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He's a grown man (or woman) who can make their own decisions. They asked for suggestions and I gave them. If he skips Dr. Doom, he could ride any of the other S&S Spaceshots in the country and have the same or similar experience. Likewise, suggesting a grown adult skip a kiddie/junior coaster isnt that crazy of a suggestion, unless they have kids. 

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A person WITH express is totally different than a person doing standby.  Have we sunk so low to tell people to miss something because other parks have similar attractions?  Might as well just not go to the park since it's something similar to it in other parks all over.  And lets be honest, between the two parks they have like what 20 attractions and rides?  We aren't talking about someone trying to visit all the Disney world parks in one day, this is Universal.

 

So I say, figure out what park you want to go to first, set yourself a timeframe to be in the park, rank what you want to do from important to less important, if you have to time to do it all, do it all don't just skip stuff for the hell of it.

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On 11/12/2021 at 2:35 PM, grsupercity said:

all booked. Plane tickets, park hopper ticket and express passes. We are only doing one day at the parks. Its my first trip so I will happily take any tips or tricks you guys have for me!!!!!

With Express passes, not a ton of strategy is needed. Rope drop Hagrid's, then go to Velocicoaster... otherwise ride whatever you want to ride. For the dark rides, even with express you can skip Fallon and Fast and the Furious. Fast and the Furious is terrible and there are 800 pre-shows so it will take forever. You can also skip Shrek if it's not closed forever by then.

For the other dark rides, some have their fans and some have their haters but I'd say with Express you should just do them all and make up your own mind. Do NOT under any circumstances skip Forbidden Journey, Spiderman or Gringotts but I mean... duh. Things like Cat in the Hat, Simpsons, Minions and Shrek are probably skippable if you want to ride Velocicoaster more but they have their fans. Ride ET or I'll block you.

For the water rides, ride River Adventure if it's open but it probably won't be depending on when you're going (it's closed 1/10 - 1/28/22). You won't get that wet and it's very good. Ripsaw Falls and Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges are good rides but you will absolutely drown. I love log flumes, I don't ride Ripsaw Falls because you drown. If you want to ride them, they sell ponchos and there is no shame in buying them.

The Bourne Stuntacular is a tough sell to anyone who only has one day but it's fantastic even if you're like me and you couldn't pay me to watch those movies or really most action movies.

Also, when is your trip. Is it before or after 1/7... asking for a friend. My friend's name is Brendan Fraser and he really needs a cup of coffee.

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Is there like… any way you can switch it to 1/6? If you're in Orlando on 1/6 and just doing another park, switch it because Mummy closes until late summer starting 1/7.

If you're not then Mummy sucks anyway and you're not missing much and I'm totally not just telling you that to make you feel better, Nope... not this guy,

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Oh well, now you just need to come back. If you love it, consider the annual pass in the future. It basically pays for itself in two visits.

Consolation prize: River Adventure is open and it's fun and you should ride it. No poncho needed for that one. lol

I also have this strange glimmer of hope for you that they'll realize that there's no reason to close Mummy on a Friday and not the following Monday but I probably just threw that out into the world to give you hope and then crush your dreams.

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I visited both parks back in 2010. I did HHN in 2016/2017. With that in mind, I have a couple questions a few weeks out from my trip:

-I'll have express unlimited through Hard Rock Hotel; is the system more akin to the CF's Fast Lane or SF's Flash Pass system? Are any merge points far from load/pre-show?

-Any hidden gem spots to watch the Macy's parade?

-Is it a better idea to rope drop Hagrids or Velocicoaster? Do either have Single Rider lines?

-Anything else I should know?

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5 hours ago, jarmor said:

A person WITH express is totally different than a person doing standby.  Have we sunk so low to tell people to miss something because other parks have similar attractions?  Might as well just not go to the park since it's something similar to it in other parks all over.  And lets be honest, between the two parks they have like what 20 attractions and rides?  We aren't talking about someone trying to visit all the Disney world parks in one day, this is Universal.

 

So I say, figure out what park you want to go to first, set yourself a timeframe to be in the park, rank what you want to do from important to less important, if you have to time to do it all, do it all don't just skip stuff for the hell of it.

