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When to Hop on Universal Studios Hollywood Express Pass

by Leap on January 9, 2020 661 Los Angeles

A note from Leap: Universal Studios Hollywood closed temporarily in March to control the spread of COVID-19. Hop over to our What to Expect When the California Theme Parks Reopen post, which we will continue to update with the latest news and dates.

Universal Studios Hollywood Universal Express Ticket - Pinterest What 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 Express Pass (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 Pass 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 Express passes 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.

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Do You Need Universal Studios Hollywood Express Passes?

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 Pass. 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, October and November (when the holiday celebrations are underway). Plus, the non-peak Express Pass is also good most of January, half of April, most of May, most of September and the first half of December (before the holidays). Non-peak might happen to fall during your spring break! We like using Express Pass 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 Express passes.

The non-peak Express Pass can be used on the following dates:

2020: July 1-31, Aug. 1-31, Sept. 1-30, Oct. 1-31, Nov. 1-30 and Dec. 1-18.

2021: Jan. 2-31, Feb. 1-28, March 1-18, April 19-30, May 1-30, Sept. 7-30, Oct. 1-31, Nov. 1-30 and

Dec. 1-10.

2022: Jan. 6-31, Feb. 1-28 and March1-31.

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

2021: March 19-31, April 1-18, May 31, June 1-18, Aug. 18-31, Sept. 1-6 and Dec. 11-17.

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 Pass, also known as the anytime ticket, is required on the following dates:

2020: Dec. 19-31.

2021: Jan. 1, June 10-30, July 1-31, Aug. 1-17 and Dec. 18-31.

2022: Jan. 1-5.

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When to Hop on Universal Studios Hollywood Express Pass - Hogsmeade Entrance

Even though Universal Studios Hollywood Express Pass costs more than a normal ticket, the benefits can toadally make the expense well worth it. (Psst ... 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.

When to Hop on Universal Studios Hollywood Express Pass - Animal Actors

The Universal Studios Hollywood Express Pass gets you one-time priority access to each show. It gets you priority seating. It 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 after the Animal Actors Stage show. (That includes a famous owl from the Harry Potter movies!)

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 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 Express for them. Or, if you are prone to motion sickness like Flora, you might buy just your older kids an 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.

When to Hop on Universal Studios Hollywood Express Pass - Despicable Me Minion Mayhem

The Universal Studios Hollywood Express Pass can only be used one time per ride. If you know your froglets want to ride Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem twice, choose your ticket 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.

When to Hop on Universal Studios Hollywood Express Pass - Flight of the Hippogriff

Universal Studios Hollywood limits the amount of Express passes 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. Plus, you'll 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 Express non-peak ticket, you can save money. Some other affordable time-saving tips include the following:

  • Arriving at park opening.
  • Staying until park closing.
  • Utilizing Child Switch.
  • Using Single Rider for rides such as The Mummy, Transformers, Juarassic World — The Ride, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey and Flight of the Hippogriff.
  • Using the Virtual Line (via the free Universal Studios Hollywood app) for Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash (opening March 27, 2020).

Upgrade in the park.

If you are really not sure if a Universal Studios Hollywood 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. Express tickets can sell out on crowded days. 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.

The price may vary — even throughout the day! 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. Prices can vary, depending on the day. 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.

When to Hop on Universal Studios Hollywood Express Pass - 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 and ride. The pass was well worth it! It's really the only way to do Halloween Horror Nights.

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. Otherwise  you need to pull the Universal Express ticket out in the dark 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 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 Express Pass buys peace of mind. That way, 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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Oct 5, 2016 at 6:53 a.m. Rebecca Says...

Hi there,

thanks for such an informative post, we are going to visit on Thursday 17th November 2016, would you recommend front of line passes on this day?

thanks :)

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Oct 12, 2016 at 10:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rebecca,

You will probably be fine without FOL that day, but it is nice to have.

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Sep 29, 2016 at 8:15 p.m. PJ Says...

Hi,

Planning on taking a friend from Australia & her 4 yr old daughter to Universal Studios Hollywood on Friday Oct 7th - do you think we will need FOL Passes on that date?

Thanks in advance!

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Oct 3, 2016 at 10:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi PJ,

No, I don't think you will need it.

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Sep 27, 2016 at 8 a.m. Yi Says...

