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Choosing the Best Universal Orlando Ticket for Your Family

by Leap on March 1, 2020 727 Orlando

Best Universal Orlando Ticket - PinterestUniversal Orlando Resort is a playground full of dinosaurs, fast cars, wizardry, Minions and so much more. There is a ton to tackle at Universal Studios Florida, Universal's Islands of Adventure and Universal's Volcano Bay, which is why choosing the best Universal Orlando ticket for your family is so critical! We know it can be difficult to decide how many days and which ticket — or even which Universal park is better — for your family. But never fear, your resident theme park experts are here! Today, we're walking you through all of the different ticket types, including the Universal Park-to-Park ticket, and providing a few details to help you choose the best Universal Orlando ticket for your family.

A Look at the Universal Orlando Tickets, Including the Park-to-Park Ticket ... Plus Which Universal Park Is Better

There is a lot to see and do — Universal just keeps growing and growing! Most families visiting Universal Orlando will want to spend three to four days in the parks. But what if you only have one day? Which Universal park is best? It's toadally subjective, but we're gonna answer this. But first, let's take a quick look at the parks.

Universal Studios Florida 

Best Universal Orlando Ticket - Knockturn Alley at Universal Studios Florida

This park is home to some amazing thrill and family rides based on blockbuster movies such as Transformers the Ride: 3D, Revenge of the Mummy and Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem. It's also home to the amazingly detailed Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley, plus Knockturn Alley (one of our favorite Universal Studios Florida hidden gems).

Universal's Islands of Adventure

Best Universal Orlando Ticket - Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

There are multiple lands, or is-lands rather, to discover at this park that features epic attractions such as the Incredible Hulk Coaster and the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man. The park is home to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade and Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure coaster.

Universal Studios Florida, Universal's Islands of Adventure & Universal's Volcano Bay Ticket Types

There are quite a few ticket options for the Universal Orlando Resort, including Universal's Volcano Bay water theme park. As always, as an authorized theme park ticket seller, we're hoppy to offer Universal Orlando tickets and hotels at a discount.

  • The Universal 2-Park Base Ticket entitles you to admission at Universal Studios Florida OR Universal's Islands of Adventure for each day of your ticket (one park per day). You have an additional option of a 3-Park Base Ticket that allows you to visit Universal Studios Florida, Universal's Islands of Adventure or Universal's Volcano Bay for each day of your ticket (one park per day). For example, with a Universal 2-Park 3-Day Base Ticket, you could go to Universal Studios on Monday, Universal's Islands of Adventure on Tuesday and then go back to Universal Studios on Wednesday. Another example is the Universal 3-Park 3-Day Base Ticket, which would allow you to visit Universal Studios on Monday, Universal's Islands of Adventure on Tuesday and Universal's Volcano Bay on Wednesday.
  • The Universal Park-to-Park Ticket entitles you to admission at Universal Studios Florida AND Universal's Islands of Adventure for each day of your ticket (giving you the freedom to hop back and forth between the two parks). For instance, let's say you purchase a Universal 2-Day Park-to-Park Ticket. On Monday, you could go to Universal Studios Florida for the first half of the day, then head over to Universal's Islands of Adventure for the afternoon. On Wednesday, you could start at Universal's Islands of Adventure, go to Universal Studios Florida in the afternoon and then end the day back at Universal's Islands of Adventure. Another option is the Universal 3-Park 3-Day Park-to-Park Ticket, which would allow you to visit all three parks every day for three days.

You now have the option to choose from 1-Day, 2-Day, 3-Day, 4-Day and 5-Day tickets for your vacation. Are you a Florida resident? We've even got you covered with the Florida Resident Power Pass! Feeling blue ... as in Blue Man Group? We've got an amazing deal on Tier 1 seating for Blue Man Group at Universal's CityWalk.

More Hopful Ticket Info

  • Universal Base and Park-to-Park Tickets (Exception: Universal 1-Day Base ticket) include seven (7) calendar days of admission to the paid entertainment venues of Universal CityWalk. The seven days are activated on the first day the ticket is used, either in the parks or at Universal CityWalk.
  • Universal tickets generally expire seven days after first use — you will activate the ticket upon entry of your first Universal Orlando Resort Theme Park or one of the paid entertainment venues of Universal City Walk.
  • Parking for all three parks (at Universal CityWalk) is not included with tickets and is currently $26 per day (subject to change at any time). Valet parking is also available.
  • The Universal Express Pass, which allows you to skip the regular lines on most of Universal Orlando's attractions, can be used with tickets purchased from us. Don't worry, we have a whole post about when to use Universal Express.

