Ultimate Guide to Universal Studios Orlando: Coupons, Discounts, and Deals

June 11, 2022

No visit to the sunshine state is complete without an action-packed day or week spent at Universal Studios Orlando™! 

Are you wondering where to find the best Universal Studios Orlando discount tickets or how to secure a Universal Express Pass? The Ultimate Guide gives you an up-close look at every last Universal Studios deal and special addition. Read on to uncover the best tips, tricks, and hacks for conquering Universal Studios Orlando on a budget.

Get ready to go beyond the screen, and enter a universe of adventure filled with your favorite characters from TV, movies, and comics. Head to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and climb aboard the Hogwarts™ Express, wreak friendly havoc with those meddlesome Minions, or suit up for an alien attack with the Men in Black.

With three unique theme parks to explore, not to mention a 30-acre dining, entertainment, and shopping complex, there's never been a better time to embrace Universal Studios. Discover dozens of heart-pounding rides, attractions, and larger-than-life characters. 

Whether you are aiming to dive into Diagon Alley or make waves at Volcano Bay, our handy guide is here to help you save money. From coupons to promo codes, our experts have done the legwork to get you the inside scoop on visiting Universal Studios for a steal!

Universal Orlando Special Offers

How do you upgrade your already awesome Universal Orlando adventure? Amp up the action and the savings when you take advantage of our multitude of special offers. Now through March 2nd, 2023, receive 2 days FREE when you purchase any of the following Universal Orlando tickets*:

  • 2-Park 2-Day Base Ticket

  • 2-Park 2-Day Park to Park Ticket

  • 3-Park 2-Day Park-to-Park Ticket

  • 3-Park 4-Day Base Ticket

From slinging webs with the Amazing Spiderman to casting spells with Harry Potter, there’s never been a better time to dive into the magic of the silver screen. Gather up the whole family for multiple days of VelociCoaster thrills and rides on the Hogwarts Express. Discover the secrets of Diagon Alley, or treat yourself to a screening of the Bourne Stuntacular show.

Universal Orlando is primed for blockbuster-level entertainment all fall and winter long. Please note that to receive your two free days you must purchase at least 1 Adult (10+ yrs) ticket by January 18th, 2023. Some blackout dates may apply.

Incredible Hulk Roller Coaster at Islands of Adventure at Universal Studios Orlando - Orlando, FL USA

photo credit: Consulado Geral EUA / US Consulate - Rio via Facebook

Universal Studios Orlando Discount Tickets 

Though it may be technically possible to do most of Universal Studios Orlando in one day, we strongly recommend against this. Preserve your budget and your sanity by pre-purchasing your Universal Studios Orlando discount tickets ahead of time. 

There is so much to see and do between Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios Florida, and Volcano Bay that it pays to extend your stay. In fact, the longer you stay, the more you'll save with discount tickets Universal Studios! Base ticket prices begin at $135 for an adult or child for a one-park, one-day pass.

Want to see more parks per day? Check out the following sizzling Universal Studios Orlando tickets discount and deals:

  • 2-Park 3-Day Park to Park Ticket* - SAVE up to $11.47 per ticket
  • 3-Park 3-Day Park to Park Ticket - SAVE up to $13.02 per ticket 
  • 2-Park 4-Day Base Ticket - SAVE up to $2.76 per ticket
  • 2-Park 4-Day Park to Park Ticket - SAVE up to $13.91 per ticket
  • 3-Park 4-Day Base Ticket - SAVE up to $3.31 per ticket
  • 3-Park 4-Day Park to Park Ticket - SAVE up to $16.13 per ticket
  • 2-Park 5-Day Base Ticket - SAVE up to $5.76 per ticket
  • 2-Park 5-Day Park to Park Ticket - SAVE up to $16.45 per ticket
  • 3-Park 5-Day Base Ticket - SAVE up to $7.09 per ticket
  • 3-Park 5-Day Park to Park Ticket - SAVE up to $19.45 per ticket
Close up photo of the Velocicoaster sign in Universal Studios Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida, USA

photo credit: Kenny Sabugo via Unsplash

*Please note that your 2-Park 3-Day Park to Park Ticket is valid for admission to either Universal Studios Florida or Universal's Islands of Adventure daily.

