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Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida
Just like Walt Disney World Resort on the other side of town, Orlando's Universal Studios can hang with the big boys. And planning a visit in advance yields major savings.
Multiday tickets purchased online offer as much as $20 off gate rates. For single-park, single-day passes, you can choose between Universal's Islands of Adventure or Universal Studios Florida for $96 per adult ($90 for kids ages three to nine). Single-park, multiday tickets are priced as follows: $136 for two days ($126 for kids), $146 for three days ($135 for kids), and $156 for four days ($144 for kids). Multipark, single-day passes start at $136 ($130 for kids ages three to nine). Multipark, multiday options are as follows: $176 for two days ($166 for kids), $186 for three days ($175 for kids), and $196 for four days ($184 for kids).
You can skip the lines while at the Universal Studios parks with the Universal Express Pass. This ticketing option starts at an additional $20 for Universal Studios Florida, $30 for Universal's Islands of Adventure, and $36 for both parks. The same price applies to both single-day and multiday passes.
A multipark, single-day Universal Express Pass option is also available from $190 ($185 for kids ages three to nine). Multiday options go up from that rate. Annual passes start at $200 (for non-Florida residents), though with select blackout dates. Season passes go as high as $420 for "red-carpet treatment."