A question that I haven't seen... this will be our first time at Universal, going June 2018, so just starting my studying up. If staying off site (say at the Holiday Inn across the street) if I book a room direct through their Holiday Inn web site, is the Early Entry included or do I need to purchase a package through the Universal web site to qualify for the Early Entry priviledge at their "good neighbor" hotel? I'm trying to figure out what the cheapest way to stay is...Cabana Bay (gets EE) with tix from Undercover Tourist, a package from Universal staying offsite (getting EE) with tickets, or booking Holiday Inn direct with tickets from hotel (is this even an option??) or from Undercover Tourist. Lots of number crunching!