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Choosing the Best Universal Orlando Ticket for Your Family

by Leap on June 22, 2021 746 Orlando

Best Universal Orlando Ticket - PinterestUniversal 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 — or even which Universal park is better. 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.

And psst ... for a limited time, when you bundle your Universal Orlando tickets and hotel stay, you can save up to 30 percent! Check out our vacation package offers here.

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

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

Best Universal Orlando Ticket - Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

There are multiple lands, or is-lands rather, to discover at this park that features epic attractions such as Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, the Incredible Hulk Coaster, the all-new (and epic) Jurassic World VelociCoaster and the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man. The park is home to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade.

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 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 adding on Universal's Volcano Bay for each day of your ticket (one park per day) with the 3-Day, 4-Day and 5-Day base tickets. For example, with a Universal 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-Day Base Ticket with Volcano Bay, which would allow you to visit Universal Studios on Monday, Universal's Islands of Adventure on Tuesday and Universal's Volcano Bay on Wednesday. Of course, which days you choose is up to you. And that brings us to another important point: Most of Universal's tickets are now date-based. That means you must pick a start date for your visit, and will be assigned a usage window.
  • 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 option is the Universal 3-Park Park-to-Park Ticket with Volcano Bay, which would allow you to visit all three parks every day for three days.

You now have the option to choose from 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! We also now sell Express Passes, which let you skip the regular lines.

More Hopful Ticket Info

  • Universal Base and Park-to-Park Tickets (Exception: Universal 1-Day Base ticket) include several days of admission to the paid entertainment venues of Universal CityWalk. The days are activated on the first day the ticket is used, either in the parks or at Universal CityWalk.
  • The expiration of Universal tickets is generally dictated by the number of days. A 3-Day ticket has a 6-day valid use period, for example. 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). If you are staying at a Universal hotel, free transportation to the parks is included with your stay.
  • The Universal Express Pass, which allows you to skip the regular lines on most of Universal Orlando's attractions, is a separate purchase and can be bought from us or directly from Universal, including in the parks. Don't worry, we have a whole post about when to use Universal Express. (And if you stay at a Universal premier hotel, Express Unlimited is included with your stay.)

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 in 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 Resort 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. Universal's 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 five, you might consider Universal Studios Florida over Universal's 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 the 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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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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Sep 9, 2015 at 5:19 p.m. Manoj Says...

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Ashley,

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Hoppy planning!

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

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

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

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!

Angeline

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

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

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?

Thanks!

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

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

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

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!

Let us know what you decide.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Craig,

Unfortunately, this would not work.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Let us know what you decide!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Jun 25, 2015 at 10 p.m. Demet Says...

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

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

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

Hi Adri,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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