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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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Jun 13, 2016 at 5:38 p.m. JohnE Says...

I am assuming a FOL pass is ideal for dates the week of July 11-15. Do you know when those will be released for sale. I currently only see up to June 17 value. Thanks.

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Jul 5, 2016 at 1:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi John,

This ticket is available:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/los-angeles/universal-studios-hollywood-front-of-the-line-peak-pass-ticket/

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Jun 13, 2016 at 3:35 a.m. Jesse Rockarst Says...

Hi and Sorry! My last post I forgot to mention the date was in August.

Hi! My family of 4 will be going to the park sometime between the 20th-23rd. In your thoughts would Front Of The Line Passes be worth while? Thanks!!

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Jul 5, 2016 at 1:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jesse,

They are always nice to have, but you shouldn't need them, especially if you go on a weekday.

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Jun 13, 2016 at 3:32 a.m. Jesse Rockarts Says...

Hi!

My family of 4 will be going to the park sometime between the 20th-23rd. In your thoughts would Front Of The Line Passes be worth while?

Thanks!!

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Jul 11, 2016 at 8:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jesse,

So sorry for the delay, but your comment ended up in our spam filter. What did you decide?

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Jun 11, 2016 at 4:55 a.m. Veronique Says...

Hello, very useful article! Thank you.

We plan on going as a family of 4 on October 21 (not at all interested in horror nights), with 2 kids of 8 and 10. Is 1 day enough? With/without FOTL? We could also go longer but that would be around Thanksgiving or early April 2017... Any advice (Crowd, $, weather)? Best deals? Thank you!

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Jul 5, 2016 at 12:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Veronique,

Yes, you can do it in a day, especially on a weekday such as Oct. 21.

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Jun 6, 2016 at 4:25 p.m. JD Says...

Hi--If I buy a regular admission ticket and then decide to upgrade to FOTL while in the park (early morning), does the cost typically end up being the same as if I purchased a FOTL ticket in the first place? Plan to spend Friday, 6/24 there. Thanks much!

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Jun 6, 2016 at 12:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi JD,

The cost can increase based on crowds, and it can also sell out. For that day, I would consider purchasing in advance. We are offering these tickets now at a discount.

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Jun 4, 2016 at 12:21 p.m. Rebecca Says...

Hi! We have a group of 7 adults coming 3rd October......do you think we need front of line passes?? Thanks, Bec

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Jun 17, 2016 at 4:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rebecca,

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

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Jun 4, 2016 at 4:44 a.m. Felicia Says...

Will the FOL pass work for the Upcoming Walking Dead ride/walk? We are planning a trip to USH July 6.

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Jun 17, 2016 at 4:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Felicia,

This hasn't yet been decided.

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Jun 3, 2016 at 11:02 p.m. Martine Says...

Hi,

Do you know when ticket sales start for January 2017?

Do we need FOL for Jan 10th? It's a weekday

Thanks!

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Jun 17, 2016 at 4:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Martine,

You should not need a Front of Line pass for this time.

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Jun 3, 2016 at 5:17 p.m. Michael P. Says...

Hello there!

We're going to be at Universal Hollywood in mid June. Even though it's a mid weekday, do you think we need FOP?

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Jun 17, 2016 at 4:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michael,

You might not. Check out this post: https://www.undercovertourist.com/blog/summer-crowds-universal-studios-hollywood/

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Jun 1, 2016 at 3:27 a.m. Jacinda Says...

Hi FrogBlog

We are a family of 7 visiting Universal in July 2016 from Australia. I can't see anywhere that a family can share the Front of Line Pass? Do they have photo's or anything? We too have age ranges from 9-20 years. Would it be safe just to buy 3-4 fast passes and 3-4 general passes?

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Jun 3, 2016 at 3:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jacinda,

The FOL pass is a lanyard that anyone can wear. There are no photos. It is only good for one time use at each attraction. So you can share the pass, but you cannot use the same pass on the same ride twice. It will only work for you if the sharers do not want to go on the same ride. You can also take advantage of single rider lines to shorten your waits.

