Universal raises ticket prices and introduces new premium annual pass

Universal raises ticket prices and introduces new premium annual pass

Universal raises ticket prices and introduces new premium annual pass

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Universal Studios Hollywood has raised its ticket prices and introduced a new “Platinum” annual pass, California Informer has learned.

Park gate admission and “ANYTIME” tickets now cost $115 (up from $95). As before, buying online, in advance will save you up to $25; the lowest tier for anticipated “slow” days is now $90 (up from $70). This general admission price increase follows a recent round of increases at Disneyland Resort, which simultaneously launched a surge pricing program similar to Universal’s EZ-Rez system.

Universal has also introduced a new “Platinum” annual pass for $599 ($589 when purchased online). This premium pass includes complimentary daytime parking (crucially the only pass to offer this), priority boarding for the Studio Tour, a complimentary Halloween Horror Nights ticket for a select non-peak night, and zero blackout dates. These admittedly appealing benefits do cost $300 more than the next expensive “Gold” annual pass. It’s worth noting you’ll want to invest in the Platinum pass if you’re interested in going to the parks in the blacked-out summer months.

The increases precede April’s grand opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter as well as The Walking Dead Attraction later this summer. The massive price hikes for the annual pass program speaks to Universal’s transparent attempt to control overcrowding in the sure-to-be popular expansions.

General parking and other tiered annual pass prices have remained stagnant. We’ll update you as more information becomes available.

Kyle Tague Kyle Tague is the former editor of CaliforniaInformer.com, hired to manage all written & media content as well as on-the-ground operations in September 2015. Previously, Kyle has written several freelance pieces for OrlandoInformer.com and has worked with Orlando Informer owner and operator Taylor Strickland on various other ventures.