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Our Elite Guide to the Universal Orlando VIP Tour Experience

by Mommy Frog on February 16, 2024 Orlando

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Roll out the red carpet because the hottest Hollywood star has arrived at Universal Orlando Resort — YOU! Froggy friends, allow me to introduce you to the Universal Orlando VIP Tour Experience. A guided tour that grants you priority access, behind-the-scenes exclusives, reserved seating and so much more, this once-in-a-lifetime experience will have you feeling like an A-list celebrity. Stop the presses because we have all the info you need to know about this enticing add-on!

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What's Included in the Universal Orlando VIP Tour

There are two different VIP experiences at Universal Orlando. The first is a 2-Park, 1-Day Experience which lasts seven hours and grants you priority entrance to a minimum of 10 rides and attractions. The second is a 1-Park, 1-Day Experience which lasts five hours and grants you priority entrance to a minimum of eight major rides and attractions at the park of your choice.

Priority Access

Universal Orlando VIP Tour - Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

You can get on rides even faster than using Universal Express? Yup! Priority access means skipping the queues and pre-shows and being the very next frog to hop on any given attraction. That INCLUDES Pteranodon Flyers (if you have tadpoles in your party you can ride with) AND Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure — both of which are not included with Universal Express.

Behind-The-Scenes Experiences (Subject to Availability)

Universal Orlando VIP Tour - Men In Black

Undoubtedly my favorite feature of a Universal Orlando VIP Tour, the behind-the-scenes experiences are truly what make this purchase worthwhile. Have you ever wanted to walk below a coaster track and see the hidden remains of a former attraction? Witness how a ride vehicle is tested? Check out a forbidden section of a queue and explore some frogtastic Easter eggs? Go inside the sound stages and production offices backstage? You can do all of this and more on your Universal Islands of Adventure and/or Universal Studios Florida VIP Tour!

Reserved Seating

Don't worry about scoring the perfect seat! On a Universal Studios VIP Tour, you'll have access to reserved seating at shows, such as The Bourne Stuntacular. (This excludes live performances during Mardi Gras season and the Mannheim Steamroller concerts during the holidays.)

Universal Express Unlimited & Discounts on Dining and Merchandise

When your VIP experience comes to an end, be sure to keep your souvenir Universal Orlando VIP Tour lanyard. It serves as an Express Unlimited Pass so you can continue bypassing the standby queues at almost every ride for the rest of the day. Additionally, it grants you discounts at select full-service dining and merchandise locations in the theme parks and Universal CityWalk!

Complimentary Valet Parking

After a long park day, the walk from your car to the front of CityWalk can be a little daunting for your froggy legs. Bypass those moving walkways, the security hub and even the long lines at the parking plaza by utilizing the valet entrance! One complimentary valet parking pass is issued to your Universal Orlando VIP Tour group. It's only valid for one vehicle, based on availability.

Complimentary Meals (2-Park, 1-Day Tours Only)

Universal Orlando VIP Tour - Cafe La Bamba

Froget everything you thought you knew about theme park buffets. If you've purchased a 2-Park, 1-Day Tour, start your day with a delicious, fresh and hot buffet-style breakfast at Cafe La Bamba in Universal Studios Florida that includes eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, roasted potatoes, a plethora of pastries, yogurt, assorted fruits, milk, juices, coffee and bottled water. Breakfast is included for tours starting at or before 11 a.m. Additionally, the 2-Park, 1-Day Tour includes a complimentary lunch, and if you're doing a Private VIP Experience (more details below), dinner is included as well. However, guests on a 1-Park, 1-Day Tour do not receive a meal.

How to Purchase a Universal Orlando VIP Tour Ticket

Sound appealing? Save some green on a 2-Park, 1-Day VIP Experience when you purchase your Universal Orlando VIP Tour through Undercover Tourist! Separate Park-to-Park admission is not included but is required.

The 1-Park Universal Islands of Adventure VIP Tour and the 1-Park Universal Studios Florida VIP Tour are available for purchase on the Universal Orlando website. Separate theme park admission is also not included, required and must be valid for the same calendar day and to the same park as your tour ticket.

If your party has more than six frogs, Universal will separate you into different tour groups. Any tadpole under the age of 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Certain bilingual guides may be available, but you must request them at the time of booking.

What to Consider Before Booking a Universal Orlando VIP Tour

Universal Orlando VIP Tour - VelociCoaster

There's no denying that a Universal Orlando VIP Tour is definitely a splurge (perhaps for a special occasion such as a birthday?). Of course, you need to consider what makes the most sense for your family and for your budget. However, not only do you get front-of-the-line access, but you also get tasty complimentary meals (if you choose a 2-park VIP experience), discounts you'd only be able to take advantage of with an annual pass, complimentary parking, unparalleled behind-the-scenes experiences AND insider information from your very own knowledgeable and friendly VIP tour guide! If all of that is worthwhile to you, then purchasing an Islands of Adventure and/or Universal Studios VIP Tour is a no-brainer. Universal Orlando VIP experiences truly do make you feel like Hollywood royalty!

VIP Experience vs. Private VIP Experience

If you want your Islands of Adventure and/or Universal Studios VIP Tour to feel even more exclusive, you can upgrade to a Private VIP Experience! On this all-day tour, your private group will be able to build your own itinerary and experience the parks the way you want with your guide's undivided attention. Enjoy all the perks and benefits of a normal Universal Orlando VIP Tour, PLUS the ability to sample many of Universal's most popular dishes with a full-service dinner at one of the resort's award-winning restaurants. You'll also receive a My Universal Photos 3-Day Photo Package, which starts on the first day of the tour.

For a Private VIP Experience, you can book a 1-Park, 1-Day Tour (not available during peak times), a 2-Park, 1-Day Tour or a 2-Park, 2-Day Tour. To book a Private VIP Tour, call (866) 346-9350, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

Are you interested in purchasing a Universal Orlando VIP Tour? Do you have any questions about this elite experience? Let us know in the comments below!

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Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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