Three theme park ticket options I would love to buy, but can't
With all the ticket options available to theme park visitors - park hoppers, City Pass, seasonal options, no expiration tickets - it might seem hard to believe that there remain some options that are not
available to theme park fans. But there are.
Here are three ticket options I'd love to buy, but can't because their parks haven't made them available (yet):
1. An unlimited free parking option for annual passholders at Universal Studios Hollywood
USH is the closest theme park to my home, but most years I don't buy an annual pass. That's because I typically only end up visiting the park about once a year or so, outside press events. The park just doesn't have enough attractions for my family to want to make multiple visits a year. (Now, when Universal Studios Hollywood builds its version of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, that'll be a different story.) But we would love to go to CityWalk more often.
The $10 parking charge keeps up away, though. CityWalk-like developments such as Americana at Brand validate parking for several hours, allowing us to see a movie or eat a leisurely dinner without having to pay to park. Heck, even Anaheim's Downtown Disney offers several hours of free parking. I'd gladly upgrade to a USH annual pass just for the free parking at CityWalk (which I prefer to Americana). But USH's top AP's parking perk is only good if you arrive before 5 pm.
2. A no-expire option on multi-day tickets for Disneyland
A multi-day, no-expire ticket is a great option for someone who wants to visit a Disney theme park a few times a year, but not often enough to justify the cost of an annual pass. Disneyland offers a variety of annual passes, but all but the most expensive are blocked out on the weekends and school vacations when I can drive the family down from Pasadena.
I've got one of those seasonal annual passes, which I use to visit the park about once a month or so on a workday. But I'd love to get my kids a multi-day ticket as a Christmas present. Unfortunately, multi-day Disneyland Resort tickets expire 14 days after their first use. Unlike Walt Disney World, Disneyland does not offer a no-expire option.
A no-expire option also could be a good way to upsell out-of-town visitors to a longer Disneyland pass, helping ensure they return for a future visit. And yes, like the USH parking option, I would pay extra for this option.
3. A combined Universal Orlando/Universal Studios Hollywood annual pass
Now that Disney's offering a combo Disneyland/Disney World pass, Universal is the only major chain that does not offer any type of national chain-wide annual pass. I suspect the reason's been that, up until earlier this year, Universal Orlando was half-owned by another company, meaning that USH and UO technically had different owners, making a two-coast ticket a difficult cross-company arrangement.
But NBCUniversal's the sole owner of both theme park developments now. What better way to celebrate that acquisition than by introducing a UO/USH AP?
(Especially if that three-park pass also included free parking at Universal Studios Hollywood after 5pm....)
Is there a theme park ticket option you'd like to buy, but can't? I'd love to hear about it in the comments. Let's keep the discussion to new options that one company could introduce without the cooperation of another (so no requests for the not-gonna-happen Disney World/Universal Orlando park-hopper, please). And everyone knows we'd all love to see more discounts. So let's talk about just those options for which you'd be willing to pay extra.
I think the idea of the parking is great. I think carrying on from this, when you buy a 7/10/14 pass, you should be able to buy a discounted parking ticket which allows you to park free in all the parks (ie on a 10 day ticket, if all days are used you will be looking at parking of $140. So why not sell a sinlge ticket for $100 and you can park free for all your days?
Those are all good ideas, but I think they don't offer them precisely because it is a way of letting people pay less. Paying less is not what they are trying to do. Universal doesn't make nearly as much as Disney for their annual passes, which is why I think they won't ever have a parking pass.
True, but could Universal make more money via rents from CityWalk if more people visited in the evenings on their AP free parking? And would Disneyland be able to switch some of their part-day seasonal AP visitors to more profitable full-day multi-ticket visitors if it offered no-expire? I think those are fair questions to consider.
I would love to get that WDW Florida Resident Weekday select pass next year! Oh and Robert, WWOHP is exclusive to Florida, and shall be forever.
I have a Busch Gardens Seaworld Platinum Pass which, through my rather small amount of knowledge on the subject, seems to be one of the better chain wide season passes out there. Not only do I get 2 years of admission to every Seawold/Busch Gardens park in the US, I also get a 10 percent discount on all merch and food, priority seating at certain seaworld shows, I can buy discounted tickets for my friends, and I receive special deals throughout the year, such as this weekend's Pass Member Appreciation Day where I get 30 percent of merch and food and free prizes. Also, they only advertise that you get free preferred parking at your home park which for me is BGW and Water Country USA, but in actuality, they give you it at all parks.
At every park, I'd like to see one of the following two options:
Dominick, I have confirmation from Universal (and they've declared in filings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission) that Universal has the contractual ability to bring Harry Potter to its other theme parks.
I got a Six Flags season pass one year, and the only downside was that it required me to go to Six Flags.
I'd gladly pay extra for a WDW annual pass if it gave me a moving Yeti.
As for the free parking after 5 or 6PM at Universal Hollywood ..... they took away that option a little over a year ago in Orlando so I highly doubt they'll offer that in Hollywood. LOVED hopping down to City Walk if I was in the area in Orlando after 6PM, but now I don't even bother.
"Respond to Robert"
I can't say that I have a particular option that I want. But, I do wish there was some consistency with Six Flags policies chain wide.
How about an annual pass, which is substantially cheaper than the top-end pass at Disney, which offers weekends and holidays but not weekdays.
I bumped up to an annual pass for Sea World and Aquatica because it offered free parking ($15 per park) and wasn't that much more than the Florida Resident Fun Card.
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