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Where to find Universal Studios discount tickets!

In the slide show above, you're viewing pictures of Universal Studio's rides, attractions and tours...including the popular Transformers ride. If seeing these photos got you in the mood to visit Universal Studios Hollywood soon, then the info on this page can help! Discover how Universal Studios discounts, coupons, Value Cards and annual passes can save you money & get you on your way to having a great time at the theme park.

Universal Studios Regular Ticket Prices...

...and how to AVOID them!

Picture: Transformers ride at Universal Studios theme park
On this page, you'll discover some of the discount programs offered by Universal Studios. If you plan ahead, you should NEVER have to pay full price to attend the theme park!

What do Universal Studios Hollywood's full-price admission tickets? As of Summer 2015, full-priced tickets for Universal Studios are $95 each. This is the full price you'll pay at the gate if you don't make plans to snag a discount ahead of time.

Hopefully, though, by the time you finish reading this page, you'll have a good idea of Universal Studios' various discount programs, and you'll make your plans to enter with a cheaper ticket rate!

Universal Studios Discount Tickets

Including online print-at-home discount tickets from Universal's website

You can almost surely get Universal Studios discount tickets! There are a number of different discount plans offered by Universal Studios Hollywood at any given time. All you have to do to get them is to plan ahead! Here are the Universal Studios on-line discount ticket specials in effect at the time of this update:

1.) Universal Hollywood's most popular discount: Buy one day, get free admission from now thru all of 2015! Many Universal Studios "regulars" look forward to Value Pass time at Universal Studios Hollywood...and that time is here again! Hmmm...let's see, which is better? One day...or all year for the same price? Seems like a no-brainer! The only reason NOT to get this deal is if you would enjoy the perks that come along with one of the park's annual passes, instead. (See the "annual pass" section below for more info.) Black-out dates DO apply to the Universal Studios Hollywood value pass....but they don't apply ON the day that you purchase your pass.

Blackout dates for the 2015 Value Pass at Universal Hollywood are as follows for new pass holders: June 6, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30; blackout ban applies EVERY day in July (Summer Vacation's busiest days); blackout ban applies EVERY day in August except the 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 and 31st; September 5, 6, 7, 12, 19 26, 27; October 3, 6, 10, 11, 15, 17, 24; November 1st and 27th; and December 19th thru 31st. NOTE: This pass is NOt valid for Halloween Horror Nights tickets. You must purchase a separate ticket during the annual Halloween Horror Nights event every Fall. ALSO NOTE: This list of blackout dates is much longer than some of the value passes which were sold last Fall and Spring. If you have an older value pass, don't panic! The less-restrictive list of blackout dates that was offered to you when you purchased your pass will still be honored for you.

Despite the numerous blackout dates, MOST days during the year are NOT on the blackout list, making this an economical deal for the people who don't need to travel during the "peak seasons" at Universal. Also, this card comes with several added perks---including discounts on tickets that you buy for your friends! To find out more, here's a link to the Universal Studios online "ticket store" page.

2.) ONE DAY SPECIALS: If you won't be able to visit Universal Studios for more than one day, then you would certainly prefer to get a discount on a one-day ticket (rather than "get a year's worth of visits for the price of one day.") Unfortunately, the special deals for daily tickets aren't nearly as good. While Universal Hollywood always offers a "web-only" special, the discount is for a mere few dollars off. The exact discount varies from month to month. Here's a link to the Universal Studios online "ticket store" so you can discover what the exact amount of the one-day discount right at this moment. NOTE: Universal will add a small convenience fee to the price of your tickets.

Picture: Uh looks like King Kong squashed this Universal Studios Hollywood tour tram!3.) ARES TRAVEL discount tickets: Universal Studios Hollywood offers several money-saving options through the ARES Travel discounters. These web-only specials shave some $$$ off of the price of regular and/or VIP Experience tickets. The exact amount of the ARES discounts is always changing, and so are the specific terms of these offers. If you'd like to check out the current deals, here's a link to the ARES Travel's theme park deals for Los Angeles, California. (Note: a small convenience fee will be added to the price of your tickets.)

