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Universal Studios Hollywood Tips to Maximize Your Time

by Leap on May 27, 2022 557 Los Angeles

Maximize Your Time at Universal Studios Hollywood - PinterestDo you love movies? If so, Universal Studios Hollywood is for you! The magic of movie-making comes to life at the park, which combines the quintessential Hollywood movie experience with frogtastic theme park attractions and shows. Universal Studios Hollywood is one of our Frog Family favorites, especially Tad's! The Studio Tour includes the exciting finale of Fast and Furious: Supercharged. Other action-packed attractions include The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, DreamWorks Theatre Featuring Kung Fu Panda and Despicable Me Minion Mayhem. Now, you can add the latest ride to your must-do list — The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash! Maximize your time and get the most of your visit with our Universal Studios Hollywood tips, so are you ready for action? Let's hop to it!

21 Universal Studios Hollywood Tips to Maximize Your Time

1. Buy Your Tickets in Advance

You'll always save time and money when you buy your Universal Studios Hollywood tickets in advance. If you want to skip the attraction lines and get priority seating for shows, consider purchasing a Universal Express ticket, which includes admission as well as one-time Universal Express access to each ride, show and attraction.

2. Pick the Best Times to Visit

Maximize Your Time at Universal Studios Hollywood - Family in Front of Globe

While any day you can head to Universal Studios Hollywood is a great day, some days are better than others! You'll find the waits are lowest in the fall, winter and spring. Avoid the days around the holidays and times when children are out of school. Weekdays are often less crowded than weekends. Hop over to our Los Angeles Crowd Calendar to check out crowd predictions, as well as our guide to the best times to visit Universal Studios Hollywood. Another thing to consider is park hours. Check the park hours before your visit. When park hours are short (say, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), you'll especially want to arrive early to fit everything in before the park closes.

3. Consider the Universal Express Pass During the Busiest Times

If you are planning to visit around the holidays, spring break or summer, consider purchasing Universal Express passes. With it, you will get one-time priority access to every ride, show and attraction. Now that's the way to maximize your time at Universal Studios Hollywood! And with the Universal Express Pass, you should have no problem seeing most attractions, even on super busy days. The park limits the number of Universal Express passes it sells, and the price can fluctuate at the park depending on the season and demand. Buying Universal Studios Hollywood Universal Express passes in advance is a must if you cannot arrive in the morning to purchase them at the gate.

You can upgrade your ticket in the park. Or, you may want to plan ahead by purchasing Universal Express in advance. If one-time priority access is not enough, you may be able to upgrade in-park to Unlimited Universal Express. Yes, it’s more expensive, but it could come in handy if you are visiting on a busy day and you want to ride again, and again, and again.

4. Arrive Ahead of Park Opening

Maximize Your Time at Universal Studios Hollywood - Universal Studios Hollywood Entrance

We frogs have a saying ... the early frog gets the flies! When you arrive ahead of park opening, you will be one of the very first people inside the park and will have the opportunity to experience the rides with the very lowest waits of the entire day. This is one of our top Universal Studios Hollywood tips!

If you are at the park entrance 30 minutes early, you just might get in early (depending on the day). Not all attractions may be open, but it gives you a great head start to your day. The Wizarding World usually opens first. If the Lower Lot is open, head there ASAP and knock out those rides early in the day as they generally form the longest lines later.

During some peak seasons, Universal may offer early entry (which can be purchased directly through Universal). This is no longer offered daily or even for some holidays. But if early entry is happening, the park may open the gates to all guests after they let in any guests with early entry tickets. That means you may score early access to the Wizarding World before the park officially opens! This may vary based on the time of year and the size of the crowd. But it's toadally cool when it happens.

5. Allow at Least 30 Minutes for Parking and Security

Give yourself enough time to park, walk to security and get through the metal detectors. Most general parking is sent to the farthest parking structures. Those lots will have you walking through Universal CityWalk (about 10 to 15 minutes) to get to the security screening area. You can upgrade to Preferred parking to park at Frankenstein (and sometimes even closer to the front gate). The Frankenstein structure is very close to the park exit for that quick getaway at the end of the night. You can further upgrade to Front Gate parking, which puts you right next to security. That saves time but costs more money. If you plan to shop and eat in CityWalk anyway, then regular parking makes the most sense.

6. Eat Breakfast Before You Arrive

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In order to maximize your time experiencing the rides, shows and entertainment, we suggest you eat breakfast before you head to the park! We give two thumbs up to the buffet at Universal Hilton (starting at $229 a night), which includes a variety of cheeses, cold cuts, fresh fruit, muffins, a doughnut bar, dim sum, pork dumplings, eggs, bacon and even Nutella! Wandering through Universal CityWalk, your breakfast options include Starbucks, Subway, Jamba Juice and Voodoo Doughnut. If you've skipped breakfast, The Three Broomsticks serves an English breakfast in the Wizarding World.

7. Bringing Your Own Water or Purchase Souvenir Cups

By bringing your own water, not only will you save time waiting in any lines, but you'll also save money. While Universal Studios Hollywood isn't as lenient as the Disneyland Resort about bringing in outside food, you can bring water bottles (maximum 2 liters), baby food, small snacks, fruits and vegetables into the park. You can bring items required for medical purposes and special dietary needs. Small, soft-sided, insulated bags are OK, but you will need to leave coolers and food purchased from outside locations (minus the above exceptions) at home. Note that Universal Studios Hollywood does not even allow water or any food brought in for Halloween Horror Nights.

If you are concerned about meeting your dietary needs in the park, you can consult the Dietary Food Guide for hints on how to find gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free and peanut-free foods in the park. All the restaurant menus are now on the Universal Studios Hollywood app.

If you want to save money on soda, you can purchase souvenir cups that work at the Coca-Cola Freestyle machines. You can purchase a souvenir cup for $17 (or two for $16 each) at participating locations. You'll get access to 100 drink choices and unlimited refills (one pour every 10 minutes) the day you purchase it. If you are returning, you can purchase an extra day of refills for $10.