Choosing the Best Universal Orlando Ticket - Minions

Is Base or Park-to-Park the Best Universal Orlando Ticket?

Universal Studios Florida, Universal's Islands of Adventure and Universal's Volcano Bay are on the same property and within walking distance of each other, making the Park-to-Park Ticket a popular choice. Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure are right next door to each other, so it's super easy to hop between them. Universal's Volcano Bay is not quite as close, but it is walking distance from these two parks. Water taxis and buses from Universal CityWalk are also available. It's super easy to hop between all of these parks!

Best Universal Orlando Ticket - Park-to-Park ticket

The Universal Park-to-Park Ticket types give you more flexibility than the Base Ticket type. Plus, the Park-to-Park ticket is the only way to experience the Hogwarts Express, which takes you between both Wizarding Worlds. It's also a different experience each direction. The Universal Park-to-Park ticket is a good choice when one park closes earlier than the others. For instance, if Universal Studios Florida closes at 5 p.m. and Universal's Islands of Adventure closes at 7 p.m., the Park-to-Park ticket allows you to leave Universal Studios Florida and have two hours to enjoy the rides at Universal's Islands of Adventure. (You can see park hours on Our Crowd Calendar.)

The Universal Base Ticket is a good choice if you are traveling with little ones and one park per day is plenty, you don't care to experience the Hogwarts Express or you just want the lowest-priced ticket.

How Many Days Should We Stay at Universal?

Best Universal Orlando Ticket- Universal Volcano Bay Krakatau

With the addition of Universal's Volcano Bay and so many great on-site hotel choices, it makes sense to stay and play longer at Universal Orlando. If you plan on visiting Volcano Bay, you may consider adding a day to your visit, or you could tack on water park time in the afternoons or evenings after a day in the other parks. How long to stay depends on many factors, including the ages and interests of your kids, your own interests, whether you are staying on-site, how leisurely you like to tour the parks and how busy the parks will be during your visit. Most families visiting Universal Orlando Resort will want to spend three to four days in the parks. If you're doing a combined visit to Walt Disney World, you would probably want to do two to three days at Universal.

Consider a longer stay if ...

  • You and your kids are thrill-seekers and meet the height requirements for most rides (40 inches)
  • You want to see and do everything during your visit
  • The parks are expected to be busy
  • You like to tour the parks leisurely and/or you don't like to get out of bed early
  • You are staying on-site and want more time to enjoy the hotel pools and amenities

Choosing the Best Universal Orlando Ticket - Universal CityWalk

If You Only Have One Day, Which Universal Park is Better?

Decisions, decisions. If you only have one day, we highly recommend the Park-to-Park ticket so you can experience both parks. But if you're only going to pick one to visit, which Universal park is best? It really depends. Universal's Islands of Adventure has slightly more rides than shows, including more thrill rides, as opposed to Universal Studios Florida. It is also the only park with water rides (minus Universal's Volcano Bay). Universal Studios Florida has plenty of thrills, but there are slightly more shows and kid-friendly attractions. If you have children under age five, you might consider Universal Studios Florida over Universal's Islands of Adventure. We explore this more in our look at the best Orlando theme parks by age group.

Which Universal Orlando park do you love the most? Share in comments below! For even more tips, hop over to our What to Do in Orlando page inside the Orlando Planning Timeline!

Related: Best Time to Visit Universal Orlando

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Jul 13, 2020 at 8:47 p.m. Catherine Butterworth Says...

Hi there, I’m in Orlando from the 11th of April 2021

For 2 weeks from the Uk. We want to do 2 or maybe 3 days. There are only 7 or 14 day passes in the Uk. I notice that there’s a 2 day 2 day free can this be booked from the uk? We Don’t want to do volcano bay as my kids are too young. I’m trying to establish the best most cost effective option for us. Thanks

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Jul 13, 2020 at 4:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Catherine,

Have you looked at our discount ticket options for Universal? We've got great savings for 2- and 3-day tickets!

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Jun 23, 2020 at 4:08 a.m. Tyler Anderson Says...

My kids are 9and 7. will the park to park pass be to much walking. Should we just do a park a day?

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Jun 23, 2020 at 8:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tyler!

We have found it to be manageable with kiddos of the same age; we try to take advantage of the Hogwarts Express when we have Park-to-Park tickets to cut down on the walking a little :) Plus, it's a fun way to extend the magic!

