We’re doing a girls’ trip 9/19-9/23. Our main concerns will be new things at HHN and the Hagrid coaster, since we all went last year. We’re staying at Portofino, so we’ll have Express passes during the day but crowds levels are low during that time. I’m not super familiar with UOR planning, so I have a few questions.
My main question is whether to trust TP predicted wait times where it shows a longer wait with Express than without. This is happening on F&F, and while it’s only a few minutes difference, it just makes me wonder if this is a bug or whether it’s actually smarter to not use the Express pass sometimes during slow season.
My next question is really just inviting speculation. As of right now the TP times show Hagrid having wait times around 50-55 min from early admission until about 3pm, and then getting shorter in the afternoons. Obviously there’s no telling whether those will hold since it’s so new and we don’t know when or if they’ll add an Express entrance but do we think <1 hour wait could be possible? It’s slow season, but the ride will still only be barely 3 months old. I’ve never been to Universal when a ride was so new.
My last question (so far) is how much will the Premier Pass one free HHN night offer affect crowds that weekend? Is that a new perk? It seems to me that my friend had a Premier Pass when we went last year but never mentioned that when planning our dates, and she bought the BOGO ticket like the rest of us. We got the Frequent Fear pass this time, so we’ll be able to go the 19th, 20th, 21st, and 22nd but we’re trying to gauge whether we might want to just do 3 nights and have an early hot tub night one night.