Universal Studios 2 Park 14 Day Tickets - £92 per Adult £84 per child (other Florida tips included in the rest of the post and comments) - HotUKDeals
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Now I know first off these prices seem a lot of money to those not planning to visit the theme parks this year. However, for those of us who are and have realised there is very little in the way of 'deals' on the park ticklets, these prices are a good few pounds cheaper than most other places are selling them. PLUS this company doesn't charge any fees on your credit card so the price you see is the price you pay.

There are better deals out there for people wanting to visit other parks such as Busch Gardens and Sea World, but for those of you on a two week or three week holiday who's main focus will be on Disney and Universal, these are the best value tickets you can get.

You will get unlimited entry in to both parks for 14 consecutive days. So if you went every day the cost per day would be just £6.57 per adult, which isn't bad at all (although you will still have to pay the rip off $14 parking charges, but I am yet to find a decent method of avoiding those that wont result in your hire car getting towed away!!).

3 Park tickets are £107 per adult and £99 per child. You get the same 14 days but they add Wet and Wild in too for the extra £15. This wasn;t worth it for me as the Ultimate Disney Tickets we have include the Disney Water Parks so we will use those instead (this site has a deal on those tickets too at £233 per adult and £213 per child. This offers 14 days full park access and park hopping for the price of 7 days. It seems expensive again, but there are four main disney parks, two waterparks and also Disney Quest at Downtown Disney you can visit all with the same ticket).

You will receive actual park tickets and not e-tickets for the parks you buy for. This should save you quite a bit of time on your first days visit, especially at Universal Studios I hear.

For car hire we have gone with usrentacar as they came out way cheaper than going direct to the car hire companies. They also have an app on the iphone that you can use to show your booking voucher (although probably best to print it off too just in case technology fails you on the day!!). Edit: http://www.dollar.co.uk are showing up a little bit cheaper at present (not good for me, but good for those not booked. 3 weeks car hire of a Ford Focus or similar is showing up as £358).

You can get discount cards called 'Kids Eat Free' cards (or something like that. Some ticket sites give those away for free when you book tickets/holidays through them, but I found their prices tended to be a bit more expensive. You can get the for around £10 each and they should save you much more than that if you se them with every meal as most restaurants take them. My friend had two and they didn't even activate them, so if you know someone who has been this year it might be worth seeing if they had theirs activated and borrow them (or buy them off them for half price maybe).

Hope this helps some people out as I have spent many hours trying to sort out our holiday and the above is a quick summary of around a years work and reading to get the best possible deal for our own holiday. Others of you may have different requirements for your holiday so these tips may not suit everyone.

Happy holidaying HotUKDealers.
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#1
lols spammed your own misc thread?
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Nailez
lols spammed your own misc thread?

I was trying to save people money, not play childish games by encouraging people to vote this deal cold because I had posted a question about why it had been removed several times. It was a genuine question and behaviour like that puts off genuine users of this site posting deals.

Thank you to whoever reinstated my original post. I genuinely hope it helps people out and to take some of the stress out of organising thier holidays.
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Not a ticket I buy myself as we have annual passes, renewal each year costs about same price for the whole year as these tickets and includes parking. As for these tickets they are cheaper at Expedia with 12% Quidco £98.24 less 13% = £86.45, 3 park £113.65 less 12% = £100.02
Real tickets or e-tickets makes no difference to me, there are multiple machines outsite both Universal or IOA, always one available, takes no more than a couple of minutes for e-tickets.

Car hire, USrentacar used to be one of the chepest companies, rarely are anymore, to give you an example, I booked a weeks rental a few days ago in the Holiday Autos 25% off sale, 7 seater full size SUV 7 days incl insurance at £139, same car, same dates with USrentacar £242.


Edited By: asters on May 28, 2012 14:38
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realblender
What were the other places you looked at with better deals for those wanting more or just an alternative to what seems like a bedroom business?

I did check up the site before I booked through them. They are a part of Travel Republic as far as I could gather and nothing like "avoid at all costs" popped up when googling for reviews of the company.

I checked so many companies I have lost track I'm afraid ( I know that isn't helpful). Here's the latest google result on cheap Universal Tickets (you will see Travel Republic appear with the same prices as this post, because it is the same company).

http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=disney%2Funiversal&um=1&hl=en&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&biw=1105&bih=476&wrapid=tlif133821229438911&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=iw&ei=xn_DT8npIcbntQaf4uClCg#hl=en&gs_nf=1&pq=online%20florida%20parent%20company&cp=20&gs_id=4e&xhr=t&q=cheapest+universal+studios+tickets&pf=p&sclient=psy-ab&oq=cheapest+universal+s&aq=0&aqi=g4&aql=&gs_l=&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&fp=5efaa68f9769103c&biw=1105&bih=476

I know you can sometimes see cheaper tickets, but they are from sites that you just wouldn't trust. Its' a lot of money to part with after all. This site doesn't look that professional to be honest, so I understand why you ask. But it is ABTA protected.

