When to Hop on Universal Studios Hollywood Universal Express Ticket

by Leap on July 1, 2019 596 Los Angeles

When to Hop on Universal Studios Hollywood Universal Express Ticket - PinterestWhat could be better than a day mingling with Minions in the morning, experiencing behind-the-scenes movie magic in the afternoon, followed by the wonders of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in the evening? The only thing we can think of would be to do all of that without waiting! With the Universal Studios Hollywood Universal Express ticket (formerly known as the Universal Studios Hollywood Front of Line Pass), you can breeze through all of your favorites with priority access. Having this gem is just one part of a fun day here!

The Frog Family jumped at the opportunity to use the Universal Studios Hollywood Express passes last summer, and it toadally made our day. Even though these tickets cost more than regular admission, the benefits are well worth it. The park limits the number of Universal Studios Hollywood Universal Express tickets sold each day, so the awesome perks are always maintained. This post will explain all of the Universal Studios Hollywood Express Pass benefits! It's important to note that a Universal Studios Hollywood Express Pass is a full ticket that includes admission to Universal Studios Hollywood, plus one-time access to each ride, show and attraction, which is different than the add-on passes sold in the Orlando parks. You present the paper ticket (about the size of a credit card that you receive upon park entry) to be scanned at each ride. There is also an add-on option at Universal Studios Hollywood — more on that further below.

Universal Studios Hollywood Universal Express Pass - King Julian

Do You Need Universal Studios Hollywood Universal Express Tickets?

We get lots of people asking if they really need Universal Studios Hollywood Express passes to enjoy their day at the park. And the answer really depends on when you are going. You don't usually need Universal Studios Hollywood Express Pass on weekdays and even some weekends in the off-season, but you'll sure thank your lucky stars for having it on peak summer days and school holidays. Even though the lines are shorter in the off-season, the park hours are shorter, too, so shaving off wait times with Universal Express can still come in handy if you want to squeeze it all in during less crowded times. (Need help deciding when to visit? Check out this post on the best and worst times to go to Universal Studios Hollywood.)

Universal Studios Hollywood Universal Express — Peak Vs. Non-Peak?

Universal Studios Hollywood sells a peakmid-peak, and non-peak version of the Universal Express. What we like about this is that you can buy the non-peak (lower cost)  or mid-peak (middle priced) option during some of the busy times of the year. For example, the non-peak Universal Express is valid all of February, March, May, October and November (when the holiday celebrations are underway). Plus, the non-peak Express Pass is also good most of January, April, September and much of December (before the holidays). Non-peak might happen to fall during your spring break! We like using Universal Express even during non-peak times because the theme park may have shorter hours. It's a lot easier to fit everything in before the park closes at 6:00 p.m. with Universal Express.

The mid-peak Express ticket is required on the following dates:

2019: April 13-28, June 1-21, Aug. 20-31 and Sept. 1-2

2020: Jan. 4-19, June 1-19, Aug. 19-31 and Sept. 1-7

2021: March 27-31

If you are not yet certain when you are going, you'll want to opt for the peak ticket — it is valid any time!

The peak Express ticket, also known as the anytime ticket, is required on the following dates:

2019: June 22-30, July (whole month), Aug. 1-19 and Dec. 20-31

2020: Jan. 1-3, June 20-30, the whole month of July, Aug. 1-18 and Dec. 19-31

2020: Jan. 1-6

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Universal Studios Hollywood Universal Express - Hogsmeade Entrance

Even though Universal Studios Hollywood Universal Express costs more than a normal ticket, the benefits can toadally make the expense well worth it. We sell these prized tickets at a discount. Using the Universal Express Pass is just one of the ways to maximize your time at Universal Studios Hollywood. On peak days in the afternoon, the lines can reach up to two hours long for big draws such as Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. But if you have a Universal Express Pass, you literally walk — or in our case, hop — right onto rides without even having to wait. That is what sets Universal Express passes apart from say, Disney’s FASTPASS, which reduces your wait time, but does not send you straight to the front of the line.

Universal Studios Hollywood Universal Express Tips

Enhance your show experience.

Universal Studios Hollywood Universal Express - Animal Actors

The Universal Studios Hollywood Universal Express Pass gets you one-time priority access to each show. It gets you priority seating and may include some special meet-and-greets or up close and personal experiences following shows after the rest of the audience exits. Lily and Tad really enjoyed meeting some of the animals (including a famous owl from the Harry Potter movies!) after the Animal Actors Stage show.