4.) CREDIT UNION DISCOUNT TICKETS: Do you use a Credit Union for your banking needs? Be sure to check with them to see if theme park discount tickets are one of the perks that they offer. Believe it or not, quite a few California credit unions DO offer discounts fo Universal Studios Hollywood tickets. Each credit union has its own procedure for obtaining the tickets. Usually, the tickets may be purchased online from the Credit Union's website, but a you might also encounter a mail-order system. In addition to credit unions, you should check your employer or your professional association to see if they offer discounted Universal tickets.

5.) Costco discount tickets: Universal Hollywood used to offer discount tickets thru Costco regularly. Not any more. Costco discount periods are now fewer and farther between. Here's a link to Costco's "theme park discounts" page where you can check to see if any Universal Studios discounts currently being offered. (If you don't see a listing for Universal Studios, then NO Costco special is available at this time.)

Universal Studios Season PassesPasses

There are several Universal Studios Hollywood season pass specials going on at the Universal Studios Hollywood website right now. These specials are "on line only," so these prices may not be available at the park itself.

NEW FOR 2015---ANNUAL PASSES HAVE BEEN DOWNGRADED TO "SEASON" PASSES. If you've purchased Universal's annual passes before, then you already know that they were valid for 12 full months from the date of purchase. By contrast, the season passes that are now being sold will only last through December 31, 2015. What happened? Answer: Harry Potter happened.

Picture: Transformers ride at Universal Studios theme parkThe large new Harry Potter addition to Universal Studios Hollywood will be opening in Spring, 2016, probably around the Memorial Day weekend. This will affect your pass purchase TODAY. Why? Because the Harry Potter attractions are expected to be extremely popular. (You may remember reading that Universal Studios Florida guests experienced 4+ hour waiting times when the Harry Potter themed area opened in Orlando.) A similar surge in popularity is expected to happen at Universal Studios California. As a result...12-month passes have been discontinued (so that you will have to purchase a completely NEW ticket or season pass next year.) That's just "wonderful news," eh? However, the new season passes might still be a good deal for you...especially if you'd like to return to the park this fall when the crowds are lighter. Here's the current list of offerings:

1.) Universal's 2015 Season Pass: For not much more than the price of a one day ticket, you can enjoy Universal Hollywood all the way through December 31st, 2015...with fewer blackout dates than the park's Value Pass (mentioned in the section above.) Yet, the season pass does have quite a few blackout dates---nearly as many as the "Buy one day, get the rest of 2015 FREE" pass. At the time of this update in Summer 2015, Value Passes were selling for $119 each (online price.)

2.) THE UNIVERSAL STUDIOS No Black-Out Season Pass-- This annual pass is currently $159 online. Yes, its cost is higher than the Value Pass...but it has NO blackout dates, making it a good option for most people (since the lesser-priced passes keep you from visiting Universal Studios on the very dates that you're most likely to be on vacation.) Food and merchandise discounts come with your membership...and you'll be able to get a $12 discount on your friend's tickets whenever you bring them along to the theme park.

To get more info about any of these Universal Studios passes, you may use the following link to visit the Universal Studios Passes page from the park's official website.

Multi-attraction discounts which include Universal Studios

1.) Los Angeles GO CARDS

What is a Los Angeles Go Card? How does it work? The Go Card company offers a wonderful new way of getting discounts to Los Angeles attractions. You begin by deciding how many days of touring you'd like to do...3, 5 or 7 days. Next, you purchase your family's Go Cards for the number of days you've chosen, making sure to plan in advance and have your cards mailed to you to save you from having to visit the pickup location in LA. Then, you study the list of Southern California attractions which are members of the Los Angeles Go Card program. Make your list...and then you're ready to start touring!

Once you arrive in LA, you simply show up at the member attractions that you've decided to see. You won't need cash or a credit card to enter---you'll just show them your Go Cards! You can visit as many attractions as you can fit into the 3, 5, or 7 days that you're touring. The more you see, the more you can save!

Universal Studios Hollywood is a member of the Go Card Los Angeles program. So are the Six Flags Magic Mountain, Knott's Berry Farm and Legoland theme parks. But, theme parks aren't the only type of attractions included. There are Hollywood studio tours, the new Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum, the Los Angeles Zoo, harbor tours, Los Angeles city and movie star home tours, a wide variety of museums...for a total of about 3 dozen of the best Los Angeles attractions available! The Go Card is a very decent discount that this website is happy to reccommend. It is not for everyone, but it does work for a great number of travelers and is definately worth checking out. Chances are that this card can save you a great deal of money while allowing you to visit attractions you just might not have been able to go to without it.