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Jun 1, 2016 at 1:35 a.m. Georgina Says...

Hi there!

My partner and I are visiting mid July and we are definitely going to purchase front of line passes, my question is will we need two days to see all of universal and Harry Potter world or is it likely that we can experience it all in one day?

Thanks!

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Jun 2, 2016 at 3:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Georgina,

If you are purchasing Front of Line passes, one day should be good—just make sure to get there early!

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May 30, 2016 at 6:10 p.m. AK Says...

10 of us are planning to go to Universal Studios Hollywood on Friday, October 14th. Would it be a good idea to get Front of Line passes for this date? Also, when are Horror Nights? Thanks!

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Jun 3, 2016 at 3:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi AK,

You do not need a FOL pass during the day in October, but they are HIGHLY recommended for Horror Nights. This event is every weekend from the end of September through Halloween. Horror Nights require a separate ticket. The regular park will close early that night and then Horror nights will begin. Horror night guests have a wrist band that identifies that they can stay in the park after closing.

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May 30, 2016 at 12:48 p.m. Beatriz Says...

Hi,we are going to Universal at June 8 th or 9 th ,just one day ,Park to park , we are 4 adults and we should like to know If we should purchase front Of the line tickets ,thanks

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Jun 5, 2016 at 3:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Beatriz,

I think you mean Universal Express since you are talking about Universal Orlando with the Park-to-Park tickets. We have a post dedicated to this, but to answer your question you may want to consider it.

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May 30, 2016 at 6:49 a.m. novi Says...

Hi,

I will be visiting Universal studios Hollywood on 3rd July. Can the pass and ticket use to re-enter the park on the day? Thank you.

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Jun 3, 2016 at 3:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Novi,

Yes, but be sure to bring your ticket back with you and inquire at the exit whether you need a hand stamp.

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May 28, 2016 at 2:12 p.m. Barbara Says...

Our family of 6 (2 adults 4 kids 16,14,9,7) purchased 1 day park to park tickets for 6/9. I have been told the wait times w/o fast passes are crazy. But to buy them it's costing 109.00 + taxes for each of us. I'm having a hard time deciding if this is worth as purchasing them. Yes this trip is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity but money is also a factor. I haven't been able to find any kind of discounts for purchasing fast passes. Can you please give me your advice as to whether or not to purchase the fast pass and if there's any way to save money?

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Jun 2, 2016 at 3:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Barbara,

It's going to be busy, but we would only recommend if it's within budget. Universal doesn't offer FastPass; the Front of Line is the Universal equivalent. You'll find more tips to maximize your time in the park here.

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May 28, 2016 at 10:16 a.m. Roisin Says...

I'm going on June 16th or 17th (Thursday or Friday think!!). Would you recommend the front of line for this time? It's my first time being there by the way ????

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Jun 2, 2016 at 2:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Roisin,

This is peak time, so you may want to consider it.

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May 26, 2016 at 6:16 a.m. Stella Says...

We are planning to visit USH this Memorial Day weekend, specifically 5/29 - no kids, just 2 adults young at heart! Would you recommend the Front Line Pass for this date? My assumption is it will be very crowded this weekend, but what a difference in cost between the Front Line pass vs General pass. Appreciate any feedback you can provide!

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Jun 2, 2016 at 1:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stella,

So sorry for the delay in getting back to you. What did you end up doing and how were crowds?

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May 26, 2016 at 3:35 a.m. K Mills Says...

Hi,

We are planning to visit on Sunday, November 6, 2016. Is it worth it to purchase the FOL pass during this time? I think this is off peak, but the price doesn't seem to reflect that. Thanks for your help.

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Jun 2, 2016 at 1:18 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

You should be OK without them at this time, although they are always nice to have.

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May 26, 2016 at 2:58 a.m. Karen Champion Says...

I realize I am very LATE asking but our trip is a quick one day, June 3rd - a Thursday. Would you recommend a FOL pass? I am assuming more yes than no?

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May 31, 2016 at 8:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karen,

I think you are OK without it during this time, although it's always nice to have.

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May 25, 2016 at 10:36 a.m. Main Says...

