Universal Orlando raises annual pass prices, expands blockout dates to Islands of Adventure
Written by Robert Niles
Universal Orlando's significantly expanded blackout dates in 2011 for annual passholders who want to visit its Islands of Adventure theme park. Compare the 2010 Power Pass blackout dates with the 2011 Power Pass blackout dates.Tweet
Clearly, Universal's trying to hold down crowds at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the popular new land in Islands of Adventure with the expanded blackout dates on its least expensive annual pass.
The number of blackout days drops from 26 days to just 7 days for visits to the Universal Studios Florida theme park. However, Islands of Adventure is blocked out in 2011 on an additional 59 days, for 66 blockout dates total. The blockouts include the entire month of July, plus the first two weeks of August and last two weeks of April. The price of the Power Pass jumps $20, too, from $139.99 to $159.99 for Florida residents.
Annual passholders can get into the park on those blackout dates without buying a regular ticket by opting for the more expensive Preferred or Premier Passes, neither of which have blackout dates. The Preferred Pass remains $219.99 ($229.99 for non-Florida residents), but the cost of the Premier Pass is going up, from $289.99 to $349.99, an increase of $60. The Premier Pass includes free valet parking and front-of-line Express pass privileges after 4 pm, as well as other in-park discounts. No changes to renewal prices have been announced yet.
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