Tips for Universal (Both Parks) in JuneUniversal Orlando: Need some help planning a one day trip to Universal the 1st Tuesday of June.
From Donald MurrayOk guys, I need everyone's expertise to help me plan a day at both Universal parks! Definitely we'll get there before the park opens (8-8:30) and have all day (US closes at 6 but IOA is open until 8). I've been a couple times a few years ago, but my friend has never been. We know how to be efficient in theme parks and how to not waste time so we can prob do things and move around pretty quickly.
Posted February 22, 2011 at 11:16 PM
How's the best way to accomplish the following:
Harry Potter (just the ride not Ollivanders, etc)
(Also wouldn't mind doing Cat in the Hat, Dr. Doom, Disaster, Jaws, the Make-Up Show, and repeating any of the rides I listed above
Also the only places we want to eat at are Mythos and Three Broomsticks, so what would be the best way to fit eating at only those locations into our schedule?
And I just MUST get a butterbeer (or two... or three...hehe)
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From James RaoThe parks should not be that busy the first week of June (except for the HP attractions). So, hit HP stuff first, followed by the rest of your listed IOA adventures in counter-clockwise fashion. Go to Mythos for an early lunch (cheaper, but just as tasty of a menu), then head to USO, using single rider lines as much as possible. Hit Terminator 2 3D late afternoon (for some reason the line for this show drops appreciably after 3 - 4 PM) & ET dead last (kids go back to their resorts to swim and nap which decreases the lines for ET). Finally head back to IOA after USO closes, finish up anything you missed (don't worry about Dr. Doom, it is just like your local space shot ride - 3 seconds of fun, nothing more), and eat at Three Broomsticks for dinner (after 7 PM).
Posted February 23, 2011 at 6:31 AM
If need be you can buy an Express Pass (think Flash Pass at Six Flags), or you could stay one night at a Universal hotel which would give you an unlimited "fastpass" for many of the attractions at both parks (the new HP ride and RRR notwithstanding).
From Donald MurrayThanks James!
Posted February 23, 2011 at 8:24 AM
I have just couple more questions:
From James RaoI don't think it will be all that busy in early June period, so you should be fine. But, here are my answers:
Posted February 23, 2011 at 11:52 AM
How much time would it take to do the major IOA rides that morning? Would it be feasible to make a 12:00 or earlier reservation at Mythos?
And what about the line for HRRR?
And do the lines for mummy and MIB get long in the afternoon?
Any other tips of how to avoid crowds?
Please note: I do not recommend short-changing these quality theme parks in a commando fashion as described. Were it me, I would just pick one park and tour the whole day. But if you have to do both, the plan outlined above is probably your best bet, short of spending a night at a Universal Resort and taking advantage of early entry and Universal's Express Pass (your best option).
From Donald MurrayThanks again James! Looks like I asked this at the right place! If anyone else had tips or ideas don't hesitate to respond :-).
Posted February 23, 2011 at 12:58 PM
We'll try not to rush too much through the parks, as I too like to stop and pay attention to detail. Though I think we'll kinda rush through WWHP in the morning, but return there after USF closes or whenever we finish touring it.
Ok well make reservations at mythos around 11:30-12, because the only real "must dos" are HPFJ, Dragon Challenge, Spiderman, hulk, and jurassic park (JP isn't even that much of a must do).
I agree that the parks deserve a full day each (or more) but unfortunately we only have one day to spend there.
From James RaoUnderstood. And best of luck. Remember to post a trip report when you get back and offer any insights you glean from your whirlwind tour!
Posted February 23, 2011 at 2:55 PM
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