It takes a lot of planning to visit a theme park these days. Lines for rides at Universal Studios can easily take 45 to 60 minutes, and when you consider the number of rides and hours in the day, this means choosing very carefully what is worth waiting for and what is absolutely not.
Universal offers an Express or Express Unlimited ticket (starting at $69.99 and $89.99, respectively) to help, giving visitors a chance to skip the lines one time per ride or an unlimited number. But that's on top of the already-steep $109-plus, one-day park ticket.
So, we decided to rank all Universal Studios rides at both Florida and California locations. We created this ranking based on thrill level, reviews and our own staff preference, starting with the tamest (read boring!) to the pinnacle of adrenaline-inducing. This way, you can purchase the one-day ticket and wait in line for the rides that will give you the biggest bang for your buck.