Keep hopping!

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Jun 6, 2020 at 4:37 a.m. Dhruv sharma Says...

i will be taking 2 parks 2 days+2 days promo. Can i travel to IOA for the first day and if could not complete by rides so i can come back the next day for the same ticket and same for the US ?

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Jun 5, 2020 at 10:21 a.m. varun nagar Says...

i will be coming to orlando for 4 days if i take 2 parks 2 days + 2 days promotional can i go to US for first 2 days and IOA for other two days for the same ticket?

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Jun 5, 2020 at 9:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Varun!

Yes, absolutely! With the base ticket, you just aren't permitted to park hop on the same day; if you stick to one park per day, you can plan your visits however you'd like! Have fun!

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Feb 24, 2020 at 1:54 a.m. MP Says...

Hello, which ticket is only one day? I may be visiting Orlando but only have one day to visit...which park would you recommend with a 9yr (girl) and 15yr old (boy). Thanks!!

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Feb 24, 2020 at 9:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi MP!

We'd recommend a 1 day park-to-park ticket so that you and the fam can hop between the parks (and take the Hogwarts Express)! You can find that ticket here. Have a great time!

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Feb 13, 2020 at 11:01 a.m. Kathleen Stewart Says...

I am bringing my 7 year old son and we can afford a 2 day base ticket to US and IOA. I can afford one day of express passes but am not sure which day to use them or which park. We will be there March 5th and 6th. This is our first visit to universal. Any input would be appreciated.

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Feb 13, 2020 at 3:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kathleen!

We would suggest choosing your Express Pass day based on which attractions he may like. Universal has a lot of the screen/motion simulation rides like Transformers, Jimmy Fallon, Minions, the Simpsons, etc. while IOA also has screen rides (Spiderman, Kong) and has all of the water rides. There are more rides at Islands of Adventure with drops than at Universal Studios Florida. The rides that offer Express can be found here if you'd like to look over the rides to choose from! You can also check out our YouTube channel to see ride videos if you need a closer look! Both days are a level six in terms of crowds, but Islands of Adventure will be open an hour later on Friday, which would leave you with more ride time :) Universal Studios Florida has the same operating hours both days. We hope this helps - have a great time!

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Jan 22, 2020 at 5:03 p.m. chip Says...

If I purchase 1 day park to park tickets now and plan my visit between March 15th and 18th, can I choose any of those particular dates when I arrive? I don't want to get stuck with a bad weather day.

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Jan 22, 2020 at 2:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chip!

As long as the ticket is valid for any of those dates (which you can click on to expand to see dates valid), and you haven't already entered the park, you'll be good to go!

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Jan 13, 2020 at 4:07 a.m. Chris Says...

I purchased the 3 day park to park tickets for Universal Orlando from here. Will I be able to upgrade my tickets to 4 day at the park if I decide to stay an extra day? What kind of price would I expect for the extra day?

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Jan 14, 2020 at 3:10 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chris!

Yes, you can update at any ticket booth before entering the main gate. The price will vary per day depending on the season.

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Jan 7, 2020 at 8:08 p.m. Jasoncunneen Says...

Hi ,we're planning on travelling in may with another family of 5 ,is it possible for us to split the cost of the park tickets between us ,so we can both save and benefit. So we can use alternative days to enter the parks ,Thanks for any help .

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Jan 8, 2020 at 8:01 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jason!

The tickets will be noted with names and you'll need to scan your fingerprint each time you enter the park to verify that the ticket belongs to the initial ticket holder for security purposes. So each park guest will need their own ticket. Have a great time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 13, 2019 at 5:18 p.m. Enisa Says...

We are family of 4 visiting on dec 24 to dec 28

First time in Universal ! Island of adventure isn’t that more for summer as it’s sounds like a water park if not anything to do in December?

Also express pass is it worth it ?

We didn’t like fast passes at Disney it was waste of money

What tickets would you suggest for us ?

Thanks in advance

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Nov 13, 2019 at 1:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Enisa!

Islands of Adventure is a theme park; Volcano Bay is Universal's water park. For the time you're visiting, since it will be busy, we'd definitely suggest Express Passes. We'd suggest at least a 2 day park-to-park ticket so that you can take the Hogwarts Express between the parks. Have fun!

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Nov 3, 2019 at 10:52 a.m. Suresh Says...