8. Attempt to Spot Some Celebs 

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Sometimes "Access Hollywood" films just inside security in front of the Globe during the morning hours. You'll see the filming signs when they are there. It's not likely that you will spot a celebrity while on the Studio Tour, but that doesn't stop us from looking carefully whenever we pass a hot set. "The Voice" is filmed at Universal Studios Hollywood. If you want to attend a taping, you can find tickets (along with tickets for other shows) here. But it is best to attend on a day you are not visiting the theme park because tapings and its check-ins are time-consuming and have dress codes.

9. Schedule Your Day Around the Shows

Maximize Your Time at Universal Studios Hollywood - Waterworld

Hopping news! The Special Effects Show returns summer 2022! That and Universal's Animal Actors and WaterWorld are the biggest shows in the park. Arrive early if you want to see a show. The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle takes place at certain seasons, such as select nights of spring break and summer. You can catch smaller acts in the Wizarding World such as the Triwizard Spirit Rally, and during the Christmas season, the Holiday Frog Choir along with The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle.

We schedule our day around the shows we want to see. Since the rides run continuously, but the shows do not, it's best to schedule your day around the show schedule. Universal Studios Hollywood publishes a show schedule on its website and in its official app (look for shows on the map and tap them to get the next available times). There are also show and wait time boards located around the park. Shows normally begin in the late morning, so if you arrive at or before park opening, this gives you plenty of time to experience The Wizarding World and Lower Lot attractions (which have much shorter wait times early in the day) before the shows start. The shows offer rest for your tired flippers in the afternoon.

10. Plan Your Visit to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

We do give you permission to grab a Butterbeer in the morning after you experience the rides. Because, you know, it's Butterbeer.

One of our top Universal Studios tips is to break up your visits to the Wizarding World, which is centrally located in the Upper Lot. You can ride the Wizarding World rides — Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey and Flight of the Hippogriff — first thing in the morning as it is the first area to open before the rest of the park opens. Then, at park opening, tear yourself away to other rides with short wait times (such as those in the Lower Lot). Circle back to Hogsmeade later in the day for lunch or dinner and shopping when the wait times in the rest of the park peak.

Both of the rides in the Wizarding World accept Universal Express passes, but Ollivanders Wand pairing demonstration does not. The line for Ollivanders is the longest in the morning after opening. The line drops off significantly in the late afternoon and evening, so it is better to wait.

During the recent visits, we have found that the Wizarding World has shorter waits in the later afternoon and early evening, so if you arrive after opening, save your visit for these rides at the end of your day.

11. Hit the Lower Lot in the Morning

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If you arrive at opening, you also should have no problem hitting the Lower Lot with very few people and minimum waits. We have put together a Universal Studios Hollywood Park Plan so that you can prioritize rides, shows and attractions. Be sure to ask when the Lower Lot opens. Usually it opens with the park, but at slower times, it could be an hour later. Hit the Lower Lot ASAP for the shortest wait times of the day.

Maximize Your Time at Universal Studios Hollywood - Indominus rex emerges on Jurassic World

There's now an Indominus rex animatronic as part of Jurassic World — The Ride. That means try to hop on the ride as early as you can to experience this newer ending! It's so realistic!

12. Reduce Time on the StarWay

The elevators that connect the Upper Lot and the Lower Lot are very loooonnnnngggggg and can very well take 10 minutes each way (or more during peak times). Avoid multiple trips at all costs by doing everything in the Lower Lot once! We recommend hitting the Lower Lot first (as soon as it opens in the morning) because the lines are shortest there in the morning. They peak in the afternoon.

13. Use the Single Rider Lines

Maximize Your Time at Universal Studios Hollywood - Single Riders Line

If you don't mind splitting up your party on a ride, the Single Rider lines are the fastest way to get on a ride without having a Universal Express Pass. You can't beat a free way to skip the line! It's one of our top tips to maximize time at Universal Studios Hollywood. There are minimum Universal Studios height requirements for tadpoles to ride without an adult, so make sure they measure up first.

Universal Studios Hollywood Tips to Maximize Your Time-Single Rider PassAttractions with Single Rider lines: 

  • Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
  • Flight of the Hippogriff
  • Revenge of the Mummy - The Ride
  • Transformers: The Ride 3D
  • Jurassic World - The Ride

Single Rider is subject to availability. The line may close when it gets too long. At some rides, such as Revenge of the Mummy, the team member may offer you a pass to use for Single Rider.

14. Be Strategic About Your Studio Tour

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The Studio Tour is what makes Universal Studios Hollywood, well, Universal Studios Hollywood. You will go down to the Backlot, where you will visit some of the most famous backdrops in movie-making history! The Bates Motel, Wisteria Lane from "Desperate Housewives" and town square from "Back To The Future," just to name a few. You might even see some filming taking place! King Kong 3D and Fast and Furious make the tour an exciting ride, as well.

We recommend it in the late morning, afternoon or early evening when waits for other attractions are high, temperatures begin to rise and your legs could use an hour of rest. Also, keep in mind that the Studio Tour closes before Universal Studios Hollywood closes, so check the last tram departure and wait times so you don't miss out.

15. Have Lunch During Off-peak Times

Maximize Time at Universal Studios Hollywood - Dining Area in front of Hogwarts

You'll save the most time at Universal Studios Hollywood if you dine outside of peak meal times. Know that there are no table-service restaurants within the park and you won't be able to make reservations in advance. If you are looking for a sit-down restaurant, there are plenty of options at CityWalk next door. Try the tasty Costa Rican food at Jurassic Cafe in the Lower Lot.

If you are a "Harry Potter" fan (OK, even if you aren't), we find the most relaxing and delicious meal in the park to be at The Three Broomsticks. Grab an early lunch or early dinner and eat like a wizard in a replica of an iconic "Harry Potter" setting. Wizarding alcoholic beverages are available for purchase in Hog's Head Pub.

Hop over to our yummiest guide to Universal Studios Hollywood restaurants for more choices.

