Your best bet is to buy tickets on the Universal website before you come to Orlando, as much for the time savings as the discounts offered. Universal is making a major push to encourage people to pre-order online and is offering some attractive online-only ticket options to encourage you to do just that. All online options allow you print out your admission ticket at home, ready to take to the gate, or pick up at the parks using the electronic kiosks just outside the entrance. Swipe the same credit card you used to make the purchase, enter the confirmation code you received at the time of purchase, and you will receive a ticket you can take to the gate. It's simple and fast.
Note: Although online multi-day tickets are discounted $20 from the prices charged at the gate, an online "processing fee" of $2.15 eats into the discount; one-day tickets are actually more expensive online. This fee may be waived for certain ticket types. Below, you will be given the "bottom line" for all ticket purchases.
If you prefer to have your tickets sent to you, Fed-Ex shipping (domestic and international) is available for $14 to $19. If you use a travel agent, allow several weeks to receive your tickets. You can also visit your local AAA office if you are a member, or try the services of Ticketmania, described later.
If you must wait to purchase tickets until you are in Orlando and can't use the Internet, you can purchase tickets at the park when you arrive for your visit. Tickets can also be purchased at the Universal Studios store in the Orlando International Airport, where many tourists begin their Orlando adventure. You might also look around for an Internet cafe or borrow a computer to get those online-only offers and discounts.
Note: The electronic kiosks outside the front gates of the parks are there specifically for the pick up of tickets already purchased online, and cannot be used to purchase tickets.
Tickets can also be purchased at the resort hotels (Chapter Five: Resort Hotels) at the concierge desk. There is no extra charge for this service. However, once you check in you will no doubt want to start using your front of the line privileges in the parks immediately (see below), so once again you are losing precious time. Better to have your tickets in hand before you arrive.
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