If you don’t want to pay to stay in one of the three on-property hotels that’ll snag you an Unlimited Express Pass, at least spring for a cheaper option on-property so you can get Early Admission into the park. Early Admission allows you to beat the crowds to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and ride Minions Mayhem before anyone else gets there. Literally any of the Universal hotels on-property will get you this perk: Loews Portofino, Loews Royal Pacific, Hard Rock, Loews Sapphire Falls, Cabana Bay or Loews Aventura.
Anyone can take advantage of Package Pickup — when you buy a souvenir, it’ll be ready for you at the park entrance within three hours of your purchase. If you’re staying at a Universal Hotel on site, you can opt for your items to be delivered directly to your hotel and pick them up from the concierge.
The takeaway here is to avoid visiting in the summer and the last half of December if you hate crowds. You’ll probably want to avoid local spring break too, so do your research before you take a spring break trip.
You can’t even get on the train without an entrance pass for both parks. So heads up — if your only reason to visit Universal is for Harry Potter, spring for the 2-park pass.
Why? Because if it’s a little rainy, or crowds are just low that day, you likely won’t need Express Passes. You can always buy them at the park for the same price you’d get them online.
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There’s a lot of debate about when the best time to visit the park is — especially the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Some swear by morning being the best time (and it is if you have early entrance, because you’re staying on-property!). But others believe evenings when children are worn out is a better time. One thing is for certain — the best time is not in the middle of the day, so to be sure you’re maximizing your time and can be there early and stay late, head to your hotel for a whole-family nap. You’ll thank me for this tip!
Universal Studios doesn’t allow backpacks on rides so if it’s possible to go without it, leave it in the car.
For real — if you don’t want to get drenched on the Jurassic Park River Adventure, you’ll need a poncho. Also if you’re visiting the park in winter months, it can be rainy. The payoff of going to the park in the off-season is low crowds (yay!). Get your ponchos for dirt cheap on Amazon, and pack them in your suitcase.
Visit the Raptor Encounter inside Islands of Adventure to get a photo op with Blue from Jurassic World.