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A Local’s Guide For A First Time Passholder at Universal Orlando Resort

May 26, 2019
Universal Orlando Resort Annual Passes

Congrats! You finally made the plunge to become a Universal Orlando Annual or Seasonal Passholder. With park-to-park admission, amazing benefits and exclusive events, there are many opportunities and perks waiting for you. As a UOAP, you can now experience the parks in ways you never did before.


Upload your Pass to your phone

The Official Universal Orlando Resort App offers amazing features that will enhance your entire experience at the Parks. Forget your Pass at home? Not a problem! If you connect your Pass with the app’s Virtual Wallet, you can come to the Parks any time, with or without your physical Pass.

*Currently only available to Preferred, Power, and Seasonal Passholders.

Get it now for your iPhone or Android device and plan your first visit right away.


Don’t forget about Complimentary Valet and Self-Parking 

As a Preferred Passholder, after your first visit you can receive free Self-Parking. If you’re a Premier Passholder, after your first visit you can receive free Valet or Prime Self-Parking. Power Passholders receive 50 percent off self-parking after first visit. Seasonal Passholders can receive free parking with the purchase of two matinee movie tickets at Universal Cinemark. And fun fact –– you can keep track of where you parked through the The Official Universal Orlando Resort App!


Use your amazing discounts

As a UOAP, you can use your discount on Universal Orlando hotels, separately ticketed events such as Blue Man Group, Halloween Horror Nights, Rock the Universe, EVE at Universal CityWalk, and more. Premier and Preferred can use their Pass for discounts at select stores and dining options throughout Universal Orlando Resort. Power and Seasonal can also receive select discounts seasonally. To not forget at checkout, wear your Pass on your official UOAP lanyard! To find out more about the amazing discounts available, view the full list here.

*Discounts vary by Pass type.


Get into the park early

If you’re a Premier or Preferred Annual Passholder, you can experience the action of the parks before everyone else with Early Park Admission at Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida. On select days, Preferred Passholders can enter the park and experience select rides one hour before the park opens. Premier Passholders can enjoy the fun for an extra hour every day, with no blockouts. Are you Power or Seasonal and want to experience the action for an extra hour? It’s never too late to upgrade!


Use Your Exclusive Additional Seasonal Benefits

During select times throughout the year, UOAPs can also watch parades from their own exclusive viewing area. Throughout Mardi Gras, you can watch the nightly parade in the UOAP viewing area, or even be in the parade tossing beads to the crowds with your fellow UOAPs! There’s even a parade viewing area during Universal Holidays. You can also take advantage of exclusive UOAP benefits for Halloween Horror Nights, like specialty merchandise and more. In addition to discounts on HHN tickets, Premier Passholders can experience one night of scares for free!

*Parade viewing areas are subject to availability and time of year.


 Take advantage of the Freestyle Soda and Popcorn Bucket Refills

If you plan on purchasing drinks throughout your day, maximize your wallet by purchasing the Coca-Cola freestyle souvenir cup! On the day of your purchase, you receive free soda and Icee refills all day. After that, all UOAPs can receive $1 off per Coca-Cola freestyle refill activation (not valid at food and beverage carts). More of a snack person? When you purchase a popcorn souvenir bucket, each additional refill only costs $2.


Get all of the exclusive merchandise and items

Each month, a new button is released privately for UOAPs. Talk about a button collection! They are on a first come, first served basis. But don’t worry, buttons are not the only souvenirs that UOAPs can get exclusively. UOAP exclusive merchandise is available throughout the year for special events.


Take your time

You now have the chance to come whenever you want*! Take your time to enjoy the parks, and do the things you normally might not get to do. If you can’t get in all of your favorite rides right away, don’t sweat it –– there’s always next time!

*Excluding blockout dates


Relax at the Lounge

The UOAP Lounge Presented by Coca-Cola is the perfect in-park getaway from the Florida heat, exclusive to UOAPs. Once you scan your Pass and head inside, you can charge your phone and purchase and enjoy crystalized refreshments from the Arctic Coke Cooler, pick up the monthly UOAP exclusive button, or just relax.


Hear from fellow UOAPs and join the Community

Now that you know a little more about what to expect as a UOAP, it’s time to get involved! There’s an amazing community of fellow UOAPs waiting for you in the Universal Orlando Annual Passholder Facebook group. Plus, if you have any questions on how to maximize your experience, there are lots of experts in the group.

Already a UOAP? Did we miss any key important facts? Let us know in the comments below. And don’t forget to share your fun with #UOAP on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.


