Choosing the Best Universal Orlando Ticket for Your Family

by Leap on March 1, 2019 688 Orlando

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

Universal 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 — even which Universal park is best — 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.

Best Universal Orlando ticket - Universal's Islands of Adventure

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

Choosing the Best Universal Orlando Ticket - New Wizarding World Coaster - Universal Orlando

There are multiples lands, or is-lands rather, to discover at this park that features blockbusters 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 will soon be home to the Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure coaster, opening June 13.

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 example 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 among 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

  • The Universal CityWalk Party Pass is included with Universal Base and Park-to-Park Tickets (Exception: Universal 1-day Base ticket). The Party Pass entitles you to free admission to the paid entertainment venues at Universal CityWalk for the seven days that your ticket is valid. Party Pass Venues: CityWalk's Rising Star, Red Coconut Club, Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, Bob Marley - A Tribute to Freedom, the groove and Pat O'Brien's.
  • 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 $25 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 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 Best?

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. 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 5, you might consider Universal Studios Florida over 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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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!

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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!

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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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Aug 22, 2018 at 4:48 p.m. GirlMom Says...

I am thinking about a 1 day park hopper on a Sunday before a Disney cruise for 2 adults, 3 kids (12,11, 4). Is it worth it to try to do 2 parks in one day?

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Aug 22, 2018 at 12:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Absolutely! It is totally fun and worth it to have the ability to adventure through both parks and hit your top attractions, even just for one day.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 22, 2018 at 3:21 p.m. Cindy Says...

Looking to take my 2 kids to Orlando. We have 4 full days. Want to do 2 days at universal and 2days at Disney. We want to stay onsite at one of the parks/ park property. Any suggestions how to do this. Kids are 10-11

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Aug 22, 2018 at 11:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cindy!

You can purchase discounted tickets on our site to both parks. Since you'll be splitting time evenly between Disney and Universal, we recommend staying on-site at whichever resort most appeals to you! You can check out the options to pick what's best for your fam. :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 12, 2018 at 7:56 p.m. Janeil Says...

Hi I am trying to figure out which is best Universal Studios or Advanture park, my daughter and I are planning Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Universal, but she is NOT a big fan of rides, so looking for best options of places that will offer more.

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Nov 13, 2018 at 10:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Janeil!

If you must choose between Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure (rather than getting a park-to-park ticket) we would recommend checking out the attractions at each park.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 22, 2018 at 12:41 p.m. Jon Says...

Hi, I was wondering if each ticket has to be individual, e.g. by buying a 3 day ticket for 3 people, is there a chance for me and the 2 kids to go one day and my wife and the 2 kids to go another day?

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Aug 22, 2018 at 9:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jon!

Yes, each ticket must be individual. The tickets are non-transferrable and must be used by the same person.

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Jul 13, 2018 at 3:48 p.m. Ariel Says...

I was wondering if the tickets are "Season Locked" - like if I buy my tickets online in July will I be able to use them in October?

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Jul 13, 2018 at 2:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ariel!

When you currently purchase one-day tickets through our website, you'll be able to choose between "Value" and "Anytime". Click on "Ticket Details" to find out when each are valid for use! Multi-day tickets are valid on any dates, with the exception of special events. Just always be sure to check expiration dates. :)

By the way, you can purchase your discounted tickets through us!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 28, 2018 at 9:49 p.m. aimee Says...

I want a 2 day park to park ticket with express unlimited. Do you offer this type of ticket package?

Thanks

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Jul 3, 2018 at 3:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Aimee,

We currently do not offer the Universal Express pass!

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Jun 28, 2018 at 4:02 p.m. Rebecca Says...

I have used your site for tickets in the past with great success, so first off, thank you! Second, can I use tickets purchased here to upgrade to an annual pass in the park? Will I get credit for the full Universal ticket price? (For example, if I get the ticket with the 2 days free, will I get credit for the 5-day ticket price at Universal?)

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Jun 28, 2018 at 11:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rebecca,

Please contact our customer service at 1 (800) 846-1302 (USA) or 1 (386) 239-8624 (Worldwide)!

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Jun 25, 2018 at 9:31 p.m. Betty Says...

My 15 year old granddaughter and I are coming in March 2019 and are Harry Potter nuts. I am handicapped in a motorized wheelchair and will not be taking the rides but still want to see Hogwarts and Diagon Alley. She will go on the rides. How many days should we plan to stay at Universal Resort.

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Jun 27, 2018 at 8:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Betty,

We recommend at least two days so you can see and do everything!

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Jun 15, 2018 at 6:43 p.m. Brenda Says...

Hi, I will be there 1 day next week and wanted to only do only 1 park. We are mainly interested in seeing The Simpsons rides. Can you advise on which ticket we should buy and what the cost difference is between gate and online rates?

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Jun 15, 2018 at 2:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brenda!

If you are interested in The Simpsons, Universal Studios Florida is definitely the park for you. We recommend our 1-day base ticket for you.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 7, 2018 at 2:31 a.m. Elizabeth Says...

We are visiting Universal for 1 day - our main interest is Harry Potter, second interest is Marvel. Is the two-park pass worth it for one day? We don't do a lot of thrill rides. What will we miss if we only do 1 side of Harry Potter world?

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Jun 6, 2018 at 10:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elizabeth!

Each part of Harry Potter World has its main attraction as well as other entertainment, shopping and dining. Both are unique experiences, so it's tough to choose! However, Islands of Adventure is definitely more superhero-focused, so that might be your best bet. But we do think the park-to-park ticket is worth it!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 29, 2018 at 6:44 p.m. Cliff Says...

