We are planning our first Universal vacation for December, We will be staying on Hard Rock Hotel or Royal Pacific Resort. We already purchased a 5 days park to park tickets and will start using them on Monday 16 to Friday 20, in what should be a very busy time. We don’t mind showing up at 6:00 am to beat the crowds.
We want to do Hagrid’s Motorbike Adventure at least one time per day during those 5 days, So what should the strategy be?
1- Ignore our early park admission hour that comes by staying at the hotel, since we have the unlimited express pass, and try to be the first every morning at the gates of Island of Adventure, so we can ride the Hagrid and start our day that way?
2- Do early park admission at Universal Studios and wait till the queue are lower during the day or night and try to do the Hagrid?
We were told that Universal could change the early park admission at any point to Island of Adventure. So we booked both hotels and are planning to keep them both until we are around a month away, in case we decide to go with strategy number two, we can be staying at the hotel that is closer to the park with the early park admission at that time.
We are discarding using the boats to arrive at the parks because we want to beat the crowds. So walking will be our approach.
So far this is what we know. So please correct me if I got something wrong.
There are 3 security checkpoints that start letting people through at 6:30 am:
- City walk for the people that are driving in, or are being driven on a bus from the other hotels.
- The bridge right before island of adventure, where the walking path ends for the guests at the Royal Pacific Resort and other guests from the other Universal’s hotels that shared the same walking path.
- Right beside the entrance of Universal Studios for guests from the Hard Rock Hotel and Portofino Bay.
So in case we go for strategy number one. We will be staying at the Royal Pacific Resort, because even though RPR and HRH are about the same distance to IOA, RPR security checkpoint is right beside IOA and therefore should be the first crowds to arrive at IOA.
Maybe there is a 3rd strategy I haven’t thought of.
Sorry for the long post but I’m so confused with all of these and I hope you guys can help me come up with the best strategy.
Thanks a lot