Universal Orlando is made up of three areas; Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and City Walk. City Walk is the area that you walk through to get to the other two aprks and is made up of shops, restaurants, bars and a cinema. It is a bit like a grown up version of Downtown Disney and is free to enter.
Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure are two separate parks, each of which you pay to get into. Universal Studios is the original ‘movie park’ with rides based around films, including Jaws and ET Adventure. We have found this park to feel quite dated and the dining options to be poor, although they have tried to keep it relevant with newer attractions such as The Simpsons and Shrek 4D. However it is extremely popular and it is definitely worth a visit to judge for yourself if you’ve not been before.
Islands of Adventure was the second park Universal built and it is definitely where Universal invested their cash for a long while. It is also where the new Harry Potter Park is. Although often marketed as a separate park, it is not, it is an excellently themed area within Islands of Adventure and is currently this parks biggest draw. Also within IoA is Jurassic Park, Marvel and a Dr Seus area, among others.
You can buy tickets online for a slight reduction to the gate price, direct from Universal. You then print the tickets and present them at the gate. One park per day prices vary from $85 for an adult one day pass to $146 for a 4 day pass. You can also purchase park-to-park access passes, which are a bit like the hopper option at disney – they allow you visit both of the Universal parks on the same day. These start at $120 for an adult one day pass to $160 for a 4 day pass. You can also add Wet n Wild to a 3-day plus ticket for $25.
However, also available in the UK are the Universal Orlando Bonus Tickets. The 2 park ticket is a 14 consecutive day pass to both parks for just £95 per adult. This is unlimited access to both parks for 14 days, so if you plan to go to either of the parks more than once it can work out to be really economical, depending on the current exchange rate. You can also get three parks for 14 days, which includes the Wet n Wild waterpark, for £109 per adult.
However if you’re considering visiting Sea World too, consider the FlexTicket.