The Travel Mom Shares Tips for Saving Money & Time at Universal Orlando Resort

The Travel Mom Shares Tips for Saving Money & Time at Universal Orlando Resort

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When it comes to visiting Universal Orlando, guests are interested in how they can make the most of their time in the parks and make their dollar stretch. Over the years in working with and visiting Universal Orlando, I have learned some tips on how to do both! These suggestions will give you more time in the parks and help you get the most bang for your buck: 

Print Your Tickets Ahead
Before you even leave home, you can save time by printing out your park admission tickets ahead of your visit. By doing this, you go right to the front gate and start enjoying the fun inside.

Stay Onsite
If early access to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter or staying within walking distance of the theme parks are benefits that sound appealing to your family, consider staying at one of Universal Orlando’s four on-site hotels. Guests at these resorts get special perks that include admission into the parks an entire hour earlier than opening time, complimentary delivery of merchandise to your hotel room, and a host of other benefits —you can learn more over here.

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Stick to a Budget
Sticking to a budget can be challenging when visiting theme parks. However, Universal Orlando has a few options to make it easier.  The saying “the longer you stay, the less you pay” is certainly true here.

If you choose to buy multi-day park tickets, the price of daily admission drops significantly. Plus, it lets you slow down your pace and return to the attractions you enjoyed the most.

Buy your multi-day tickets online to save $20 and receive a coupon book with resort-wide savings of $150.

If you are staying on-site, you can use the free transportation or walkways to go back and forth. Plan your day how you’d like without worrying about a car rental or taxi fares.

There is also the Universal Dining Plan that helps you stay within a budget by pre-planning for your meals and snacks in the park.

Use a Universal Express Pass
If you’d like to skip the regular lines at most attractions, you should look into a Universal Express Pass. It’s available for purchase or is included for free when you stay at one of Universal Orlando’s three deluxe on-site hotels.  

Use these suggestions to get even more out of your Universal Orlando Resort vacation and have a great time!


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  1. Kerry Jernigan

    Thank you for the tips. I am searching for parking rules, etc; such as 1) What can I bring into the park? 2) Are lockers available & how much? 3) What time does the parking garage open? 4) How much are the parking fees? 5) Does the Express Pass lose some of its benefit on higher volume days, such as Spring Break?

    Thank you for your reply and advice.


  2. Steve Brooks

    What is the best way to determine how long to stay?

  3. Mary Gannon

    Great tips and you’re one of the few bloggers who make the distinction for the express pass for staying on-site. But one tip a travel agent told me is to check with the hotel to see when the rates go down. The on-site hotels rates drop on August 16. Since we don’t start school until the 26th it was an easy decision when to go!

  4. Jim

    I am taking my family to Disney for a week and want to visit Universal for a day as well. I have just a couple questions and hope someone can help:
    1. what transportation is available from Disney All-Star Movie Resort to Universal?
    2. Is is possible to take in all of the Harry Potter stuff in one day?
    Thank you, Jim.

    • We do not have transportation that goes from the Disney Resort area to Universal Orlando Resort. Your best option would be to book a taxi when you check into your hotel. In order to experience all of Harry Potter you would need to purchase a two park ticket. The two park ticket will give you access to both Hogsmeade in Islands of Adventure and Diagon Alley in Universal Studios Florida. Safe travels!