Universal Studios Hollywood Ticket Discounts and Deals
LAST UPDATE: 2/18/20
Universal Studios Hollywood runs many promotions that can save you money. Universal Studios tickets are expensive, but there are multiple sources for discounts. Check below for the latest Universal Studios California ticket discounts, coupons and offers. Universal Studios Hollywood is located in Southern California; for information about tickets discounts and other offers for their Florida location, visit our Universal Orlando page.
If you need tickets to Universal Studios Hollywood and other Southern California attractions, it’s worth checking out the available multi-attraction ticket discounts to see if they can save you extra money. Be sure to compare the final cost of a multi-park pass to the combined cost of the individual tickets; the best deal varies depending on the specific attractions and the discounts that are currently available.
All offers are subject to change without notice. Always call ahead and confirm before driving out of your way to take advantage of a particular offer!
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Admission ticket prices went up in February 2019.
Annual Pass prices last went up April 2019.
Regular “any day” one-day admission is $139 per adult (age 10+) and $133 per child (age 3-9). Kids under 3 are free. These tickets are good for any day of the year and expire September 30, 2020. Anytime Admission is subject to availability.
“Specific day” one-day admission is priced at the gate at $139 (age 10+) or $133 (age 3-9), but when purchased at least 24 hours in advance the price varies between $109 and $129 per adult (age 10+) or $103 and $123 per child (age 3-9), depending on date. Kids under 3 are free. Weekends, holidays, most of July and early August have the highest prices, and only a handful of low-season dates have the lowest prices. These tickets are only valid on a specific date and are non-refundable, so be sure you have the specific date you want to go locked down before purchasing.
Two-day admission is $149 or $169 per adult (age 10+), depending on date, if purchased at least 24 hours in advance. Admission for age 3-9 is $143 or $163, depending on the date. Kids under 3 are free. You must pick a specific date for the first visit, but the second visit can take place on any day within 7 days after the first visit.
A Universal Express Pass costs between $179 and $279, depending on the season. You save $10 on each pass if purchased at least 24 hours in advance. It includes one day of admission, priority access to attractions (one time for each attraction), and seating in a special reserved section for shows. Check the Universal Studios Hollywood website for specific prices for your dates.
The VIP Experience costs $359-$419 per person depending on the date. You save $10 on each pass if purchased at least 24 hours in advance. It includes one day of admission, a special longer guided tour of the backlot and park with a smaller group and opportunities to disembark and explore certain sections, unlimited Priority Access to all rides, a light breakfast and a private gourmet lunch, and free valet parking and VIP park entrance access. Advance reservations are recommended, but can be purchased at the gate if there are still tours with open spots. The last VIP tour generally leaves 6 hours prior to the closing time of the park and the number of tours offered on any day varies seasonally.
California Neighbor Season Pass is $159 when purchased at the gate, or $144 when purchased online. This pass has blackout dates, discounts on additional guest tickets and discounts on tickets to Halloween Horror Nights. You must select a specific date for your first visit. That first visit date is not subject to blackouts – you can pick any day of the year. After that, you may visit on any date that is not blacked out for Season passes (blacked out days are most of July, first half of August, most summer weekends, the second half of December and holidays). The pass expires 9 months after your first visit.
Silver Annual Pass is $199 when purchased at the gate, or $174 when purchased online. This pass has blackout dates, discounts on additional guest tickets and discounts on tickets to Halloween Horror Nights. You must select a specific date for your first visit. That first visit date is not subject to blackouts – you can pick any day of the year. After that, you may visit on any date that is not blacked out for Silver passes (blacked out days most Fridays and Saturdays in June – August, most Saturdays in September – October, late December, some holidays and some weekdays and Sundays in summer). The pass expires 12 months after your first visit.
Gold Annual Pass is $289 when purchased at the gate, or $249 when purchased online. This pass has blackout dates, FREE parking, discounts on additional guest tickets, discounts on tickets to Halloween Horror Nights and a 15% discount on in-park food and merchandise). You must select a specific date for your first visit. That first visit date is not subject to blackouts – you can pick any day of the year. After that, you may visit on any date that is not blacked out for Gold passes (blacked out days are the last full week in June, most Saturdays in June – August, weekends, late December and a few other days). The pass expires 12 months after your first visit.
Platinum Annual Pass is $509 when purchased at the gate, or $449 when purchased online. This pass has no blackout dates, one-time per day Front of Line access to each attraction and priority seating at each show, FREE parking, discounts on additional guest tickets, 15% discount on in-park food and merchandise and a FREE ticket to Halloween Horror Nights (valid on select dates only). Your first visit can be on any date. The pass expires 12 months after your first visit.
Parking prices are $25 for General Parking, $40 for Preferred Parking and $60 for Front Gate Parking. After 6:00 pm, General Parking is $10, Preferred is $20 and Front Gate is $30. Valet parking is available for $25 (plus tip) for two hours or less and $45 (plus tip) for more than two hours.
