Universal Studios Orlando VIP Tour Guide: Should You Do It?

Have you ever wanted to do the Universal Studios Orlando VIP Tour?

BEWARE ThemeParkHipster! Only read further if you’re interested in getting the FULL VIP, red carpet treatment during your next visit to Universal Studios Orlando!

Yup, that’s right. Today I’m talking ALL THINGS Universal Orlando VIP Tour. From what the Universal VIP Tour is, to how much it costs, by the end of this post you’ll know FOR SURE whether or not the this tour is for you!

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What is the Universal VIP Tour?

The Universal Orlando VIP Tour is a private, exclusive experience available to all Universal Studio guests.

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For an extra cost on top of park admission – which we’ll get into later – you’ll receive a 5 hour, 1 park or 7 hour, 2 park behind the scenes tour of Universal Studios Orlando. 

You can also choose between a private or group tour.

Not only that, but the Universal VIP Tour includes:

  • escorted front of the line ride access
  • behind the scenes experiences
  • meals
  • valet parking
  • reserved show seating
  • a Universal CityWalk Party Pass
  • character meet and greets
  • An UNLIMITED Universal Orlando Express pass

So, even when your Universal VIP Tour is over – you can still enjoy a little bit of VIP treatment!

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What’s Included in a Universal Orlando VIP Tour?

Ok, so we went into this a little bit above, but as always, when it comes to Universal Orlando add-ons like the Universal VIP Tour, everything’s not so cut and dry. By that we mean, there are different levels of the Universal Studios Orlando VIP Tour that you can choose from. 

Universal Studios Orlando VIP Tour Guide

So, let’s get into EXACTLY what each one includes below.

1. The VIP Experience 

  • What is it?  A behind the scenes tour with other parties (capped at 12 people).
  • What choices do I have? With the Universal VIP Tour, you get to choose if you want a 1 Day, 1 Park Experience for 5 hours, where a minimum of 10 rides of priority access is guaranteed, or a 1 Day, 2 Park Experience for 7 hours, where a minimum of 8 rides is guaranteed.
  • What’s included? Personal behind the scenes tour guide, front of line access, valet parking (when available), breakfast and lunch, CityWalk Party Pass, reserved show seating, and an UNLIMITED Express Pass.

2. The Private VIP Experience 

  • What is it?  A behind the scenes tour with ONLY YOUR PARTY.
  • What choices do I have? A 1 Day, 1 Park Experience, a 1 Day, 2 Park Experience, or a 2 Day 2 Park Experience, which IS NOT a choice with the normal VIP tour.
  • What’s included? Everything included in the VIP Experience, plus dinner at a full service restaurant and the ability to customize your own itinerary.

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3 Easy Tips to Prepare for Your Universal VIP Tour Experience

Lew Wasserman Universal Studios

1. Plan to Stay at the Parks ALL DAY!

To make the most of your Universal Studios Orlando VIP Tour, I recommend staying in the parks all day, from open to close. 

Why? Because you’ll also get an UNLIMITED Express Pass and CityWalk Party Pass to use the day of your Universal VIP Tour, even after the guided tour part is over.

So, think of it like this.  After your AMAZING 5 or 7 hour behind the scenes park tour, you’ll still have at least 5 more hours to take advantage of these add-ons. 

Universal Express Pass Screenshot
Universal Express Pass Screenshot

The UNLIMITED Express Pass lets you into the shorter, Express Pass ride queue on the vast majority of attractions, and the CityWalk Party Pass works like a universal cover charge pass to all the clubs on CityWalk, which is usually open until midnight or later!

2. Check Park Hours Before Booking Your Universal Studios Orlando VIP Tour

Before deciding which day to book your Universal VIP Tour for, we highly recommend checking Universal and CityWalk’s hours here

Why? Because park hours vary from day to day.

Men in Black Immigration Tour Megatron Document
Men in Black Immigration Tour Hidden Megatron Document

So, on some days you may find you get an extra hour or two of theme park or CityWalk fun, which is DEFINITELY something to take advantage of when you have an Unlimited Express Pass and CityWalk Party Pass to use!

