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Choosing the Best Universal Orlando Ticket for Your Family

by Leap on August 2, 2018 620

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 is right for you and your frog squad. But never fear, your resident theme park experts are here! Today, we're walking you through all of the different ticket types and providing a few details to help you choose the best Universal Orlando ticket for your family.

Most families doing a visit to Universal Orlando will want to spend three to four days in the parks.

There are quite a few ticket options for the Universal Orlando Resort, now 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.

Best Universal Orlando ticket - Universal's Islands of Adventure

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

  • 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 Thursday. 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.) You have an additional option of a 3-Park Park-to-Park Ticket that allows you to enter Universal Studios Florida, Universal's Islands of Adventure and Universal's Volcano Bay for each day of your ticket. 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. On Wednesday, you 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.

Choosing the Best Universal Orlando Ticket - Minions

More Ticket Days Available

You now have the option to choose among 1-Day, 2-Day, 3-Day, 4-Day and 5-Day tickets for your vacation.

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 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™ in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ - Diagon Alley™. It's also 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.

Is There Anything Else I Should Know to Decide the Best Universal Orlando Ticket? How Many Days Should We Stay?

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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 doing a visit to 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

More details to keep in mind:

  • 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.
  • Ticket expires seven days after first use—you will activate the ticket upon entry into 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 on the 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 done whole post about when to use Universal Express.

We hope this post has helped you in determining the best Universal Orlando ticket for your family. Which ticket do you prefer and why? Share in comments below along with any questions you have! 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

Hoppy planning!

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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.

Keep hopping!

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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!

Keep hopping!

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Apr 9, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. Amanda Stevens Says...

We want to do Universal Studios one day and Volcano Bay another, what is the best ticket to buy?

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Apr 10, 2018 at 10:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amanda,

If you're wanting to do both Universal Orlando parks (Universal Studios and Universal's Islands of Adventure) in one day with Volcano Bay another, we recommend the 2-Day Park-to-Park Ticket with Volcano Bay. This will allow you access to all parks and allows you to hop back and forth between each park on the same day. Hope this helps!

Keep hopping!

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Apr 5, 2018 at 3:23 a.m. autumn Says...

the date that we are wanting to come is june the 16th

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Apr 5, 2018 at 3:22 a.m. autumn Says...

My husband and i are wanting to take your kids to universal my oldest is 7 and likes harry potter transformers and marvals and my two daughters who is 5 and one will be 23 months and they like the princesses and and desendents and the 23 month old likes mickey and the rest of the clan do you have any idea what package you would recommend to me for them to get to do that they would like to eat lunch with marvels and dinner with the princess

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Apr 5, 2018 at 7:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Autumn!

You'll find Mickey and the princesses at the Walt Disney World parks, and Harry Potter, Transformers and superheroes at Universal Orlando. Keep in mind that these are two separate properties! We recommend the Marvel character dinner at Universal and Cinderella's Royal Table at Disney.

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Mar 18, 2018 at 5:52 p.m. Rebeca Says...

Hi! We are planning to go to Orlando on November, I was wondering if this is the right time to buy the tickets (thinking abour - days- 3 parks tickets) or should I wait for a best offer?

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Mar 19, 2018 at 9:33 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rebeca!

Now would be a great time to buy. Be sure to check out our Universal Orlando ticket page for discounted pricing. :)

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Mar 15, 2018 at 11:12 a.m. Carrie Ross Says...

Do you not do Universal Explorer Passes, i.e. 3 parks, park to park for 14 days as some other sites do?

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Mar 14, 2018 at 3:04 a.m. Natalie Says...

I have a 2 day ticket and was wondering can two people use it or do I have to purchase another ticket.

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Mar 15, 2018 at 3:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Natalie,

You'll have to purchase another ticket. When you enter the park on the first day, you'll have to provide your fingerprint to tie the ticket to you. Therefore, no one else will be able to use it!

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Mar 6, 2018 at 5:33 a.m. Priscilla Says...

My family is planning to go July 27 but I can't find anywhere to buy 1 day park to park passes past May. Any clue why?

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Mar 6, 2018 at 12:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Priscilla!

You can check out our discounted Universal tickets here!

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Feb 25, 2018 at 2:16 a.m. LaToya Says...

I've booked my trip for this summet. My son and i are huge superhero fans. Thinking he will enjoy island of adv the most. I'm thinking of doing the 2day park to park. Is the early admission on for harry potter or for the entire park?

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Mar 8, 2018 at 5:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi LaToya,

The early admission is just for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Have a wonderful trip!

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Feb 24, 2018 at 9:26 p.m. tracy Says...

all very confusing on which tickets are the best and cheapest

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Feb 25, 2018 at 12:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tracy!