Hi,

I plan to visit Universal Studios Hollywood on December 25th, is that day crowded? Will you recommend me to buy the FOL pass? I plan go there 1 hour before opening time.

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Sep 27, 2016 at 8 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Yi,

Yes! We would highly recommend the Front of Line Pass for this date.

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Sep 26, 2016 at 6:45 p.m. Cat Says...

Hello,

We are family of four planning to go on Thursday October 13th. Will we need front of line pass? Can we see everything with the shortened hours for the Halloween event?

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Oct 12, 2016 at 10:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cat,

You should be fine. Arrive early.

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Sep 26, 2016 at 6:16 p.m. Kent Says...

Hi,

We plan to visit Wednesday Oct 26th. Do you think we will need FOL passes?

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Oct 7, 2016 at 3:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kent,

While they are always nice to have, we don't think you'll need them on this date.

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Sep 24, 2016 at 8:02 a.m. Katie Says...

Hello! We are visiting USH on November 25 and purchased the FOL passes for our family. I am wondering if it is worth it to upgrade to VIP with a 8yo an 9yo to utilize the unlimited FOL access to all rides?

Also, can you please explain the Wand Parring. My children are very much into HP (finally!).

Thanks so much!!!

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Oct 12, 2016 at 10:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katie,

The Wand Pairing takes a group of people into the Wand Maker’s shop at Ollivanders. The Wand Maker will randomly choose a Hogwarts age child/teen/young adult and have them do some spells with wands to find the right wand for them. Then they can purchase the wand in the shop. The whole audience goes into the shop and can do their own wand shopping. We have a post on this, and each show is slightly different with different spells!

The VIP experience is very special and highly recommended. People love getting to walk around the backlot and FOL and all the food that comes with it.

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Sep 20, 2016 at 10:33 a.m. Louise Says...

We will be visiting some time between 31 December and 3 January. Which would be the best day to visit? Is one day enough? Our children are 12 & 14.

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Sep 21, 2016 at 10:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Louise,

All of these dates will be very busy, but the 2nd and 3rd should be ever so slightly less crowded. If you can afford it, we highly recommend Front of Line passes.

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Sep 17, 2016 at 3:08 a.m. Louise Says...

Hi, we are a family of 4 visiting SoCal including Anaheim, San Diego & LA from Australia from 26 Dec - 4 Jan. With our first 3 nights in Anaheim to see Disneyland & CAP, and then overnight in San Diego to visit LEGOLAND and the Zoo, we'll have 31 Dec - 3 Jan in LA and want to visit Universal Studios in that time. Is a 1 day pass enough time to see it all? Which of those days would you recommend we visit? And I imagine a front of line pass would be definitely necessary at that time? Are there 2-day front of line pass options? thanks

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Sep 26, 2016 at 9:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Louise,

We do recommend the Front of Line pass during that busy Holiday time. With a FOL pass, you should be able to do it all in one day. Universal does not offer 2-day FOL passes, so we recommend one full day with FOL, and if you want to add an extra day then purchase a non-FOL for the other day.

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Sep 11, 2016 at 8:47 p.m. Jacqueline Says...

Hi, we are visiting December 27th. Should we upgrade to the front of line pass, thank you

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Sep 12, 2016 at 10:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jacqueline,

Yes, this is a good time to upgrade to the Front of the Line pass.

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Sep 7, 2016 at 4:57 a.m. Angie Castello Says...

Hi, family of 3 here going on Monday Dec 12th. Do you think we'll need front line passes? If no, how long is the typical wait in line on that day?

Thanks!

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Sep 14, 2016 at 2:29 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angie,

You should not need it at this time, and waits should be very minimal.

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Sep 1, 2016 at 2:28 p.m. Armin Says...

Hi!

We are visiting L.A. in October. We have planed to visit the Studios on Monday the 3rd. Do you think it is neccessary to buy a front of line ticket? When yes do you think we should buy it already?

Thx o7

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Sep 14, 2016 at 2:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Armin,

I don't think it's absolutely necessary for this date, although they are always nice to have.

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Sep 1, 2016 at 1:29 p.m. Tim Says...

What day is the best day to visit universal in LA the first week of october? Monday, tuesday, or wednesday? And i guess we dont need a FOL right? Thanks so far from Holland!

