Universal Orlando adds upgraded annual pass option
Just got a note from Universal Orlando promoting its new annual pass option -- a "2-Park Premier Annual Pass," which adds "non-peak" Halloween Horror Night tickets, Universal Express access after 4 p.m., CityWalk club access, valet or preferred parking, as well as year-round admission to Universal Studios Florida
and Islands of Adventure
The pass goes for $279.95, plus tax. That's $100 more than the "2-Park Preferred Pass," which gets you the park admissions, plus free regular parking. Both passes include dining and merchandise discounts, although the new premier pass adds additional Universal Orlando on-site hotel discounts, including comp upgrades.
Here's the question for discussion: How does this new premier annual pass compare with other annual pass options, in Orlando and around the world?
I'll be fine with my Prefered AP for the time being. Oh, isn't the Premier AP supposed to come with 8 or 10 free bottled waters or something like that, not that it would change my mind, but it would be a nice addition in the summer time, especially after eating all of that salty theme park food.
I think the pass is a pretty good value, but the timing of its introduction is a but off. Right now the lines are pretty slim after 4PM anyway, so that's not a huge driver. The preferred parking is a nice perk and the extra discounts (if you can get them! they are not always available) are nice.
I personally dont think its worth it. You get huge discounts with a normal AP, and with kids, we take in our own water during the hot months. I hope it works out, but I think that it needs to add say passage to Wet N Wild to get that extra money.
When info about this pass was leaked a few months ago it included early admission to the parks (an hour early) and I would have liked to have seen this perk as an additional feature along with an express pass thrown in for HHN.
If the discounts for the hotels are markedly better, I'll consider upgrading this time next year (already got the HHN tickets, so that's not much of a perk). The preferred parking thing doesn't excite me much. I think the long walk through the garage helps build excitement for the day. The water bottle thing...yeah, that's just weird. The expresses after 4PM are nice, but when I go the parks are usually dead at that point. If they roller that back to 2PM, I'd be chomping at the bit.
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