I have only just ordered myself as I was having an issue where card fees kept getting applied to my order, which now seems to have been fixed (notsure if that was my card or the site or me just usng my ipad to try and order rather than a PC).
#5
asters
Not a ticket I buy myself as we have annual passes, renewal each year costs about same price for the whole year as these tickets and includes parking. As for these tickets they are cheaper at Expedia with 12% Quidco £98.24 less 13% = £86.45, 3 park £113.65 less 12% = £100.02
Real tickets or e-tickets makes no difference to me, there are multiple machines outsite both Universal or IOA, always one available, takes no more than a couple of minutes for e-tickets.

Car hire, USrentacar used to be one of the chepest companies, rarely are anymore, to give you an example, I booked a weeks rental a few days ago in the Holiday Autos 25% off sale, 7 seater full size SUV 7 days incl insurance at £139, same car, same dates with USrentacar £242.


Thanks for your tips. Not everyone uses QUIDCO, so for those people your tickets work out £4 more expensive each.

But your comments about car hire did remind me of something I forgot to state in my original post. Although I say the prices I have found are the cheapest, they were the cheapest for me for the dates I wanted to go. You have to shop around as much as possible as some seem to get better deals from other companies for certain dates than with others. I booked our car hire almoist a year in advance which is probably why I found it so much cheaper. I am also going for three weeks and managed to get a standatd sized forur door car for £350 for the whole three weeks through USRentacar. Nowehre else came close (at the time I booked. Since I paid upfront, I haven't wanted to keep on looking as I'm not going to save any money now I have paid for it).

I woudl love to go regularly enough for the annual passes to be worth while (they really are the cheapest). There are also Florida resident tickets you can get, but there didn't seem to be a way to get hold of those without genuinely beign a resident and not just family of someone who lives out there.

Hopefully this post is going to turn out to be a plethora of useful information for anyone planning a trip this year.
#6
Denziloshamen

I woudl love to go regularly enough for the annual passes to be worth while (they really are the cheapest). There are also Florida resident tickets you can get, but there didn't seem to be a way to get hold of those without genuinely beign a resident and not just family of someone who lives out there.

Hopefully this post is going to turn out to be a plethora of useful information for anyone planning a trip this year.

Doubt you can find a way to buy Florida resident tickets, we goto Orlando upto 4 times a year and never found a way but we are happy with Annual pass rates, Busch Gardens & Seaworld only cost me £72/year for both parks incl parking, discounts & freebies.
#7
asters
Denziloshamen

I woudl love to go regularly enough for the annual passes to be worth while (they really are the cheapest). There are also Florida resident tickets you can get, but there didn't seem to be a way to get hold of those without genuinely beign a resident and not just family of someone who lives out there.

Hopefully this post is going to turn out to be a plethora of useful information for anyone planning a trip this year.

Doubt you can find a way to buy Florida resident tickets, we goto Orlando upto 4 times a year and never found a way but we are happy with Annual pass rates, Busch Gardens & Seaworld only cost me £72/year for both parks incl parking, discounts & freebies.

I can only afford it once a decade. THis is the first time I will have been abroad in 12 years!!! What other discounts and freebies have you discovered?
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Rather than posting on a general deal/offer forum can I suggest you use one of the great Disney forums we have? Personally I prefer DISboards.com as I am a moderator (wayneg) on there UK section here http://www.disboards.com/forumdisplay.php?f=47 another popular one is The Dibb, I do post on there but most of my time is taken up with DIS. If you post on these forums you will get many helping out with best deals, discounts, coupons etc.
#9
Found DIS boards to be really hard to navigate to find useful info as so many people use it and post on it. But I have heard good things about the site and Dibb, so really must make the effort to try again ow the trip is only a couple of months away. The universal tickets were the last purchase needed so was pleased to finally get everything sorted.

Just need to get the ESTA thing sorted out now (the last time i went we just filled in a green form on the plane journey over!!) and plan the trip with military precision to minimise queuing times etc.
#10
We have a villa in Florida and receive resident discount when we go, all we need to show it address details or a driving licence from the USA.

Any friends who stay we put them in touch we a good friend cesar who can get tickets up to 50% currently friends who went last week paid, $85 a day for Disney and universal, remember that's dollars.

Dollar car rental comes up cheapest for car rental via the UK Version of their site as it includes all fees nothing else to pay on arrival apart from a tank of gas if you want to return empty, otherwise return full and don't pay this.

