Here Is the Lowdown on Ticket Options Plus Tips to Choose the Best Ticket for Your Family!
As we mentioned in our post about Universal's Volcano Bay, tons of ticket options are available for the Universal Orlando Resort, now including the water theme park that opened last year. 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. As always as an authorized seller, we're hoppy to offer Universal Orlando tickets at a discount.
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 (you 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.
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. (The Orlando FlexTicket will not be available in 2017 and the Three Park Unlimited Ticket that included Wet 'n Wild is no longer available.)
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 next door to them, but it is walking distance from these two parks. Water taxis and buses from Universal CityWalk will also be available. It's super easy to hop between all of these parks!
The Park-to-Park Ticket types gives 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 a 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?
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. A two- to three-day visit is ideal now, and when Volcano Bay opens, a three- to four-day visit will be ideal. 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.
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
More details to keep in mind:
- The Universal CityWalk® Party Pass is included on 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. We have done a 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!