Thanks for the information. It all makes sense now.

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May 22, 2018 at 2:25 a.m. A. Willis Says...

Can you explain to me how exactly the 2 Park 3 day base tickets work?

Thanks!

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May 22, 2018 at 9:45 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

With the 2-Park 3-day Base Ticket, you'll have admission for 3 days to both Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure (the ticket does exclude Volcano Bay, though). Because it's a base ticket, you can only enter one park per day. So, you won't be able to start the day at Islands of Adventure and then head over to Universal Studios for the afternoon. You also won't be able to experience the Hogwarts Express, which we think is a huge miss, especially if you're a big Harry Potter fan!

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May 18, 2018 at 1:45 p.m. Carol Says...

We are will be in the park full days 5/29 and 5/30 staying on-site but opted for a larger suite in sapphire instead of only a deluxe room available in portofino. As a result, Unlimited Express Pass does not come with our hotel. Do you feel this time of year purchasing one is necessary? Our main focus will be HP and may catch the walking dead, mummy, but HP is the priority. 2 Adults 50s kids 15 and 17. I know we need a park to park for HP. Thanks in advance for your feedback!

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May 18, 2018 at 3:28 a.m. Elizabeth Says...

Hello there,

I have a question, what does the park ticket give you? are the rides included, or do I have to purchase tickets for the rides?

Thank you for your time.

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May 18, 2018 at 9:33 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elizabeth,

The tickets include the rides!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 15, 2018 at 2:21 p.m. Kerri Green Says...

Hi there,

We are planning to stay at Cabana Cay for 4-5 nights. We are hoping to visit all three parks. We have never been to Universal but have stayed at Disney resorts and parks 5 times. I find the tickets for Universal very confusing. I am looking to visit the 2 parks and the water park but only one park a day. I would like to use universal's equivalent to "FastPass"if possible and due to a medical condition and how a member of my family is feeling on that day I can't commit to visit a certain park on a certain day. Do you have any suggestions please?

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May 18, 2018 at 9:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kerri,

You can apply for a pass when you get there, and depending on your family member's condition, some accommodation may be made. Express Passes can also be purchased once you get there if you find you need it. You would want the BASE TICKET with Volcano Bay. You can see them our discount options for them here.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 15, 2018 at 6:11 a.m. Carol Says...

Trying to work out the on-site hotels for Universal 5/28-5/31. Are we better to go with Sapphire where spacious suites are available but no Ultimate Express Passes or go with Portofino (with largest available is only a Deluxe room) to get the Ultimate Express passes. We can't buy an Ultimate Express pass correct? Just a regular Express that is only good for once per ride correct? Our main focus is Harry Potter. Ages 50s and 15 and 17. Do you think the Ultimate Pass is essential for our dates and HP focus? Does a regular Express come with the Sapphire? Thanks - 1st timer here - so I appreciate your insight!

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May 18, 2018 at 9:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carol,

It's really up to you, but if it were me, I would go with Portofino to get the passes provided it's not completely out of budget. It's going to be fairly busy, and the standard rooms at Portofino are larger than most other standard rooms on property.

Sapphire does not offer any Express benefit, although it does include an hour early entry.

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May 3, 2018 at 6:01 p.m. Lana Says...

Hello,

I have a friend who purchased tickets for Harry potter world, but she would like to sell them to me instead of using them herself. Can she transfer them to me beforehand? Thanks!

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May 3, 2018 at 2:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lana,

Yes, if she hasn't visited already, she can definitely hand them over to you. The tickets aren't tied to an individual until you enter the park! Once you enter the park, they connect the ticket to your fingerprint.

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Apr 29, 2018 at 2:22 a.m. Crystal Says...

We have already purchased a 3 day park hopper for Universal Orlando which we plan to use for the 2 main parks. I read we can add Volcano Bay to any ticket for a flat fee of $42.60. How do I add that?

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May 3, 2018 at 2:43 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Crystal,

You can add it on while you are at the parks! Just hop over to the ticket booth.

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Apr 27, 2018 at 12:56 a.m. Chris Says...

My wife and 2 kids (6 and 10) are doing a Disney/Universal trip in late June/early July. Can we get away with a one day park-to-park pass for Universal Studios and I.O.A or do I buy one day base tickets to each park?

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Apr 30, 2018 at 11:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chris!

If you choose to do one day park-to-park, we would recommend getting the Express passes as well, since this is a busy time of year. Otherwise, shoot for one day at each park.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 26, 2018 at 1:58 p.m. Josh T Says...

We’ll be visiting the parks may 21-May 23 and I’ll be buying the promotional tickets that gives you two days for free. So if I have the five day base ticket and I’m only there for three day would I be able to enter one park then use one of my extra day tickets to enter another park the same day?

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Apr 26, 2018 at 11:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Josh,

In order to enter the different parks on the same day, you'll need to purchase a Park-to-Park ticket. The base tickets only allow you to enter one park per day (even if you have multiple days).

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Apr 23, 2018 at 9:54 p.m. Shannon illig Says...

I want to do 3 days, with unlimited line (fastpass)

Universal studios

Island of adventure

Volcano bay

What ticket is best for us, for family of four

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Apr 24, 2018 at 10:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shannon,

You should check out the Universal 3-Day Park-to-Park Ticket with Volcano Bay. This ticket will allow you to visit all of the parks (including Volcano Bay) for 3 days, and allow you to hop between each park in the same day if you wish. You'll have to purchase Express passes separately from Universal Orlando!

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