Choosing a Theme Park Ticket

Universal Orlando sells tickets to experience their two amazing theme parks—Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure—and their innovative water theme park called Universal’s Volcano Bay. To visit these parks, the resort offers multiple ticket options with different total days of admission and park access. To help you select a ticket that’s best for you, we have divided this guide into three sections: ticket options, pricing, and verdict. These sections provide detailed information about each ticket and recommendations based on what you wish to experience. It should be noted that this guide only provides information on regular tickets; vacation packages are not discussed.

Ticket Options
For Florida residents, Universal Orlando offers discounted single park and park-to-park admission tickets (1-day tickets are not discounted, however) with the maximum number of days being three (3). For regular theme park tickets, the resort offers park-to-park and single park admission tickets with the maximum number of days being five (5). Florida residents who wish to add more than three days may purchase a non-Florida resident ticket. Please note that single park admission tickets limit you to just one park per day; whereas, park-to-park tickets allow you to visit two or three parks all in a day. A park-to-park ticket is required to board the Hogwarts Express.


Pricing
(online rates; tax, processing fee, parking not included)
For single park tickets (Florida resident):
Universal Studios & Islands of Adventure 1-day ticket: Prices range from $110 to $124 for adults and $105 to $119 for children.
Volcano Bay 1-day ticket: $67 for adults and $62 for children.
• Universal Studios & Islands of Adventure 2-day ticket: $149.99 for adults and $140.99 for children.
• Universal Studios & Islands of Adventure 3-day ticket: $159.99 for adults and $150.99 for children.
• Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure & Volcano Bay 3-day ticket: $199.99 for adults and $190.99 for children.

For park-to-park tickets (Florida resident):
• Universal Studios & Islands of Adventure 1-day ticket: Prices range from $165 to $179 for adults and $160 to $174 for children.
Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure & Volcano Bay 1-day ticket: Prices range from $205 to $124 for adults and $219 to $214 for children.
• Universal Studios & Islands of Adventure 2-day ticket: $189.99 for adults and $180.99 for children.
• Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure & Volcano Bay 2-day ticket: $229.99 for adults and $220.99 for children.
• Universal Studios & Islands of Adventure 3-day ticket: $199.99 for adults and $190.99 for children.
• Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure & Volcano Bay 3-day ticket: $239.99 for adults and $230.99 for children.

For single park tickets (non-Florida resident):
Universal Studios & Islands of Adventure 1-day ticket: Prices range from $110 to $124 for adults and $105 to $119 for children.
Volcano Bay 1-day ticket: $67 for adults and $62 for children.
• Universal Studios & Islands of Adventure 2-day ticket: $199.99 for adults and $189.99 for children.
• Universal Studios & Islands of Adventure 3-day ticket: $219.99 for adults and $209.99 for children.
• Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure & Volcano Bay 3-day ticket: $259.99 for adults and $249.99 for children.
• Universal Studios & Islands of Adventure 4-day ticket: $229.99 for adults and $219.99 for children.
• Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure & Volcano Bay 4-day ticket: $269.99 for adults and $259.99 for children.
• Universal Studios & Islands of Adventure 5-day ticket: $239.99 for adults and $229.99 for children.
• Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure & Volcano Bay 5-day ticket: $279.99 for adults and $269.99 for children.

For park-to-park tickets (non-Florida resident):
• Universal Studios & Islands of Adventure 1-day ticket: Prices range from $165 to $179 for adults and $160 to $174 for children.
Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure & Volcano Bay 1-day ticket: Prices range from $205 to $124 for adults and $219 to $214 for children.
• Universal Studios & Islands of Adventure 2-day ticket: $254.99 for adults and $244.99 for children.
• Universal Studios & Islands of Adventure 3-day ticket: $274.99 for adults and $264.99 for children.
• Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure & Volcano Bay 3-day ticket: $314.99 for adults and $304.99 for children.
• Universal Studios & Islands of Adventure 4-day ticket: $284.99 for adults and $274.99 for children.
• Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure & Volcano Bay 4-day ticket: $324.99 for adults and $314.99 for children.
• Universal Studios & Islands of Adventure 5-day ticket: $294.99 for adults and $284.99 for children.
• Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure & Volcano Bay 5-day ticket: $334.99 for adults and $324.99 for children.

NOTE: Adult tickets apply to ages 10 and up. Children tickets apply to ages 3-9. For exact pricing of 1-day tickets, visit UniversalOrlando.com.


Verdict

Universal Orlando’s three world-class parks offer a wide variety of highly themed rides, attractions, and shows that put you beyond the screens and into the action. Universal Studios Florida features more than a dozen amazing rides and attractions and about nine live shows. Universal’s Islands of Adventure is homes to about 21 rides and attractions and five live shows. Additionally, Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park is an innovative water park that is home to 12 attractions.

The best ticket option for you depends on what you wish to experience in the parks and which parks you wish to visit. If you’d like to visit all of Universal Orlando’s parks including Volcano Bay, we recommend selecting one of the 3-park tickets. If you solely wish to visit the theme parks and skip Volcano Bay, we suggest you look into a 2-park ticket. We do not advise purchasing any park-to-park tickets unless you’re planning a short trip and want to briefly see what Universal Orlando has to offer or if you want to ride the legendary Hogwarts Express.

If you plan to visit all three parks and experience everything they have to offer, a 3-park 5-day ticket is recommended. This ticket option will allow you to visit Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, and Volcano Bay, and get the most out of your trip. With this option, you can revisit any park and re-ride or re-watch your most beloved attractions and shows. For those who only wish to experience the top attractions/shows in all parks, we advise purchasing a 3-park 3-day ticket.

If you only wish to visit Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure and skip Volcano Bay, you should purchase one of the 2-park tickets. A 2-park 4-day ticket is recommended to those who would like to revisit the theme parks and re-experience their favorite attractions and shows. A 2-park 2-day ticket is best for those who only want to ride the top attractions in each theme park. We highly suggest purchasing a 2-park 3-day ticket to visit both theme parks and revisit your favorite one.

1-day tickets are only recommended to those who are on a short trip, as it does not allow you to experience what the resort really has to offer. We also advise that you avoid purchasing the 3-park 1-day park-to-park ticket at all costs. By purchasing this ticket option, you will have very few time to actually explore the three parks. You may even be left with no time at all to visit one of the parks.

We highly advise that you purchase your tickets online on the official Universal Orlando website for the best price guaranteed.

Last updated: April 20, 2017