Universal Orlando Raises Ticket Prices, Up to $102 a Day
As predicted, the Universal Orlando Resort raised its theme park ticket prices today, four days after rival Disney raised its prices. Universal also broke the $100 a day barrier, with a day at either of its parks now costing $102, before tax.
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.
I think that Universal's ticket structure reflects its attempt to entice Orlando visitors to consider Universal Orlando as their primary vacation destination, rather than seeing it as a one or two-day diversion from a Walt Disney World vacation. If you're just going to do Universal as a one-off from Disney, you're going to pay through the nose for that. But if you choose Universal as your "home base" in Orlando, it will offer you some sweet per-day prices in return.
What the Monkey!
Robert, I agree that Universal is trying to go that route. They are adding new attractions, so that's a plus. On the other hand, they still don't offer enough for people who don't love thrill rides (especially motion simulators) for a long trip. I do think they'll get there, though. I personally love Universal, but a short trip is going to cost a fortune.
There isn't that much to do in four days. You can try, but I think 2 days is enough in most cases.
When we vacation there we get the annual pass.Best kept secret for a Universal vacation. You can't beat the value price and the benefits, like huge room discounts, restaurant & merch. discounts. And we always find a lot to do, especially if you explore a bit. We have never been one to run from ride to ride and skip everything else. There's excellent ambiance plus Citi Walk is a great accompaniment for adults who stay on site. And there's lots & lots new attractions coming in the very near future. And yes, it sure looks like the price structure severely penalizes the tourists that are only going to take a day or two from their Disney vacation to drive down the road to Universal.
Under Cover Tourist is selling 3day park to park tickets for $178 including tax. If you are going you should pick one up ASAP.
Universal, you know I love you... but please stop taking cues from the "other" resort. At least Uni is adding rides and new lands like crazy to justify the price increase. With Disney, it is merely a promise of cool things to come, and then a land filled with tame "all ages" rides. Avatar, opening sometime before 2020....
Universal and Disney are simply saying buy X-Number of packaged days or else pay top dollar...
Disney is cheaper under a single scenario. You decide to visit AK, DHS, or EPCOT for one day only.
Just corrected the point on the two days. (I'd typed a number wrong in my notes where I was comparing things. My bad. Sorry.) Universal Orlando is more expensive than Disney for a one-day visit for the three of the four Disney parks. And -- here's the big deal -- a day or two at Universal is more expensive than adding an extra day or two at Disney
People will consider Universal to be their "primary vacation destination" with a third park that emphasizes kids under 12 years old. The Magic Kingdom with its focus on princesses and pirates are too enticing for families with young kids. They aren't served at Universal with rides that are a bit too exciting and have height requirements. I suggest Universal add a Polar Express land.
Ugh, I hate Polar Express. But I agree that Universal needs to make a play for young kids. The KidZone in USF is badly dated and in need of redevelopment. The Minions are a good franchise with appeal to young kids, but Comcast would do well to take a hard look at Sprout and devise a long-range plan to make a play for young kids than includes building a brand across television, films and its theme parks.
I cite Polar Express because my 6 year old was screened this movie at Kindergarten. All she could talk about was this movie during Christmas time. It is quite popular when compared with Mr. Grinch that no traction with her, but the Grinch was often featured at the Universal parks. She also loved Mr. Sherman and Peabody although Dreamworks Animation took a loss with it and now Dreamworks has to sell its Glendale campus.
Speaking of a Kidzone redo, there's a lot of buzz today about Universal approving a "fast track" redo of that area and some other refurbs as a result of the park's excellent quarterly report. Just rumors though.
In the UK we can purchase a 2 park ticket,which can be used for 14 consecutive days for £95 ($142 ish,depending on exchange rate). We get good deals on all park tickets.
It looks like the park to park option increased $5 to $45 per visitor. Now it is $225 for my family of five to ride a train. Unbelievable.
Honestly, I cannot do Universal for more than 2 days. There really just is not enough there for me to stay any longer. But I can see maybe bumping it to three if it is your first time and you don't come very often.
Robert, we're precisely in the boat you mentioned (not the future Avatar boat, the "which park should we visit" boat).
For the last 4 years (since WWoHP opened) the Preferred Annual Pass renewal total cost was $170.39. The cost for a new PAP went up but not the renewal cost.
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