3. Purchase your Universal Orlando VIP Tour Ahead of Time

Can you purchase your Universal VIP Tour upon arrival at Universal Studios Orlando? Sure. Is it recommended? No.

Back Alley at Universal Studios Orlando Florida

You see, the Universal Studios Orlando VIP Tour has limited spaces, therefore it’s very possible that it will be sold out if you wait until the day of. Therefore, definitely plan like a pro and purchase your Universal VIP Tour pass here, well in advance of your park day!

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Pros and Cons of the Universal VIP Tour

Hollywood Star Breakdown showing Universal Legends with the famous Icons on VIP Tour
Hollywood Star Breakdown showing Universal Legends noted with the famous park arches on VIP Tour

Pros of a Universal VIP Tour

Let’s go through a few pros of getting the Universal VIP Tour.

1. Good Value

Is the Universal Orlando VIP Tour pricey? Yes. Does it cost more than normal park admission? Yes. Do you still have to pay admission on top of the Universal VIP Tour fee? Yes.

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HOWEVER, when you break it down by value – you’re actually making out on the deal.  Especially if you book far in advance for a slow time of year – since the Universal VIP Tour price changes based on demand.

Anyhoo, remember that included in the Universal VIP Tour fee, you’re getting:

  • breakfast ($10 value)
  • lunch ($18 value)
  • valet parking ($50)
  • an unlimited Express Pass ($100+)
  • a CityWalk Party Pass ($13 Value)
  • in-park merchandise discounts
  • behind the scenes and front of line access with a tour guide for 5+ hours

All of that is already well over a $200 value. And the Universal VIP Tour costs…. Well we’ll get to that in a sec.

2. So Many Perks Included

Honestly, it’s called the Universal VIP Tour for a reason. You literally get everything handed to you for a seamless, headache-free, luxurious theme park day.

Universal Studios VIP Tour Experience

Meals? Taken care of. Parking? Done for you. Waiting in lines? Basically non-existent. Cover charges at CityWalk afterwards? Already paid for.

All of this to say, even when your 5 or 7 hour tour is over, you’re still getting the VIP treatment.

Cons of a Universal VIP Tour

Jimmy Fallon Ride Vintage NBC Camera
Jimmy Fallon Ride Vintage NBC Camera

1. Cost

Obviously this goes without saying, but unfortunately the Universal VIP Tour will more than double your park admission.

As I discussed above, if you look at the value of what you’re getting, you’re probably saving money in the long run, but if you don’t want to put out a big chunk of change up front for one park day, then this might not be the best choice for you.

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish Ride. Universal Studios Orlando VIP Tour

Additionally, the cost of the tour isn’t entirely predictable since, like the Universal Express Pass, it’s on a sliding scale, so that the price matches demand. i.e. peak times, seasons, and days of week cost more.

So, definitely purchase your Universal Orlando VIP Tour as far in advance as possible to maximize savings!

2. Dirty Looks

This one’s silly, but, let’s be honest. If you were standing in the 95 degree humid heat for one hour to get on a ride, and then a group comes up and totally cuts the line, wouldn’t you be a little angry?

Gringotts Bank Lobby

Of course you’ll be on the receiving end of the dirty looks instead of the giving end in the Universal Orlando VIP Tour scenario, but if you’re someone who doesn’t like drawing attention to yourself, it’s something to keep in mind.

Especially since you’ll be wearing a Universal VIP Tour lanyard throughout your tour.

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How Much Does the Universal VIP Tour Cost?

Alright, the moment you’ve all been waiting for… how much does the VIP treatment actually cost? $189.99, plus tax! Or, at least that’s the starting price. 

Phylicia Rashad filming David Makes Man at Universal Studios VIP Tour
Phylicia Rashad filming David Makes Man at Universal Studio VIP Tour

Because remember, the price spikes during peak seasons. So let’s break down the specific costs below.