You can check out our discounted tickets and let us know if you have any questions!

Keep hopping!

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Feb 22, 2018 at 9:06 p.m. ALEJANDRA AGUIRRE FERRIN Says...

Hello! the "3-Park Unlimited Ticket" includes the train between Universal Studios and Island of Adventure?

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Feb 25, 2018 at 1:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Absolutely, it does.

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Feb 18, 2018 at 1:05 p.m. Jessica Says...

We are planning a trip to Universal in August. I was wondering if Universal offers discounts similar to Disney such as room discounts or package discounts. Should I wait and see if they do or just go ahead and book now? TIA!

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Mar 7, 2018 at 1:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessica!

You can check out all of the offers available at Universal Orlando here.

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Feb 15, 2018 at 1:28 a.m. Johnny909 Says...

I am trying to compare the discounted 4 day 3 park to park ticket (with discount $275 each), with the 2 park season pass (with discount $285 each). Is there any reason not to spend the extra $10 and get the season ticket? Thank you for your assistance with this.

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Feb 15, 2018 at 4:18 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

The 2-park season pass gives you access to Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure, but not to Volcano Bay. With the 3 park-to-park ticket, you'll have access to all 3 for four days. It depends on what's most important to you!

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Feb 8, 2018 at 4:16 p.m. jc Says...

Is the park hopper ticket like a bracelet that is scanned like Disney? or is it a paper ticket that you have to present each day?

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Feb 8, 2018 at 1:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Universal does not offer a bracelet-type ticket; the ticket is a card that is scanned each day!

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Feb 5, 2018 at 10:47 p.m. Kerry Says...

I'm looking at ticket prices for a 7 day trip. What is the difference between a 5-day 3-park ticket and a 3-park unlimited ticket? It sounds like the second ticket can be used for more than 5 days, which we might not need, but the prices are similar (+$30 for the second), so I'm trying to see if I understand them correctly. Thanks!

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Feb 7, 2018 at 2:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kerry!

The 3-park unlimited ticket is good for unlimited access to the parks for two whole weeks! It's a pretty great deal and we toad-ally recommend it if you'll be sticking around for a while and want to explore the parks at your leisure without the pressure of cramming all attractions in to a limited number of days.

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Feb 5, 2018 at 2:08 p.m. Reece Says...

Hello, I have just brought the 3 park explorer pass for universal studios for May 2018 from Expedia, before booking it said I have 14 days of unlimited access to the 3 parks, however when I just received my conformation the first thing I noticed was reservation dates 3rd of May to the 5th of May!? So I’m worried now but does the resavtion dates possibly mean that’s the dates I can validate my ticket then receive the 14 days? I’m so confused help?!

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Feb 7, 2018 at 2:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Reece!

Hmmm - that's odd. We would recommend reaching out to Expedia to get to the bottom of that. You are correct in that it should offer you 14 days of unlimited access, and we would guess that May 3-5 are the days that you are able to activate it. Give Expedia a call to make sure before you make your way here! Let us know if we can help any further.

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Feb 3, 2018 at 1:56 a.m. Kate Says...

Hi,

If I buy a 3 day, 3 park ticket and want to add another after use (as long as it’s not expired) can I do this and how expensive is it? I’ll be there in two weeks.

Cheers

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Feb 7, 2018 at 2:52 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kate!

Yes, you can add another day after using your first three. We're not quite sure on the price as it depends on the day - we recommend checking with guest services upon arrival.

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Jan 30, 2018 at 3:42 p.m. Melissa Briggs Says...

We are going to universal for the apex cheer competition in march! We will ve buying park to park tickets but are undecided about volcano bay. We would love to see it but are not sure how much time we will be spending in the cheer competition that weekend and if we would even be able to fit it in. If I buy the 5 day 2 park tickets can I upgrade it to include volcano bay if we have the time to go?

Thanks!

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Jan 30, 2018 at 2:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melissa,

Yes, you can add-on once you get to the parks if you decide to visit Volcano Bay. Have a hoppin' trip!

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Jan 26, 2018 at 10:44 p.m. Tracy Says...

Hi. Can you tell me is it best to buy express tickets and do in a day Or a two day tickets. Will I need that for each park if I buy express tickets. Or. If you stay in hotel for a night and get the free express tickets does that include 2 day park tickets or 1 day park ticket per a night. Trying to work out how best to do it. Thank you

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Jan 30, 2018 at 2:15 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tracy,

It depends on when you are going if Express Passes are totally necessary. We definitely recommend at least two days at Universal Orlando Resort to experience everything. If you stay in an on-site hotel that has the Express Unlimited Pass benefit, then you'll receive the pass for however long your hotel reservation is. Hope this helps!

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Jan 24, 2018 at 12:42 p.m. Jason Says...