Hi, thanks for the detailed post. I actually planned for 3days to visit 3 parks. But on reading the post I am thinking to increase a day or two. I got three questions that I am looking help for.

1) I saw the crowd calendar and it mentions a day as busy, in that case do you think whole park can be covered in a day?

2) if i got 3day base or park2park ticket, once it activated can it be extended for 1 or 2 days if required?

3) How does Florida resident ticketing work? I sm planning with some of my friends in Florida, as my friend in Florida is booking the ticket, can I get the same discounted price?

Thanks for making people’s life little easier...

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Nov 6, 2019 at 10:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Suresh!

As long as it's not a busy, the park can be done in a whole day! On a busy day, if you have Express Pass, we also think one park is do-able in a day as long as you get there as the park opens. Yes, you can extend your ticket an extra day or two, as long as it’s used within the 7-day usage period. The Florida Resident discount isn't available, unfortunately, but if your friend has an Annual Pass, a small discount off of multi-day theme park tickets is available at the front gate. Have a great time!

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Nov 2, 2019 at 12:21 p.m. Blake Says...

I'm going with my family for two days in Dec. I was planning to do a 2 day base ticket to save on cost. At the park will we have the option of upgrading only one of the days to park to park to be able to do the Hogwarts Express?

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Nov 4, 2019 at 5:13 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Blake!

You sure can! Enjoy :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 8, 2019 at 12:05 a.m. Jillian Says...

Hey there- If we are looking to stay at Universal for 2 days, would you recommend getting one base ticket and one park hopper ticket so we would still get to go on the Hogwarts Express one day, without paying for 2 hopper tickets. Thank you

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Oct 8, 2019 at 3:29 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jillian!

If you have big Harry Potter fans, we'd definitely recommend a park-to-park ticket so that you're able to take the Hogwarts Express - check out the cost difference, though, because it may actually be more economical to do a 2 day park-to-park vs. buying both days separately!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 29, 2019 at 3:19 p.m. Mickey Says...

Hi frog folks - you've been so helpful in our planning so far; thank you! So, we have a 5-day park-to-park ticket that I could've sworn said we had 14 days to use, but now I'm seeing it says 7 days. Do you know if there is any way we can get an extension of a day or two? We're trying to plan a day off in the middle of our trip so we're not killing ourselves! Thanks!

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Oct 4, 2019 at 2:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mickey!

We haven't heard of an extension with the use by dates, unfortunately. You can try hopping by Guest Relations to see if they have any options for you though!

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Sep 25, 2019 at 1:40 a.m. Saaha Says...

Hello

My 2 teen sons n I are planning a visit the wkend of oct 6th

We have 2.5 days to spend.

First timers and only interest is Universal studios

Wht is your suggestion wrt parks to visit and passes to buy

Thank u much for this blog n all your help

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Sep 25, 2019 at 2:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Are you Harry Potter fans? If so, we'd recommend a 2 day park-to-park to be able to take the Hogwarts Express from one park to the other :) We recommend 2 days to see both Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida. We have park plans for either visit that you can find here to help you plan your days. Have a wonderful trip!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 23, 2019 at 1:48 a.m. M johnson Says...

My daughter and I want to do Universal on 10\7 . We want a park to park pass so we can do the train and see all of the Harry Potter areas of both parks. What is the best ticket? Will we have time to see it all in one day or should we think about doing 2? We won’t be riding many of the rides. What all does the express pass include other than rides?

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Sep 23, 2019 at 3:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Since October 7 is a Monday with lower crowds, and since you’re not doing many rides, we think you could fit the parks in in one day. You’d need park-to-park to visit both Harry Potter areas, but we think you can do without Express if you don't plan on riding much. Have fun!

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Sep 16, 2019 at 7:53 p.m. Joanie Says...

Hi,

We will be in Orlando for a wedding and have Oct 7 free and our plan is to go to Universal for the day...thinking of a park to park ticket for Universal and Islands of Adventure...we sadly won’t have another day but thinking to try our best to get the best of both worlds...

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Sep 16, 2019 at 3:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joanie!

We agree that a park-to-park ticket would be best to maximize your time! If you can swing it, Express Pass would be another great way to make the very most of your day. Have a great time!

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Sep 11, 2019 at 1:47 p.m. Sarah Says...

My husband and I are planning on going to Universal and Islands of Adventure in the Fall 2020. We are thinking of staying at Cabana Bay which does not offer the express pass. How many days would you recommend to enjoy both parks? We love Harry Potter and rides :)

We were also interested in going to MGM since the new Star Wars attraction opened. Could we do that in one day even if we are staying at a Universal resort? Thanks!

