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Universal Orlando raises tickets to $92, new all-time high


Last Updated: Monday, May 20, 2013, 1:07 PM




As Orlando's Theme Park Wars heat up again for the summer, Universal Orlando Resort has made the first move in hiking its ticket prices, becoming the first theme park ever to charge more than $90 for a single-day, single-park adult ticket.



This video still provided by Universal Orlando Resort shows the outside of Transformers: The Ride 3-D, set to open June 20, 2013. Universal has raised its single-day, single-park ticket price to $92, becoming the first theme park ticket to top the $90 mark. (VIDEO STILL/Universal Orlando Resort)



Universal raised its ticket prices over the weekend. The resort's website now lists its one-day, one-park ticket at $92 plus tax.


That's up $3 from last year's price hike to $89, which is currently what Walt Disney World and SeaWorld Orlando both charge for a similar single-day, single-park ticket. But don't be surprised to see Disney and SeaWorld possibly follow suit. Neither park took long last year to match Universal's previous ticket price.


The $92 ticket is for adults, including Florida residents. Tickets for children ages 3 to 9 now cost $86 each. That's up $4 from last year's hike.


Universal also raised the price for a single-day ticket to both of its Orlando parks -- Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure -- from $124 to $128.


The ticket hike comes ahead of the grand opening of Transformers: The Ride at Universal Studios, set for June 20.


The resort also recently announced that the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is expanding to Universal Studios next year, adding Diagon Alley and a Hogwarts Express ride between Universal's two theme parks.





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I know you can't compare the Great Adventure to the Orlando parks but it's crazy to think that a 1 day ticket to Universal costs 1 1/2 times as much as a season pass for Great Adventure and Hurricane Harbor.

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^ It's even a greater value when you consider all the Six Flags parks are included across North America.


Disney ticket prices go up tomorrow. I get a kick out of their statement: "As we’ve heard from many of our guests, the quality entertainment and attractions and the memorable moments created by our cast make a Disney theme park experience a great value."


I am also sure they hear from MANY MORE guests that their ticket prices are out of hand but they never seem to address that.




Disney Parks Ticket Price Update

posted on June 1st, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks



We wanted to let Disney Parks Blog readers know that starting tomorrow, June 2, tickets to our Florida and California theme parks will be adjusted with new pricing.


As we’ve heard from many of our guests, the quality entertainment and attractions and the memorable moments created by our cast make a Disney theme park experience a great value. There’s something for everyone at Disney Parks to make a magical vacation memory.


You can now find information on the different ticket pricing on our Walt Disney World Resort ticket page and Disneyland Resort page.



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We've always bought a season pass for Disney every two years. We generally plan our trips so the dates work out to cover two years with one pass (like go for a week in October the first year and September the next).


Disney has always been expensive. I remember when we went as kids back in the 80's it was still cheaper to get a season pass even though we weren't returning the next season.

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So far the price increase at Magic Kingdom (to $95) seems to have had no effect on attendance and Universal's increase the same way. When it comes down to it, an extra dollar or two spent on vacation is barely noticed by most guests.

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According to WDWMagic:


Walt Disney World will be increasing ticket pricing from tomorrow, February 23 2014.


The full details will be released tomorrow, but expect a single day ticket to increase by $4, which puts the Magic Kingdom at $99, and Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Disney's Animal Kingdom at $94.


This price increase was unexpected and has not carried the usually advance notice. The last update to pricing was in June 2013 when Disney placed a higher value on entry to the Magic Kingdom over the other three parks.



Maybe the extra money will be used to hire a few more people to finally wrap up the never ending Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride construction project.

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With the next increase they will finally be over $100 for a 1 day ticket. I guess this is their way of trying to get people to buy the multi day tickets with the price lowering a lot per day the more days added. I'd rather have a Great Adventure Gold Pass for that same $99.

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