  • 1 Day, 1 Park VIP Tour: Starts at $189.99, plus tax, per person
  • 1 Day, 2 Park VIP Tour: Starts at $199.99, plus tax, per person
  • Private VIP Tour: Starts at  $3,099.00 per party

Universal Orlando Express Pass vs. Universal Studios Orlando VIP Tour Experience… What’s the Difference?

Think of the Universal Orlando Express Pass as a Disney FastPass that lets you take a shorter line on most rides, usually guaranteeing that your wait time is cut in half, and rarely ever more than 20 minutes total.

Universal VIP vs Universal Express Pass. Universal Studios Orlando VIP Tour.
Universal VIP vs Universal Express Pass Screenshot from UniversalOrlando.com

The Universal Orlando VIP Tour, however, goes FAR beyond that! Sure, you get an Unlimited Express Pass, but you also get valet parking, meals, reserved show seating, and a 5+ hour behind the scenes tour. 

Basically, the Universal VIP Tour pales the Express Pass in comparison.

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Universal Private VIP Tour vs. Universal Non-Private VIP Tour… What’s the Difference?

Basically, there’s two major differences between the Private and Non-Private Universal Orlando VIP Tour: price and group size.

Men in Black Immigration Tour Kang document. Universal Studios Orlando VIP Tour
Men in Black Immigration Tour Secret Kang Document

Whereas the Non-Private Universal VIP Tour will cost you in the hundreds and can accommodate up to 12 people from various different parties, the Private Universal VIP Tour is exclusively your party, and will cost you THOUSANDS.

Literally. The Private Universal Studios Orlando VIP Tour starts at $3,099. And in addition to just being your own group, it also allows you to customize the itinerary, add a second day onto your tour, and have dinners included.

What’s Included in a Universal Studios VIP Tour for Halloween Horror Nights?

Just like how the normal Universal Studios Orlando VIP Tour has multiple different offerings, the same is true for the Halloween Horror Nights R.I.P. tour experience (RIP instead of VIP…get it?)

HHN 2013 Walking Dead Roaming Zombies
HHN 2013 Walking Dead Roaming Zombies

Basically, you can choose between the Halloween Horror Nights Behind-the-Screams: Unmasking the Horror Tour for $80 and the Halloween Horror Nights R.I.P. Tour for $200.

The difference? The Unmasking the Horror Tour DOES NOT require ANY additional admission, and is a daytime, lights-on haunted house tour for your choice 3 or 6 houses.

Whereas the Halloween Horror Nights R.I.P. Tour requires Halloween Horror Nights admission and allows you a guided tour and VIP front of line entry to each house – PLUS an Unlimited Express Pass, Valet Parking, food reception, and more. 

Basically, a great way to ensure you will experience EVERY haunted house during this limited time event!

Is a Universal VIP Tour Worth It?

As we broke down above in the Pros and Cons section, the Universal Orlando VIP Tour really does give you A LOT for your money – especially when you consider that an Unlimited Express Pass alone already costs $100+.

Jimmy Fallon Museum at Universal Studios Universal Studios Orlando VIP Tour
Jimmy Fallon Museum at Universal Studios

I’d highly recommend the Universal Studios Orlando VIP Tour to any Universal Studios superfan, anyone who’s never been to the park before, or any veteran ThemeParkHipster who wants to spoil themselves with the most stress-free theme park experience they can imagine!

How Can I Book the Universal Orlando VIP Tour Experience at Universal?

You can book your VIP tour by clicking here or calling 1-866-346-9350 to book!

Wrapping Up…

Well ThemeParkHipster, I truly hope that this comprehensive guide gave you all the answers to your Universal Orlando VIP Tour questions!

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So before you go, please do let us know in the comments below: Will you be booking the Universal VIP Tour anytime soon? Or, do you have your own Universal Orlando VIP Tour experience to share?

Until next time, Happy Park Hopping Hipsters!

About the Author

Gina Arfi Disney Writer at ThemeParkHipster

Gina is a former Walt Disney World and Disney Cruise Line Cast Member who enjoys reliving the magic by writing helpful tips and tricks for future guests! 

Check out more about her Disney adventures and writing endeavors at www.ginaarfi.net.

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