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

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

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

Hi Stacey,

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

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

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

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

Hi Stacey,

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

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

Hi Stacey,

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi Milo,

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

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

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

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

Hi Rina,

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

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

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

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

Hi AKS,

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

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

Hello,

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

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

Hi Alex,

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

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

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

Thanks!

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

Hi Susan,

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

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

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

Thanks.

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

Hi Jerry,

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

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

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

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Mar 6, 2015 at 1 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ann,

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

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

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

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

Hi Deb,

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

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

Hi Leap

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

Thanks

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

Hi Melissa,

Yes, you will be good to go!

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

Hi there,

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

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

Hi Thais,

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

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

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

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

Hi Misty,

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

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

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

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

Hi Sylvie,

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

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

Hi,

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

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

Hi Dianna,

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

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

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

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

Hi Amy,

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

Best,

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

Hello hoping you can help us.

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

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

Hi Ashley,

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

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

Hi!

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

I'd like a third in Wet'n wild

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

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

Thanks in advance

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

Hi Adrian,

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

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

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

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

Hi Dee,

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

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

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

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

Hi Brittany,

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

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

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

Thanks

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

Hi Sarah,

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

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

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

thx

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

Hi Penni,

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

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

Hi..

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

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

Hi Snehaa,

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

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

hi.

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

heidi

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

Hi Heidi,

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

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

Hi,

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

with regards and thanks

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

Hi Jayne,

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

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

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

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

Hi Kim,

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi Himanshu,

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

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

Hi there,

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

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

Hi Viktoria,

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

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

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

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

Hi Kami,

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

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

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

We are planning to buy the 2+1 day Park-to-Park tickets, add on a day at Wet & Wild, and then get our SeaWorld tickets with the hotel reservation.

What we are not sure about is Express passes. Right now you can't buy Park-to-Park Express passes online, they are all blocked out for most of June. Why? We can't really stay at an on-site hotel, it is too expensive for a family of 7. We are planning to just go with regular passes and upgrade them to Express passes at the park if needed.

A) Do you think we will need Express passes to see/do everything at the 2 parks in 3 days the week of June 8-12?

B) Will it be more expensive to upgrade to Express passes on-site in June than it is now (in advance)?

Thanks!

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Feb 23, 2015 at 10:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kami,

I do not see a blockout on Express Passes, but you can add them when you get to the parks. To answer your questions, I think you can likely see/do most of the major attractions within 3 days without Express Passes if you tour efficiently and start when the park opens. I don't have a definitive answer to your second questions, but the price of the passes likely fluctuate based on demand and anticipated crowd levels. If they go up, I don't think they would go up too much more than they are now, because Universal has a good idea of what the demand/crowd levels will be.

Keep hopping!

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Feb 18, 2015 at 4:59 a.m. Brittany Says...

Hi,

I am planning a trip to Universal Studios for May 2015 and was wondering if I bought a 2 day plus third day free base ticket, would this include the Harry Potter Worlds in both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure? I wouldn't have to pay extra for any of that? P.S. I'm planning on staying in the Cabana Bay Resort and do not care about the Hogwart's Express.

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Feb 23, 2015 at 11:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brittany,

Yes, your ticket would include the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in both parks!

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Feb 17, 2015 at 3:19 p.m. Camilla Says...

Hi,

we are planning a trip to Universal in June and are thinking about staying at the Royal Pacific Hotel with their great deal, Unlimited Express Pass and Early Admission. Do the base-tickets work with this deal or do we need to buy park-to-park tickets?

Thanks.

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Feb 17, 2015 at 11:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Camilla,

Yes, these benefits are available for both base and park-to-park tickets. Sounds like you should hop on it :)

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Feb 16, 2015 at 12:09 a.m. Amber Says...

Hi there,

We are planning a trip to Universal at the end of October and will be staying at the Hotel Portofino. Will our park tickets automatically include Halloween Horror Nights? And if so, should we purchase now (February) or where there will be deals closer to the fall? Thanks!

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Feb 16, 2015 at 9:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amber,

You're in for a treat - Halloween Horror Nights is a blast! It is a separately ticketed event. You could purchase regular admission now and then add on HHN when those tickets go on sale. Or you could hold off and purchase a Halloween Horror Nights combo ticket (that will include regular admission) when these go on sale in the late summer/early fall.

Keep hopping!