Consider buying Universal Express strategically.

While it's always great to spend time together as a family, your whole family might not need to purchase Universal Studios Hollywood Universal Express tickets. If your family is only interested in rides, but you have some younger children who won't meet the height requirements (or might be too frightened for the big rides), you probably don't need to purchase Universal Express for them. Or if you are prone to motion sickness like Flora, you might buy just your older kids a Universal Express Pass and opt out of the pass and thrill rides for yourself. With the much shorter waits thanks to the Universal Studios Hollywood Express passes, the family will be reunited in no time!

One of the season pass options includes Express access. The Platinum Season Pass comes with one-time per day express access to each ride, attraction and seated show.

Use Universal Studios Hollywood Universal Express only during long wait times.

Universal Studios Hollywood Universal Express - Despicable Me Minion Mayhem

The Universal Studios Hollywood Universal Express ticket can only be used one time per ride. If you know your froglets want to ride Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem twice, choose your ticket usage wisely. We rode Minion Mayhem early in the day when the wait was under 15 minutes without scanning our passes. Then, Mommy Frog and Lily rode again later by utilizing Universal Express when the wait was over an hour.

Plan ahead.

Universal Studios Hollywood Universal Express - Flight of the Hippogriff

Universal Studios limits the amount of Universal Express tickets sold each day, so if you are concerned about crowds, buy in advance (plus, you'll save money since we sell them at a discount). It’s a gamble, but if you wait until you are in the park to decide the lines are not for you, it could be too late. The good part of limiting pass sales is that it means you truly go to the front of the line and get a better value experience when you use the pass.

Save money by visiting at "off-peak" times. The pass can help make your day much more enjoyable if you are visiting during a peak time, but if you purchase the Universal Studios Hollywood Universal Express non-peak ticket, you can save money. Some other affordable time-saving tips include arriving early, utilizing Child Switch and using Single Rider for rides like The Mummy, Transformers, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey and Flight of the Hippogriff.

Upgrade in the park.

If you are really not sure if a Universal Studios Hollywood Universal Express Pass is for you, or you already have your ticket or an annual pass without Express access, you can take a chance on upgrading in the park. They can sell out on crowded days, and the price can vary — even throughout the day! On a summer day, we noticed that it was up to $130 to upgrade to a Universal Express ticket for one-time use for each ride. No matter how you bought your park ticket, you can purchase an upgrade in the park. The cost to upgrade is the same for everyone. If you are finding higher waits in the afternoon, on some days Universal may drop the price after 3:30 p.m., so definitely check back if you want to upgrade in the afternoon. You can't count on it being available, but it's worth looking into. You can purchase and upgrade in the Upper Lot at the Box Office or at a kiosk at the bottom of the escalator in the Lower Lot.

The Lower Lot kiosk may have a much shorter line.

Upgrade to Unlimited Universal Express.

If one-time access is simply not enough, there is an Unlimited Universal Express option. Unlimited Universal Express is available in the park. You can upgrade a Universal Express ticket, a regular park ticket or a season pass (subject to availability). If you already have a Universal Express ticket, the cost to upgrade to Unlimited Universal Express is $30-40. Peak days will be pricier than non-peak days, and they will sell out much faster on peak days. If you have a regular park ticket, it can cost about $110-$170 to upgrade to Unlimited Universal Express, depending on the day. Prices can vary. We recommend purchasing discount Universal Express tickets in advance (through Undercover Tourist, of course!) to lock in express access, and then if you decide you want even more access, you can inquire about Unlimited Universal Express early in the day inside the park.

Consider bringing a lanyard.

Universal Studios Hollywood - Universal Express Ticket

The old Front of Line tickets were given to guests as a lanyard worn around the neck. The current Universal Express tickets are paper tickets about the dimensions of a credit card. You have to pull it out each time you need to have it scanned for rides or shows. It can be cumbersome to always pull it out of pockets and backpacks. If you have a lanyard with a clear pocket, bring it along for quick, almost hands-free scanning. Universal Studios sells souvenir lanyards in the park if you don’t have one.

Buy Universal Express for Horror Nights or special events.

