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Universal Studios Hollywood Tips to Maximize Your Time

by Leap on August 1, 2018 391 Los Angeles

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At Universal Studios Hollywood, the magic of movie making comes to life at this theme park that literally sprang up around the working studios. The park combines the quintessential Hollywood movie experience with quality theme park attractions and shows, including the most recent additions of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, The Walking Dead Attraction, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem and Fast and Furious: Supercharged on the Studio Tour. With careful planning and our Universal Studios Hollywood tips, you can maximize your time when you hop over for a visit.

Here are 18 Universal Studios Hollywood Tips to Maximize Your Time

1. Buy your tickets in advance.

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

2. Pick the best times to visit. 

Universal Studios Hollywood Tips to Maximize Your Time - The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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. Be sure to hop over to our Los Angeles Crowd Calendar to check out crowd predictions and see our post on the best times to visit Universal Studios Hollywood.

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 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 will have no problem seeing every attraction even on the most crowded day. 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 are a must if you cannot arrive in the morning to purchase them at the gate. 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.

Universal Studios Hollywood Tips to Maximize Your Time - Entrance

We frogs have a saying ... the early bird 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! Plan on extra time to park the car, go through security and walk through the entry gate.

5. Eat breakfast before you arrive.

Universal Studios Hollywood Tips to Maximize Your Time - Hilton Universal breakfast

So that you 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, which included a variety of cheeses, cold cuts, fresh fruit, muffins, dim sum, pork dumplings, eggs, bacon and even Nutella! Wandering through Universal CityWalk your breakfast options include Starbucks, The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf and Voodoo Doughnut.

6. Bring your own water. 

While Universal Studios Hollywood isn't as lenient as the Disneyland Resort about bringing in outside food, you can bring water bottles, baby food, fruits and vegetables into the park. 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 Horror Nights.

7. Check the park website if you want to spot some celebs. 

A couple of weeks before your park visit, check the official website to find out which celebs will be in Universal Studios Hollywood filming. Extra with Mario, Tanika & Renee Live! is often filmed in front of the Globe Fountain on weekdays. Celebs don't appear every day, but when they will be filming, their times and locations are noted on the schedule. The Voice is filmed at Universal Studios Hollywood. If you want to attend a taping, you can find tickets here, but it is best to attend on a day you are not visiting the theme park because tapings and their check-ins are time-consuming and have dress codes.

8. Schedule your day according to the shows. 

Universal Studios Hollywood Tips to Maximize Your Time - Waterworld

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. There are also show time 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.

9. Plan your visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Universal Studios Hollywood Tips to Maximize Your Time - The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

One of our top Universal Studios Hollywood tips is to break up your visits to The Wizarding World, which is centrally located in the Upper Lot. First thing in the morning, ride the Wizarding World rides — Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey and Flight of the Hippogriff. Then tear yourself away to ride other rides with short wait times (such as those in the Lower Lot). Circle back to Hogsmeade later in the day for lunch and shopping when the wait times in 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 Ollivander’s is longest in the morning after opening. The line drops off significantly in the late afternoon and evening, so it is better to wait on that one.

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

10. Hit the Lower Lot in the morning

Universal Studios Hollywood Tips to Maximize Your Time - Transformers

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 the rides, shows and attractions.

11. Try to reduce time on the StarWay.

The series of elevators that connect the Upper Lot and the Lower Lot are very loooonnnnngggggg and can very well take you 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 thing in the morning because the lines are shortest there in the morning. They peak in the afternoon.

12. Use the Single Riders Line

Universal Studios Hollywood Tips to Maximize Your Time - Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey Single Rider Line

If you don't mind splitting up your party on the ride, the Single Rider Line is the fastest way to get on a ride without having a Universal Express pass. It's one of our top Universal Studios Hollywood tips to maximize your time.

