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Choosing the Best Universal Orlando Ticket for Your Family

by Leap on September 1, 2019 720 Orlando

A Look at the Universal Orlando Tickets, Including the Park-to-Park Ticket ... Plus Which Universal Park Is Better

Universal Orlando Resort is a playground full of dinosaurs, fast cars, wizardry, Minions and so much more. There is a ton to tackle at Universal Studios Florida, Universal's Islands of Adventure and Universal's Volcano Bay, which is why choosing the best Universal Orlando ticket for your family is so critical! We know it can be difficult to decide how many days and which ticket — even which Universal park is better — for your family. But never fear, your resident theme park experts are here! Today, we're walking you through all of the different ticket types, including the Universal park-to-park ticket, and providing a few details to help you choose the best Universal Orlando ticket for your family.

Best Universal Orlando ticket - Universal's Islands of Adventure

There is a lot to see and do — Universal just keeps growing and growing! Most families visiting Universal Orlando will want to spend three to four days in the parks. But what if you only have one day? Which Universal park is best? It's toadally subjective, but we're gonna answer this. But first, let's take a quick look at the parks.

Universal Studios Florida 

Best Universal Orlando Ticket - Knockturn Alley at Universal Studios Florida

This park is home to some amazing thrill and family rides based on blockbuster movies such as Transformers the Ride: 3D, Revenge of the Mummy and Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem. It's also home to the amazingly detailed Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley plus Knockturn Alley (one of our favorite Universal Studios Florida hidden gems).

Universal's Islands of Adventure

Choosing the Best Universal Orlando Ticket - New Wizarding World Coaster - Universal Orlando

There are multiples lands, or is-lands rather, to discover at this park that features blockbusters such as the Incredible Hulk Coaster and the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man. The park is home to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade and Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure coaster.

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

There are quite a few ticket options for the Universal Orlando Resort, including Universal's Volcano Bay water theme park. As always, as an authorized theme park ticket seller, we're hoppy to offer Universal Orlando tickets and hotels at a discount.

  • 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). 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 Wednesday. Another example 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 (giving you the freedom to hop back and forth between the two parks). 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 for the afternoon. On Wednesday, you could 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 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.

You now have the option to choose among 1-Day, 2-Day, 3-Day, 4-Day and 5-Day tickets for your vacation. Are you a Florida resident? We've even got you covered with the Florida Resident Power Pass! Feeling blue ... as in Blue Man Group? We've got an amazing deal on Tier 1 seating for Blue Man Group and Tier 2 seating for Blue Man Group at Universal's CityWalk.

More Hopful Ticket Info

  • Universal Base and Park-to-Park Tickets (Exception: Universal 1-day Base ticket) include seven (7) calendar days of admission to the paid entertainment venues of Universal CityWalk. The 7 days are activated on the first day the ticket is used either in the parks or at Universal CityWalk.
  • Universal tickets generally expire seven days after first use — you will activate the ticket upon entry of 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 with tickets and is currently $26 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. Don't worry, we have a whole post about when to use Universal Express.

Choosing the Best Universal Orlando Ticket - Minions

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 quite as close, but it is walking distance from these two parks. Water taxis and buses from Universal CityWalk are also available. It's super easy to hop between all of these parks!

Best Universal Orlando Ticket - Park-to-Park ticket

The Universal Park-to-Park Ticket types give you more flexibility than the Base Ticket type. Plus, the Park-to-Park ticket is the only way to experience the Hogwarts Express, which takes you between both Wizarding Worlds. It's also a different experience each direction. The Universal Park-to-Park ticket is 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 per day is plenty, you don't care to experience the Hogwarts Express or you just want the lowest-priced ticket.

How Many Days Should We Stay at Universal?

Best Universal Orlando Ticket- Universal Volcano Bay Krakatau

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. If you plan on visiting Volcano Bay, you may consider adding a day to your visit, or you could tack on water park time in the afternoons or evenings after a day in the other parks. 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. Most families visiting Universal Orlando will want to spend three to four days in the parks. If you're doing a combined visit to Walt Disney World, you would probably want to do two to three days at Universal.

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

If You Only Have One Day, Which Universal Park is Better?

Decisions, decisions. If you only have one day, we highly recommend the park-to-park ticket so you can experience both parks. But if you're only going to pick one to visit, which Universal park is best? It really depends. Islands of Adventure has slightly more rides than shows, including more thrill rides, as opposed to Universal Studios Florida. It is also the only park with water rides (minus Universal's Volcano Bay). Universal Studios Florida has plenty of thrills, but there are slightly more shows and kid-friendly attractions. If you have children under age 5, you might consider Universal Studios Florida over Islands of Adventure. We explore this more in our look at the best Orlando theme parks by age group.

Which Universal Orlando park do you love the most? Share in comments below! For even more tips, hop over to our What to Do in Orlando page inside the Orlando Planning Timeline!

Related: Best Time to Visit Universal Orlando

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Laura,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Jan 3, 2017 at 5 p.m. Dean Says...

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

Hi Dean,

Universal Annual Passes are valid from day of purchase.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi there,

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

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

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

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

Hi Sunny,

Sorry, tickets are non-transferrable between individuals.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Rashmi,

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Debbie,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Renee,

Yes, this won't be a problem.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Jessy,

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

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

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

Hi Elizabeth,

Yes, you can do this!

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Dec 12, 2017 at 6:22 p.m. Lauren Says...

Making sure this is still the case. How much for the one park to park-to-park upgrade on a peak day? Will there be an issue if my tickets are part of a cruise package? THANKS!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Let us know what you decide!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Ana,

You would be able to upgrade.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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