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How many days to visit Universal Studios and Islands of Adv?

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How many days to visit Universal Studios and Islands of Adv?

We are planning a trip to Orlando in October. We will be flying into Orlando on a Monday, and departing on Thursday night. Is it enough time to spend one day at each park? Or should we plan on more time at each park? Also, are the lines still very long in October? I don't think they sell Express line passes during this time frame, so was just wondering how the lines would be. Thanks for any advice!

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1. Re: How many days to visit Universal Studios and Islands of Adv?

One day at each park should be fine but check the specials & hot deals at www.universalorlando.com. They have some "free day when you buy 2 days" type deals so you might be able to go on your arrival or departure day too, if you have time.

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2. Re: How many days to visit Universal Studios and Islands of Adv?

2 full days should be good, one for each park. They do sell express passes for the October days, mostly $15 for Monday through thursday and $20 for Fri and Sat. I wouldnt think you would need them on a weekday. It should be quite except Columbus weekend I think.

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3. Re: How many days to visit Universal Studios and Islands of Adv?

I agree; two days should be plenty for those two parks and you probably WON'T need the express pass, especially for the days of the week you'll be there.

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4. Re: How many days to visit Universal Studios and Islands of Adv?

Buy a 2-day, 2 park ticket on universal website

Buy the Express pass if available, it isn't that much money...you get better value than from the $3 cokes, etc

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5. Re: How many days to visit Universal Studios and Islands of Adv?

we paid $229 (ex tax) for a room that sleeps up to five in Universal. With this you get to use the express plus line for all the rides as many times as you like (the express plus pass only gets you on rides once I believe). It was well worth the money as we went on all the rides we wanted, done universal studios in one afternoon and islands of adventure the next day as the passes are good for both days. Worth thinking about if you like the big rides at islands of adventure - they were fantastic.

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6. Re: How many days to visit Universal Studios and Islands of Adv?

Be aware of Halloween Horror Nights which is wildly popular and draws unbelievable crowds.

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September 29 & 30

October 6-8, 11-15, 19-22, 26-29 & 31

Dallas
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7. Re: How many days to visit Universal Studios and Islands of Adv?

Thank you so much for all of your great input! You've been a big help!

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8. Re: How many days to visit Universal Studios and Islands of Adv?

In Nov after Thxgiving we allocated one day for Universal and/or Islands. We couldn't buy a one day hopper, but opted for a x2 day hopper. We started with Islands, then over to Universal, then back to Islands. No kids and we hustled to get on as much as we could.

Our second day is still valid, whenever.

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9. Re: How many days to visit Universal Studios and Islands of Adv?

One day at each park should be fine. I would not mess with the express tickets. The ones you can buy are costly and only work one time per ride. Best alterative is try, if possible to stay at an onsite hotel. Your room key acts as an unlimited express pass durning your stay. Being in Oct, durning the week day you shouldnt encounter to many long lines.

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