Buy Universal Express for special events such as Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights. Horror Nights draws scary huge crowds. Some of the most popular attractions can have waits that last two to four hours! We have been there without the pass, and it is frustrating. We have also been there with the pass and were able to hop through every maze, ride and the Terror Tram. The pass was well worth it! These Universal Express passes are limited, and they will sell out early. If you plan to attend Horror Nights, make sure to buy early and be sure to get a Universal Express Pass for each member in your party. And remember to bring a lanyard to simplify your night, because you need to pull the Universal Express ticket out for scanning at each maze. The only way to get Unlimited Universal Express at Halloween Horror Nights is to purchase the R.I.P. Tour.

The Universal Studios Hollywood Universal Express Pass is a great way to help you manage your day. The Express Pass will allow you to experience everything in the park at least once. With the time savings that comes with the pass, you can hit your favorite attractions a second time. It also allows you to relax and enjoy more of the sights, take photos, see shows, meet characters, enjoy your meals, calmly sip Butterbeer, shop for treats and explore Universal CityWalk. Buying the Universal Studios Hollywood Universal Express ticket buys peace of mind because you know you can get it all in, and that equals a good family value.

Did you know the Frog Family offers discount tickets to Southern California attractions? You'll find discounts on Universal Studios Hollywood tickets, as well as more tickets for Universal and other Los Angeles and San Diego attractions.

Related: The Best Times to Visit Universal Studios Hollywood

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Aug 16, 2019 at 4:58 a.m. KAthleen Says...

We have 4 express tickets but a child’s illness will prevent us from going. How tough are they but not transferable? I want to give our tickets to a friend.

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Aug 19, 2019 at 10:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kathleen!

They have not checked IDs when we have entered the park, but we'd suggest giving them a call to see if there's any options available to you ahead of time to make sure there aren't any entry issues.

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Aug 15, 2019 at 12:06 p.m. Nada Jovic Says...

My friend and I plan to come on a mid-peak day but I can't figure out if I should buy the express in advance or not! Coming from Canada so it is already an expense, not sure if it's worth the upgrade. any insight?

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Aug 19, 2019 at 10:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nada!

It’s a tough call. You can always arrive early and follow our touring plan. Use Single Rider lines for many rides. If you feel like the lines are too much, upgrade to Express in the park.

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Aug 14, 2019 at 2:32 a.m. Renee Says...

Hi! thanks for all the information ! I'm interested on buying tickets on Sept 15, these are de ones that you can enter after 2pm and includes HHN. What's your opinion on this tickets?. Thank you!!

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Aug 14, 2019 at 10:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Renee!

It’s a good way to see some (but not all) of the daytime attractions. We highly recommend the Universal Express ticket to make the most of your time.

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Aug 13, 2019 at 9:41 p.m. Larissa Says...

We already have Universal tickets that we purchased years ago, but they do not have an expiration date. How much would it cost to add express passes to our regular tickets? We are planning to go the last week of February 2021. Or, would it be less expensive to stay at a deluxe hotel for a couple of nights and get the EP perk then transfer to a moderately priced Universal hotel? Thank you!

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Aug 14, 2019 at 10:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Larissa!

Universal Studios Hollywood does not have any associated hotels with perks like Universal Orlando does, though it does offer partner hotels. As far as Express Passes go, a good way to judge the cost to upgrade is to see what the price difference between a regular one-day ticket and a same-day Express ticket and base your estimation on that.

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Aug 13, 2019 at 4:45 a.m. Karen Wolf Says...

Hi, great info on your blog. We will be going to the park this Thursday Aug 15. Can you give us info on what to expect crowd wise? Happy to say we bought express passes! Thank you

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Aug 13, 2019 at 10:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karen!

Thanks for hopping by (and for the kind words!) According to our Crowd Calendar, Thursday looks to be about a 7/10. Your Express Passes will certainly help. Have a great time!

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Aug 12, 2019 at 7:06 a.m. Michelle Says...

Hi, we are planning to go August 30th, do you think we need express pass? If we do get express pass can we upgrade to unlimited on the day if need be?

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Aug 12, 2019 at 3:01 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle!

That day looks to be moderate in terms of crowds according to our Crowd Calendar (6/10). You can either upgrade to add an Express Pass at the park, or to an Unlimited Pass when you arrive, as well. Keep in mind that these can sell out, so it's best to make that decision early on in the day. Have fun!

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Aug 6, 2019 at 4:38 p.m. Jenn Says...

