Planning a Trip to Universal Studios

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Three Parks. Endless Awesome.

This page is your ultimate guide to planning a trip to Universal Studios! At Universal Orlando Resort, the world’s most amazing stories and breathtaking adventures come together in the most awesome ways imaginable. It’s the ultimate vacation destination. With the thrills of three amazing theme parks, the comforts of eight extraordinary hotels plus so much more, Universal Orlando guests wake up where the action is every day of their stay.

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Universal Studios

At Universal Studios Florida, you’re the star— experiencing one jaw-dropping adventure after another. Dodge evil villains. Defend the earth. Face a fire-breathing dragon. Wander into animated worlds. Go beyond the screen, behind the scenes and jump into the action of your favorite films.

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Islands of Adventure

In Universal’s Islands of Adventure you’ll walk side- by-side with super heroes, beasts and magical creatures to enter lands where imagination is real. Your adventure begins in the only park named the #1 Amusement Park In The World, five years in a row—by TripAdvisor®  Travelers’ Choice.

Volcano Bay

Universal’s Volcano Bay is an all-new kind of water theme park where thrills and relaxation flow in perfect harmony. Drop from the heights of a towering volcano. Splash along Waturi Beach. Feel the rush of the Krakatau Water Coaster and live the carefree island life as you slide, ride and play in a beautiful tropical paradise.

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Benefits of Using The Park Prodigy to be Your Universal Trip Planner:

Early Park Admission: All Park Prodigy Universal Orlando tickets come with Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ and Universal’s Volcano Bay™ one hour before the park opens. Magic Rewards Program: You’ll always save when shopping for Universal Orlando tickets and vacation packages vs booking direct.  Free Universal Park Plans: Save up to three hours in the parks with our free park plans. 

Adventures Begin Here

It’s time to kick down the gates and let loose with all of your favorite people. Universal Orlando’s theme parks plus entertainment cross our entire resort are yours to enjoy and explore. You’re about to experience some crazy special times no one will ever forget. We have included all of our tips and tricks in this insiders guide to Universal Studios Orlando. So if you’re ready to plan your trip read on! 

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Buy Universal Orlando Tickets

Shop from a variety of Universal Orlando Base tickets and Universal Orlando Park-to-Park tickets

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Universal Express Passes

Enjoy express access to both parks and skip the regular lines on most rides and attractions each day you have a valid Universal Express Pass!

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Halloween Horror Nights Tickets

Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights brings together stories and visions from the world’s most notorious creators of horror.

Tickets and Vacation Packages to Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Orlando Guide to Buying Tickets

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All tickets purchased from The Park Prodigy come with Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ and Universal’s Volcano Bay™ one hour before the park opens.

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Discount Theme Park Tickets - Universal Orlando Resort

Explore three amazing theme parks at Universal Orlando Resort – the movie and TV-based excitement of Universal Studios Florida, the worlds of legendary heroes at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and the tropical paradise of Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park. From spectacular hotels offering a range of exclusive theme park benefits to the best in dining and entertainment, Universal Orlando Resort is a vacation of endless awesome.

Save up to $30 per ticket plus receive Early Park Admission 

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1 Day - 2 Park - Universal Studios Tickets

Explore two amazing theme parks at Universal Orlando Resort – the movie and TV-based excitement of Universal Studios Florida and the worlds of legendary heroes at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. From spectacular hotels offering a range of exclusive theme park benefits to the best in dining and entertainment, Universal Orlando Resort is a vacation of endless awesome.

Save up to $30 per ticket plus receive Early Park Admission 

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2 Day - Universal Studios Tickets

Explore three amazing theme parks at Universal Orlando Resort – the movie and TV-based excitement of Universal Studios Florida, the worlds of legendary heroes at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and the tropical paradise of Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park. From spectacular hotels offering a range of exclusive theme park benefits to the best in dining and entertainment, Universal Orlando Resort is a vacation of endless awesome.

Guests can choose from 2 day Universal Orlando base tickets or 2 day Universal Orlando park-to-park tickets.

