A Local’s Guide For A First Time Passholder at Universal Orlando Resort
The tips and benefits of being a new UOAP!
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.
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.