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Sep 11, 2019 at 1:01 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sarah!

We recommend at least two full days to enjoy both Universal parks – one park each day. Just keep in mind that Universal Studios closes early for Halloween Horror Nights on select fall nights! Otherwise, three days would be plenty to fit everything in, especially if you stay the majority of the day. Likewise, Galaxy's Edge at Hollywood Studios can be done in a day. Enjoy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 6, 2019 at 3:39 p.m. Kelly Vanover Says...

We are doing Universal on dec 7 and 8. Unsure of staying on unverisal property. What is my best route for tickets? We want the hogwarts express so I know i should do 2 day park to park. Wondering if I should do the express pass for one day? Best route for buying tickets?

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Sep 6, 2019 at 2:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelly!

Yes, if you're wanting to take the Hogwarts Express from park to park, you'll definitely want a park to park ticket. Two days is a good amount to get to try to do and see everything. If it's going to be a busy day, we always recommend express passes (because who doesn't love skipping the lines?). You can see the crowd forecasts on our Crowd Calendar. We have a hoppin' deal right now for a 2 day park to park ticket with an extra day FREE! You can see that deal, and all of our ticket offerings, here.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 6, 2019 at 1:43 p.m. Frances Zaccardi Says...

Hi! My husband and I are traveling to Orlando on the 21st of September. We have a pretty full schedule and have been to Universal (main) before but it's been a few years. He's not interested in buying park to park tickets and wants to take in volcano bay. Should we opt for a 3 day 3 park pass or buy tickets separately? There's soooo many choices. Help!

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Sep 6, 2019 at 3:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Frances!

If he isn't interested in hopping from park to park, we'd stick with a base ticket, and three days sounds perfect. We have a great promo going on right now where you get Volcano Bay entry FREE! You can see that ticket option here under "Special Offers - Universal Orlando" (the very first section).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 17, 2019 at 1:38 p.m. Brenda Says...

We will be going to Universal on 9/30. We only have the day and want to go to both parks. Which ticket is the best for us to buy? Def. want park to park. Unsure the difference between value and regular and what’s best for us, thanks!

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Aug 20, 2019 at 7:53 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brenda!

It looks like Sept. 30 falls under value - yay! We'd also suggest springing for Express Passes if you can to get the most rides in in your day.

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Aug 14, 2019 at 3:08 p.m. heather hill Says...

If we stay at a universal hotel, and have early admission with our universal tickets, does the early admission need to be on the same date as our hotel stay? we are only staying near universal for two nights, them moving to another property for seven days. Does our early admission need to be on the same day as our stay at the universal hotel, or can we use it on a day after we leave?

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Aug 14, 2019 at 10:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Heather!

Early Park Admission will only be valid during your stay at a Universal hotel.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 10, 2019 at 1:59 p.m. Aldona Satara Says...

We are going to Orlando for 5 days. We want to purchase tickers for Universal what is the best option>

Also, how the express tickets works?

Thanks

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Jul 12, 2019 at 7:45 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Aldona,

There are a ton of ticket options for Universal Orlando and we offer some terrific discounts. You can see all of them here. Five days will give you a lot of time to experience the Universal parks! Here is a post on how Universal Express works.

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May 25, 2019 at 7:44 p.m. Mike Says...

My son and i want to visit in September for 7 days. We are interested in unlimited entry at the following parks for 5days :-universal, aquatica and sea world. Can you advise?

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May 29, 2019 at 12:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mike!

The SeaWorld Unlimited Pass allows you to visit SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica, Busch Gardens and Adventure Island as many times as you'd like over a 14 day period. Universal does things a little differently. If you're looking to hop back and forth between the parks, you'll want a park-to-park ticket; if you'd also like to head to the water park, Volcano Bay, you'll want to purchase a ticket that specifies entry in the name. The largest length of time Universal offers tickets for (outside of an annual pass) is 5 days. You can find a 5-day Universal ticket with park-to-park access to Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure and Volcano Bay here. Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 12, 2019 at 1:48 a.m. Tammy Says...

Hi I was on Universals site and I am still confused between the 3park 4 day park to park ticket and the 3 park unlimited ticket. We are going for 4 days and I am guessing my kids will want to go to Volcano Bay in the morning one day then go to one of the other parks and more than likely will want to ride the train to the other park. So which ticket should I get? Thanks

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May 13, 2019 at 1:13 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tammy!