We are staying at Cabana Bay for 3 weeks in August, what is the best way of getting 21 days of tickets for Universal to inc Sea World, Busch & maybe Disney?

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Jan 24, 2018 at 2:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jason,

This all depends on how many days you'd want to spend at each park. We would recommend a 10-day ticket for Disney World, 5-day park-to-park ticket at Universal, and an Unlimited Visits SeaWorld ticket (includes admission to any four of the SeaWorld parks for 14 days.) If you plan on spending significantly more time at Universal, we recommend considering purchasing Annual Passes. It may be more cost effective than purchasing daily tickets for such a long trip.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 22, 2018 at 5:56 p.m. Tricia Says...

Hello, wondered if you could give me some advice. I have three kids ages 12,15,16; as well as my husband and I. We are curious the best way to buy our tickets. I have one huge Harry Potter fan who would love the Hogwarts train. I was planning on visiting the two Universal Studios parks in early March 2018. Do I buy her the 2 day park to park just so she gets the train ticket? Is it really worth the $52.00 extra? My husband and I no longer do the big roller coasters so we would not need the express passes but the kids might. Are all the rides at both th parks big rides? And lastly I am confused about the meal plan. Is it $23 per person? And what is included with that? I thought I read in other comments that every person on your booking has to purchase that meal plan, is that correct? If that’s the case should I be making all of these tickets on different bookings? Any other help would be appreciated in helping us plan our vacation, we are planning on staying offsite.

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Jan 22, 2018 at 11:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tricia,

We have a lot to cover here! Let's start with your first question. The 2-day park-to-park ticket is most popular, and we do recommend it. This allows you the flexibility to adventure through all of Universal, as well as the awesome Hogwarts Express experience.

Universal is known for its thrill rides. While not all rollercoasters, most of the experiences are pretty intense. It sounds like a great idea to get the Express Passes for your children only.

There are a few different options for the Universal dining plan, which you can check out here. It sounds like you are referring to the Quick Service option, at $23.99 per person. Every person in your party must purchase the meal plan.

Let us know if you have any other questions. Keep hopping!

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Jan 20, 2018 at 1:11 p.m. mark Says...

Hi there,

I have a 5 day 3 park base ticket. If i wanted to visit Universal Studios in the morning and then exit the park for lunch would I then be able to use one of my remaining '4 days' to obtain a ticket to walk (ie. not using the Hogwarts Express as I'm outside of the park anyway) and enter Islands of Adventure in the afternoon, of the same day??

Many Thanks

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Jan 23, 2018 at 12:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mark,

If you want to re-enter at a different park using a base ticket on the same day, it will take another day of your ticket. If you want to go to both Islands of Adventure and Universal on the same day, we recommend getting a park-to-park ticket.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 19, 2018 at 1:20 p.m. Natalie Whitters Says...

If I am staying on Universal property and have already purchased a hotel that has The Unlimited Express pass. 3 day 3 park tickets. Does that include the train ride as well? and if not can you purchase that a head of time. Thank you

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Jan 23, 2018 at 12:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Natalie,

Yes, that includes the train ride!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 4, 2018 at 6:22 a.m. Says...

Hi Leap, I will be visiting Universal Studios Orlando for March Break (4th-9th) with my 9 year old son. Considering the "small" price difference when I increase the number of days for the passes I was going to go for 3 park, 5 days with park to park. Too much? My son is tall enough to do all the rides and when we like a ride we can easily do it over and over again, plus we will want time to chill at the hotel (I think I will book Cabana Bay). Do you think I should get Express Passes for those dates? Also, the 3 park unlimited ticket ... is it just for one day? That pass isn't clear to me! Thanks so much for your help

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Jan 4, 2018 at 11:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Sounds like you're in for a frog-tastic time! If you're planning on getting the 5-day Park-to-Park ticket, then we wouldn't worry about getting Express Passes. Since you'll have the flexibility of enjoying the parks at your leisure during those 5 days, then you won't be in such a rush to experience everything! There's plenty to do and see at Universal Orlando, especially now with the addition of Volcano Bay. And it's a great idea to leave time to enjoy and chill at the hotel; you can also experience all of the Universal Orlando on-site pools, which we recommend. Have fun!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jan 2, 2018 at 1:41 a.m. Steven J Schuler Says...

My older daughter would like to possibly invest in an Orlando Flex Ticket and was wondering what the price would be for her to visit Universal, Islands of Adventure, Volcano Bay, Sea World and Aquatica and Legoland if possible?

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Jan 10, 2018 at 11:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Steven,

Unfortunately, the Orlando Flex Ticket is no longer available. Feel free to check out our discount ticket page for other great options!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Dec 31, 2017 at 3:20 p.m. sue Says...

