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It’s no secret that a day at Universal Studios is tiresome. As such you may want to take a midday break whether that’s to stroll around CityWalk or take a nap back at your hotel (ideal if you’re staying in a hotel within walking distance of the parks).
Thankfully, you can re-enter Universal Studios if you leave during the day. When you want to return to the park simply show your park ticket at the entrance and have your fingerprint scanned as you did during your first entry to the park and you’re good to go!
During peak times, you may find that you’re not admitted into the parks straight away due to capacity issues. In this case, it’s often best to remain in the parks wherever possible.
Can You Re-Enter Universal Studios Orlando?
You are permitted to leave and re-enter Universal Studios as many times in a day as you wish. However, there are a couple of things you’ll need to keep in mind.
When you enter the Universal Studios or Islands of Adventure theme park for the first time you’ll have your ticket scanned and a fingerprint taken.
This links your ticket to you as a person and subsequently means that people can’t pass tickets between each other.
Therefore to ensure when people return to the park either during the same day or on additional days (if a multi-day ticket has been purchased) the ticket will be scanned and a fingerprint will be checked against the register.
As a result, if you leave the park and are looking to re-enter it’s essential that you have the park ticket you entered the park with on the first day and try to minimise tickets being mixed up between friends or family members during your trip.
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Universal Studios’s re-entry policy states that you can leave and re-enter on the same day. This means that if you have a single park ticket then you’ll be able to enter your pre-selected park as many times as you like.
However, you will need a park-to-park ticket if you want to move between parks (re-entry or otherwise) on the same day.
When we visit Universal Studios, we often spend a full day inside the park before heading to CityWalk for a meal. Then depending on what time our meal finishes, and our energy levels, we might head back inside Universal Studios Florida to watch the Universal Orlando Cinematic Celebration.
Multi-day passes are a great choice for those who plan to spend a couple of days at the Universal Studios Resort. If you have a one-park-per-day ticket, this will mean you’re able to only enter one park per day.
Whichever park you enter first will be your pre-selected park for that day and you’ll be able to leave and re-enter that park as many times as you wish.
However, if you have a park-to-park ticket then you’ll be able to leave and re-enter any of the parks as many times as you wish over the course of your ticket duration.
How To Re-Enter Universal Studios Orlando
Before you leave the park you’ll want to ensure you have your park ticket with you. Then leave the park via the signposted exits.
When you want to re-enter the park head to the clearly signposted entrance that you went to when you entered the park at the beginning of the day.
The gate attendee will scan your ticket and then take your fingerprint to ensure that both your ticket is valid and that you are the original visitor.
It’s worth mentioning that there may be times, especially during peak visitor season, when re-admission won’t be 100% guaranteed.
This often happens over Thanksgiving and Christmas when the Universal parks will often reach capacity by 11am.
Given this, you will want to plan whether you want to leave the park on these days since it could mean either not getting back into the park at all or waiting outside the park for a significant amount of time.