Hi, we are visiting August 28th or 29th 2019. I want to get a Go Pass to do other attractions as well during the week but concerned about not being able to upgrade when I arrive (sold out). Do you anticipate the crowds being large that day? Thanks!

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Aug 6, 2019 at 1:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenn!

According to our Crowd Calendar, both of those days are forecast to be a 5/10 in terms of crowds, so upgrading shouldn't be an issue.

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Aug 1, 2019 at 9:39 p.m. Joseph Says...

Hello, I am planning a visit to Universal Hollywood on Friday, August 16th. We are a family of 3 and I was wondering how much it would cost to upgrade from a General Admission ticket to a Universal Express pass for that day? Also, do you think the park would be busy that day?

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Aug 2, 2019 at 10:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joseph!

On the 16th, a ticket with the Express option is $249. Crowds are expected to be a 7/10 that day. Have fun!

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Jul 12, 2019 at 5:24 p.m. Kris Says...

We are coming from the east coast and only have 1 day for Universal Studios (Tues Aug 13) and 1 day for Six Flags Magic Mountain (Mon Aug 12). Trying to balance having a great time (aka not spending all day in line) with cost. Thoughts on needing the Express for August 13? Thanks!!!

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Jul 15, 2019 at 4:18 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kris!

We'd definitely spring for the Express Pass if you're able, as it'll still be busy!

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Jul 10, 2019 at 9:46 p.m. Ariel Says...

Hello! We're planning on visiting on September 5th and 6th. We were planning on purchasing the California Neighbor Pass, is it possible to upgrade this pass to the express pass? Or what would our best option be for these dates? I saw on the calendar that these dates aren't expected to be that busy, but what does "average crowds" mean really? What is typically the average wait time during those types of days? Do you think we woudl even need the express passes? This is our first time going so any tips/tricks are greatly appreciated! One last thing, does the park do anything special for birthdays? We will be celebrating a birthday on the 5th, their actual birthday is the 4th.

Thanks a bunch in advance!

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Jul 8, 2019 at 11:50 p.m. Noel Says...

If I bought the GoCity Card, Can I upgrade to the Express Pass online? Or it has to be only at the Park on the day of admission?

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Jul 16, 2019 at 11:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Noel!

You'll need to upgrade at the park on the day of admission.

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Jun 12, 2019 at 11:41 p.m. Crystal Says...

Hey,

I will be taking my nephew on the 23, I purchased the City Go Card, but definitely want to upgrade to the express. I have a feeling the park is going to be extra packed given all the Jurassic World hype. Is there any way to do this prior to arrival? If not, where exactly are the upgrade kiosks located inside the park that way I can get them before they sell out?

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Jun 19, 2019 at 6:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Crystal,

They have not yet announced the opening date of Jurassic World. You can upgrade to Universal Express at the ticket booths out front or at the Box Office inside the park (just walk straight after entering the park).

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May 17, 2019 at 2:44 p.m. Jo Says...

I will be traveling to Universal Studios Hollywood during peak season (3rd week of July) with 2 other adults. I know that I definitely need the Express Pass, so I have the option of buying it beforehand or waiting until the day of to get them in the park. I've checked the price on your site and the difference between the 1-Day anytime ticket and the 1-Day Universal Express peak ticket is about $127.

I was curious about how much the upgrade would be if I bought a regular ticket then bought the express pass at the park? Is it usually less or more than if it was bought in advance? I will kick myself if when I get to the park they are offering the upgrade for say $100 cause I could have saved $27 per ticket. But on the opposite side, if I get to the park and the upgrade is $150 or more, I will also be pretty upset. What have you seen in your experience?

Thank you in advance!

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May 24, 2019 at 8:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jo!

You can save some green by purchasing in advance. Plus, if you wait, you do run the risk Universal Express Passes selling out. The price to upgrade in the park that day should be about $130 and is subject to availability. It'll really just come down to whether you're okay with waiting and taking the gamble, or if you'd prefer to guarantee the pass ahead of time! We generally recommend purchasing in advance to secure the pass.

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May 13, 2019 at 10:35 a.m. Joe Says...

Can i buy the express ticket online one day prior to visiting the park in July?

We will be in LA in the second week of july and i want to buy the ticket one day before visiting the park when i am sure we will visit.

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May 13, 2019 at 2:29 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joe!

Our Peak and Anytime tickets discount tickets are good for any day in July, so you can buy it and conveniently choose to use it any day of your journey. We recommend purchasing at least 48 hours in advance since there is a short verification process.