To see a complete list of the Los Angeles Go Card attractions which come included with this terrific discount plan, and to discover current prices, please see the colorful green ad to your left.

2.) Universal Studios + SeaWorld San Diego combo tickets

Universal Studios Hollywood sells a combo-ticket which includes SeaWorld Park in San Diego, California. If you buy a combo ticket, you will save over $30 compared to purchasing these two theme park tickets separately.

This combination ticket may be purchased from Universal Hollywood's website. Here's a link to the Universal Studios online "ticket store" page so that you may check the current prices.

ARES Travel also sells the combo ticket, which they call the "2-park Flex Ticket." Here's a link to the ARES Travel's theme park deals page, where you can check their current prices, as well.

VIP Tour...if you want a very special behind-the-scenes experience!

Another unusual type of ticket offered by Universal Studios Hollywood is the "VIP Experience" ticket. For around $329, you'll get one day's park admission, front-of-line privileges at rides, priority seating at shows AND a special in-depth tour of the backlot, prop warehouse, sound stages, and sound mixing rooms. In other words, if you're a person who has a keen interest in learning more about the movie-making business, this tour is your golden opportunity! You may order these discounted VIP tour tickets at the Universal Studios Hollywood official website (see the link above.)

If you decide you'd like to try the VIP Experience, you MUST plan ahead, as reservations must be made in advance. (Even at this hefty price, tour spots do sell out!) You should call 818-622-8477 to reserve your place. So, be thinking of your most-desired dates...and your alternate dates...beforehand so that you'll be ready.

For further Universal Hollywood VIP tour info, here's the VIP Tour page of the park's official website.

Front of Line passes at Universal Studios Hollywood

Yes, you CAN beat the crowd...but there's a hefty extra fee

Can visitors get park admission with front-of-the-line privileges? Yes, and if you hate to wait, this may be the best ticket for you. Make no mistake, though; you're going to pay big bucks for this privilege! The Front-of-Line pass price varies with the season of the year; during the "slow season" it costs less than during the busy summer vacation season. (But the busy summer season is exactly when you're going to need the pass!)

Front of Line passes cost between $139.00 and $169 depending on when you visit Universal Hollywood. That steep price means that the Front of Line Pass costs quite a bit more than the price of a full-price one day ticket.

Is it worth it? Yes, it can be...but not always. Universal Studios Hollywood gets quite crowded at times, and if you're stuck touring on a very busy day, you WILL get to enjoy more rides and attractions with a Front of Line pass.

If you're coming from a long distance and/or you can't re-visit the park later to catch the attractions you miss, then getting a front-of-line pass may be your best bet if you want to experience all of Universal Studios Hollywood's attractions in one day. Here's what one reader told me concerning his opinion:

Picture: Simpsons ride at Universal Studios theme parkArt from Las Vegas wrote: "The front of line pass was a bit pricey, but considering that I don't go on vacation to a major theme park that frequently, it was definitely worth the investment. Convenience and comfort were big factors in swaying me. On the day I visited, the average wait time for rides without the pass was about an hour, and with the pass it was 5-10 minutes (closer to 5 minutes on most rides.) In some ways it is actually good the pass costs so much, because very few people got them the day I visited...which kept the VIP line short. Would I recommend the front-of-line pass to others? Some people will only come to Universal once in a lifetime; others will visit only once in several years. With that in mind I'd say that it would be imperative for them to see as many of the rides as possible. It may not even be possible to see all of the attractions in a day without it. For these visitors, getting the Front of Line Pass would make a great difference to their enjoyment of the park. One important consideration, though, is the size of the group. For singles or couples, it may be fairly easy to pay the extra fee, but for an average family with 2-3 kids, it's more difficult due to the steep price. For myself, though, particularly because I have kids (which makes the waiting in line that much more arduous,) I would rather not go at all than to go and have to wait an hour in the heat for a 5 minute ride. For me, I felt that it was worth waiting longer to save up the money so that my family and I could really enjoy our vacation."

If you're interested in Universal's Front-of-Line pass, here's a link to the Front of Line pass information page from Universal Hollywood's website which can fill you in about all the details.

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