How Does The Express Pass Work at Universal?

Universal Orlando Express Passes

How Does The Express Pass Work at Universal?

This article is your complete guide to Express Pass at Universal 2022. Are you planning on visiting Universal Orlando Resort but really do not like standing in lines? One of the worst ways to spend vacation is standing in line queues for hours under the hot sun and Universal Orlando Resort has a solution for that exact problem: Express Passes. The Express Pass at Universal is offered for all guests to purchase or even get as a free perk for staying in one of their hotels!

In this guide, we are going to tell you all you need to know about Express Passes at Universal Studios and more!

What is Universal Express Pass 2022?

Universal Orlando Express Pass

Express passes at Universal Studios are guest’s one way ticket to skip the regular stand-by line and use a special entrance to bypass any long waits. The Express Pass at Universal can be used at almost any attraction at Universal Orlando Resort with the exception of a few. If you’re a ride lover and only visiting for a few days, we highly recommend purchasing the Express Pass and using Early Park Admission to make sure you are able to ride everything you want to! 

Are there different kinds of Universal Express Passes?

Yes, there are a few different types of Express Passes at Universal Studios to choose from depending on what you’re looking to do.

  • Basic Universal Express Pass – Skip the regular lines one time per participating attractions in the theme parks
  • Universal Express Unlimited – Skip lines an unlimited amount of times at participating attractions in the theme parks
  • Volcano Bay Express PLUS Pass – Skip the lines one time at ALL  participating attractions at Volcano Bay
  • Volcano Bay Express Pass – Skip the lines at SELECT participating attractions at Volcano Bay.

Universal Express Pass Vs Unlimited Express Pass

If you are more of a visual thinker, here a video guide we put together comparing the Universal Orlando express pass vs the Universal unlimited express pass:

Universal Studios wait times with express pass

Let’s say you visit on a weekend and most Universal Thrill Rides are over an hour wait. With the Universal Express Pass, you are only going to be waiting a fraction of that, like 10-12 minutes, on participating attractions. Universal Orlando wait times with Express Pass are significantly less, usually only about 5-10 minutes with average crowd levels.

It is important to note that Express Pass does not automatically allow you to skip every line at Universal Studios Florida or Islands of Adventure. Universal Orlando Express Passes will always guarantee a shorter wait during peak times when normal stand-by is exponentially long.

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How Much is the Universal Express Pass 2022?

Express Pass Universal Studios

Okay, so how much is Universal Express Pass? As we mentioned above, there are three different kinds of Express Pass Universal Prices, and each have rules that come along with them. Guests are also able to purchase 1 park per day or 2 park per day Express Passes, so it is important to note if you plan on park hopping between Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios.

In this next section, we are going to break down the prices of the Universal Express pass and where you can use them.

How much is an Express Pass at Universal Studios – Basic Universal Express

The basic Universal Express Pass allows guests to enter the Express Lane one time per participating attraction. Each member of the party must have their own Express Pass ticket purchased on top of their theme park ticket for it to be valid.

  • 1 Park Per Day – Basic Express Pass Price – Starting at $79.99 all ages per ticket
  • 2 Park Per Day – Basic Express Pass Price – Starting at $89.99 all ages per ticket

How much is Unlimited Express Pass at Universal?

The Universal Express Pass Unlimited is the tier higher of Express Passes which allows guests visiting Universal to ride participating rides an unlimited amount of times. One of the perks of staying at a Universal Orlando Premier Hotel is that the Universal Express Unlimited is included for all guests registered to the room for the length of the stay!

  • 1 Park Per Day – Unlimited Express Pass Price – Starting at $109.99 all ages per ticket (or included with your stay at a Universal Premier Hotel)
  • 2 Park Per Day – Unlimited Express Pass Price – Starting at $119.99 all ages per ticket (Or included in your stay at a Universal Premier Hotel)

The Universal Orlando Resort Premier Hotels are Loews Portofino Bay, Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Hotel.

