Ultimate Guide to Discount Universal Orlando Tickets
Updated on 4/16/18.
Universal Studios is a popular theme park destination for many families and groups of people. So, it is best to find and purchase your discount Universal Orlando tickets as soon as possible.
Their theme parks are based on a variety of television and movie themes including Harry Potter, Despicable Me, The Simpsons, Jurassic Park, superheroes, and more. Universal Orlando offers two parks and its own waterpark: Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and Universal’s Volcano Bay.
Universal Studios Florida’s main attractions include The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, and the Simpsons ride.
Universal’s Islands of Adventure’s main attractions include The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Hogsmeade, Jurassic Park River Adventure, The Incredible Hulk Coaster, and Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge-Rat’s Barges.
Universal Orlando Volcano Bay Waterpark‘s main attractions include large raft rides, tall body slides, twisting water slides, a lazy river and relaxed beach atmosphere options including cabana rentals and reserved dining.
Many families decide to include a day at Universal in between their Disney touring. Or for some families, Universal Studios is the main attraction! Either way, you can save money better left for purchasing a Butterbeer in Hogsmeade if you’re prepared about how to get the best deal on your tickets. Here are some of the most popular options to get you and your family some discount Universal Orlando tickets for a worthwhile adventure.
Similar to Disneyland, theme park tickets to Universal Studios depend on how many ‘parks’ you want to include in a day. Universal Studios offers two theme parks and a waterpark to choose from which includes a large variety of activities sure to make everyone in the family happy. Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure are two separate parks connected by the Hogwarts Express.
In order to travel between the parks in a single day, guests must purchase a park-to-park pass. This is a necessity for Harry Potter fans and purchasing a park to park pass offers plenty of flexibility for your park touring needs. Especially recommended if you only have one day to spend in the parks! As our magical Harry Potter fans may have noticed above, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is divided between the two theme parks and connected by the Hogwarts Express! So if your main reason for visiting Universal Orlando is for all things wizard than a 2 park ticket is a must!
If you have a few days to spend and going to various parks in one day isn’t a huge necessity for your family, then one park per day tickets are also available. These tickets are typically cheaper than park-to-park tickets and these savings can add up for large groups and families. On average, one park per day tickets is about $55 less than park-to-park tickets.
Factors to consider
Before purchasing your discount Universal Orlando tickets, here are a few logistical matters to keep in mind:
Duration of stay. If you only have one day to spend at the parks than getting a two-park ticket is highly recommended so you can see all the wonderful attractions in both parks.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. If Harry Potter is the reason for the visit, then the two park ticket is a must. Even if you are spending more than one day at Universal the two park ticket allows you to ride the Hogwarts Express. Also, there is a new ride coming out in 2019, so make sure to mark your calendars!
Waterpark or not to waterpark. Are waterparks a must see for your family? Than consider allowing an extra day for Volcano Bay. Keep in mind that these tickets are typically sold separately so plan accordingly.
Small kids or big kids. When deciding which theme park goes on the top of the list, take into consideration the age level of your group. If you have small children than Universal Studios Florida might be your best bet since the majority of rides are catering to those smaller age groups. If your group is mostly adults or big kids than Universal’s Island of Adventure might be the better pick as it includes far more daring roller coasters and attractions.
Universal Orlando Website Ticket Prices
Typically what first comes to mind when purchasing theme park tickets to Universal Studios is going right to the source. UniversalOrlando.com is a far better option than purchasing tickets at the gate. It saves time and money with up to a $20 discount for purchasing tickets online.
Similar to Disney’s Early Magic Morning, Universal Studios also offers one-hour early entry to Harry Potter World and Volcano Bay to guests that purchase a hotel/ticket package directly from their website. For some families, this might be a good option to consider especially if you have limited days to spend at Universal.
As always with most theme parks, ticket prices rise and fall based on demand and seasonal rates. Going in the off-season (not in the summer months or on holidays) to Universal Orlando typically saves around $9 per ticket. Check out their website for ticket prices and options here. Keep in mind to select the date you’re interested in to see the accurate price!
Get Away Today Discount Tickets
As always, Get Away Today offers a variety of discounts for popular theme park destinations. When bundled with a hotel package these savings can be huge! Get Away Today manages to score great deals on local hotels with savings ranging from free nights with longer stays, free parking, no resort fees, and more. When you purchase with Get Away Today you also have the convenience of having a personal travel agent on call to help oversee all your travel needs.
