After many months of speculation with the introduction of the season pass program introduced months ago, many were left wondering if Universal Studios Hollywood would bring back the annual pass program back in some fashion.
Ever since Universal Studios Hollywood announced their “Epic Park Transformation“, they have been focusing on fixing its infrastructure before #WizardingWorldHollywood opens. So here’s what the new annual pass program is about.
They have restructured their entire annual pass program, eliminating Gate A (Front of line) access to the studio tour and free parking. Others have noticed the reduction of benefits to their passes, leaving many wondering why. Most likely, one of the reasons is for the upcoming opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Spring 2016). It is assumed that management is worried about the influx of crowds impending, like they have seen during Summer 2015, with the opening of Fast and Furious: Supercharged.
Personally, I believe that USH is trying to use Disneyland Resort’s formula by restructuring its annual pass programs by raising prices to “scare” locals off to focus more towards on international tourists. In the online community of Twitter, many have expressed their complaints about the new program introduced, which is understandable. Talking with a few friends earlier, we all came to the conclusion that the park is not ready for the Potter crowds, —> full capacity = gates closed, which the park would want to avoid. But with many attractions receiving upgrades over the past few years, such as WaterWorld and Simpsons (Springfield), I’ve noticed that they want to bring the capacity number up so they can avoid shutting gates for the day.
There is no renewal price for passes, instead you will need to pay the price listed on the main website to get another annual pass. Also FlexPay/Monthly Payment Plan hasn’t been reintroduced, as promised years ago. I honestly wonder why they said they would upgrade to a new system, but never did. Hm.
Anyway, here is the press release if you want to read more information about the new passes, and visit UniversalStudiosHollywood.com/Annual-Pass/ to purchase your passes.
What are your thoughts about their new annual pass program?
Universal Studios Hollywood Introduces Three All-New Annual Passes
Providing Insider Benefits, Exclusive Perks and
Access to The Entertainment Capital of L.A. over a 12 Month Span
Gold Pass and Two California Resident Passes Featured
Universal City, California, November 16, 2015 – In celebration of Universal Studios Hollywood’s five year epic transformation that has substantially altered its familiar footprint to essentially define it as an entirely new destination, The Entertainment Capital of L.A. is rolling out three all-new Annual Pass ticket options, inviting guests to visit the theme park as if for the very first time.
Effective immediately, new Annual Passes will provide guests with an array of privileges reserved for passholder membership, including access to Universal Studios Hollywood over a 12 month period to enjoy the park’s compelling thrill rides and attractions, including “Fast & Furious: Supercharged” as the grand finale to the world famous Studio Tour, “Transformers: The Ride 3D“ and “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem,” as well as the much-anticipated “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” when it opens in Spring 2016.
Each new Annual Pass member will embark on an exciting journey with Universal Studios Hollywood receiving regular newsletter updates, exclusive preview event invitations, discounts on food and merchandise, eligibility for sweepstakes opportunities that include the chance to win tickets to coveted Hollywood red carpet movie premieres, and more.
The Gold Pass, available for $299, includes 312 select days of fun. The California Resident Plus Pass, available for $199, invites members to enjoy 244 select days of fun, and the California Resident Pass, available for $139, includes 182 select days of fun. To learn more about the Annual Passes options, please visit www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com/tickets.