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Choosing the Best Universal Orlando Ticket for Your Family

by Leap on September 1, 2019 718 Orlando

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

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

Best Universal Orlando ticket - Universal's Islands of Adventure

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

Universal Studios Florida 

Best Universal Orlando Ticket - Knockturn Alley at Universal Studios Florida

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

Universal's Islands of Adventure

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

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

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

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

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

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

More Hopful Ticket Info

  • Universal Base and Park-to-Park Tickets (Exception: Universal 1-day Base ticket) include seven (7) calendar days of admission to the paid entertainment venues of Universal CityWalk. The 7 days are activated on the first day the ticket is used either in the parks or at Universal CityWalk.
  • Universal tickets generally expire seven days after first use — you will activate the ticket upon entry of your first Universal Orlando Resort Theme Park or one of the paid entertainment venues of Universal City Walk.
  • Parking for all three parks (at Universal CityWalk) is not included with tickets and is currently $26 per day (subject to change at any time). Valet parking is also available.
  • The Universal Express Pass, which allows you to skip the regular lines on most of Universal Orlando's attractions, can be used with tickets purchased from us. Don't worry, we have a whole post about when to use Universal Express.

Choosing the Best Universal Orlando Ticket - Minions

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

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

Best Universal Orlando Ticket - Park-to-Park ticket

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

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

How Many Days Should We Stay at Universal?

Best Universal Orlando Ticket- Universal Volcano Bay Krakatau

With the addition of Universal's Volcano Bay and so many great on-site hotel choices, it makes sense to stay and play longer at Universal Orlando. If you plan on visiting Volcano Bay, you may consider adding a day to your visit, or you could tack on water park time in the afternoons or evenings after a day in the other parks. How long to stay depends on many factors, including the ages and interests of your kids, your own interests, whether you are staying on-site, how leisurely you like to tour the parks and how busy the parks will be during your visit. Most families visiting Universal Orlando will want to spend three to four days in the parks. If you're doing a combined visit to Walt Disney World, you would probably want to do two to three days at Universal.

Consider a longer stay if ...

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

Choosing the Best Universal Orlando Ticket - Universal CityWalk

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

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

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

Related: Best Time to Visit Universal Orlando

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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.

Keep hopping!

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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.

Keep hopping!

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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.

Keep hopping!

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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.

Keep hopping!

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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.

Keep hopping!

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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.

Keep hopping!

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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.

Keep hopping,

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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.

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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!

Leap

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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.

Keep hopping!

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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.

Keep hopping!

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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.

Keep hopping!

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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.

Keep hopping!

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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.

Keep hopping!

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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,

Leap

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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.

Best,

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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.

Best,

Leap

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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,

Leap

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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?

Best,

Leap

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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.

Best,

Leap

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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.

Best,

Leap

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Dec 31, 2014 at 11:33 a.m. Dee Says...

We are planning a trip to Universal week of April 6. Tue - Thur or Fri was recommended for our visit to parks- do you agree? I am considering the 2 day park to park plus 1 free offer and also the Harry Potter 4 day package with 2 breakfasts. I have a few questions:

1, Are the breakfasts at Leaky Cauldron & Three Broomsticks worth the extra money and what do they include entree and 1 drink? I was wondering if it would be difficult to eat there during spring break if we did not have these reservations. Also wondering if breakfast best experience compared to lunch/dinner. Also if we have option, what time and day of the week is best to schedule breakfast to maximize access to attractions?

2. Staying onsite is over our budget so was looking at a partner hotel. Do you know if it is possible to purchase the 3 day ticket and stay only one day onsite - the other 3 nights in partner hotel?

If this is possible, will we have express pass benefit for the day we check in and the day we check out (so 2 days but not the 3rd)? Adding express pass and staying offsite during this week is $99 per person so not an option really.

3. We had also considered paying for a day at Aquatica but see there is a 3 day unlimited pass with Wet n Wild. Between the two water parks, do you have a recommendation (kids ages 13 & 14)?

4. Finally, is staying at Cabana Bay worth the extra money compared to staying at an off-site partner hotel with same early entrance hours to Harry Potter but no express pass. My quote was about $200 more to stay there for the Harry Potter 4 day vacation package than staying off site.

Thank you for your advice.