If you're looking to be able to visit more than one park each day (Volcano Bay included), you'll want a 3 park-to-park ticket for as many days as you'd like to visit. The Express Pass is a separate, optional purchase that allows you to skip the line once for each ride and attraction; purchasing an Unlimited Express Pass allows you to skip the line as many times as you'd like.

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Apr 30, 2019 at 3:19 p.m. Erin Says...

We are planning on going to Universal on May 8th and purchasing the 2 park 1 day pass. We are not purchasing express passes. If it were to rain that day, we can use that ticket on the 7th or the 9th where its the same price as the 8th correct? Thanks is advance

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May 2, 2019 at 9:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erin!

Yes, that's correct. Universal categorizes their tickets and pricing by "season," and it looks like all dates, as you noted, are considered the same in that regard - good to go!

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Apr 20, 2019 at 11:23 p.m. Tina Says...

Hi,

We are planning to come to Orlando for a couple of weeks from Australia. Is there a pass longer than 5 days? Thanks!

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Apr 22, 2019 at 9:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tina!

A 5 day ticket is the longest available, unfortunately (outside of an annual pass).

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Apr 13, 2019 at 4 p.m. Shan Says...

I was very confused with the ticket options, I will be going to Volcano Bay and Universal Studios. What type of ticket do you think will be best? Thank you?

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Apr 15, 2019 at 3:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shan,

You will need the 3-Park ticket for Universal's Volcano Bay. Here are all of our discount Universal Orlando ticket options.

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Apr 9, 2019 at 2:40 a.m. Alena Says...

Hi - we are looking at visiting Universal in February 2020. We just want to do two park days and don't need park to park. Our boys are young and we just want one day at Universal Studios and one day Islands of Adventure. We want to stay at a Universal Resort too and want Unlimited Express passes. What would be the best combo for this? I can't seem to find a deal for just 2 days...we don't need any extra. Thanks!

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Apr 9, 2019 at 8:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alena!

If you visit this page and scroll about halfway down, you'll see our listings for Base Tickets (2-day, too!)

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Mar 21, 2019 at 4:29 p.m. Elsie Baker Says...

We bought our Disney World tickets from you when we went in January of this year. Great service. When will the tickets go on sale for Universal Studios Orlando for February 2020?

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Mar 25, 2019 at 12:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elsie,

Most of our Universal Orlando tickets expire 12 months after ordering, so you should be set! Please check the specific terms for the ticket you are interested in.

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Mar 19, 2019 at 12:09 a.m. Jim Says...

Just wondering if anyone knows the best room and ticket deal for July. Planning on staying at the Portofino. I was waiting to book the vacation until they offer a deal.

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Mar 19, 2019 at 8:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jim!

I'll let the Frog Pond weigh in on what they've found as well, but you can find our hoppin' deals (including discounts for a stay at Portofino when bundled with park tickets) here.

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Mar 15, 2019 at 8:55 p.m. Jenni Says...

The tickets are so confusing to me. We'll be in Orlando August 7th through the 11th and the boys (husband and 2 sons, 14 & 12) want to experience Universal Studios on the 8th, 9th, and 10th, while I'm at a convention. I really could use some help working out a package including hotel and tickets.

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Mar 18, 2019 at 8:01 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenni,

I would recommend 2-day Park-to-Park ticket with extra day free. This was your kids can go to whichever park they choose during that time. Most likely you already have your hotel settled. If not, staying at one of the official resort hotels would make it more convenient!

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Mar 8, 2019 at 6:50 p.m. Dave Says...

We bought the two-day 2 park ticket with two bonus days added. Now the boys think they do want to go to volcano Bay is there a way to add it after the fact or what is the least expensive way to do so? Thank you

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Mar 9, 2019 at 7:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dave,

Yes, you can do that when you arrive and would pay the difference in cost at gate. Feel free to reach out to our customer service if you have questions.

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Mar 5, 2019 at 3:59 p.m. fatimah Says...

Hi, I am visiting Orlando universal studio ,what is the best ticket to buy for my family?, my kids want to skip the line, ride all the rides many time as they like ,and i want the ticket for all three parks .

thank you

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Mar 5, 2019 at 1:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Fatimah!

You'll want the Park to Park with Volcano Bay ticket, for as many days as you'd like to enter the park. You'll also want to add on the Express Unlimited to be able to skip the lines as much as the kiddos would like.

