I’ve paid a good few $$$ to visit Orlando Florida this year, so don’t really want to spend much of my time waiting in a queue to get on an attraction. I want to reduce my wait times in the lines at Disney World, Universal Orlando and Seaworld, so what can I do?
General Orlando Theme Park Tips for reducing Wait Times
Free options for reducing your Wait Times at Disney World
Shock horror… The Disney World Fastpass Ticket is free!
It’s true there is something that is free at Disney World… the Fastpass ticket. We’ve discussed this at length
Just to add that Disney have started to become more strict on enforcing the return time on the fastpass tickets. I think this is a fair
The Paid Options for Reducing Wait Times
OK, so the vacation cost me a lot of money and the parks are looking to squeeze a little more out of me but I still want to minimise my time in line… What can I do?
So unless you’re a highly paid movie star, you’re either going to have to wait in the line or get a Fastpass. The only other option is to stay at a Disney World Resort hotel and take advantage of the Extra Magic Hours (EMH).
Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure & the Universal Express Pass
A few years back Universal used to offer an equivalent of the Disney Fastpass system free for all visitor called the Universal Express ticket. This has now changed into
How much does the Universal Express Pass cost?
Is the Universal Express Pass worth it?
Should I stay at a Universal hotel instead?
Again, staying at a Universal Hotel isn’t cheap but they do have three excellent hotels (Royal Pacific Resort, Hard Rock Hotel and Portofino Hotel) that get progressively more expensive, with RPR the cheapest, HRH the mid price option and Portofino being the most expensive.
Just to demonstrate how much better value it is to stay over in an on-site Universal Hotel, have a look at this quick calculation.
I chose a Saturday stay at the start of August for RPR. Four people were booked into the room. The room cost for one night was a pretty expensive $330 for the night. Bearing in mind I can get a decent room for less that $100 on I-Drive then the cost for a one night stay is pretty eye-watering.
That said, Universal Express passes for the same Saturday came out at $55.99 per person, so for our party of four they cost $223.96. So if we stayed at an I-Drive hotel and bought the Universal Express tickets seperately it would come around the same cost as a one night stay at RPR.
The thing is, the one night stay at the RPR gives each visitor a two day Express Pass. The inclusion of the Express Pass really swings it for the RPR stay.
Seaworld Quick Queue Tickets
Not to be outdone by the big two, Seaworld have introduced a paid option for avoiding the lines known as “Quick Queue”. The Seaworld Quick Queue ticket is more akin to the Universal Express pass than Disney’s Fastpass. In other words, its going to cost you extra money above and beyond your theme park entry ticket.
How much does the Seaworld Quick Queue Pass cost?
What benefits does the Seaworld Quick Queue give me?
The Seaworld Quick Queue ticket is quite simple, it gives you a an opportunity to avoid the line ONCE ONLY for the attractions below:
Manta – Minimum 54″
Kraken – Minimum 54″
Journey to Atlantis – Minimum 42″ (42″ – 48″ with a supervising companion)
Wild Arctic – Minimum 42″
Skytower – No Height Restrictions
Is the Seaworld Quick Queue Ticket Worth it?
Good question, and I’d say for most of the year its not worth the extra outlay. It only gives you one visit to five attractions, there is no additional benefits such as priority seating at the shows which is a shame.
I’d say see how busy the park is on the day you visit and take it from there, as and with a bit of planning you should be able to do the five attractions during your visit.
Getting the Seaworld Quick Queue for “Free”
Seaworld offer package deals where you can stay at partner hotels such as the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld which include the Quick Queue unlimited free as part of your stay. For more information visit the Seaworld site.
Busch Gardens Quick Queue Tickets
I think you’d be suprised if the Busch Gardens Quick Queue ticket is any different to the offering at the Seaworld park… and it isn’t except for it costs a little more and can be used on a greater number of attractions.
So to sum up…
In summary I’d say
- Make sure you get to the parks early
- Plan beforehand what rides/attractions are “must do’s” and prioritise these
- Make good use of Disney’s Fastpass
- If you can afford it stay at a Universal Hotel when visiting Universal Studios/IOA
- Consider the Express Passes/Quick Queue tickets if your budget allows
If you have any tips and tricks you’d like to offer I’d be interested in hearing them.