Ultimate Guide to Universal Studios Hollywood™: Coupons, Discounts, and Deals

October 1, 2021

Who among us can resist the timeless allure of old-time movie magic and state-of-the-art exhilarating rides? For a sun-drenched, action-packed adventure that will leave you wanting more, you can’t beat Universal Studios Hollywood™.

Whisk yourself away for a theme park vacation that promises to take you behind the scenes of your favorite movies and TV shows. From the adrenaline-pumping thrill of facing Indominus Rex to witnessing the largest street movie set in Hollywood history, Universal California is a park where everyone from movie lovers to roller coaster junkies can find their fun.

Are you ready to answer the siren’s call of La la land? To make the most of your Universal Studios Hollywood journey, follow along with our Ultimate Guide to learn all about the juicy discounts, deals, and coupons.

universal studios sign outside the entrance at hollywood california

Discounted Tickets

Never fear if your travel budget isn’t quite as massive as the latest blockbuster movie. Rather than purchasing your tickets at the front gate, save both time and money by pre-purchasing your Universal Studios Hollywood tickets online.

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No matter when you choose to visit Universal Studios, we offer various ticket options from general admission to peak to mid-peak and value.

Pro Tip: Looking to add a little more Universal to your life? If you think you’ll be back again, you can easily upgrade your one-day Universal Studios Hollywood ticket to an annual pass in person on the day of your visit. Pass members can reap the rewards of amazing benefits like exclusive performances, Universal Express discounts, and free general parking.

Ticket Packages

There is so much to see and do in the City of Angels it would be a shame not to take advantage of the nearby world-class theme parks, attractions, and incredible entertainment. 

Double your pleasure, and catch some serious savings when you bundle your Universal Studios Hollywood tickets with such popular attractions as:

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

people riding on the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida, USA

Hotels

Been ‘California dreaming’ for a long time? Extend your Universal Studios Hollywood trip into a true vacation by spending the night! 

Whether you are looking to maximize your ride times or just skip the heavy LA traffic jams, we have many different options for hotels near Universal Studios Hollywood

Keen to see more of downtown LA, lounge in luxury in Beverly Hills, or keep it casual by Santa Monica beach? You can book any of our Los Angeles hotels with 100% assurance knowing you are receiving our best rates. 

Promotions & Specials

While we might not be able to wave our magic wands from Ollivander’s and make everything come up ‘savings,’ we can do the next best thing! 

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Check out our all-inclusive breakdown of every promo, special, or discount you can receive at Universal Studios Hollywood:

Groups

Everything's better with a friend! A day (or three) at Universal Studios is a great way to reunite and reconnect with old friends, youth groups, or large families. Right now, Universal is offering groups of 10 or larger discounts on tickets

Military

Those who serve our country and defend our freedoms deserve the very best. Therefore, Universal Studios Hollywood is beyond honored to provide incredible discounts to both active and retired U.S. Military personnel year-round. 

Tickets for our esteemed military members must be purchased in advance and can only be bought from participating Military Ticket offices. To see full qualifications for specially priced military rates, click here.

College Students

Take a break cramming for those midterms and release some pent-up academic tension with a thrill-filled day at Universal! Universal Studios Hollywood has partnered with many prestigious institutions to offer discount tickets to college students

As per the Universal Website: “If your school doesn’t have a link, contact your ticket office for the student/faculty discounts.”

people on the jurassic park river adventure ride at universal studios hollywood california

AAA

Members of AAA should keep their membership cards handy as they will receive special discounts on one-day Universal Studios Hollywood™ tickets, in addition to receiving 10% off at select park and Universal CityWalk locations.

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Budget & Avis

Will you require some reliable transportation while you soak in Southern California? By renting a car with Budget or Avis, you can enjoy complimentary upgraded Preferred Parking at Universal Studios Hollywood from Los Angeles International Airport.

Amex

Swipe that plastic! By using your Amex card within the park, you can enjoy special in-park privileges and discounts like:

  • 10% off food and non-alcoholic beverages that cost $10 or more.
  • 10% off merchandise purchases of $75 or more
  • 10% off photo packages of $25 or more
Universal Studios Hollywood welcome gate

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Ways to Save In Park

Once you are inside the park, there are plenty of ways to pinch a pretty penny while optimizing your time with Minions, Harry, and the crew from Springfield, U.S.A.

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App

A custom travel planner in the palm of your hand? Sign us up! The Universal Studios Hollywood Mobile App is a simple and stress-free way to plan your perfect park day. This nifty interactive guide to the park allows you access to:

  • Virtual Line return times 
  • Interactive maps
  • Wait times in real times - you can even set alerts to receive notifications when ride times drop below 5 minutes!
  • Park notifications - get all the news on events, shows, and schedule changes
  • Custom itinerary building 
  • Locate all restrooms in both the Park and CityWalk
  • Set a parking reminder so you never forget where your car is

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Parking

Driving in Los Angeles may be synonymous with gridlock and long commutes, but that doesn’t mean you should waste a second of your Universal Studios trip worrying about parking.

To spend less time in traffic and more time enjoying the rides, we advise staying on-site (or close by) and opting to take the complimentary hotel shuttle to the park.

If you do happen to be car-bound, you can save some cash by opting for general parking over preferred and by parking after 5 pm, when the rates come down considerably.

Lastly, if you plan to make a movie night of it and enjoy a screening at CityWalk, you could be eligible for $5 parking

Strollers

Universal Studios Hollywood is a hefty 415 acres, which translates into a lot of walking, especially for the little ones. To prevent any tired toddler meltdowns (and stay thrifty), you can bring your own stroller into the park and forgo the stroller rental fees.

Souvenirs

Nothing brings a smile to a child’s face faster than telling them they get to pick out their own souvenir. But, all of those vacation presents can burn a hole in your budget. 

Maintain the peace, and fulfill your kid’s Harry Potter fantasy by pre-purchasing their favorite Wizarding accouterment ahead of time. Popular items such as Gryffindor robes, Harry Potter t-shirts, legos, and even wands can easily be found at Target or second-hand stores.

exterior view of the simpsons ride krustyland at universal studios hollywood california

Food & Drink

Food is fuel, and after a long day of roller coasters and fighting off King Kong, you will no doubt be famished.

Luckily, at Universal Studios Hollywood, you are more than welcome to bring in your own small snacks and bottled water.

Our other top tier tips to reduce hunger inspired spending include:

  • Opt for a big breakfast pre-park entry
  • Make your meal count! Spring for hearty fare that will hold you off, like the delicious pub eats at Three Broomsticks.
  • Stick to more wallet-friendly noshes like a classic chili dog from Pink’s Famous Hot Dogs
  • Dessert for one for two - split a sweet treat like a massively giant donut from Lard Lad Donuts.

The glamour and excitement of Tinseltown are hard to beat. Everyone from film fanatics to families will feel the wonder and joy behind a day at Universal Studios Hollywood. 

With pulse racing rides like Revenge of the Mummy or spellbinding live-action shows like Fast & Furious Supercharged, it truly is the ultimate theme park vacation experience.

Ready to start calling ‘action’ on your own Universal Studios Hollywood vacation? Start planning your escape today!

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