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Ticket prices are going up at Universal Orlando, too

February 17, 2017, 9:36 AM · Universal Orlando raised its ticket prices today, less than a week after the Walt Disney World Resort increased its ticket prices.

One-day tickets have gone up $5-10, with one-park tickets starting at $110, instead of the previous $105. Park-to-Park tickets are now $165 for one day, up from $155.

Two-day Park-to-Park tickets are now $254.99, a $20 increase from the previous $234.99. Universal Orlando continues to offer its "buy two days, get two days free" deal, through the end of May.

Annual price passes appear to be unchanged at this time, with the Preferred annual pass, which has no bockout dates, remaining $384.99 for non-Florida residents.

Update: And now Universal Studios Hollywood gets in the act, too. Its one-day, walk-up ticket price goes up $5, to $120. But advance sale online prices generally seem to be the same. Those discounts vary by day.

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Replies (24)

February 17, 2017 at 10:12 AM · Looking forward to the TPI survey asking if Universal orlando is still a good value. ;o)
February 17, 2017 at 10:30 AM · Worth it, should be higher!
February 17, 2017 at 10:50 AM · Universal's ticket prices are now higher than Disney's. Yes, they are too high and not worth the price. $110.00 a day value season for USF and IO compared to $107.00 for MK and $99.00 for the other 3.
February 17, 2017 at 11:58 AM · What's interesting is that I looked at their website and didn't see any regular season dates through the end of August, it's all Value and Peak season. I wonder if they are going to discontinue Regular season?
February 17, 2017 at 12:20 PM · The Park to Park increase is a bit of a rip. Most people who do a single day do both parks, so there's no need to raise both.
February 17, 2017 at 12:22 PM · As long as Universal is investing in their parks I'm ok with paying a little more. Disney World in the past 10 years has done very little. I had to get rid of Disney annual pass and just enjoy Universal now. I do miss Disney, but it just got to be a bit too much with planning every little detail.
February 17, 2017 at 12:44 PM · Troy I agree with you!

Let's ignore New Fantasyland, Frozen Ever After, Disney Springs, Avatar --all opened or opening within 60 days-- and other minor pluses in each park. And of course, My Magic Plus, which according to the internet has now cost $5 BILLION!!!

We really need to ignore STAR WARS land coming in 2019 and Toy Story land coming in 2018. Not to mention the Magic Kingdom's Tomorrowland reno.

Let's only highlight Universal's replacement of the AWESOME JAWS with Harry Potter, or replacement of Twister with a copy-cat Disney attraction or the replacement of Disaster with another screen based attraction that got bad reviews at UofH. Wait a minute... there has to be a new build... OH YEAH, King Kong. After riding it, I agree with everyone else... another screen and another meh...

Wait... I was trying to BASH WDW, damn FACTS!!!

February 17, 2017 at 8:23 PM · I have it on good authority that Disney likes think about their new attractions quite a bit. Perhaps too much thinking.

Troy, Disney has been cranking out new attractions left and right. They do not need to speed along like Universal. They have enough of the market to release things on their own terms.

February 17, 2017 at 11:42 PM · $55 to ride a train. What a rip off.
February 17, 2017 at 11:39 PM · Obsene prices, not worth anywhere that much. But the Potter fans will still flock there
February 18, 2017 at 1:15 AM · In California, it is now $105 for a day at USH vs. $97 for a day at Disneyland. One of those parks is so ridiculously overpriced that it is not even funny, and it isn't the one featuring a mouse. I can't yet comment definitively on Florida (though hopefully I will be able to by this time next year), but from an outside perspective I can't picture the Universal parks being a better value than the Disney parks when they have a higher ticket price.
February 18, 2017 at 2:24 AM · This is funny. Disney raises their prices and it's all about the evil corporation ripping everyone off. Universal does the same and everyone's happy with it.

OT cracks me up the most. He's sarcastically alludes to Disney's profits going to shareholders, not caatmembera (as though Comcast is some benevolent company that doesn't care about it's bottom line), then he salivates at the opportunity to spend even more at Universal.

My main destination is the West Coast, and the idea of spending higher prices at USH than DLR is absolutely ludicrous. On the East Coast Universal has a little more in its side, with some great new stuff, but Disney is also developing (likely) great stuff too.

