Ready to Avoid Long Lines: Here's a synopsis of Universal Resort's Express Pass and Disney's Fastpass+

June 22, 2016

 

Hey guys!! Here I am, writing my first blog post.  It's so exciting!  I want to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of Disney's Fastpass+ (I Love Disney) vs. Universal's Express Pass.

 

Let's start off with what they have in common.  First, they both give visitors access to shorter lines which means shorter wait times to ride your favorite rides (wait times for both is usually between 5-10 minutes).  They both require you to scan to ride.  When visiting Disney, you will scan a magicband and at Universal you scan a card.    

 

The Universal Express pass is  available for one park or both parks per day, but can only be used once per day per ride.  There is also a Universal Express Pass Unlimited  that allows you to ride rides over and over again.  Universal Express is also sold separate from park tickets.  Pricing varies according to day and expected crowds. Express Pass starts at $39.99 and goes up from there.   If you stay at one of Universal’s Premier Resorts or Loews Royal Pacific Resort Express Pass Unlimited is included.  Also, if you are planning on purchasing the Express Pass as an add on to your ticket remember that Universal Express can sell out during peak times.

 

Universal Express Excluded rides are:

 

Universal Studios

Harry Potter and escape from Gringotts

Hogwarts Express - London

Kang & Kodos Twirl 'n' Hurl

 

Islands of Adventure

Harry Potter & the Forbidden Journey

Hogwarts Express - Hogsmeade

Pteranodon

 

 

Now, to discuss my second love Disney.  I had to say that. I'm not too sure how the hubs would feel if I said it was my first love. (haha)  Disney's FastPass+, unlike Universal's Express Pass, it is included too with your park ticket purchase.  FastPass+ can be reserved 60 days prior to arrival for on site guests or 30 days prior for off site guests.   You may prebook up to 3 Fastpasses per day and after those 3 FastPasses have been used, additional selections are available at a in- park kiosk or on your My Disney Experience app.  Most rides, shows, and character greets at Walt Disney World Resort are available to prebook a FastPass+.   

 

Rides are divided into 2 tiers in Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Tier 1 (you can prebook 1)

Tier 2 (you can prebook 2)

 

FastPass+ ride options are reserved quickly, so make sure you are ready to reserve at the 60 day mark.

 

Both Universal's Express Pass and Disney's Fastpass+ have their advantages and disadvantages, they are both good options for skipping the long waits when visiting the parks.  Disney's FastPass+ requires a little more planning than Universal's Express Pass, but you get to pick your favorite rides.

I hope this clears up any questions you may have regarding your options for skipping long lines at both Resorts.

 

More Universal Resort coming this week so make sure you follow Fairytale Adventures Travel on Facebook.

 

 

Amy Bice is a independent contractor for Fairytale Adventures Travel Agency.  Amy specializes in planning family vacations on land and at sea.  You can contact Amy on Facebook.

 

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