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Is the Orlando FlexTicket Right for Your Family?

by Leap on April 28, 2015

Orlando FlexTicket - Universal GlobeWe get a ton of questions from families who are trying to decide which Universal Orlando ticket is right for them. Today we're here to talk about a couple of lesser-known options that can be a great savings if you're planning on longer visits to the Universal Orlando® Resort and other Orlando theme parks. If Universal Studios Florida® and Universal's Islands of Adventure® are already on your vacation to-do list and you are thinking of adding SeaWorld, Aquatica and maybe even Wet 'n Wild®, the Orlando FlexTicket may be just what you're looking for. We've put together this overview to help you decide if the Orlando FlexTicket is the best ticket for you!

What is the Orlando FlexTicket?

Orlando FlexTicket - Hogwarts Express

The Orlando FlexTicket offers unlimited admission to Universal Studios, Universal's Islands of Adventure, Wet 'n Wild, SeaWorld and Aquatica for 14 days. And by unlimited, we mean unlimited. If you wanted to, you could visit all five parks every day for 14 days straight. This ticket will also get you on the Hogwarts Express, which hops between The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ - Diagon Alley™ in Universal Studios Florida and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ - Hogsmeade™ in Universal's Islands of Adventure. The train ride, which offers a different experience each way, can only be experienced with a park-to-park ticket or a ticket that allows unlimited visits.

Is the Orlando FlexTicket right for you? It might be the best ticket if:

  • Orlando FlexTicket - SeaWorld's MantaYou want the most flexibility at the five parks included on the ticket. (i.e. you don't want to worry about how many "days" you've used on your ticket or whether you can visit more than one park in a day.)
  • You will be visiting those five parks at least once during your trip. If you were to buy single day tickets to each of the parks, the total would be more than the price of a FlexTicket AND you would only be able to visit each park one time.

What is the FlexTicket Plus?

Orlando FlexTicket Plus - Busch Gardens Tampa's Falcon's Fury

The Orlando FlexTicket Plus offers unlimited admission to six parks: Universal Studios, Universal's Islands of Adventure, Wet 'n Wild, SeaWorld, Aquatica and Busch Gardens Tampa for 14 days. We're not sure it's humanly possible, but if you wanted to you could visit all six parks every day for 14 days straight with the FlexTicket Plus. The safari-themed Busch Gardens is home to many animal exhibits as well as some incredible coasters and other thrill rides, including its newest attraction, Falcon's Fury!

The FlexTicket Plus is the best ticket if:

  • Orlando FlexTicket Plus - Busch Gardens Tampa's Falcon's FuryYou are looking for a ticket that includes Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, Wet 'n Wild, SeaWorld, Aquatica and Busch Gardens.
  • You want the flexibility of going to more than one park per day.
  • You will spend at least one day at five of those parks. Even if you never visited Wet 'n Wild, the FlexTicket Plus is still cheaper than buying single day tickets for the others.

Other important details...

  • Universal CityWalk Party Pass is included on the FlexTicket and FlexTicket Plus. The Party Pass entitles you to free admission to the paid entertainment venues at Universal CityWalk for the 14 days that your ticket is valid.
  • Parking is not included on the FlexTicket or FlexTicket Plus, but you will only have to pay once a day if you visit more than one park. Just save your receipt.
  • If you stay at a Universal Orlando Resort hotel or a SeaWorld official partner hotel, you can arrange for free transportation between the two properties. So if you were staying at Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort, you could arrange free transportation to SeaWorld Orlando and vice versa.  For those purchasing the FlexTicket Plus, SeaWorld also offers free transportation to and from Busch Gardens Tampa.
  • The FlexTicket and FlexTicket Plus do have an expiration date. They must be activated before the end of the year.

A 3rd option — the 3 Park Unlimited Ticket

If you are looking for maximum savings at Universal Orlando for an extended stay but don't plan to visit SeaWorld or Aquatica, there is another option, the 3 Park Unlimited ticket. As the name states, you can have unlimited admission to all three Universal parks, Universal's Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios Florida and Wet 'n' Wild, for 14 days.

Related: Choosing the Best Universal Orlando Ticket for Your Vacation

Happy Traveling!

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Louise Lees Oct 9, 2014 at 1:11 p.m.

my family is planning on visiting Orlando (and ALL the parks) at the end of December/beginning of January next year. If I purchase the Flex Pass, does is expire on December 31st or is it good for the entire two weeks (we are planning on arriving in Orlando December 28 and leaving January 13). Thanks I use your site and apps every time we are in Orlando!

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FrogBlog Oct 27, 2014 at 9:48 a.m.

