Choosing a Universal Orlando Theme Park Ticket

Universal Orlando offers numerous ticket options to visit their three parks—Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, and Volcano Bay. 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 standard tickets. Vacation packages, annual passes, Express passes, and other options are not discussed.

Ticket Options

Universal Orlando offers single park tickets, which grant access to only one park per day, and park-to-park tickets, which grant access to numerous parks in a single day. Slightly different ticket options are available to Florida residents and non-Florida residents. Non-Florida residents can purchase single park and park-to-park tickets ranging from 1-day admission to 5-day admission. Florida residents can purchase discounted tickets for single park and park-to-park tickets ranging from 1-day admission to 3-day admission. Tickets for Florida residents contain blockout dates that restrict access to certain parks on select dates. When purchasing tickets, be on the lookout for any special offers. An annual pass may also be a good selection for your trip depending on how long you’re visiting. It should be noted that guests purchasing tickets outside of the United States may purchase other ticket options.

Pricing

The rates displayed on this page are according to online prices published by Universal Orlando. Adult rates apply to ages 10 and up, and children rates apply to ages 3-9. Rates are displayed in U.S. dollars. Tax, processing fees, and parking are not included in these rates. You can learn more about these ticket options and purchase tickets at universalorlando.com. Please note that guests purchasing tickets outside of the United States may have other ticket options and rates.

Rates last updated on June 21, 2019.

  • Universal Studios Florida or Islands of Adventure 1-day ticket: Starting from $115 for adults and $110 for children
  • Volcano Bay 1-day ticket: Starting from $80 for adults and $75 for children
  • Universal Studios Florida or Islands of Adventure 2-day ticket: $224.99 for adults and $214.99 for children
  • Universal Studios Florida or Islands of Adventure 3-day ticket: $244.99 for adults and $234.99 for children
  • Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, or Volcano Bay 3-day ticket: $299.99 for adults and $289.99 for children
  • Universal Studios Florida or Islands of Adventure 4-day ticket: $254.99 for adults and $244.99 for children
  • Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, or Volcano Bay 4-day ticket: $319.99 for adults and $309.99 for children
  • Universal Studios Florida or Islands of Adventure 5-day ticket: $264.99 for adults and $254.99 for children
  • Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, or Volcano Bay 5-day ticket: $339.99 for adults and $329.99 for children
  • Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure 1-day ticket: Starting from $170 for adults and $165 for children
  • Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure 2-day ticket: $284.99 for adults and $274.99 for children
  • Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, and Volcano Bay 2-day ticket: $339.99 for adults and $329.99 for children
  • Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure 3-day ticket: $304.99 for adults and $294.99 for children
  • Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, and Volcano Bay 3-day ticket: $359.99 for adults and $349.99 for children
  • Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure 4-day ticket: $319.99 for adults and $309.99 for children
  • Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, and Volcano Bay 4-day ticket: $384.99 for adults and $374.99 for children
  • Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure 5-day ticket: $334.99 for adults and $324.99 for children
  • Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, and Volcano Bay 5-day ticket: $409.99 for adults and $399.99 for children
  • Universal Studios Florida or Islands of Adventure 1-day ticket: Starting from $115 for adults and $110 for children
  • Volcano Bay 1-day ticket: Starting from $70 for adults and $65 for children
  • Universal Studios Florida or Islands of Adventure 2-day ticket: $179.99 for adults and $170.99 for children
  • Universal Studios Florida or Islands of Adventure 3-day ticket: $194.99 for adults and $185.99 for children
  • Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, or Volcano Bay 3-day ticket: $249.99 for adults and $240.99 for children
  • Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure 1-day ticket: Starting from $170 for adults and $165 for children
  • Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure 2-day ticket: $219.99 for adults and $210.99 for children
  • Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, and Volcano Bay 2-day ticket: $274.99 for adults and $265.99 for children
  • Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure 3-day ticket: $234.99 for adults and $225.99 for children
  • Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, and Volcano Bay 3-day ticket: $289.99 for adults and $280.99 for children

Verdict

Universal Orlando’s three parks offer a wide variety of themed rides, attractions, and shows that put you into the action of some of your favorite shows and films as well as original creations. Universal Studios Florida is a movie and television-based theme park that is designed to immerse guests into various popular cities, film and show locations, and other themed environments. The park features attractions that most age groups will enjoy. Islands of Adventure is comprised of themed “islands” that place guests into iconic fictional stories. With its cutting-edge attractions, those who enjoy thrill rides will feel right at home, but children can also enjoy an entire area designed specifically for them. Volcano Bay is a water theme park home to more than a dozen attractions. The park features a massive wave pool as well as a variety of slides and other attractions for the entire family.

The best ticket option for you depends on what you wish to experience. Do you want to experience everything Universal Orlando has to offer or are you only looking for a short getaway? If you’re only visiting for a single day or two (2) days, consider what the parks have to offer when selecting a ticket. If you’re a thrill seeker, you’ll love Islands of Adventure. If you prefer attractions that are not as intense, Universal Studios Florida is a better fit. Most audiences will find enjoyment in both parks, however. If you like water parks, you should consider visiting Volcano Bay. On the other hand, if you’re staying in Orlando for a longer duration, you should consider visiting all of the parks.

After deciding which parks you’re interested in visiting, consider how many days you should purchase. For some visitors, a single day at each park may be enough time to experience what they’re interested in. If the park is busy, this may reduce the number of attractions you can experience. If this is a concern to you or you prefer taking your time, visit your favorite park(s) at least twice. In this case, we recommend that Florida residents purchase at least a three (3) day ticket. Non-Florida residents should consider purchasing at least a four (4) day ticket if the budget allows for it. Otherwise, one (1) day at each park may be a fit for most visitors.

Another factor to consider is whether to purchase a single park or park-to-park ticket. In most cases, we advise against a park-to-park ticket because of its additional cost. It is also not necessary because we recommend visiting only one park per day to maximize your time. A park-to-park ticket is only suggested if you consider the Hogwarts Express a priority experience (a park-to-park ticket is required to experience the attraction) or if you’re planning a short trip and want to briefly see what each park has to offer.

When you have decided which ticket option is right for you, be sure to book a hotel prior to purchasing a ticket (if you haven’t already). This will help you determine whether the ticket you’re interested in will fit your budget. If you’re looking to stay at a Universal Orlando on-site hotel, you can read our guide discussing which hotel is best for you. Click/tap here to read our on-site hotel guide. Universal Orlando tickets can be purchased at universalorlando.com or from a trusted agency.

Last updated on June 21, 2019.

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