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

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

The tips and benefits of being a new UOAP!

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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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  1. Dave

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

  2. Andrew Cintron

    Do annual pass holders get discounts on tickets for other people

    • 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!


    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….

  4. Marina L Kane

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

    • 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.

  5. Mark

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

  6. Gabriela

    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

  7. Jeanette

    Premier pass has block out days?

  8. mike stearns

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

  9. Michelle Redmond

    As a premier pass holder can you upgrade the express pass you receive after 4pm to an unlimited pass for one day. IF so how much does this cost?

  10. Hello Amanda,

    Please feel to give our Annual Pass team a call at 407-817-8233.

    We are open Monday – Saturday 7:30 AM – 10:00 PM and Sunday 7:30 AM – 9:00 PM.

  11. Tim


    Is there an Annual Passholder referral program? I have referred roughly 20 people to buy multi-day tickets and season passes. I feel like this would be an excellent incentive. Thank you!

  12. Dharllyn

    Hola! La vigencia del pase anual de temporada comienza desde el día en que se compra o desde el primer dia en que se utiliza?

  13. Kaitlyn

    Is there an all day dining deal?

    • Hello Kaitlyn, we are pleased to offer the Universal Dining Plan options to our Guests, where you can enjoy a selection of over 100 participating dining locations throughout our resort. Please feel free to visit the Official Universal Orlando Resort website or give us a call at (407) 224-4233 for more information.

  14. Kevin

    Im not a US Resident, is it possible to buy my UOAP online and apply any discount in my hotel reservation BEFORE the activation of the pass?

    Thank you.

    • Hi Kevin. Yes, you can purchase an Annual Pass without being a U.S. Resident. About discounts on hotel reservations, you will have to activate the pass first before booking a room.

  15. Kaisha

    I recently became a UOAP, and I was wondering if I can use my discount on tickets online or only at the park?

  16. Pugitta

    Hi, do seasonal Passholders get a discount when booking one of the universal resort hotels? If so, do we need to book through universal’s Website? Thanks

    • Annual and Seasonal Passholders do receive hotel discounts, depending on availability. You can learn more by clicking the “benefits” link at the top of this article!

  17. Ashley

    How do I know when my annual pass is going to expire?

    • Hello Ashley, you are welcome to call the number on the back of your pass for assistance with any questions you may have about your pass.

  18. Ann

    Do you get discount promos for universal resorts?