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Jan 5, 2015 at 9:20 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dee,

The week of April 6 is expected to be fairly busy. To answer your questions:

1. Breakfast and dinner at both restaurants are a fun experience, and there are traditional English dishes during all meals. There are American favorites as well. It is likely to be very, very busy that week if you don't reservations.

2. Yes, it's possible to do a split stay, and you would have the Unlimited Express benefit for the day of arrival and departure. I think this is a smart decision given the time you are visiting.

3. We prefer Aquatica, but Wet 'n' Wild would also be a good option for your kids' age ranges.

4. Cabana Bay is an amazing property. You can read why we love it here. Ultimately you have to make the call on whether it is worth it, but it is brand new, very convenient and great amenities.

Best,

Leap

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Jan 10, 2015 at 12:32 p.m. Dee Says...

Thank you!

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Dec 28, 2014 at 3:47 p.m. Victoria Says...

Hello,

I have a family of six my husband and I and four kids between the ages of 12-18 . And I'm having a hard time trying to pick reasonable tickets for us to visit the parks for 2 or 3 days. Any suggestions???

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Dec 29, 2014 at 10:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Victoria,

Depending on when you are visiting, you might be able to take advantage of the 2 Day Plus Extra Day Park to Park Promo Ticket that offers deeper savings. If you are looking just at the cheapest ticket, that would be the regular (not park-to-park tickets). Keep in mind that you would a P2P ticket to ride the Hogwarts Express.

Here are all of the offers.

Let us know what you decide!

Leap

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Dec 26, 2014 at 5:16 p.m. Renee Says...

purchases 3 day plus 1 free day park to park, do you know if we will be able to change those to the 3 +1 unlimited express pass bundle?

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Dec 29, 2014 at 10:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Renee,

You would be able to add Express Pass to those tickets.

Leap

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Dec 24, 2014 at 4:34 p.m. Anja Says...

Hi there

We have a 3 day base ticket. Is it possible to upgrade only the 3rd day to park-to-park? Like in case we decide that last minute? In any case how much would an upgrade cost approximately?

Thanks for your help!

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Dec 26, 2014 at 7:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anja,

Unfortunately, you would need to upgrade your whole ticket. If you look at the Universal Orlando ticket page, you can see the approximate cost of 3 Day Park-to-Park Tickets. Do the math, and you get an idea of how much it will cost to upgrade.

Best,

Mommy Frog

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Dec 21, 2014 at 9:53 a.m. Nina Says...

Hello,

Firstly, thank you for everything put into this site and for taking the time to answer everyone's questions! This is great! Secondly, so, my friends and I are doing two days at Universal/IOA and planned on doing one full day at each. Well, obviously this cuts out the Hogwarts express and we're all really torn on dropping the extra $40 for this one ride/experience. If we buy 2-day base tickets, but decide we want to upgrade in the park, will that still only cost us $40 at the gate? We just want to give ourselves a bit of time to decide and maybe feel it out in person. Thanks!

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Dec 22, 2014 at 6:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nina,

You can get a rough idea on what it will cost to upgrade using our Universal Orlando ticketing page, where we list our savings vs. the gate prices. If you need any more help, feel free to contact our customer service at 1-800-846-1302 or info@undercovertourist.com.

Best,

Leap

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Dec 17, 2014 at 9:03 p.m. pam bardusch Says...

Do you sell express passes for Universal Studios? I cannot find them on here.

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Dec 17, 2014 at 3:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Pam,

We do not currently sell these.

Best,

Leap

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Dec 8, 2014 at 10 p.m. Daniel Says...

Hi,

In your reply to HR on November 15, you say that the 2+1 day park to park-tickets are available to everyone, not just US/CA-residents.

But on your own site that you refer to, it clearly says "Valid for US & CA residents only". Which one is correct? If I buy those tickets and they ask me for an ID, what would happen?

Otherwise, I love your site!

//Daniel from Sweden

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Dec 10, 2014 at 2:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Daniel,

We are happy you are a fan!

The one you are referencing is a promo ticket and does say for US & CA residents only, but there is another 2+1 Park to Park ticket that is open to all. We offer a details page for each individual ticket that provides terms and conditions, and that is your best source for information as well as our customer service team at 1-800-846-1302 or info@undercovertourist.com.

