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Choosing the Best Universal Orlando Ticket for Your Family

by Leap on February 1, 2012 · 4 Comments · in Rides, Shows, Parades & More

So you’re thinking of visiting Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, and maybe even Wet ‘n Wild, too. You noticed there are LOTS of ticket options available and want to make sure you are getting the right one for your family. No worries! Here is an overview of the different ticket types as well as tips for choosing the best one.Universal Orlando Resort


Universal Studios & Islands of Adventure only…
  • The Universal Base Ticket entitles you to admission to Universal Studios OR Islands of Adventure for each day of your ticket (one park per day). For example, with a Universal 3-day Base ticket you could go to Universal Studios on Monday, Islands of Adventure on Tuesday and then go back to Universal Studios on Thursday.
  • The Universal Park-to-Park Ticket entitles you to admission to Universal Studios AND Islands of Adventure for each day of your ticket (you can go back and forth between the two parks). For instance, you purchase a Universal 2-day Park-to-Park ticket. On Monday, you could go to Universal Studios for the first half of the day then head over to Islands of Adventure. On Wednesday, you start at Islands of Adventure, go to Universal Studios in the afternoon and then end the day back at Islands of Adventure.
  • Base or Park-to-Park?
    Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure are on the same property and are within walking distance of each other making the Park-to-Park Ticket a popular choice. This ticket gives you much more flexibility than the Base ticket. If you aren’t sure which park your family will enjoy the most, the Park-to-Park ticket allows you to “test” one park without feeling like you’ll be stuck there the rest of the day. It’s also a good choice when one park closes earlier than the other. For instance, if Universal Studios closes at 5 p.m. and Islands of Adventure closes at 7 p.m., the Park-to-Park ticket allows you to leave Universal Studios and have two hours to enjoy the rides at Islands of Adventure. (Get Park Hours on Leap’s 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 know what you want to see and it’s only at one park (i.e. Islands of Adventure & The Wizarding World of Harry Potter); OR you just want the lowest priced ticket.

Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure AND Wet ‘n Wild…
The Storm at Wet 'n Wild
  • If you are thinking of adding Wet ‘n Wild to your schedule, the 3-Park Unlimited Ticket gives you the most bang for your buck. This ticket entitles you to unlimited admission to Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and Wet ‘n Wild for 14 days. Yes, you read that correctly. If somehow you had enough energy, you could go to all three parks for 14 days straight.

Is there anything else I should know?
  • Universal Base, Park-to-Park and 3-Park Unlimited tickets do not have an expiration date. You can purchase them this year and use them at any time in the future. All tickets are valid for 14 days after activation. (Activation occurs the first time you use it at the parks or at a Universal CityWalk entertainment venue.)
  • Universal CityWalk Party Pass is included on Universal Base, Park-to-Park and 3-Park Unlimited 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 14 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, Latin Quarter and Pat O’Brien’s.
  • Parking is not included on the tickets and is $15 per day. (Click here for a Universal Orlando Photo Guide complete with Parking information.)
  • Universal’s Express Plus Pass can be used with tickets purchased from UndercoverTourist.com.

Happy Traveling!
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4 Responses to “Choosing the Best Universal Orlando Ticket for Your Family”

  1. Shelby H Solski says:

    THANK you just saved me alot of money. Had purchased two – 2 day base tickets along with 2-1 day express admissions (which do expire) figured the tickets expired too. Read the above and checked — whew was just about ready to buy two more base tickets figuring these wouldn’t be good THANK YOU

  2. Lisa D says:

    I pretty sure I know the answer to this, but the Universal two day ticket with a free third day are non transferrable, correct? (We are only going to be able to use the tix for two days, but since the third day is free I was going to see if my parents could use them.)

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