16. Don't Want to Worry About Anything? Purchase the VIP Experience

Maximize Your Time at Universal Studios Hollywood - VIP Tour

With the Universal Studios Hollywood VIP Experience ticket, you will enjoy a six- to an eight-hour personal, guided tour of the park. This includes valet parking, light snacks and refreshments in the private VIP lounge, exclusive Backlot access, unlimited priority access (with Unlimited Universal Express) to all of the rides and shows (with a guide to get you the best seats) and a gourmet meal in the private VIP dining room. You'll take a trolley down to the Backlot and visit working sound stages, Universal's sound department and prop warehouse and other areas not open to the general public. The order on the itinerary can vary per day, but you will eat about three hours into your tour. There is limited availability, so book in advance. Children must be at least 5 years old.

17. Take Advantage of Child Switch

If any of your children cannot ride, an adult can wait with the child in the attraction’s Child Switch room. When the rest of the party returns, you can switch and take a companion with you. We have more tips for entertaining small children at Universal Studios Hollywood if you are bringing a little tadpole with you.

18. Make the Best of Ride Breakdowns

Sometimes a ride experiences technical difficulties. If you happen to be on the ride when this happens and team members need to have you exit (or delay you on the ride before it starts operating again), they will generally try to keep you hoppy with some consolation prizes. These may include a treat. We have gotten packets of Jelly Belly jellybeans. They may also tell you a secret code to come back and ride again (once the attraction reopens) without having to wait. Remember this word or snap a picture of it, just in case you forget it.

And the best prize of all is a single-use Universal Express Pass. (It is good for any ride except Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.) But be smart: They only give one pass per party (each pass admits up to five people). When team members ask how many people are in your party, you might divide into smaller groups — especially if you are planning to split up or head to different rides. So one family of five could technically be five parties of one. You might decide to share rides together after all by jumping in on a family member’s pass or decide to split up because you enjoy different rides. Anyway, if things go wrong, we frogs always try to make the best of it. And the benefits of breaking down can mean less time standing in line.

19. Take a Mid-day Break

In a perfect world, you could arrive before park opening and stay until the very end. That way, you could take advantage of the shortest lines and most comfortable temperatures at the end of the day. But that is easier said than done. All of the walking, heat (especially in summer) and missed nap times take their toll. If your hotel is nearby, consider leaving midday to escape the crowds and heat. Be sure to hold onto your ticket and get a hand stamp when you exit. Relax in a hotel pool or darkened hotel room to recharge for the evening. This is only recommended for days with longer park hours. Otherwise, you might miss out on experiencing everything.

If you don’t want to leave the park, the Special Effects Show (temporarily unavailable) and Kung Fu Panda are air-conditioned, making them a great choice for cooling off and escaping the sun. Use this time to meet the characters. The tadpoles will enjoy splashing in the Wet Zone area at Super Silly Fun Land, which has over 80 water play features. Parents can sit in the shade and cool off in the mist while watching the kids.

Maximize Your Time at Universal Studios Hollywood - CityWalk

Another cool suggestion is heading out to Universal CityWalk. This themed mall offers familiar and unique shopping, dining and entertainment. Tad loves Things From Another World — a crazy comic book and sci-fi shop. Lily is into the whole "crazy socks" thing, so The Los Angeles Sock Market is her haven. For dinner, the tadpoles are fans of Johnny Rockets. Leap and I prefer Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville (#finstotheleft) or Antojitos. The whole frog fam is anxiously the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen (coming soon!). We usually visit CityWalk after we've left the park for the night because CityWalk is open later than the theme park.

Something to consider during or after your day of movie theme park thrills is catching a movie at the Universal Cinema AMC Theater. A dark, air-conditioned theater can be a welcome oasis for tired bodies and a fun way to close down a day. Bring your Universal Studios Parking ticket to the theater Box Office for a parking rebate.

20. Save Your Souvenir Shopping Until the End

Maximize Your Time at Universal Studios Hollywood - People dress in wizard Robes and Wave Wands in Wizarding WorldMany of the items you can find throughout the park are also available at the gift shops on the way to the park exit (including Wizarding World souvenirs and candies). You can avoid lugging bags with you through the park and shop in a less crowded store with perhaps shorter lines just before leaving. Plus your chocolate frogs won’t melt in the sweltering heat if you buy them just before you leave. So unless you are looking for an interactive wand or accessory that you can enjoy in the park, save your shopping until just before exit time.

21. Download the Universal Studios Hollywood App

The Universal Studios Hollywood app is your best guide in the park for quickly finding upcoming shows, checking wait times and locating restaurants (and menus) or shops. It also guides you through Universal CityWalk. The park offers free Wi-Fi. You can always ask a team member if you can't find a show time, such as the Wizarding World performances, since not every show is listed.

You may also use the Universal Studios Hollywood app to get a Virtual Line Pass when offered. Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash sometimes offers a Virtual Line during busy times. That allows you to enjoy the rest of the park instead of standing in a long line! You have to be physically in the park to get a pass. We recommend joining the virtual line once it opens mid-morning, if available. You can also join the Virtual Line near the ride at kiosks that look like subway ticket machines (toadally awesome feature, BTW). You can join the Virtual Line and from the ticket machine as it is not linked to your park ticket.

Have a Universal Studios Hollywood tip we didn't mention or a question? Share it in the comments below! Don't froget, we offer a Universal Studios Hollywood Park Plan to maximize your time! 

Related: Toadally Magical Guide to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood

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May 16, 2022 at 4:29 p.m. Nate Says...

I used a lot of these tips on my trip yesterday (Sunday) and I found that it wasextremely helpful! Secret Life of Pets was the longest wait for me as I was able to knock out Lower Lot early in the morning at park drop (even Mumm 3x; it was basically a walk-on) and I got decent times on Studio Tour, Minions, KFP and Forbidden Journey. Only things I missed were Animal Actors and Simpsons ride, both of which I've done in Orlando. Thank you for the tips and the article! My first time at USH and it really helped me get my bearings and have a game plan.

