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The Ultimate Guide on When to Use Universal Express

by Leap on September 23, 2021 1823 Orlando

Universal Express Pass - PinterestThrills! Action! Transformers! Butterbeer! We always look forward to hopping down to Universal Orlando Resort. Between Universal Studios Florida, Universal's Islands of Adventure and Universal's Volcano Bay, we have plenty of places to play. One of the ways we experience more and wait in line less is with the Universal Express pass. Universal's skip-the-line access is a big help in the parks, especially on crowded days. But it isn't free — unless you stay on-site at select Universal hotels. Understanding how and when to use the Universal Express pass is your key to a great visit. This post explains everything you need to know! And in some hopping good news ... we frogs are selling Universal Express passes at a discount!

Universal Express Overview | How It Works | Pass Options | Cost | When to Use Express Passes | Other Ways to Save Time

What Is Universal Express Pass?

Universal Express Pass - Front of the Pass

Universal Express allows you to skip the lines at most Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure attractions and access priority seating at shows. (It is a separate purchase to include Universal's Volcano Bay.)

Universal offers Universal Express passes for most of the popular Wizarding World of Harry Potter rides, including Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey and Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts. The only rides that do not have Express access in either park are Jurassic World VelociCoasterHagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure and Pteranodon Flyers at Universal's Islands of Adventure.

When Universal reopened in June 2020 after its temporary closure due to COVID-19, some rides used a Virtual Line and may continue to do so during busy periods (the Virtual Line is used on an as-needed basis). If you have a Universal Express Pass, you generally do not have to get a Virtual Line pass for any ride but Hagrid's. However, during the busiest of times, an Express queue may reach capacity and a Virtual Line pass would be the only way to access a ride.

How Universal Express Pass Works

Universal Express Pass - Scanning Express Pass at Ride Entrance

When you approach a ride with Universal Express, show your pass to the attendant. Some rides (mainly those with short, outdoor queues), such as Flight of the Hippogriff, will scan the pass right then and there as you arrive at the ride entrance.

For popular rides with more elaborate and longer queues, a team member will check the pass and let you enter the Express queue. Then, closer to the ride loading area (this distance varies by ride), a second team member will scan your pass, so hold on to your pass and keep it ready. Some Universal Express queues will eventually merge with a ride's standby queue, such as Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit. On the flip side, other Express pass queues are entirely separated from a ride's standby queue, such as Skull Island: Reign of Kong.

One exception is Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon, which uses a virtual queue. You can pick up a return time or use the Express pass to enter the building immediately. The difference between the standby queue is that there is an outdoor portion of the queue before you enter the building. However, unless it's a busy park day, most standby guests will enter the building rather quickly, not giving much of a time-saving advantage. Once inside the building, both Express and standby guests will receive a color-coded card on the first floor before heading upstairs to another waiting area. Once the lights turn the same color as the card, you get in a short queue before entering the flying theater.

Know that the Universal Express pass is not a group pass. Everyone in your party will need their own Universal Express pass. Also, the passes are non-transferrable. If you're staying at a Universal hotel that offers the free Express pass benefit, your hotel room key will act as the pass. Each person will have a personalized hotel key.

It's also important to note that for rides with metal detectors such as The Incredible Hulk Coaster and Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, all of your belongings must be stowed away in a locker except for your Express Pass (which you'll need to get into the corresponding line). Make sure at least one frog in your party has pockets or a place on their clothing to store your passes.

Universal Orlando Single Rider Lines

Universal Express Pass - VelociCoaster

Single Rider lines can be even faster than Universal Express pass lines. If you don't mind splitting up your party on the ride, you can experience some of the most popular rides much more quickly. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey's Single Rider line, in particular, is the best for saving time and is often faster than the Express queue. (It's also easy to miss. Keep your eyes up as soon as you enter the castle to spot the Single Rider sign. It's going to direct you to a staircase on your left.) The Single Rider lines go straight to the loading area, though the exact speed can depend on the flow of odd-numbered groups. You and your party will be together in the queue, but you will split up on the ride as you fill an empty seat.

Single Rider Lines at Universal Studios Florida:

Single Rider Lines at Universal's Islands of Adventure:

Keep in mind that some Universal Express and most Single Rider lines skip major portions of the queue. We get that the point of this whole thing is to spend less time waiting. However, some of the queues are spectacular and help set up the ride's storyline. For example, if it's your first time on Skull Island: Reign of Kong or Revenge of the Mummy, we recommend experiencing the regular queue (the Express lines skip major parts). If you've been there, done that, take the route that's best for you.

If you're a Harry Potter fan, good news. The Express queue for Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey misses the outdoor greenhouse and smaller details inside. But the major parts of the castle, such as Dumbledore's Office and the Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom, are not toadally out of view. For Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, the Express queue is essentially the same as the standby line, only moving faster. Both Single Rider lines still don't get the full experience as standby, however.

Universal Express Pass Options

Universal Express Pass - Back of the Pass

There are two types of Universal Express passes:

You can use the Universal Express Unlimited pass an unlimited number of times at participating rides and attractions each day that your pass is valid. You can use the Universal Express Standard pass one time per ride each day that your pass is valid.

Both types of Universal Express passes are available for one park per day or both parks per day. It can be purchased online ahead of time through us or Universal directly, or while you're at the parks. We like this flexibility. Sometimes you don't know you want an Express pass until you're already in the parks!

Universal offers separate passes for Universal's Volcano Bay. These are per day, and you have the option of skipping the virtual lines at select rides and attractions, or you can pay more with an Express Plus pass to skip the virtual lines at all rides and attractions inside the water park.

How Much Is Universal Express?

