The Universal Orlando Resort has a new ticket discount offer out for Florida residents.
Between now and December 17, Florida residents can buy a three-day ticket to the parks starting at $164.99 plus tax, per person — that's $55 per day. If you want to add Park-to-Park functionality to the ticket, the resident discount price is $204.99 plus tax. Children's tickets are $8 less in each case.
These discounted tickets will be valid for use through March 26, 2021, but are blocked out between December 25 and January 3. If you live in Florida and want more than three days in the parks, Universal Orlando is offering up to $100 off select annual and seasonal passes, as well. You can't get these deals at the parks' front gate, however, and must purchase through Universal Orlando's website.
If you are not a Florida resident, Universal Orlando still has a ticket discount deal for you. You can get three days free with the purchase of a two-day ticket to Universal's theme parks: Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure. Just visit our travel partner's Universal Orlando tickets page to order. Those tickets are valid through August 31, in case you want to lock in this deal now before demand rises and discount promotions end.
Our travel partner also has discounts for tickets to SeaWorld Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa, and Legoland Florida, in case you are planning a longer Central Florida theme park vacation in the new year. Please follow those links for the latest deals.
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If they are offering park-to-park tickets for Florida residents, does this mean park-to-park may be coming back for everyone, or only Florida residents are getting this option?
At least for this offer, only Florida residence can take advantage of the deal.
Park-to-Park tickets are still available to anyone. They never got rid of their "park hopper" ticket option like Disney did when the parks reopened. When Volcano bay was open, you could've even had a 3 park ticket.
I'm wondering why Universal feels the need to provide these discounts. From all accounts, the parks have been near or at capacity over the weekends, most likely filled with locals and APs. Aside for the restriction on the days between Christmas and New Years, there are no other restrictions on these tickets. This will just end up in the parks being close to capacity and potentially turning away guests (assuming the parks plan on adhering to admission caps despite the Governor's lifting of capacity restrictions).
The optics of this deal don't look great to me, and I would be weary of jumping on this deal if I could only visit on weekends for fear of overcrowded, potentially unsafe parks and/or being turned away at the gate because they reached capacity.
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Man, those are always fun. From 1991 through mid-1995, my family lived in Jacksonville so took advantage of several "resident weekends" to visit WDW. That was a high point for the parks and always happy we got to see them grow and evolve. Always a good reason to be in that state to take advantage, even if this year is rather iffy.