year! With Universal Express Unlimited, you will get to skip the regular lines at most of the park's attractions (The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is excluded, but you will get one hour early access to it). No, you don't have to buy Universal admission for the same number of days you are staying at the hotels, so you could still visit Disney while staying at Universal. As far as the split, that is up to personal preference, but I would plan at least two days for Universal and possibly a third.

Best,

Leap

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Peter Nov 1, 2014 at 11:10 p.m.

Hi, Interesting read above thankyou.

We will be visiting net November from Australia and are interested in the 3 days then down to Miami for 7 day cruise and back for 3 more days. I believe the 14 day unlimited plus ticket to be the best but do you sell one with the Express pass also. Cheers

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FrogBlog Nov 3, 2014 at 8:18 a.m.

Hi Peter,

We do not sell the Express pass, but you may purchase it and use it with the tickets we sell.

Best,

Leap

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Bhavna Nov 1, 2014 at 10:08 p.m.

Hello - I am visiting Universal on December 30th to 1st January 2015. we only have three days so want to make the most of our time. We are staying at the Hard Rock Hotel so I believe we will get both Early Park Admission and also the Express Pass as park of our benefits for staying onsite. We have bought 2-day park-to-park tickets from you

I had a couple of queries - there is 5 of us in our party ,would we all get fast pass for all of ? Reason for booking here is for fast passes, how would I obtain it? Room key? It is working out near enough $1000 to stay there for 2 nights, do you think it's worth it ?

Also, we may want to go for the early admission and stay for a few hours, return to the hotel for a break and then go back to the park later - is this allowed and will it still only use our ticket/pass for that one day? I ll appreciate your comments plz

Thanks,

Bhavna

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FrogBlog Nov 3, 2014 at 8:23 a.m.

Hi Bhavna,

Yes, the Universal Express Unlimited would apply to all of our party, and especially during the time you will be visiting, it will be a great value! It's very easy to get the passes. Inside your hotel, there will be kiosks set up where you just put in your tickets. It will then take your picture and print out your pass.

As far as leaving the park and coming back on the same day, yes, that is allowed, but do know that if the parks reach capacity, you will not be allowed to re-enter.

Best,

Leap

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Judy Oct 30, 2014 at 4:18 p.m.

Family of 5 adults will be staying and playing for 13 days. What is our best buy for tickets if we want to do everything and also get into events easier and make dinner reservations

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FrogBlog Oct 30, 2014 at 1:03 p.m.

Hi Judy,

I think the 3 Park Unlimited would be your best bet and a great value. When you visit will determine which events are available. Some are included with admission. For dining reservations at Universal, you must call 407-224-7554 at least 24 hours in advance.

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Christy Oct 30, 2014 at 2:45 p.m.

If I purchase a 2 day (plus one free) park-to-park ticket from UT, will I be able to upgrade to a Power Pass at the park? We want 5 days at US/IOA in February.

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FrogBlog Oct 30, 2014 at 1:05 p.m.

Hi Christy,

Do you mean the Universal Express Pass? Yes, you can add this at the park.

Best,

Leap

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Christy Oct 31, 2014 at 1:18 a.m.

I actually mean the power annual pass. We will be in the parks five days so it seems that's the pass for us. I'm wondering if it would be most economical to buy the 2 day plus one day free park to park and then upgrade at the gate to the power annual pass. We are going in February so don't need to worry about black out dates.

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FrogBlog Nov 3, 2014 at 9:08 a.m.

Hi Christy,

You can upgrade using tickets purchased from us, but be aware that Universal will give you credit for what you paid for the 2 Day Plus 1 Day that would then be applied toward the purchase of the Power Pass.

Best,

Leap

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Yaritza Oct 13, 2014 at 12:49 a.m.

Question if I buy Universal base ticket 2 day, can I go to universal studios one day & the next day can I go to island of adventure ????

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Ian Oct 30, 2014 at 3:01 p.m.

Yes you can

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Fiona Sep 27, 2014 at 8:23 p.m.

Hello - I am visiting Universal in a few weeks time and we only have two days so want to make the most of our time. We are staying at the Hard Rock Hotel so I believe we will get both Early Park Admission and also the Express Pass as park of our benefits for staying onsite. We intend to buy 2-day park-to-park tickets.

I had a couple of queries - firstly, is there any need to purchase our park tickets through the hotel/linked with our hotel booking in order to get the benefits of being onsite hotel residents, or is the room key all we need to show we are entitled to those benefits?

Also, we may want to go for the early admission and stay for a few hours, return to the hotel for a break and then go back to the park later - is this allowed and will it still only use our ticket/pass for that one day?

Thanks,

Fiona

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FrogBlog Sep 29, 2014 at 8 a.m.

Hey Fiona,

You're going to have a blast. You do not need to purchase tickets through Universal or the hotel. There are Express Pass kiosks in the hotel, and you would simply put your key card in to get the pass. There is no problem leaving the park and then coming back later in the day. You would just need your ticket.

