Universal Studios Hollywood Express Pass Ultimate Guide

Universal Studios Hollywood is a popular theme park destination in LA that has only received more attention since opening the United State’s first Super Nintendo World. Super Nintendo World joins a lineup of other popular attractions like those that are set in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and the Secret Life of Pets. Universal Hollywood Express Pass is a paid service that allows you to skip the line at Universal. This is Universal’s version of FastPass/Genie+ as it’s often referred to at Disneyland.

Keep reading for everything you need to know about Universal Express Pass including average prices, whether is it worth the cost, what attractions are included, and how to get access to Super Nintendo World.

Does Universal Studios Hollywood have an Express Pass?

Yes, Universal Studios Hollywood does have Express Pass! Sometimes guests think this is only exclusive to Universal Orlando but is also available at Universal Hollywood. There are two types of Universal Express Pass.

Universal Express

Universal Express includes one-time access per day to each ride, attraction, seated show, and one reservation-free entry into Super Nintendo World when reservations are required.

Universal Express Pass for Universal Hollywood is an additional purchase with your 1-day ticket.

Universal Express Unlimited

Universal Express Unlimited includes unlimited per-day express access to each ride, attraction, seated show, and unlimited reservation-free entry into Super Nintendo World when reservations are required.

Universal Studios Hollywood TicketsUniversal Studios Hollywood Hogwarts

Purchasing your tickets before you arrive eliminates the time you would’ve spent in line at the ticket booth and gets you into the park quicker. Another benefit to advanced ticket orders is the opportunity to save money. We partner with Universal Studio’s top travel partner to offer discounts on tickets exclusively for our readers.

For the best prices on Universal Studios Hollywood tickets and info on how to avoid scammy tickets, visit our guide to discount Universal Studios Hollywood tickets.

How Much is Universal Express Pass Hollywood?

Express Pass for Universal Studios Hollywood starts at $90 per person and will go up in price depending on the time of year. You can see Universal Studios Express Pass go up to $200 per person depending on how busy Universal expects the park to be. If you want to add Universal Express Unlimited and have unlimited access to the Express line for attractions, the upgrade is an additional $50 per person.

In the chart below, the cost of Express Pass is bundled with a 1-day ticket which typically starts at about $109:

Universal Express Pass

If we look at the month of December, you’ll see the price fluctuates depending on the day of the week and goes up the week of Christmas at Universal. You notice that the cheapest we see in the month is $100 per person (after we subtract the 1-day ticket price) in the first week of the month. The most you can pay is $189 in the month of December. If you want to make that upgrade to Universal Express Unlimited then the cost would increase by $50.

If there are still remaining Express Pass tickets left at the end of the day, you also have the option of purchasing Express Pass for a discounted cost. Usually, you can get Express Pass for half off what the cost was for the day but the catch is you won’t be able to use this option until around 2PM each day.

So overall, you have a range of $99-200 per person for Express Pass depending on the day. Of course, the more expensive days will coordinate when Universal is anticipating seeing bigger crowds which will make that need for Express Pass (more below!) more justified.

Disclosure: We have used all the products recommended on Mickey Visit. We may receive compensation when you click on links to some products featured.

About Lindsay Brookshier

Lindsay is a college English instructor and has years of writing experience through various nonprofits, charities, newspapers, and online magazines. As the content director of Mickey Visit, she oversees article content and leads our fantastic team of writers to meet guest vacation needs. You can still find her writing weekly content to help make your Disney Parks trip fantastic here on Mickey Visit and Disney Dose- you can also view her recently featured posts on Disney Parks travel on Visit Anaheim, Nerd Wallet and SFGate. Lindsay comes from a dedicated Disney family and enjoys taking her son to the Disney parks as often as possible.

Planning a Disney Vacation? Get Exclusive Discounts + Free Bonuses

In addition to exclusive discounts for Mickey Visit subscribers, get our free planning printable and guide to make your life SO much easier.

1 comment add your comment

  1. Is it worth it to get the express pass and Early access to nintendo world?
    We are coming on October 12 ( thursday) and its a halloween horror night. Our kids are 10 I think the halloween night is too scary for them so Im not sure we will buy the night so will they kick us out at 5pm? There is some literature saying we might be able to go to one land until 7 on halloween night? Is that true or will they start rounding us up at 4:30 to kick us out at 5?
    If we are kicked out I think doing express is needed early in the day. And possibly nintendo too? There is so much more info on orlando than hollywood. its challenging to figure it all out.

Leave a Comment