Universal/IOA Express Pass Prices
Easter week proving to be a busy one...
Anyone else notice that the express pass is... *gasp*
$89.99 next week!?
I guess that predictions chart I posted several months ago was right, but that's just nuts. I honestly didn't even realize they spiked to that high. At that point it is cheaper to stay on site assuming you aren't traveling alone. Anyone planning on going during this time period?
Terri that's nothing - when all the express sold out at both parks during christmas week, they released more express midway through the day...at $119.00 plus tax each. The scarier part? People bought them!
That is CRAZY! Lack of planning seriously costs people entirely too much money. I guess Ive never realized these prices because our family avoids peak crowds these days.
WOW,, 120 buck for express is NUTS.. I would guess the ones buying them are Europeans for the most part as the euro is much stronger against the dollar so 120 US is like 82 euro.. plus it cuts time wasted in line for rides.
overall a smart thing if traveling from Europe to US theme parks.
I would not buy them, but i don't go on holidays or weekends during the summer.. more try to attend during my kids school breaks in mid march sometime spring break time and end of sept first of oct time frame.
Even as a Brit and the pound/dollar rate being in our favour atm, I would still never buy one! They are too expensive and there are so many ways of avoiding the crowds even on peak days.
Have been during Easter, and yes the crowds are crazy (they seemed the same as the July/August crowds though to be completely honest!) but the parks are manageable without EE. It requires planning, arriving early in the mornings and hitting the headliners and water attractions, then during the day doing some of the less popular shows and attractions or accepting that there will be waits! Nothing new there, but it works for us and we manage to do everything in a day.
Oh, and Single riders is an awesome idea! MIB is the family favourite for going round again and again! I love the look of envy of the same people in the standby que as we keep going round and round and round..
However, I will admit though that you can't rely on single riders for every attraction, Spiderman in my experience has never been worth using it. But as long as you plan your day well, I don't think EE is necessary, and others would argue, but have never been tempted to stay on-site for the FOL perks either!
Another reason why I would skip express. There are limited qualitys, and they will be expensive.
So you would rather stand in lines? It really depends on what week you are going. Express Pass Prices
change by week and day. Just click the link and you can look up your vacation date.
Im going this Sunday. I would get an express pass only if crowds were really high.
I just moved to Fl. so my niece and her girlfriend wanted to go to Universal for Harry Potter...seeing the lines in the news I did buy the fast pass not for one pass per ride but they talk me into the one that you can go to the front for the line multiple times per ride. The cost was an extra $70.00 per person plus tax. They failed to tell me that there are 2 new rides that you can not use it on and one is the Harry Potter ride. So we had to wait 2 hours to ride. I also parked in valet for $25.00 that was fine as it was my choice but having filled up my gas tank at the Hess station right outside the park I drove 55 miles back to my home and realized that my gas tank was empty as they syphined my tank. I called and sent an email and never received an answer. Do I love Universal...absolutely but I am very disappointed with the way I have been treated.
I Live in south Florida and when I come up I stay for the entire weekend, because I just can't visit one park and go home. So I stay on site at Loews Royal Pacific hotel, they have decent prices and its right there. I just take advantage of the onsite benefits ( Free express unlimited ride access unlike the regular express pass. And the first to get in the park before it opens up to the public). You cannot beat that deal... I would highly recommend
Hey Dominick at the end of the day the line gets really short even on busy days...try it the last hour the park is open and you should be able to ride with a 15-20 minute wait.
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