Tim

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Sep 14, 2016 at 3:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tim,

You should be OK on any of these dates without the pass, although they are always nice to have!

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Aug 31, 2016 at 9:52 p.m. Tim Says...

Hello from Holland! First of all; respect for replying everyone here. We visit LA the first week of october, i guess we dont need a FOL? But what day is the best to go? Mo, tue or wed? Thanks! Tim

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Sep 14, 2016 at 2:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tim,

All of those days should be pretty good the first week of October. Enjoy your time!!

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Aug 31, 2016 at 7:07 p.m. Barb Says...

We are going for the day Sep 18. We will only have 6-7 (9:30 to 4:30) hours in the park. Would it be a good investment, since we have such a limited time. It will be our first time there.

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Sep 14, 2016 at 2:54 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Barb,

You should be able to see and do a lot during this time, but probably not everything, especially since it will be the weekend.

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Aug 27, 2016 at 8:21 p.m. Claudia Says...

I am traveling the first week of December which I think is low season but I am not sure...I was won regular tickets and was curious if I should upgrade to front of the line tickets. If not, what are some of the basic average wait times for the popular rides?

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Sep 14, 2016 at 2:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Claudia,

If you go during a weekday, you should be fine without the upgrade.

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Aug 23, 2016 at 8:41 p.m. Lynelle Says...

Hi We are travelling in early March next year and was wondering if we should upgrade to the front of line pass thank you

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Aug 24, 2016 at 12:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lynelle,

At this point, if it's the first week or two, you probably won't need it, especially if it's a weekday.

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Aug 22, 2016 at 3:20 p.m. Matt Says...

Same sort of question - coming to LA next week - Tues, August 30th. Big Harry Potter fans. It's a past summer peak weekday - do you recommend FOL?

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Aug 24, 2016 at 1:01 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Matt,

No, you should not need it.

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Aug 22, 2016 at 2:13 a.m. Ebony Says...

We are visiting universal orlandp august 26 monday,we are so so confused about getting the pass. What would be the time difference if I didn't have the pass. Do you think we could do both parks in 1 day without the pass?

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Aug 22, 2016 at 8:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ebony,

Here is the post you are looking for:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/blog/universal-express-pass/

I think you could experience many of the popular attractions in one day without the pass, especially since there will be fewer crowds than the peak of summer, but definitely not all of them.

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Aug 14, 2016 at 9:27 a.m. Henry Says...

Hi Frog Family!

We're visiting LA in late November with the option of doing Universal on a Sunday or a week day- will we need the extra weekend hours? 10am-5pm on a weekday seems pretty short! Would love to know your thoughts on which day we should go and if we need Front of Line :)

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Aug 16, 2016 at 1:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

If it's not the week of Thanksgiving, you should be fine without the Front of Line pass. A week day would be better.

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Aug 11, 2016 at 10:34 p.m. Joshua Says...

We purchased FOL pass for Aug 24th, 2016 and was wondering if there was any info we can receive to better utilize the pass and perhaps have a game plan created for our trip?

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Aug 17, 2016 at 12:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joshua,

The FOL pass definitely makes it easier to enjoy your day with less stress in planning. You can only use the FOL pass one time for each attraction, so if you think you will want to ride a ride twice, you can choose to wait in a short morning line without scanning the pass and save the pass to ride again when there are longer lines. (You can also use single rider lines for certain rides after you have used your pass for the ride.) You can use your pass to get decent seats in a FOL section at a show. Be sure to check the show schedule that day when you enter the park for special show times with meet and greets for FOL Pass Holders. We enjoyed getting to meet some Animal Actors after a show. We like to do the 1-hour Studio Tour in the afternoon when our legs are tired. We also like to see the shows in the afternoon. There is no FOL for the Wand Pairing at Ollivanders, so wither do it first thing or wait until later in the day. If the line is long in the morning be aware that it gets much shorter in the later afternoon and evening. You never need to wait more than 30 minutes. If the line is over 30 minutes check back later.

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Aug 10, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. Chris Says...

G'Day!

We will be a party of 3 from Australia hoping to go on 5th of Sept. Do you think we will need FOL passes? Someone said it might be a public holiday? Will this it crazy busy in the park?

Cheers!

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Aug 17, 2016 at 12:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chris,

This is a holiday for us. Although not one of the busiest holidays for theme parks, you should consider Front of Line passes for this day.