Hi Louise,

You would need to purchase the 2015 Flex Ticket, which does not expire until Dec. 31, 2015.

Best,

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Pooja Feb 4, 2015 at 1:41 a.m.

If I purchase the flex tickets for the parks mentioned in the package,

1. Will it have access to all the rides in the parks?

2. Are the flex tickets 'Fast Pass' enabled?

Thanks in advance,

Regards,

Pooja

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FrogBlog Feb 5, 2015 at 9:48 a.m.

Hi Pooja,

Yes all rides for the parks listed would be included. FastPass is only at Disney, and it is not included in the Flex Ticket, so you would not have access to that. However, you would have the option of adding on the Express Pass at Universal Orlando and the Quick Queue at SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens, which offer skip the lines access.

Keep hopping!

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April Mar 15, 2015 at 5:29 p.m.

We were looking at the Orlando Flex Tickets Plus for the family but had a question what does it mean by unlimited express? Also can you get a bus only to Busch Gardens or will a bus take you to the other parks such as Sea World, etc...?

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FrogBlog Mar 16, 2015 at 6:38 a.m.

Hi April,

This ticket is a terrific value! I don't see a reference to Unlimited Express, but this is the skip-the-lines access Universal offers if you are staying at one of its deluxe on-site hotels: Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Hard Rock Hotel or Loews Portofino Bay Resort. You can get a free shuttle from SeaWorld to Busch Gardens Tampa with paid admission to Busch Gardens. Details here.

Keep hopping!

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Jackie Mar 27, 2015 at 11:32 p.m.

We are looking to purchase the Flex ticket. Express pass and Quick queue can they be purchased at the parks? We are not staying at one of Universal Studios resorts do you have to be staying there in order to purchase the slip the lines pass?

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FrogBlog Mar 31, 2015 at 8:10 a.m.

Hi Jackie,

The Flex ticket is a great way value for longer stays. Yes, you can add Express Pass and Quick Queue at the parks, and no, you do not need to be staying on-site to do so. Unlimited Express is included for free for your entire party if you stay at a Universal deluxe hotel, and Quick Queue is free if you stay at an official SeaWorld hotel.

Keep hopping!

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Tina Jun 14, 2015 at 11:20 p.m.

If I choose a hotel outside of the resorts do I have to pay for the "gate" to get into the parks?

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FrogBlog Jun 15, 2015 at 9:08 a.m.

Hi Tina,

If you choose a hotel outside of the resorts, you would need to pay if you choose to park at the parks, but not if you took a shuttle to the parks. Is that what you mean?

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Tim Jul 7, 2015 at 1:51 p.m.

I would like to know the cheapest ticket for a family of 5 (2 adults nd 3 children of ages 4,8,12) we will be in Orlando for 8 days nd wish to know the best tickets for us. We plan to visit disney, universal and sea world at least. Any idea on planning our days will be greatly appreciated and also if you post ticket to Rep of Ireland.

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FrogBlog Jul 7, 2015 at 11:10 a.m.

Hi Tim,

We do ship to Ireland! As far as tickets, you did not mention the breakdown of which parks you want to visit on which days, but I would suggest you do at least 4 days at Disney, 2 days at Universal and 1 at SeaWorld. This gives you 7 days, which you could add another day, or plan a day of downtime from the parks and hit the pool and Downtown Disney. We do currently offer the 4 Day Magic Your Way plus Extra Day Free for Disney that would be a good choice, and then the 2 Day Universal Base Ticket. Keep in mind that if you want to ride the Hogwarts Express at Universal, you would need to upgrade to the 2 Day Park-to-Park ticket. Finally, if you can plan to visit SeaWorld on a weekday, you can get a cheaper ticket.

Hope this helps! All of the tickets mentioned are available on our tickets page.

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Misty Jul 18, 2015 at 3:43 a.m.

If we purchase a flex ticket, can we print it from home?

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FrogBlog Jul 22, 2015 at 9:36 a.m.

Hi Misty,

We don't currently offer a print-at-home option for this ticket. We would either mail tickets, or you could select the Orlando pickup option.

Keep hopping!

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Simone Aug 9, 2015 at 5:28 a.m.

Hi,

We're planning on coming to Orlando on the 22nd of December 2015 to the 5th of January 2016. Which ticket will I need to purchase 2015/2016? Also are the parks open on the 25th of December? Thanks

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FrogBlog Aug 18, 2015 at 1:52 p.m.

Hi Simone,

You would want the 2015 FlexTicket. As long as the date of first use is on or before Dec. 31, 2015, you are good to go!

Keep hopping!

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