Save up to $30 per ticket plus receive Early Park Admission 

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3 Day - Universal Studios Tickets

Explore three amazing theme parks at Universal Orlando Resort – the movie and TV-based excitement of Universal Studios Florida, the worlds of legendary heroes at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and the tropical paradise of Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park. From spectacular hotels offering a range of exclusive theme park benefits to the best in dining and entertainment, Universal Orlando Resort is a vacation of endless awesome.

Guests can choose from 3 day Universal Orlando base tickets or 3 day Universal Orlando park-to-park tickets.

Save up to $30 per ticket plus receive Early Park Admission 

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4 Day - Universal Studios Tickets

Explore three amazing theme parks at Universal Orlando Resort – the movie and TV-based excitement of Universal Studios Florida, the worlds of legendary heroes at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and the tropical paradise of Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park. From spectacular hotels offering a range of exclusive theme park benefits to the best in dining and entertainment, Universal Orlando Resort is a vacation of endless awesome.

Guests can choose from 4 day Universal Orlando base tickets or 4 day Universal Orlando park-to-park tickets.

Save up to $30 per ticket plus receive Early Park Admission 

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5 Day - Universal Studios Tickets

Explore three amazing theme parks at Universal Orlando Resort – the movie and TV-based excitement of Universal Studios Florida, the worlds of legendary heroes at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and the tropical paradise of Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park. From spectacular hotels offering a range of exclusive theme park benefits to the best in dining and entertainment, Universal Orlando Resort is a vacation of endless awesome.

Guests can choose from 5 day Universal Orlando base tickets or 5 day Universal Orlando park-to-park tickets.

Save up to $30 per ticket plus receive Early Park Admission 

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Universal Orlando Vacation Planning When Booking Packages

Universal’s eight extraordinary hotels come with more fun, more often, for everyone, for all kinds of budgets. All are ideally located to make hopping between the parks and your room a breeze—especially with complimentary transportation included. Plus Universal’s hotel guests enjoy exclusive benefits across the Resort throughout their stay.

We’ll give you everything you need to plan around the crowds! We also give you everything you need to purchase discounted Universal Orlando tickets based on the time of year!

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Universal Studios Orlando Guide Tips & Tricks

Download the Universal Orlando App

This is an absolute must-have for your upcoming Universal Stay. The best part is it’s absolutely free! The Official Universal Orlando App will help keep your plans on track! Here’s what the app has to offer:

Take Advantage of Early Park Admission

Alohomora! Universal unlocks the doors to both Wizarding World’s of Harry Potter exactly one hour early for select guests.

The best part is you don’t have to be staying at a Universal Orlando on-site hotel to take advantage of early park admission. 

All guests who purchase their Universal Orlando theme park tickets from Theparkprodigy.com will receive early park admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Volcano Bay.  

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Enjoy Free Universal Transportation

No rental car, no problem! Universal Orlando Resort has a super convenient transportation system. All hotel guests and guests visiting the parks can take advantage of complimentary transportation via shuttle bus, van service and water taxis. These shuttle buses are available from Universal’s CityWalk to all three theme parks (and even SeaWorld!).

Universal Dining Plan & Perks

Universal’s CityWalk is home to some pretty amazing restaurants. From casual to upscale dining, there’s something for every type of crowd. Universal currently has two dining plan options. They both allow you to prepay your party’s meals in exchange for dining credits. Dining plans are exclusively available for pre-purchase with a vacation package. Or you can visit a Universal Ticket Center upon arrival. 

Character Meets/Greets

No Universal vacation planner is complete without character meet and greets! See some of your favorite characters on stage in unforgettable family shows, and find out where you can meet more characters for photos.

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Hollywood Character Zone 

  • Betty Boop 
  • Marilyn Monroe 
  • Curios George
  • Wood Woodpecker 

The Simpsons Character Zone

Meet your favorite members of the Simpsons for the perfect photo opportunities. 

DreamWorks Destination

  • Madagascar 
  • Trolls 
  • Puss in Boots 
  • Kung Fu Panda