For discount Universal Orlando Resort tickets, Undercover Tourist is our recommended ticket seller. Undercover Tourist offers discounted tickets for Universal Orlando Resort and the Walt Disney World Resort.
Tickets from Costco, BJ’s and Sam’s Club
If you have a wholesale club membership you might be able to get discounts on Universal Orlando Theme Park tickets right at the store. Some locations might only offer discounted tickets with a room and ticket package.
AAA Member Discounts
If you’re an American Automobile Association (AAA) member you’ll likely find discounted Universal and Islands of Adventure Theme Park tickets at your local branch. Many branches have discounted tickets on sale on their website too. They might offer different rates online than the branch or charge for shipping. Rates and options vary by AAA branch so you might want to try different regions.
The AAA South region (serving Georgia, Tennessee and Florida) has decent discounts and they're available to all AAA members. You’ll need to go directly to a local branch to purchase your tickets. If you are in the Orlando area and wish to visit a AAA South branch, the nearest office is about 10 minutes from Universal, off I-4 at Exit 74A. Address: 7339 West Sand Lake Road, Orlando, FL 32819 (407) 351-5610.
You can take advantage of AAA multi-day discounts on tickets at the gate. Discounts are good for up to six people per membership card. The most commonly offered discount is $5 off a 3-day Park to Park ticket and $4 off a 2-day Park-to-Park ticket - for both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure.
Credit Card Perks and Miles
Check with your credit card company to see if they offer discounts on Universal tickets. Many offer a redemption option for Theme Park tickets including American Express Membership Rewards, Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards, Hilton HHonors Points, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Chase Sapphire Preferred and Citi ThankYou Rewards to name a few.
Active military personnel can purchase discounted tickets directly through their base. Tickets are also sold at Shades of Green Resort at Walt Disney World. Room and ticket package discounts are often available through the base as well.
Some corporations have discount tickets available for their employees, check with your HR office to see if they have a program available. Companies like American Express, Budget Rent a Car, Macy's, Nestle, and Coca-Cola are corporate partners with Universal and may have discounts available to employees.
Coke, the official soft-drink of Universal, will sometimes run promotions at various times of the year. We've seen discounts for Halloween Horror Nights, general admission savings such as $15 off the gate admission price, and Florida Resident Annual Pass offers. These offers usually require you to bring a Coke can with you to the gate in order to get the discount. Check the Coca-Cola page on the Universal website for current offers.
Transportation to Universal Resort
from Walt Disney World
The best option is to rent a car from one of the Alamo Rent a Car locations on Walt Disney World property. Alamo offers a free shuttle to/from Walt Disney World Resort hotels.
Taking a taxi from Walt Disney World to Universal is easy but a costly option. Depending on traffic, which can be very heavy, fares typically range in $30 - $50 each way. Cabs are readily available at the Disney Resort hotels and at the Universal Theme Parks. Mears Transportation has a Taxi Fare Estimator that will give you a general idea but it does not account for traffic conditions.
Shared shuttles are economical transportation option between Universal and Disney. The fare includes all tolls and other surcharges. The cost of the shuttle service is usually less than other transportation options but your van may make multiple stops. Mears Transportation is one of the largest providers in the area - they will provide an estimate online or over the phone.
SeaWorld Ticket Discounts
SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica, and Discovery Cove are all part of SeaWorld Orlando. Hotel and ticket packages are available through the SeaWorld website. These packages can be great way to save money however, if you're primarily visiting Walt Disney World or Universal, there are often single-day admission offers available. SeaWorld is located about 20 minutes outside of Walt Disney World and about 10 minutes from Universal Orlando Resort.
Legoland Ticket Discounts
Legoland Florida is located about an hour outside of Walt Disney World Resort. It's ideal for younger children under the age of 12. In addition to the theme park you'll find the LegoLand hotel and the Legoland Water Park. If you stay at the hotel you'll have early access to the park but only if you have children ages 2-12 staying with you. When school is in session, you can expect large school groups to be present as this park has excellent education programs. Be sure to ask about the Treasure Hunt activity that the hotel offers to children.
Updated February, 2017 by Darren Wittko