Universal Express Pass - In-Park Kiosk

Ultimately, it depends. If you are staying on-site at one of Universal's premier resort hotels, Universal Express Unlimited is included with your stay for every day of your visit. That includes your date of check-in and departure. The value of this cannot be underestimated, especially during busier times. Yes, hotels are priced based on expected crowds, but if you are already considering purchasing Express Pass, you should do the math and see if it makes sense to stay on-site. For larger groups of three or more, it is often still cheaper to stay on-site with Unlimited Express versus staying off-site and purchasing Unlimited Express separately. You get the added benefit of being so close to the parks when you stay on-site, plus access to all of the fabulous pools, plush rooms and other on-site amenities. If you are staying at a premier resort hotel and are planning on hitting the parks on your arrival day, no worries! The front desk can help you get your Express pass so you're ready to roll, while the Bell Desk safely stores your luggage.

Universal Express Pass Hotels:

Universal Premier Hotels

Universal's Cabana Bay Beach ResortLoews Sapphire Falls Resort, Universal's Aventura Resort and Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites & Dockside Inn and Suites do not offer Universal Express Unlimited, but they do offer Early Park Admission to select rides inside Universal's Islands of Adventure or Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Volcano Bay water park. Keep in mind that you still need regular admission to enter the park.

If you are not staying on-site and wish to purchase Universal Express passes, the cost varies by day and expected crowds. So during peak times, prices will be higher. You can purchase these online in advance at a discount from us or Universal directly or while you are in the parks. Keep in mind that Universal Express passes could sell out, but this is likely only during the very busiest times. Universal Express is separate from regular admission. It doesn't matter which tickets you have purchased ... you can add on Universal Express as needed. If you aren't sure you will need or want the passes, we recommend you hold off purchasing until you arrive. Note that Universal Express is date-specific, so you will need to know what days you plan to be in the parks if you plan to buy the passes ahead of your visit.

When to Use Universal Express Passes

Universal Express Pass - Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey Express Queue

Finally, we get to the most important part of the post — when to use Universal Express. Our recommendations are fairly simple.

Anytime it's free.

OK, it's never really FREE, free, but if you are staying on-site, you aren't paying for it directly. Even if the parks aren't super crowded, you will still save time by using Universal Express passes. And there is nothing better than skipping the regular line! If you're a regular, the Premier Passholder level grants you unlimited Universal Express access after 4 p.m.

When the parks are expected to be super busy.

When our Crowd Calendar predicts crowds of 8, 9 or 10, these are prime times to consider Express passes. You might even consider it on 7 if you are particularly crowd-averse. If you're visiting during the peak of summer or around the major holidays (especially the week between Christmas and New Year), you should give this serious consideration.

If you only have a day and want to see as much as possible.

Do you have a short trip (or only a day for Universal) and want to experience one or especially both parks? Then Universal Express passes are a good idea. If you are going during one of those super busy days, the pass is a must to get the most done during your time.

Is the Universal Express Pass Worth It?

Universal Express Pass - Hulk

No matter when you visit, having Universal Express will be a time-saver. How much time can depend on the ride and certain situations. If you do purchase an Express pass, avoid using it (especially if you have the standard, one-time-use pass) immediately after a ride reopens if it's been down. Many people will then get in line and inflate the wait time for both standby and Express queues. Just come back to the ride later in the day.

One time, we entered the Express line for The Incredible Hulk when standby said it was a 60-minute wait. We waited, rode the coaster and were back at our locker within 15 minutes! The same hoppened at Flight of the Hippogriff — it was a 45-minute standby wait, and we hopped on and off within 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, for Skull Island: Reign of Kong, we waited about 35 minutes in Express, when standby said 55 minutes by the time we got off the ride. With Express, we waited 30 minutes for Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts when standby said 50 minutes. Even though these ones moved a bit slower, it's still time saved!

The big question is really how much you value the time you save. During less busy times, we think it's nice to have, but not a must-have. You may feel differently. It's all about what you value!

Are There Other Ways to Save Time in the Parks?

Universal Express Pass - Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit at Sunset

If you don't want to spring for Express passes, or they are just out of the budget, do not fret! There are still great ways to save time in the parks. If you follow us frogs often, you probably know these by heart.

Buy your tickets in advance.

You do not want to waste any of your precious time standing in line to buy tickets at the gate to start off your day. Plus you will save more money if you buy in advance.

Arrive at the parks ahead of the official opening time.

The gates often open even before their official opening time, so you can get a hop on your day. This is the least busy the parks will be all day, so it is the best time to visit the most popular rides such as the new Jurassic World VelociCoaster. If you are staying on-site at one of Universal's hotels, take advantage of Early Park Admission to the parks, especially Universal's Volcano Bay.

Follow a park plan.

We have several park plans for Universal that were created with families in mind. You can see them here or via our app (you can also tailor one of our preset plans to your own needs using the app).

Use the Single Rider lines. 

As mentioned above, the Single Riders line is often even faster than Universal Express. As long as you're fine with splitting up the group, Single Rider lines can be major time-savers.

Whew! We've covered a lot of ground here. Have questions about Universal Express Pass that we haven't answered? Share them in the comments below! 

Related: How to Navigate Single Rider Lines at Universal Orlando to Save Time

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Jul 31, 2017 at 1:03 a.m. Shannon Says...

Hi,

We are planning to visit Jan. 20-24th. I'm debating if we should get fast passes or not. I've read that it isn't that busy, so save the money, but I'm still a little skeptical. What do you think?

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Aug 1, 2017 at 3:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shannon,

That typically is a light week at the parks. You can check out our Orlando Crowd Calendar to see our predictions. An Express Pass probably isn't necessary, but you could always scope it out the first day, and then purchase an Express Pass if you feel necessary.

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Jul 23, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. Karen Says...

