When to Hop on Universal Studios Hollywood Universal Express Ticket

by Leap on February 7, 2019 525 Los Angeles

0218-hollywood-entranceWhat 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 (formally 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 - Front of Line - 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 peak and non-peak version of the Universal Express. What we like about this is that you can buy the non-peak (lower cost) option during some of the busiest times of the year. For example, the non-peak Universal Express is valid all of February, March, April, May, September, October and November — and we know the park gets hopping during spring break, early summer and Thanksgiving. The 2019 non-peak ticket is also good for Jan. 6-31, most of June (June 1-26), the end of August (Aug. 19-31) and the first half of December (Dec. 1-18). If you are not yet certain when you are going, you'll want to opt for the peak ticket—it is valid any time!

Universal Studios Hollywood Universal Express - Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Universal Studios Hollywood Universal Express

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 manage 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 - Universal Studios Hollywood Front of the Line Pass - Animal Actors

The Universal Studios Hollywood Universal Express pass gets you one-time priority access to each show. It gets you priority seating and includes some special meet-and-greets or up-close and personal experiences following shows after the rest of the audience exits. Check the show schedule to find out which shows offer this benefit when you visit. Lily and Tad really enjoyed meeting some of the animals (including a famous owl from Harry Potter movies!) after the Animal Actors Stage show thanks to our passes.

Consider buying Universal Express strategically.

Universal Studios Hollywood Universal Express - Universal Studios Hollywood Front of the Line Pass - Dino Play Area

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 get motion sick 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 a $70 add-on 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. But keep in the mind that if the park becomes more crowded than expected, they could raise the price AND sell out faster. So the more you need the pass, the harder it is to acquire in the park! 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 once is simply not enough and you want to be able to ride as many times as you can, there is an Unlimited Universal Express option. Whether you have a Universal Express ticket, a regular park ticket or a season pass, you can upgrade to Unlimited Universal Express in the park (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 to upgrade to Unlimited Universal Express. Prices can vary. If you purchase Universal Express tickets through Universal Studios online, you will be offered the chance to upgrade to Universal Express before checkout. All other tickets and discounted tickets can upgrade in the park. We recommend purchasing discount Universal Express tickets in advance (though 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 Pass

The old Front of Line tickets were given to guests as a lanyard worn around the neck, but 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, so if you have a lanyard with a clear pocket, bring it along for quick, almost hands-free scanning. They do sell 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, and 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 and make sure that you have enough time 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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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.

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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!

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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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Sep 8, 2018 at 3:48 p.m. Daniella Says...

Hi, we will be in LA on the week of 22nd October. We are thinking of going on either the tuesday 23rd or wednesday 24th - will this be best? Do you think fast passes will be needed? Do you have an idea of what kind of waiting times there will be on days like this? We will not have a ticket for the halloween horror nights, just want to visit in the day. Thanks!

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Sep 12, 2018 at 1:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Daniella!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts crowds will be fairly similar (moderate) on both the 23 and 24. We can't predict wait times, but we don't think Express Passes will be necessary.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 5, 2018 at 10:55 a.m. Jay Saunders Says...

Hi guys.

Will be going to universal 13th December thinking of getting the go LA card.

Can you add Express pass to this.

And would you recommend.

Have looked at crowd calendar and it looks medium.

Also can you add fast pass to knotts berry park also.

Cheers jay

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Sep 6, 2018 at 3:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jay!

Yes, you can add Universal Express onto the Go LA card. Once you are in the park, you can add Universal Express to any ticket for an additional fee. That fee can vary based on crowds and demand. We don't think it's necessary on a moderate crowd day, but certainly can't hurt! Fast Lane Passes are available at Knott's Berry Farm.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 27, 2018 at 11:50 p.m. Don Says...

I’m planning on taking my son sept 5 and 6. We are going to stay at a hotel that gets us into the park 30 minutes early. Would the express passes likely be available for sale upon entrance. Will we even need them?

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Aug 28, 2018 at 4:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Don!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts that the park will only be moderately busy on these dates. You should be fine without Express passes!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 26, 2018 at 3:42 p.m. barbi Says...

We were going to go to park tomorrrow, Mon the 27th, worth getting express passes?

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Aug 21, 2018 at 11:56 a.m. Kimberly Buck Says...

We haven’t taken the kids to Universal yet. They are 6 and 3.

Love the blogs on her to help us decide what to do and when!

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Aug 18, 2018 at 10:58 p.m. Jack Wolfowitz Says...

Hi. My sister and I (two adults) are planning to visit Universal Studios on Monday 4th Sept and get there as early as the gates open. Any guidance on whether or not we'd need an express pass? Thanks so much!

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Aug 21, 2018 at 11:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jack!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts low crowds throughout that week, so Express Passes should not be necessary.