Hi, I'm going to USH on Thursday June 8, 2016. Is this considered peak summer season already? Do you recommend a FOL pass? Thanks.

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May 31, 2016 at 5:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Main,

Yes, it is considered peak summer season. If you can afford it, we would recommend a Front of the Line pass.

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May 24, 2016 at 1:32 a.m. Maria Hernandez Says...

I'm planning on going the first days of June maybe the 3-7 though those days on a weekday maybe Tuesday do you think we need the front of the line pass ?

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May 31, 2016 at 3:13 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maria,

They are always nice to have if you can afford them, but I don't think you will absolutely need them at this time.

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May 23, 2016 at 10:40 p.m. Marianne Says...

Hello,

I will go with son 10 and 2 of his friends also 10 on the 14th June. Do you think we will need FOL tickets?

Thanks

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May 31, 2016 at 3:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marianne,

It will be crowded. If you can afford them, we'd say consider them.

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May 23, 2016 at 8:30 p.m. Deanna Says...

A bit random. But does anyone know the price of the front of the line tickets were last year for HHN? Trying to get an idea of how much I need to save for this year

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May 31, 2016 at 3:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Deanna,

It was around $129 last year.

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May 23, 2016 at 9:54 a.m. Rachael Morales Says...

We (4 adults) are thinking of visiting for two days - either Sep. 6 & 7, or Sep. 14 & 15. I have a few questions : 1. What hotel is best? Onsite, to walk there, or further to drive and park? 2. What ticket is best for two days - a one day, then another one day with Fol, OR a season pass plus with an Fol upgrade for a day. 3. Is the Walking Dead open, and have you seen it? Sorry for so much! Thank you, sincerely

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Jun 3, 2016 at 3:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rachael,

We have not visited all of the hotels, but the Sheraton Universal is within walking distance and has a fabulous buffet breakfast. Parking at Universal takes time, costs $18 to $35 and can include a long walk through City Walk if you do not choose preferred options, so if you can walk from your hotel, that is a bonus. Walking Dead opens July 4—we can't wait to see it! You can probably do the whole park in one day without a FOL in September.

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May 22, 2016 at 2:43 p.m. Cindy Says...

We are visiting Universal Hollywood Oct. 3 to 7 for one day on one of those dates. Will FOL be necessary? Thank you.

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May 31, 2016 at 2:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cindy,

No, it should not be necessary at this time, although it is always nice to have ;)

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May 21, 2016 at 6:40 a.m. Sushant Says...

Hi we are visiting from May 29 2016 and confused for purchase of front of the line trickets. Please advice us.

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May 31, 2016 at 2:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sushant,

So sorry for the delay in getting back to you. What did you end up doing?

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May 17, 2016 at 3:58 p.m. Joyce armstrong Says...

Hi we are visiting from June 21 - June 28 and would like to know if we should purchase front of the line trickets. There will be 4 adults and 2 children, so we would be grateful if you could give your best advice on how many to purchase, as we will not all be going on the same rides. Thank you for your help.

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May 17, 2016 at 2:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joyce,

Yes, you might consider purchasing them, but that would also depend on how many days you were spending. If you wanted to do more than one day, I don't think you need a FOL of pass.

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May 24, 2016 at 3:37 a.m. Ron Hall Says...

I am taking a trip 3 adults two kids mid june for 7 days will i need a front of line pass

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May 31, 2016 at 3:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ron,

If you can afford it, this is a good time to consider them.

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May 15, 2016 at 7:44 p.m. Rob S Says...

Would my almost 6 yr old son and I need FOL passes? We have two families going to Universal on a weekday after July 4th. The wives and youngest ones are going to Legoland, and the husbands and older ones are going to Universal. My son, to his dismay, will probably not be tall enough for Harry Potter (hes about 46 in), but loves any ride he's tall enough for.

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May 30, 2016 at 8:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rob,

Yes, I would consider Front of Line passes for this time.

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May 15, 2016 at 4:23 p.m. Gaurav Says...

