How Much Does it Cost to Go to Universal Studios? Real-life Scenarios
Let’s put all this pricing together with two hypothetical trip plans to get an estimated cost of a Universal Studios vacation.
Real-life Scenario: A Family of Four
The following pricing is based on a four-day, three-night summer vacation in June for a family of four, made up of two adults and two children under ten years old.
The family planned to spend most of their time at the parks and wanted to save money on their hotel stay. They chose a standard room at the Endless Summer Resort: Dockside Inn and Suites for three nights. We priced their hotel stay at $174 per night for their vacation in June.
Hotel total: $587.25
The family wanted the flexibility to move freely between Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure during their vacation. The family were also huge Harry Potter fans and wanted the ability to ride the Hogwarts Express™ whenever they wanted. To do this, they purchased three-day park-to-park tickets.
Ticket total: $1,311.96
While the family wanted to save time waiting in line, they planned to hit all their must-do rides at both parks in one day. They added a one-day, regular Universal Express pass to their trip, costing $89.99 per person during a weekday in June.
Express pass total: $360.36
Food pricing varies greatly depending on an individual family. However, it is safe to budget to spend around $300 a day on food for a family of four. This would include a mix of quick-service meals, a few full-service dinners, and some snacks and treats.
Food total: $900
Since the family’s resort stay includes transportation to Universal Studios, CityWalk, and Islands of Adventure, they just needed a ride from and to the Orlando International Airport. There are several ways to travel from the Orlando airport to Universal, one of the most cost-effective ways is using a ride-share service like Uber or Lyft. These services typically cost about $55 for a trip from OIA to the Universal Hotel area.
Transportation total: $110
Total estimated trip cost: $3,270
Please note: this sample pricing is for informational purposes only. For an accurate quote for your trip, get with our friends at The Vacationeer. Pricing does not include tax or tips.
Sample Trip: Two-Day Honeymoon Getaway
Our next trip scenario is for a couple’s Honeymoon trip in January. The couple chose January because it is one of the slowest times of the year and thought it was the perfect time to visit after their December wedding.
The newlyweds splurged on a nice hotel with a beautiful view. They chose to stay at Portofino Bay Hotel, one of Universal’s Premier-level hotels. Portofino Bay is modeled after the seaside village of Portofino, Italy, and has many romantic touches to it. They chose to stay in a Bay View King Room for two nights.
Hotel total: $976.50
The couple chose to spend one day at Islands of Adventure and the other day bouncing between Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. They each got one park-to-park ticket and one one-park ticket.
Ticket total: 581.50
Since the couple stayed at one of Universal’s Premier hotels, Unlimited Express passes were included with their stay. This allowed them to skip attraction lines for their entire trip!
Express pass cost: $0
Again, food costs change greatly depending on each person. However, it’s fair to budget around $20 to $25 per person for each meal with this type of trip. In this scenario, a typical budget would be between $300 and $400.
Food cost: $350
The couple walked from their hotel to the parks most days, so they only needed transportation to and from the airport. They utilized a ride-share service, which costs $55 each way.
Transportation cost: $110
Total estimated trip cost: $2,020
Note: Pricing is approximate and for informational purposes only. Pricing doesn’t include tax or tips.