Disney's main issue is crowding. Higher ticket prices can help offset this without hurting their bottom line, so unfortunately well need to get used to the price hikes (in both companies).

February 18, 2017 at 5:06 AM · Last year's (pretty significant) price increase to annual passes at Universal Orlando definitely had an impact from what I could observe. With the different tiers of annual passes now having colored cards and lanyards, it is pretty easy to see what type of annual pass everyone has. There used to be a crush of Premiere passholders using their Express privilege at 4pm ... not anymore. While people watching around the parks, you'll see relatively few yellow Premiere passes compared to the other tiers. I personally know several people that dropped down to lower tier passes from Premiere after last year's big jump. So there is such a thing as "too expensive"...

I used to say that Universal Orlando represented a very good value for the $. Now it is just an OK value. And as local roadways and I-4 become more and more congested at all hours of the day and night year round, it makes just getting to and from the parks a miserable experience. When Volcano Bay comes online in a few months, I can't imagine what it will like getting in and out of Universal Orlando. True, they are expanding the # of parking booths, but it is still the same few lanes that already can't handle the traffic approaching and leaving the parks.

February 18, 2017 at 8:07 AM · I certainly agree with the California comparison. Disneyland is a much greater experience than UH, with Universal barely being a full day park, granted, I have not returned since Forbidden Journey was put in. It is a little different with it being an active studio, but as a theme park, Disneyland had the massive edge in entertainment. I stand by all my comments in the previous article about Orlando. Disney may be developing new attractions, but once they are done, what value will it be if you only get to experience them once? Disney in Orlando has the money, resources, real estate, and ability to bring the parks back to where they were. They could even make one or two additional parks and add to their profits even more. They probably should have made a park solely dedicated to Star Wars. They must find a way to make the guest's experience something other than waiting in line.
February 18, 2017 at 1:16 PM · The non resident annual preferred pass renewal at Universal Orlando went up this year. Last year it was 259.99 and this year it cost me 307.99. It use to only increase every 4 or 5 years. Since Comcast took over it has become a yearly thing. Greed is not good!
February 18, 2017 at 6:47 PM · Universal is far from Disney....Are they a great park...yes, but are they $165 a day great.....not even close.
February 18, 2017 at 7:51 PM · Quick question, will TPI run a survey about Universal prices the same way as it did about Disney's? Or are you just gonna openly embrace your site's bias?
February 18, 2017 at 11:42 PM · The blogger running this site has been very honest with his bias. His honesty can NOT be questioned.

That said, he defined his bias as "nit picking" only Disney.

I'm curious to know... Why just Disney?

February 19, 2017 at 12:19 PM · Every few months Disney and/or US raises their ticket prices and invariably on these fan sites we have the same old discussions. Is it worth it? Will you stop going? How much is too much? My question is what about all the other costs of going to these places that are quietly increased as well? Hotel, food, beverage & merchandise prices have also gone up. The cost of a soda is now $3.29, I swear It was about $3.00 the last time we went (about 4 yrs ago).
February 19, 2017 at 1:33 PM · All theme parks are over-priced. But every Universal park is still a better value than every Disney park except Disneyland Anaheim.

So-called "I.P. (intellectual property) franchises are destroying classic theme parks. I'm eager to shift my allegiance to Knott's and Busch when they make over their parks to resemble Classic Disneyland and Knott's of the 70's and 80's. Wall $treet Di$ney can go to pot.

February 20, 2017 at 6:17 AM · What about the parking - that will be the next price hike. Think its ridiculous having to pay over $20 per day on top of your park tickets
February 21, 2017 at 2:44 AM · Ouch, all of these price hikes are going to hurt with the £/$ rate, luckily we seem to have some good deals happening if you buy in advance in the UK right now (seems silly not to in the current climate).
Of course we have the same discussion every year, and for the most part we keep returning to parks. Are they worth it? Largely, yep. Will there ever be a ceiling for these increases? I really don't know.
February 21, 2017 at 2:44 AM · Ouch, all of these price hikes are going to hurt with the £/$ rate, luckily we seem to have some good deals happening if you buy in advance in the UK right now (seems silly not to in the current climate).
Of course we have the same discussion every year, and for the most part we keep returning to parks. Are they worth it? Largely, yep. Will there ever be a ceiling for these increases? I really don't know.
February 21, 2017 at 2:46 AM · Apologies for my double post... unreliable PC... *sigh*

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