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Feb 17, 2015 at 9:07 p.m. Amber Says...

Thank you!! Do you recommend reserving the hotel now or waiting? We are pretty sure on our dates and know exactly where we want to stay (including a need for the Minion room ;) ), but could buy the inclusive tickets at a later date.

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Feb 23, 2015 at 1:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

If you know you want the Despicable Me Kids Suite, I would go ahead and book now as they go fast :)

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Feb 15, 2015 at 6 p.m. Harry Says...

Hi, we are travelling with kids ages 3 and 9 in 1 st week of march( 4-9 ) . Would like to cover universal both parks, magic kingdom and seaworld. Which ticket package would be better for us and also stay at universal resort or. Other hotel equidistant would be better ? Please advise

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Feb 23, 2015 at 3:13 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Harry,

We recommend staying on-site if you can afford it. Especially during spring break when the parks are more crowded, you will benefit from staying at the Universal Orlando hotels. As far as tickets, you might consider the Flex Ticket for your visit to Universal and SeaWorld.

Hope this helps!

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Feb 15, 2015 at 10:34 a.m. Graham Wright Says...

We are in Orlando for 3 days and want to do Universal for 2 days and Wet N Wild (or other water park) for 1 day - which is the best ticket option for this. We also want Express Pass for Universal. Thanks

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Mar 2, 2015 at 9:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Graham,

The 3-Day Unlimited Universal Ticket includes all three parks and allows admission for 14 days. Another option if you were considering visits to SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica would be the Flex Ticket, which also includes 14 day admission to Universal Studios Florida, Universal's Islands of Adventure and Wet 'n' Wild.

Keep hopping!

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Feb 14, 2015 at 3:52 a.m. Sandra Says...

Hi

My family and I will be going to Orlando the week of March 14th-20. I have twin 7 year olds, a 3 year old and a 13 year old. WE will probably do 1 day at Disney since we have been before, 2 days at Universal, since it will be our first times, and we would like to go to Lego land. What type of tickets do you recommend? With a little one, how much are the express passes?

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Feb 16, 2015 at 10:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sandra,

Sounds like a great trip! You will need to purchase separate tickets for each park. I think the big question is whether you want to hop at Disney and Universal. If you want to visit more than one park per day, you need to purchase Park Hoppers for Disney and Park-to-Park tickets for Universal. You will also need Park-to-Park tickets if you want to ride the Hogwarts Express. These tickets will give you the maximum flexibility. The cost of Express Passes fluctuates depending on how crowded the parks are expected to be and whether you are looking for one park per day or both parks per day. There are quite a few decisions, but it really comes down to how you want to tour the parks.

Keep hopping!

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Feb 13, 2015 at 9:01 p.m. Heather Says...

Hi. We are going to purchase 1 day park to park and start our vacation here...followed by 2 days at magic kingdom. Do you recommend the express pass upgrade or is the basic park to park a better deal? It looked like the express had a list of restrictions that were not included. Thanks for your help.

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Mar 2, 2015 at 9:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Heather,

The Express Pass is an additional charge that allows you to skip the lines at most of the parks' attractions (not including the Wizarding World of Harry Potter). The park-to-park ticket allows you to hop between the two parks in the same day (and is a must if you want to ride the Hogwarts Express).

Keep hopping!

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Feb 13, 2015 at 12:31 p.m. Camilla Says...

Hello,

we are planning on visiting Universal this summer (22nd - 23rd of June) and are thinking about staying at the Royal Pacific Resort because of the great deal with Unlimited Express Pass and Early Admission on both check-in and check-out day. Is it possible to get this deal when buying Base Tickets or do we need to buy Park-To-Park tickets?

Antother question, can we leave our car at the hotel on check-out day and pick it up when we leave at night?

Thanks.

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Feb 23, 2015 at 11:37 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Camilla,

Sounds like fun! Yes, the Unlimited Express Pass and Early Admission are available on check-in and check-out, and it is available for both ticket types. And yes, you can leave your car at the hotel.

Keep hopping!

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Feb 9, 2015 at 7:56 a.m. pooja Says...

Hello

I have an annual pass from universal studios hollywood purchased in July 2014. Would be Travelling to Singapore on the 19th of Feb 2015, was just wondering if the annual pass would be valid there.

Would be great if someone could advice so that I can plan accordingly.

Thanks.