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May 16, 2022 at 12:13 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

That's so awesome to hear — thanks for sharing!! We're glad you had a hoppy first time at Universal Studios Hollywood!

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May 15, 2022 at 7:23 p.m. Marie Says...

We’re bringing 6 adults in late September and are planning to stay in the area for 3 days. What are the best package deals for us?

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May 16, 2022 at 2:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marie!

We don’t currently have packages, but we do have some hoppin' hotel deals! You can check them out here.

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May 13, 2022 at 9:51 p.m. Lindsay Says...

Is Universal Studios Hollywood worth it for a family who absolutely loved Universal Orlando for the rides? Or are we better to spend the day at another amusement park? (Already planning for Disneyland)

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May 16, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lindsay!

Universal Studios Hollywood is much smaller than Universal Orlando and does have some of the same rides (Despicable Me, the Mummy, WWoHP - though note that it's only Hogsmeade and there's no Hogwarts Express or Hagrid's). We think it’s still worth a visit, especially if you want to go for the Studio Tour. There are enough attractions that can only be found at USH, such as The Secret Life of Pets, Kung Fu Panda, WaterWorld. Jurassic World – The Ride has similar but also unique elements, as well. If so, one day is sufficient! However, we'd also say that if you're into roller coasters, then Knott's Berry Farm has more to offer in terms of thrill rides, and it has a unique Western theme.

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Apr 11, 2022 at 7:06 p.m. Timmy Says...

Parking Tip: Universal Studios charges $30 to park before 5pm. There's meter parking on Cahuenga Blvd near Universal Studios Blvd. Look for 10hr meters. Pay $4 and you are covered until meters shut off, which is 6pm. The walk up to Universal from Cahuenga Blvd is about 8min. Warning, It is uphill.

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Apr 11, 2022 at 2:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Thanks for the tip, Timmy!

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Apr 11, 2022 at 2:16 a.m. Joy Says...

THANK YOU for this post! We’re visiting from out of town and just have one day to visit USH, so this information is helping us plan. We plan to upgrade to express passes when we arrive (just 2 adults), and I wonder, do we need two express passes or does one cover us both? I’m a little confused by some explanations I’ve read elsewhere. Thank you again!

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Apr 11, 2022 at 7:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joy!

We're so hoppy to help! Thank YOU for hopping by :) Each person would need Express. You can hop over to our Universal Studios Hollywood Express post for more details!

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Mar 9, 2022 at 8:39 p.m. Rebecca S. Says...

We are planning to be in the Park on 3/17/21 and are first timers. Your blog has provided a great deal of advice. Would you recommend the VIP Tour or is the Express pass a better option for the price difference? We definitely want to maximize our day! Thank you!

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Mar 11, 2022 at 1:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rebecca!

If it’s in your budget and maximizing your time is very important, then we recommend the VIP Tour! You'll be able to see and do everything, plus it includes food, valet parking and backstage access that other guests cannot experience.

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Mar 8, 2022 at 6:04 p.m. Jamie Says...

I just want to say THANK YOU!! Your one day guide and tips are so very helpful. I truly appreciate you!

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Mar 8, 2022 at 12:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jamie!

We appreciate YOU! Thanks for hopping by :)

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Feb 28, 2022 at 2:59 a.m. Jayson Says...

If we go during the week on St Patrick's Day or the day before is that a good time to go for less crowding?

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Feb 28, 2022 at 1:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jayson!

Crowds should be similar between those two days, so we suggest whichever date works best with your schedule.

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Feb 13, 2022 at 12:20 p.m. BARBIERI Says...

Enfin un site archi-complèt et plein d'astuces pour préparer la viste d'Universal Studios ! A recommander. Un grand merci.

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Feb 14, 2022 at 10:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Merci beaucoup, Barbieri!

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Feb 4, 2022 at 2:38 p.m. Isabel Says...

Where may I find the 2 for 16.99 souvenir cup deal at universal studios Hollywood?

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Feb 4, 2022 at 6:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Isabel!

You can find the souvenir cups at any restaurant that sells the cups such as Mummy Eats, Minion Cafe, Hollywood & Dine, Cocina Mexicana and other quick-service locations (except for ones in the Wizarding World). It is, however, two cups for $16 each (not both).

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Feb 1, 2022 at 3:20 p.m. Cyndi Says...

2 questions. Is the backlot tour included in ticket price or separate? Do wands purchased at USO work for spells at USH? Thanks

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Feb 1, 2022 at 9:33 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cyndi!

The Studio Tour is included with general park admission (though there is a VIP tour with exclusive backlot access, which has a separate cost), and the interactive wands work in both locations!

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Nov 8, 2021 at 7:31 p.m. Sandy Says...

My family of 4 is planning to go on Mon, Nov. 29th for the VIP Experience - Universal Studio in LA. The purpose of the VIP Tour to reduce walking too much and waiting times - we have one senior in our family so concerns of too much walking). The park hours on Monday from 10AM to 5PM. I'm planning to purchase the 11:45AM VIP Tour/Experience. I'm going to be in the park around 10AM to maximize our time. Would we have enough time for all the attractions, shows and rides?

Can we still go on rides/shows before and after the tour?

Would the Tour Guide stay with us the entire 6 hours or can my family walk on our own pace and do rides, gift shops, and snacks? Where's the closest valet VIP parking lot?

The VIP Tour would allow us to stop around for gift shops and take photos with the characters? Thank you in advance for answering my many questions!

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Nov 9, 2021 at 2:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sandy!

There won't be time after the tour since the park closes before your tour ends (around 5:45 p.m.). The tour includes the shows, most rides and about 2.5 hours in the Backlot and lunch, so you'll want to arrive early. You can check in upon arrival and collect your VIP Universal Express credentials to use for any rides before your tour starts. The tour does have an itinerary, so do your shopping before it starts and meet as many characters as you can in advance, but your tour guide will do their best to meet your interests in the park. If you want to break off from the tour to shop, let the tour guide know. As for parking, just follow the signs to the VIP valet parking, which is close to security. You can also call 818-622-8477 for more questions about the tour.

