Universal Orlando Resort Increases Ticket Prices
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Less than two months ahead of the opening of its newest Harry Potter-themed attraction, the Universal Orlando Resort has quietly raised ticket prices by up to $10, depending on the type of ticket and the day of your trip. This increase was reported by Theme Park Insider, and Universal Orlando has confirmed the pricing change, though it states that it "happened some time ago".
This takes the starting price of a one-park, one-day ticket up to $115 per day and a one-day two-park ticket to $170 per person. At Universal Orlando, you need a two-park ticket in order to ride the Hogwarts Express train between the parks.
If you want a longer trip to Universal, and can purchase tickets by June 12 (the day before the new Hagrid's Magical Creatures ride is set to open), you can get five park-to-park days for the price of two (a little over $300 all-in). These tickets are valid until Dec. 20, 2019, but there are blackout dates for the entire month of July (you must use all five dates within one week of first use).
You can likely save a few dollars on your Universal Studios tickets of various lengths by heading to Undercover Tourist for your purchase (pay with your Chase Sapphire Reserve to earn 3 points per dollar on the travel charge via Undercover Tourist). Or, you can also use points to cover your Universal Studios theme park tickets -- including Chase Ultimate Rewards points, which cannot be used for Disney World tickets. There's also an Amex Offer on targeted accounts that provides a $100 statement credit on a $500+ Universal Orlando vacation package.
Remember, you can get included Universal Express Pass passes to minimize your family's time in line by staying at select Universal Resorts including: Universal Studios Loews Royal Pacific, The Hard Rock Hotel and Loews Portofino Bay Hotel. (And Lowes Portofino Bay is in the Fine Hotel & Resorts program bookable with The Platinum Card® from American Express).
If Universal Studios Orlando is on your radar, despite the recent ticket price increase, here are additional resources: