Universal follows Disney’s lead, raises ticket prices

Universal has raised ticket prices at its US theme parks, following the lead of Disney which increased its own admittance costs last week.

The average cost increase for a one-park ticket is $5 at both Universal Orlando and Universal Hollywood Studios.

The California-based resort has increased gate prices from $120 to $125 for a one-day ticket, however advance sale online tickets can be purchased at a cheaper cost. Two-day tickets have increased by $10 at the park.

Universal Orlando single day, one-park tickets increased from $110 to $115 with multi-day, single park tickets also increasing by $5. Park-to-park ticket increases ranged from nothing to $20. A five-day, park-to-park increased from $294.99 to $314.99.

Universal has not changed the prices of its annual passes for either resort, unlike Disney which increased some of its annual passes by nearly 18%.

The largest increases were for Disneyland in California. The Disneyland Deluxe Annual Pass increased 17.8% from $619 to $729 while the Disneyland Signature Plus Annual Pass rose 17.7% from $1,049 to $1,149.

Annual pass increases at Walt Disney World Resort ranged from 4% to 9%, depending on the product.

Disney adjusts one-day ticket prices based on expected crowd levels for that day. Later this year it will also begin adjusting prices for multi-day tickets based on expected crowd levels at Walt Disney World Resort.

The highest increase in one-day tickets was also at Disneyland with peak-period one-day tickets now costing $135 compared to their previous price of $124. A regular one-day ticket will go from $110 to $117. Value tickets remain the same at $97. Multi-day tickets at Disneyland are rising between 3.7% and 6.6%.

Walt Disney World Resort one-day ticket prices are going up between 2% to 4% and multi-day tickets increased between 1% and 8.6%. A single day entry to Magic Kingdom has increased from $124 to $129 at peak times. A peak ticket at the other Disney World parks increased $3 to $122.