I'm visiting in September and it'll be my first time visiting Florida's Universal Studios Park. As a huge Harry Potter fan I am, of course, most excited about the Forbidden Journey and Gringotts Rides. That said, if I do purchase and utilize the Unlimited Express Pass, will I miss the entire queue that walks me through the castle, etc? Or will I still get to see it, just being rushed through it because of a shorter line?

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Jul 25, 2017 at 11:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karen,

We definitely recommend waiting in the regular queue at least once to get the full effect of the castle! You will miss some pretty spectacular parts when using the Express Pass, especially if you're a huge Harry Potter fan.

Keep hopping!

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Jul 27, 2017 at 5:51 a.m. Karen Says...

What about Gringotts? Lots to see there too in the queue or just Forbidden Journey?

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Jul 27, 2017 at 4:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karen,

Yes, you'll walk through the elaborate Gringotts Bank, see goblins and more. You won't want to miss it, at least for the first time.

Keep hopping!

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Jul 22, 2017 at 1:46 p.m. Tiffany Says...

Now that Harry Potter rides are included in Express Pass is it necessary to go for Early Admission. Staying at Hard Rock last week of August. TIA

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Jul 25, 2017 at 11:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tiffany,

If you're wanting to relax and arrive at the park at your leisure, it's probably not so much of a priority, especially since you'll have the Express Pass. The parks start to unwind during the end of August, so crowds usually start to lessen since kids are going back to school and summer vacation is ending.

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Jul 19, 2017 at 11:44 p.m. mike Says...

we bought our tickets online. We choose the unlimited express for both parks and the One day park to park. My question is can we go to the ticket window the night before to get our tickets for the following day to save time in the morning when we arrive

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Jul 17, 2017 at 3:26 a.m. Brent Says...

I'm visiting from August 8 to 10. I am wondering if I should buy the combo offered from the official website including the tickets and express unlimited. The concern that I have is I don't know if the express unlimited would cover the whole three days or just one day in the park?

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Jul 12, 2017 at 9:41 p.m. Tom Says...

The Universal Orlando resort website does not state that the Harry Potter rides you mention are included in the Express Pass. Is there any way of confirming this is correct please?

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Jul 13, 2017 at 2:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tom,

We have confirmed with Universal Orlando that the Harry Potter rides are now included in the Express Pass.

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Aug 1, 2017 at 4:08 p.m. Leah Says...

Hi there! We already purchased Universal Express Passes for a trip in October. It says right on the Express Passes that the Harry Potter rides are excluded. Do you think that will be a problem since we bought the tickets before they were included, or will we still be able to use the Express Pass line? Thanks!

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Aug 4, 2017 at 5:15 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Leah,

You should be fine to use them. Check with Guest Services before you head in to make sure.

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Aug 25, 2017 at 3:27 p.m. Brittany Says...

I am doing research on this as well, but the Universal websites notes HP rides as included in the Express Pass

https://www.universalorlando.com/web/en/us/tickets-packages/express-passes/index.html?__source=ps.google.FLpremiumproductsbrand&s_kwcid=AL!4228!3!189679940359!e!!g!!universal%20studio%20orlando%20express%20pass&ef_id=WEcu4QAAO0G0twI0:20170825152544:s#participating-rides-attractions

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Aug 25, 2017 at 10:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brittany,

Yes! The post includes this recent change.

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Jul 11, 2017 at 8:57 p.m. Lynn Says...

I purchased the express passes and selected will call kiosk for pick up. Are they paper tickets? Can they be converted to something durable?

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Jul 9, 2017 at 2:58 p.m. Jennifer Says...

We already have our park to park tickets for Universal. Is it possible to decide after we are at the park for awhile (and see how busy it is) whether we want to purchase an Express pass for that day or must we purchase it right when we enter the park?

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Jul 9, 2017 at 7:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer,

Yes, you can choose to upgrade to the Express Pass during your visit. Know that they can sell out, so if you wait a while they may be gone.

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Jun 23, 2017 at 3:37 a.m. AZ Says...

Hi, we plan on spending 2 days at Universal but doing one park a day. we plan on getting unlimited express passes. What is the best package/option we should get?

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Jun 23, 2017 at 6:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi AZ,

While we do not sell Express Passes, you can save on admission with our Universal Orlando 2-Park 2-Day Base Ticket.

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Jun 19, 2017 at 7:52 p.m. jaroell Says...

Would the Universal Unlimited Express Pass be worth the money on Sunday, July 2nd if we are planning to visit both parks that day?

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Jun 20, 2017 at 8:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jaroell,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting Heavy Crowds that day. If you can afford the added expense, we recommend Univeral Express that day.

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Jun 19, 2017 at 1:36 p.m. Dave Says...

Anyone know how much the express passes are In November time? Thinking of staying at one of the hotels that includes the passes but it's an extra £500 so wondering if the passes are cheaper as it should be quieter in November

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Jun 19, 2017 at 8:53 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dave,

Universal Express pass prices are based on date. Prices for Universal Express during Thanksgiving Week Break Nov 19-25 will generally be more expensive than other days in November.

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Jun 25, 2017 at 9:22 p.m. Dave Says...

Thanks

Ended up booking the Royal so it comes with the passes.

Looking forward to going back!!

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Jun 26, 2017 at 7:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dave,

Have a great time!

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Jun 17, 2017 at 7:48 a.m. tony Says...

Having twins would be a nice way to purchase just one express pass.. :)

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May 22, 2017 at 6:51 p.m. Beth Says...

Can the express passes be shared? We have a 12 year old and 1 year old so obviously, all of us riding together isn't going to happen much. Could I swap with my husband so we can both ride with the older child?

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May 22, 2017 at 2 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Beth,

Express Passes are non-transferrable. Everyone receives a pass with their photo attached to it.

