Is it possible to visit Universal during your Walt Disney World vacation?
Both Walt Disney World and Universal Studios are changing and growing by leaps and bounds. This year alone both parks are anticipating the premier of major attractions. Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be opening Pandora-The World of Avatar and Universal Studios will be opening Volcano Bay Water Park, both set to open early this summer. So is it possible to do it all in one vacation?
Absolutely! On our yearly trip to Walt Disney world my family and I make sure to plan an extra day or two to visit Universal Studios. Being huge Harry Potter fans, we just couldn’t imagine being that close to the wizarding world and not visiting. When planning your Disney package, keep in mind that you will not need park tickets on the days you plan to visit Universal. Universal has several ticket options to choose from. A 1 to 4 day single park admission starts at $105.00 per adult and 100.00 per child. This allows you admission to either Universal’s Island of Adventure or Universal Studios. Or there is a 1 to 4 day park to park admission which allows entrance to both parks on a single day starting at $155.00 per adult and $150.00 per child. Now with the addition of Volcano bay, there is a new ticketing option for a 3 -day 3-park to park admission starting at $294.99 per adult and $284.99 per child, and a one park per day at $244.99 per adult and $234.99 per child. You can save $20 per ticket by adding additional days.
Spending at least two days is highly recommended, with the addition of some new attractions, such as Kongfrontation, in Islands of Adventure and Escape from Gringotts in Diagon Alley Universal Studios, and other favorites such as the Adventures of Spiderman, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Transformers, and Despicable Me Minion Mayhem. You will want to take your time and be sure not to miss a thing!
If you only have one day to spend at Universal, I do recommend buying the park to park admission, which is needed to ride the Hogwarts Express and consider adding the express pass, which allows you to skip the regular lines. Unlike Disney, Universal charges you for this option and prices vary depending on your base tickets.
There are several ways to get to Universal Studios from your Disney World resort. Taxi’s are always readily available right outside the lobby of your resort. A taxi ride will vary in price depending on the location of your resort but typically runs between $30 and $35 one way. Uber and Lyft are also available in the Orlando area and will usually cut the cost quite substantially.
So when planning your next trip remember with some planning and stamina you can have the best of both worlds!