In part one of this series, we looked at the Real Cost of Disney v. Universal tickets, specifically 1 day, 1 park tickets. Today we’re going to explore 1 day, multi-park tickets so that you can make the best choice possible for your family and your vacation dollars.
Tickets – 1 Day, Multi-Park
While Universal is quite simple compared to Disney when it comes to 1 day, 1 park tickets, the tables get turned when you start to factor in multiple parks in one day.
Disney calls this Park Hopping, and with a Park Hopper ticket you can visit any of the Disney parks you’d like on a single day – that’s up to 4 parks! At face value, this ticket makes financial sense because in one day you’d have access to 4 parks. But, we doubt you’d get to ride or see much with that type of schedule since the Disney theme parks take 30-60 minutes of transfer time between parks. Plan on seeing 2 parks at most.
At Universal, this is known as a Park-To-Park ticket. You can walk between the two Universal parks in about 10 minutes, and a park-to-park ticket allows you access to the Hogwarts Express – an attraction that runs between the two parks, and if different in either direction. 1-day Park-to-Park tickets make a lot of sense at Universal because you could see almost everything at both parks in one day with careful planning since they have fewer attractions.
Here’s the cost break down.
|“Value” Season Park Hopper||$155||$149|
|“Regular” Season Park Hopper||$160||$154|
|“Peak” Season Park Hopper||$164||$158|
Now, when you’re touring multiple parks a day, it’s important to plan wisely so you spend as little time in line while seeing everything you want to see.
Bottom Line: for a “Value” season day, Disney is on par with Universal’s pricing but they are slightly higher during other seasons. However, you get access to 4 parks at Disney and only to 2 parks at Universal.
Stay tuned for our next installment in this series, where we’ll examine 1 day, multi-park tickets… with a TWIST!
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