It is true that if you stay at any of the Universal hotels you get front of the line access. Honestly, I wouldn't bother going without that access. They do "Fastpass" better than anyone (sad to say). If you get up for opening, you can honestly do the whole Islands of Adventure park within 4.5 hours... it's a truly wonderful break if you have had your fill of waiting 90 minutes for Peter Pan. This is how it works:Originally Posted by kcnole
Each member of the party has to get a room key that includes the check-in, check-out days. If you stay overnight, you'll be able to get front of the line access 2 days. They have these lanyards that you can wear right around your neck with the room key, park pass, and some money. It's the best way to go because you won't have to check anything into individual lockers before thrill rides (IOF and US don't let you take anything past the queue entrance). But anyway, they are constantly running specials, and you can do both parks sometimes, especially through AAA, sometimes for $100, 2 people, 2 days, both parks. Royal Pacific is beautiful, has a wonderful lobby, and is most affordable of the three resorts. Hard Rock is also great, nice room size and a great pool. And Portofino is gorgeous, has absolutely amazing beds, but is on the pricey side (in the WDW Deluxe resort range).
If you aren't a coaster person, a trip over to Universal Studios is really worth it... Men in Black is great, kind of like Buzz SpaceRanger Spin but maybe better. Jaws is fun but a little dated. E.T has a really great scheme to it as well. But for a great ride, The Mummy is wonderful.
As everyone else has said, Spiderman over at Islands might be one of the best rides in any park, anywhere. I hope this info helps.