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Aug 9, 2016 at 8:59 a.m. Jay Says...

Hello I'm from Hawaii and will be going there on May 20th 2017. Do you think we should purchase the fast pass? There will be 5 of us. 3 kids 2 adults.

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Aug 9, 2016 at 12:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jay,

While it will be a Saturday, I don't think it will be absolutely necessary at this time of year.

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Aug 8, 2016 at 4:11 a.m. Ivonn Says...

I'm planning to go to universal studios on September 17, would i need to purchase a fast pass?

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Aug 8, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ivonn,

No, you should not need it, although it's always nice to have.

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Aug 1, 2016 at 11:53 a.m. Wendy Says...

Hi, my husband, our daughter, (2yo) granddaughter and I want to visit Disneyland and Universal Hollywood in January next year on our way home to Australia. While it probably won't be overly busy when we're there--Jan 11 to 16--we think it'd be easier to have FOL tickets for Universal so we can take turns amusing the munchkin. Also, we'll probs visit Universal on Saturday. Do you have any idea when the FOL tix for January are released? Thanks

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Aug 16, 2016 at 12:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Wendy,

I would suggest checking back here in October.

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Jul 30, 2016 at 2:14 p.m. Scott Says...

My wife and plan to go on a Sunday in August, and I'm probably going to get the FOL passes. Here's my question. Do you completely bypass the queue areas? The rides are awesome, but they put almost as much work and entertainment into the queue areas also. Will we see any of that if we use FOL?

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Aug 9, 2016 at 12:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Scott,

You will not be disappointed with the FOL pass, which also takes you through themed queue areas. They are usually exactly the same but may be slightly abbreviated.

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Jul 25, 2016 at 9:54 p.m. tanya Says...

Hi,

we are planning to spend 2 days in Universal Studios Hollywood August 18 and 19. Do you think we need the FOL passes? Also, do you know if the official Universal Studios hotels offer it for free if you stay on their property?

thank you!

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Aug 3, 2016 at 1:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tanya,

If you arrive early and have two days to spend, you can probably get it all done in two days without FOL, but FOL does help. It will still be crowded. As far as we know, the preferred hotels do not offer FOL, but they do allow early entry one hour before the park officially opens.

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Jul 25, 2016 at 3:17 a.m. Monica Says...

I am putting together my daughter and her husbands trip to Universal Studios for the first time. Their trip will be for October 1st and 2nd. Will they need a FOL pass and you have a military discounts.

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Jul 25, 2016 at 8:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Monica,

I don't think you will need it at this time.

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Jul 21, 2016 at 7:58 p.m. Sophie Says...

Hi we are looking to go to universal 17/18 Aug - is this a busy time? Would a FOL pass be recommended? Thx

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Aug 3, 2016 at 1:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sophie,

It will still have summer crowds, so we recommend Front of Line. If you have two days to spend at the park, you can probably get by without it.

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Jul 21, 2016 at 4 p.m. Heather Says...

Are there fast passes available for the walking dead attraction?

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Aug 2, 2016 at 1:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Heather,

Universal does not offer Fastpass (this is at Disneyland). It is included with the Front of Line pass, but you likely would not need it for this.

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Jul 21, 2016 at 2:54 a.m. Lisa Says...

Hi,

Great and helpful post thanks! My boyfriend are I are planning to go Saturday August 27 before we fly back to Australia late that evening. Do you think the pass would be busy that day and that we should get a front of line pass?

Thanks!

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Jul 21, 2016 at 7:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lisa,

I don't think you'll absolutely need the passes at this time.

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Jul 20, 2016 at 1:17 p.m. Christoph Says...

We're a Family of 5 Kids 10, 14, 15 and will visit August 16th, 17th or 18th. Any recommendation on FOL passes in General and a weekday?

Thanks

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Aug 3, 2016 at 1:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christoph,

Some of the local schools start that week, but many people will still be on vacation, so it will still have summer crowds. If you can afford Front of Line, then we recommend it. If not, we recommend arriving early and staying late to get it all done. The afternoon lines are the longest, so get your must-dos done early and take advantage of single rider lines.

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Jul 19, 2016 at 3:55 p.m. Jose Says...