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May 17, 2017 at 6:53 p.m. Kevin Payne Says...

What is the best way to fit the Hogwarts Express into our trip? We have 2 park tickets for 2 days with Express Unlimited passes added.

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May 17, 2017 at 6:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kevin,

Follow our Universal 2-Day Park to Park Plan and take Hogwarts Express after experiencing Diagon Alley.

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May 17, 2017 at 6:04 p.m. Karen H Says...

Thanks for your site and your blog! I am learning so much and will buy our tickets from you as soon as we decide how many days etc. We have flights and hotel all arranged for a trip to Orlando in October.

We are only at Universal one day and are considering Universal Express. In looking at your crowd calendar you show Sunday 10/8 as 'avoid' (it is a 6 day overall). When I go on Universal's site they show cheaper Universal Express tickets on Sunday than the rest of the week ($64.99 each vs $84.99 the other days of the week). Does the cheaper add on amount indicate anything about their expected attendance or the number of Express tickets that might make going Sunday better than MO where you indicate it is a great/choice day? Thanks!

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May 17, 2017 at 1:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karen,

The Express Pass price fluctuates due to expected demand. Lower price - lower crowds. Higher price - higher crowds. With Halloween Horror Nights that night happening, you have less regular park hours to experience Universal Studios before it closes. Monday would be better since the park is open later.

Hoppy Planning!

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May 18, 2017 at 5:51 a.m. Karen H Says...

That makes so much sense, I hadn't thought of the hours- thank you!

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May 13, 2017 at 1:30 a.m. Kim Says...

On a busy summer day, if you know you want to ride almost everything, will you have time to ride some things twice to justify the price of the unlimited express? Or would it be wiser to just get the one time express pass?

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May 13, 2017 at 7:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kim,

It's possible you could purchase the one-time express pass, ride your favorites, then pick 2-3 want to do again. Use the savings for dinner or souvenirs.

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May 11, 2017 at 9:41 p.m. Bill Says...

Hi, We're going to be staying at the Royal Pacific in late June. Are the express Passes good at the new Volcano Bay water-park too?

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May 11, 2017 at 5 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bill,

As of now, the Express Passes are only valid at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. You will receive one-hour early admission, which should help with the big slides.

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May 14, 2017 at 8:25 a.m. Gavin Says...

I have booked Hard Rock for the 28th June, what time can we start to use the express pass on the day we check in? Do we have to wait till 4pm check in time?

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May 14, 2017 at 5:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gavin,

You may pick up your Universal Express Pass on your check-in day... before you check in!

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Jun 20, 2017 at 10:09 p.m. Debbie Says...

Hi, we are travelling to Orlando in August staying on I Drive. We are planning on staying one night at Universal's Royal Pacific hotel for a night to take advantage of the express passes and early park entry. As check in is not until 4.00pm could we arrive super early i.e. 7.00 am to get our passes to head over for early entry then come back later when our room would be ready?

Thanks

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Jun 21, 2017 at 7:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Debbie,

Yes. You may pick up your Express Passes on the day of check in. Have fun.

Keep hopping,

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May 11, 2017 at 3:03 p.m. Ruth Says...

I am going to Universal Oct 5-9. Do you think I will need the express passes. Those dates are Horror night dates and universal studios closes early because of that. It is cheaper to bundle the express passes and the park tickets, so I am wondering if I should buy the bundle before I go or risk having to pa more for express every day?

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May 11, 2017 at 10:08 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ruth,

We are forecasting average crowds during your visit, with a few busy days at each Universal Park. If you're visiting both parks with limited time due to Horror Nights, we recommend Univeral Express.

Keep Hopping,

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May 9, 2017 at 4:17 p.m. Sharon Says...

Hi there,

My daughter and her friends are going to Universal / Islands of Adventure for 1 day. Can I buy discounted tickets on your site, then buy the Express Pass from the official website since it's not an option on here?

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May 9, 2017 at 2:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sharon,

Yes, you would be able to purchase the ticket through us, and then purchase the Universal Express pass from the Universal Orlando web site.

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May 10, 2017 at 12:55 a.m. Jay Says...

I am going this weekend (May 13- 14) to Universal and I am planning on buying a fast pass. Will the pass work for both days I am going, or will I have to repurchase it again the second day?

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May 9, 2017 at 8:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jay,

Will you need to purchase Universal Express separately for each day.

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May 7, 2017 at 10:14 p.m. Nick Andrew Says...

Hi. My family and I are heading to Orlando from UK in early July. Do you recommend express passes for that time of year?

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May 8, 2017 at 7:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nick,

July is very busy at Universal Orlando. We definitely recommend Univeral Express during the busy summer months.

Keep Hopping,

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May 3, 2017 at 5:24 p.m. Jen Says...

Do we grab a pass for each person in the party or would one be enough for all of us? Party of 4 parents and two kiddos.

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May 3, 2017 at 12:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jen,

Everyone in your party that purchases admission needs their own Universal Express pass.

Hoppy Planning!

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Apr 27, 2017 at 5:59 p.m. Don Says...

What information shows up when the express pass I get from the kiosk at Loews Royal Pacific Resort is swiped at a park ride? I was thinking about letting on one of the kids on our trip (not staying at Loews) use my express pass. If I have them there for the picture at the kiosk, will that work?

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Apr 27, 2017 at 1:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Don,

Universal Express Passes are not transferable between individuals.

Hoppy Planning!

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May 22, 2017 at 12:31 p.m. Paul Says...

Hey guys

Thanks for the advice

Just wondering if it matters how the accomodation is booked?

If I book the hard rock hotel through hotels.com etc do I still get the free express pass or do I have to book through the universal site to et the free pass?

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May 22, 2017 at 8:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Paul,

You do not need to book directly with Universal to get the Express Passes. We hope you'll consider booking the Hard Rock Hotel through us!

