Trip Tip: How to Get to the Front of the Line (with new Universal Express information)

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Are you scared off by 60- to 90-minute waits for the rides at Universal Orlando? You can bypass these long waits by using various techniques that the parks offer.


USE UNIVERSAL EXPRESS

Universal Express was first introduced in April 2000 and has gone through many changes since then. Currently, you can obtain a Universal Express pass with a return time on it. If you return to the attraction within that return time, you are directed to the special Universal Express queue.

Universal Express works like this. You go to the Universal Express distrubtion area. A Universal employee will scan your ticket and give you an option of two, one-hour return windows. You choose one window. You return within that window to enter the Universal Express queue. You need to show your Universal Express pass to gain entry.

Multiday ticket holders (this includes 2- or 3-day passholders, Celebrity annual passholders, 2-park seasonal and annual passholders, and Orlando Flexticket holders) are allowed three Universal Express passes at once. One-day ticket holders receive one Universal Express ticket at a time. You can obtain another Universal Express ticket when you have used your first pass, your return window has expired, or two hours have passed since you used your first pass.

Universal predicts an anticipated wait time of no more than 15 minutes in the Universal Express queue. You can also obtain a Universal Express pass for the shows, such as the Wild Wild West Stunt show at Universal Studios and The Eighth Voyage of Sinbad at Islands of Adventure. These tickets give you priority seating at the shows.

Universal Express is not available on Pteranodon Flyers, Mt. Crumpit’s slide (during Grinchmas), and the front rows of Dueling Dragons and the Incredible Hulk Coaster at Islands of Adventure. Universal Studios does not have Universal Express on Fivel’s Playland slide and Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster. Universal Express passes may run out before the park close if all the windows have been distributed.


BE AN ONSITE RESORT GUEST

Universal’s onsite hotels, Portifino Bay and Hard Rock Hotel, are great places to stay in their own right. However, being an onsite guest gives you special perks.

If you stay onsite, you get front of the line access all day, every day. Yes, you read that right! You just show your room key to the ride attendant and you can go through the special Universal Express queue. You can use this feature as many times as you want during the day.

Front of the line access is not available on Pteranodon Flyers, Mt. Crumpit’s slide (during Grinchmas), and the front rows of Dueling Dragons and the Incredible Hulk Coaster at Islands of Adventure. Universal Studios does not have front of the line access on Fivel’s Playland slide and Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster.

You are also eligible for early entry into the parks. The park opens at 8:00 am on select days for onsite guests. Early entry occurs on Sunday and Thursday for Universal Studios. Islands of Adventure’s early entry days are Monday and Wednesday. Universal employees do check your room keys, so remember to have them handy when you are entering the park.

You are eligible for onsite guest perks during the length of your stay. You can even use them on the day of your checkout.


BECOME A SINGLE OR DOUBLE RIDER

If you don’t mind splitting your party into groups of one, you can get on the ride much quicker through the single or double rider line. You follow the signs to the special single or double rider queue. You will fill single or double seats as they come up.

Men in Black: Alien Attack and the E.T. Adventure at Universal Studios have single rider lines. At Islands of Adventure, you can find single rider lines at the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk Coaster, and Dr. Doom’s Fearfall. Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls at Islands of Adventure has the only double rider lines. You fill the ride logs as double seats come up.

Please note that single or double rider lines open and close depending on the queue time. Generally, they will not open until the queue is 30 minutes or greater. However, Men in Black: Alien Attack’s single rider line stays open until the ride is nearly a walk-on.


TAKE THE VIP TOUR

You can be escorted around the park by a VIP tour guide. You can get a VIP tour of Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, or both parks. The VIP tour guide will escort you to the front of the line of attractions and give you special seating during the shows. You can go behind-the-scenes and see things other guests do not and you can hear interesting stories from your VIP tour guide.

The one-park VIP tour allows you to join a group of 14 other VIPs. The tour runs five hours. It gives you priority entrance and preferred seating at approximately eight attractions. The tour departs at 10:00 am and 12:00 pm daily. The cost is about $120 per person.