My advice is alway get the toll road prepay option with car rental, think its only $3 a day but will save a fortune on toll roads.

Hope this helps
#11
That confused me, you've got the same avatar!!
#12
Yep, Dollar direct are coming up a couple of pounds cheaper than USrentacar, which they weren't when I booked but that's the risk you take. You have to commit and book at some point, you just hope that when you do you get it at the cheapest price possible. I assumed the prices would go up nearer to the date of departure, so booked in January.

The toll thing sounds interesting. We're staying at a friends villa in Davenport. What is the normal toll costs (I haven't been in 12 years so things have changed a bit since then!).
#13
nwressell

Dollar car rental comes up cheapest for car rental via the UK Version of their site as it includes all fees nothing else to pay on arrival apart from a tank of gas if you want to return empty, otherwise return full and don't pay this.

My advice is alway get the toll road prepay option with car rental, think its only $3 a day but will save a fortune on toll roads.
Dollar are my Favourite rental company but just now they are expensive, Just helped someone in this thread with a car rental, £290 same rental with Dollar.co.uk would be £386.56 http://www.thedibb.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=611345

Prepaid tolls probably can work for some but certainly doesn't for us, this August will be our 28th trip (Nov 29th trip) never spent more than about $15 on tolls each trip, that includes our 25 night trips which I believe would be $101.70 using prepay.
From Dollar's website "Pass24 pre-paid toll service is available to Dollar Rent A Car customers for $5.95 per day or $27.95 per week in Florida, which includes all toll charges"


Edited By: asters on May 28, 2012 19:30
#14
Not sure with davenport as its the other side of Disney from Kissimmee, but more toll roads than 12 years ago and it just means you can wizz down the toll roads and not have to worry about finding change all for about $3 a day.
#15
we have stayed in davenport and i think we paid less than $3 in tolls in the fortnight and that was because we took a wrong turning.just have quarters handy incase it happens to you.
#16
also floridaescapes.co.uk is £92 and £82 and pay by debit card
#17
mcgowannikki
also floridaescapes.co.uk is £92 and £82 and pay by debit card

Thank you. They do have better prices, but wouldn't recommend purchases this big on a debit card as it doesn't offer you any protection on your purchase. Do they also have no charges for credit cards?
#18
Try Alamo get cheapest2door economy
They always are short of these then have to upgrade you first in line no queue
if not show the guy in the parking lot a twenty
Worked for me his eyes popped and he ordered us a full size Ford
Couldnt wait took a standard a Ford Fusionmore than big enough for four adults
Could have asked for anything for twenty
Dont accept any other charges upgrades decline fuel bring back full
Quidco tracked £25 on a £237 deal
Three drivers in deal
#19
We're in Florida now. Islands of Adventure is really busy no matter what day you go (same for Hollywood Studios). This makes sense as these are the two parks with the best thrill rides.

We turned up to Islands of Adventure at 8am and avoided Harry Potter as we did that on our first visit. If you do this you can pretty much walk on every single ride in the park, more than once, as everyone has rushed to the top of the park for HP. All of he HP rides had 60 minute plus queues, even at that time. I wouldn't waste an hour queuing for flight of the Hippogriff either, it's very very short and exactly the same as Goofy's Barn Stormer in Magic Kingdom or Woody Woodpecker's Nuthouse Coaster in Universal Studios.

The only really busy ride in Universal Studios seems to be Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, with queues pretty much always an hour long (not helped by the fact it's the first ride you come to when you enter the park!). Men n Black and Simpsons can get busy, but queues are regularly around the 30 minute mark, so if you see an hour long queue go and find another ride and then come back a bit later.

Don't waste money on the universal fast passes either. They are an absolute rip off and can only be used once per ride anyway. Plan your day well and you won't need them at all.

Go in the afternoon, lunch time onward, for your first leisurely visit. Do as many of the rides as you can that have the shortest queues. Do at least one long queue. Then go at opening for your second trip (allow half an hour to park your car and get to the gates) and aim to do all the rides you avoided due to long lines the first time. This technique will guarantee you a stress free visit to the parks and maximise your time and value from your tickets.
#20
Thanks for all the info. Toying with idea of going next year, so I can now estimate how much it will cost me.
#21
squirrelnutkin2
Thanks for all the info. Toying with idea of going next year, so I can now estimate how much it will cost me.

Our friends own a villa in Davenport that they rent out, if you're genuinely interested send me a message.

Cost is £350 a week in peak period, £300 in mid season, or £250 a week off season. Villa sleeps a maximum of ten and has enough rooms and bathrooms to comfortably sleep two families of four (for an example) if you want to share you accomodation with friends or family and half your costs.

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