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May 12, 2019 at 4:26 a.m. Tracey Brewington Says...

I have a family of 5 and plan on going to USH on May 30, 2019. What will the crowd be like. Do you suggest the Express tickets? If I buy general admission tickets or express tickets; can you ride and see all attractions?

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May 14, 2019 at 11:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tracey,

This is a good question, and it's hard to say. With Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland, there may be more guests who come to Universal as well. I would say most likely you would be OK without Express Pass, but you can also add it once you arrive.

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May 11, 2019 at 12:20 a.m. Teri Empey Says...

You said in the article that the off-peak Express Pass was available during part of June. We are planning on coming June 12-15 to 1 day at the park, but when I clicked on the link in the article it does not show that it is valid during June. Can you help me out with this?

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May 14, 2019 at 11:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Teri,

It looks like now there is a mid-peak ticket, and most of June falls into that one. This is the ticket.

You can see all of our discount Universal Studios Hollywood tickets here.

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May 14, 2019 at 11:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Teri,

It looks like now there is a mid-peak ticket, and most of June falls into that one. This is the ticket.

You can see all of our discount Universal Studios Hollywood tickets here.

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Apr 30, 2019 at 7:50 p.m. Lisa Says...

We are coming on a peak day of course, either June 27th or 28th. I plan on getting the Express pass whichever day we decide on (in advance). Do we need a full day at Universal or would we be able to ride everything say if we arrived at 3pm? Thanks for your time.

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Apr 30, 2019 at 4:29 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lisa!

You’ll definitely need a full day even with Express Pass if you want to see the shows, hit the Studio Tour and ride all the rides. Enjoy!

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Apr 25, 2019 at 7:25 p.m. Holly Says...

Hi we have 4 day park to park tickets the last week of May. Are the express passes just good for one day or the length of your ticket? We have the tickets, but have not yet bought Express Passes yet.

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Apr 26, 2019 at 7:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Holly,

You are on the post about Universal Studios in Hollywood, but it sounds like you are talking about Universal Orlando. If that is the case, Express Pass works differently than how it is described in this article. We've got another post that explains Universal Orlando Express Pass, but essentially, it works there as an add-on to your ticket, and you can decide how many days you want it for.

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Apr 10, 2019 at 6:47 p.m. Ryan Says...

My family of 6 will be heading to Universal Florida for 3 or 4 days starting June 17. Would upgrading to the Express Pass in advance be the best bet? That time of year seems to be a gray area as far as crowds (big but maybe not too big?). Its a big expense but at the same time I would rather skip hour long waits. Thanks for your help!

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Apr 11, 2019 at 8:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ryan!

We'd spring for the Express Pass if you can. With kids out of school, folks taking an extended vacation after Father's Day, and higher crowds in the area due to the opening of Galaxy's Edge, it's likely to be busy.

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Apr 10, 2019 at 1:04 a.m. Rey Says...

Hi,

I read your Park Plan and I am wondering what changes you would make to the Park Plan if I am getting the Express Pass. For example, should I start off at a specific section of the park and make my way around. Or do you suggest I stick to the Park Plan? Thank you in advance.

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Apr 10, 2019 at 12:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rey!

Great question - the park plan also works well with Express! Just be sure to check the showtimes and make adjustments based on the show schedule. (We actually followed the plan with Express just last week!)

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Apr 6, 2019 at 9:56 a.m. Jonathan Says...

Hi. Can we upgrade to the unlimited express line for the 2 day ticket for Universal Studios Hollywood? Planning on going April 26-27. Are these dates busy? Thanks!

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Apr 8, 2019 at 2:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jonathan!

According to our Crowd Calendar, those dates look to be a 7/10. You can upgrade to an Unlimited Express pass upon arriving to the park.

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Apr 6, 2019 at 6:59 a.m. Jane Says...

Hi, I plan to go solo on Thursday 2nd May which looks to be low peak, would it be worth getting the express pass? Thanks, Jane

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Apr 8, 2019 at 2:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jane!

That day only looks to be a 5/10 according to our Crowd Calendar, so we don't think you'll need to upgrade :) Enjoy!

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Apr 6, 2019 at 12:15 a.m. Erica Says...

Hi! We will be here for Christmas this year and I have already purchased the express pass. Does it work for things like the Grinchmas shows, tree lighting, things like that? Or is is only for non seasonal activities. Thank you!

