Universal Studios is an exciting place for kids and grownups. But do your research on the best prices before you go to Orlando or you could end up paying too much,
Kathleen Cairns, a regular blogger here, went to Universal Studios last weekend with friends to check out The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal’s Islands of Adventure .
“The big sign overhead offered weekly passes, 4 day passes, and “1 day 2 park” passes,” Kathleen wrote me, assuming that you had to buy a ticket both for the Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios. “The ticket seller said that would be $120 each for the “1 day 2 park” tickets. $480. Plus tax!”
As her friend was preparing to charge the tickets on her credit card, Kathleen heard a woman at the next window ask for a one day one park pass. She was charged only $85.
“It was not even offered on the big sign above the ticket windows. AND my friend had asked for the least expensive ticket, as all we wanted to do was see Harry Potter! So I asked him to refund the “1 day 2 park” tickets and we then paid $85 each for the “1 day 1 park” ticket. $340 plus tax!”
“We saved a total of $140 because I luckily overheard the woman at the next window. BUT, the sad part is, my friends were there twice before, with children and grandchildren! Imagine the money they wasted all because Universal didn’t even offer or advertise the “1 day 1 park” pass! This seems to be unethical and definitely greedy. When I returned home, I looked on the Universal Studios website and saw that they do offer the “1 day 1 park” rate. But why is it not offered on the ticket booths???”
“I would like you to educate everyone who reads your column so they can be prepared if and when they visit this amazing and fun place!” she wrote me.
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