Universal Orlando Promises New Offerings Following Annual Passholder Backlash

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One of the fun perks for Universal Orlando Resort Annual Passholders has come to an end, at least for now.

Universal Orlando Resort Annual Passes are different depending on levels. The higher the level, the more opportunities you have to save money on merchandise and restaurants, Park in special areas, and receive special perks like using Universal Express to skip the regular attraction line queues.

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Per our previous report, Universal Orlando Resort confirmed that complimentary buttons and magnets, which Annual Passholders were able to pick up at Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, or Universal’s Volcano Bay, are no longer available.

With the buttons and magnets gone, many Annual Passholders have expressed dissatisfaction but Universal Orlando has promised “exciting offerings soon.”

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Universal Orlando wrote:

Hi Ryder! Passholder buttons and magnets are not available at this time, however, we look forward to providing our UOAP family with other exciting offerings soon. We will ensure your feedback is formally documented and shared further with the proper teams.

Below are the costs for a UOAP: 

  • Premier Pass $599.99 (no blockout dates, early entry, free parking, Express Pass after 2:00 p.m., discounted food and merchandise, one Halloween Horror Nights ticket)
  • Preferred Pass $399.99 (no blockout dates, early entry, free parking, discounted food, and merchandise)
  • Power Pass $349.99 (some blockout dates, discounted parking)
  • Seasonal Pass $299.99 (most blockout dates)
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Here were the benefits for a Universal Orlando Premier Pass during 2021:

  • Early Park Admission to Universal Studios Florida or Universal’s Islands of Adventure up to one (1) hour before the theme park opens (select attractions)
  • Universal Express Pass after 4:00pm†† at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure (one time per participating attraction)
  • Includes admission to select special events such as Mardi Gras and Holidays
  • Special discounts on separately ticketed events such as Halloween Horror Nights and EVE at Universal CityWalk
  • 15% off multi-day theme park admission tickets purchased at the front gate (Up to 6 tickets per transaction per day; not valid on Universal Express passes, or tickets with Universal Express)
  • Free Valet or Prime Self-Parking (after first visit). Excludes select special events. Note that when visiting Universal’s Volcano Bay it will be more convenient for you to self-park in the Parking Garage, where you will access the park shuttle.
  • Save up to 30%++ off base rates plus enjoy a free single car class upgrade at Budget® and Avis®
  • One (1) free night admission to Halloween Horror Nights (on select nights only)^. To use, you must present your valid Premier Annual Pass at any Universal Studios Florida turnstile.
  • Admission to the Passholder Lounge presented by Coca-Cola® inside Universal Studios Florida
  • Discounts on many restaurants and shops at Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Universal’s CityWalk, and Universal’s Volcano Bay
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Universal Orlando Annual Passholders will have to wait and see what these exciting offerings might be. Universal has not yet released the passholder benefits for 2022, but we expect those to be announced in the near future.

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Several changes are coming to Universal Orlando this year. Shrek 4-D will be permanently closing in just a matter of days and Revenge of the Mummy is set to close for a lengthy refurbishment that will have it unavailable for Guests until the late summer.

In addition, Universal Orlando is expected to make major strides on the Epic Universe, its newest theme park that is currently under construction and is expected to potentially open in 2025.

What has your experience been like with the Universal Orlando Annual Pass?

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