Attractions with the Single Rider Line: 

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

13. Head to the Studio Tour in the heat of the day.

Universal Studios Hollywood Tips to Maximize Your Time - Fast & Furious: Supercharged & Universal Studio Tour

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 3-D 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.

14. Have lunch during off-peak times.

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 Universal Studios Hollywood sit-down restaurant, there are plenty of options at CityWalk next door. If you are a Harry Potter fan (or even if you are not), 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. HINT: Wizarding alcoholic beverages are available for purchase in the Hog's Head Pub.

15. Don't want to worry about anything? Purchase the VIP Experience.

Universal Studios Hollywood Tips to Maximize Your Time - Universal Studios Hollywood VIP Experience

With the Universal Studios Hollywood VIP Experience ticket, you will enjoy a 6-8 hour personal guided tour of the park, which includes valet parking, a light breakfast in the private VIP lounge, exclusive backlot access, unlimited priority access (think Universal Express) to all of the rides and shows (with a guide to get you the best seats), and a gourmet all-you-can-eat lunch at the Moulin Rouge 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. There is limited availability, so book in advance. You can save up to $31 on the VIP Experience when you book with us. Children must be at least 5 years old.

16. Take advantage of Child Switch.

If any of your children cannot ride a 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. We have more tips for entertaining small children at Universal Studios Hollywood if you are bringing a little one with you.

17. 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, 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 the ride again (once it reopens) without having to wait. Remember this word or snap a picture of it, just in case you forget it. If you hear of other people in the park talking about experiencing technical difficulties, you might be able to find out the ride and password.

And the best prize of all is a one-time 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 from breaking down can mean less time standing in line.

18. Take a break midday.

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 on the ends of the day. But that is easier said than done. All the walking and heat (especially in summer) and missed naptimes take their toll. If your hotel is nearby, consider leaving midday (be sure to hold on to your ticket and get a hand stamp when you exit) to escape the crowds and heat. Relax in a hotel pool or darkened hotel room to recharge for the evening.

If you don’t want to leave the park, the Special Effects Show is air conditioned, making it a great choice for cooling off and escaping the sun. The tadpoles will enjoy splashing in the Wet Zone area at Super Silly Fun Lands, which has over 80 water play features. Parents can sit in the shade and cool off in the mist while watching the kids.

Universal Studios Hollywood Tips to Maximize Your Time - CityWalk

Another 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, we're fans of Carl Strauss Brewing and Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville. #finstotheleft

Something to consider during or after your day of movie theme park thrills is by catching a movie at the Universal Cinema An 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.

  1. Save Your Souvenir Shopping Until the End

Many of the items you can find throughout the park are also available at the gift shops on the way to the park exit (including the Wizarding World 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.

  1. 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 or shops. It also guides you through Universal City Walk. If you are looking for Frog Choir or Triwizard Spirit Rally performances as well as that day’s character locations and times, then this link to USH Wait times is your best resource (look under the Music or Performances headings for these small performances). The park offers free WiFi.

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

Related: How to Survive The Walking Dead at Universal Studios Hollywood

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Sep 18, 2018 at 4:04 p.m. Trisha Says...

Hi Frogblog,

We'll be visiting as a group of 5; 2 adults and 3 kids aged 10yrs - 15yrs - 20yrs. We plan to arrive on Sun. 9/30 and are purchasing a 9 mos. pass available through my So Cal employer. We were looking for a hotel recommendation nearby so we could stay Sun. night and hit the park again on Mon. Oct. 1st before heading home to San Diego. Do you have any you recommend?

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Sep 19, 2018 at 8:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Trisha!

We offer discounts at quite a few nearby hotels that we toadally recommend. Check them out and book through us!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 2, 2018 at 12:25 a.m. Ginnie Bertolosso Says...

Do they have a Birthday experience package? My daughter is turning 12 and she wants to go to Universal. Anything else you might recommend for our birthday trip.

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Sep 5, 2018 at 9:08 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ginnie!