How much does Express Pass cost at Universal Studios? – Volcano Bay

Last, but not least, Universal does offer an Express Pass for Volcano Bay, which is the water park at Universal Orlando Resort. There are only a few participating attractions at Volcano Bay, therefore, the pricing is much lower.

  • Universal Volcano Bay Express PLUS Pass – Starting at $39.99 per ticket, per day
  • Universal Volcano Bay Express Pass – Starting at $19.99 per ticket, per day

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What Rides at Universal have Express Pass 2022?

Universal Orlando express pass rides

Another popular question we receive is, which rides at Universal use Express Pass? And, right now twenty-six of the rides at Universal Orlando use the express pass system to help guests cut the lines. However, we will note that some popular rides in the Universal Orlando theme parks do not accept Express Pass, with one of them being Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure.

Express rides at Universal Studios Florida

  • MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack
  • Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon
  • Revenge of the Mummy
  • The Simpsons Ride
  • Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster
  • The Bourne Stunt-acular
  • Despicable Me Minion Mayhem
  • E.T. Adventure
  • Fast & Furious – Supercharged
  • Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts
  • Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit
  • Hogwarts Express (Park-to-Park admission ticket required)
  • Kang & Kodos’ Twirl ‘n’ Hurl

Universal Express pass rides list – Islands of Adventure

  • Hogwarts Express (Park-to-Park admission ticket required)
  • The Incredible Hulk Coaster
  • Jurassic Park River Adventure
  • Poseidon’s Fury
  • Skull Island: Reign of Kong
  • Storm Force Accelatron
  • The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man
  • Caro-Seuss-el
  • Doctor Doom’s Fearfall
  • Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls
  • Flight of the Hippogriff
  • Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
  • The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride!

Universal Orlando Express Pass Rides – Volcano Bay

  • Honu of Honu ika Moana
  • ika Moana of Honu ika Moana
  • Krakatau Aqua Coaster
  • Maku of Maku Puihi Round Raft Rides
  • Puihi of Maku Puihi Round Raft Rides
  • Punga Racers
  • Taniwha Tubes

Additional Rides Available with Express PLUS:

  • Kala & Tai Nui Serpentine Body Slides
  • Ko’okiri Body Plunge
  • Ohno of Ohyah & Ohno Drop Slides
  • Ohyah of Ohyah & Ohno Drop Slides

What rides are not included with the Universal Orlando Express Passes in 2022?

Another common question we receive is, what rides are not included in Universal Express Pass? And, as of 2022 three rides are not included in the Universal Express Pass. Those rides at the Jurassic World VelociCoaster, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, and Pteranodon Flyers and Universals Islands of Adventure. However it’s important to note that the VelociCoaster and Hagrid’s are included with early park admission!

  • Jurassic World VelociCoaster (Islands of Adventure)
  • Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure (Islands of Adventure)
  • Pteranodon Flyers (Islands of Adventure)

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Can I buy the Universal Express Pass from the Park Prodigy?


Universal Orlando express passes can be purchased through The Park Prodigy, and even better, through discounted ticket bundles! The Park Prodigy offers discount Universal Express Pass Combo tickets which you can find right here on our website. Not only can you receive discounted tickets and Universal express passes, but all of The Park Prodigy tickets come with Early Park Admission too! 

We have travel experts ready to help you with all of your Universal Orlando needs and we offer free Universal touring plans and advice. If you’re looking to purchase any Universal Orlando tickets or discounted express pass bundles, make sure to reach out today or visit our Universal Orlando ticket page.

Can you buy Universal Express Pass inside the Parks 2022?

So, you’ve booked your trips and gotten down to Universal Orlando Resort and realized its much more crowded than you thought. That is okay! Universal Orlando Resort allows guests to purchase Express Passes the day of your theme park trip.

In this next section, we are going to tell you how you can buy a Universal Orlando Express Pass.