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heather redgrave Sep 25, 2014 at 12:03 p.m.

Hi. All of my friends are recommending that we stay on-site at universal so we can get the "express pass" included with our hotel stay. We are going for 3 days the week of Nov 1-8. If we stay at cabana bay it is $500 less but doesn't include the express passes. Do think it's worth it to spend the extra $500 and go to the royal pacific so we can get these passes at this time?

Thank you for your input!

Heather

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FrogBlog Sep 26, 2014 at 8:57 a.m.

Hi Heather,

It really depends on when you are visiting. If it's during a super-busy time, then yes, I would say definitely spend more for the Express Passes. If it's off-season, then maybe not. Cabana Bay is a fantastic resort, and we would love to stay there again.

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FrogBlog Sep 26, 2014 at 8:53 a.m.

Hi Heather,

It really depends on when you are visiting. If it's during a super-busy time, then yes, I would say definitely spend more for the Express Passes. If it's off-season, then maybe not. Cabana Bay is a fantastic resort, and we can't wait to stay there again.

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Kendall Sep 22, 2014 at 10:54 p.m.

Hi there. I bought single day park-to-park tickets from you guys and now we're wondering if we get there and decide we want to spend another day there, will they let us upgrade that same day? And if so, what would the cost be to upgrade from a one-day to a two-day park-to-park ticket? Thanks!

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FrogBlog Sep 26, 2014 at 10:20 a.m.

Hi Kendall,

Yes, you can upgrade and you would pay the gate price difference.

Best,

Mommy Frog

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Michele Sep 18, 2014 at 11:29 p.m.

OK, this may be crazy, but I'm not understanding why you would ever purchase the 4 day park to park versus the 3 park unlimited. It is actually $2 cheaper ($203 versus $201) and If I understand correctly it is the same as the park to park for 14 days. Am I missing something?

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FrogBlog Sep 23, 2014 at 10:11 a.m.

Hi Michele,

Prices are subject to change, but at this time, yes, the 3 Park Unlimited is the better deal.

Best,

Leap

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elena Sep 17, 2014 at 4:37 p.m.

If I buy them now, and pick them up in dicember, is there any problem?

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Elena Sep 17, 2014 at 1:52 p.m.

I want to buy the 3 park unlimited, but I´m afraid it expires before dicember 31 2014. Does it have an expiration day? Thank you, regards.

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FrogBlog Sep 17, 2014 at 10:50 a.m.

Hi Elena,

It does not have an expiration. Full ticket details are here.

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Elena Sep 17, 2014 at 4:13 p.m.

Thank you. It is convenient to buy these tickets now, or I can wait? Because I don´t see them in the official page.

Thank you.

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Colin Sep 15, 2014 at 9:59 p.m.

Can you add a day to a ticket purchased from Universal. For example, a 4-day ticket? We are arriving mid-day for 5 nights staying at the Royal Pacific, and wondered if we should look into adding a 5th day to the park ticket so that we can tour the parks a little on the first evening.

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FrogBlog Sep 16, 2014 at 8:15 a.m.

Hi Colin,

Yes, you can upgrade your ticket if need be. Did you also know that since you are staying at Royal Pacific that you get Unlimited Express Pass included with your dates of stay, even on the days you check in and check out (even if you arrive before check-in)?

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Mary Beth Jan 1, 2015 at 12:15 a.m.

It appears that you may have answered this previously, but I want to confirm. If you book your stay at the more expensive resorts, the express passes are included for EVERY day of your stay/tickets correct? It reads differently on the website when you go to book, it only shows it for one day in particular. (That being the check in date, I believe.)

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FrogBlog Jan 2, 2015 at 7:55 a.m.

Hi Mary Beth,

You are correct. You are entitled to Universal Express Unlimited for every day of your stay at Loews' Portofino Bay, Hard Rock Hotel and Loews Portofino. It's a terrific benefit for staying on site!

Best,

Leap

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Biorn Dec 5, 2014 at 11:54 p.m.

Hi Leap,

We (parents + 2 kids 8 & 11) are staying just one night at the Universal's Loews Royal Pacific Resort, but do we really get two days (check in and check out days) Unlimited Express Passes? If so, this is great of course, but how do we get the passes before we have checked in at the hotel?

Btw - Thank you so much for THE site to go to when visiting Orlando!

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FrogBlog Dec 8, 2014 at 8:01 a.m.

Hi Bjorn,

You really do get Unlimited Express Passes for both days, and it is awesome!! You would do early check-in at the hotel, then look for the Unlimited Express kiosk. You put your room key in, every one in your party will get one, the machine will take your picture and then print out your pass!

Best,

Leap

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Nubia Sep 15, 2014 at 12:41 a.m.

