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Saving The Most Money On Your Next Trip To Universal Studios

March 21, 2022

No matter where you stand on the whole Disney vs Universal Studios debate, I think we can all agree on one thing…Theme Park tickets are crazy expensive.

I don’t mind paying a little extra if it means I will have a better experience. But, that doesn’t mean that I want to spend more than I have to.

So, I have the information you’ve been looking for to save your family hundreds of dollars on your next trip.

Hot Tip to save money on your next trip to Universal Studios

Speak To A Travel Agent

If you want major savings, this is where having a Travel Agent comes in handy.

Anyone can tell you that in order to spend the least amount of money on theme Park Tickets, don’t get the upgrades. That means skipping Park to Park tickets (and Hogwart’s Express) and Express Passes.

And, for some, that is absolutely the best option.

But, for those of us who want all the bells and whistles, without the high cost, speaking to a Travel Agent may be you best bet.

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Our Best Deals Are Usually On Tickets

By now, Universal Studios’ Buy 3 Days, Get 2 Days Free ticket promotion is pretty well known. This is something they advertise pretty frequently. And I personally think this marketing tactic is downright genius.

But, Express Passes are very expensive. And you may not find deals for these anywhere else than through a Travel Agent.

I’m not talking about the free Express Passes you get for staying at a Premier Hotel. Anyone can get these for booking a stay at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Loews Hard Rocks Hotel, or Loews Royal Pacific Hotel.

I’m talking about real savings for those of us who don’t have the budget to stay at one of these hotels.

What Are Express Passes?

Express Passes enable you to skip the lines at select attractions in Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, and Volcano Bay, for an additional cost.

For Disney travelers, this is Universal Studios’ version of Lightning Lane/Genie+ (or FastPass, if you’re not up to date with their changes).

However, that’s where the similarities end. To skip the line using an Express Pass, you simply need to show a Team Member your Pass and get in line. There are no selections to make ahead of time and no ride windows to remember.

You can also choose between 1 Park (per day) and 2 Park Express Passes, depending on your budget and your plans.

  • Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Express Passes
    • Universal Express Pass – Skip the line once per attraction
    • Universal Express Unlimited Pass – Skip the lines as many times as you want
  • Universal’s Volcano Bay Express Passes
    • Universal Express PLUS Pass: Universal’s Volcano Bay – Skip the Virtual Lines at ALL participating attractions
    • Universal Express Pass: Universal’s Volcano Bay – Skip the Virtual Lines at SELECT participating attractions

How Much Do Express Passes Cost?

Skipping lines comes at a price. And Universal asks a pretty penny for this convenience. And keep in mind, this is the price per person, per day. There is also no discount for children ages 3-9.

  • Universal Express Unlimited Passes
    • $109.99+ for One Park
    • $119.99+ for Two Park
  • Universal Express Passes
    • $79.99+ for One Park
    • $89.99+ for Two Park
  • Volcano Bay
    • Universal Express PLUS Pass: $39.99+
    • Universal Express Pass: $19.99+

Prices vary by day. So, Peak times will be more expensive, while slower times of the year will be cheaper.

How Much Can You Save On Your Next Trip?

Last year, the hot deal was Free Universal Express Unlimited Passes when you booked a Package at one of Universal’s Value Hotels. My friends still talk about this amazing deal I got them.

This year, we’re bundling Park Tickets with Express Passes for a cheaper price than purchasing them separately.

You don’t need to be staying on Universal Studios property to take advantage of this deal. However, if you like the perks you get for staying on property, we can include this ticket deal in a Package, as well.

How much can you save? Well, let me show you…

Scenario #1

A family of 4, with 2 young children are traveling at the beginning of this summer.

Buying tickets through Universal Studios’ website
Buying tickets through a Travel Agent

After comparing prices, buying their tickets through a Travel Agent saves their family $766.72 on tickets.

Scenario #2

A couple decides to take off of work and visit the week of Thanksgiving. Knowing that this is one of the busiest weeks of the year, they want Express Passes for all 5 of their Park days.

Buying tickets through Universal Studios’ website
Buying tickets through a Travel Agent

By buying their tickets through a Travel Agent, this couple saves themselves $1175.68 during one of the busiest weeks of the year.

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How Can You Get This Deal?

You simply have to let me know you’re interested in this deal (or any deal).

Because Express Passes are so expensive (and not everyone is interested in them), I don’t include them in quotes, unless you specifically ask for them.

Have questions? Feeling anxious? Don’t know where to start? That’s where we step in.

We know what to do, and more importantly, what NOT to do. We’ve done the training, we’ve made the mistakes, and have learned from them, And that’s what makes us the perfect people to help you.

From perfectly curated itineraries to direct access to your Travel Professional, our goal is to take the stress out of planning your vacation.

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