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Oct 1, 2021 at 7:43 p.m. Lana Says...

Hi! Thank you so much for this blog. I have downloaded your itinerary and am so very grateful. One quick question: We are big Harry Potter fans and have two sons coming with us who also love HP. At one place in the blog it says to hit the to HP rides first, the head to the Lower Lot and loop back to HP for the rest of HP in the afternoon/evening. Then shortly after that is says that the two HP rides have recently had shorter lines in the afternoon evening. So, do we head to HP rides first or to the Lower Lot and then HP in the afternoon? Any suggestions. We will be there next week on a weekday and did not purchase express passes. Many thanks!

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Oct 5, 2021 at 10:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lana!

If you get there before park opening, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is one of the few rides open. However, if you cannot get there before the Lower Lot opens, you can wait to ride in the afternoon. A weekday at this time of year should be a great time to visit and we do not anticipate long wait times. Have a magical time!

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Sep 29, 2021 at 2:36 p.m. Courtney Neff Says...

We are planning a trip to see the Horror nights. My son is 9. Is he allowed to go to this event even though he is not 13? Also, because he is 9 he hasn't been vaccinated would he need to provide a negative covid-19 test?

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Sep 29, 2021 at 10:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Courtney!

While it's generally not recommended for children under 13, he can still attend as it's ultimately up to your discretion! And no, the county has since eased the mandate (which takes effect Oct. 7) so that children 11 and under do not need proof of a negative COVID test.

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Sep 17, 2021 at 1:49 p.m. Wendy Says...

Hello! I’ve been looking for options to travel from Disneyland to Universal Studios. Round trip for two people on a Sunday. We won’t have a car. Lyft is starting to look like the best option. I’m not having much luck with shuttle options due Covid issues. Thoughts?

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Sep 17, 2021 at 11:45 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Wendy!

We have a couple of transportation posts that may help you: one for general LA transportation options and one for taking public transportation to Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood. Besides renting a car for the day, which may be cheaper than Uber or Lyft (ride-sharing will get expensive), you could book a bus tour or take the train (though you have to look at schedules to make sure they work and it may take a longer time).

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Sep 7, 2021 at 2:53 a.m. Liisa Spink Says...

We are during the day during one of the Halloween times so their will be people entering the park on the night/day pass at 2pm - does this change the order of the park plan as more folks will be pouring in around the time that the Harry Potter rides appear on the schedule?

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Sep 7, 2021 at 11:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Liisa!

More people will be coming in at 2 p.m., but generally, this is not a busy time of year in the park. We would still start in the Lower Lot to knock those rides out early, but if you want to get the Wizarding World rides and wand pairing out of the way before others arrive, you could save shopping, dining, casting spells and visiting park characters for when ride times are at their highest.

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Aug 3, 2021 at 4:49 a.m. Amanda Terronez Says...

I'm taking a 6 and 4 year old who are 46 and 42 inches tall. Do they need express passes or just the 2 adults?

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Aug 3, 2021 at 3:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amanda!

Any riders who want to skip the lines will need their own Express Pass. Hope this helps!

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Jul 24, 2021 at 4:21 a.m. Ash B Says...

Due to a flight change, me and my 9 year old son will only be able to visit one day. That one day happens to fall on a weekend and a horror night. We already plan on getting express passes, but do you know what time they will “kick us out” 6 pm? 7 pm? Also, he loves Harry Potter, so I assume we should hit that first and then go to the lower lot after? Thank you for your help!

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Jul 26, 2021 at 12:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ash!

Daytime guests will have to leave whenever the park closes for the day (park hours have not been released yet beyond August). We'd suggest hopping to the Lower Lot, first thing in the morning if you're interested in those rides. The Lower Lot rides usually have the lowest waits right at park open and build throughout the day, whereas the wait times for the Wizarding World rides stay consistent all day long (so you can hop there anytime).

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Jul 14, 2021 at 10:38 p.m. Martha Mihalich Says...

Question. Can we ride when lines are short and then use our express passes to get on rides later in the day when lines are longer?

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Jul 14, 2021 at 7:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Martha!

Absolutely - that's a good strategy! You can use your Express Pass any time during the day.

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Jun 16, 2021 at 7:25 p.m. Kristie Says...

Hello!

This was all very helpful. We are planning to visit with our 4 and 6 year olds next month (July). I’m trying to decide if we should buy the Express passes and try to do it all in 1 day OR buy regular tickets and go 2 days? If we go one day, it’ll be a on a Sunday. Or we could spread it to both Sunday and Monday. What do you think? My husband is not sold on the Express passes since they’re double the cost of a regular ticket. Please let me know when you get a chance. Thanks!!

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Aug 3, 2021 at 2:22 p.m. Amanda Says...

Hi Kristie. I'm about to do the same with a 4 and 6 year old who can ride everything but the Harry Potter and Mummy ride. I'm wondering if you ended up buying express tickets for your kids and your opinion on if it is necessary for the little ones. Thanks

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Jun 18, 2021 at 10:20 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristie!

It's hard to say what wait times will be like, now that there isn't a capacity limit and other restrictions have been lifted. Wait times have dropped since they can fill all ride vehicles and rows, but they are likely to increase again once more people start to visit. Since there's so much to do in Los Angeles and Universal Studios Hollywood is smaller compared to other theme parks, we prefer to skip lines and do Universal in one day. But if you're the kind of family who likes to take breaks, not go from open to close and explore things at a more relaxed pace, then spreading it out would definitely work for you. Ultimately, it's up to you!

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May 31, 2021 at 10:30 p.m. Jordan Limos Says...

You probably won’t comment back in time, but I am visiting tomorrow on June 1 what ride should I ride first!! I’m thinking Harry Potter then going to lower lot to do all of it and then come up for studio tour!

