Are you planning a trip to Orlando and Universal Studios? Are you wondering if the VIP Experience at Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure is worth the additional expense? My family and I were able to experience the VIP Experience when we recently traveled to Orlando and we all agreed that without a doubt, the VIP Experience at Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure is worth it.
I’m all about saving money. I’m *that* person who thrives on Black Friday every year (yes, I have been that person first in line at Toys R Us). But, I also know that sometimes, it’s just not worth it. Especially when it comes to keeping the peace when it comes to traveling. And there’s nothing enjoyable about waiting in a long line at a theme park with a preschool aged child (or adult!!) who’s on overload, tired, hangry, you name it.
Is the VIP Experience at Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure Worth It?
I’ve previously written about the benefits of staying on property and the benefits of the the express pass. However, when I signed up my family for the Family Forward Retreat in Orlando this past September, I was excited to see that the VIP Experience was included. If you want to maximize your family’s experience even more, I highly recommend the VIP Experience.
This look says it all.
Would you rather have this?
Or be stuck in this?
My guess is you’d prefer to avoid the crowds, especially if you’re traveling with children. Heck, even it was just me, or me and my husband, I’d still prefer to avoid the crowds.
So why did we enjoy the VIP Experience so much? You can read more about it and the pricing by clicking on Universal’s website (you’ll still need to purchase general admission tickets to the parks) but I think the biggest draw is that (1) you and your family are provided with a tour guide for the day and (2) you get to skip the lines for rides.
The Benefits of a Personal Tour Guide
You have an option of taking a private tour where it’s just you and your family or a semi-private tour which consists of you, your family, and a couple of more families. The private tour is more expensive than the semi-private tour.
Ours was the semi-private group and consisted of a tour guide, and 2 other families besides us. So there was total of 12 of us, besides the tour guide. What I really liked is that we were matched up with families that had children around the same age as my son. That meant that the itinerary and rides chosen were tailored more for younger children and no one felt left out. Our guide was invaluable. He gave us behind-the-scenes information about the parks, took photos of our family (I’m usually not in the photo because I’m the one taking the photo), and watched our bags when we went on rides.
Skipping the Lines
This is another huge benefit of the VIP Experience. While I also recommend the express pass, it can’t be used for some of the more popular rides like Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey (two of my favorite rides).
Because of the VIP Experience, we were able to literally skip the long lines and get on these rides in mere minutes. Skull Island: Reign of Kong, the newest ride at Islands of Adventure, had a wait time of over an hour. Some of the members in our group were able to experience it twice – in a 10 minute time span!
The VIP Experience at Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure also includes a continental breakfast, lunch, valet parking, a 10% discount in select stores in the park, and the use of an express pass for the remainder of the day (after the tour has ended).
Even the planner in me enjoys when others do the planning for me!
*I received a vacation package at a discounted price to learn more about Universal Orlando Resort. All opinions are my own.