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Universal Studios Hollywood Adds a New Seasonal Pass Option

January 9, 2016, 12:44 PM · Universal Studios Hollywood has added one more option to its new annual pass structure. The park has introduced a seasonal pass for $109, with a $10 discount available to Universal's email subscribers.

Universal announced the pass last night via email, with an invitation to buy the pass for just $99. In the email, the offer states that the pass must be bought before Feb. 15 and must be used for the first time by Feb. 26. The 2016 Seasonal Pass is valid for 140 days in 2016, expiring Dec. 15.

The link to buy the discounted pass is https://ushtix.com, but you must provide a registered email address at checkout. (If you didn't get the offer email and are interested in saving the $10, you can register for Universal's email list by clicking the "Sign Up For Our Newsletter" at the bottom of the page on universalstudioshollywood.com, then wait a bit and try to buy the pass. Don't know if this will work, but it's worth trying.)

The new pass is the fourth annual pass option for Universal Studios Hollywood visitors, joining the $299 Gold Pass (with 54 blackout days), the $199 California Resident Plus Pass (with 122 blackout days), and the $139 California Resident Pass (with 184 blackout days).

Universal had dropped its long-running "buy a day, get the year" seasonal pass promotion in 2016, in advance of the opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which debuts at Universal Studios Hollywood on April 7. A one-day ticket to the park is $95; however, Universal has been testing a date-specific pricing program, with online advance purchase discounts varying by your planned date of visit.

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Replies (4)

January 9, 2016 at 3:33 PM · I wonder if this is due to unexpected low attendance and poor Annual Pass sales. The park wasn't very busy when I visited over the holidays and shortly after they lifted their blackout days for New Year's weekend. The higher pass pricing could be the cause or guests are simply delaying their visit until after Harry Potter opens.
January 9, 2016 at 4:52 PM · I didn't realize the Plus annual pass was now limited to CA residents. So before this new pass the only option for non-CA residents was a $300 option? Ouch. With so many blackout dates, I wonder if this is just a way to encourage people to spend 2 days instead of one during the next 2 months.

I would like to get an Annual Pass, but I am definitely waiting until at least summer to see how crowd management works out with Potter.

January 10, 2016 at 10:18 PM · No thanks. $99 for the annual pass, but $18 each time for parking. The kicker is the gold pass which has blackout dates and no parking. We don't plan to re-up since our premier annual passes expired a couple weeks ago. Thanks but no thanks Universal. It's been real
January 12, 2016 at 10:37 AM · ^^^This. The deal-breaker is no parking option for any of the passes. I'm not paying $18 to park every time I go to use my Annual Pass. The point of an AP is being able to swing by the park for a couple hours whenever you want, but you're not going to cough up the parking fee every time. Really bad call by USH.

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