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Jun 1, 2021 at 8:01 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jordan!

We hope we're responding in time — yes, we'd agree with your plan! If you arrive early and the park hoppens to open a little before the scheduled opening time, you may be able to hop on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey before the Lower Lot opens at 9 a.m. Though we'd try to hit the Lower Lot (particularly Jurassic World) as close to park opening as possible.

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May 11, 2021 at 5:24 p.m. Jenny Says...

Hi,

My husband and I will be visiting the park on June 3rd. I walk with a cane but still need to stop every now and again, is there plenty of seating in the park to stop and take a break?

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May 12, 2021 at 10:01 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenny,

Yes, there is plenty of seating to rest at the park! :)

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Mar 1, 2020 at 7:34 p.m. Kelly janssens Says...

Hello,

We plan to visit universal hollywood on 18 the of august.

According the crowd-calendar 5/10.

Can we visit without expresstickets that day,and do everything in 1day?

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Mar 4, 2020 at 11:08 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelly!

You can likely do a lot! Arrive at opening, follow our top tips from the post, use Single Rider lines when possible and stay until the end and you should have a hoppin' day! Enjoy!

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Feb 5, 2020 at 12:34 a.m. Mary Brown Says...

We will be visiting on Feb. 17, President's Day, with two grandchildren age 7 and 10. The 7 year old has type 1 diabetes and special diet needs. Plus we need a place to administer shots, etc. Can we all bring our own food so the 7 year old doesn't have to be the only one not buying food? What other advice can you give for coming on President's Day. We are coming from the East Coast for one day only. Thanks.

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Feb 6, 2020 at 4:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mary!

For your special needs froglet, we suggest packing a dedicated cooler with your glucose monitor, insulin pens and other supplies; in this case, fast carb snacks and foods are part of the disability and would need to be available. Consider using the AAP disabilities pass; it is easy to get overheated in lines, which can impact blood sugar. The AAP will prevent you from getting stuck in a long or uncomfortable line area. For the rest of the family, you can bring your own food into Universal Studios Hollywood, but there are some restrictions. The food they allow is more like snacks than meals, your cooler needs to be small (no larger than 8.5" wide x 6" high x 6" deep) and no glass or open containers are allowed. You can find Universal Studios' food policy here for more information.

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Feb 10, 2020 at 7:52 p.m. Mary C Brown Says...

Thank you very much for your reply. It is very challenging to keep our grandson's sugar level even. It will be helpful to have some accomodations. So we go to guest services upon arrival, right?

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Feb 11, 2020 at 8:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

You are so welcome, Mary - we can only imagine, and are so hoppy to help! Yes ma'am, just hop over to Guest Relations up on arrival and they'll be able to provide you with your options. Have a great trip!

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Jan 19, 2020 at 1:22 a.m. Kim Says...

Hi, we will be visiting Universal for the first time during a holiday weekend (sat before Presidents Day). We have splurged and purchased the VIP passes but the only tour time available was 10:45. I wanted to get to the park early for traffic etc, and to maximize our time. What would you recommend we do or see before the tour? (Does the tour time dictate what time we can park using valet or get into the park?)

Can’t wait!

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Jan 21, 2020 at 4:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kim!

You can still park early and get into the park. Stay in the Upper Lot and either check out Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem, or if you are huge Harry Potter fans, get some bonus time in the Wizarding World. Have a great time!

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Oct 15, 2019 at 5:26 p.m. Mix-Movie.com Says...

Universal Studios Hollywood bills itself as The Entertainment Capital of L.A. Famous for combining their film studio with a massive theme park, guests get a behind the scenes look at a real life working studio, see iconic movie sets from the past,  and immerse themselves into their favorite worlds like

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Oct 14, 2019 at 6:54 p.m. Linda Rice Says...

Can we do the entire park and studio tour in one day using VIP Experience? We will be there December 26 (or 27, or 28) Eleven of us.

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Oct 15, 2019 at 3:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Linda!

The VIP experience should allow you to do it all. Be sure to arrive early to get the most out of your day!

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Oct 2, 2019 at 9:28 a.m. YH Says...

Thank you for the detailed information! I was thinking of visiting Universal on either 19 or 20/Oct, will Saturday or Sunday be better? Also, I am a solo traveler so I am planning to not get the express pass, is that a bad idea?

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Oct 2, 2019 at 4:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

You are so welcome - thanks for hopping by! Sunday always seems a little lighter, especially in the morning. I would arrive early before the park opens and if you want to use the single rider lines, you can to get get by without Express. You will miss a lot of the castle for Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey in that line, so you might want to do a castle walk through in addition to single rider. Ride the Studio Tour early, since it has no Single Rider line. All the rides in the lower lot have single rider.

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Oct 8, 2019 at 7:11 a.m. YH Says...

Thank you for the advice again! I probably will visit on 20/Oct. You probably have been asked many times but does Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride have big drops? Seems like it is not a roller coaster but I can't figure it out even after reading the reviews. I was hoping it's not cause I want to take that ride.

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Oct 8, 2019 at 3:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

You are so welcome - thanks taking the time to share with us! It dips and sways but not like a traditional roller coaster. Your area of movement is much smaller and there are no big drops. Hope this helps!

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Sep 28, 2019 at 10:41 a.m. Mike Says...

We are going to the Universal Halloween Weekends on a Thursday night, would you recommend a Fast Pass?

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Sep 30, 2019 at 12:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mike!

We do recommend Express Pass at Halloween Horror Nights, as that helps you hop from one house to another quickly, helping you to get all in during a limited period of time. Weeknights, especially Thursdays, will begin to fill up more and more as the month goes on, as well.

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Sep 25, 2019 at 10:41 p.m. Alex Says...

Hi! I have a couple of questions - we plan to go for my 9 year old son's birthday, Jan 16. I saw one commenter mention that Harry Potter was closed the day they went. This is the main reason we are going, how can we make sure it will be open? Otherwise we'll want to pick an alternate date.