Hello,

My girlfriend and I are planning on doing 2 parks on Oct 8th. Universal/island of Adventure in Orlando. Do you think front of the line passes are recommended or we will be fine withouth them on this date?

Thanks,

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Jul 19, 2016 at 11:20 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jose,

This post is for Universal Studios Hollywood. You can find more information on Universal Orlando's Express Pass here: https://www.undercovertourist.com/blog/universal-express-pass/

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Jul 19, 2016 at 11:32 a.m. Dani Says...

Hi,

We will be visiting USH on saturday October 8. Would you recommend a FOL ticket?

Also wondering if we would need to purchase a FOL ticket for our 3 year old. She isn't tall enough to ride anything really? Are the names on the passes? Would we be able to give her pass to my son so he is able to have a second turn on rides she is too small for? If she doesn't have a pass would she be able to sit with us in vip seating for shows?

Thanks for your help!

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Aug 2, 2016 at 1:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dani,

We don't think they will be absolutely necessary at this time, and definitely don't recommend it for your 3-year-old. You could use the child swap for her. She would be able to sit with you at the shows.

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Jul 15, 2016 at 10:27 a.m. Fran2110 Says...

Hy.

We are going to visit Universal Stuidos LA on August 25th (thursday). Do we need to get the front of lines pass?

Thanks

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Jul 18, 2016 at 12:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Fran,

I don't think you will absolutely need it on this day, but it's always nice to have :)

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Jul 14, 2016 at 5:36 p.m. jack.weston@hotmail.co.uk Says...

Hi, I am planning to go to Universal on a Thursday in mid-September with my partner, do you think FOL passes will be required then?

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Jul 18, 2016 at 12:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

No, I don't think you will absolutely need them at this time.

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Jul 13, 2016 at 9:21 p.m. Jimmy Says...

Hi, 2 of us will be visiting on Thursday 8th September, do you think a FOL pass is needed? What will the average queue times be? What will the weather be like? How much is a coke? How many people attended the studios in 2011? What is the highest point in the park? What year was it established? Thanks a million :)

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Jul 18, 2016 at 12:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jimmy,

You should not need a pass for this day ;)

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Jul 13, 2016 at 3:26 a.m. Colby Says...

We are in town, bought FOL tickets for tomorrow, and are excited to see the Walking Dead.... however, there has only been one question on it, and it was UNDECIDED? Do FOL passes work for a single time through the attraction?

Thanks,

Colby

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Jul 13, 2016 at 6:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Colby,

Yes, the FOL passes work on a single visit through the attractions.

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Jul 8, 2016 at 9:31 a.m. diana Says...

Hi,

I am planning on going to Universal end of August, so slightly past peak season. The week I am planning to go to the park is week of August 22. Would you suggest Front of Line for this week? We mostly want to see Harry Potter World. Also, worried about booking a specific day, if it rains, etc. What is the park like in the rain and I assume if you purchase a specific day you are 100% bound and what is the financial benefit for specific day? Look forward to your thoughts and thanks in advance!

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Jul 11, 2016 at 2:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Diana,

I don't think it is absolutely necessary this week, especially if you go during the week. Unfortunately, there are no rain checks on the Front of Line pass.

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Jul 5, 2016 at 1:59 a.m. AB Says...

We plan to visit, Saturday July 30th. Family of four, 2 adults, 12 year old and 8 year old, dad likes the roller coasters and all rides, kids will like harry potter, jurassic park and mild to medium rides. Should we get FOL, if so, think we should get just 1-2 passes or all 4?

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Jul 18, 2016 at 10:20 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi AB,

Having two front of Line passes shared amongst family members with different interests can help you to avoid waits, especially when used later morning to early afternoon. Save rides the whole family wants to go on for early morning and then evening.

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Jul 4, 2016 at 5:02 a.m. Cristina Says...

Hello there,

My boyfriend and I are planning on taking a small trip to LA (Sep 20-24)focusing more on Disneyland. We are planning on visiting Universal Studio on Friday, do you think that I should purchase FOL tickets? Or regular admission? I just worry that Friday is sometimes still considered weekend.

Thanks a bunch!

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Jul 11, 2016 at 1:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cristina,

I don't think you absolutely need them at this time, but they are always nice to have.

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Jul 3, 2016 at 1:40 p.m. Stuart Says...

