How long do you allot for Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure?

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How long do you allot for Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure?

We've given ourselves two days, one day for each park. We added on the "hopper" option, but was wondering if we'd need it. Lol, I wanted it just in case we wanted to go back to Harry Potter world/land/universe/place. How long do you normally spend in each park? We'll be there in late October, if that'll help with the crowd factor.

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We were there in mid October last year and allotted two days, one for each as well and I thought it was plenty of time. We never used our park hopper option, but if I recall it's not too much more expensive so I'd jeep it if you're concerned about wanting to do WWoHP both days.

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When my husband and I go one day at each is plenty and we ride all the rides a few times. I could personally spend a whole day in Harry Potter world though, so you have to factor that in too. Both parks are very small in comparison to Disney!

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I also find one day per park to be sufficient. I wouldn't get the hopper option unless I only had one day or really really really wanted to visit WWoHP both days.

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We just got back and were able to ride everything in both parks multiple times with ease in 1 day.
I would not use 2 days unless during a busy season when you cant walk on the rides.

We never waited longer than 10 minutes for any ride.
October is awesome for Orlando.

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We did both parks in 1 day. Of course it was only me and hubby. So we walked past the Dr Suess area and a few other rides. We also skipped some of the roller coasters. We went to Harry and saw everything, but the wand picking the wizard. The people that I know say the wand picking the wizard is only fun the person that was picked and it is a long wait to get inside. That is just what I have heard is all. Some people might just enjoy watching it.

The biggest thing I remember about Harry Potter World was I was buying an Christmas ornament and the person in front of me had bought 580.00 worth of stuff. My credit card cringed in fear. laugh

If we go again in the Christmas season, so we could see Manheim Steamroller and the Macy's Parade balloons, I would go again otherwise would just skip it. Then again once they expand HP I might have to go again. waiting

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angels444 wrote:
The biggest thing I remember about Harry Potter World was I was buying an Christmas ornament and the person in front of me had bought 580.00 worth of stuff. My credit card cringed in fear. laugh

Lol, I'm worried that'll be me! I'm going to try to stop myself from spending too much while I'm there. But the great Unofficial guide book, that I've been reading says that a lot of the rides, "when to ride" is "within 40 minutes of opening"........I'm freaking out a little. How crowded is it during those times? But your posts have made me feel so much better Big smile

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We went in June. We did 2 parks, 2 days, no hopper. In truth, we spent about 6 hrs. at each park & were done. We had an extra day to use, too, IIRC, but no one was interested in going back for the 3rd day.

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I think that you'll probably have plenty of time with the tickets that you bought. I haven't been myself for years, I'm always too busy with all there is to do at Disney to leave property!

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One day for each here too.

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Wife and I did it all in two days and I am a slow walker.

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Did any of you spend ALL day there? I can't remember if I stayed there till night time last time. It was in 2005, and I can't remember. I only remember running around there during the day, but when we went, it must have been a super off season. There were zero lines and could re-ride things immediately after, or we'd sprint from the exit directly to the entrance with no wait time. So, maybe that's why?

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I used to have an annual pass to US and IOA and you can definitely spend the whole day there if you are planning on doing all the rides and attractions. 2 days is plenty to see all that you need to see though.... There are some rides that are definitely better than others... But that all depends on what YOU like. I can give recommendations if you would like based on the last time that I was there Smile. The mummy is top on the list. Awesome ride.

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Karlipants wrote:
I used to have an annual pass to US and IOA and you can definitely spend the whole day there if you are planning on doing all the rides and attractions. 2 days is plenty to see all that you need to see though.... There are some rides that are definitely better than others... But that all depends on what YOU like. I can give recommendations if you would like based on the last time that I was there Smile. The mummy is top on the list. Awesome ride.

Thanks! I'm excited to ride it! But, I scare easy, lol, so I'll sit in the middle, the hubbub will be riding on the outside. I'm super psyched about the Despicable Me ride, and the Harry Potter ones too!

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When we had two days allotted for each park I think we left by around 4pm each day.

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Big smile We normally do one park each day and find that plenty enough including one meal at NASCAR cafe

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We seem to be able to cover it all in two days, one park each day. We usually have time to spare for shopping and table service dinners.

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We stay at Portofino Bay for a week! During this time we do both Uni and IOA. Although we also slot in SeaWorld for an afternoon!

We like to revisit the parks even though they are both do-able in 2 days IMO. We were there in Sept and I fell in love with the new Transformers ride! I could spend a week on that alone! silly

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We stay at Portofino Bay for a week! During this time we do both Uni and IOA. Although we also slot in SeaWorld for an afternoon!

We like to revisit the parks even though they are both do-able in 2 days IMO. We were there in Sept and I fell in love with the new Transformers ride! I could spend a week on that alone! silly

I'm hoping to slot in some time for SeaWorld in the next trip!! But, we spent 2 days there, stayed from opening till about closing and we wished we could have spent more time there. Lol, maybe it's because we're just a couple of nerds. We fell in love with the wizarding world and my husband loved the Marvel Super Hero Island. And greedy me Tongue I wish I could have eaten at Three Broomsticks at least one more time. I loved the atmosphere, the pumpkin juice, the workers, and the fish and chips there were better than the other two we tried at Disney World. One of the workers stopped by our table and told us about the area behind the restaurant, and how it was great for pictures with the castle. Also, our Krusty Burgers were just scrumptious, we even got guided to a table biggrin super fun.

When we rode the Transformers ride, it was around opening hour, so there was absolutely no line! So great! Lol, my husband said we should get me a gopro next time so I don't have to stop ever 5 ft for a photo. We loved it! Transformers was one of our favorites too. I almost lost it when I saw Optimus Prime, Bumble Bee, and Megatron standing around for pictures!

I think our favorite things were, The Forbidden Journey, Dragon Challenge (Hungarian Horntail!), The Three Broomsticks, Hulk, Transformers, Despicable Me, The Simpsons Ride, and Krusty Burger. Lol, and we just thought it was fun to eat nummy ribs in Jurassic Park, we got a seat where we could watch the ride splash down in the water. Haha, and all of the families that would come by and trick one of their family members to stand next to the river and get drenched. It was mellow and allowed us to relax and plan out the rest of our day there.

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Glad to hear you had a good time, Mushi! awesome

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Thanks Allie! biggrin

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I'm so glad you posted this! The conference I'm going to after the Princess half is at Universal, so I was hoping to get the downlow on what is good. Sounds like fun!

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taratru wrote:
I'm so glad you posted this! The conference I'm going to after the Princess half is at Universal, so I was hoping to get the downlow on what is good. Sounds like fun!

taratru, one of the best pointers that I got for the Wizarding World, was to hold off a little bit to ride The Forbidden Journey, like make it your second or third ride of the day. The queue is AMAZING, and it's a huge let down if you miss it. We went when it was a 20 min wait, and we still missed out on some of it. I've heard of people just asking to walk through the queue and not go on the ride because they missed some of it the first time around. This was one of the few times that I've actually been a little sad to see the line move, lol, there's so much to take in.