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Aug 17, 2018 at 9:36 a.m. Bart S Says...

Hello! Thanks for such a informative guide- I am still debating whether to buy the universal express pass or not. I will be visiting on the 21st August (Tuesday) What say you? Worth or not worth? :)

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Aug 21, 2018 at 11:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emma!

Crowds don't look too bad ... you should be fine without an express pass!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 7, 2018 at 11:08 p.m. Daniel Says...

Hi there!

We are planning to go to universal studios on the thursday, 20th september this year. My idea is get the combo day and night with halloween horror nights, so from 2 pm. My question is, do you think that i need the universal express? And starting at 2 pm you think that i can enjoy most of the rides? My other option is going to HHN on thursday and friday to the park in the morning.

Thank you

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Aug 8, 2018 at 10:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Daniel,

Since you're going on a weeknight and will be able to enter the park at 2 p.m., we think you'll probably be okay without a Universal Express pass. You should enjoy the rides that close during the event when you first enter the park and then maybe experience the other rides during your time going from maze to maze. Either of your plans sound doable!

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Aug 4, 2018 at 1:30 a.m. Al Says...

Planning to go to Universal Studios Hollywood during the peak Christmas season. Would like to go for two days and was considering purchasing the two day pass. Can you purchase a two day pass with the express option? I only see that offered with 1 day tickets. Would be really pricey if I have to get 1 day express tickets and then pay the full price for another day. What's the best deal to get tickets for 2 days, with at least one day having the express tickets? Thanks.

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Aug 9, 2018 at 2:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Al,

Universal Express Passes are only being offered for one day right now. Hop over to our discounted Universal Studios Hollywood tickets!

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Jul 31, 2018 at 4:13 p.m. Geeta Says...

We are family of 4 adults and 5 kids and planning to visit Universal studio on Aug 10th, we have plans to buy express ticket and see how it goes on first day and if needed buy tickets for second day(in case we do not cover everything in one day with express). Out of 5 kids, 3 kids do not meet the height requirements of 48". Do you recommend buying express for them?Also for single rider how old kid should be to avail that.

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Aug 1, 2018 at 1:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Geeta!

This sounds like a great approach. Check out the Universal Hollywood Height Requirements to see how much your little ones would be able to conquer. If they aren't tall enough for most of the "big" attractions, we don't recommend purchasing an Express pass for them. Guests who are 48+ inches tall and/or 14 years and older are allowed in the single rider line without a companion.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 29, 2018 at 12:58 a.m. Melissa Says...

Hi there, planning to visit universal studios on Monday 10th Sept, would you recommend an express pass or would it not be necessary?

Also is there any rides/attractions that we should go to first to try and beat the crowds? Thank you

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Jul 30, 2018 at 8:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melissa!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts a 4/10 rating in terms of crowds. We don't think an Express pass will be necessary! If you're interested in the Harry Potter or Mummy attractions, be sure to visit that first.

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Jul 27, 2018 at 9:53 p.m. Jen Says...

Hi! We are planning to visit Universal Studios Hollywood around aug 9-10. We are a family of 4 including a 9 and 12 yr old. We are planning on getting the express pass. Do you recommend 1 or 2 days? I am hoping one day since the express pass is pricey, but I want to make sure we hit all the major attractions. Thanks!

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Jul 30, 2018 at 10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jen!

The park will be rather crowded on these days, but two days (one with Express passes) should be plenty of time to accomplish everything!

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Jul 16, 2018 at 2:09 a.m. Anna Says...

We are planning on going on the 6th November 2018 to universal (travelers from New Zealand). I notice the rating is a 5/10 (prediction). I was wondering what that actually means in terms of wait times. My son has Autism (Asperger) and queuing is not his strong suit but just wondering if any ideas on actual average minutes waiting? Hope that makes sense

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Jul 17, 2018 at 4:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anna!

Unfortunately, we aren't able to give a good estimate on specific wait times as so many variables are involved ... but a 5/10 is pretty mild in terms of crowds! This isn't too bad at all. We would also recommend stopping by guest services upon arrival to see if any accommodations can be made for your son.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 11, 2018 at 8:59 p.m. Sarah Mccroskey Says...

Hello! First off, I LOVE all of the information you have readily available, and it just increasing my level excitement. Is there a price difference in peak and non peak pass?

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Jul 11, 2018 at 11:52 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sarah!

Aw, thanks for your kind words! We are always hoppy to help. Yes, there is a price difference, and you can find all of our discounted ticket options here. Please reach out if you have any other questions!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 10, 2018 at 4:50 a.m. Rob Says...

How do I know which days are Peak at Universal Hollywood

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Jul 10, 2018 at 10:01 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rob!