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Apr 9, 2019 at 7:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erica!

Express Pass is just for rides and permanent attractions. The seasonal shows are all first-come, first-served, but there are so many shows, so you should not have a problem.

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Apr 2, 2019 at 2:59 a.m. KKissal Says...

We will be there 4/22 and 4/23 and want to access both HP areas and parks with as much ease as possible for a family of 5 during spring break. The VIP is too prohibitive, but will 2 day-2 park w unlimited express passes be helpful or should we still expect long lines b/c of spring break?

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Apr 2, 2019 at 8:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi KKissal!

The parks themselves will be busy due to spring break, but with Unlimited Express passes, your wait time should be minimal. Enjoy!

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Mar 27, 2019 at 6:03 a.m. Grace Says...

We are planning to go on 4/24 and planning to purchase the express ticket on your site. Not sure which one to select whether peak or not peak?

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Mar 27, 2019 at 7:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Grace!

Non-Peak will be the right ticket if you're visiting in 2019! Here's the fine print: (E-ticket valid: 2019- January: Whole Month. February: Whole Month. March: Whole Month. April: Whole Month. May: 1-24. June: Not Valid. July: Not Valid. August: Not Valid. September: 3-30. October: Whole Month. November: Whole Month. December: 1-13). Have a frogtastic time!

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Mar 20, 2019 at 6:02 p.m. CArlos Says...

But you can ride any ride you want or you'll have a limited amount of rides you can use? that's what I really want. to know cuz I know you can use it 1 time for ride but they don specify if there's an amount of ride you can use on your visit!

Please let me know, im not from the US but hopping you can answer my questions!

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Mar 20, 2019 at 1:29 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carlos!

You'll get one-time express access to every ride, attraction and seated show in the park. You may also have the chance to upgrade to an Unlimited Express pass, giving you this same benefit, but allowing you to experience each ride, attraction and show as many times as you'd like.

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Mar 11, 2019 at 8:01 p.m. Tracey Thomson Says...

Question, do we get the early entry to the park with the Universal Express Unlimited ticket?

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Mar 11, 2019 at 3:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tracey!

Early park admission will not come with the Universal Express ticket; the early park admission is a benefit reserved for folks who purchase a Universal Partner Hotel package.

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Mar 8, 2019 at 6:39 a.m. Keith Says...

HI, does the Universal Express pass work on the Studio Tour ride? Thank you

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Mar 9, 2019 at 7:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Keith,

Yes, it does.

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Mar 7, 2019 at 7:27 p.m. Yaron Says...

Hi!

We are planning to spend one day at Universal Studios Hollywood at 4/23. Do you recommend getting the express pass?

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Mar 7, 2019 at 2:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Yaron!

The Crowd Calendar is showing that as a 7/10 in terms of crowds, so it's probably a good idea to do so.

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Mar 6, 2019 at 6:32 p.m. DALIA Says...

Hello!!

I'm planning on going this weekend march 9th you think it will be super busy enough to purchase the universal express pass or would it be a waste? Please let me know... Thank you!

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Mar 7, 2019 at 8:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dalia,

It would not be a waste, but it will not likely be the peak of spring break.

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Feb 28, 2019 at 7:45 p.m. Darron Vincenzo Says...

We are visiting the park on either Friday 22 March or Saturday 23 March.

1. If I buy a one day ticket can I use it for either day or must I specify the day when buying the ticket?

2. Do you think an express pass will be necessary on either one of these days?

3. I know Saturday will be busier than Friday, but the park is open later. Is it worth the extra hours in the park?

4. Will these dates be in spring break?

Sorry for all the questions

Thanks

Darron

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Mar 4, 2019 at 10:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Darron,

You can use it either day, provided there is no blackout on the ticket. Please check the specific terms. As far as Express Pass, it is a busy time, and we would consider them if it's possible. If you think you will take advantage of the extra hours, then Saturday is worth considering, but it's really up to you and how you plan to tour the park.

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Feb 18, 2019 at 8:22 a.m. Stephanie Hernandez Says...

I just purchased a 3 day pass, and didn’t realize it was like 10$ more for an annual....

can I upgrade that to an annual at the park?

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Feb 21, 2019 at 2:40 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephanie,

Yes, you can.

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Feb 16, 2019 at 8:48 p.m. Jason Says...