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Receive early admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter when you purchase a Universal Studios Hollywood ticket or a hotel package online on the Universal Studios Hollywood website. Early admission begins one hour before the park opens.
Check the Universal Studios Hollywood website for other deals and offers.
Holders of any of the annual passes get $5 – $25 off single-day tickets for up to 9 guests each day. The discount varies depending on whether your tickets are for peak or off-peak days. You can purchase the tickets at the gate or online. To purchase online, you must activate your pass in person at the park, then wait 24-48 hours for Universal to get your pass into their system, then register your pass on Universal Hollywood’s Season Passholder website.
Some Costco stores in Southern California carry discounted Universal Hollywood tickets from time to time. These are often a great deal, so it’s worth checking with your local store.
Costco.com sometimes offers a very good discount on Universal Hollywood tickets and you don’t have to be a Costco member to buy through their site. (Non-members pay a 5% surcharge, however.) There is a shipping charge when ordering from Costco.com.
AAA (and the Canadian equivalent, CAA) members can usually get admission discounts:
- AAA members save $3 off admission at the gate year-round.
- Check this special AAA site (may require logging into your local AAA club account) to see if there is a current online offer. Sometimes there are special offers for multi-day regular park passes and/or front of the line passes. As with so many things, the discounts tend to be better for off-season travel.
- AAA is a loosely associated group of clubs that each cover a small geographical area, usually a single state or portion of a state. Different clubs have different offers, so it’s worth checking your own AAA state club, and also the Southern California AAA website to see if there are any special offers. Some of the offers on the Southern California site are available to members of any AAA or CAA club. To check your own state club, just go to AAA.com and you will be redirected (usually) to your local club. To check the Southern California site, without automatically being re-directly to your local club, use this link and enter zip code 91608. Once you get to the club home page, select the “Discounts” tab and select “Attractions”.
Faculty, staff, and students at many California colleges get a discount on tickets and annual passes. For most of the colleges you must register with an official college email address in order to order online. For others, you must purchase in person, usually at the student store, and show your ID. You may purchase tickets for others using this discount.
Universal offers discounts to active and retired US Military, DOD personnel, National Guard, Reservists and their dependents. Get $3 off general admission tickets purchased in person at the gates. You will need to show a valid military or US government ID showing your military/DOD affiliated status. A larger discount is available in advance from MWR/ITT offices.
If you have an American Express card that earns Membership Rewards points, you can redeem those points for Universal Studios Hollywood tickets. Thanks to Kristin K for info.
Readers report that Canadians can redeem Air Miles for Universal Hollywood tickets. Thanks to Dawn N for info.
If you know you want to visit other attractions as well as Universal Studios, there are a number of discount pass options available that can save you a lot of money, and eliminate the hassle of buying all of your tickets individually. We’ve scouted out some of the best discounts you can find from reputable companies and describe them here. For more details and pricing, select the pass name below.
- Universal Studios Hollywood & Other Major Attractions
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Universal Studios Hollywood & Other Major Attractions
Go Los Angeles Pass is an all-inclusive pass that allows you to visit as many attractions as you want within a set number of days (usually 3 to 7 days). You pay one discount price for the number of days you choose. These work well if you are visiting at least two major attractions plus some less expensive attractions. The more attractions you visit, the more you save.
GO Los Angeles Pass : This all-inclusive pass includes Universal Studios, Legoland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Discovery Cube OC, The Hollywood Museum, Dolby Theatre Guided Tour, Warner Bros. VIP Studio Tour, Madame Tussaud’s Hollywood, The Huntington Library, Aquarium of the Pacific, and lots more. MouseSavers readers get an extra 10% off their purchase!
A rental car is a good option if you’re going to be driving around the Los Angeles area quite a bit or going to multiple other theme parks or attractions. Remember to figure in the parking fee of $25-$50, depending on how close to the front you want to park (generally we wouldn’t recommend paying for closer parking; you’re going to be walking all day, what’s a little more?). Allow a good 1.5 – 2 hours to drive there during morning traffic, which will be stop and go most of the time. It’s only 40 minutes if there’s no traffic, but realistically, during normal daytime hours there’s going to be traffic. From the Disneyland area, there’s really only one good route – get on I-5 heading north, and about 20 miles up the road you switch to the 101 north, and eventually you’ll see signs for the Universal Studios exit. Coming back, just reverse directions: 101 south to I-5 south to the Disneyland exit.
You can take a cab; just call one directly or have bell services, the valet or front desk of your hotel call one for you. Keep in mind it’s a long trip: the round-trip fare is likely to be $275 – $325 with tip. Lyft will be less, more like $120-$150 depending on traffic.
The official hotel for Universal Studios Hollywood is the Sheraton Universal Hotel. The hotel offers amazing views of the theme park and complimentary tram rides to Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Citywalk. There is High Speed Internet Access in each room (for an extra fee).
AAA members get a 10% discount for food and beverages at most park and CityWalk locations, with some exclusions that can vary by season. It never hurts to ask!