It all depends on your goals though, I would definitely skip Dr Doom and Hippogriff to get an extra ride on Velocicoaster or extras on Hulk or Mummy. 

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1 hour ago, CaptainUnknown said:

I visited both parks back in 2010. I did HHN in 2016/2017. With that in mind, I have a couple questions a few weeks out from my trip:

-I'll have express unlimited through Hard Rock Hotel; is the system more akin to the CF's Fast Lane or SF's Flash Pass system? Are any merge points far from load/pre-show?

-Any hidden gem spots to watch the Macy's parade?

-Is it a better idea to rope drop Hagrids or Velocicoaster? Do either have Single Rider lines?

-Anything else I should know?

- It's more akin to Cedar Fair's system. Hop in line whenever you want. Because of that, it just totally depends what lines will be long even with Express. I feel like I've always had bad luck with Gringotts though but that could just be me. The merge is fine, but the line is always long. I can't really think of a ride with a bad merge.

- Not sure about the parade

- Rope drop Hagrid's.

- They both have single rider queues.

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3 hours ago, PKI Jizzman said:

It all depends on your goals though, I would definitely skip Dr Doom and Hippogriff to get an extra ride on Velocicoaster or extras on Hulk or Mummy. 

This is the last i am going to speak on this as it kinda is getting exhausting lol.  Look, they are going a week after the busy season.  The parks will be dead and having express is just icing on the cake.  There is no reason to skip anything other than preference.  My response is and has always been do not skip things (assuming you would want to experience them) because it is similar attractions elsewhere AND if you have ample time to do them.  The poster should have no issue getting multi rides on Velocicoaster nor hulk, rockit and hagrids as the mummy will be down.  All I am saying is to just dont skip things just to skip them lol, that's it!  If it is a matter of what you like or don't like or time then you made the decision just don't go into the game planning on skipping things for the hell of it.

 

Now, let's move on. . .

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1 hour ago, PKI Jizzman said:

He liked my post, but I hear ya✌ 

The person who liked your post is not the person who's going to the park and asked for the advice lol lol 🤣😂🙃.  And when did it ball down to post likes lol lol.  

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I just hope they have a great time and ride Velocicoaster 10x. Life is too short for lame drop towers and borderline kiddie coasters when you have 1 day at Universal and the arguably best coaster on the planet at IOA. Everyone has different preferences and priorities, that's my advice. 

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I've only been on Flight of the Hippograff at USJ. . but agree that it's a glorified kiddie coaster  (I was unimpressed and we had skip the line passes for it. .. I would have been really annoyed if we had waited in that lengthy line for it).

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On 11/15/2021 at 2:35 PM, CaptainUnknown said:

-Any hidden gem spots to watch the Macy's parade?

Right in front of the Macy's store that's across from the tree or in front of the Mummy ride, when Santa arrives there then you'll also get to see him light up the tree. I can't speak for what's it like normally but we only showed up like 20 mins before it started and were able to sit on the curb right in front of Macy's. 

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Wow. That's why I always stay at the RP with the included express pass, but I've never seen the wait that bad. I've been keeping my eye on things down there since we will be at Disney/Universal Dec 14-20, hoping to visit before the worst of the hordes show up and we will spend Christmas week at the beach (although we will probably hit BGT on the 22nd but will just get QQ) Apparently Disney is so busy this week that Genie+ already crashed 🙄

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Tickets/hotels/car booked (all for quite cheap!) for early May. Can't wait for Velocicoaster as it looks quite awesome. I also have not yet ridden Hagrid's.

The next day I'm driving to BGT for Iron Gwazi. Think there's any realistic way (like using single rider lines/even skip lines) I can get done Universal than pop over to Sea World? Crazy crazy I know but understand: I lived in FL four years so I did Universal 4 years in a row, I love it but just being realistic: Those 2 rides are all I NEED to do, meanwhile I've never been to Sea World 😮 If feasible, I'll speed through the former to get to the latter. 

 

EDIT: This fills me with dread, will probably get a dirt cheap flight to Orlando for another time instead of attempting this lol

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