How To Save Money At Universal Orlando Resort

So you're looking to visit Universal Orlando - how exciting? It can be an expensive trip however there's some small hacks you can do that will help you save a lot of money at Universal. Here are my secrets...

There’s no doubting that a trip to Orlando is going to cost you some cash. However, on my latest trip I found some sneaky ways to save money at Universal Studios Orlando.

These aren’t going to harm your experience of one of the greatest places on earth, but they are going to save you some cash in the process!


Get A Coca-Cola Freestyle Drink

A great way to save money at Universal Studios Orlando is to purchase one of the Coca-Cola freestyle cups.

You’ll then be able to enjoy FREE unlimited fountain refills (you can only refill every ten minutes.) With more than 100+ drink choices you’ll never be stuck for choice.

The Coca-Cola machines are all over both of the Universal parks, so you’ll never be far away from a refill. The cost of the souvenir cup inc one day’s refill is $13.99. However, just a standard bottle of coke retails for around $4 inside the parks, so anymore than four drinks a day and you’ve got your money back.

How to save money at Universal Studios Orlando


Stay on Site Instead of Buying Express Passes

There are many benefits of staying on-site at Universal Studios, Orlando. These include entry to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and the new Volcano Bay one hour before the general public. As well as in some cases, free access to an express pass.

The cost of a Universal Express Unlimited pass varies. However, a pass costs as much as $150 per person during the late December Christmas holiday rush. With up to five people in a room this could save you as much as $750 per day!

To find out how much Universal Express Passes are at the time of your visit click here.

The offer is only available to stays at the following three on-site hotels;

Portofino Bay,

Hard Rock Hotel

Royal Pacific Resort

Remember, this is only going to save you money if you were looking at buying the express passes. If this isn’t of interest to you, then it’s not going to save you anything.


Buy Your Park Tickets Online

Simply booking your Universal Studio tickets online in advance instead of purchasing them at the gate on arrival is going to save you $20.

However, if you’re going to be visiting some of the other theme parks while in Orlando then even bigger savings can be made by purchasing a ‘combo ticket’ from the likes of Florida Tix.


Buy Your Interactive Wand Online

One of the greatest attractions at the Universal parks has to be The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Most of us want an interactive wand from Olivander’s that allows us to wander around Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley casting spells.

The interactive wands from Olivanders cost $48, with a standard wand available for $25.

However, you can purchase a second hand wand from a previous wizard via eBay and save yourself from queuing once you arrive. Giving you more time to cast some spells. Alternatively, if you can’t stop yourself and end up purchasing one on site (who can blame you) then remember you can always sell it on eBay yourself once you return home.


Have A Big Breakfast (and other food hacks)

My final words of advice on how to save money at Universal is on food. Firstly, have a big breakfast. This should stop you snacking in the morning and keep you going through until lunch. If you’re a large party full of notorious snackers, then bring a couple of bags of crips (chips). Just don’t forget about the weather when packing foods, this could easily ruin chocolate bars etc. 

Finally, when eating at the parks either opt to share a large portion between two or have a kids meal. American meals are notoriously large, and this should help cut costs and reduce waste. I’ve been to the Universal parks three times over the past five years and still never managed to finish an adults meal to myself.


As always we love to hear about how you save money at Universal Studios. So if you think of a tip or trick we might have missed let us know in the comments below!


One Comment

  1. Mari August 1, 2017 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    Great information! I’m trying to plan our first trip there and it seems so overwhelming so this information helps so much, thank you!!

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