Adding time at Universal to a Disney World trip – PREP026

People visiting Orlando for a Disney World trip might want to also spend some time at Universal.

Today, I have some information on Universal and my tips on adding it to your Disney World trip.

I also have a quick tip about how to easily rent a car to use for the day when staying at an on-site Disney resort.

These are notes from this episode. There's much more info included in the audio so be sure to listen to the episode for a better explanation.

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About Universal

Universal is made up of 2 parks (Islands of Adventure and Universal), a shopping area (CityWalk) and 3 on-site resorts (soon to be 4).

People who stay in 1 of the 3 on-site resorts get special perks:

  • Unlimited Express Passes
  • On-site transportation
  • Early admission to Wizarding World of Harry Potter (located at Islands of Adventure)
  • Priority seating at restaurants
  • Room charge and package delivery privileges

Express Passes work kind of like FastPasses in that they allow you to enter a separate line. However, you get to enter the line immediately (as opposed to coming back during a 1 hour time frame) and there's no limit to how many you can have in 1 day. Off-site guests can pay to purchase the Express Passes. (Note: although most attractions offer Express Passes, Wizarding World of Harry Potter doesn't.)

To add Universal to a Disney World trip, I suggest spending 2 days there before your time at Disney World. We got through each park in just 1/2 day so ambitious people might be able to do both in the same day.

I don't suggest people with little kids or issues with motion sickness visit Universal because there aren't enough attractions for each to enjoy.

You can purchase tickets that include transportation from Disney World if you'd like.

You can review my post about Universal for more info, including touring plans to use in each park.

Quick tip of the day

You can rent a car when staying at an on-site Disney World resort which can be helpful when spending some time at places outside of Disney World (like Universal, the beach, etc.).

Alamo and National have offices at the on-site Disney World Car Care Center. They will send a shuttle to your Disney World resort to take you to get your car. The number for the Car Care Center is 407-824-3470.

Be sure to check out the rental car info on for more info on renting a car, including ways to find the best deals.

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