Hi do you advise Front of Line for Monday 8/29 - thanks

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Jul 11, 2016 at 1:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stuart,

Yes, we'd recommend the Front of Line pass if you can afford it.

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Jul 1, 2016 at 6:33 p.m. Clarisse Says...

Hello,

If I have the front of line ticket on a thursday in july, how many hours will it get until I visited all the parks ( or the biggest things to do) ? Can I only buy regular tickets or I will miss some time ? Thanks !

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Jul 18, 2016 at 10:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Clarisse,

There is only one park at Universal Hollywood. If you have Front of Line you should be able to see everything in the park without a problem. The Front of Line Pass is good all day. You might not be able to get it all done with a regular ticket. If you do not get Front of Line, arrive early and plan to stay late.

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Jun 30, 2016 at 4:46 a.m. Leeann Henry Says...

Hello,

We are going on August 15th and have purchased the FOL tickets. Does the ticket include early entry into the park? Thanks!

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Jul 11, 2016 at 1:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Leeann,

This does not include early entry.

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Jun 28, 2016 at 8:29 p.m. Helen Says...

I'm going 7/27/16 midweek peak season. Do you suggest the pass? It's bit out of my budget but also trying to have a good time. Thanks!

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Jul 11, 2016 at 1:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Helen,

It's a busy time, but if it's out of budget, get to the park ahead of its opening. Ride Harry Potter and Forbidden Journey first thing, then head to the Lower Lot attractions. You'll get those out of the way during the lowest wait times.

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Jun 28, 2016 at 3:20 a.m. Paulita Says...

We are planning to visit USH on a weekday during 18 July to 1 August. We are 2 adults and 1 child (11 years). Do we need to get the FOL pass?

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Jul 11, 2016 at 1:29 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Paulita,

It would be nice to have during this time if you can afford it.

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Jun 26, 2016 at 4:48 p.m. Nancy Says...

Hi! We are going the second week of July. Would you recommend a front of the line pass. Would it make a difference if we went on a Sunday vs a Tuesday? Thank you!

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Jul 11, 2016 at 1:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nancy,

Sorry for the delay, but your comment was in our spam filter. What did you decide to do and how did it work out?

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Jun 23, 2016 at 6:34 a.m. T-rex Says...

How does a front of the line pass work if you buy it online and have an e-pass? do they give you a lanyard at the gate or something?

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Jul 11, 2016 at 1:15 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

You would exchange the printed email (or show mobile confirmation number) for a lanyard in the park.

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Jun 21, 2016 at 6:49 p.m. Deb T Says...

Hi, My husband and I will be visiting Disneyland and Universal the first week in October. He's disabled and we're staying at the DIsneyland Hotel. We'll be buying Front of the Line Passes. Couple questions: 1) with his walker, will he have any trouble parking his walker while we ride an attraction/ride? 2) Do you recommend driving from Disney, taking a bus/tour, or taking a taxi?

Thank you!

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Jul 14, 2016 at 9:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Deb,

All of the attractions should have areas where he can park his walker (much like where you can store strollers, wheelchairs, etc.) Having your own car is always more convenient, but you’ll have to deal with parking. Good news is the parks offer trams from the parking lot to the park. If you don’t want to rent your own car, then it’s really up to you on how you want to travel! Disneyland’s bus and trams are all serviced by vehicles that can accommodate wheelchairs, walkers, strollers, EVCs, etc.

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Jun 21, 2016 at 5:17 p.m. John Says...

We are going to Universal on Thursday, July 21. Do you think it is worth paying double the cost to skip the line once. We really want to see Harry Potter, but do we need the Front Of Line to enjoy it?

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Jul 11, 2016 at 8:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi John,

I don't think you absolutely have to. What we recommend is you arrive ahead of opening. Visit Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey once you get in, then head to the Lower Lot attractions for the lowest waits. You can then go back to the Wizarding World and explore later in the afternoon.

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Jun 20, 2016 at 4:15 p.m. Angelica F Says...

Hello! We are planning on going to universal in July or August with our 3 month old. Would we use front of the line and child swap? Or would one wait outside the ride with baby while the other person goes on using front of the line?

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Jul 18, 2016 at 10:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angelica,

Yes, you can use front of the Line and Child swap. They have Child Swap rooms inside the ride where you can wait, or you could just wait outside if you prefer, since you have Front of Line.

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