Universal Studios Orlando Food Prices & Dining Options

On my recent visit to the Universal Orlando Resort (Jan 2024), the cost of popular food and drink items from quick-service locations was as follows:

  • Bottles of beer – $10.50
  • Alcoholic cocktails served in a souvenir cup – $14.50
  • Single-serve soda – $4.49
  • Bottle of Powerade – $5.50
  • Meatball bowl – $15.49
  • Turkey or Veggie Wrap – $10.49
  • Tropical fruit salad – $8.49
  • California roll – $13.99

The food and drink prices I’ve recorded at Universal Orlando have stayed the same since 2022. However, prices are still inflated when compared to similar restaurants in Orlando.

The prices listed above are for quick-service locations only. These are the equivalent of McDonald’s, Wendy’s, etc.

The exact price you pay for food will depend on what you order and where you eat. For example, a burger and fries at Krusty Burger at Universal Studios Florida will cost less than at the Hard Rock Café at Universal CityWalk.

Therefore you’ll need to budget at least an extra 50% for entrees at table-service restaurants, as well as a tip for your server.

How Much to Budget for Food at Universal Orlando

I recommend budgeting $50 per person daily for food at Universal Orlando.

The $50 budget is based on:

Here’s an example of how I would spend $50 on food and drink at Universal Orlando:

  • Cold Brew from Starbucks – $4.29
  • Tacos Pollo from Bumblebee Man’s Taco Truck – $11.99
  • Fountain Soda – $4.29
  • Butterbeer ice cream from Florean Fortescue’s – $5.99
  • Smokehouse Stack from NBC Sports Grill & Brew – $17.95
  • Fountain Soda – $4.29

Combined, this comes out to $48.53 before tax and gratuity. Therefore, if I wanted to enjoy a starter or dessert with dinner or even an extra drink or snack throughout the day, I’d need to budget closer to $60 or $65.

During my most recent visit to Universal Orlando (Jan 2024), I spent an average of $112 on food per day for our family of 3. However, this is predominantly because my little boy was only 18 months old. As such, he’s not eating meals of his own and instead eating from what we order.

🎟️ Where To Buy Tickets for Universal Orlando?

If you’re based in the US or Canada, I recommend Klook for your Universal Orlando tickets. Klook consistently has the most competitive prices. There’s also a range of different ticket options to suit all budgets and requirements.

Meanwhile, if you’re based in the United Kingdom. Then I recommend buying your Universal Orlando theme park tickets from AttractionTix. I personally use AttractionTix when purchasing Orlando theme park tickets. That’s because AttractionTix consistently has the most competitive prices and incredible customer service.

🏥 Should I Buy Travel Insurance for a Visit to Universal Orlando?

If you’re travelling to Universal Orlando for vacation, then travel insurance is recommended. Basic travel insurance coverage with Safety Wing averages between $5 – $10 per day and offers peace of mind.

However, if a trip to Universal Orlando isn’t part of a vacation. For example, you live locally. Then travel insurance isn’t likely to be necessary.

🚘 Do I Need to Rent a Car for a Visit to Universal Orlando?

You don’t need to rent a car to visit Universal Orlando, as the resort has Uber / Lyft pick-up and drop-off points. However, if Universal Orlando makes up the majority of your vacation, then you may want to stay on-site.

Staying onsite at the Universal Orlando Resort comes with several perks. Including complimentary transport from the hotel to the Universal Orlando theme parks. In some cases, you can even walk from your hotel straight to the theme park gates.

However, if a trip to Universal Orlando only makes up a portion of your vacation, then you may want to rent a car. I personally use Discover Cars to find the best car rental for all of my trips to Orlando.

🏨 Where to Stay When Visiting Universal Orlando?

If you’re spending the majority of your vacation at Universal Orlando, it’s a good idea to stay at a Universal Orlando hotel. Staying onsite at Universal Orlando comes with several perks, including;

While staying onsite at Universal Orlando is great value for money, it can still be out of budget for many. Thankfully, there are several budget-friendly hotels close to Universal Orlando to choose from.

Meanwhile, if Universal Orlando only makes up part of your Orlando vacation, then you may want to stay elsewhere. Kissimmee, International Drive and Lake Buena Vista are all within a 40-minute drive of Universal Orlando.

When it comes to booking hotels in Orlando, I use either Booking.com or Hotels.com. However, for large families and groups, VRBO is my number one choice.


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