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Apr 27, 2017 at 3:34 p.m. Lauren Says...

Hello, we are staying at universal Orlando May22-30th. Right now we have Cabana Bay reserved with park to park no express passes. Was wondering if its a good Idea to book one of the hotels that offer the express pass for free? They are more expensive per night, but wondering since its Memorial Day weekend what we should do? Thanks any input helps..

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Apr 27, 2017 at 10:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lauren,

We are forecasting high crowds at all Orlando parks from May 25-30th. We recommend Universal Express during high crowd days. Look at the cost difference between adding on Universal Express while staying at Cabana Bay vs. a stay at another Universal hotel. See which option works for your budget and family plans.

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Apr 28, 2017 at 12:24 a.m. Lauren King Says...

Thank you! We decided on staying at the Hard Rock where the express passes are included. We are so excited!!!:)

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Apr 28, 2017 at 7:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Lauren,

Great choice! Have fun.

Hoppy Planning!

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Apr 20, 2017 at 3:16 a.m. Reza Zandi Says...

Hmmm, I'm going with my gf for her b-day on June 11th, a sunday. We are staying around orlando for a number of nights. Is a express pass really needed? I'm worried about that sunday in particular. We do have the option go to animal kingdom that day, as we are planning to do that. I know they have 'fast passes' over there included with the ticket. Also, I'm pretty sure we are both getting season passes, so at the very least, we should both get in early to harry potter world. Do you think we will be fine without an express pass?

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Apr 20, 2017 at 8:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Reza,

If you plan your day, prioritize what you want to see and get there as early as possible, you should be fine without Express Passes.

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Apr 23, 2017 at 3:49 p.m. Reza Zandi Says...

Also, I am thinking given the new opening of volcano bay, perhaps people will be spread out better causing less lines at IOA and US

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Apr 23, 2017 at 3:47 p.m. Reza Zandi Says...

What will the average waits be with smart planning?

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Apr 25, 2017 at 9:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Reza,

That's hard to say, as there are many factors that determine wait times. Time of year, crowd level, closed or broken attractions will affect wait time for everyone. Know that you'll be waiting less with the Universal Express pass!

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Apr 19, 2017 at 4:18 p.m. Kristi Says...

Hi. This is some great information! Thank You. We are planning to stay at the Loews Royal Pacific so we can make use of the express pass benefit. Do you know what time the express passes are ready? We arrive early in the morning. I'm sure our room won't be ready if we check in, but do know if we would be able to get our express passes?

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Apr 20, 2017 at 8:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristi,

You will receive your Express Passes when you arrive, even if your room isn't ready!

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Apr 13, 2017 at 5:30 a.m. Rick Says...

We will be going to Universal , before we head to Disney on July 17th. We would get to Universal on the 16th sometime and are debating what we should do.

Option one is Cabana Bay and get a 2 day 2Park to Park.

Option two is a 1 Day 2Park to Park and staying at Royal Pacific and using the Express Unlimited we would get staying there.

I'm not real sure when we would get there on the 16th and not sure when we "should" leave on the 17th to check into our Disney Hotel (not planning on using THOSE tickets til the 18th).

Any help/suggestions would be great-if I haven't confused you that is :-)

ps...by the way it would be 2 adults and 3 kids (10,13,17)

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Apr 13, 2017 at 8:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rick,

The best advice is to examine everything at Universal Orlando Resort with your family and see if you need one or two days. You may find that you can't fit everything you want to see in one day... and you may want to experience things like Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts more than once. You may find that some of the things you want to ride do not accept Universal Express... so is that really worth it? Seeing your family's priorities will make things clearer.

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Apr 13, 2017 at 11:07 p.m. Rick Says...

Thanks for the suggestions????

We went to Universal in 2011 so sort of thought we would see Diagon Alley, Skull Island, etc ("new" stuff-to us) and then just walk around and maybe hit stuff we liked from before and that kind of thing.

I guess I'm wondering now if most of a day WITH Express roughly equals most of a day plus another half to a third of a dat WITHOUT Express? Like does the Express pass save that much time that we could get just as much in? I know we would have to use standard line for Harry Potter attractions and I would probably want to see the queue for the other "new" stuff.

My family would fit better in the cabana bay room but the royal pacific with the Express would be nice too. They wind up being only like $10 different so that is why it is coming down to Express v NO Express.

Wish I remembered more about how much we got done, per day, the couple (?) days we were there in '11.

Thanks again for you help with this,

Rick

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Apr 13, 2017 at 6:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Rick,

Express Pass will save you time over waiting in the regular line for rides. Non-Express lines depend on crowds. If you're cool with the budget difference, then hop over to Royal Pacific and enjoy those Express passes!

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Apr 14, 2017 at 1:48 a.m. Rick Says...

Thanks so much for the quick replies and the helpful suggestions.

ps Those question marks on the last post weren't there when I typed it :-( it was a smiley face.

Hope that didn't come across a "bad" as it looks :-(

Rick

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Apr 13, 2017 at 9:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

It's all good Rick!

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Apr 5, 2017 at 5:06 p.m. Daniel Says...

Hi there. Thanks a lot for sharing so much useful info. I want to ask one thing: I'll be doing both parks on one day (got park-to-park tickets), and was really thinking of buying the one time express pass. We're going on the 26 or 27 of May, less than two months from now. What would you recommend me to do? Thanks in advance!

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Apr 8, 2017 at 2:44 p.m. Sobhan Says...

We are visiting both the Universal parks on 22nd April. The crowd meter shows that it will be medium crowded. Should I purchase the Express Pass?

Cheers.

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Apr 9, 2017 at 7:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sobhan,

We normally don't recommend Express Pass on medium crowded days. If you get there and it's busier than you prefer, you can always purchase it at the park that day.