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Feb 26, 2019 at 1:35 p.m. Hailey Says...

I am planning on visiting universals adventure island for one day. I am just wondering the difference between Universals 1-day base ticket 'VALUE' versus 'REGULAR'? Thanks!

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Feb 26, 2019 at 9:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Hailey,

Both have blackout dates when the tickets cannot be used, but those dates differ. I would look at when you are likely to visit and then select the best priced ticket that is valid for those dates.

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Feb 11, 2019 at 3:46 p.m. Mary K Says...

Does Universal allow you to add a day on after you have already used a day or 2? Do they just charge you the difference between a 4 and 5 day pass? We currently have 4 day, 2 parks, park to park tickets and thinking we may want a 5th day.

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Feb 12, 2019 at 12:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mary,

Yes, you can upgrade your ticket in the parks.

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Jan 21, 2019 at 2:30 a.m. Nicole Gagne Says...

Are there any tickets available that are good for more than 7 days? We are going to be in the area for 14 days.

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Jan 29, 2019 at 2:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nicole!

Universal tickets are valid for seven consecutive days, which includes the first day the ticket is activated. We have plenty of other discount Orlando attraction tickets, though, so there is no shortage of fun to be had during your visit!

Keep hopping!

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Jan 20, 2019 at 9:01 p.m. AAL Says...

Hi! Can we add the Universal Quick Service + Freestyle dining plan to tickets purchased from Undercover Tourist, or do we have to buy it as a package from Universal?

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Jan 30, 2019 at 12:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Aal!

You can toadally pair this with our admission tickets! You can add that feature on at the park.

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Jan 1, 2019 at 4:12 p.m. Rick Says...

Quick question, we are going for 3 days. They currently have a deal but 2 days get 2 days free. Not park to park. Since I’m only going for 3 days can I go to 2 parks in one day since I have a 4 day ticket? So.. Monday- Volcano Bay, Tuesday- Island Adventure and Studios, Wednesday- island Adventure? Thanks!!

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Jan 16, 2019 at 11:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rick,

If your ticket does not allow you to visit more than one park per day, you cannot no matter the number of days.

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Dec 18, 2018 at 11:08 a.m. Cliff Says...

Great site! My family of 4 are going to Universal Orlando Dec 19-25. I'm thinking a 4 day 2 park pass (no volcano bay) is what we'll be getting. Having a hard time deciding how many days we buy Express and Park-2-Park for. Would a 2 day 1 Park with Express, then a 2 day Park-2-Park no express be a good choice? I'm traveling with a huge Potter fan so I know at least one day we need park-2-park pass so we can ride the train. It's going to be raining all day Thursday so we thought Blue Man Group would be good that day, then hit Universal parks Fri-Tues. What would you do? :)

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Dec 16, 2018 at 12:47 a.m. Mattu Says...

Hi there! I've already purchased 2 days (get 2 days free) 2 parks, park to park tickets for Universal Orlando, can I upgrade to a 3 parks ticket? How much would it be? thanks in advance!

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Dec 27, 2018 at 2:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

You can upgrade this ticket at the guest services window when you arrive at the park. If you have more questions, please reach out to our customer service team at 1-800-846-1302.

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Dec 12, 2018 at 9:35 p.m. Diana Says...

Are the tickets cheaper if you come in the after?

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Dec 12, 2018 at 9:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Diana!

No - tickets are the same price no matter what time you enter the park. But don't worry, we have them discounted!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 10, 2018 at 12:04 a.m. Jessica Says...

I am not sure which of the two non water parks I should go to? I have 3 people who are a little hesitant to go on big rides and 2 who are willing to go on whatever. I can only go to one park and don't know which one. (first time visiting)

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Dec 9, 2018 at 7:15 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessica!

That's a tough call. Both parks have equally fun, awesome offerings for all age and thrill levels, so it really depends on which interests your group more. We recommend checking out the attractions list for each and making a decision based on that!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 9, 2018 at 7:34 p.m. Tiffany Says...

Hi! We will be traveling next week and doing just one day at Universal. My daughter is a huge Harry Potter fan and 10 years old. If we can only do one of the parks, which do you suggest Universal or Islands of Adventure? Thanks!

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Dec 9, 2018 at 7:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tiffany!

Oh boy! We would recommend telling her about the rides at each park and see which sounds most interesting to her. Both have stellar (and equally cool, with similar offerings) Harry Potter areas, so you can't go wrong.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 6, 2018 at 7:44 p.m. David Says...