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Feb 7, 2015 at 3:21 a.m. kevin Says...

Hi do any of the hotel rooms occupy 6 people

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Feb 9, 2015 at 12:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kevin,

The family suites at Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort occupy six people. Some of the suites at the other Universal hotels sleep six, but Cabana Bay has more suites and they are more affordable.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 30, 2015 at 1:42 a.m. Vic Says...

Hello,

Can you confirm that the 2-Day Universal Base Ticket - plus extra day free and 2-Day Universal Park-to-Park Ticket - plus extra day free have no expiration date?

Thank you in advance.

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Feb 2, 2015 at 7:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vic,

Each ticket has a details page that lists any restrictions or expirations dates. Please refer to that for the specific tickets your are looking at.

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Jan 28, 2015 at 6:59 p.m. Shauna Says...

Do you know the ages for the Universal child ticket? Is it the same as Disneyworld, that 10+ is considered Adult?

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Feb 2, 2015 at 7:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shauna,

Yes, you can see that here on the Universal tickets page.

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Jan 28, 2015 at 3:05 p.m. Murali Says...

Hi,

What attractions are open during Early Admission for IOA and USF ?

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Mar 6, 2015 at 12:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Murali,

One or both areas of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, including its rides, are open during early admission. Currently, early admission is open at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade in Universal's Islands of Adventure.

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Jan 27, 2015 at 2:48 a.m. Ashley Says...

Hi! We are looking to stay at a universal park hotel.... do we need to also buy a "base" ticket or is it included in our hotel stay?? Also did I read right that the express pass is not useable on some of the harry potter rides??

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Jan 27, 2015 at 7:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ashley,

Yes, you will still need to buy park tickets. You are correct that the Harry Potter rides do not include Express Pass. With your hotel stay, you receive early park admission for your length of stay (if you buy tickets), which includes The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

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Jan 24, 2015 at 2:12 p.m. Polly Ward Says...

Hello. My husband and I as well as four kids (9-17) are going to Universal July 1-3 2015. I have reserved a deluxe room at HRH but a little concerned as there are 6 of us so not technically supposed to squeeze the sixth person in but an additional room was $477 dollars per night and one of my kids will be fine sleeping on the floor. Do you think this will be a problem? I realize that we will have to purchase an additional express pass and one of us will not get into park early. Any advise you can offer would be helpful. Only going to IOA for one day and staying at HRH two nights. Thanks.

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Feb 2, 2015 at 8:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Polly,

I realize you have already booked your room, but we would not recommend it as it is against the rules and room occupancy is determined by fire codes.

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Jan 19, 2015 at 8:46 a.m. Paul Says...

We are tourists and planning to purchase the 2 Day base tickets with bonus 3rd day, wanting to know if this is applicable only US and Canadian residents only? Can we upgrade the 3rd day base ticket to park to park tickets? How much is the cost of the upgrade?

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Feb 2, 2015 at 8:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Paul,

Each of the tickets list the specific restrictions on their individual details page. Yes, you can certainly upgrade the tickets if you decide to do so.

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Jan 15, 2015 at 2:21 p.m. Darren Says...

We're planning an visiting Universal in May, staying at the Cabana Bay resort, visiting from Australia . We are wanting to purchase the 2 Day Park to Park tickets with bonus 3rd day, wanting to know if you mail tickets to Australia or if we can purchase redeemable coupons?

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Jan 16, 2015 at 7:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Darren,

Yes, we ship to Australia!

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Jan 12, 2015 at 8:32 p.m. Liz Says...

Hi... My husband and I along with our 7 children will be traveling to Florida March 21-28th. The kids ages are 8-19yrs. We would like to go to disneyworld for a day and to Harry Potter. We are going to be renting a house for the week. What suggestions do you have to purchase tickets in the most economical way?

Thanks for your help!

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Jan 13, 2015 at 6:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Liz,

There are no discounts to 1-day Disney World tickets unfortunately. You did not mention how long you will be visiting Universal, but you have a few ticket options, regular park tickets, park to park tickets and the Orlando Flex Ticket and Flex Ticket Plus. The Flex tickets offer 14 day access, including park-to-park access, for Universal Studios Florida, Universal's Islands of Adventure, SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica and Wet 'n' Wild. The Plus tickets gives you access to Busch Gardens Tampa. I believe these last two will be your most economical options and offer a lot of park options!

