Islands of Adventure Fast Pass | Simply Explained

In this guide we'll go over what an Islands of Adventure Fast Pass (also known as the Universal Express Pass) is, what it allows you to do, what rides it includes, and where to buy them.

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What is a Universal Express Pass?

A Universal Express pass allows you to skip the regular line, and access a faster line to quickly ride your favorite rides rather than waiting in a long line. It is an add-on, which is an additional cost to an admission ticket.

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How to Skip the Line

After purchasing your pass, you will a separate pass which will give you access to the 'fast lane lines'.

All that you have to do is show your pass to the ride operator in the entrance of the ride, and they will scan it to ensure that it is valid prior to letting you on the ride.

Express vs Express Unlimited

You can use the Universal Express Pass once per ride, where as the Universal Express Unlimited pass you're able to use an unlimited amount of times.

With an Express Unlimited pass you'd be able to use it on a ride, finish the ride, and get right back into the Express line to ride the same ride again.

Included Rides

In 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™
  • Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™
  • The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride!™
  • 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®

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Price Changes Per Day

Prices for Fast Lane are normally more expensive on the weekends. However, this doesn't mean weekend prices are the same.

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In fact, Friday and Saturday are currently a pretty noticeable price difference.

Depending on which day you're going, you'll want to consider the price differences of those days, as they can make a big difference.

Can You Share Your Pass?

Express Passes are linked to a specific name, so you will not be able to lend your pass to another guest for a ride.

When Should I Get an Express Pass?

If you're only visiting the park for one day, and the only time that you can go is on the weekend (when the park is most busy), so you'd like to maximize your time.

Or, if you just hate waiting in lines in general.

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You'll be able to save time and experience the park without dealing with having to wait in any lines.

One of the few unavoidable downsides of visiting a theme park. is having to wait in lines. The most popular attractions will typically have a line that you will have to wait in, but you can bypass this with a Universal Express Pass.

When Should I Not Get an Express Pass?

When you're able to visit the park during the weekday, the park is normally less busy, which means less lines.

If this is the case, you won't need a Universal Express pass, as it may not be the best investment if the lines are already short.

Where to Buy an Express Pass

You can purchase a Universal Express directly from the Universal Orlando site.