On the 2Day/2Park w/o EE touring plan, alternate plan says to ride DM, Transformers, then Gringotts. We do not want to ride DM and could ride Transformers later with Express, so wouldn’t it be better to go directly to Gringotts? We will be there in July with a crowd level 8. USF opens at 8 and IOA has EE at 7am. We are staying offsite. What time do we need to be at the turnstiles to be able to get to Gringotts before the line backs up? And how much time do we allow for parking/walking to turnstiles? Its our first trip to Universal.
And btw, is the Express pass really a must? I’ve assumed it is given the crowd level, but it is really hard to part with that much money for it. I might do a throw away room, but even the cheapest deluxe is almost $400 so still a lot of money and I still have the hassle of arriving early to get room key before getting to turnstile. We have 3 days to spend in the parks and don’t mind some lines, but obviously continuously waiting and in the heat can be miserable. So trying to weigh cost vs. benefit.
Thanks for the feedback.