Choosing a Theme Park Ticket Guide

Universal Orlando features two amazing theme parks—Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. The resort offers multiple park ticket options to experience them. This guide is divided into three sections: ticket options, pricing, and the verdict.

Ticket Options
For Florida residents, Universal Orlando offers park-to-park and single park admission with the maximum number of days being three (3). For regular theme park tickets, the resort offers park-to-park and single park admission with the maximum number of days being five (5). Park-to-park tickets allow you to visit both Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure in a day; whereas, single park admission limits you to just one theme park per day. A park-to-park ticket is required to board the Hogwarts Express.

Pricing (online rates; tax, processing fee, parking not included)
For Florida residents:
1-day park-to-park admission may vary for adults* and children* depending on when you visit**.
 2-day park-to-park admission is $189.99 for adults and $180.99 for children.
 3-day park-to-park admission is $199.99 for adults and $190.99 for children.
1-day single park admission may vary for adults and children depending on when you visit.
 2-day single park admission is $149.99 for adults and $140.99 for children.
 3-day single park admission is $159.99 for adults and $150.99 for children.

For non-Florida residents:
1-day park-to-park admission may vary for adults* and children* depending on when you visit**.
 2-day park-to-park admission is $254.99 for adults and $244.99 for children.
 3-day park-to-park admission is $279.99 for adults and $269.99 for children.
 4-day park-to-park admission is $284.99 for adults and $274.99 for children.
 5-day park-to-park admission is $294.99 for adults and $284.99 for children.
1-day single park admission may vary for adults and children depending on when you visit.
 2-day single park admission is $199.99 for adults and $189.99 for children.
 3-day single park admission is $219.99 for adults and $209.99 for children.
 4-day single park admission is $229.99 for adults and $219.99 for children.
 5-day single park admission is $239.99 for adults and $229.99 for children.

* Adult tickets apply to ages 10 and up. Children tickets apply to ages 3-9. Those under 3 years of age may receive free admission. This applies to both Florida and non-Florida residents.
** Pricing for 1-day tickets may vary depending on the season (value, regular, peak) you visit. During busy days, 1-day tickets will be more expensive. For single day park-to-park tickets, prices range from about $165 for adults and $160 for children to $179 for adults and $174 for children. For single day park tickets, prices range from about $110 for adults and $105 for children to $124 for adults and $119 for children. These prices apply to both Florida resident and non-Florida resident 1-day ticket options. For specific pricing during your trip, visit UniversalOrlando.com.

Verdict
Universal Orlando’s two world-class theme parks offer a wide variety of highly themed rides, attractions, and shows that put you beyond the screens and into the action. With over 15 amazing rides and attractions and about nine live shows in Universal Studios Florida alone, it is not guaranteed that you’ll experience everything the park has to offer in one day. Universal’s Islands of Adventure offers even more attractions—featuring 21 rides and attractions in total and about five live shows.

The best ticket option for you depends on what you’re willing to experience in the parks. If you wish to do everything there is, a 4-day single park admission ticket is recommended for you (Florida resident discounted tickets do not offer this option; Florida residents may purchase a non-Florida resident ticket if desired). Please note, this option will not allow you to experience the Hogwarts Express. Although the Hogwarts Express is indeed a fascinating attraction, it is not worth the additional price unless you’re a big Harry Potter fan. If you wish to experience only the top attractions in the park, a 2-day single park attraction may be best for you. You will not have the ability to do everything in the park, but you may have the ability to hit the top attractions, depending upon the crowd levels. A 3-day single park admission ticket is most recommended to those wishing to hit the top attractions in the parks and revisit any missed attraction in their most beloved theme park. We highly advise that you purchase your tickets online on the official Universal Orlando website for the best price guaranteed.

Last updated: February 28, 2017