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Universal Orlando Early Admission Overview

Last Updated on April 25, 2021

Early Park Admission (EPA, also sometimes referred to as Early Entry) is the most valuable perk available to all Universal on-site Resort Hotel guests.

This perk grants entry to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (and sometimes other rides) 1 hour before the general public.

This perk is given for free to all guests staying at a Universal Orlando on-site hotel guests. Premier Annual Pass holders can take advantage of Early Park Admission on any morning, as can Preferred Pass holders on select days (block-outs apply).

Universal Early Admission Tips

During early park admission, some of the attractions, shops, and restaurants in the participating Wizarding World area will be open, along with select attractions outside the Harry Potter area. Early entry is by far the best time to experience Escape from Gringotts without waiting an hour or more in the standby queue.

Universal publishes their Early Park Admission calendar a month or two in advance on this webpage,

Here is what is commonly open during the Early Admission (as with everything, subject to change at any time):

Islands of Adventure

  • Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
  • Flight of the Hippogriff
  • Caro-Seuss-el (seasonally)

Universal Studios Florida

  • Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem (sometimes)
  • Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts
  • Revenge of the Mummy (seasonally)

Who Can Get Early Park Admission

There are 3 types of guests that have access to Early Park Admission

  • On-site Resort Hotel guests
  • Premier Annual Pass holders (and referred Pass holders on select days)
  • Guests that use an Authorized Travel Agency

That’s right! If you choose to spend your week at a Disney resort, or an off-site hotel during your Orlando vacation, be sure to ring up your favourite travel agent, and make your purchase through them.

Not only will you pay the same price, because all the great travel agents are free to use, but you will be given Early Park Admission free of charge.

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