I’m looking at a late June Universal/IoA trip. Just two days in the park. Staying with cousins at their house a half hour away… But it looks like my “free” house will cost me $500!
That is, it costs $2k (for four people, two days) for Express Pass Unlimited. At the same time, it looks like I can book Royal Pacific for two nights for only $1,500… that I believe comes with Express Pass Unlimited.
Should I just book Royal Pacific instead of the ExpressPass Unlimited??
YES! My wife and I always stay at one of the preimer resorts mainly for the Express Pass. Make a lot of difference like a Fastpass used to. BTW If you could consider Aug, October, Nov. or Dec. Magical Vacations Travel (MVT) magicalvactionstravel.com has 50% off special for select dates at Royal Pacific, Hard Rock, and Portifino during these months. I have NO affiliation to MVT other than I have used them for WDW in the past and have booked there coming Oct. special at Portifino.
You can check in super early, even in plenty time for the early park entry that you’d also be eligible to attend on both check in and out days with your resort booking. You won’t be assigned a room yet, but you’ll get your keys and that’s what you need to use the express pass lines in the parks.
Yup, I’ve done this multiple times even if I’m actually staying in WDW for example since it’s cheaper than paying for the EP and what everyone else said about one night gets two days of Unlimited Express. You can show up early in the AM on check in day and get your “keys” which is your EP and then take the boat or walk to the parks for early entry too!
As others have already stated, you only need to book one night to get two days of benefits for up to four guests. You have to put everyone’s name on the reservation. You can get your room passes as early as you can arrive at the resort. You may want to park at the resort. Note that you also get early park admission.
I gave up and purchased the premier APs - no mater where we stay its included 4pm and during slower seasons they occasionally bump it to 2pm. it also includes valet parking…we generally purchase when they have the get 18 months specials