Firstly, can I start by saying that I know questions like this get asked all the time, so a big thanks to Damo and other regular posters who continue to answer them patiently. I'm in a big quandry over staying onsite at the HRH or offsite at The Homewood Suites where I could potentially save A LOT of money. To help me decide, I'm keen to find out just how necessary express passes and early entry will be at the time we're traveling???? The plan is two full days at the parks during mid September. Probably won't bother park hopping regardless of where we stay. Thur 19th - Universal Studios Fri 20th - IOA The types of rides we definitely want to do include the likes Spiderman, Simpsons, FJ, ET, Men in Black etc. We have a 5 (almost 6 year old) so we won't be doing any of the big roller coasters and we will be spending quite a bit of time in the kids playground areas and at shows. Any advice greatly appreciated.