We are at Universal this weekend and it’s packed. Express pass is crucial.
We lined up at 8:10 to get into UOR, which opened at 9, and we were wwaaaaayyyy back in line…almost to the bridge to IOA. We should’ve lined up about 7:30. They opened the virtual cues for the haunted houses at about 8:40, and we were able to get passes for both haunted houses while we waited to enter the park. At about 8:50 the line started moving and entering the park.
Oh, and the Voodoo donut line was crazy also. Part of our group went to that line when the rest got in the park line. The donut group barely made it to us before we entered the park. So it took them about 40 min to get donuts, and they started about 8:10. (Voodoo opened at 8.)
Yesterday we did the early admission to IOA. We lined up about 7:40 and we were pretty far back again. The line started moving just before 8 and we went straight to Hagrid, and waited about 20 min to ride. We were able to also do Forbidden Journey and Flight of the Hippogriff before the park opened to all guests.
If the haunted houses are important to you, you’ll have to go the Universal on a weekend. If not, I definitely recommend avoiding Sat/Sun.