Universal Express Pass – commonly referred to as Universal Express on park signage, and as Express Pass by team members and guests – admits users to a separate line for the attraction, which is given priority status when boarding. Universal Express Pass is not a virtual queuing service, where users receive a specific time to return to the priority line. Instead, passholders may enter the "Universal Express" line whenever they wish.
Universal's Express Pass is not included in park admission. There are a limited number of passes available each day and they are often sold out in advance. The cost of the pass varies based on what parks are selected and even what day is selected, with higher prices charged on peak operating days during the year.
Guests at three of Universal Orlando's on-site resorts — the Hard Rock Hotel, the Royal Pacific Resort, and the Portofino Bay Hotel — get complimentary unlimited use of the faster lines during their stay. Also, guests who hold Universal Orlando's Premier Annual Pass receive one-time use privilege after 4 pm.