Agree that I can't advocate enough getting to the parks early - it can be invaluable.
The typical response is: "You had to pay for your Express where Disney's is free." This is only true if you are not staying on-site, it which case, it is free.
The typical counter argument is: "But, Universal's rooms are expensive." Really? Ever stayed at the Grand Floridian or Wilderness Lodge?
Secondly, Fast Pass and Unlimited Express are nothing alike. At Universal / Sea World / Busch Gardens etc..., you have almost instant gratification. If you are walking past Spider-Man (typically 60-75 minutes waits during peak season) and decide at that very second that you want to ride it, you are at the loading platform in 5-10 minutes (sometimes a walk-on).
If I decide I want to ride something (spur of the moment) at a Disney park, I have two choices. Wait in the regular line or wait in another line to get a FP (if the ride has them and they are available), then come back in an hour and a half (or whenever) and wait in the FP line.
There is one downside to Express at Universal, however. If you like to take in the queue as part of the ride experience, is it virtually non-existent. They set up the shortest possible path to the front of the ride / attraction, skipping elements that tell the story. Some rides don't need explaining (Rip Ride Rockit), but others require a back story (Transformers).
Given you pay thousands of dollars to take the vacation, we find an extra thousand to have double fastpasses is well worth the cost. I don't think this is against the rules, and I'm sure Disney is happy to take our money.
I'm hopeful we will still be able to use this strategy with Fastpass+.
Excuse me? That Universal Express Pass you receive is NOT free, unless the hotel room you paid for was free. The cost of the Universal Express benefit that comes with staying in an on-property hotel at Universal is built into the room rate.
The Disney fanatics are correct- it's not free!
I really enjoy that particular benefit and have become a regular at the Universal Orlando Resort, but it comes at a price. Don't be so ignorant of the details my friend.
It's a great trick on busy days, but doesn't work out as well on extremely busy days as FastPass runs out on premium attractions.
Guests can make dining reservations using the following phone numbers (based on the location of the restaurant)
Universal Studios: (407) 224-3613Islands of Adventure: (407) 224-4012
Guests can also make reservations online using OpenTable.
Supposedly this is being referred to as a "technical glitch". But read the future in this: Disney is going to get rid of the traditional FPs and make them only available - and likely only by reservation - to those staying in a Disney resort. My guess is that, eventually, the number of FPs you can get per day will be dependent on what level resort at which you are staying. They days of free paper FPs to all are numbered.
So you can keep yelling about Disney FPs being free, but I suspect you will not be for long. Disney is now squeezing every last dollar out of people, and this is the next step. Too bad for you if you are a local with an AP, a daytripper, or just uninformed.
Robert, do you know anything about this supposed glitch with the FPs at WDW this past week?