Universal Orlando offers three Annual Pass options.
Two-Park Annual Power Pass:
All ages: $212.99 ($186.36 for FL residents)
Two-Park Preferred Annual Pass:
All ages: $298.19 ($260.91 for FL residents)
Two-Park Premier Annual Pass:
All ages: $447.29 ($383.39 for FL residents)
To sweeten the deal a little bit, Universal's "FlexPay" lets you pay for these in 11 interest-free payments, following a hefty down payment. Florida Residents can sometimes save another $10 with seasonal soda or fast-food promotions, but there is no discount for ordering online, so you can save yourself $2.15 by buying in person.
What's the difference? The Annual Power Pass comes with about 92 blackout dates (Christmas through New Year and Easter Break at both parks, plus mid-June through mid-August at USF only), does not include parking, and offers no additional discounts. The Preferred Annual Pass is valid 365 days a year, includes free standard self-parking, and entitles the holder to a host of attractive discounts on food, merchandise, and stays at the resort hotels. Since parking is $16 a day, you need only visit five days during the year before the additional cost of a Preferred Annual Pass pays for itself — and that doesn't take into account any shopping and dining discounts.
The Premier Annual Pass adds a few nifty perks not offered by the Preferred Annual Pass. These include free self-parking in the Preferred Parking area or free valet parking (gratuity excluded), Universal Express Plus access to rides and attractions after 4:00 p.m. daily, admission to all CityWalk clubs for the passholder and a guest (passholder only Friday and Saturday), one non-peak Halloween Horror Nights ticket, eight free bottles of water, and other benefits.
In addition to the freedom to come and go as you please, Preferred and Premier Annual Passes confer a number of other benefits, including 10% to 20% discounts on tickets to the parks, Blue Man Group, AMC Cineplex, and CityWalk. Preferred passholders also receive a 10% discount on souvenir purchases and food (excluding alcohol and walk-up stands) in the parks, while Premier passholders receive 20% off merchandise and 15% off food. The Preferred Pass will get you a 10% discount on food in many of CityWalk's restaurants; Premier provides a 5% to 10% bump to that price break.
The special rates at the resort hotels, which can shave as much as 30% off the daily rate, are an especially attractive perk for annual passholders. Annual passholder rates are usually available during the slower times of year, so don't expect deep discounts at Christmas, Spring Break, or during the height of the summer rush. There are additional discounts and privileges (like early admission or private attraction previews) that change from time to time; they are outlined in the brochure you receive with your Annual Pass and changes will be announced in the annual passholders' newsletter, which is published quarterly, and via monthly ePassport emails.
For the very latest information on Universal's Annual Passes visit www.universalorlando.com/annualpass or call (800) 564-5764.
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