Peak days at Universal Studios Hollywood are as follows:

2018- May: 26-31. June: Whole Month. July: Whole Month. August: Whole Month. September: 1-3. December: 15-31.

2019- May: 25-31. June: Whole Month. July: Whole Month. August: Whole Month. September: 1-2. December: 15-31.

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Jul 8, 2018 at 12:17 a.m. Eduardo Says...

A friend show me a “Front Line” ticket for up to 6 person to any show or attraction, where we can buy those tickets?

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Jul 10, 2018 at 9:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Eduardo!

Hmmm - the unlimited Front of Line ticket for multiple people is typically only for disability services or given by a team member if a ride is down. This is not something you can purchase. However, you can check out all of our discounted Universal Studios Hollywood tickets here!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 29, 2018 at 6:21 a.m. Amanda Says...

Can the Front of Line pass be used by multiple people...like is it an actual pass that i can just hand to my son to use and the later use it myself? What exactly does it look like? And how do they know if you ”share” it? I know it’s only for one ride, but still curious on the look and how they know who it belongs to.

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Jul 6, 2018 at 12:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amanda!

It is a hand-held ticket, so you could share it for one-time use for each ride. That works out if you want to use it on different rides. You might also consider using Single Rider for minimal wait times!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 29, 2018 at 5:52 a.m. Jenny Says...

My family of four is heading to Universal Hollywood July 20th, which appears to be a busy day. I was planning on getting the discount express tickets on your site, but I wanted to make sure that they include the 1 hour early entry. I didn't know if you only get early admission by buying tickets online strictly through universal studios. Thanks!

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Jul 6, 2018 at 1:01 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenny!

Great question. Our tickets do not include early entry.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 25, 2018 at 10:45 a.m. Victoria Says...

Hello, we plan to visit Universal Studios in mid-July with the ticket included in the Los Angeles Go Card. If we are there at the opening, can it be possible, that the upgrade to the express ticket is already sold out?

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Jun 25, 2018 at 10:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Victoria,

It is always possible for the pass to sell out, but if you're there in line by opening, then we don't think you'll have any problems.

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Jun 23, 2018 at 4:33 a.m. Glenna Says...

Hi. We just bought Express pass for first week of July 2018. What size lanyard can I buy to put the printed paper passes in that you can recommend? Thank you.

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Jun 25, 2018 at 10:08 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Glenna,

The new paper Express passes are small; they're probably about the size of a credit card!

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Jun 14, 2018 at 3:44 p.m. Alma Says...

If I have a military ticket or annual pass can I upgrade my ticket to express pass. Thanks!

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Jun 14, 2018 at 12:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alma,

Yes, you can upgrade at the park!

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Jun 11, 2018 at 5:25 a.m. Lu Says...

Hi. We are planning a trip early Jan 2019 and intend to get the express pass. can you tell me if this pass includes the studio tour or do you have to buy a seperate ticket for this? Many thanks Lu

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Jun 12, 2018 at 1:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lu,

Yes, the Express Pass includes the Studio Tour!

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May 31, 2018 at 5:06 a.m. julie Says...

I am planning to get an LA Go card and plan on buying express passes when we get there. how much are the express passes if we go on June 13th

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Jun 5, 2018 at 10:23 p.m. Natalie Says...

Hi Julie! I also wanted to know the exact same thing so I called the park's box office (where you buy the Universal Express), and they told me that it ranges from $50-$120. Since I'll be going in Early August, I'm pretty sure it will be $120.

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May 31, 2018 at 4:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Julie,

You can take a look at our prices here. If you plan on buying them at the gate, then hop over to Universal's site to get an idea!

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May 20, 2018 at 3:26 a.m. Ann Says...

Planning to purchase a 3or4 day LACard and go to Universal one day of the last week of June 2018. Is it possible to upgrade to a FOL pass with using the LACard Universal admission? There will be 3 adults and 1 child in our group.

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May 29, 2018 at 12:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ann,

You can upgrade to Universal Express at any ticket booth located in front of the park on the day of your visit! There are limited quantities of Universal Express tickets and the upgrade only applies to one day. Prices vary by day and generally range from $50 - $150 per person.

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Apr 30, 2018 at 11:36 p.m. Anonymous Says...

My boyfriend and I are planing on going to Universal Studios on June 27th. Is it a good idea to spend extra money on Universal Express passes?

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Apr 30, 2018 at 11:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts June 27 to be fairly busy, so Express Passes may be a good idea!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 26, 2018 at 3:54 a.m. Tiffany Lee Says...

I am taking 3 is my kids to universal studios Hollywood on May 14th. We can only be there for 1 day. Do you recommend buying the front of the line pass before we get there or just wait to see how busy it is and buy it there if needed? We want to try to do everything in one day.

Thanks!