We are planning to visit USH with my parents and our 2 yr old on May 26th. Do you think we would need the FOL ? We are planning to start our day early so as to avoid any longer queues especially at the Harry Potter ride.

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May 16, 2016 at 10:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gaurav,

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

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May 14, 2016 at 3:50 p.m. MONIQUE Says...

Hi, thanks for taking your time to reply to these. I'm going Friday, May 27th and we are really considering front of the line passes. I didn't realize it was a one-time use for each ride! I also see that Universal Studios Hollywood is offering packages where you can enter the park an hour earlier, with booking a hotel. I don't know if I should do that vs the front of line pass. We are really going for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Your input is appreciated.

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May 20, 2016 at 9:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Monique,

Getting in the park early is always great, but with Front of Line, you will be able to do everything in the park and then some even if you arrive at regular park opening. If you want to ride twice, either ride without activating your pass the first time if waits are 15 to 20 minutes or less and then use the pass when lines surge later morning, or you can use the single rider lines after you have used your pass. Here's a tip: The Lower Lot rides usually have no lines in the morning.

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May 12, 2016 at 11:28 p.m. Sapphire Twyman Says...

Hi there,

We are going to universal studios on June the 1st should we get front of the line passes?

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May 16, 2016 at 11:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sapphire,

I don't think it's absolutely necessary on this day, but you could if you want to avoid any major waits.

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May 11, 2016 at 1:23 a.m. Helen Says...

Hi,

I'm planning to visit USH on May 31st. It's the day after Memorial Day. Is it still crowded the day after and do you recommend FOL for that day?

Helen

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May 17, 2016 at 3:13 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Helen,

It shouldn't be too bad. You might be able to not purchase it. We suggest saving the Wizarding World for the afternoon, as it has been more crowded in the mornings.

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May 9, 2016 at 4:06 p.m. Jason Says...

We'll be heading to USH on Tuesday May 24 or Wed May 25. How long might the lines take for Minions, Simpsons, Harry Potter and the likes? Feeling like it should be fine without the passes but may be our only visit being that we live in Santa Cruz and don't make it south too often. Any tips or advice is much appreciated! Hop along now..cheers!

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May 20, 2016 at 9:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jason,

You should be fine without the passes as you are going weekdays and school is still in session in SoCal. We were there on a weekday in May and the lines were not too bad. The longest we saw Harry Potter was 45 minutes. It surges after park opening and then drops off. It could be more. The employee said the wait drops off an hour before closing.

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May 9, 2016 at 4:04 p.m. Shelly K Says...

Hello

My family and I will be visiting Universal Studios Hollywood on May 14th (Harry Potter World is on a visit list).do you think we will need three FOL pass?

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May 16, 2016 at 1:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shelly,

So sorry for the delay. What did you end up doing?

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May 9, 2016 at 3:53 a.m. SK Says...

We are visiting USH on July 12th and will be getting FOL passes. Do you know if we can upgrade to annual passes after?

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May 20, 2016 at 9:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi SK,

Definitely, but you have to do it at the Box Office in the park before you leave for the day. Be aware the Box Office does close one hour before the park closes, so be sure to upgrade before that time.

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May 8, 2016 at 12:07 p.m. Katrin Siedl Says...

Hi my boyfriend and I are going on a 3week-westcoast trip, we'll be in LA vom 13-16th of June. We want to see as much as possible but all the tickets and entry fees are really expensive, so i was wondering if you would recommend a FOL Pass for us for this time in June? we are planning to have 1 day at Universal Studios, is there a weekday when it is less crowded from your experience?

Thank you already and kind regards vom Vienna, Austria :)

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May 9, 2016 at 1:52 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katrin,

They are expecting large crowds at Universal this summer due to the opening of Harry Potter, so we do recommend a Front of Line pass if it is in your budget. That being said, those dates are blocked out from some of the annual pass holders, and those many blockout dates seem to be helping in controlling crowds so far. The summer is still a big unknown—those dates also happen to fall right around when many local school gets out—so it is hard to predict. So far, the opening of Harry Potter added so much more area to the park that they are finding that all the extra people are spread out without increasing lines in other areas of the park. Any of those days should be pretty good, but we are guessing that the earlier in the week you go, the better. Let us know how it goes.