Best,

Leap

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Dec 5, 2014 at 7:28 p.m. Terence Says...

Hello Leap; noticed in the blog mentioning an "express" pass and a "power" pass - what is the difference?

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Dec 8, 2014 at 8:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Terence,

A Power Pass is a type of annual pass that has blockout dates. The Express Pass grants you walk-on access to the rides.

Best,

Leap

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Dec 5, 2014 at 8:40 a.m. Ari Says...

Hi Leap, I purchased a 2 day universal base ticket - plus extra day free and I'm attending sometime this December. I noticed that the park-to-park version of this ticket has blackout dates, but didn't notice any on the base ticket version.

Are there any blackout dates on the 2 day universal base ticket plus extra day free?

Thank You!

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Dec 5, 2014 at 7:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ari,

Any details such as expiration or blackout dates are listed on the details of the ticket page. Since you already purchased, your best bet is to call our customer service at 1-800-846-1302.

Best,

Leap

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Dec 2, 2014 at 8:34 p.m. Carla Says...

Hey! We are going to FL in April. We have an 8 yr old and a 3 yr old. My 8 yr old LOVES Harry Potter. However, I'm thinking 2 parks in 1 day is going to be a lot! Are the 2 parks "all day" parks? (PS....my 8 year old is really tiny and isn't tall to ride a lot of rides...not sure if this will effect which park we go to) I know some people say "Animal Kingdom" can be a 1/2 day park...etc. I just wanted to get some opinions on whether or not we should do the park tickets that allow us to do both parks. Is it worth it or is one park better than the other??

Thanks!!

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Dec 4, 2014 at 3:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carla,

What day are you visiting? How crowded the parks will be will affect how much you can reasonably see in a day. You can view the Crowd Calendar for April here. You didn't mention your son's height, but that would also be a factor as well as how much he enjoys thrill rides and roller coasters. If you only have one day, I would get the Park to Park ticket so you can all ride the Hogwarts Express!

Leap

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Dec 2, 2014 at 6:02 p.m. Kim Says...

Did you receive my question yesterday?

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Dec 3, 2014 at 9:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kim,

I did reply to a question from you on the December Disney World Planning post!

Let me know if you have more questions.

Leap

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Dec 1, 2014 at 2:59 p.m. Karen Says...

Hi

I purchased a 3 day base ticket and just realized that u need the park to park ticket to ride the hogwarts express. Is it possible to upgrade one day of my 3 day base ticket to a park to park ticket? and how much would it cost?

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Dec 1, 2014 at 10:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karen,

You would have to upgrade your ticket to park-to-park for all three days. Please contact our customer service team directly for help with your order at 1-800-846-1302!

Best,

Leap

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Nov 26, 2014 at 3:59 p.m. Kim Says...

Hi!

I am thinking about getting park to park tickets by using American Express points through their rewards program. Do you know if I can add the express pass option afterwards?

Thank you for your help!!

Kim

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Nov 26, 2014 at 10:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kim,

Adding it on should not be a problem, but you can confirm through Universal directly.

Best,

Leap

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Nov 26, 2014 at 11:01 p.m. Kim Says...

Wow!! Thank you so much for your prompt response!!!

Have a great Thanksgiving!!

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Nov 22, 2014 at 4:28 p.m. Veronica Says...

If we purchase 3 day park to park tickets can we upgrade to power pass at the parks?

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Nov 24, 2014 at 6:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Veronica,

Yes, you can upgrade to a Power Pass.

Best,

Leap

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Nov 21, 2014 at 11:49 p.m. Hank Says...

Hello a quick couple of questions.

1. Does the island of adventure express includes access to the Ioa Park or additionally to the express we need to get a ticket to enter? My family and I are not going to Universal only Island.

2.,the Harry Potter rides they are located in Ioa or universal. Meaning our tickets can be used? I understand no express line is available

Thanks

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Nov 24, 2014 at 7:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Hank,

You need to purchase admission to Universal's Islands of Adventure. The Express Pass is an additional add-on. There are Harry Potter rides in both Universal's Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios, which is why we would recommend you visit both parks. You are correct that there is no Express line for either of the major Potter rides, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts. There is no Express for Hogwarts Express either, but this ride requires a park to park ticket.

Best, Leap

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