Hello, please help! I'm trying to decide what to optimize our one day at Universal. Like many people, riding the most popular Harry Potter rides (especially Gringott's) is a major focus for us. According to Universal's calendar, we will be eligible to enter USF an hour early. So, I assume that the best thing for us to do is to enter early and go straight to Gringott's for the first ride. If anyone has any suggestions on how to structure the entire day (how long to stay at USF before going to IOA; what order to do the rides in for both parks), please let me know.
We do have Express Pass. (In addition to Early Entry at USF).
We are traveling with a group of teens. Rides (especially thrill rides) are the main focus of our day.
We will definitely ride "Escape from Gringott" first, possibly two times if the crowds aren't bad.
It is our understanding that "Forbidden Journey" is closed for renovations. So, that takes away the need to quickly hop Hogwart's Escape after Gringott (unless it's to do other popular attractions in IOA).