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Aug 3, 2016 at 12:21 a.m. Kathy Says...

Hi...planning on USH either 9/10 or 9/11. Which day is better Saturday or Sunday and would FOL pass be necessary? Much thanks!

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Aug 9, 2016 at 9:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kathy,

Sunday is probably better, and if you arrive early and plan a full day, you should be able to get by without a FOL pass.

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Aug 16, 2016 at 4:54 a.m. Shubhy Says...

Will we need front of line tickets this coming Saturday?general passes will do right? Please help.

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Aug 17, 2016 at 12:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

You can always buy general passes and decide early in the day if you want to upgrade to FOL passes at the Box Office, but they do sell out by late morning/early afternoon, especially if it is busy. The more you need them, the faster they sell out. The only way to guarantee price and availability is to buy in advance. Summer is starting to wrap up around here, so it should not be as bad as crowds in July. Be sure to arrive as early as you can.

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Apr 28, 2016 at 2:31 p.m. Jan Hadley Says...

We are going to Universal in October and hope to visit on Monday the 10th do you think we would need front of line passes for this day.

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May 2, 2016 at 12:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jan,

You should not need it at this time.

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Apr 26, 2016 at 8:56 p.m. Donna Says...

is ONE Front of Line pass good for your entire party or does each person need one? I cannot seem to find that answer anywhere

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May 9, 2016 at 1:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Donna,

Each person who wants to go on the ride needs to have a Front of Line Pass. The only way you would not each need one is if you have people who want to use it for different rides than other people. Each pass is good for one turn on a ride so technically it cannot be reused for a ride. All of the rides in the lower lot (and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey) do offer single rider lines for free.

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Apr 26, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. SF Says...

I am planning on going to USH in around July 20th or 21st. Front of the line passes for four of us will be over $900. Is it worth it? We only have one day there. Also, any suggestions on getting there from the Disney resort area? Grayline bus?

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Apr 27, 2016 at 1:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi SF,

Front of the Line passes for four people do add up. If you can get there early in the morning, you can get by without the Front of Line Passes. There are very short waits in the morning and no waits at all in the Lower Lot in the morning hours. Another way to beat the lines is to use single rider lines if you are OK with riding in separate vehicles.

If you have various ages and interests in your group, you might try getting just two front of line passes and sharing the lanyards. If, say, a younger child really wants to ride Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, and an older child is more interested in Revenge of the Mummy, then they might be able to share a Front of Line pass. But if you all want to do everything, that won't work. The good news is that you are going mid-week, and that is better than the weekend. We are hearing reports that they are offering timed entry to the Wizarding World, and that (along with many blackout dates for the annual passholders) is actually keeping the wait times down in the park.

A quick online search of bus tours from Anaheim to Universal Studios shows that it will be about $120 for a family of four to get to Universal Studios and probably would not get you there until late morning when crowds start to surge. You might save money by renting a car, getting there early, and forgoing the Front of Line. If you choose to take a bus you are best served to get a Front of Line if you want to see and do it all.

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Apr 25, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. Alyson Welch Says...

We have an annual pass and will be going USH on June 4 and June 6 2016. Do you know the cost to upgrade to FOL for 1 day? Would you recommend the upgrade, and if so for one or both dates?

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Apr 27, 2016 at 1:18 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alyson,

If you are going to be at USH for two days, you can definitely get by without getting a FOL Pass. We recommend arriving before park opening. The price for an upgrade can vary based on expected crowds, but it is similar to the cost between a regular ticket and a FOL ticket. If you were going to upgrade one day, upgrade the Saturday. The Monday should be less crowded.

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Apr 22, 2016 at 7:08 a.m. Donna Says...

Hi, we are going to be in universal studios in the peak time August. There are 9 of us including three children 3, 4 and 7. We want to get the front of line pass but can we get them for The youngest kids? Is it worth it for them?

