Finally! Universal Orlando Annual Passes are now officially plastic!

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Is there anything more shameful than getting soaked on a water ride (I’m lookin’ at you, Dudley), only to reach into your pocket and pull out your sopping, wet paper Universal Orlando Annual Pass? Ok first world problems, but the struggle is real, man! Or at least it was.

Behold! The dawn of a new era:

That’s right, Universal Orlando Annual Passes are now officially plastic. The announcement came from Universal’s official blog, and it couldn’t have come soon enough. The park is about to undergo some massive transitions, and it’s about time for a little visual/aesthetic reinvention.

It even came with a fancy new trailer:

The new Annual Passes will be available in three vibrant colors: The purple Power Pass, the teal Preferred Pass, and the yellow Premier Pass.

So how do you get these attractive new access cards? Well, they’ll be available at both Universal Orlando Resort theme parks during special distribution events Fridays through Sundays, starting June 3. Here are the details on how to pick up your brand spankin’ new Annual Pass:

Location Pick-Up

  • Jurassic Park Discovery Center (outside, lagoon side) – Universal’s Islands of Adventure
  • Café La Bamba (outside, porch) – Universal Studios Florida

Dates Available for Pick-Up

  • June 3, 4 and 5
  • June 10, 11 and 12
  • June 17, 18 and 19

Pick-Up Time

  • 10:00AM – 6:00PM

Here’s a helpful little FAQ straight from Universal on the transition:

Do I have to switch from my current pass to a plastic pass?
No, you do not have to switch from your current pass to a new plastic pass. Even if you renew, you can keep your current pass. However, in any event where you want or need to replace your pass (e.g.: if it’s lost or stolen), you will receive a plastic pass and must surrender your current pass.

Can I keep my paper pass and get a plastic pass, so I can use either pass to enter the parks?
If you choose to get a plastic pass, you will need to surrender your current pass and it will become inactive.

How much will it cost for me to get a plastic pass?
There will be no cost for you to get your new pass.

Where will I be able to switch out my pass?
Fridays through Sundays from June 3 through June 19, you can pick up your new plastic pass at the Café La Bamba (outside patio) at Universal Studios or the Jurassic Park Discovery Center landing (outside) at Islands of Adventure between 10am and 6pm.

Can I bring my family member’s pass to switch out or do they have to be present?
All Passholders must be present with their ID in order to receive their new pass.


So are you guys ready for the long overdue transition to plastic passes? Let me know what you think in the comments below!


  1. Steve Douglas

    FINALLY! Not only was pulling out soaked, torn, ripped, faded passes out of your pockets after ripsaw falls incredibly aggravating…but the process to get a new pass at times seemed harder than getting a same day actual PASSPORT! Thank you Universal for finally making this transition.

    1. Universal Lover


  2. Cassie

    Yay! Thank you Universal for actively listening to their guests and acting in their requests. The design looks great and the plastic will overall be better for everyone.
    I’m a little confused though as to why their having specific pick up days and are not letting you switch out at the ticketing desks at the front of the park. What if I’m not able to make it to a distribution day?

  3. Bradley

    We live in NC but come down regularly, just not during the pick up times, is there going to be a shipping option? Or can we just swap them out at a ticket window when we come down next?

  4. Elisa

    Will I be able to pick up my pass on other days of the week? I generally work Friday to Sunday and I’m sure a lot of other people are in the same boat as me!

  5. Duncan

    cool, can’t wait to switch over 🙂 also looks like the dropped the Black out Dates in June for Power Pass

  6. They just change it to every day instead of the weekend of the posted dates above. it will still be from June 3 to June 19, but everyday instead of just weekends.

  7. William

    They later stated that if you can’t make the listed dates that you can go to the group ticket pick up at islands of adventure anytime after June 3rd.

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