I am going to purchase a 2 park buy 2 days get 1 free ticket. Can someone other than me use my free day?

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Jan 2, 2018 at 11:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sue,

No, because the tickets will be linked to you. When you first enter the park, you'll have to provide your fingerprint to link the tickets to you.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Dec 29, 2017 at 11:51 p.m. Cindy Bishop Says...

We are planning trip to Universal 2/3-2/5. Harry Potter is the main reason for the visit but plan to do 2 parks with a 6 year old. We need a park to park ticket because we want to ride the train but is it better to buy a one day pass and upgrade if we need two days? Can you purchase a 1 day park to park and then add on? What is your recommendation?

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Dec 29, 2017 at 11:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cindy,

We recommend experiencing Universal Orlando in two days. While it is doable to do in one day, two days will provide you with more flexibility, especially with a 6-year-old!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Dec 21, 2017 at 3:23 p.m. Kristen Says...

Hi. My husband and I are surprising my 12 year old son with tickets for Christmas. We wanted to do the 3-day, 3 Park-to-park hopper so he can experience Hogwarts Express train. With that pass, does it include early admission? Or is that something I can buy as an add on? I’ve heard with the early admission, there’s Harry Potter breakfast served in HP town? Also, how do I add on the pass that allows you to cut the lines?

Thanks for your help!

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Dec 22, 2017 at 7:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristen,

The passes do not include Early Park Admission. That is for guests staying at an on-site hotel. You may add the Express Pass when you get there in the parks or purchase directly from Universal. You can enjoy breakfast in the Wizarding World during regular park hours, although it will likely to be very crowded during your visit.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 15, 2017 at 11:32 a.m. Justin I Says...

Hi there,

My wife and I are really keen on going to Harry Potter World. We're wondering what tickets we should buy to see everything Harry Potter World has to offer. Also, when is a good time to line up in the morning on a Saturday? Thanks!

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Dec 19, 2017 at 12:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Justin,

To be able to take the Hogwarts Express (which we HIGHLY recommend) between Diagon Alley (inside Universal Studios Florida) and Hogsmeade (inside Islands of Adventure), you should plan on purchasing Park-to-Park tickets. This allows you to hop back and forth between the parks in the same day, as well as take the Hogwarts Express. We recommend at least 2 days if you're wanting to experience everything. Crowds and wait times depend on the date and time of year you're planning on going. You should get to the parks a little before park opening to be some of the first inside!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Dec 11, 2017 at 2:26 a.m. Drew j Says...

I was hoping to suprise my wife with tickets to universal because ive never got to go im trying to figure out the best deal to see all parks we want to go asap what would be the best deal for us we also are a military fam so we want to stay in hotel close to the park

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Dec 11, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Drew,

This blog has a lot of information on military discounts to the theme parks that might be helpful for you.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Nov 8, 2017 at 9:32 a.m. Richard Mcelroy Says...

Hi, we are visiting as a family of 3 from 29th July until 11th August and wanted to visit Universal. We like complete flexibility and find it difficult in November to know what days we will want to go on. We visited Disney last year so won’t want to go there again and will therefore spend most of time exploring other areas when not at Universal. We will also be driving as we are staying in a house not a hotel. Therefore to get co,plate flexibility, car parking and front of line passes are we better buying 3 annual passes or am I being wasteful with money if there is a better way of doing it. Please help!!

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Nov 5, 2017 at 8:01 a.m. Kelly Says...

This is a complete assumption here, but, does the park-to-park option make more sense for people that have already visited the parks and know what they're doing?

We will be visiting for our fist time ever and I'm not sure if park-to-park makes sense if we will only be there for two days. Will we realistically spend most of our time in one park per day seeing as though we've never visited before?

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Nov 5, 2017 at 2:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelly,

The Park-to-Park option is the only way you may use the Hogwarts Express. If that's not a big deal, then go with the regular tickets.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jul 31, 2017 at 7:07 a.m. Evelin Says...

I purchased the 3 park-5 day pass. Does that mean I can visit the park every day of those 5 days? Or does it mean that out of those 5 days I can visit for 3 days (1 park per day). Thank you

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Aug 2, 2017 at 10:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Evelin,

Did you purchase a Park-to-Park or Base Ticket? If it is a Park-to-Park, then you can visit all 3 parks everyday for those 5 days. If it's a Base Ticket, then you can only visit one park per day.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jul 21, 2017 at 7:31 p.m. salim Says...

If i get a 5 day park to park and start on Sat, would the 7 days expire on Fri. or Sat?

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Jul 27, 2017 at 4:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Salim,

The seven days are activated on the first day of use. So if you activate the ticket on a Saturday, then your seven days go through the following Friday.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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