If you must have an Express Pass — and honestly, if you’re an impatient person, it’s a must-have — stay at a hotel on-property just for the free passes. You’ll get free passes for your whole family for the day you’re checking in and the day you’re checking out — that’s a savings of $119 per person, per day in the park. It’ll cost you up to $200 more per night compared to competing hotels that aren’t on-property (like Hilton DoubleTree), but you’ll cover the cost difference in no time if you have more than two people in your party Make sure you book at stay at Loews Portofino, Loews Royal Pacific or Hard Rock — the other two hotels on-property don’t offer the Unlimited Express Passes.
TIP: You’ll also get complimentary shuttle service between the park and the hotel.
Universal offers the Express Pass and Express Pass Unlimited. The Express Pass costs $69.99 per person, per park, and the Unlimited Express Pass costs $89.99 per person, per park (it’s $119 for a 2-Park Unlimited Express Pass and $99.99 for a 2-Park Express Pass). Keep in mind, this is after you’ve shelled out at least $115 per person to enter one park. The Express Pass cuts your wait time for each ride by at least 50%. You can use it just one time per day while the Express Pass Unlimited gives you access as often as you want.
Prices at CityWalk right outside the park entrance will be about the same as they are inside the park. But if you want a break from the crowds and arguably a better meal, head to Toothsome Chocolate Emporium, Margaritaville or Antojitos.
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To rent a one-time-use locker large enough for backpacks is $2.00 to get in and $3.00 for every 30 minutes with a max fee of $20.00. An “all day” locker costs $10-15 per day, and you can open it as many times as you like — this is ideal if you plan to get wet at Volcano Bay and also ride the dry roller coasters.
Refillable mugs are $14.99 and they’re good for the whole day — there’s a chip in the bottom, so you just need to visit a Coca-Cola Freestyle machine and choose from 100 soda flavor combinations. You have to wait 10 minutes between refills, but if you bring the mug back to the park for refills it’s only $7.99 per day. Some visitors report that they’re still able to use their refillable mug after over a decade.
I bought my tickets through Official Ticket Center and saved about $20 per ticket. You can also look for tickets through Visit Orlando if they’re cheaper. Or check out Groupon for up to $50 off each ticket when you buy a 5-day pass.
Download the Universal Studios Orlando app and use it to decide which rides to hit next. Maybe you want to ride Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, but the wait time for Revenge of the Mummy is a bit shorter — go with Revenge of the Mummy.
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