If you’ve been dreaming of a Universal Orlando vacation, now is the perfect time to start turning that dream into a reality. With so many hit attractions and even more in the works, Universal Orlando is shaping up to be one of the hottest travel destinations worldwide. Before you race off to buy your Universal Orlando tickets, check out our top 5 ways to get the full Universal Orlando experience.
1. Opt for Multi-Day Tickets
It’s commonly recommended that you purchase multi-day passes for theme parks in order to get the most out of your vacation. Not only will you save big for each additional day you purchase, but you will have more time to see and do everything on your wishlist, without the stress. Instead of racing from one wait time to the next, you can take your time knowing that there’s always another day to check out your favorite Universal Orlando attractions.
2. Consider Purchasing Park-to-Park Tickets
To experience all of the excitement that Universal Orlando offers, you definitely want to consider purchasing Park-to-Park access with your tickets. The extremely popular Wizarding World of Harry Potter now spans both parks, so you get the best of both worlds with full access tickets. Another fun bonus is that visitors with tickets to both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure will get to ride the full length of the Hogwarts Express train – a magical, immersive experience that puts you on the same train Harry, Ron and Hermione rode to Hogwarts!
3. Visit During The Off-Season
If you want to avoid large crowds, we recommend planning your vacation during the off-season months. Typically, the fall and winter months will have the lowest level of attendees (with obvious exceptions for holidays like Christmas and New Year’s). Another bonus is that the weather is much more comfortable during the off-peak months unlike the extreme heat of the busy summer season. If you can manage it, it’s also a good idea to visit during a weekday over the heavily attended weekends.
4. Plan Your Itinerary Carefully
As you plan your Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios itinerary, be sure to schedule your visit to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter as early as possible before the mid-day crowd settles in. The morning also offers nicer temperatures and the perfect lighting for photos ops! Avoid rushes to the restaurants and quick-service counters by dining outside of the peak times for lunch or dinner. Visiting these popular park sections first will help you skip the busy crowds that flock to the area mid-morning to the afternoon.
5. Purchasing an Express Pass
Want to maximize the amount of time you have at the parks? Purchase Express Passes and never worry about the long wait times as you leisurely stroll the park. Wait times during peak seasons can easily top 2 hours, making this pass especially invaluable during that time. But any day of the year, it’s nice to not spend your long-awaited vacation time standing in long queues.