2nd question, is 1 day enough to enjoy it? We are debating 1 day or 2? FWIW his birthday is a Thursday, so we will be there midweek.

And then last, the VIP passes...does that mean we'll have someone with us the whole time? I like the idea of the private tour, but not so much having a stranger with us at everything we do all day long.

Thanks!

Alex

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Sep 26, 2019 at 3:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alex!

There are no planned closures for the ride or land during your visit. During the visit you mention where someone found it was closed, it might have had a temporary closure due to technical difficulties, but if that does occur, it is usually for a short time and will reopen as soon as wizards fix the problem. We would count on everything being open for your visit. One day is usually enough time, but there may be short hours that time in January. If the park is open 10-6, it can be challenging to get it all done if you want to ride every ride and see every show. A VIP tour can help you do it all. For the VIP tour, you have a guide who takes you through the backlot and then through attractions. It’s about a 7-hour experience and the tour guide stays with you because the itinerary can vary. If you want to break away from the tour guide for rides and shows, you can arrange that with him or her that day, but you will need to meet back up with the tour guide to get into the lunch and the Backlot tour. Hope this helps - hoppy birthday to your tadpole!

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Aug 24, 2019 at 2:51 p.m. Heather Says...

We are trying to make the most of a one day trip to Universal in October. How does one get early admission? We haven't made hotel arrangements yet, but were thinking Hilton Universal City. Does early admission come with any Hilton hotel stay or do I have to purchase a package through Universal?

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Aug 26, 2019 at 11:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Heather!

You have to purchase a ticket through Universal to get Early Entry. The Hilton is the closest and we really enjoyed a recent stay there!

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Aug 15, 2019 at 8:27 p.m. george Says...

Am planning to visit the Universal Hollywood on 16th August. If I be there by 3pm will I get the chance to see all the attraction at the park?

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Aug 19, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi George!

With summer crowds and arriving that late, you won’t be able to do it all, unfortunately. Try to pick your priority rides and shows to make the most of the time available to you.

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Aug 15, 2019 at 6:08 p.m. Danielle Says...

Thanks for your tips. We visited this week Aug 13 and 14 and despite high crowds, moved smoothly thanks to your suggestions! Definitely hit the lower lot first thing in morning after Harry Potter rides....that Jurassic line was long for the entire day! I would also add that the Walking Dead was not worth the long wait. It was a haunted house walk through that was not the best haunted house I have been in. We lucked out with a one-time Express Pass (pays to volunteer at the shows and get picked). Also the studio tour line did get long right around that midday time but it moved quickly. Thanks again for the help! It was huge! Family was so impressed by me ;)

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Aug 19, 2019 at 9 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

We love this, Danielle - we're just hoppy we could help! So glad you had a wonderful time AND that you got to be the family expert ;) Thanks for taking the time to let us know!

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Aug 12, 2019 at 1:06 p.m. Mark Says...

Hello,

Thank you for the article, great stuff. Need a suggestion. I will be visiting Sunday Sept 1st, and it seems as though its going to be very busy. I am traveling solo however, but I really want to make sure I see as much as I can in the shortest amount of time as I'm only in LA for 5 days. Do you suggest an Express Pass or will Single Rider be enough? I'm really interested in the Studio Tour and Jurassic World, and I know Studio Tour doesnt necessarily have a Single Rider. Thanks!

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Aug 12, 2019 at 3:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mark!

That day is expected to be an 8/10, so if you're okay springing for it, we'd say go for the Express Pass, as there are limited attractions that offer the Single Riders line (Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Flight of the Hippogriff, Revenge of the Mummy - The Ride, Transformers, and Jurassic World). If the Studio Tour is your only other priority and you're okay waiting in line for it, then the Express Pass may not be necessary. Otherwise, given the crowds and the Single Rider limitations, plus your wish to do as much as you can in your time there, we think it's a worthwhile investment. Have a great time!

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Aug 4, 2019 at 3:48 p.m. Leo Says...

Oh no! Harry potter says CLOSED in the app. Can we see the castle even tho its closed?

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Aug 5, 2019 at 2:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Leo!

Unfortunately, if it's closed, you likely won't be able to enter to tour the queue/inside, only view the castle itself from outside.

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Jul 30, 2019 at 9:52 p.m. MARK Says...

Do you know where to enter from to get the best in handicap parking...thanks

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Aug 1, 2019 at 3:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mark!

The very best parking is the Front Gate Parking. That handicapped parking is also the most expensive and does sell out. If you cannot get into the Front Gate then the Frankenstein lot puts you closest to the park exit when you are tired at the end of the day. You access all parking at the same location and when you pay you can ask for Regular, Preferred or Front Gate and they will direct you where to go.

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Jul 26, 2019 at 3:36 p.m. Gaby Says...

We are two adults and we will be able to just spend a day there, We are going next Friday (August 2nd) I have read it is a busy date. DO you recommend getting VIP for the both of us?

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Jul 29, 2019 at 1:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gaby!

The VIP is a really fun way to do it all and get to see behind-the-scenes activities nobody else gets to see. Food is included and valet parking, as well as unlimited Universal Express. If it’s in your budget, go for it. If it’s too expensive, then definitely spring for Universal Express.

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Jul 26, 2019 at 3:32 p.m. Gaby Says...

Can I trust this website? If I buy online wil I really get my tickets?

Any experiences?

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Aug 18, 2019 at 4:02 p.m. JuniperDog Says...

I tried to purchase WDW tickets through this site once and as I was entering my address a message popped up saying that since I am from Canada I should check out a current deal just for Canadians on the WDW website. The message said that it was a better deal than I could get through them at the moment. And it was! How honest is that!!! I would definitely trust them.

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Aug 19, 2019 at 7:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Thanks so much for the kind endorsement, JuniperDog! :)

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Jul 26, 2019 at 11:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gaby!

We pride ourselves in being trustworthy frogs! We'll let the Frog Pond weigh in on this one, but you can also find reviews from our customers here. There's also a FAQ on the purchasing process here. Should you have any questions at all, please feel free to give us a ring at 1 (800) 846-1302. We'll be hoppy to help!

