Most amusement parks these days offer a fast pass option where you are able to jump the line on most rides throughout the park and it will save you a good amount of time so you don’t need to wait as long in lines. Pricing and stipulations of the Fast Passes vary so much between different types of parks. At a place like Disney Parks fast passes are free but they are first come first serve so if you don’t sign up in time, then you miss out and you have to wait in the longer lines. However at an amusement park like Cedar Fair parks, you can pay something like $30-$40 and you get a fast pass for all day long. However, at Universal Studios it is an additional fee starting at $85 for both sides of the park. Today I am going to be talking about a few reasons of why I think that you do not need to fork out the extra $85 for the Express Pass at Universal Studios.
-Cost is High: I think that $85 for express pass for both sides of the park. $85 is just a little bit too steep for me to add on to the already $155 admission tickets for both parks, that can be a really expensive day at an amusement park. Let’s do a bit of math, if you get the park hopper pass as well as the express pass for both parks you are up to $240 + tax PER PERSON for one day at the park.
-Lines are Reasonable: The lines at Universal Studios really are not that bad and having the express pass is really not necessary. When I visited Universal Studios last, I did not wait more than 25-30 mins for the longer rides which that is not that bad because at some amusement parks you can wait up to an hour or more for the more popular rides.
-Try the Single Riders Line: Almost all of the rides at Universal Studios offer a single riders line. The single riders line is basically if there is a row of seats on a ride that seats 4 people and only 3 are in that line they will fill in that last seat with a single rider. This will get you on the ride quicker and chances are, you will end up on the same train as your friends you just may not being sitting directly next to one another.
-Ride on Off Times: If you time out your rides you won’t need the express pass at all. Be smart with your time and ride the most popular rides during the most unpopular times (lunch and dinner time). This will give you the time to ride while everyone else is eating and taking a break from riding.
In my opinion, you do not need to splurge for the Express Pass. I just find it a little too expensive and it’s not completely necessary. If you time out your day and be smart about what you ride and when you will be able to fit in everything that you want to ride that day with no problems in the least bit.