Hi, we (family of 4) are planning to visit Universal Studios Hollywood on either Sat. 6/1/19 or Sun. 6/2/19 and I'm debating whether or not to get the Express Pass. What is your recommendation? Thanks.

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Feb 21, 2019 at 2:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jason,

It won't yet be super crazy busy, but you likely will still see elevated crowds with it being a weekend. It's a tough call. You could hold off until you arrive and add it early in the day if you think you need it.

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Feb 13, 2019 at 2:37 p.m. Katherine Says...

Hello ! We're visiting the universal parks in august and we're going to buy the express passes, no doubt. The questions is that we are two adults, one 6 year old kid and one 2 year old... Should we get 2 passes (one for me and one for the 6 year old) and my husband could get on the single ride lines... But I'm sure he'll want to ride with our 6 year old son on some rides... is this possible to alternate between us the use of one express pass ? (pardon my english, I'm french). Thank you for your answer.

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Feb 21, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katherine!

Yes, you should be able to take turns with the Express Pass, but keep in mind that each pass only is good for one time use at each ride so you can’t each ride the same ride with it. Since you have the two year old, you might see if you are able to use Child Switch rather than Single Rider, and then your son might just get a second ride with the supervising parent.

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Feb 12, 2019 at 2:42 p.m. SB Says...

Hi, we (my husband, my son age 15 , daughter age 6 and I) will be spending 4 days at Disney resorts in Anaheim and planning on spending a day at Universal Studios in between the 4 Disney days. We definitely want to go for the Universal Express Pass, however we were back and forth on the VIP pass too but considering the little one, she will be board with the back stage tours etc. We will be there in August (13th to 17th). Is it best to purchase the tickets for Disney and Universal Studios now or wait until closer to time? Considering Universal limits the Universal express tickets sold on each day. Any guidance would be appreciated.

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Feb 12, 2019 at 12:30 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi SB,

We always recommend you purchase tickets as soon as you know your dates to lock in the best rates. Because of Star Wars Land, many people will be visiting Disneyland at this time, and that will spill over to Universal Studios Hollywood. For that reason, it's probably a good bet on purchasing at least the Express Pass.

Keep hopping!

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Feb 11, 2019 at 3:27 p.m. jesica Says...

Hello, I need to pass universal 1 day park to park for 05/23/2019 and do not know which to buy, the regular season or the value? thank you

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Feb 12, 2019 at 12:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessica,

Perhaps you're getting confused with Universal Orlando. USH does not offer Park-to-Park tickets since there is only one park. If you mean Express 1-Day ticket, you can purchase the non peak ticket!

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Feb 6, 2019 at 4:55 a.m. Kristy Says...

Very helpful article. We are planning to visit Disneyland and Universal May 2-7th, 2019 and planning on doing Universal on the Friday or Monday. Which day do you think would be better and would it be recommended to get the express pass at the gate. We already have our tickets.

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Feb 8, 2019 at 7:45 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristy,

Either of these dates should be great for Universal. Monday might be slightly better, but you shouldn't need Express Pass for either!

Keep hopping!

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Feb 1, 2019 at 4:18 a.m. Cindy Says...

We are planning to visit Universal Studio Hollywood either March 24 (Sunday) or 25 (Monday). Both are non-peak times, and Sunday with extra 2 hours. Would you recommend buying express tickets? Also, do you get early entry purchasing through undercover tourist? Thanks!

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Feb 4, 2019 at 2:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cindy,

You might consider purchasing Express for these dates. You would save since they are designated as off-peak, although we do think the parks will be busy both of those dates. We currently do not have early entry with our tickets.

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Dec 28, 2018 at 4:40 a.m. Nicol Says...

We will be there on Deceber 29 ,2018.

Is that going to be a busy day?

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Dec 20, 2018 at 7:19 a.m. Jonie Lieberman Says...

I am excited I will be visiting Universal Studios Hollywood with my 5 and 7 year old Grandsons! We will be going December 21st and I want to make sure the day is amazing. Do you suggest express tickets for December 21st?

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Dec 18, 2018 at 10:32 p.m. NAIR Says...

Hi, I am Planning to visit universal studios either 12/29 or 12/30 (not decided yet). should I buy express pass now or to upgrade it when i reach there on that day. Is there any per day limit on express passes ?.

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Dec 27, 2018 at 9:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nair,

There is a limit, but if you get there early enough you would likely be able to get them.

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Nov 19, 2018 at 6:04 p.m. Corina Says...

