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How Much Does a Universal Studios Hollywood Vacation Cost?

low costOne-Day Pass: $73-$81 Eachaverage costUpgraded One-Day Pass: $140-$250 Eachhigh costAnnual Pass: $130-$170+ Each
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Universal Studios Hollywood[1] is a theme park that includes roller coasters, back-lot tours, shows and attractions based on movies from Transformers to Jurassic Park.

Typical costs:

  • A one-day pass to Universal Studios Hollywood costs $81 ages three and up or $73 for guests under 48-inches tall. A family of four may expect to pay about $308, depending on height of children.
  • Upgraded single day tickets include the front-of-line pass at $140 and the summertime front-of-line pass at $150, or about $580 for a family of four. The front-of-line pass allows priority entrance to each ride and attraction, reserved seating and selected behind-the-scenes access. The pass, including a VIP guided tour, costs $250 per person.
  • An annual pass[2] costs about $130. An upgraded premium annual pass costs $170 and includes parking.
Related articles: Universal Studios Orlando Vacation, Universal Islands of Adventure Vacation, Theme Park Admission, Disney Cruise

What should be included:
  • The ticket typically covers the cost of most rides and attractions.
Additional costs:
  • With the exception of baby food, outside food and drinks are not allowed in the park. Dining options[3] range from hot dogs ($7) to Doc Brown's Chicken Restaurant, where chicken meal plates cost about $7-$9. Expect to pay about $50-$70 for a family of four, depending on food and beverage choices.
  • General parking costs $15 for all vehicles or $20 for the closer preferred spots.
  • Hotel prices in the area vary from $75-$400 per night, double occupancy, depending on location and number of guests. For example, the nearby Beverly Garland Hotel[4] offers rooms for about $195-$315 per night, double occupancy, depending on room size and travel date, while the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City[5] offers double occupancy rooms from about $215-$400, depending on room size and travel date. Travel about two miles away from the park and the Travelodge Burbank/Glendale[6] offers rooms at about $85-$95 per night, depending on room size and travel date.
  • Check for discounts and specials[7] of 10%-40% on tickets purchased online.
  • Southern California residents[8] receive a savings of about $15 on a single-day pass.
  • Military discounts[9] are available, but must be purchased in advance of park visit.
  • Off season specials typically include reduced prices on the next year's annual pass.
  • AAA discounts change regularly and typically include savings of about 10% at nearby hotels, about $3 off each daily ticket price, and 10% off selected food and restaurant purchases.
Shopping for a universal studios hollywood vacation:
  • Purchase tickets online[10] through the Universal Studios Hollywood website.
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