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When to Hop on Universal Studios Hollywood's Express Ticket

by Leap on August 15, 2018 499 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 tickets 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 Universal Express benefits! It's important to note that this 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. 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?

We get lots of people asking if they really need Universal Studios Hollywood Universal Express tickets 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 Universal Express 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 and May — and we know the park gets hopping during spring break. 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 Front of the Line Pass - 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 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 Express tickets. If you're 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 tickets, the family will be reunited in no time!

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

Universal Studios Hollywood Front of the Line Pass - 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 ride 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 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.

Jurassic Park: The Ride - Universal Studios Hollywood Universal Express - Front of Line

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 in the Lower Lot such as Jurassic Park: The Ride and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.

Upgrade in the park.

If you are really not sure if a Universal Studios Hollywood Universal Express is for you, or you already have your ticket or an annual pass, 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 and a $110 add-on Unlimited pass that could be used to skip the lines multiple times at each attraction. 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.

Universal Studios Hollywood Universal Express - Universal Studios Hollywood Front of the Line Pass - Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood 2015 - Front of Line Pass

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.

The Universal Studios Hollywood Universal Express 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 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 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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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.

Keep hopping!

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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.

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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.

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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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Feb 26, 2018 at 8:07 p.m. SM Says...

Hi,

I am planning to visit Universal Studio, LA on april 26,2018. Could you please let me know do I need to buy a express/or general pass for this day

Thanks

SM

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Feb 27, 2018 at 4:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

According to our Crowd Calendar, the park shouldn't be too crowded that day. You'd probably be okay with a regular ticket!

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Feb 17, 2018 at 4:49 a.m. MrsW Says...

Me and hubby are going to Universal Studios Hollywood for the first time, likely on either the 20th or 21st of March. If we get the express tickets will we be losing a big chunk of the day by getting there around 11am, or will the express tickets make the lost time negligible. We will be staying until as late as we feel like so we are not contrained in the time which we have to leave.

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Feb 22, 2018 at 11:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

You'll be going during a pretty busy time for the parks, so getting the Express Pass is definitely a great idea. We always recommend getting to the parks as early as possible, but if you're not able to, then have plan out your priorities so you know what you definitely want to experience! You can also check out our Universal Studios Hollywood Park Plans if you want an idea on how to navigate your day.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Feb 10, 2018 at 2:51 a.m. Kate Says...

We are planning on visiting Universal on Sept 21st, 2018. Would you recommend buying FOL tickets for a family of 5? Coming from Australia so want to do as much as we can in one day, but not sure it is worth the extra money at that time of year. Thanks!

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Feb 13, 2018 at 9:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kate!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for details, but the parks shouldn't be too hectic this time of year. However, if you are only spending one day at Universal, we definitely recommend the Front of Line tickets so you can experience as much as you can!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Feb 9, 2018 at 11:20 a.m. Rolando Pisia Says...

Im looking to go with the family to Universal Studios in Hollywood, we are looking to purchase the front of line tickets.

Just wondering if March 9th will be a busy day or not? Is it in the middle of Spring Break? Were coming from Australia.

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Feb 9, 2018 at 2:52 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rolando!

According to our Crowd Calendar, spring break season officially begins on March 10th. We think March 9th would be a great day to visit, and we do recommend getting the Front of Line Pass to make the most of your trip!

Keep hopping!

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Feb 3, 2018 at 7:57 a.m. John Says...

I remember when visiting in 2013/2014 that Universal sold front-of-line passes at the gate for $20 above the base ticket price when entering after 2pm.

Do you know if this is still the case for the express passes?

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Feb 7, 2018 at 2:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi John!

This is not consistently advertised or confirmed, but on certain days that the parks are open late, an express pass can be purchased on-site for $35.

Keep hopping!

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Jan 29, 2018 at 7:26 a.m. Janet Ashcroft Says...

Hi coming to the park is it busy round the 6 th September going to buy 6 passes frount of line2 day passes how muchwill I expect to pay as well please been be4 it's brilliant

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Jan 29, 2018 at 2:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Janet!

You can find our ticket prices and details here.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 28, 2018 at 2:16 a.m. caesar Says...

Hi ! I'm planning to go to Universal Studios Hollywood on September 1 2018, but I'm still confused which one should I buy, the 2 days admission ticket or express pass ? Thanks !

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Feb 1, 2018 at 12:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Caesar,

Well, it depends on how many days you'd like to spend at Universal Studios Hollywood! Do you want to spend two days? If so, then you should definitely purchase the 2-Day ticket. However, if you're wanting to get it all done in one day, an Express Pass is the way to go! The pass will help you skip the lines and minimize wait times.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jan 23, 2018 at 12:17 a.m. Sofia V Says...

