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The Real Cost of Disney v. Universal – 1 Day, Multi Park Tickets

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.

A Park Hopper ticket at Disney gets you into 4 parks! Photo by Stephanie Shuster.

A Park Hopper ticket at Disney gets you into 4 parks! Photo by Stephanie Shuster.

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.

You'll need a Universal Park-To Park ticket to ride the Hogwarts Express. A Park Hopper ticket at Disney gets you into 4 parks! Photo by Stephanie Shuster.

You’ll need a Universal Park-To Park ticket to ride the Hogwarts Express. Photo by Stephanie Shuster.

Here’s the cost break down.

DISNEY Adult  Child
 “Value” Season Park Hopper  $155  $149
 “Regular” Season Park Hopper $160 $154
 “Peak” Season Park Hopper  $164  $158
 UNIVERSAL
 Park-to-Park Ticket  $155  $150

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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  1. I’m pretty sure your “cost break down” has an error. There aren’t 3 different “Value” seasons at WDW parks.

  2. At the time of previous comment, the article was as follows:

    Here’s the cost break down.

    DISNEY Adult Child
    “Value” Season Park Hopper $155 $149
    “Value” Season Park Hopper $160 $154
    “Value” Season Park Hopper $164 $158
    UNIVERSAL
    Park-to-Park Ticket $155 $150

  3. 60 minutes travel between Disney Parks? What, are you walking? It takes us 15-30 minutes (at the most). And we manage three parks easily a day and sometimes all four. You also have to account for standing in line for a ride, which I understand at Universal can be quite a long time, so you don’t get to ride as many rides. With FastPass you can maximize your time at Disney and get waaaayyyy more bang for your buck!

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    You’re right TJ – simple human error – sorry about that! The prices were correct but should have been listed as value, regular, and peak season. We’ve updated – thanks for bringing our attention to this!

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    KDE – we did state 30-60 minutes, which is fairly typical for gate-to-gate. If you are driving and are transferring between two parks (other than Magic Kingdom) it could be 30 minutes or less, and that’s a great time! At Magic Kingdom, even folks who are driving will have a longer gate-to-gate time because of the TTC parking combined with Monorail or Ferry transport to the park. But using the Monorail, Friendship Boats, or Disney’s Bus transportation will take longer – especially when you have to wait up to 20 minutes for the next bus or boat to come along. Additionally, park-to-park bus service is not always available, which means some guests may have to transfer at a hotel, adding to their journey time.

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