Orlando Universal studios and walt disney world

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    Apr 16, 2013 12:38 AM GMT
    so sorry guys for creating this thread.
    I researched but couldn't find any skip the line passes for both of those theme parks in orlando, i could only find some in the L.A universal studios.
    Would any of u guys be able to shed light on how i can get a hold of those for orlando universal and disney?
    Thanks in advance and again heaps sorry for being a pain.
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    Apr 16, 2013 12:55 AM GMT
    It's been a long time since I've visited either. But most theme parks sell them in the parks, usually at the guests services pavilions (commonly located near the entrance).

    If I recall, the Disney version is called Fastpass, so maybe google that

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    Apr 16, 2013 1:27 AM GMT
    thanks so much for the info and the reply.
    So do you just buy the base entry ticket and get the fast line passes inside or is there a different entry ticket that comes along with the skip the line pass?
    Thanks again.
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    Apr 16, 2013 1:45 AM GMT
    Are you staying on property? Also, when are you going?
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    Apr 16, 2013 2:07 AM GMT
    NerdMonastery saidthanks so much for the info and the reply.
    So do you just buy the base entry ticket and get the fast line passes inside or is there a different entry ticket that comes along with the skip the line pass?
    Thanks again.


    You can do that. I did a quick search - Universal offers a bundle deal. Not sure about Disney, but I would bet they probably do as well.

    https://www.universalorlando.com/Theme-Park-Tickets/Universal-Express/Express-Passes.aspx

    https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/guest-services/fast-pass/

    I would recommend just buying them separately in the park though. That way you can see what the crowds are like and decide if you need one.
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    Apr 16, 2013 8:52 AM GMT
    Okay thanks I might just buy them when I'm there.
    I just thought that you had to get the fast line pass as your base entry ticket and so I didn't want to buy the normal base entry ticket and then have to go buy another entry ticket for the fast passes.

    I'm staying in a hotel near walt disney world, and I'm also going there in about 2 weeks lol.
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    Apr 16, 2013 11:13 AM GMT
    I'm from Orlando and haven't been to either in a good 3 years, but when I used to go to Disney and universal I remember universals express pass being able to be purchased on site, while Disney's was free. You just went a little earlier to the ride you wanted to get on and kind of reserved a time slot, when you came back during that time, you could use the fast pass.

    Does anyone know if it still works that way? Also, not ALL rides had this feature, just the most popular ones.
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    Apr 16, 2013 11:23 AM GMT
    When you did buy it, did you have to buy the normal base entry ticket first and then just got the express passes inside, or do you have to buy it at the entrance before you actually get into the park?
    I just don't want to end up buying 2 different tickets and wasting my money.
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    Apr 16, 2013 11:48 AM GMT
    I'm pretty sure either or, if you want you can get it before you get inside of the park but you can also decide to get it at the Guest Services booths throughout the day, for universal. Again, not sure how Disney express passes work because I thought they were free, yet way less convenient.
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    Apr 16, 2013 12:41 PM GMT
    Disney: there is no cost for the Fastpass system. Tanbod pretty much summarized it. The Fastpass system is available on certain rides and those tickets are available at the entrance of EACH ride. For example, if you wanted to ride Space Mountain and wanted to use the Fastpass system. And let's say the time is 1:00pm. The Fastpass lane will tell you that the next available Fastpass slot is 2:00pm. You pick up a ticket and come back at 2.

    Universal Studios: there is a cost for using the Express system. You buy this at the front of the park before entrance. They give you a separate ticket and this is the only ticket you'll use throughout the park. The Express is different from Fastpass. Universal has a separate line for Express users so there is no ticket at each ride.

    The reason why for my questions is twofold:

    1. If you are staying on Disney property, you will be granted access to the parks before the general public. One hour before they open and up to 3 hours after they close. Universal Studios Resort guests have automatic privileges to the Express system. They just need to use their room key.

    2. The time that you go will determine how busy the parks are. Since you're going in 2 weeks, that's not considered peak season so lines to certain attractions will be short. Pay attention to the wait times since they are posted at the front of the parks and throughout.