There aren't any birthday experience packages, but you can stop by Guest Relations office by the Front Gate to pick up an official birthday button.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 21, 2018 at 4:40 p.m. BRANDY Says...

Can you still go into a park after 3pm and get in the next day free?

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Aug 25, 2018 at 3:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brandy!

We have not heard of this promotion being available anywhere.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 20, 2018 at 9:43 p.m. Pat Says...

Hi

I have some leftover gate a passes from our visit last year. They have no expiry date. Can I still use them? Thanks!

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Aug 22, 2018 at 10:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Pat!

If you purchased through us, we recommend calling our customer service at 1 (800) 846-1302 to see if these are still valid. Otherwise, reach out to Universal at 800-864-8377. We hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 14, 2018 at 6:57 p.m. Anupama Says...

Hi,

We r wanting to buy online ticket for universal studio for tomorrow. Which one do u recommend as we will be able to spend just 1 day there and we have children teenage . What r the best rides for them to go on . And where can we find show timings . Also what r the timings of the park .

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Aug 14, 2018 at 2:18 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

The best ticket for you would be the one-day general admission. You can find showtimes on Universal's website, and all rides would be awesome for teenagers! We especially recommend The Walking Dead and Harry Potter attractions.

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Aug 9, 2018 at 3:51 p.m. Charlene Says...

Hello. We are going to Universal Studios Hollywood next week. Do you think it will be less crowded on Wednesday the 15th or on Friday the 17th?

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Aug 9, 2018 at 2:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Charlene,

Wednesday will probably be the less crowded one!

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Aug 8, 2018 at 5:47 p.m. Angela Says...

Hi, your blog has been helping me plan for my California trip. it is so helpful. I was hoping to go to universal for halloween Sept 28. Never been to universal. is it better to get day/night combo ticket, or if i can afford buy whole day and night ticket? not too interested in the shows but defiently want to see tour.

Thanks

Angela

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Aug 9, 2018 at 10:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angela,

It depends on the days you're looking at going. If you can afford it, then we definitely say buy a whole day ticket and then a Halloween Horror Nights ticket so you can enjoy everything at your own leisure!

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Aug 1, 2018 at 4:02 a.m. Candace Says...

Hi. None of us are into Harry Potter. Is it worth the $500 for the four of us to go to Universal Studios?? Thanks.

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Aug 1, 2018 at 9:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Candace!

Don't worry, there is still a TON to do at Universal Studios Hollywood outside of Harry Potter. We love it!

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Jul 31, 2018 at 8:34 p.m. Irit Says...

We are planning to visit Universal studios on Saturday, Sept. 22nd or Sunday, Sept 23rd. Which one is less busy? Do you recommend purchasing the fast pass at these dates?

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Jul 31, 2018 at 4:15 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Irit,

Sundays are usually less busy. We don't think an Express Pass is totally necessary, but they are always nice to have!

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Jul 30, 2018 at 9:21 p.m. Thomas Says...

Hi there,

would like to visit Uninversal Studios Hollywood during the Columbus Day week on the 10th and/or 11th of October and am not so sure about the "elevated crowds". I have checked the calender (5/10 and 4/10). Still ... is an express ticket or a two day ticket the better choice. To bad that one can not combine these two options.

Many thanks for your help!

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Jul 30, 2018 at 4:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Thomas!

Even without an Express pass, you could tackle most of the park on a 4/10 or 5/10 level crowd day. It just depends on how much time you have to spare. If you want to leisurely enjoy the park, we would opt for a 2-day ticket. If you'd rather knock it out in one day and spend the second day elsewhere, the express ticket is the best option for you.

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Jul 30, 2018 at 9:14 p.m. SarahF Says...

Hello, thanks for all the useful info. I’m staying in Anaheim, and hoping to get an Uber after reading horror stories about star line tours. Do you know roughly how much this might be? I’m in the UK so hard to guesstimate. Thanks :)

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Jul 31, 2018 at 12:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sarah,

Depending on the time of day, it usually runs from $20 to $40.