Hi, we are planning a visit with my 2 year old. We are planning on doing the child swap option but, how would that work with a Front of the Line pass? Let say, If my husband where to get the Front of the Line pass, can we use it along with the child swap? Or would I have to purchase one as well?

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Jan 23, 2018 at 8:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sofia,

Both adults should have Front of Line, now called Express Pass. The whole party should arrive at the Express Pass entrance and the attendant will direct you to the Child Switch room (if there is one for that attraction). After the first person rides, they simply switch places with the other parent. While it is possible that buying only one pass may work, that goes against Universal Studios’s intentions and it is possible that they could ask you to both have Express Pass to enter the Express Pass line. If you decide to try it, be aware you may have to purchase a second Express Pass in the park (which could cost more money than advance purchase). It’s a gamble. If you decide to risk it, be sure to let us know how it goes. Keep in mind that many of the rides also offer single rider lines, which can save a lot of time and money since you are each going to be single riders for most rides.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jan 18, 2018 at 5:50 p.m. BASQUEMOM Says...

We will be in park Jan 27 crowd calendar says 6/10. There are 8 of us. Would it be necessary for all to have unlimited? Or maybe 1/2 of us and switch off? Thank you.

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Jan 18, 2018 at 1:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Having an Express ticket always makes a difference, but it isn't totally necessary. Seeing as that day is a moderately crowded day, you could probably make it without them. However, if it's in your budget, go for it! The tickets are tied to individuals through fingerprinting, so it's difficult to pass them off between each other.

Keep hopping!

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Jan 11, 2018 at 11:12 a.m. morna Says...

hi, I will be arriving in L.A on the 29th of June and leaving on the 4th of July I want to visit both Disney and universal during my stay. I was considering buying the GO card as you get the universal ticket included. however, this doesn't include the fast pass which I know we are going to need. Any help or guidance will be much appreciated as I don't know what the best way to do it is and what will save us the most money.

thanks morna

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Jan 12, 2018 at 12:30 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Morna,

If you plan on visiting many of the attractions covered by the GO Card, then it would be of great value! However, if you’re just wanting (or only have time) to visit Universal Studios Hollywood and Disneyland, then you might just want to buy tickets for those individual parks. Since you’ll be visiting during a busy time, purchasing the Universal Studios Hollywood Express Pass will help minimize your wait times and help you experience everything you want in the park.

Keep hopping!

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Jan 4, 2018 at 12:14 a.m. Tracey Says...

Hi there, we are going to Universal studios on the 10th March, and I see it is the first day of spring break in the USA. You have rated it a 7/10 on the crowd calendar. Do you think if we buy normal tickets and start at the early entry at 8am, we may get away with these tickets? For 3 people it will cost AUD $300 more for express tickets. Really not sure what to do, as have never been to the US in spring break before.

Cheers, Tracey

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Feb 9, 2018 at 11:23 a.m. Rolando Pisia Says...

My family is visiting the same time from Australia, and I was wondering the same thing, not sure whether to buy the express pass cause March 10th is meant to be a busy day, I think we might go on the 9th, hopefully we miss the big crowds.

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Jan 4, 2018 at 1:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tracey,

If you maximize your time and priorities, then we think you'll be fine. Check out our Universal Studios Hollywood park plans for tips on how to navigate the parks and maximize your time.

Keep hopping!

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Dec 27, 2017 at 6:27 p.m. Robert L Says...

Hello,

Is the FOL pass still on a lanyard that can be passed around. I don't care if it is against the rules to pass it to one family member to the other, the price is very costly ... but is it allowed, just for my info. Thanks!

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Jan 2, 2018 at 10:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Robert,

The pass is now the Universal Express ticket, so yes, you can still wear it on a lanyard!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Dec 20, 2017 at 3:06 p.m. monica Says...

hi, loved reading all your post . me and hubby along with 9 year daughter are planning to visit universal on December 30th. it a peak crowd on your calendar . I can't seem to find front of the line ?passes on your website . is now the express ticket ? it works to around usd 800. does it make sense or should we drop the idea of going . we are from canada

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Dec 20, 2017 at 3:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Monica,

Yes, Front of the Line is now the Universal Express. You'll definitely find it useful to have the Express ticket on a peak day like Dec. 30. Without it, waits will be even longer!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Dec 9, 2017 at 7:07 p.m. Maca Says...

Hi there team

I just notice front of line passes have turned into express passes any difference? Cheers ????????

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