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Calling all speed demons! Tackle even more terrifying twists, turns, and thrills with the purchase of an additional Universal Express or Universal Express Unlimited Pass. Spend more time hanging out with Harry or saving the world with the Transformers when you skip the lines at the park's most popular attractions.

Pro Tip: Loving the Universal Studios experience? Did you know that you can upgrade your day pre-purchased pass to an annual pass onsite? This can help you save serious cash and comes with benefits such as complimentary self-parking and reduced valet rates.

 

Universal Orlando Discount Ticket Packages

Looking to keep those kids entertained at all costs? Lucky for you, Orlando, Florida, is a mecca for all things family fun. So keep the thrills coming (and the costs down) by bundling your Universal Orlando Vacation Package. Encounter incredible discount Universal tickets when you combine your tickets with any of our nearby attractions and lodgings.

**travelers have saved up to this and more depending upon their travel dates.

Meanwhile, to help you get better acquainted with these Orlando venues, here are some in-depth saving tips. Check out our Ultimate Guide to Disney World: Coupons, Discounts and Deals, Ultimate Guide to Legoland Florida: Coupons, Discounts and Deals, and the Ultimate Guide to SeaWorld: Coupons, Discounts and Deals.

Wide shot of the Hulk roller coaster at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida, USA

photo credit: Universal Orlando Resort via Facebook

Universal Studios Coupons

Tirelessly searching for Universal Orlando coupons. No need. With Tripster's Universal Studios discount the savings are already built in!

Universal Orlando Resort Hotels

After multiple days of theme park excursions, it's essential to have accommodations that fit both your budget and lifestyle. Lots of walking, wind-swept roller coaster rides, and sugary Cauldron Cakes can leave little ones crying out for some comfort. 

Skip out on superfluous transportation costs when you stay close to the Universal action. 

Whether you are looking for a modern full-service resort or a fully equipped DIY suite, we have multiple hotels by Universal Orlando Resort

Even better, enjoy a sumptuous stay at a certified Universal Resort or hotel, and savor such perks as early park entry, walking paths to the park, and easy access to midday naps.

Travel back to the 1950s and 60s with a ravishingly retro stay at Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort, or swoon over modern and minimalist furnishing at Universal's Aventura Hotel

Utilize your hotel's complimentary shuttle transportation and save your change for dashing Wizard capes and Voodoo doughnuts. Experience even more awe-inspiring moments inside the park by staying just a stone's throw from Universal.

Pro Tip: To keep your food budget in check, reserve lodgings with an ensuite kitchen. You can seriously save by preparing many of your own meals and snacks.

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And if you'd rather rest your head away from the bustling energy of Universal Studios Orlando, try exploring our expansive list of Orlando hotels and resorts. Relax and recharge with confidence, knowing you are guaranteed our lowest rates. 

Additional Discounts for Universal Studios Orlando Tickets

Stop wasting precious time scouring the internet for the premier Universal Studios Orlando deals! Instead, let us give you a comprehensive breakdown of the best ongoing Universal Studios Discounts:

external view of Harry Potter's Castle at Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida, USA

photo credit: Universal Orlando Resort via Facebook

Florida Residents

Are you a native Floridian? If you are a full-time resident of the land of oranges and sunshine, you can reap the benefits and savings of Universal Studios Orlando tickets for Florida residents or the Florida resident annual passes. Florida Residents are also eligible for special ticket deals and promos.

Continuously check in with Universal Orlando's Florida Resident Offers for the latest bundles, discounted tickets, and outrageous seasonal savings. Non Florida resident Universal tickets can be discounted as well. Grab your tickets (and savings) with Tripster.

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Universal Orlando Military Discounts

Distinguished members of our military and armed forces have earned their leave and then some. Universal Studios Orlando takes great pleasure in providing active and retired military members with specially priced discounts on tickets and vacation packages. 

Group Travel Deals at Universal Orlando

The more, the merrier! Universal Studios Orlando is the ideal destination for any collegiate reunion, church group, or party. Make group travel even more enjoyable and earn exclusive offers when booking a group with ten or more guest rooms. 

Discount Coupons and Special Offers for Universal Studios Orlando

Universal Orlando Coupons, special offers, and promo codes can be overwhelming. It seems as if there's a different Universal Studios coupon code or discount everywhere you look.

