Universal Express Passholders Will Still Have to Wait New Year’s Week

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Universal Orlando Resort is in the midst of one of its busiest weeks of the year.

Universal Orlando Resort hotels are sold out for the week of New Year’s and capacity crowds are expected to be on-hand all week heading into January 1, 2022.

As a result line queues are expected to be long and even Universal Orlando Express Passholders will have to wait.

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According to Universal’s website, Universal Orlando Express passes are already sold out for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week and a select few remain for Thursday and Friday. At this point, the cost for a one-park Express Pass is listed at $299.00 on Thursday and $289.99 on Friday, plus tax. It should be noted that the price on New Year’s Day is notably lower at $169.99 plus tax.

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Universal Orlando Resort Guests who stay at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, or Loews Royal Pacific Resort are given Universal Express Unlimited as a complementary part of their stay. This means all Guests at these three hotels are able to bypass the regular line queue for every participating attraction as many times as they’d like.

Here is a look at participating attractions for Universal Express at each Universal Orlando Park:

Universal Studios Florida

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

  • The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man®
  • Caro-Seuss-el™
  • Doctor Doom’s Fearfall®
  • Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls®
  • Flight of the Hippogriff™ (Wizarding World of Harry Potter)
  • Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™ (Wizarding World of Harry Potter)
  • The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride!™
  • Hogwarts™ Express (Park-to-Park admission ticket required) (Wizarding World of Harry Potter)
  • The Incredible Hulk Coaster®
  • Jurassic Park River Adventure
  • Poseidon’s Fury
  • Skull Island: Reign of Kong
  • Storm Force Accelatron®
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Universal’s 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
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Universal Orlando Resort just recently announced a change to its mask mandate policy with COVID-19 numbers increasing in the state of Florida. Guests who visit the Resort are now required to wear a face-covering in any public indoor area, including attractions, line queues, shops, restaurants, and public areas at hotels.

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The announcement on Universal Orlando’s official website reads:

The health and safety of our guests and team members is always our top priority. As a result, face coverings will now be required, effective Friday, December 24, 2021, at all public indoor locations within Universal Orlando Resort for both guests and team members regardless of vaccination status – including restaurants, shops, and indoor hotel public areas. Face coverings are also required at all attractions from the moment guests enter the queue to when they exit the experience.

Here are the latest safety updates for your visit.

  • Face coverings are required at all restaurants, shops, indoor hotel public areas and at all attractions from the moment guests enter the queue to when they exit the experience.
  • Guests are expected to bring a face covering with them for their visit
  • We do not require proof of vaccinations
  • We remain focused on maintaining the highest cleanliness and sanitization standards
Universal Orlando Guests wearing face masks
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While the Universal Express line will certainly move faster than the standby line queue, Guests with this feature who are visiting during this time still should still expect to wait a little longer than they normally would.

Will you be visiting Universal Studios Florida or Universal’s Islands of Adventure this week?

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