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Experience Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Orlando in Off-Peak Season

Summer may be coming to an end, but it’s the perfect time of year to head to Orlando for a theme park vacation. Since opening in June, Universal Studio’s brand new Wizarding World of Harry Potter has been the hottest ticket in town with tremendous crowds, much to visitors’ chagrins. But now, hotel rates are as low as the lines are short.

Travelzoo has a four-day park pass at Universal for $134.99 (regularly $159.99) for adults and $121.99 (regularly $142.99) for children. This deal saves more than $78 per day.

Now as the kiddies have headed back to school, wizards and muggles alike can rejoice as off-peak season arrives! Thinning hoards and warm, sunny weather make a long weekend to Universal Studios and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter a manageable and exciting possibility. Here are some Travelzoo Tips to consider when planning an upcoming trip:
  • Express-Pass It: Purchase an Express-Pass ticket allowing you to bypass normal lines. It’ll cost a bit more than a regular ticket, but if you’re crunched for time, it’ll ensure you get to see everything you want to.
  • Give yourself a break: Florida theme parks experience their highest traffic between 11a.m. and 4p.m. If you roll out of bed and get to the park at opening time, you have several hours in the morning to enjoy shorter lines and nicer weather. When the park starts getting congested, head back to your hotel for a dip in the pool. As you head back to the park after your afternoon respite, watch while all the hot, tired and cranky visitors b-line for the exit as you enjoy fewer crowds and shorter wait times.
  • Stay late: The brochure may say the park closes at a particular time, but don’t believe it. This is just the time that rides stop allowing guests in line. Many of the rides and shops stay open up to an hour after official closing time.
  • Ask for the single rider line: Sign says the ride line is an hour long wait? Ask an attendant for the single rider line. Most likely you won’t be able to ride with your friends, but the wait is significantly less than the regular line.

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Deal Expert, Chicago
Thursday, September 9, 2010
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