Thankfully, our theme park know-it-alls have dug through the interweb to bring you the most legitimate special offers and coupons for Universal Studios. 

Current discount universal studios orlando tickets include:

  • A 3-Park, 5-Night Vacation Package starting from $99* 
  • Halloween Horror Nights Single-Night Tickets starting from $73.99
  • Halloween Horror Nights Hotel & Ticket Package save up to $200
  • Make summer last as long as you like with special rates at Universal's Endless Summer Resort - Dockside Inn and Suite, starting from $91 per night
  • Splish Splash into 20% savings when you stay five or more nights at Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort this summer

*Please note that Universal Studios' ticket deals and specials are subject to change.

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Got your heart set on catching the Triwizard Tournament, or are you just itching for some Islands of Adventure Deals? The best way to stay abreast of the latest news, searing savings, and discounts is to sign up for regular updates and exclusives from the Universal Orlando email newsletter

front view of the Hogwarts Express in The Wizarding World of Harry - Potter™ Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida, USAVolcano Bay Discounts

Wishing for some watery R&R? Conserve your change for another round of frozen Pina Colada when you bundle your Universal Park resort stay and park tickets for an incredible aquatic adventure. Explore Volcano Bay discount tickets 2022 when you reserve an ultimate Orlando vacation package

Universal Studios Discounted Tickets: Ways to Save

Whether you are splashing around in Volcano Bay or shrieking as you and Harry Potter escape Gringotts, there are plenty of opportunities for frugal fun once you are inside the park. 

For some four-star entertainment that doesn't cost a thing we love:

  • Taking a water taxi ride
  • Splashing around in the Splash Zone at Universal City Walk
  • Paying homage to music history at the Rock n` Roll Museum
  • Soaking in the evening ambiance at Universal City Walk
  • Enjoying one of the many free interactive shows, including the Triwizard Spirit Rally in Hogsmeade™

Theme Parks at Universal Studios

For the uninitiated, there is often much confusion concerning the theme parks at Universal Studios Orlando. Many visitors are left scratching their heads regarding which parks to visit and where to find what rides. 

Universal Orlando Resort tickets encompass three separate parks:

  • Universal Studios Florida
  • Universal Islands of Adventure
  • Volcano Bay 
Close up photo of Optimus Prime at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida, USA

photo credit: Universal Orlando Resort via Facebook

Universal Studios Florida

Considered the 'main movie park,' this cutting-edge oasis is packed full of dragons, high-speed delights, and D'oh moments with Homer. Peek beyond the velvet rope of Hollywood as you ride to the stars with ET, or try to outrace an ancient Egyptian curse on Revenge of the Mummy.

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From Spongebob, character meet and greets to enchanted journeys on the Hogwarts Express, this park puts you in the middle of the action. In addition to spellbinding rides and Gringotts goblins, Universal Studios also features spectacular Bourne shows and live entertainment celebrations. 

An important thing to note when planning your Universal Studios itinerary is that the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is spread out over Universal Studios Florida and Universal Islands of Adventure. The former contains Diagon Alley and the latter Hogsmeade.

View of Diagon Alley at night with the dragon on top of Gringotts Bank breathing fire at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida, USA

photo credit: Universal Orlando Resort via Facebook

Universal's Islands of Adventure

Feel that breeze! Soak in that tropical spirit, as Universal's Islands of Adventure is a vacation for your body and mind. Let your imagination run wild as you fly high above the Forbidden Forest, or uncover your inner action hero as you plunge into the Jurassic Park River.

Count one fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish with Doctor Suess, or endure the wrath of King Kong on Skull Island. Marvel at the nighttime lights of Hogwarts, or cast a spell at Ollivanders in Hogsmeade. From the Cat in the Hat to Captain Marvel, there's always a larger-than-life character to encounter. 

To help you understand this massive multiplex's two parks in greater detail we have an Insider's Guide to Universal Theme Parks: Universal Studios vs. Islands of Adventure

Volcano Bay

Craving a little H20 with your theme park hijinks? Cool off carefree when you set your sights on Universal's Volcano Bay. Wave pools, lazy rivers, and epic Volcano water slides await feisty fishes of all ages.

