High-season pricing now is in effect for one-day tickets bought at the front gates of Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure. One-day tickets bought at the gate now cost $119, up from the $105 that Universal had started charging in February. A one-day Park-to-Park ticket now sells for $169, up from $155.
The one-day ticket prices will fall back to their "normal" levels at the end of the summer vacation season, though we don't now for certain what those prices, or any potential low-season prices, might end up being. The prices for advance purchase and multi-day tickets remain the same as before and are not affected by one-day, front-gate seasonal pricing.
That makes Universal Orlando's approach different from sister park Universal Studios Hollywood. On the west coast, the $115 front gate price remains the same from day to day, while varying discounts of $10-20 a day are available for tickets bought in advance online, based on the date of your visit. Whether you are visiting Universal in Orlando or Los Angeles, however, the best way to get to the lowest price is to buy your tickets online in advance, where you can price your options without the pressure of making a decision while the family's waiting to get the park and you've got a crowd of impatient people in line behind you at the ticket booth.
The Disney theme parks also have adopted seasonal pricing, but Disney's daily one-day ticket price for a given date will be the same whether bought in advance online or in person at the park.
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