My family and I are new passholders at Universal Studios Hollywood since November. We went the $92 Buy a Day, Get the Year Free route.
We've been looking forward to seeing the new Harry Potter area and attractions which will open in "spring 2016," but it was a rude shock when Universal stopped selling the annual passes this March. Any new pass bought since then will expire no later than March 2016, before the new Harry Potter area opens.
I think everyone is expecting a big jump in pricing for the yearly pass when Harry Potter opens next year. But for those who plan to visit several times in 2016, how much (what is the maximum amount) you would be willing to pay for an annual pass for Universal once Harry Potter opens? Would it have to be a no-blockout pass, good for one year from first use, for you to consider buying it?
Would you be willing to pay something comparable to a Disneyland annual pass (no blockout = $779)? What about $500?
Here's my calculus: we definitely want to go see Harry Potter next year. If the one-day price stays around $100, we'd probably be willing to pay that, but we'd rather get annual passes if the per visit price would come down to around $35 to $50. Of course, we may not want to go 20 times in a year, especially with how crowded the park will be after Harry Potter opens. Maybe four or five visits over one year would be good for us, so we wouldn't even need a no blockout pass, just one that would let us visit four or five times and not just on weekdays during the school year.
So for our family of four, I'd say no more than $200 for a pass that can have plenty of blackouts, as long as there are enough times that we can visit during the year. A no-blackout pass for significantly more than that? Not worth it, since we won't want to visit that often. We'll probably get our fill of the existing Universal attractions during this year, and taking a year or two off wouldn't be too much of a burden, but we'd like to see Harry Potter a few times.
If I had thought about it, I should have realized that the days of the $90 "buy a day, get the year free" deal were sure to end on the day the Harry Potter expansion was announced four or five years ago.
What about you? What's the maximum price you'd be willing to pay for an annual pass for Universal Studios Hollywood for 2016?Tweet
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