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Apr 26, 2018 at 8:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tiffany!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts it will be a moderate 5/10 in terms of how busy it will be. This isn't bad at all! We don't think splurging on a front-of-line pass is necessary, so go ahead and wait to see how it is!

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Apr 6, 2018 at 11:38 a.m. angel says.. Says...

Hi!! Were planning to go to universal LA on 25th of april. Are we gonna get regular tickets or a fast pass? And how much will it be.

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Apr 6, 2018 at 10:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

You can visit our discount ticket page for all of your options and pricing details.

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Apr 5, 2018 at 3:45 a.m. Joanne Says...

We are traveling in July, planning on going on August 2nd. We have been to Universal Orlando 4 times, so we've been on all of the popular rides (Harry Potter, example) several times. Is it worth it then to go the express tickets? We will be more interested in riding rides and seeing shows that are not in Orlando.

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Apr 6, 2018 at 11:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joanne!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts that these dates will be pretty busy, so express passes are your call. We don't find them necessary unless you're concerned about doing every single ride. If you're focused on only doing those not available in Florida, you should be able to tackle them all - but an express ticket would save you time waiting in line.

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Apr 4, 2018 at 7:08 p.m. Nidia Says...

I will be coming down to Universal Studios Hollywood on April 7-8th should I purchase the express front of the line pass? I mean al be only getting on a few rides not all but should I worry, Do you guys think it will be very crowded?

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Apr 6, 2018 at 10:45 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

If you're not worried about riding many rides, we definitely don't think you need to splurge on a Front of Line pass.

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Mar 25, 2018 at 5:56 p.m. Adam Mattson Says...

The Universal express pass does not take you to the front of the line and from my experience is very similar to the Disney fast pass. Both give you reduced wait times. With the Express pass you don't have to go to kiosks, and the wait times are very significantly reduced, but you still often have to wait on busy dates. I think this article is misleading by saying it is different from the fast pass because you get to go to front of the line. It really depends on how many express pass people are wanting to go on a specific ride at the same time as you, just like Disney fast passes.

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Mar 20, 2018 at 6:24 p.m. Anne Says...

Hi,

6 of us are coming on 8/24/18.

Should we purchase an express pass for that day?

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Mar 27, 2018 at 10:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anne,

According to our Los Angeles Crowd Calendar, that date should be on the fairly light side as far as crowds go. Universal Express Passes won't be toad-ally necessary, but they certainly do always help you skip the lines!

Keep hopping!

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Mar 12, 2018 at 10:57 p.m. Federico Says...

Hi,

I am planning on visiting Universal Studios Hollywood on March 28th, would the non-peak universal express passes work for that date?

Thanks,

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Mar 26, 2018 at 7:10 p.m. Bret Says...

Hi, do you offer the unlimited front of the line pass also, or just the 1 Time each ride front of the line

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Mar 29, 2018 at 10:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bret,

We only offer Universal Express Pass, which offers one time for each ride!

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Mar 20, 2018 at 12:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Federico,

Yes, it will!

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Mar 4, 2018 at 12:12 a.m. Sofia Says...

Hi,

We are travelling from Australia with 3 children, ages 12, 11 & 6 and were planning on visiting Universal Studios on 24th April. I notice the crowd calendar shows there will be average crowds. Is 1 day pass enough to experience everything properly? There is an online special direct through Universal Studios at the moment for $129 USD for a 2 day pass. Not sure whether we need two days, what do you recommend?

Thanks,

Sofia

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Mar 5, 2018 at 9:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sofia!

We always recommend an extra day if you have the availability. It allows you to enjoy the park at a slower pace and experience all of the details. However, if you don't want to spend an extra day at Universal Studios, you will still have an awesome time on your first day.

Keep hopping!

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Mar 5, 2018 at 9:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sofia!

We always recommend an extra day if you have the availability. It allows you to enjoy the park at a slower pace and experience all of the details. However, if you don't want to spend an extra day at Universal Studios, you will still have an awesome time on your first day.

Keep hopping!

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Mar 2, 2018 at 6:43 p.m. Pink Says...

Hi, my boyfriend and I will go to the park on either 16 or 17 April 2018 (Mon or Tue). Would you please recommend us should we buy Express or not. I would like to ride all the famous ride and I will go there at the time the park is open. I've some questions. Is the Front Line Pass same as Express? and since 16 or 17 April 2018 is Non Peak time, what's the difference of buyting general ticket and Express ticket. Is there the other benefits of buying Express besides a faster line? Thanks:)

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Mar 5, 2018 at 9:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts that the 17th will be slightly less crowded. Crowds will be moderate so you should be able to experience most of the park with or without an express pass. (By the way, Express and Front of Line passes are the same!) However, we always recommend the express pass for a smoother, less rushed day.

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