Price hikes are nothing new for theme park fans, as we’ve unfortunately gotten used to what has become an annual tradition in central Florida. In fact, fans have gotten so used to annual price hikes in recent years that they've even been able to predict when Universal Orlando Resort will announce its increased prices based on when Walt Disney World announces its own ticket price hikes. And true to form, in the days following the Disney price increases just a few days ago, Universal raised its own prices as well. Here’s everything you need to know about Universal’s most recent price hike.
1. Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure continue to keep pace with Disney
A single park, single day ticket, which has often been the yardstick by which price hikes are measured not only for Universal but for Disney as well, has gone up by $5 across the board, now costing $115, up from $110 for the value season, and $124 for an "anytime" ticket. On the surface a paltry $5 increase may not sound like a big deal, but consider the following: a day at Islands of Adventure or Universal Studios Florida costs almost the same as a day at the Magic Kingdom, and is more expensive than all the other Disney parks. Though Universal has enjoyed a reputation as a lower-cost alternative to Disney, for the past few years Orlando's "other" resort has actually kept pace with its next door neighbor when it comes to ticket prices, which is something visitors should consider when deciding when and how to spend their vacation dollars.
2. Multi-day, two-park passes see the biggest increases
Though the fact that Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure saw significant price increases for single day, single park tickets the really big price increases that will really give visitors a pain in the wallet are in the multi-day, multi-park tickets, which saw huge percentage increases across the board.
For instance, a single day park-to-park ticket (which is just one tier above the single park $115/124 ticket described above) now costs $170 and a 2-day, park to park ticket now costs $265. Here's the breakdown of all the additional multi-day and multi-park increases:
Single park prices
3 day single park tickets up from $219.99 to $224.994 day single park tickets up from $229.99 to $234.995 day single park tickets up from $239.99 to $244.99
3 day two park tickets up from $274.99 to $284.994 day two park tickets up from $284.99 to $299.995 day two park tickets up from $294.99 to $314.99