Weekends are much busier — hours are 9am – 10pm, but buying tix online in advance gives you early admission at 8am (always shortest lines then).
Front of Line tix are $179 (up to $254 in June/July/Aug) — expensive but worth it if you want to avoid the lines, especially on weekends. Also, the Front of Line tix are sharable, as they hang on a lanyard around your neck. Since different members of your group may want to go on different rides, a group of 4 may want to just get 2 Front of Line tix and use them as needed (just don’t use the Front of Line tix when the lines are short, because there are restrictions on multiple uses).
There’s also a VIP Experience for $369/guest — includes Front of Line access, breakfast & lunch, personalized guided backlot tour, and valet parking.
Download the handy Universal park app — it has an interactive map, wait times, schedules, etc. and you can even get notified when the wait times are shorter at your favorite rides. You can also check attraction wait times online.
They don’t allow outside food in park (other than snacks you can fit in a purse). You may get wet on water rides so consider an extra shirt (or buy one at the park). A light jacket is recommended if you plan to stay late, and definitely bring sunscreen.
Most guests agree that these attractions are worth the wait:
* Studio Tour
* Harry Potter
* Despicable Me Minion Mayhem
* Simpsons ride
* Jurassic Park
Many of those also have single rider lines, so if you don’t mind splitting up your group for a few minutes you can jump in those lines and zoom through a lot faster.
Universal CityWalk just outside the front gate has fun shops and great restaurants for lunch and dinner. It can be a long day, so if you’re feeling hot or tired and just need a 90-minute seated, air-conditioned break mid-day, you can pop out to CityWalk to see a movie then return to the park.