Universal Orlando Resort Preview – Week of December 2

I’ve finished the Thanksgiving leftovers and put up the decorations–it’s Christmas time! This week we’re looking at one of the quietest times of the year at Orlando theme parks, travel options between Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando, and more!

Weekly Crowd Levels

The weeks between Thanksgiving and just before Christmas are one of the quietest times to visit the Orlando parks and our crowd calendar shows that. Enjoy the low wait times and have a warm Butterbeer for me.

Detailed crowd level information can be found here.

Weather Report

Park Hours and Admission

Note: Universal Orlando has not updated the early park admission details past December 2nd. Once their plans are released this post will be updated.

CityWalk is open until 2 a.m. with free self parking starting after 6:00 p.m.

Single-day park tickets are at Value pricing this week. One-day base tickets to Universal Studios Florida or Islands of Adventure will run you $110 per adult and $105 per child (plus tax). 2-Park 1-Day tickets are $165 per adult and $160 per child (plus tax).

Volcano Bay tickets are at Anytime pricing at $67 per adult and $62 per child (plus tax).

Mail Bag

*Opens up the mailbox and reaches to the back* Oh we have one!

Anonymous asks:

I’m making a trip to Walt Disney World next spring, and I’ve been thinking about taking a couple days to go to Universal during my trip. We’re taking Magical Express to get to Disney, so we won’t have our own car. What is the best way to get to Universal? Should I rent a car? Take an Uber? Some other method I’m missing?

Great question, John Doe.

There are four options for traveling between Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando: renting a car, a taxi, ride sharing services (Uber/Lyft), and shuttles.

For the ideal mix of flexibility and cost, I personally recommend a ride sharing service. For $15-23 one way (plus tip) a driver will pick you up at your Walt Disney World resort or park and deliver you to Universal Orlando. Since ride sharing services have become popular I have not waited more than 5 minutes for a ride. If you are moving luggage between the two resorts, request an Uber XL for $10-15 more. Uber also offers vehicles with baby seats for an additional charge (as of this date $8).

Some guests would rather travel with a more familiar taxi service or commercial shuttle company. Taxis cost between $45-50 one way (plus tip) from Walt Disney World to Universal Orlando and are hailed from each park or resort. Mears runs a shuttle between the resorts for an affordable $21 round trip. The catch? The shuttles make multiple stops between destinations. Call beforehand about luggage policies.

Rental cars offer the most flexibility in travel options for more money and up-front hassle. Rates range between $40-$70 per day plus $20 parking at Universal Orlando parking garages and resorts. Pick up your rental from the Walt Disney World Car Care Center–shuttles from resorts are provided.

I hope that helps and have a fun trip!

Weekly Highlights & Notable News

Blue Man Group is offering a chance to purchase discounted tickets November 1st through January 1st starting at $49.

Blue Man Group is performing a special autism-friendly show for individuals and families on December 9th at 6:00 pm. The show has been modified to reduce noise, light levels, and the Blue Man reduce their interactions with the audience. Calming environments in the lobby and sound reducing headphones or earplugs will be provided. AutismAtTheParks wrote a glowing review of the modified showTickets are a reduced $39 with $5 going to Autism Speaks.

That is all for this week. See you next week and make sure to leave a question below for the Mail Bag!

Joseph Matt

Avid amusement park and video game fan. Enjoys picking up rare beers at breweries, exploring cities, cooking, and leading the young men of his fraternity.

One thought on “Universal Orlando Resort Preview – Week of December 2

  • December 1, 2017 at 7:31 am

    We had a positive experience last summer with Quicksilver Transportation taking us from the Orlando airport to Universal and back. They do a service between Disney and Universal for $45. It’s another option, but it looks like the Uber/Lyft option is the most economical.

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