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Jul 14, 2018 at 6:33 p.m. flon Says...

We will be going to Universal studios next week (wednesday or sometime friday). I am guessing saturday will be crazy busy.

But what is the waterpark like? Can adults go on as well? Our main reason for going is the Simpsons. While I've read here that harry potter is busy, is the simpsons just as equally busy?

thanks

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Jul 17, 2018 at 5:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Flon!

We wouldn't anticipate the Simpsons to be nearly as busy as Harry Potter. The water area is definitely more kid-centric!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 3, 2018 at 5:45 p.m. Vincent Says...

I think one thing you should mention is that the Lower Lot rides actually do not open until 1 hr after the general opening of the park. So if the park opens at 9am, early park access is 8am, but lower lot rides start at 10am. So hopefully folks can get their fill of Harry Potter and any Upper Lot rides then start heading down to the Lower Lot by 930am/945am.

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Jun 15, 2018 at 5:20 a.m. Sandi Says...

We will be at Universal Studios the 4th week in July. Is it better to do a 2-day general admission or a 1-day express?

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Jun 15, 2018 at 10:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sandi!

These are both great options! Check out our Crowd Calendar for details on how busy we anticipate the parks being. We would lean towards two days so you have some more time to enjoy the park environment in addition to riding attractions.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 14, 2018 at 2:27 a.m. Tien Tran Says...

Hi,

We plan to visit on Monday the 2nd of July . My wife & I will buy General Admission in advance. Is that a crowed day.

Please advise . Thanks

Please me your advise .

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Jun 13, 2018 at 10:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Yes, our Crowd Calendar predicts it will be rather busy. Check out our tips to maximize your team!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 8, 2018 at 9:31 a.m. Rachel Says...

Hi! We will be visiting Universal Studios in Hollywood for one day during the first week of October. Your crowd calendar predicts moderate crowds that week. We are a family of six (kids aged 10 - 15). We are thinking of buying standard passes to save money, but can you give us an idea of how long wait times for the popular rides may be on a "moderate" day?

Also, if we arrive and find that the queues are horrendous, are we able to upgrade our tickets to express tickets at the park? We plan to buy tickets online in advance.

Thanks so much,

Rachel

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Jun 12, 2018 at 10:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rachel,

You should be fine visiting in October, especially if you go on a week day. Yes, you can upgrade in the parks, but we don’t think you’ll find you need to!

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Jun 4, 2018 at 6:09 p.m. SJSJSJ Says...

Is there any reason to wear or bring swimsuits to the Universal Hollywood park? We'll be there mid-June.

Early hours begins at 8am. What time would you recommend arriving to front gates?

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Jun 6, 2018 at 11:18 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Children would enjoy having their swimsuits to splash in the play areas, but we don't think there's any need for adults. Changing areas are available. We recommend arriving by around 7:30!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 30, 2018 at 6:52 a.m. Maria Says...

We are a family of 6 including 2 teens and 2 grand parents planning to visit on June 9.

Worth getting VIP experience ? Will the elderly get bored?

Shall we need to arrive earlier for the scheduled time?

Do we just show them the e- tickets that s all?

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Jun 1, 2018 at 6:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maria!

The VIP experience is quite pricey, but has been worth it in our experience. It's super cool and includes some food and unlimited front of line access, so you can definitely see the most in a day plus extra stuff with the VIP tour. We believe you receive valet parking so arrive maybe 20-30 minutes early to get through security.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 24, 2018 at 10:30 p.m. Ilana Says...

We will be visiting universal studios on 6.14.2018. Would it help to buy 1 universal express for the family or do we need to buy express pass for evetybody? What if we just buy it for the kids (ages 10 and 13, so pretty independent)? Thank you!

