As a travel agent, I get asked a lot, and I mean A LOT, if the Express Pass at Universal Studios Orlando is worth it. My answer, every time, is YES!
If you aren’t familiar, Universal Express Pass allows you to skip the lines at most Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure attractions.
Universal Studios made a recent change that even allows the Express Pass to be used for all Wizarding World of Harry Potter rides, including Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey and Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts. This was HUGE in my opinion. I have seen the wait times for these two attractions to be well into 2 hours. Who wants to spend that much time in line? I know I don’t.
Is there a cost? Yes, the Express Pass is $89 per person, per day. But guess what?! Universal Studios offers the Express Pass for free if you stay at certain onsite resorts. Yep, if you book a resort package at Loews Royal Pacific Resort, the Hard Rock Resort, or Loews Portifino Bay Resort, Universal Studios gives your entire party the Express Pass FREE for your entire stay.
I definitely recommend staying at one of the resorts that offer the complimentary Express Pass. We have stayed at Royal Pacific and the Hard Rock. What I love most about these two resorts is they are within walking distance to the parks and City Walk, but that’s a topic for another post.
I know I don’t want to spend my vacation waiting around in lines all day. I want to be able to ride all the rides Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure has to offer, and ride them multiple times a day. Whether I’m visiting Universal Studios Orlando for day or several days, I always add on the Express Pass option. It’s worth every penny!
Sarah is a ride enthusiast and getting in the most rides in the shortest amount of time possible is right up her alley! Contact Sarah at Sarah@onceuponavacation.com