    My bf and I went to Disney and Universal Studios last October. Not once did we use the Fastpass or Express! The lines were minimal. The only ride we waited a long time for was Soaring in EPCOT.

    Anyways! Hope this helps! Have fun!
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    Apr 16, 2013 2:42 PM GMT
    As a sided note if you stay on sight at Disney you can take advantage of what Disney calls extra magic hours - one of the parks stays open late or opens early each day for guests staying at most Disney property resorts and hotels.

    This is most useful IMO for Animal Kingdom as the critters on the safari ride are more active early or late in the day.
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    Apr 16, 2013 3:26 PM GMT
    Erik101 saidDisney: there is no cost for the Fastpass system. Tanbod pretty much summarized it. The Fastpass system is available on certain rides and those tickets are available at the entrance of EACH ride. For example, if you wanted to ride Space Mountain and wanted to use the Fastpass system. And let's say the time is 1:00pm. The Fastpass lane will tell you that the next available Fastpass slot is 2:00pm. You pick up a ticket and come back at 2.

    I'm guessing it's like Disneyland which I visited a couple years ago. You could get the Fastpass but there were limits on how many you could get at a time so you couldn't just run through the park grabbing Fastpasses and then schedule your day around them. I think we could only get 2 and then had to wait until after we rode one to get another. It was still better than waiting, it just takes some time to plan. There are websites and an app that you can use that tells you what rides times are throughout the day. The one I used was updated by the users so it was pretty accurate.
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    Apr 16, 2013 3:54 PM GMT
    Big help is to download aps on your phone that show wait times for all the attractions - there is one for both Disney World and one for Universal. It was great to know what the lines looked like without having to walk clear across the park to find out.
    There are several available so check the reviews to find the most accurate one - it's truly a great timesaver!
    Have fun
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    Apr 16, 2013 8:24 PM GMT
    it is called fast pass at Disney but you have to get it in person. the best way to do it is go to the ride and get the timed ticket for the ride about 10 minuets later. It really does work.
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    Apr 17, 2013 12:56 AM GMT
    The guys above me pretty much covered the ticket issue (don't know if you have single day/single park ones or Park Hopper tickets), but I can help with some other Orlando info too (lived in Orlando 34 years)....

    1. Are you spending all of your time at the theme parks or do you have other activities planned?

    2. I didn't catch where you are staying, but it sounds like you aren't on Disney property. Are you staying on International Drive? Kissimmee?

    3. Do you need some restaurant ideas/tips?

    4. I assume you are renting a car or did you buy transfers?

    If you have any questions, e-mail me here. I'll give you answers!

    TNJ
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    Apr 17, 2013 8:11 AM GMT
    Thanks heaps for all the responses icon_smile.gif
    So I'm not staying on Disney ground but I've found a hotel that is close to it.
    Forgot what the exact name of it was because the original hotel I had found for us to stay had gotten booked and so they went ahead and picked a different place closer to disney.
    Will get the name of it.

    Not driving since we didn't want to drive as we wanted a lazy holiday so we bought transfers instead.
    For restaurants, we're probably not really going to eat out since food back home is practically the same variety. We'll spend more money on the shopping than the dining.

    We are going to spend 6 days in total for theme parks, 3 days in disney, 1 day each in Universal studios, Islands of adventure and Busch Gardens.
    Not sure if there is a fast pass or express pass for islands of adventure and busch gardens but I didn't want to buy the bast tickets ahead and then have to buy another ticket for the express pass if it was a busier day.
    I think we might be saving 1 day to go out to Miami, not sure yet.
    We left a free for all day so we can either have a break between theme parks or go to Miami for a day.

    Good to hear that Disney has a free fast pass icon_smile.gif
    I will most likely just buy the express pass at the universal studios entry gate.
    I was told that May is the starting of the major summer break there but if that's not the case I might not need to get the express passes.
    I was thinking of asking at the entrance if I would need it for the day but I assume they can't really say and would just recommend it anyway to get more money for the park haha.

    Thanks again for all the replies, really appreciate it icon_smile.gif