7 Vacation Hacks for Saving Money at Universal Orlando Resort

7 Vacation Hacks for Saving Money at Universal Orlando Resort

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We recently showed you how to navigate crowds and lines to maximize your next Universal Orlando Resort vacation. Now we’re about to tell you about saving big. Follow these pro-tips to end up with a little more spending money in your pocket.

7 Vacation Hacks for Saving Money at Universal Orlando

Purchase your tickets online in advance

Not only does this save you time at the front gate, but you can get $20 off the gate price on all multi-day tickets. All you have to do is print your tickets at home and head straight to the turnstiles.

7 Vacation Hacks for Saving Money at Universal Orlando

Stay on property to get free transportation to and from the parks

There’s nothing better than being close to the action and saving on transportation. Take a relaxing boat ride or hop on the shuttle bus instead. You can even walk from any of our on-site hotels to get your daily steps in; they’re that close. And if you’re looking for transportation to and from the airport, you can add Universal’s SuperStar Shuttle to your vacation package.

7 Vacation Hacks for Saving Money at Universal Orlando

Stay on property to get free Universal Express Access

Once again, you can skip the regular lines at all participating rides and attractions with Express access. Stay at one of the three Universal Orlando on-site hotels that offer this benefit to everyone in your party and enjoy the ease of shorter wait times.

7 Vacation Hacks for Saving Money at Universal Orlando

Park for free at Universal CityWalk after 6 p.m.

If you’re looking for a night on the town, no need to worry about the cost of parking. Just pull up to Universal CityWalk after 6 p.m. and you’re good to go.

7 Vacation Hacks for Saving Money at Universal Orlando

Save on meals with a dining plan

A dining plan packages drinks, meals and snacks together. You can fill you up throughout your trip for one low price. Click here to see the different dining plans available.

7 Vacation Hacks for Saving Money at Universal Orlando

Stay hydrated and full with refills

It’s easy to keep thirst at bay. Coca-Cola freestyle cups are refillable, so you can enjoy multiple beverages throughout your day. Or if it’s water you need, that is also available to any pre-charged cup.

Plus, don’t forget the popcorn! Popcorn buckets are refillable for only $1.29 plus tax.

7 Vacation Hacks for Saving Money at Universal Orlando

Become a Universal Orlando Annual Passholder

If you love coming to Universal Orlando (and who doesn’t?), the best value you can find is our Annual and Seasonal Passes. With 6 different kinds of passes, it’s easy to find one that works for you and your family. Not to mention the great benefits and discounts associated with your pass.

What hacks do you like to use when you visit Universal Orlando Resort? Tell us in the comments below!

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11 comments

  1. Kimberly

    Do you have to buy a new refillable mug EVERY day if you have an annual pass? Thanks!

    • jan k.

      No just pay for the refills for that day!

    • Debbie

      Hi, no you don’t have to buy a refillable mug every single day. They give a discount on a single day’s refill after your first purchase. (For example, the cup costs $12 the first time, the next day’s refill is only $6. Sorry, I don’t know the actual current prices) I’ve used my cup from last year, over and over. Just make sure to rinse it out at the end of the day!

      • Lindsey

        How many refills per day?

  2. Nancy

    Will the new volcano water park be open in December & January?
    Will the water be heated? If yes, to what temperature in January?

  3. R

    We bought our tickets online to avoid the long lines…. still had to stand in the same line as everyone else. Saves you nothing!!

    • Jennie

      You didn’t have to stand in the line to buy them and then stand in line to get to the park. That saves you A LOT of time!!!!

    • Jennie

      you didn’t have to stand in the line at the front of the park to buy your tickets. you just go to the line to get into the park. THAT saves time.

  4. Raven Night

    Eat at Panda, Moe’s or BK in Citywalk if you want to save a bit on your meals. The prices are reasonable at all three spots, and the food portions are decent.