Hi,

I have 4 days in Orlando during Christmas time. I am planning to visit Universal with my 2 year old kid for a day. Which ticket you suggest for 1 day base at universal Florida or park to park including islands of adventure.Rides will be limited with kid.Please suggest. Is park to park worth roaming with kid?

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Dec 7, 2018 at 12:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi David!

With your 2 year old along for the day, it will be tough for you to tackle any of the big coasters (unless you have another grown-up to trade off with.) With this being said, we think it's totally worth getting the park-to-park ticket so you can explore the sights and sounds of BOTH parks. Islands of Adventure has the SUPER kid-friendly Seuss area, and Universal Studios Florida has a couple different kids' areas including one dedicated to Curious George. There are tons of neat things for you to explore in each park too.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 4, 2018 at 7:25 p.m. Jennifer Says...

Hi - We are looking to go to Orlando in April 2019 with my kiddo (9) and the grandparents. We will be staying at Disneyworld and will have 4 full days and one partial day to explore. We are thinking of doing a combination of Universal Orlando and Disneyworld, and maybe something else outside of the two parks. Any recommendations? Right now I am leaning towards Universal Orlando (2 park hopper since Harry Potter is a must and we live in LA and have seen many of the other rides), Disney Animal Kingdom, one or two of the water parks (any recommendations?) and maybe something outside of the parks like Gator Land or something? Thanks!

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Dec 5, 2018 at 9:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer!

OMG, how fun! As far as waterparks go, we toadally recommend Volcano Bay (hint, hint ... check out our guide!) It's Universal's gorgeous waterpark that just opened last year. We're obsessed!

Universal Orlando and Disney's Animal Kingdom are GREAT choices. Gatorland and other small attractions can be fun, but we recommend staying at the parks, where there is SO much to do (and you don't have to go out of your way too far.)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 29, 2018 at 4:30 a.m. Kayla Says...

Will be staying dec 21-26 wanting to get the 2 park buy 2 days get 2 days free base tickets but wanting to make sure the tickets I purchase are not blackout dates?

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Nov 29, 2018 at 9:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kayla!

The blackout dates for this ticket are December 26- December 31, 2018.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 26, 2018 at 11:08 p.m. Mike B Says...

We will be at Universal during the first week of February.

I want to do Volcano Bay, but it might be too cold that time of year. On the other hand, it might be just fine. Depends on the weather and if there's a "cold wave" or not.

If I buy a 2 day Park to Park ticket (the promo where you buy a 2 day pass and get 2 days Free), do I have the option to upgrade that pass in the park?

I understand you can upgrade tickets to annual passes, but I'm not clear if I can upgrade a 2 Park ticket to a 3 Park ticket.

If I can upgrade the ticket for a reasonable fee, that would be perfect. That way I only pay for the 2 parks if it's too cold for Volcano Bay (if it's really cold it will be closed anyway).

What do you think?

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Nov 28, 2018 at 9:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mike!

Great question ... don't worry, you CAN upgrade to include the water parks once you arrive. This is a great plan to check out the weather first. Don't worry ... the water is heated at Volcano Bay!

Keep hopping!

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Nov 9, 2018 at 2:43 a.m. Sue Says...

Taking my 73 year old mom and 16 year old son to Orlando from December 24- 31/18. We wanted to do two days at the parks. What would you suggest?

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Nov 13, 2018 at 10:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sue!

To keep things simple and minimize too much walking, we would recommend visiting one Universal park per day. (Islands of Adventure one day, and Universal Studios Florida the next.) You can find exactly what you need (at a discount!) on our site.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 4, 2018 at 2:06 p.m. Krista Says...

Planning a trip over thanksgiving with kids ages 17-15-11... Harry Potter is the largest draw. No interest in Volcano Bay. Do you think we can do this in 3 days? 2park-3day is best option, correct? Which resort should I select, considering we are fam of 5 and the ages of our kids? Not much experience at this, so trying to not be to rushed, and yet not spend too much $$ THNKS!

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Oct 4, 2018 at 11:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Krista!

Yes, that sounds perfect! Your ticket choice is great, and don't forget you can purchase discounted tickets from us! Cabana Bay is our favorite Universal Orlando Resort hotel when we have kiddos with us. :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 3, 2018 at 11:40 p.m. Trina Vincent Says...

There is a 2 park 4 day promo ticket, or a 3 park 4 day promo ticket on sale right now. You buy 2 days you get two free. Have fun!

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