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Apr 5, 2017 at 1:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Daniel,

On our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting high crowds on both of those days. Memorial Day Weekend sees high crowds at all Orlando theme parks.

If you can afford the extra expense, we recommend Universal Express. Note that UE is not valid for every ride, so think about what you want to experience and consider using Single Rider on select attractions to speed up your waits in case you choose to not go with UE.

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Apr 7, 2017 at 1:01 p.m. Daniel Says...

Wow! I didn't realise it was Memorial Day (I'm from abroad). Would it be better then to go on Friday (26) instead of Saturday (27)?

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Apr 7, 2017 at 8:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

Both days will be busy. Go with the day that fits your schedule!

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Apr 10, 2017 at 12:25 p.m. Daniel Says...

Thanks a lot for your recommendations!

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Apr 10, 2017 at 8:08 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Daniel,

We're so hoppy that you like our blog!

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Apr 5, 2017 at 5 p.m. Mary Says...

We are a family of 5, 2 adults and 3 children. I'm thinking of buying the express pass, but not sure if to buy for all of us or just one adult and three children. We will getting a child switch pass for some of the attractions, does the adult waiting with the child in the holding area needs to have an express pass?

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Apr 5, 2017 at 2:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mary,

A Univeral Express Pass is assigned to each person and each adult using the Universal Express line needs a pass.

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Apr 4, 2017 at 8:41 p.m. Yvette Says...

Hi,

I will be taking my two daughters (8 and 11) to Disney for 4 days, then going to Universal for only 1 day on April 14th. I will be getting a one day park to park pass but was wondering if you thought the Express Pass was necessary. My daughters love Harry Potter and don't like the scary or twist/turn rides and as some don't allow EP I don't know if its worth the extra $300. Can you provide your advice? thank you

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Apr 5, 2017 at 9:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Yvette,

Both of the big Harry Potter attractions offer a Single Rider option. If you're okay with not experiencing the attraction with them, using Single Rider at the selected attractions that offer it is a time and money saving option.

We're forecasting High Crowds for April 14, so keep that in mind.

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Mar 27, 2017 at 9:30 p.m. Danielle Harry Says...

I heard a while ago that you can buy a special Express Pass for Universal that only works after 4pm and is sold at a discount price inside the park. Is that still a thing? I heard this from a friend that visited a while ago.

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Apr 4, 2017 at 2:25 a.m. Char B Says...

I visited in November 2016. At the ticket booth, I was in shock at the price of the Express option and decided to wait in line. First ride, i waited 2 hours, second ride almost 2 hours. After lunch, I decided to give in or we probably wouldn't get on everything. I went to a booth at about 3:30 expecting to pay $89. The attendant said if I waited 30 minutes, the price goes down to $40. I waited and felt a lot better about the savings. It was so much nicer with the express option though. I will probably get it first thing next time and spend the extra $ as we wasted almost 4 hours on 2 rides!!!

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Mar 28, 2017 at 8:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Danielle,

Individuals that have the Universal Premiere Pass (an annual pass) get free Universal Express access every day from 4 p.m. until park closing.

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Mar 15, 2017 at 8:44 p.m. Linda Says...

I understand that Hogwarts Express is not included in the base tickets but if I purchase the two day -two park (base tickets) will I be able to ride the Harry Potter attraction? And also, what is the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and is this included in this ticket?

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Mar 20, 2017 at 12:29 a.m. Julie Coolidge Says...

I actually called Universal to ask this question last week and they said you need a Park to Park ticket to ride the train. :-(

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Mar 15, 2017 at 6:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Linda,

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is split between the two Universal Orlando parks. Diagon Alley, which has Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts is in Universal Studios Florida. Universal's Islands of Adventure has Hogsmeade, which features Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. You could see both of these, and ride Hogwarts Express, with any two-park ticket.

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Mar 13, 2017 at 2:57 a.m. Laura Says...

Hi, is the express pass linked to a certain person/ticket? We are a family of 4 and we were thinking of just getting 2 express passes ... one pass for my older son and one pass for my husband and I to take turns with (are we allowed to do that?). I don't think my youngest son would go on enough rides to justify getting it for him.

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Mar 13, 2017 at 7:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laura,

Express Passes are tied to one person.

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Mar 8, 2017 at 2:22 p.m. Mia Says...

If I purchase park to park tickets from you, will I also be able to purchase the express passes if I choose to or do express passes have to purchased directly from Universal?

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Mar 8, 2017 at 8:33 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mia,

Universal Express passes may be purchased through Universal. We do not sell them.

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Feb 19, 2017 at 3:32 a.m. KrisP Says...

Party of 4 adults. We are spending 1 day at universal during our Disney trip on April 21st. We bought the Unlimited Express Park-to-park pass. We plan to be there at rope drop (8am) and stay until it closes (6pm). I have 2 questions if you don't mind helping:

1. We are staying at Disney so not at universal. When it says it opens at 8am... is that just for on-site guests? Can we enter but not ride rides?

Since both headlining Harry Potter rides do not allows Express Pass... would it be a good idea to rush back to Harry Potter at IOA, ride that ride, take the train to US and ride that Harry Potter ride. Take the train back to IOA and start touring there with our Express Pass and then move back to US for the 2nd part of the day?

I really appreciate your touring plans for the 1 day but I wasn't sure it fit us since we have unlimited Express passes and we'd like to ride the train both ways and avoid waiting in a long line for either Harry Potter ride.

Thoughts? Thank you :)

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Feb 19, 2017 at 8:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi KrisP,

Universal will normally allow all guests into the park 30 min to an hour before posted opening time. Only guests staying at a Universal Orlando Resort hotel will be allowed past the holding area.