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May 25, 2018 at 8:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Anyone in your party who wishes to utilize Express pass will need one of their own. If you won't be tackling many of the big rides, purchasing only for your kids sounds like a great way to save money.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 20, 2018 at 9:56 p.m. Renee Roberts Says...

If I am reading this right about both universal parks in Orlando, to see all the Harry Potter exhibits & rides we would need tickets to both parks? Is that right? So we would need the 2 n 1 park tickets for a day? We will be there on May 24th, will we also need the fast pass tickets?

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May 22, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Renee,

Yes, to see both Hogsmeade (Universal's Islands of Adventure) and Diagon Alley (Universal Studios Florida), you'll need a 2-park ticket. In order to experience the Hogwarts Express (the train that takes you from Hogsmeade to Diagon Alley), you'll need a park-to-park ticket so you can visit both parks on the same day. Hope this helps!

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May 12, 2018 at 9:15 p.m. Katie Says...

visiting Monday June 4th are schools out already? How crowded woill it be and what are the avg wait times?

Thanks!

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May 17, 2018 at 10:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katie!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for details, but it looks like June 4 is the first day of summer break at most schools, so it will be pretty busy. We would recommend considering purchasing Express passes.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 9, 2018 at 7:44 p.m. Sohil Vakharia Says...

Hi,

I am in a group of 4 and visiting on 22nd may. DO you adivse buying the express pass?

Thanks

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May 10, 2018 at 10:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sohil,

According to our Crowd Calendar, crowds will be moderate. If you can swing it, Express Passes help you skip the lines!

Keep hopping!

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May 7, 2018 at 2:06 p.m. Nadine Viljoen Says...

We will be going in mid December 2018. Is this a

busy time of year?

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May 8, 2018 at 9:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nadine!

The holidays are such a fun time at the parks, and we predict mid-December will only have moderate crowds. Enjoy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 5, 2018 at 6:31 a.m. Dani Says...

Great site and info! We are taking our son for his 13th birthday. Is there an express 2 day pass? We are heading to Universal Hollywood for two days, but would love the express pass for one of those days.

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May 8, 2018 at 10:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dani,

If you're wanting the Express Pass for one day, then we recommend purchasing a 1-Day General Admission ticket and a Universal Express 1-Day pass for the day!

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Apr 30, 2018 at 1:54 a.m. MK Says...

Are there ways for handicapped people to get around? My family member would not be able to do all the walking.

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Apr 30, 2018 at 11:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi MK!

You may be eligible for a guest assistance pass - we recommend visiting guest services upon arrival to see if any accommodations can be made for you. Wheelchairs are also available!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 24, 2018 at 10:04 p.m. Kara Says...

We will be at the park on 5/18. We have already purchased our 1 day tickets but do you think we would need the Universal Express to maximize our day?

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Apr 26, 2018 at 10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kara!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts it will only be moderately busy on May 18th, so we don't recommend splurging on the Express pass. You should be able to accomplish everything you want without it! However, feel free to go for it if you want to truly maximize your time.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 20, 2018 at 6:04 p.m. Kelly B Says...

My family of 5 are coming to Universal the 2nd week of July. I can't decide if it's necessary to get the hopper or the regular ticket and if 2 days is enough. It seems the Express ticket is worth the cost. Looking for any advice. TIA

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Apr 24, 2018 at 10:37 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelly,

Will you be visiting Universal Orlando or Universal Studios Hollywood? If you're visiting the one in Orlando, the Park-to-Park ticket (which allows you to hop back and forth between the parks in the same day) is always worth it to us. You can split your time up between the two parks and you can experience the Hogwarts Express (a necessity if anyone in your party is a huge Harry Potter fan!). You'll be visiting during a pretty busy time of year for the parks, so the Express pass would definitely be worth your time if you can swing it. Hope you have a great trip!

Keep hopping!

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Apr 19, 2018 at 1:57 a.m. Damian Says...