Universal also has exclusive VIP tours. This tour gives a pre-formed group of up to 15 a private tour that can last up to eight hours. The tour is customized and scheduled at your convenience. The exclusive VIP tour gives priority entrance and preferred seating at attractions of your choice. You can choose the following types of tours: one-day, one-park; one-day, two-parks; or two-day, two-parks. The tours do not need to last eight hours, nor do you have to have exactly 15 people in the group. The one-day exclusive VIP tour costs approximately $2,000. The two-day VIP tour costs around $3,000.

You can make reservations or find prices by calling (407) 363-8295.

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Barry Hom
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[This message was edited by Barry Hom on 03-29-01 at 11:35 PM.]
 
Thanks for the updated info, Partner In Crime!

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Thanks for such a detailed explaination. I know this information will help all of us that are planning a trip to Universal. Can't wait until November 2001!
 
Great info Barry! Now that I have this down, I hope they don't change it before Oct. 20th!! :D
 


I have a questions about the VIP tour. Is the cost $120 on top of the price of admission to the park or inplace of it? Also, if you already have a length of stay pass or an annual pass would you receive a discount on the VIP tour? Let me know if you know. I have never been to USF or IOA and would like to take advantage of this when I am there for five days in April.

Thanks,

jb
 
I believe the $120 cost includes park admission. The only discounts on the VIP tour that I know of are for annual passholders.

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Barry Hom
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What to know how to get to the front of the line at Universal Orlando? Click HERE!
 
Hi Barry,
Thanks for the info. I do have one small correction............One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish now has Express. We used it this past weekend.
 


Also:

Single rider line is also available at River Adventure.

No Express at Woody's Coaster either.
 
I've seen the Universal Express line on One Fish, but I thought it was not eligble for FOTL.

I've never seen the single rider line on JPRA, but I've heard of it.

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Yes, the $120.00 does include your admission into the park you are touring. If you want to upgrade your tour ticket at the end of your tour it is usually done for about $28.00. <IMG WIDTH="15" HEIGHT="15" SRC="/infopop/emoticons/icon_razz.gif" alt="razz">
 
The $120.00(127.20 with tax)price does include admission-information about the tour can be obtained at-

(407)363-8295
 
Funny you mention the Woody coaster FEV. I didn't think it was accepted their either, but flashed the room card that day anyway and wammy, they put us up front. Can't blame someone for trying.

Barry, One Fish is definitely Express. Signs and back door line. My son decided he wanted to see daddy all wet as a result of this.

Travel Junkie
 
thanks for the info on red fish blue fish, I'm so happy they have express now. my daughter loves that ride and I had visions of standing there forever!!!
 
How can one fish be Express but not FOTL under the new system? Is this the one instance where hotel guests would be discriminated against?

I guess you can get an Express pass though with your ticket anyway ... the only inconvenience there being having to get the express pass.
 
The hotel info said One Fish does not have FOTL, but if it has an Express line, then I suppose you can use FOTL. Besides, onsite hotel guests get FOTL to most every other ride.

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Barry Hom
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Barry Hom
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What to know how to get to the front of the line at Universal Orlando? Click HERE!
 
Do we need to have a room pass each to get to the front of line. If so do they issue them to children? Also, how do they know it's your key? I'm worried that my daughter might drop hers when goig on rides without us. She loses EVERYTHING, purses, gloves, bags, her lunch. One day she came home in ONE sandal! LOL
 
Your key has your name on it. As for kids, I heard that they do issue keys for kids, but some visitors have said that kids did not have keys.

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Barry Hom
Moderator, Universal and Sea World Boards

What to know how to get to the front of the line at Universal Orlando? Click HERE!
 
Universal Express is not really front of the line. You go into the designated line with a wait of 15 minutes or less. If you are a hotel guest, you will be waiting a few minutes longer than the program last fall. The onsite benefit is now known as No line, no wait express access. On-site guest don't need passes so they still can see that parks quicker than off site guests. The advantage to this program everybody can get Universal Express.
 

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