Since you only have one day, and it seems like The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is your priority, visit those attractions then pick up with our Park Plans.

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Feb 2, 2017 at 5:31 p.m. Tim Says...

We have always purchased the photo pass for our trips at Universal. However, we find it very inconvenient to have to pick up the photo pass after going through the gate at park opening (even though we have prepaid for it online). Hundreds of people get ahead of us on their way to Harry Potter while we stand in line to pick up the pass. Is there no other way to get the pass earlier?

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Feb 3, 2017 at 8:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tim,

You may pick up your My Universal Photos Package by bringing your confirmation email to a will-call window at the front gate before you enter the park.

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Jan 25, 2017 at 3:01 a.m. Jen Says...

We will only be at Universal for one day. We fly in on a Thursday night and doing the park on the Friday. If we stay at The Royal Pacific on Thursday night and check out Friday morning, can we still utilize the free unlimited universal Express Pass on that Friday even if we have already checked out of the hotel?

Thanks!

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Mar 1, 2017 at 12:39 p.m. William Says...

In case you never got your answer or for anyone else who is wondering. When you check into Royal Pacific, Hard Rock or Portofino on-site hotels at Universal Orlando, your Universal Express Unlimited is valid the day of check in until the end of day that you check out. If you were to check in on a Thursday, your UEU pass would be valid all day Thursday and all day Friday.

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Jan 26, 2017 at 8:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jen,

Our experience has been that if you're checking out that day and you have Universal Ticket for that day, then you'll have use of the Unlimited Universal Express Pass. You may want to call the Royal Pacific to be sure.

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Jan 22, 2017 at 2:32 a.m. Rachel Says...

Hi,

We are planning to visit Universal on Thursday, Feb 16th and debating on staying in Cabana Bay or Loews Royal Pacific for the Express Passes. I checked your awesome crowd calendar and it says 5/10 for crowds - BUT it has the "Not Recommended" symbol on this day and I can't tell why...Is that because of crowd expectations or something else?

Thanks!

Rachel

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Feb 8, 2017 at 5:38 p.m. Mandy Says...

Both of those hotel options you mentioned do not include the express passes. They only include one hour early admission to the parks.

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Mar 21, 2017 at 12:03 p.m. Jacqui Says...

Hi

Universal's hotels website says they offer Unlimited Express Passes to guests staying at Loews Royal Pacific resort. Is there a clause or something that states otherwise? I just want to make sure before booking. Thank you

https://www.universalorlando.co.uk/Hotels/On-site-Hotel-Benefits-And-Accommodations.aspx#RPR

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Mar 21, 2017 at 8:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jacqui,

You'll receive Universal Express Unlimited Passes when you stay at Lowes Royal Pacific.

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Jan 23, 2017 at 8:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rachel,

We use data and projections to determine crowds and forecast days that would be better than others. Mardi Gras is happening during that week as well. You may still visit Universal that day, just know that the lines may be longer than those over at Islands of Adventure.

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Jan 21, 2017 at 7:28 p.m. Lisa Says...

Can you tell me if US and IOA do rider swap like Disney does? We will be traveling with a small child and an older one that can ride all the rides so that would be helpful to us. TIA!

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Jan 23, 2017 at 8:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lisa,

Yes, Universal and IOA have child switch for attractions with height requirements.

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Jan 21, 2017 at 5:52 a.m. Billy Says...

Hi,

I will be visiting IoA and Universal Studios on 8 and 9 March 2017. 1 park per day. Is it possible to visit all the attractions without the express pass? We do not plan to see each show/ride more than once and don't mind queuing up.

Thanks!

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Jan 23, 2017 at 8:53 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Billy,

Using our park planner for Universal and Islands of Adventure will give you the best chance to see everything without using the Express Pass.

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Jan 18, 2017 at 9:48 p.m. Robyn Says...

Hi! We're planning a trip in April. We're doing two days at Loews Portofino but I wanted to book through Hotels.com. Will I still get the express passes if you book through a third party website or do you have to book through the actual hotel website.

Thanks in advance!

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Jan 18, 2017 at 3:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Robyn,

Nope. You can get your tickets through us and you'll still get the Express Passes from the hotel.

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Jan 11, 2017 at 3:20 p.m. Sterling Severns Says...

We are traveling to Universal Orlando April 8-12. We will definitely stay at the Royal Pacific as we want Express Unlimited. I'm wondering if it is possible to purchase our park tickets separately from our hotel reservation? I would hate to screw up the Express Unlimited option because we didn't book an official package.

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Jan 13, 2017 at 2:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sterling,

You can purchase discount tickets from fantastic frogs, like us, and it won't interfere with the Express Passes you get from the hotel.

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Jan 15, 2017 at 11:16 p.m. Adam Corley Says...

Hello,

My wife and I are planning on going to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure on Saturday February 4th 2017.

We have been to Universal many times but it's usually been on a mid-week day.

Based off your crowd calendar I am hesitant on getting Express passes, but with it being a Saturday, what would you suggest?

Thanks in advance

Adam

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Jan 16, 2017 at 6:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Adam,

If you can afford the extra charge, we always recommend getting the Express pass. It will help you with wait times, no matter if the parks are busy or slow. We're not recommending Islands of Adventure on the Feb 4th. Consider planning what your "must-dos" are and see if they accept Univeral Express. You can also purchase it inside the park if you get there and find long lines.

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Jan 4, 2017 at 9:13 p.m. Siri Says...

Hi,

We are planning on visiting Orlando - Both parks in Universal Studio Jan 6th - Jan9th . The plan is to spend 3 days visting the parks . We have 2 boys ( ages 10 and 6 ) and a senior citizen ( wheel chair access ) in our group.

My questions are

1. Is this a peak period?

2.Do we need to buy the express pass for this weekend?