Hi there have a question. We are goin on may 16 and i was woandering if universal studios Hollywood still has the AYCE program?

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Apr 19, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Damian!

Unfortunately, the All You Can Eat food pass was discontinued. But don't let that stop you from enjoying all of the yummy dining options in the park!

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Apr 17, 2018 at 5:53 p.m. Bonnie Says...

Hello!

My kids made their own wands at a Harry Potter birthday party. Will they be allowed to bring them into the park?

Thanks for all the great info!

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Apr 17, 2018 at 2:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bonnie,

Yes, they can bring their own wands with them!

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Apr 17, 2018 at 4:30 a.m. Sharon Says...

Hi! Thanks for all the great tips! We are planning a trip to Universal Studios in mid-June. How far in advance should we purchase our (online) tickets?

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Apr 17, 2018 at 7:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sharon!

You can purchase your tickets (discounted on our site, might I add!) at any time. We like to hop on tickets ASAP just to have another step of trip planning complete and less to worry about as the trip nears!

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Apr 11, 2018 at 10:55 a.m. Caroline Says...

Please advise if bags are permitted onto all rides. if not, what provisions are in place if there not a person in the party to look after them.

thank you

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Apr 12, 2018 at 9:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Caroline!

On all rides that don't allow you to bring bags, complimentary lockers are offered. :)

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Apr 9, 2018 at 9:59 p.m. Savanah Says...

This article was very helpful! If I am planning on going during November 21 to 25, how busy would it most likely be?

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Apr 9, 2018 at 11:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Savanah!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for deets, but holidays such as Thanksgiving are always pretty crazy at the parks. This article is the perfect place to start to maximize your time! Let us know if you have any questions.

Keep hopping!

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Apr 5, 2018 at 5:26 a.m. Phil Says...

April 13th... would you recommend front of line pass? Or the regular would be ok?

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Apr 5, 2018 at 7:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Phil!

As spring break season is still underway, crowds will be at a level 7/10. A Front of Line pass isn't necessary, but would be hugely helpful in making the most of your day.

Keep hopping!

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Mar 31, 2018 at 10:16 a.m. Tracey Says...

Awesome tips. Was wondering tho...can we take in outside food? e.g sandwiches,snacks,drinks,etc?

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Apr 6, 2018 at 11:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tracey!

Yes, you can - and this is a great way to save money.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 14, 2018 at 6:12 p.m. kara pa Says...

Hi, if we park general parking do they have shuttle service since walking distance to main gate for 20 min. and we have kids, don't want to get tired already

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Jul 18, 2018 at 11:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kara!

There is not a shuttle, but you can pay $10 more for preferred parking with a shorter walk.

Keep hopping!

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Jul 14, 2018 at 5:52 p.m. kaural patel Says...

hi, i thought only snacks allowed. sandwiches ok?

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Jul 17, 2018 at 5:18 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Yes, sandwiches are okay!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 29, 2018 at 2:25 p.m. candy Says...

Anyone know how much express passes cost onsite this week. I know it depends on crowd so just trying to get average cost of regular express and unlimited. Not sure if i want to buy ahead of time or not...

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Mar 24, 2018 at 9:27 p.m. Alyse Says...

Hello, I'm wondering which day would be the better day to go: May 19 or May 21? Both of the days have average crowds but May 19 is on a Saturday with a time of 9am-9pm while May 21 is on a Monday from 9am-6pm.

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Mar 27, 2018 at 1:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alyse,

Mondays are usually always less crowded than a weekend day!

Keep hopping!

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Mar 9, 2018 at 1:32 a.m. Anthony Says...

Hello, I saw the crowd calendar and am aware that this weekend is a busy one, however Saturday is predicted to have a lot of rain.

On busy days, does rainfall cause the crowds to be lower than they usually would be?

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Mar 9, 2018 at 2:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anthony!

