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Bob Rumpke

Cabana Bay EPA to DA

Published: May 15, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Is it true that Cabana Bay guests will only have EPA to Hogsmead and not Diagon Alley? I heard only the other on-site hotels will get EPA to DA. Does anyone know anything about this?

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Robert Niles

Published: May 17, 2014 at 10:43 AM

I reached out to Universal Orlando for clarification on the EPA for Diagon Alley, and will post when I get a response.
Bob Rumpke

Published: May 18, 2014 at 4:23 PM


Published: May 21, 2014 at 9:11 AM. Edited: May 21, 2014 at 9:11 AM

I wanted to share something about Cabana Bay as well. Another TPI member mentioned they were offered Express Pass for an extra charge when they were booking their room.

I do want to point out the Express they were offered is the regular (one ride per attraction, per day) at a discount and not the Unlimited Express that is complimentary at the other three hotels.

Up until Cabana Bay was added, there were only two options. Stay on-site (Unlimited) or stay off-site and purchase the regular Express. There was no reason to offer regular Express at a discount to anyone. When you book at the Cabana Bay, they offer regular Express at something like 30% off. Of course, this would completely cancel out any savings from staying at the other three hotels, especially if you purchased them for more than one day.

Robert Niles

Published: May 22, 2014 at 6:52 AM. Edited: May 22, 2014 at 6:52 AM

Universal's published details about its Harry Potter vacation packages.

From that, it appears that early park admission is going to operate like Disney's Extra Magic Hours -- that one park per day will be open early for hotel guests. So you won't have a choice of which Wizarding World to do early, but Diagon Alley will be available on some days.

Now, that doesn't specifically answer the question about CB vs the other three hotels, but I haven't heard from Universal on that. Clearly, you would get the early access if you bought the Potter package, but I don't know for certain about the other guests at the hotel who didn't.

Bob Rumpke

Published: May 22, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Thanks for the info and for the research.

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