Universal Express Passes allow you to skip the regular standby line and use a special Express Pass line at most of Universal Orlando’s attractions. With the Express Pass you show your pass and get in the special express pass marked line, no need to return at a certain time for the attraction. The Express Pass is however an extra ticketed cost not included in the price of your theme park ticket. I would highly suggest if you are visiting Universal during Peak Summer Months or Holidays that you purchase the Express Pass.
There are a few different Express Pass options to choose from. The most popular is the 2 park Universal Express Pass, it allows you to use your pass in both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, it is valid for use (1) time at each participating show/attraction. If you are only planning on visiting 1 park on the day of your visit then you can purchase a 1-park express pass for either Universal Studios or Islands of Adventure, also valid for (1) time use at each participating show/attraction. The Express Pass Unlimited is good for both parks and allows you to bypass the regular lines an unlimited amount of times on the day you visit.
If the attraction is a ride, the Express Pass line is generally a separate, shorter queue than the standby line. If the attraction is a show, guests with Express Passes are allowed in before guests without them, allowing Express Pass guests to get better seats. However, to take advantage of this, you must be in the Express Pass line before the audience is admitted into the theater (usually 10 minutes before the show).
Here is the list of attractions and shows that offer Express Pass
- Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem
- Shrek 4D
- Rip Ride Rock-It Coaster
- Revenge of the Mummy
- Bettlejuice’s Graveyard Revue
- Disaster! A Major Motion Picture Ride
- Fear Factor LIVE
- Men In Black Alien Attack
- The Simpsons Ride
- A day in the park with Barney
- Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster
- E.T. Adventure
- Horror Make Up Show
Islands Of Adventure
- The Incredible Hulk Coaster
- Storm Force Accelatron
- Doctor Dooms FearFall
- The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man
- Popeye & Blutos Bilge Rat Barges
- Ripshaw Falls
- Jurrasic Park River Adventure
- Flight of Hippogriff
- Dragon Challenge
- The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Ride
- One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
- Cat in the Hat
Now for the fine print. The 1 or 2 day Express Pass can be bought on-line or by phone when you purchase your tickets. The Unlimited Express Pass can only be bought at the theme park on the day of your visit. The Express Pass is date specific so be sure you buy the pass for the day you plan to visit Universal Orlando. If you are staying at an On-Site Universal Orlando Resort then you will receive a complimentary Express Pass Unlimited for each day of your stay, including the day you check out. Be sure to visit the kiosk in the hotel lobby and enter your room key to have your picture taken and print your pass before you go to the parks. Express Pass prices will very depending on the time of year you are visiting, they range anywhere between $25-$80 for a 1 or 2 day pass.
Jennifer is a Universal Parks & Resort Specialist with Destinations in Florida Travel. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 443-424-0181 for a free quote to begin your next Universal Adventure.