How to Upgrade/Buy Universal Express Pass 2022

All guests have the choice to purchase Express Pass at Universal Studios ahead of time, if they choose to. All express passes are sold as tickets, as an addition to your normal admission ticket. It is important to know that all Express Passes are only good for one day, so if you are going multiple days, you must purchase multiple tickets.

Universal Express passes can be purchased over the phone at (407-224-7840), at the theme-park entrance, and at various locations throughout the parks, including Guest Services.

If you are looking to purchase a Universal Orlando Express Pass day of, simply visit one of the ticket kiosks at the entry of either theme park entrance. If lines are too long there, head into the parks and see if one of the many other locations are any better.

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How to Use Universal Express Pass 2022

Universal Orlando Express Passes

So, how does the express pass at Universal work? Once you’ve purchased your Universal Orlando Express Passes, you can head into the parks and start using! There is no return time for Universal Orlando Express Passes, therefore you can head in and start searching for the big yellow signs outside of line queues labeled “Express Pass.” Before you enter the queue, a team member will scan your Universal Express Pass ticket and allow you to pass through the line.

How to use Express Pass at Universal Studios Tips and Tricks

  • Pro Tip! – Do not use your Universal Express pass on a line queue that is 15 minutes or under. Most likely, the Stand-By line will be almost walk on, therefore you will be wasting your basic Express Pass ticket. If you have the Unlimited Express Pass, it won’t matter much when you go.
  • You cannot use your Express Pass during Early Park Admission
  • Express Passes have date-based pricing, the slower the time of year, the cheaper your theme park and Universal Orlando Express Passes will be.
  • Express passes can sell out! If you’re going during a very busy time, like Christmastime, make sure to purchase your tickets in advance.

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How does Express Pass work at Volcano Bay?

Universal Orlando Express Passes

So now that we have covered the main two theme parks you might be wondering, how does express pass work at Volcano Bay? And the Volcano Bay Express Pass is handled slightly different than the theme parks express pass. When entering Volcano Bay, guests are given a TapuTapu wearable which is the device that saves your spot in line. When using the Volcano Bay express pass, guests do not have to use their TapuTapu wearable for the attractions participating. Express pass guests get to join the line immediately and have very short waits before they are able to experience the attractions. 

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Universal Orlando Express Passes FAQ


Q: Do Universal Orlando express passes have return times?

A. No! The Universal Orlando express pass does not have return times. Once you receive your Universal express pass ticket, you can start heading into the parks and having fun! Just remember that there are rides that do not participate in express pass.

Q: Do Universal Express Passes sell out?

A. Yes! Universal express passes have been known to sell out, especially at peak times like Christmas and Thanksgiving weeks. If you are worried about express passes selling out, make sure to buy your Universal Orlando ticket and express pass bundle in advance!

Q. Will I miss out on the regular queue experience and theming with Universal Orlando express pass?

A. For most of the experiences, yes. There is a completely separate queue for Universal express pass guests, which most of the time excludes the stand-by line. You may have to sacrifice seeing the incredible Universal theming in the express pass line, but you won’t have to wait!

There are some rides that you might not want to miss out on the queue experience that are offered with Express Pass – Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Revenge of the Mummy, and Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts. If wait times are low and you’ve already used your Express Pass, maybe try going through again to see the immersive experience.

Q. Can you share Universal Express Pass?

A. Unfortunately, you cannot share Express Passes at Universal Studios and each guest using one must have their own pass. Guests caught sharing Universal express passes could be removed from the theme parks or even be banned from the resort. We do not think it is worth getting a ban for life trying to share an express pass.

All Universal Orlando tickets are non-transferrable, meaning you cannot give or sell your Universal ticket to anyone else. You can avoid this by always purchasing your tickets and Universal Orlando express passes through reputable travel agencies, like The Park Prodigy.

When Is The Best Time To Visit Universal Orlando?

Our Universal Orlando Crowd Calendar is the best tool to help you get the most out of your time in the parks. We breakdown the park crowds, park hours of operation, ticket prices by day, and average temperature.

Ready to Plan Your Next Universal Orlando Trip?

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