Universal Orlando raises ticket prices

Posted Monday, January 12, 2004 6:21 PM | Contributed by Matt D

Universal Orlando raised its ticket prices Friday by $2 to $53.95, following the same move by SeaWorld.

Read more from The Orlando Sentinel.

Tuesday, January 13, 2004 12:11 AM
Anything over $49.99 (plus tax) for one days worth of entertainment just sounds very expensive, imho. I know people will pay whatever price is charged, because Orlando parks are world destinations. I just think that it sounds less and less like a value every time admission is raised. This reminds me of my local cable company, but what has to be done has to be done.
Tuesday, January 13, 2004 6:53 AM
I'm going to Sea World this weekend for the first time in over a year, and we'll see if the price increases are worth it. Quite likely they are, because the park is superb, but on the other hand it doesn't bother me because I know where to find little-known discounts and other ways to lessen the expense.

While it may seem like the prices are unreasonable (and I'm not saying they aren't), at least these parks deliver very well on the total experience -- rides, attractions, food quality, beauty, etc.

Tuesday, January 13, 2004 8:12 AM
A friend of mine bought two tickets for Simon & Garfunkle at $110.00 a pop. That was for about 2 1/2 hours of entertainment. That makes the $50 for a day at the park seem a little more reasonable.
Tuesday, January 13, 2004 10:07 AM
Well it seems very expensive to me. You can buy a Six Flags seasons pass for that price at some Six Flags parks, and visit over 30 different parks in the chain as many times as you want. Yes I know most of you hate Six Flags, but I'm just illustrating a point.
Tuesday, January 13, 2004 11:41 AM
You can buy a Six Flags season pass for $50? That is a good deal

Most people don't hate Six Flags. They hate certain things Six Flags does. I love Magic Mountain. I used to enjoy Geauga Lake. I don't care for SFWoA. Criticism isn't always bad.

In a world where people will pay $2.50 for a bottle of water I don't think $52 for a day at Disney, Universal or Sea World is unreasonable. Shoot, movie ticket prices in NYC went up to $13.

Tuesday, January 13, 2004 11:51 AM
$53 is crazy! Thats way out of hand! Guess they gotta pay for the Mummy some how.
Tuesday, January 13, 2004 4:32 PM
USO and IOA are worth every penny. Also, this might be a way to play up the value of the multi-day and combo tickets. We spent $90 for a 5 day pass to Universal Orlando, and will do it again.
Tuesday, January 13, 2004 5:00 PM
IMHO, neither park is worth this individually as both are 3/4 day parks at best. Now if park hopping privs were thrown in, a great deal!
Tuesday, January 13, 2004 7:26 PM
Weird... every time I've been to IOA I've wished it could be open longer (and that's in November with light crowds).
Wednesday, January 14, 2004 12:33 PM
I totally agree, Jeff. IOA is a "take your time and enjoy your surroundings" kind of park. If you don't explore the off beaten paths, then you'll miss a lot of the submerging atmosphere.
Thursday, January 15, 2004 5:51 AM
That does seem an awful lot, but the expense is cut very significantly if you're in the area for a while as you can then purchase the 14 day 5 park pass (sorry, the name of it escapes me). You know, it's the one that gives access to the Universal parks, Sea World, Wet and Wild and Busch Gardens. Same applied to Disney, although their passes are somewhat more expensive. It's easy to see how this disadvantages "day trippers" though.
Thursday, January 15, 2004 3:10 PM
I live in Utah and i've taken 5+ trips to Orlando this past year. Everytime I went to IOA. There is something about when you walk through the front gates that makes this park a "magical" place. I have yet to regret a single dollar that I've ever spend at Universal Orlando and a couple dollar increase on a ticket isn't enough to keep myself away from the park.

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