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  • Reply Dave May 27, 2019 at 10:06 am

    Too bad you can’t fit your Popcorn bucket or full Freestyle cup in the stupid new free very small lockers!

  • Social Media Team
    Reply Social Media Team May 27, 2019 at 11:02 am

    Hello David, thank you for your feedback. Please feel free to share your concerns with our Guest Services team at 407-224-4233 option 4 or via email at

  • Social Media Team
    Reply Social Media Team May 27, 2019 at 11:58 am

    Hello! Thank you for your feedback, Loretta.

  • Reply Andrew Cintron May 29, 2019 at 2:35 am

    Do annual pass holders get discounts on tickets for other people

    • Social Media Team
      Reply Social Media Team May 29, 2019 at 7:10 am

      Annual Passholders receive a discount on multi-day theme park admission tickets purchased at the Front Gate. For more information, please feel free to click the “benefits” link at the beginning of the article!

  • Reply PHIL MASTERMONICO May 30, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    So we are Preferred Pass holders coming from Pittsburgh. We have a non pass holder coming with us for a 4 day trip. What type of deal can I get them. June 23-26….

    • Social Media Team
      Reply Social Media Team May 30, 2019 at 10:24 pm

      Hi Phil! You do get 15% off multi-day tickets when they are purchased at the front gate.

  • Reply Marina L Kane June 2, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    What are the select nights for HHN 2019 for Premier annual passholders?

    • Social Media Team
      Reply Social Media Team June 2, 2019 at 8:31 pm

      Hi Marina!

      At this time, we do not have selected dates just yet. Please continue to monitor our social media pages as well as our website for any updates.

  • Reply Mark June 8, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    I love IDrive Orlando and the new surfside inn going in on it.

  • Reply Gabriela June 13, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    Hi, I want to buy an annual pass this month, somebody can help me because is my son’ birthday and I need more information. Thank you

    • Social Media Team
      Reply Social Media Team June 13, 2019 at 10:24 pm

      Hi Gabriela! I recommend visiting our website for more information about Annual Passes.

  • Reply Jeanette June 14, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    Premier pass has block out days?

    • Social Media Team
      Reply Social Media Team June 14, 2019 at 3:07 pm

      Hello Jeanette, the Premier Annual Pass does not include block out dates.

  • Reply mike stearns June 14, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    we have preferred APs and want to enjoy fast passes at one of our visits. Is there an option for that?

  • Reply Mike May 27, 2020 at 6:56 pm

    Do the Preferred or Premier annual passes include discounts for Surfside/Dockside? Also, If I live outside of Florida will the passes ship to my home address?

  • Reply Dana June 5, 2020 at 7:03 pm

    Adding your pass to your phone is convenient but it would be even better if volcano bay could acknowledge passholder status through tapu tapu…I couldn’t get my passholder food and beverage discount during my trip unless I was carrying my physical card:-(

    • Social Media Team
      Reply Social Media Team June 6, 2020 at 9:38 am

      Hi Dana, thank you for this feedback! We’re always looking for ways to improve the functionality of our products.

  • Social Media Team
    Reply Social Media Team June 7, 2020 at 11:37 am

    Hello Mimi! A reservation is not needed in order to visit the theme parks. Please note that since we’re limiting attendance, there may be times when the parks reach capacity and additional guests will not be admitted.

  • Reply Brian June 20, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    Improved sanitation stations and security from 2 weeks ago! Of course a little more crowded as well. As a health care provider, feeling better this time around than a few weeks ago. Most people are adhering to social distancing and mask wear. Nice job Universal!

  • Reply Anna Waddell June 30, 2020 at 10:06 am

    Question, if I purchase the UOAP in August and activate it in Sept. Does it expire from the purchase date or the activation date? Thank you!

    • Social Media Team
      Reply Social Media Team June 30, 2020 at 1:21 pm

      Hello Anna! When you purchase a Universal Orlando Annual Pass, it activates on the first time you enter the parks. No need to rush right away after purchase to pick it up!

  • Reply Jim October 8, 2020 at 7:25 pm


    how many times can you enter park for free with an annual pass (Premier) ?

    • Social Media Team
      Reply Social Media Team October 8, 2020 at 8:05 pm

      Hey Jim! At this time, our Premier Annual Passholders have no blockout dates. Here on our website would have all the information!

  • Reply Lynn October 10, 2020 at 2:10 pm


    If I have a preferred pass do my husband and two children benefit from early admission too or would we all require our own individual passes?


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