Hi, I am planning to take my family to universal studios Hollywood on dec 1 or 2. 2018 I am wondering what the crowds will be like on these days and If it would be worth it to get the Express pass as we are limited in our time from 9:30-6pm as well. Thank you.

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Nov 27, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Corina!

You're in luck! Our Crowd Calendar shows only moderately busy crowds on these days, with Dec. 2 being the better choice. Express passes would certainly save you lots of time, but are not a necessity in this case, especially if you're on a budget!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 25, 2018 at 10:24 p.m. Mihi Says...

Hello !

Thanks for the tips, great ! My family and I are planning to visit on November 2018 (we don't know yet which day but between 26-29th). After taking a look at the crowd calendar, i'm still wondering if it would be necessary for us to buy Express Ticket during this period of average crowd or if the 1 day general admission ticket would be enough.

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Oct 25, 2018 at 5:43 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts moderate crowds, so we don't see Express passes as a necessity, but they do always help eliminate wait times :)

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Oct 3, 2018 at 3:20 p.m. Michelle Says...

Hello! Very informative article! I’m going on vacation to universal Hollywood this month and I was debating if I should get the express pass after 2pm with horror nights admission for 2. Would that be smart? I would like to see Harry Potter and some shows which I know are closed during HHN. Do you think I’d have time with the after 2pm ticket to enjoy those attractions with the express pass? Also does the express pass come with a badge and lanyard or did they get rid of that? Thanks in advance!

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Oct 5, 2018 at 12:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle!

This sounds like the PERFECT plan to us, and we can't wait to hear what you think of Halloween Horror Nights! The Express pass is a paper ticket and you can purchase a lanyard to hold it for around $10 :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 29, 2018 at 8:30 p.m. JC Says...

hi - how often do you have your Universal Express Unlimited special deals on offer? We are visiting in January and wondering whether to buy Express passes now or wait and see if there’s a chance we could get unlimited for the same price. Thanks!

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Oct 2, 2018 at 12:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi JC!

We wish we could tell you! Our ability to offer you stellar deals depends on a variety of factors, but we promise to let you know as soon as we can. We recommend signing up for our e-mail list to be the first to know!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 29, 2018 at 6:39 p.m. N. McIntyre Says...

Hi! Thank you for the great tips. My family and I are planning to visit on Monday. Nov 19. Since it’s during peak time, I’ve decided to buy the Express Tickets online where we can either print them out out or have it scanned on our phone at the gate. My question is, after our tickets get scanned, will we be getting a wrist band or something to show we have Express tickets? Thank you!

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Oct 2, 2018 at 12:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Yes, don't worry! They will give you paper tickets to scan for Express throughout the park :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 26, 2018 at 7:15 p.m. Scott M Says...

Hi!

Thanks for the information. My girlfriend and I are going Sunday, October 6th with the After 2pm pass. I did not get the Express pass, but I'm wondering if we will need it. Also, can you upgrade to an express pass at the gate?

Thanks

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Sep 27, 2018 at 6:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Scott!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts fairly busy crowds. If you are only doing the after 2PM pass, it would probably be beneficial to upgrade to Express. You can do so at the gate as long as they are not sold out for the day. :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 23, 2018 at 6:16 a.m. Al Says...

Is there an option for express passes for UNLIMITED access at Universal Studios HOLLYWOOD? Or only at Orlando? I only see the express pass (once for each ride) option listed on the Universal Studios website. Thanks.

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Sep 25, 2018 at 11:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Check out our discounted Universal Studios Hollywood tickets ... including Express Unlimited!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 18, 2018 at 8:05 p.m. Nat Says...

We are attending on 11th and 12th October.

We are planning on buying a 2 day pass do you think we need express ? Also do we get early entry with your 2 day pass.

Thank you

Natalie.

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Sep 19, 2018 at 8:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nat!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts moderate crowds, so we don't think Express is a necessity.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 17, 2018 at 2:14 p.m. Brenna Says...

Is this different than the express pass that comes with some of the hotels? And I saw that this pass is only available for one-day only, is that true if the hotel pass as well?

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Sep 17, 2018 at 10:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brenna!

Sounds like you may be searching for information on Universal Orlando, not Hollywood. You can learn about Express at Universal Orlando Resort in this post.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 17, 2018 at 5:14 p.m. Brenna Says...

Whoops! Yep!

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