Our Crowd Calendar just shows what the weather has been historically, so don't let this worry you! However, you are correct - crowds do die down a bit during rainy weather.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 6, 2018 at 3:30 a.m. Janna Says...

I know that the week of March 11th is one of the busier times you mentioned. However, that is our spring break and the only week we will be in town. What day of that week would be the best day to go?

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Mar 6, 2018 at 12:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Janna!

Feel free to check out our Crowd Calendar for details on the predicted crowds and weather that week!

Keep hopping!

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Mar 3, 2018 at 10:16 p.m. Katie Says...

Hello! We bought front of line tickets for March 12th. What time should we plan to get there?

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Mar 5, 2018 at 9:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katie!

That's toad-ally up to you. We recommend arriving at park open for a full day of fun :)

Keep hopping!

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Feb 26, 2018 at 6:19 p.m. Maria Says...

I don’t see anything about strollers? Not rentals but if you bring in your own stroller are there designed areas to leave a stroller while you visit the lower lot? Or even while waiting in line

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Mar 6, 2018 at 12:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maria,

There are well-marked, designated stroller park areas outside each attraction. You could park your stroller in one of them before going to the lower lot if you do not want to fold up the stroller and take it with you down the escalator.

Keep hopping!

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Feb 22, 2018 at 6:53 a.m. Andy Says...

Hello,

Thanks for all the wonderful tips. I have a question on tip #1. What does "you definitely want to take advantage of this guaranteed entry and early admission." mean? Just buying the ticket online gives you that extra hour? Thanks!

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Feb 22, 2018 at 12:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Andy,

If you purchase a ticket online in advance from Universal Studios Hollywood, then you'll receive early admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (one hour before the theme park officially opens)!

Keep hopping!

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Mar 21, 2018 at 12:03 p.m. Corey Nieman Says...

Through your site I purchased a buy 2 get 2 set of passes for our family of 5 which gives us admission to the 2 main parks...excluding the waterpark. I totally missed that I could get into the Harry Potter Attractions and hour early until reading this thread. How does that work if the rest of the park is not open that early? Where/how would we enter to gain that early access? Are there other attractions that allow early access as well? Thanks. - Corey

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Mar 29, 2018 at 10:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Corey,

You'll still enter the park through its main entrance, but there are ropes, team members and signs to guide you to the Wizarding World. However, are you going to Universal Orlando or Universal Studios Hollywood? If you're hopping over to Universal Orlando, then to gain early park admission, you'll need to be staying at one of the on-site hotels! If you're going to Universal Studios Hollywood, then your ticket is valid for early entry if you bought it online beforehand. Hope this helps!

Keep hopping!

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Feb 25, 2018 at 5:47 a.m. Andy Says...

Thanks for your response. Does one get the extra hour even with the tickets purchased using the link from your site or does it have to be Universal Studios site? Thanks!

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Mar 5, 2018 at 1:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Andy!

You will get the extra hour with tickets purchased online only from Universal Studios Hollywood!

Keep hopping!

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Feb 18, 2018 at 5:36 a.m. Jonathan Says...

Hi there,

My wife and I are bringing our 2 daughters for a Single Day Admission on Wednesday, 02/21, but the youngest will not meet the height requirement for some of the rides. I’m wondering if we need to upgrade 3 of our passes to Express passes to get to the front of the line, or only 2 if the non-riding adult can wait with our youngest and do a child switch? In other words, not sure if the Child Switch can be used in conjunction with the Front of the Line

passes?

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Apr 5, 2018 at 1:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jonathan!

Sorry for the late reply! Hopefully, you were able to figure it out and enjoyed your trip.

Keep hopping!

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Feb 16, 2018 at 9:50 a.m. Eddie Says...

Hi!

I was wondering on 3 day weekends where a lot of people get Monday off, such as the one coming up, what day is usually less crowded, Saturday or Sunday?

I've debated both with my wife but would love to know your opinion.

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Feb 16, 2018 at 8:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Eddie!