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Jul 22, 2019 at 3:12 a.m. KMH Says...

My last comment was meant for Universal Orlando (not Hollywood) if it makes a difference. Thanks.

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Jul 22, 2019 at 3:10 a.m. KMH Says...

What age do kids have to be to utilize single rider at Universal? I know at WDW it is 7. Thanks.

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Jul 22, 2019 at 10:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

There is no age requirement for the single rider lines at Universal Orlando, as long as they meet the ride's height requirements, which you can find here.

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Jun 10, 2019 at 11:17 p.m. Heidi Timmons Says...

Hi, do you know if the water rides run during the winter? Looking at visiting January 2020, and I want to hopefully ride the Jurassic Park ride. Thanks!

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Jun 12, 2019 at 8:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Heidi,

They do typically still run all year, although if maintenance is needed, it is often scheduled during cooler times.

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May 31, 2019 at 4:16 p.m. Julia ONeil Says...

how do you upgrade to a Unlimited Universal Express Pass?

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May 31, 2019 at 12:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Julia!

You can upgrade to the Express Pass at the ticket window.

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May 23, 2019 at 2:49 a.m. Yoli Says...

What is the line wait to get in? I'd like to calculate the time between arrival and the time we get out. Our trip is planned for Memorial Day, either in the morning or in the afternoon. We will only do the Studio Tour, which takes about an hour..?

Some feedback will be much appreciated.

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May 24, 2019 at 8:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Yoli!

There should not be a huge line to get in. Allow about 30-40 minutes to park, walk to security, go through security screening and

enter the park. The Studio Tour does last an hour, and its line can get long, especially in the afternoon on a holiday. Morning arrival is recommended.

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May 6, 2019 at 2:45 a.m. jennifer Says...

If I bought tickets online and plan on going in July, do we just show up at the gates, or do we have to select dates prior?

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May 6, 2019 at 11:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer!

You can just show up at the gates as long as your tickets are appropriate for the dates (peak vs regular vs value).

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Apr 26, 2019 at 1:24 p.m. Mrs. T. Says...

We will be there on May 29, 2019. Crowd calendar says 6/10. What are your thoughts on an express pass at that time.

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Apr 26, 2019 at 2:01 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mrs. T!

In our opinion, Express Passes are pretty much always a good idea (who doesn't like skipping the line?) If you'd prefer to see what the crowds feel like, you can always head into the park and upgrade once you've been able to take a look around. With it being a Wednesday, things shouldn't be too crazy, but it's also summer break and many folks may be in the area for the opening of Galaxy's Edge.

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Mar 24, 2019 at 4:55 a.m. Amy Says...

We are traveling over this Christmas in 2019, my mom will be in a wheelchair, what are the ride policies for rides and waiting in lines? I know the have wheelchairs to rent.

Thank you

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Mar 26, 2019 at 7:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amy!

When you rent the wheelchair, they may give you an Attraction Assistance Pass. Take the pass to the accessible entrance for each ride. If the wait time is less than 30 minutes, they may let you in the accessible entrance right away. If the wait time is longer than 30 minutes, they may give you a time to come back. After you have used that wait time, you can acquire another wait time for another ride. They will help you park your wheelchair and may give you another chair to use to get on and off the ride.

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Jul 2, 2019 at 12:24 a.m. Dawn Says...

we are going to Universal in a week. My mother was afraid she wouldn't get a wheerlchair at the park as it is first come, first serve so she rented one off site. Will she be able to get the accessibility pass when we arrive at the park? She has a handicap parking pass.

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Jul 2, 2019 at 12:29 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dawn!

Universal considers this on a case-by-case basis, so be sure to stop by Guest Relations as soon as you enter the park (and have mom bring her parking pass and any documents you're comfortable sharing with you!)

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Mar 20, 2019 at 9:07 p.m. Sheila Says...

Hello,

Planning a trip to attend Friday and Saturday of next week.(March 29th-30th). Should we get the express? 2 adults 1 child? what's the best day and best way? thank you for all this great info.

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Mar 25, 2019 at 10:53 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sheila,

Please see our crowd calendar for your dates! We are expecting this to be a busy time, so you may consider getting the Express Pass!

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Mar 19, 2019 at 3:57 p.m. Tami Says...

Any tips for navigating through on Senior night? We get to the Park at 4pm and leave around 2am

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Mar 20, 2019 at 4:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tami!

We have not attended, but dress in layers, wear comfortable shoes, and if the lines get long, take advantage of musical entertainment or spend time enjoying the details in the Wizarding World. Do Kung-Fu Panda when you get tired and need to sit down. If single rider lines are open, take advantage of them! Others in the Frog Pond who have attended may have some tips and tricks for you, too :)

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Mar 16, 2019 at 11:08 a.m. Rachael Says...

Planning a trip to LA in April. Want to do a 2 day pass with hotel at the Hilton Universal Studios. Trying to figure out how the hotel + 2 day pass maximizes our time at the park since we can’t check in until later on Monday. Should we check in monday late and have Tuesday and Wednesday in the Park? I want to get an express pass at least one day. Can we upgrade for one day when purchasing a 2 day package or do we have to do that at the park and hope passes are available? Thanks

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Mar 18, 2019 at 4:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rachael!

Saving Express Pass for a full day sounds like a great plan (more time to ride)! You won't be able to upgrade a 2 day park pass ahead of time, though you can purchase one Express pass and a one day general admission ticket when purchasing online. Or, as you mentioned, you can upgrade when you get to the park (which is sometimes more economical).

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Mar 2, 2019 at 4:55 p.m. Yumi Says...

We will be visiting on March 13 (Wednesday) and your Crowd Calender says it will be crowded (8/10). Would it be the best to buy Express pass?

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Mar 4, 2019 at 7:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Yumi!

Yes, on busy days, Express Pass can be hopful to help you spend less time waiting in line (and get more rides in!)

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