Here are the new theme park ticket prices at the Universal Orlando Resort:
One day, one park: $102, was $96
One day, Park-to-Park: $147, was $136
Two days, one park per day: $149.99 online ($75/day), $169.99 at the gate, was $135.99/$155.99
Two days, Park-to-Park: $194.99 online ($97.50/day), $214.99 at the gate, was $175.99/$195.99
Four days, one park per day: $169.99 online ($42.50/day), $189.99 at the gate, was $155.99/$175.99
Four days, Park-to-Park: $214.99 online ($53.75/day), $234.99 at the gate, was $195.99/$215.99
Power Pass (blockout days): $214.99, $189.99 for Florida residents
Preferred Pass: $294.99, $259.99 for Florida residents, unchanged.
Universal Orlando visitors need the Park-to-Park option in order to ride the Hogwarts Express, which shuttles visitors between the Wizarding World of Harry Potter lands in Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure.
The TL/DR; here is the Universal Orlando is more expensive than Walt Disney World (in general) for a one-
or two-day visit (corrected - see comments!), but becomes significantly less expensive than Disney for longer visits, and especially so on annual passes.
Didn't they see my post about taking $3.00 off their ticket price to stick it to Disney...
What is going on here....?
I thought I had more pull around here.
If you're just there for Harry Potter, the one day Park to Park is the only ticket you need.
The high ticket prices make the choice of Disney or Universal more stark. As much as I want to see Harry Potter, I didn't in my last trip since my budget was applied towards Disney. Families with kids younger than 8 might just want to stick with Disney.
Orlando is a theme park paradise. There is just too much to do.
They took $3 off the Magic Kingdom's price. Is that close enough for you? ;-)
They both want you to only visit Their parks....
I think they should play off each other success....Why not promote Orlando as a destination..... Not jack up prices every year and make the One day park intolerable....
I know, I know, competition, different companies... bla bla bla...
I still like Universal much better...
And when is BGT going to move closer to Orlando? Great Park but need to be moved....
Universal's one day price of $102 is still cheaper than the Magic Kingdom. The park hopper option adds $50 to the Magic Kingdom's $105 admission cost or $58 to the $97 AK, DHS, or EPCOT passes for a total of $155, which is more expensive than the Universal 1 day park to park pass of $147.
Disney's 2 day hopper pass is $242, which is more expensive than the 2 day Universal Park to Park at $194.99 online price. The Universal gate price is still cheaper at $214.99.
That's how Disney uses its price structure to dissuade its visitors from defecting to Universal. But Universal is working on creating a value structure that will entice people to see Universal either as their primary vacation destination, or at least as a co-destination with Disney. I don't think Universal wants to compete against Day Five or Day Six at Disney. It wants to compete with Day One at Disney.
I don't see Universal ever competing with Disney when it comes to the kid market. They just don't have enough foundation to build a brand that would ever compete with the Mouse, the Ice Queen, and the newly popular Marshmallow Superhero (Baymax).
However, if Universal wants to become a primary destination, it does need to gain more variety that appeals to the whole family. Right now, it is more of a diversion for the Potter fans, teenagers, and thrill seekers. My parents cannot ride 75% of the rides at Universal, nor can many of the younger kids. Hard to stay for multiple days when half of the family doesn't have much that appeals to them.
We've been to Disney several times, but have never been to Universal. Being Harry Potter fans, we'd really like to see WWoHP, plus another 3-4 days in the theme parks. We thought about staying at WDW and adding on a day or two at UO, but Universal makes 1-2 day visits cost prohibitive. We also looked at staying at Universal and adding on a day or two at WDW to do our favorites there, but Disney makes that cost prohibitive.
So, both Disney and Universal make it difficult to visit both parks in one trip. So, we decided to pick one of the resorts and visit for 4-5 days. When you look at trips of that length, Universal's tickets are still half the price of Disney, and the onsite hotels are cheaper too. So, we chose Universal. Sure, we might run out of things to do after 2-3 days, but unlike Disney, the extra park days (after the first two) basically cost us nothing. I won't feel the need to tour "commando style" and get my money's worth if those extra days don't cost anything anyway.
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The question then becomes: Does Universal offer enough to make it a compelling vacation destination for three days or longer?