On Sunday Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom was the first theme park to cross the $100 dollar mark for a single day admission. Now Universal Orlando has followed suit, but not quite as high as Disney. Universal Orlando raised ticket prices on Thursday to $102 dollars for a one day admission for one park, and two parks for $147.
The resort has had huge growth over the past year, adding The Wizarding World of Harry Potter- Diagon Alley, which includes the Hogwarts Express. Other huge expansions included the massive Cabana Bay Beach Resort, and CityWalk revamp with eight new restaurants.
The ticket price is still $3 dollars below Disney’s $105 dollars, which could throw a wrench in how much Disney raises prices next time. Traditionally, the parks match prices with each raise.
Here’s the rundown on ticket prices:
One day, one park: $102, was $96
One day, Two Parks: $147, was $136
Two days, one park per day: $149.99 online,($169.99 at the gate)was $135.99/$155.99 at the gate.
Two days, Two Parks: $194.99 online, ($214.99 at the gate) was $175.99/$195.99 at the gate.
Power Pass (blockout days apply): $214.99, $189.99 for Florida residents
Preferred Pass: $294.99, $259.99 for Florida residents
Premiere Pass: $434.99, $384.99 for Florida Residents
The newest ride that spans both parks is The Hogwarts Express, based on the popular train from the Harry Potter series. That ride requires guests to have a two park ticket, as it travels from park to park. For that reason, the Annual Passes end up being a huge deal, with a year of admission, free parking and discounts (for all passes except the Power Pass).
Earlier this week Comcast executives announce that King Kong will be returning to Universal Orlando, during A quarterly call. Add that with the announced Sapphire Falls Resort opening in 2016, and many can see why attendance is expected to continue to spike for the next several years.
Still, the question remains, how much is too much? That seems like it will only be answered when attendance dips.