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Ticket Types

Universal Orlando sells tickets that range from one to five days in length. Regardless of the length of the vacation, however, the tickets can be broken down two major ways.

One Park per Day Tickets

These are your basic tickets that allow you to visit either Universal Studios Florida or Islands of Adventure (or the Volcano Bay water park after June 1, 2017). If you have a Single Day, One Park per Day ticket, you must choose one park. If you have a Multi-Day, One Park per Day ticket you must choose either park on any given day. Within that day you may leave and reenter, but you cannot switch parks.

Park-to-Park Tickets

At Disney parks these are referred to as "Park Hopper" tickets; Park-to-Park tickets allow the holder to visit both parks on the same day (or all 3 including Volcano Bay, opening June 1, 2017). If you would like to spend the morning at Islands of Adventure and the afternoon at Universal Studios, this is the ticket you need. Also important to note is that Universal (rather brilliantly) requires a Park-to-Park ticket to ride the Hogwarts Express attraction, which shuttles guests between the two theme parks.

Additional Info

Much like at Disney World tickets expire 14 days after the first use and children under 3 are free, but child tickets for ages 3-9 are only a few dollars discounted from the adult prices, despite the large number of rides with height requirements at Universal.

Buying Admission to Universal Orlando

One of our big gripes about Universal is that there are never enough ticket windows open in the morning to accommodate the crowds. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you buy your admission in advance. Passes are available direct from Universal at universalorlando.com, or by phone at (800) 711-0080; at the concierge desks or attractions box offices of many Orlando-area hotels; and through Guest Services at the DoubleTree Universal hotel (407-351-1000), at the intersection of Major Boulevard and Kirkman Road.

Many hotels and some ticket brokers that sell Universal admissions don’t issue actual passes. Instead, the purchaser gets a voucher that can be redeemed for a pass at the theme park. Fortunately, the voucher-redemption window is separate from the park’s ticket-sales operation. In addition, tickets bought online can be printed at home and contain a bar code that can be read at the turnstiles.

Saving Money on Admission to Universal Orlando

Universal's admission discounts change too rapidly to comprehensively cover here. The best online clearing-house for keeping up with the latest available offers is MouseSavers.com's Universal Orlando discounts and deals page.

Ticket Savings from Third Party Vendors

The lowest possible prices on electronically delivered Universal tickets we're aware of are through Orlando Ticket Connection, which undercuts Universal's online prices on park-to-park tickets by $5 to $10. We'd love to hear from readers who have had experiences (good or bad) with OrlandoTicketConnection. Parksavers sells Universal tickets for a few dollars more than Orlando Ticket Connection, but be aware that their buyers receive a printable voucher that must be redeemed at the park with a photo ID, instead of going straight to the turnstiles.

Dreams Unlimited Travel charges the same for Universal tickets as the official website, but does offer exclusive 1 and 2-day park-to-park passes bundled with discounted round trip transportation from Disney area hotels via Mears. Their tickets are purchased directly through Universal's secure website, and can be printed at home or retrieved from will-call kiosks.

Universal charges $14 for domestic FedEx shipping of tickets ($19 for international delivery). If you want physical tickets mailed to you for the cheapest price and can order at least two weeks before your trip, consider using an online ticket wholesaler, such as The Official Ticket Center or Undercover Tourist. Official Ticket Center advertises all their prices inclusive of tax and USPS Certified shipping, and has the lowest bottom-line cost on physical Universal Orlando tickets that we've found, usually within pennies of Orlando Ticket Connection's e-delivery price.

Universal Orlando Ticket Prices

This table displays the price for Universal Orlando tickets purchased online in advance. For discounted tickets from third-party vendors, please see that section above. All prices include tax. The tickets listed as 3-Park include the Volcano Bay water park, opening June 1, 2017.

Ticket Single Park Ticket Single Park Ticket incl. Volcano Bay Park-to-Park Ticket 3-Park Park-to-Park Ticket
1-Day Adult 111.83-126.74 (Value-Peak) n/a 165.08-179.99 (Value-Peak) n/a
1-Day Child (3-9) 106.50-121.41 (Value-Peak) n/a 159.75-174.66 (Value-Peak) n/a
2-Day Adult 218.31 n/a 271.56 292.86
2-Day Child (3-9) 207.66 n/a 260.91 282.21
3-Day Adult 239.61 260.91 292.86 314.16
3-Day Child (3-9) 228.96 250.26 282.21 303.51
4-Day Adult 250.26 271.56 303.51 324.81
4-Day Child (3-9) 239.61 260.91 292.86 314.16
5-Day Adult 260.91 282.21 314.16 335.46
5-Day Child (3-9) 250.26 271.56 303.51 324.81

Universal Orlando Annual Passes

All Universal Orlando annual passes include park-to-park admission to both Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure, including discounts on events that cost extra, like Halloween Horror Nights and Rock the Universe. All annual passholders also receive up to 30% room rates at on-site hotels, and a number of other discounts as detailed below.

Here are the four types of annual passes offered by Universal Orlando:

Seasonal Pass

  • Admission with many blackout dates. This pass cannot be used during Christmastime, Easter, or all summer.
  • $303.51 (incl. tax)

Power Pass

  • Fewer blackout dates and a few more amenities. This pass cannot be used during Christmastime or Easter.
  • Includes admission to select special events like Mardi Gras.
  • 50% off regular daytime self-parking.
  • $367.41 (incl. tax)

Preferred Annual Pass

  • No blackout dates for regular admission.
  • Early Park Admission, although there are many blackout dates for early admission.
  • Includes admission to select special events like Mardi Gras.
  • Free self-parking
  • Discounted food, merchandise, and specialty items.
  • $410.01 (incl. tax)

Premier Annual Pass

  • No blackout dates for regular admission.
  • Early Park Admission with no blackout dates.
  • Includes admission to select special events like Mardi Gras.
  • Free valet and self-parking
  • One free Halloween Horror Nights ticket on select nights.
  • Discounted food, merchandise, and specialty items.
  • Free Universal CityWalk club access.
  • $575.09 (incl. tax)

Last updated on February 3, 2017

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