3.Will there be another line for people in wheel chairs?

We still havent decided whether we want to stay onsite or outside .

Thanks a lot for your advice !!

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Jan 5, 2017 at 3:10 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Siri,

It's going to be busy at Universal during your stay. Check out the Crowd Calendar to see what days we don't recommend visiting the individual parks. Universal Express Pass could come in handy that weekend. They're a good option if you can get them. As for wheelchair lines, some of the attractions are fully wheelchair accessible, while others have an alternate entrance. Just check with the Universal Team Member at each attraction for more info.

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Dec 29, 2016 at 5:58 a.m. wayne Says...

I am wondering the specific criteria used when your crowd calendar recommends not to visit some parks on some days.

for eg i am doing universal 15-19th AUG 2017, park hopper unlimited express pass. Crowd levels are 6/10 each day. but one or the other of the two parks is not recommended on a couple of the days. So just wondering if there is some rule of thumb about which days to use the Hogwarts express etc and to do some time in both parks.

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Jan 5, 2017 at 3:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Wayne,

A good rule of thumb would be to start your day in the recommended park, then take the Hogwarts Express in the late afternoon over to the non-recommended park.

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Dec 27, 2016 at 3:12 p.m. Christina Says...

Hello, my two daughters and I will be visiting both parks on March 6 & 7. Should we dedicate one park per day (we're mostly interested in Harry Potter)? Should we get the Express pass? Thanks so much!

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Dec 27, 2016 at 11:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cristina,

If you're most interested in Harry Potter, then you definitely need a hopper pass. That's the only way you can experience Hogwarts Express.

As for the Express pass, it's always a good thing to get if you can afford it. Know that you can't use it on the majority of attractions at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Hoppy Planning!

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Dec 16, 2016 at 9:26 p.m. Jodi Says...

We are considering a very last minute trip to Universal the last week of December, but we don't like crowds. I know, wrong week to pick! The Express Passes are obviously a must. But how long would you estimate wait times for the Express Lines to be during peak 9/10 crowd periods. I assume even the express lines can become very long during peak periods.

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Dec 21, 2016 at 11:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jodi,

You're right. The Express Lines can be long during peak times. Wait times depend on how many people are using the Express Passes. Know that they will save you time over the regular lines.

Keep Hopping,

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Dec 6, 2016 at 4:18 p.m. Rae Says...

We will be at Universal Studios, just the one park, on the Wed. after President's Day. Do you think we'll need Express Pass to see everything in one day? (We will not be going on any of the Harry Potter rides.) If we do need them, where is the most convenient place to purchase them that day?

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Dec 8, 2016 at 3:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rae,

I think you would definitely benefit from having it on that day, although you may want to play it by ear when you get there. You'll find the option to upgrade in different places around the park, and you can always ask a team member for the nearest location.

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Dec 2, 2016 at 1:08 p.m. Sekhar Says...

1. What is the difference between express pass that resort/hotel provide vs unlimited express pass?

2. Is there a way to purchase early opening pass separately without staying inthe park resort/hotel?

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Dec 20, 2016 at 10:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sekhar,

The hotel provides Universal Express Unlimited, and you can also purchase this separately if you are not staying on site. The only way to get Early Park Admission is by staying at an official hotel.

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Nov 10, 2016 at 12:35 a.m. Carol Vogler Says...

If we buy express pass one ride each and there is a ride that my husband I don't want to ride, can we allow the kids to use our express pass for that ride?

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Nov 7, 2016 at 11:47 p.m. Rebecca Says...

We are planning a trip with 1 1/2 days at Universal, January 15 & 16; we plan to stay onsite, but are debating between Cabana Bay and Lowes Royal Pacific (for the Express Pass). There will be 6 of us and I'm not sure we can justify that extra expense. How big of a difference does the early entrance make for popular attractions? Thanks in advance.

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Nov 10, 2016 at 2:22 p.m. Matt Says...

We are a family of 4 with the kids ages of 5 and 10.We have been 5 times and we love the cabana bay,we stayed and the royal pacific once and just didn't like the atmosphere and the price was overkill

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Nov 8, 2016 at 12:54 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rebecca,

Early admission is for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which can include both Wizarding Worlds or just one, depending on the time of year and how busy the parks are expected to be. This weekend will be very, very busy. If you can afford to stay at Royal Pacific, we would highly recommend it. Early entry will help you enjoy Harry Potter and then you save a little bit of time and perhaps can ride a few more rides with lower waits since you'll be in the park right when it opens.

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Oct 26, 2016 at 3:28 a.m. Sarah Says...

Hi- My family of 5 (kids ages 6, 8, and 11) is staying at Disney from 12/15-12/21 and planning to visit Universal on 12/20 only. We were going to get the ticket that allows us to go to both Universal parks so we can do all the Harry Potter stuff. Would you recommend the express pass for us? Also, what is the best way for us to get to US from our Disney resort? Our Disney-employed planning agent mentioned tickets that cover the transfer, but she said they don't provide any sort of booster seat in their 10-passenger vans, and I'm not comfortable with my smaller 6 and 8 year-olds only riding with a seat-belt. Is it worth it to rent a car for just the one day? Or taxi/uber? Thank you for any advice you can offer.

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Nov 3, 2016 at 12:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sarah,

If you want to experience most of both parks, I would go for the Express Passes. It may be cheaper to rent a car (we always recommend you do the math), but you can definitely do taxi/uber. You would still need the car seats, but I think some ride shares do offer them.

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Nov 11, 2016 at 6:18 p.m. Chris Jackson Says...

Uber Family does work around the Orlando parks (I know at Disney, haven't tried at Universal) Uber family is what you would select for the car seats (they were around a 7-10 minute wait during illuminations at epcot)

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