Univeral Orlando consists of 2 parks. This makes the ticket pricing and the options a little simpler than when buying tickets for Walt Disney. Below is is quick summary of the ticket prices and options available this season (2009).

  • 1 Day 1 Park Pass - $75 at the gate or $73 if you purchase online and print your own ticket

  • 1 Day 2 Park Pass - $90 at the gate or $85 online (go to both parks on the same day)

  • 2 Day 2 Park Pass - $120 at the gate or $95 online (go to both parks on two days)

  • Unilimted 2 Park Pass - $125 at the gate or $100 online (unlimted admission for 7 consecutive days to either park)

I can do both parks in 2 days and cover the rides that I want to ride and see the shows I want to see. However, I don't recommend this for first time visitors. I would recommend the 2 Day 2 Park Pass and visit each park for the better part of a day, especially if you have young children. Be sure to evaluate whether it is beneficial for you to stay at a property hotel. If you stay at the property hotel you will get the Univeral Express Pass included with your hotel stay. This automatically moves you to the front of the line at Universal. If you don't stay on property you can purchase the Universal Epxress Pass separately.

Dining inside Univervsal Studios is good. It's pretty typical as far as the food goes. I am going to be honest with you and tell you that when I'm at Universal I'm not spending a lot of time at a restaurant or hunting food. I'm more interested in the rides and the shows. However, there are a couple of places that I will suggest you try when inside Universal Studios Orlando.

Finnegan's Bar and Grill is great little Irish/American bar that serves up some really great food in a great atmosphere. I'm not big on Corned Beef and Cabbage but the Irish Stew and the Fish and Chips are excellent. You can have a beer with your meal here or you can order something a little stronger if you like (Irish coffee anyone!). This is located in the New York area of Universal Studios.

Schwabs Pharmacy is located in the Hollywood area. You will want to visit them to try one of their great ice cream sundaes or hand-made milk shakes. Think of the 50's style drug store and and that is Schwabs.

You can find a Ben&Jerry's as well as Starbucks inside the park along with many other fine places to eat.

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