It’s good for everyone staying in the room. We are a family of four (1 adult, 3 kids) and we all are getting EPs with our room.Because I was assuming 4 people would be able to gain EP with a stay in a room that accommodates 4. We would give it to our 3 oldest kids and one parent. If the EP is only good for 2 people then we wouldn’t bother.
Totally valid advice. We have been avoiding Universal for the past 4 trips for this reason, but I think it's time. Normally we are a very cost-conscious family. It's how we have been able to visit Disney multiple times despite our larger family size and middle class income. We usually drive from the Northeast (we are actually flying this time direct- for under $700 RT for ALL 7 of us), find reasonably-priced offsite condos, pack own lunches, and limit the amount of $$ we spend on frivolous -in-park purchases (you want mickey ears? You are getting them on Etsy in advance for $10 instead of $30 in the park). Aside from visiting Disney, we are pretty down to earth in terms of gift-giving. No one has an iPhone/ iTouch (amazed at how many of their peers do have these items), or gets tickets to a Taylor Swift concert. They don't wear matching Lilly Pulitzer dresses at Easter. I am not criticizing those who do spend $$ on this stuff (especially smaller families), but it would make it impossible for us to travel if we gave our kids these things. We find ways to budget in other areas of our life so we can give our kids experience gifts, and they love that.I personally would wait until the kids are older. That is a lot of money for one day! And the Harry Potter rides are pretty intense. I always think kids need to be 10+ to enjoy the parks and 3+ days for it to make financial sense. Just my thoughts. There just isn’t a ton for smaller kids.
We are in a rental home and already paid so we would not need to cancel any hotel nights. A family our size can't stay in hotels for more than 1 or 2 nights for any reasonable value so we always get a condo or home. I would consider having one adult drop off older kids with second adult and stay the night before so they can take advantage of early entry. We would save on the hotel parking since other adult could just pay to park at the Universal lot with the younger kids the next day. Not sure yet.You should consider scratching the last day of hotel at WDW, and stay 1 night at RPR, check in night before, than early AM you can go straight to the parks. This way it’s not really a throw away room.
Something to think about.
I personally would wait until the kids are older. That is a lot of money for one day! And the Harry Potter rides are pretty intense. I always think kids need to be 10+ to enjoy the parks and 3+ days for it to make financial sense. Just my thoughts. There just isn’t a ton for smaller kids.