With exception of the two days of Rock the Universe 2022, Universal Studios Florida does not offer early park admission for anyone through February 2022. In contrast, Islands of Adventure (IOA) opens an hour early for some guests, like on-site resort hotel guests and select annual passholders. The lure of Jurassic World Velocicoaster pulls many visitors to IOA. When you add in the cantankerous Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure to the mix, most guests select to start at IOA.
With all the attractions down at Universal Studios Florida right now, why start there? I shall list a variety of reasons that I plan to rope drop Universal Studios Florida soon. If you are unfamiliar with the term rope-dropping, please see discussion related to Animal Kingdom.
1.Most guests, even those without early park admission, will start at IOA. The lowest crowd level at Universal Studios Florida will be first hour park is open. The crowds over at IOA will maintain a solid level most of day. If you want to avoid people, Universal Studios Florida offers that chance.
2.If you are a Wizarding World fan, Diagon Alley will seem empty compared to rest of day. Have you ever wanted to use your wand to do spells without a line? Rope drop works for that. Do you want to ride Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts multiple times with a short wait? Rope drop might make that possible. Have you ever wanted to avoid the long queue for Ollivander’s Wand show? With possibly multiple shows running in Diagon Alley as compared to IOA, rope drop enables you that option. Would you like to shop in the stores of Diagon Alley without feeling crunched? Rope drop makes that possible.
- If you are a character meet and greet/photo op group, Universal Studios features many characters you can interact easily with during first few hours of park opening.
- Do you have Minion fan in your group? The Despicable Me Minion Mayhem attraction develops long queues commonly. Rope drop might allow you to basically walk-on the attraction. Try not to be distracted by Minion construction walls or wayward bananas as you enter the queue.
- Do you secretly want to score 999,999 on Men in Black Alien Attack? Rope drop gives you a chance to practice several times with low to no wait.
- Last, though this does not apply to me, if you are only doing one day without early park admission, IOA will be busy most of day. Universal Studios Florida offers low attractions queue waits for first hour or so each morning. After, that the wait times increase. If time is money, then use you time wisely.
While I love Jurassic World Velocicoaster, the appeal of low crowds demands that Universal Studios Florida deserves some early morning time. Maybe it deserves that from you also.
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