Hi Lean,

If I buy the 2-Day Universal Park-to-Park Ticket, and say I entered in the morning one day, visited both parks, but I want to go back to the hotel and come back to the parts. Can I do that? and if so, would I have used one day or the 2 days?

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FrogBlog Sep 15, 2014 at 9:30 a.m.

Hi Nubia,

Yes, you can take a break, go back to the hotel and them come back to the parks. If it's all within one day, it will just use one day.

Best,

Leap

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Lucy Sep 4, 2014 at 2:18 a.m.

Hi there! I've seen great advise so far but I have some question about tickets. I will only have 1 day to visit on the 2nd week of October and it's my first time at Orlando park (been once to California park before). Is it feasble to ride the main attractions of both parks if I get the park-to-park ticket in 1 day? Or is it better to stay at 1 park to enjoy it. I am traveling with a friend (both in our late 20's) so no kids to slow us down : p Also I will spend the other days at Disney and sightseeing Orlando. I've heard is better to visit Disney first and leave Universal at the end so Disney rides don't seem "not so trhilling", is that true?

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FrogBlog Sep 4, 2014 at 8:44 a.m.

Hi Lucy,

If you are really into thrill rides, then that advice might be spot on. You should be able to hit most of the thrill rides at that time with the Park-to-Park ticket, and that is what I would do with just one day. Without kids you will definitely move faster!!

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Courtney Aug 2, 2014 at 6:16 p.m.

Hi Leap,

So, if we want to ride the Hogwarts Express the 3 park pass won't work?? I'm trying to decide between the 3 park unlimited pass and the 4 day two park pass, but we definitely want to ride Hogwarts Express train a few times while we're there.

Thanks!

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FrogBlog Aug 4, 2014 at 12:40 p.m.

Hi Courtney,

The three park pass would work for you - you can visit all of the parks on the same day with it. The 4 Day Park to Park ticket would also get you onboard the Hogwarts Express!

Best,

Leap

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Barry Jul 16, 2014 at 3:11 p.m.

Is the 3 park pass good for admission to the harry potter venues at both parks?

Thanks

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FrogBlog Jul 21, 2014 at 12:30 p.m.

Hi Barry,

Yes, the 3 park pass will get you into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade in Islands of Adventure and Diagon Alley in Universal Studios Florida, but you would need to purchase a park-to-park ticket in order to ride the Hogwarts Express.

Best,

Leap

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Gina Jun 28, 2014 at 10:26 p.m.

We are driving in from Madeira Island for a one day visit, possibly 2 day. It is almost a 2 hour drive and I don't know if we want to do this twice in the week we will be at the beach. My husband and I, our son, and 2 grandsons, age 18 and 12. I am thinking Universal Studios, 1 day base tickets What do you suggest? We want our grandsons to enjoy themselves.

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FrogBlog Jul 14, 2014 at 3:33 p.m.

Hi Gina,

Sorry for the delay - I found your comment in our spam filter :( We would definitely suggest you get park-to-park tickets so you can ride the Hogwarts Express, which just opened last week!

Best,

Leap

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Lisa Jun 21, 2014 at 3:03 a.m.

Question 1) If I buy two day base tickets and decide that I want to travel between parks on our second day, is that possible to upgrade?

Question 2) If I buy two tickets and at the end of the second day we want to come back for a third, is that possible?

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FrogBlog Jul 14, 2014 at 2:30 p.m.

Hi Lisa,

Sorry for the delay, but your comment was caught in our spam filter.

It is possible to upgrade in both of those cases, although you will save more money by making those decisions and purchasing in advance.

Best,

Leap

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MEG May 3, 2014 at 5:34 p.m.

I was wondering, I think I know the answer is no but, if I were to have a 2 day base ticket and try to go into both parks on the SAME day, would I just not be able to do so, OR would I be able to go in but it would use the 2nd day of my ticket on the second park?

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FrogBlog May 7, 2014 at 11:47 a.m.

Hi Meg,

You would not be able to go in on the same day.

Best,

Leap

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oriangeli Feb 21, 2015 at 3:03 a.m.

it's fantastic in march to go to water park ! but sadly it cost sooo much

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Lisa D Jan 7, 2014 at 3:09 a.m.

I pretty sure I know the answer to this, but the Universal two day ticket with a free third day are non transferrable, correct? (We are only going to be able to use the tix for two days, but since the third day is free I was going to see if my parents could use them.)

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FrogBlog Jan 7, 2014 at 12:46 p.m.

Hi Lisa,

You are correct.

-- Leap

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Shelby H Solski Nov 30, 2012 at 4:53 p.m.

THANK you just saved me alot of money. Had purchased two - 2 day base tickets along with 2-1 day express admissions (which do expire) figured the tickets expired too. Read the above and checked -- whew was just about ready to buy two more base tickets figuring these wouldn't be good THANK YOU

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FrogBlog Dec 3, 2012 at 2:36 p.m.

Shelby,

So glad we could help!

-- Leap

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