Best,

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Jan 10, 2015 at 11:15 p.m. Carrie Says...

Can your park to park tickets to Universal Orlando be used with Unlimited Express upgrades bought through Universal Orlando?

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Jan 11, 2015 at 3:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carrie,

Yes, they can!

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Jan 9, 2015 at 3:18 p.m. camila Says...

hello,

i have purchased park to park tickets and as i am planning the strategy to get round the parks, i would like to know if you have any recommendations. is it better to start with islands of adventure or with universal studios? when is the best time to take the hogwarts express during the day?

thanks camila

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Jan 10, 2015 at 10:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Camila,

It sounds like you will be using the park-to-park ticket. Where you start depends on a number of factors, including which park opens earlier, when you are going, what your priorities are and whether you are staying on site.

Generally, you can take the Hogwarts Express any time. It has a fairly high load capacity, so it doesn't often see huge waits.

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Jan 8, 2015 at 7:10 p.m. mp Says...

Hi,

I'm buying a 1-day Universal park to park ticket for my family (2 adults, 12 yr old girl & 8 yr old boy). I'm hoping that that we'll be able to cover most of the rides/attractions we want to experience in one visit.

I will be travelling from Jan 27-Feb 3 and noticed on the Universal website that the hours are fairly short, with the parks closing at 6pm, rather than 8/9/10pm as that is the closure time right now. Do you know why this is?

Is it based on weather? or will the times change closer to the date we will be visiting?

And is one day hopper enough to experience both adventure islands & universal studios?

Thank you so much!

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Jan 11, 2015 at 3:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mp,

The park hours are shorter during this time because Universal is anticipating fewer crowds than during busier times. Since you are going during a time when crowds are expected to be low, you can cover a lot of ground. I don't think you will get through everything, but you could certainly pick your priorities and get through a lot of them.

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Jan 7, 2015 at 5:51 p.m. murali Says...

Hi,

We are planning to visit Universal Orlando for 2 days - Feb 25,26. I have 2 day park to park tickets. The dates are listed as Slow on the crowd calendar. Do you recommend buying express passes for our visit ? Can we cover all the rides in 2 days with/without express pass ?

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Jan 8, 2015 at 10:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Murali,

It should be a good time to visit, and I don't think you will need Express passes to hit the majority of the attractions if you arrive early and plan well.

Best,

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Jan 6, 2015 at 2:51 p.m. Trine Says...

hi!

is the new harry potter ride in Universal the same kind of ride as the one in Island of advanture?

how old do you recommend the children should be to ride the forbidden journey and the new one in Universal?

and the train ride between the parks.. is there happening anyting there or is it just a trainride?

trine

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Jan 6, 2015 at 9:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Trine,

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts is similar to Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey in terms of intensity, but it is a different storyline and a lesser height requirement. It is incredibly themed, and Potter fans will absolutely love it, but depending on your child, the theming might scare them off. The minimum age for Escape from Gringotts is probably 5 or 6, and slightly older for Forbidden Journey just based on the height requirement.

The train ride is awesome, not scary and exactly as you would imagine taking the Hogwarts Express would be. It's not just a train ride, and the journey is different depending on where you depart from.

What are the ages of your children?

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Jan 6, 2015 at 7:54 p.m. trine Says...

thanks :)

my children are 7 and 9. the 9 year old boy is a huge harry potter fan ;)

about the train ride... you say it is different where you depart from... is it two place in each park? or is there more places to go on the train?

trine

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Jan 7, 2015 at 8:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Trine,

The train departs from Hogsmeade in Universal's Islands of Adventure and travels to King's Cross in London outside of Diagon Alley in Universal Studios Florida, and then leaves again from King's Cross and back to Islands of Adventure.

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Jan 5, 2015 at 4:20 p.m. Alison Scammell Says...

Hi there

My husband and I have bought 2+1 base tickets and are coming to Orlando in 2 weeks time.

We would like to upgrade to P2P so we can ride the Hogwarts express. Is there enough time to do this now, how much would the upgrades be and would new tickets have to be sent to us? We live in Spain.

Many thanks

Alison

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Jan 6, 2015 at 9:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alison,

You can reach out to our customer service team now at 1-800-846-1302 or info@undercovertourist.com to see what your options are, but you can upgrade your tickets at the park (outside of Hogwarts Express in fact, if you wish) with no problem.

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