Theme parks are geared to sell you all kinds of souvenirs, food, drinks and snacks throughout your visit, and Universal Orlando is no exception. All of these little trinkets, snacks, waters and meals really add up and can be detrimental to your vacation budget. Make sure to check out the insider must-knows throughout the article!
Here are some tips for heading home with a little more change in your pocket:
Visit during the slow seasons of September, October and November. Not only will you save money on travel and hotel, but the park will also be less crowded so you will be able to enjoy all of the amazing attractions Universal Studios® Orlando and Islands of Adventure® has to offer with less wait times. Insider Must-Know: Download the free Universal Wait Time App for free before your visit!
Pack your lunch and snacks in a lightweight backpack. Universal allows you to bring food into the park, and storage lockers are free for a certain amount of time while you enjoy the rides so you don’t have to worry about paying for storage. This can save a family of four hundreds of dollars on food per day. Be sure to pack something that won’t spoil or melt during the hot summers!
Bring an empty water bottle to refill throughout the day. Water itself can be costly. By refilling your own bottle at the water fountains throughout the park, you can save big time! Forgot a water bottle at home? No worries – purchase a specialty beverage, like the pumpkin juice in Honeydukes™ or throughout Diagon Alley™, and reuse the bottle when you’re finished. Insider Must-Know: Islands of Adventure has a happy hour special at The Watering Hole™ for those looking to purchase discounted alcoholic beverages during select hours.
Book a hotel with a free shuttle to the park. Be sure to confirm this shuttle before booking because theme park parking, gas and toll fees add up quickly. Insider Must-Know: Some hotels including the Hard Rock Live hotel and other Universal on-site hotels offer an express pass to use at both parks throughout the stay. Be sure to book your hotel well in advance to receive the best deal!
Order souvenirs online after your trip. Save a significant amount of money by purchasing a themed frame, t-shirt, mug and more online before or after your trip. Most of the iconic souvenirs found at the parks can be purchase online at a substantial cost reduction.
Purchase your tickets in advance, online. Tickets2You.com has all of your discount Universal tickets at great prices found nowhere else. Insider Must-Know: Save a significant amount on your park tickets by purchasing multiple day tickets at a greater discount per day.