Get Away Today offers a one-day park-to-park ticket discount to Universal Studios Orlando with adult prices at $185-$191 and children’s prices at $180-$186. Those savings can add up especially for larger groups and families. This is a perfect ticket option for groups that are taking a day off from Disney to explore Universal as they offer park-to-park access so you can see everything in a single day. Click here to access our top-rated discounts for hotels and tickets for Universal Orlando!
AAA Discount Universal Orlando Tickets
AAA members also receive ticket discount prices and in the park discounts. Typically, members get $3 off per ticket and10% off locations in the CityWalk restaurants. Choose your vacation days wisely because the discounts are only good for the days they’ve been booked. Check out all the discounts available to AAA members at their website here.
Keep in mind though that these discounts rarely compare to the discounts that are exclusive for Mickey Visit subscribers. Log into your account to check out the most recent deals on discount Universal Studios tickets.
Cosco Discount Universal Orlando Tickets
Similar to Disney tickets, Costco occasionally offers discounts on Universal Orlando tickets and hotel prices to members. The best way to find these deals is to consistently check Costco’s website for their current travel discounts. Costco also occasionally offers discounts on annual passes which can be a good investment for locals. Most vacation packages include extras like gift cards or extra days free. Find out more information about Costco’s travel programs here.
The best deals to get from Costco is on annual passes for Universal Orlando which are rarely discounted aside from the Universal advanced purchase discount. Keep in mind that you must be a Costco member to purchase these items.
Military Discount Universal Orlando Tickets
Active military, retired military, and Department of Defense personnel can receive ticket discounts when they purchase their tickets from Leisure Travel offices at military bases across the country. Active duty can also receive a discount by providing an ID at the front gate when purchasing multi-day tickets. Click out the details on Universal Orlando’s military discounts here.
The in-person military discount is only $3 off admission price, so your best bet is to purchase your Universal Orlando tickets in advance. There tends to be a few hoops to run through in this process, so make sure to allow enough time to secure those discounted tickets before your vacation. Like with all the discounts, we still recommend that you price these discount tickets alongside our recommended discount tickets to ensure you’re getting the best deal.
Group Rate Discounts
If traveling with a large group of 20 or more than Universal Orlando’s website offers group rate discounts. Group rate discounts are available for half day, full day, and multi-day tickets. This is a perfect option to consider for large families, sports teams, clubs, etc. Call 1-888-266-2121 for more information or visit their website here.
There are a variety of rewards programs that allow you to redeem points for Universal Orlando tickets. If you’re a reward member of any of these programs then it’s worth checking to see if you have enough points to secure some tickets!
Make sure when buying or redeeming any discount tickets online, to review the Terms and Conditions carefully. You want to ensure that the tickets aren’t only good on certain days or there aren’t additional fees. That’s one reason we love Get Away Today so much- they are upfront about their ticket prices and there are no hidden fees.
Other Details to Consider
Planning a vacation is a big deal and we want to make sure you have every detail covered. Here are a few other things to take into consideration when planning your Universal Orlando trip:
Park Hours: Check Universal’s website for current park hours. Most often parks open at 9AM and stay open as late as 10PM in the summer months. Volcano Bay typically opens at 10AM. Make sure to check their website here as hours may vary depending on the day of the week and time of year.
Parking:Regular parking at Universal Orlando is $22 per car which typically means ‘first come, first serve.’ Get there earlier to get closer parking. Prime parking is $35 per car if you decide that better parking is worth paying extra for. There is also valet parking available for additional fees. Get the details on parking here.
Seasonal Activities:Like most theme parks, Universal Orlando will offer additional attractions and events for the holidays. Christmas at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a must see as Universal goes all out decorating the Hogwarts castle. But, keep in mind that holidays draw larger crowds and higher prices. This applies to the summer months as well. So, if you can, then try to visit in the offseason and save money on tickets. Find more information on seasonal events here.
Come Prepared: Have a plan in place when you arrive. Decide with your group which park you want to visit first and have a strategy for riding rides. Similar to Disney, early morning hours are prime time for riding the most popular rides. Leave the wandering around Diagon Alley and scenery gazing until the busier afternoon hours.
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