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Kick back in a luxurious cabana and soak in some Vitamin D, or amp up the adrenaline with a turn on the twisting Krakatau Aqua Coaster. Watch the stunning waterfalls from Waturi Beach, or slurp up a blue-hued Hurricane at the Kunuku Boat Bar. 

What’s more, for an even deeper look at this amusement mecca's three unique parks check out the Insider’s Guide to Universal Orlando Resort.

Aerial view of the pool and different slides at Universal Orlando's Volcano Bay on a sunny day in Orlando, Florida, USAWhen to Go

While there is never a wrong time to escape to a Universe of cinematic entertainment, specific times of the year and/or holidays will correlate with higher ticket prices. Within the theme park world, this is referred to as dynamic pricing. 

Ditch crazy crowds, long lines, and elevated pricing when you visit from mid-January through mid-February. In addition, September and October are also ideal months to visit Orlando but usually welcome slightly greater crowds.

Universal experiences a surge in visits during summer vacation, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. Since many families frequent the park with their children during school holidays, these times result in heavy Universal attendance. It is advisable to check your available calendar days against the park's peak times and plan accordingly.

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Chances are that your investment in fun is important to you. We have the know-how to help bring your Orlando vacation to fruition. Read "Orlando on a Budget: How to Visit Without Breaking the Bank," to help you save. 

Universal Studios Orlando Parking

To park or not to park, that is the question! Spending a pretty penny on parking will most likely depend on whether you are staying onsite at a Universal Studios Orlando Resort or nearby. 

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If you have opted for an onsite stay, you should forgo paid parking and take advantage of the free shuttle provided to the park. 

Should you require parking services, remember that parking is free for all guests after 6 p.m. Additionally, annual pass holders are eligible for complimentary self-parking and reduced valet rates.

Pro tip: Want to combine your Universal Studios visit with a matinee? Score free regular parking for matinee movie showings from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. by purchasing two or more Universal Cinemark matinee tickets.

Close up photo to the entrance of the Non Skull Island ride at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida, USA

photo credit: Universal Orlando Resort via Facebook

Strollers

Traveling with tiny tots who are stroller-dependent? Skip the stroller rental fees and bring your own! 

Pro Tip: New parents, be mindful that if you forget to bring your own stroller, the park-provided ones are quite large and unsuitable for newborns.

Food & Beverages

Churros, Tacos, and Butterbeer oh my! While many culinary delights are available across all three parks, we know eating out every meal can add up fast. Fortunately, you are allowed to enter Universal Studios Orlando with the following items:

  • Small snacks
  • Bottled Water

Are you just aiming to graze all day? Then, you can't go wrong with purchasing a refillable drink cup or popcorn bucket for our serial snackers. Once you buy these items, you are eligible for unlimited drink refills and $2 popcorn refills, which you can share with your hungry family and friends.

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Another way to cut down on food costs is to split a meal at Universal Studios Orlando. Most entrees, like our favorite loaded nachos from Margaritaville in Universal City Walk, are huge and can easily feed two or more people. 

photo credit: Vincent Yang via Facebook

App

Time is money! Don't miss a second of movie magic when you have the official Universal Studios Orlando App downloaded on your phone or mobile device. This nifty tool makes curating your perfect park experience as simple as can be. Use your app to:

  • Purchase or redeem park tickets and passes
  • Place mobile food and drink orders
  • Get Virtual Line Return times 
  • Make a favorites list of your top rides and attractions
  • Always be in the know on special offers, events, and schedule changes within the park

Let's Go

Universal Studios Orlando is truly a dream vacation with three diverse theme parks and a plethora of spine-tingling G force coasters to encounter. 

Hang tight on the Incredible Hulk, or immerse yourself in the 3D effects of The Amazing Spider-Man.

Get wet and wild with the Ko'okiri Body Plunge, or hit the streets of the Big Apple with Jimmy Fallon.

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Whether you get your kicks from screaming yourself silly on the new Jurassic World VelociCoaster™ or snuggling up to your favorite spinach-eating sailor, Universal Studios Orlando has enough adventure and amusement for everyone. 

So stop dreaming, and start planning your very own Universal Studios Orlando trip today!

What Did We Miss With our Deals at Universal Studios Orlando?

Anything we missed in our list of best Universal Studios deals? What are some other ways to snag discounts at Universal Orlando Resort? Share your tips and tricks in the comments below!


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