universalorlandoThe last time I visited Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida, we were able to take advantage of the Universal Studios Express Plus Pass.

What is the Express Plus Pass?

The Express Plus Pass helps you to bypass the long lines of many rides at both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. Express Plus Pass holders enter their own line, the pass will be scanned and the passholder will move forward to your own line.  You must purchase the Express Plus Pass in addition to your park ticket.


Pros to Purchasing the Express Plus Pass

Bypassing the long lines at the majority of the rides was wonderful.  The wait for the Incredible Hulk ride was 45m and we walked right past everyone in the regular line and we were riding the ride in less than five minutes.  Some Express Pass lines are longer than others but it was still a considerably shorter wait in comparison to the regular lines.

Because of all the time we saved, we were able to hit both parks before dinner.  We weren’t traveling with children and skipped some rides but originally had planned on only visiting Islands of Adventure.  It was a bonus to be able to visit both parks.

If you are staying in one of their qualifying resort hotels, get information about your room key qualifying as a pass.  

UniversalStudiosCons to Purchasing the Express Plus Pass

It is an additional unnecessary cost to what is probably already a very expensive vacation.  Express Plus Pass ticket prices vary depending on the date that you go to the parks.  The price of the pass varies depending on what the date is (higher prices during busier seasons).

The Express Plus Pass is not good for all rides.  The list is lengthy but not all rides qualify.

Would I purchase an Express Plus Pass on my next Universal Studios trip?

Would I pay the money to take advantage of the Express Plus Pass?  Maybe.  It would depend on how much the pass was when we were going to be there.  It was nice to bypass the lines and if I had been traveling with my kids it would have saved me from a lot of whining but that extra money can be spent on food, two nights hotel or another attraction.  

Disclosure: Thank you to Universal Studios for providing park tickets and Express Plus Passes.  My reviews are based solely on my experiences and opinion with no outside influence.