You can always check our Crowd Calendar for questions (or debates) like this! Unfortunately, all three days are pretty hectic. Generally Sunday is the most crowded because this is when locals tend to visit.

Keep hopping!

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Feb 16, 2018 at 10:34 p.m. Ediie Says...

Thanks so much.

Keep up the awesome work.

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Feb 16, 2018 at 8:27 a.m. Nancy Says...

Hi! What will happen if I decided not be on time for the early admission? Still can use my ticket for the regular open time?

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Feb 16, 2018 at 8:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nancy!

Yes, you can! No worries. But we certainly do recommend arriving for early admission to make the most of your park time :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 13, 2018 at 5:33 p.m. Elle Says...

Hi there, great blog!

I'm visiting March 2 2018 from Yukon, Canada.

So I want to see all the rides but I'm basically petrified of any drops (think splash mountain kind but on any scale lol) and i hate roller coasters. I wish i could do them.. but I can't handle them :( what can you tell me about which rides I should avoid? Hopefully not harry potter... im so excited for that. Hoping to do jurassic park too :) Appreciate any info you can give me, thanks so much!!! :)

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Feb 15, 2018 at 4:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elle,

Not many rides here have drops. There are simulator rides (like Transformers: The Ride 3D and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey) that might simulate drops! Jurassic Park does have quite a big drop at the end, but it's a blast. You should be able to experience pretty much everything! Have a great trip!

Keep hopping!

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Feb 12, 2018 at 7:05 a.m. John Says...

Hi Noah,

I visited Universal Studios back in 2013, and I remember that when visiting after 2pm, we were able to get a discount on the Fast Pass (I think it was only $20 above the normal ticket price).

Do you know if they offer discounts on the Express Pass for visitors after 2pm?

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Feb 13, 2018 at 9:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi John!

We have heard that something similar is offered on select days if you visit the ticket counter, but prices have increased.

Keep hopping!

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Feb 11, 2018 at 2:16 a.m. Indy Says...

Hi there,

Am planning a trip for my family. We were wanting to book the VIP experience but wondered what happens if we have early park access to the Wizarding world of Harry Potter. Does the VIP tour start early or does it begin at normal operating times?

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Feb 8, 2018 at 12:19 a.m. Nora Says...

Hi we will be going to Universal Studios Hollywood on Friday the 23rd and would like to know if we are able to take sandwiches and chips inside the park? Thanks!

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Feb 8, 2018 at 9:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nora!

Yes you are, no worries!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 2, 2018 at 11:42 p.m. Emily Says...

Hello, we are planning on getting express passes for our visit this month, crowd level is 6/10. Two questions. If we enter at 10am and have express passes, will we be okay? I keep reading that some rides don't have express passes, but that's for Orlando...and I'm not finding info about Hollywood. I know the recommendation is to do forbidden journey first and then go do other rides and come back to WWoHP, but I am wondering if we can get away with doing all the HP in the afternoon/eve. I usually follow a somewhat strict plan, and I don't know how relaxed I can be. Thank you!

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Feb 6, 2018 at 11:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emily,

Yes, Express Passes will definitely help you experience everything you'd like, especially on moderately crowded day. The passes will allow you to follow your own plan and do things how you want, so your plan sounds fine.

Keep hopping!

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Feb 2, 2018 at 9:36 p.m. Sarah Says...

Hi. We are going to Universal Hollywood on March 13th (a Tues.). We are planning to do the 1-hour early entry time at Harry Potter, which right now on the calendar shows to be 8:00. My question is--does the lower lot often not open until an hour after official park opening (9:00 on this day)? So, possibly not opening until 10:00? How/when/where could I find out if the lower lot has a delayed opening time? Thanks!

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Feb 7, 2018 at 2:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sarah!

If you have early entry for Wizarding World at 8 AM, then the other attractions in the park (including the lower lot) will open at 9AM, when the rest of the park opens.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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