I’m doing a Disney trip in October with 1 day at USO/IOA (getting 2 park pass). We are debating doing 1 night at a Universal hotel, primarily to take advantage of early entry. I haven’t been to these parks in years so my questions are:
How much of a difference does early entry make in terms of what you can accomplish? On a day ranked 3-4 for crowds, is it still worth it (weighing slight inconvenience of switching hotels for one night)? If it matters, we are planning to spend most, if not all, of our time doing the Harry Potter stuff (although if we have time at the end of the day we might do other attractions).
I know USO usually opens about half an hour before the official opening - does this only apply at the main gate, or to people arriving on Hogwarts express? We’d be doing early entry at IOA (assuming that’s still the early entry park), hopefully at least doing Forbidden Journey, then not sure if we should hop right onto Hogwarts express (assuming it’s open?) to get in line for Escape from Gringotts?
Thanks so much for any tips!