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Apr 27, 2016 at 1:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Donna,

You can probably get by without getting them for the youngest kids. Most of the rides with long lines have height requirements. They can enjoy water play and Super Silly Fun Land and shows without Front of Line passes. You can try using Front of Line combined with child switch for the taller group members. The nice part about some members of your party having Front of Line is that the younger kids will not have long waits while the others in the group go on big rides. The only place that you might run into issues is the tram tour. You can always try the Front of Line for the tram to see if it works (knowing only three of you have Front of Line), and if they don't let the little ones skip the line then you will have to wait in line. Knowing that, you might want to hit that early in the day and save the passes for the rides when the lines are long because you literally walk right on with the pass. You do not need the pass for the shows and can probably get by with priority seating with some people having passes but not all. Let's just say it worked for us!

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Apr 22, 2016 at 5:23 a.m. Odessa Says...

Hi, I am taking my family to Universal on Friday, May 13th. With the opening of Harry Potter and it being a Friday, would you recommend the FOL pass?

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Apr 25, 2016 at 2:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Odessa,

I don't think you will need it on this date, but it's always nice to have if you can swing it.

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Apr 18, 2016 at 6:31 p.m. Javier Says...

I'm going to go on May 19 with my gf I want to so bad get the front of the line tickets because the lines are horrible but two of them are almost $400. Considering it's a weekday is it still worth it ?? Please help.

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Apr 25, 2016 at 2:10 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Javier,

I don't think this is an absolute necessity at this time, although the Front of Line passes are always nice to have.

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Apr 17, 2016 at 5:28 a.m. Arsh Says...

Hi,

I am going to Universal Studios Hollywood on 24th May (Tuesday). Online crowd predictor indicates that its packed. I am going with my family (total 4 ppl). We don't intend to go to lower lot. Should I go for Front of line pass?

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Apr 25, 2016 at 1:40 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Arsh,

By Universal's own calendar, this is not the busiest time to visit. I don't think it's a necessity, although it is always nice to have.

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Apr 15, 2016 at 12:07 p.m. Lilly Says...

Hi, we are visiting Universal Studio Hollywood in the second week of September. Do you recommend we but Front of the line passes. Thanks in advance.

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Apr 25, 2016 at 1:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lilly,

You should not need it at this time.

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Apr 15, 2016 at 11:44 a.m. Bea Says...

Hi! We are planning a trip mid-May, do you recommend we get FOL passes? Thanks!

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May 2, 2016 at 12:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bea,

I don't think you will need it, but ultimately it's up to you.

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Apr 13, 2016 at 7:14 a.m. EJ Says...

Hello. We're planning to visit on April 29, Fri. Do you think purchasing FOL tickets are needed ? My husband is a Harry Potter fan. Thank you !

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Apr 14, 2016 at 3:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi EJ,

I don't think you will. Regular admission that day is value, based on expected crowds. But do keep in mind with it being brand new, there will be more crowds.

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Apr 12, 2016 at 11:32 p.m. Lara Says...

Hi, We are a family of 2 adults 3 kids going to Universal Hollywood on Friday, 30 September. FOL passes work out at US$550 more for our family for the day than the General Admission passes. We are also going to Orlando after this and have two days at Universal Orlando with express passes (that come from staying at our Universal hotel so we can skip the queues there). Our main priorities at Universal Hollywood are to see the things we can't see in Orlando such as the Backlot tour and the Harry Potter ride (which I understand is a better 3D experience than Orlando) and anything else that is different. Do you think we should pay the extra for the FOL passes?

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Apr 25, 2016 at 12:54 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lara,

Wow! What a trip!! During this time, you should not need the Front of Line passes. We hope you'll consider purchasing your tickets for both parks from us!!

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Apr 10, 2016 at 3:40 p.m. L Says...

our family is going end of June thru the beginning of July what do you recommend?

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Apr 10, 2016 at 6:25 a.m. Lori Marshall Says...

Hello!

We are a family of four from Australia and we are in LA and would like to visit USH on Sunday September 18.

Would a front of line pass be advisable, or should we pre-purchase and see on the day?

Many thanks!!

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Apr 25, 2016 at 12:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lori,

You should not really need the pass at this time, although it's always nice to have.

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