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Season and Annual Pass Guide

If you’re interested in making multiple trips to Universal Studios Hollywood within a year, you’ll probably want a season or annual pass. Universal recently made a number of changes to its annual pass program, which operates somewhat differently than other parks you might be familiar with.

There are four types of passes. When you’ve made a decision, purchase you can purchase your pass at Universal Hollywood’s Official Ticketing Website.

California Neighbor Pass – $149 ($129 online)

This is Universal’s most bare bones pass, available to anyone. Blackout dates are severe, with only 38 weekend dates available. You can check out the full list of blackout dates here.

What’s included

  • Park admission for 176 select dates, plus a “first visit” date of your choice.
  • Valid for 9 months.
  • Discounts on general park admission for friends & family
  • Discounts on Halloween Horror Nights tickets
  • Early park admission
  • Invitations to Annual Pass-exclusive events
  • 10-20% discounts at select CityWalk locations

What’s NOT included

  • Park admission for all of July 2018 and on holidays
  • In-park discounts
  • Parking

Value check: is it worth it?

Not unless you can routinely visit the parks on weekdays and don’t plan on visiting the parks during the height of the summer or Christmas seasons. The cost to upgrade from a single-day ticket is comparatively slight ($49) and therefore tempting, but really consider whether or not you’ll make use of the pass.

Silver Annual Pass – $179 ($169 online)

This is Universal’s newest and moderate ticket option with fewer blackout dates than the California Neighbor Pass has. Note you can save $10 by purchasing online rather versus upgrading in-park. You can check out the full list of blackout dates here.

What’s included

  • Twelve months of admission from first use, with 270 available admission dates as of this writing; plus, a “first visit” date of your choice.
  • 58 weekend dates.
  • Invitations to Annual Pass-exclusive events.
  • Discounts on general park admission for friends & family.
  • Discounts on Halloween Horror Nights tickets.
  • Early park admission.
  • Monthly Payments via FlexPay: $110 down payment, eleven payments of $6. APR 0%.
  • 10-20% discount at select CityWalk locations.

What’s not included

  • Park admission for all of July 2018 and on holidays
  • In-park discounts
  • Parking

Value Check: is it worth it?

Essentially the silver pass has the same benefits as the California Neighbor Pass, but is valid for 12 months versus 9 months, and with more available dates to visit.

Gold Annual Pass – $309 ($299 online)

This is Universal’s third pass option with few blackout dates (23 fewer than the Platinum pass, 75 fewer than the Silver pass, and 139 fewer than the California Neighbor Pass). This pass is available to anyone. Note you can save $10 by purchasing online rather versus upgrading in-park. A full blackout calendar can be found here.

What’s included

  • Twelve months of admission from first use, with 345 available admission dates as of this writing; plus, a “first visit” date of your choice.
  • 89 weekend dates.
  • Available dates in July and peak season.
  • 15% off food, beverage and merchandise purchased inside the park.
  • Early park admission
  • Free parking before 6pm.
  • Invitations to Annual Pass-exclusive events.
  • Discounts on general park admission for friends & family.
  • Discounts on Halloween Horror Nights tickets.
  • 10-20% discount at select Citywalk locations.
  • Monthly payments via FlexPay: $110 down payment, eleven payments of $18. APR 0%.

What’s not included

  • Park admission on weekends in July/the week of Christmas.

Value Check: is it worth it?

The addition of parking is welcome, removing the need to pay $25 for every visit before you even set foot in the park. With the 15% discount on food and merchandise (same discount rate as the Platinum pass), Universal Studios Hollywood fans/locals might find this option to be the most ideal.

Platinum Annual Pass – $609 ($599 online)

This is Universal’s top ticket option with no blackout dates. This pass is available to anyone. Note you can save $10 by purchasing online rather versus upgrading in-park. The Gold Pass is the only one to offer one time front of the line access to all attractions and one free night to Halloween Horror Nights.

What’s included

  • Twelve months of admission from first use, with 365 available admission dates as of this writing; plus, a “first visit” date of your choice.
  • 104 weekend dates.
  • Early park admission
  • Free parking before 6pm
  • 15% off food, beverage and merchandise purchased inside the park.
  • One time front of the line access to all attractions.
  • One free ticket to Halloween Horror Nights.
  • Invitations to Annual Pass-exclusive events.
  • Discounts on general park admission for friends & family.
  • Discounts on Halloween Horror Nights tickets.
  • 10-20% discount at select Citywalk locations.
  • Monthly payments via FlexPay: $110 down payment, eleven payments of $45. APR 0%.

What’s not included

  • Nothing!

Value Check: is it worth it?

For a premium, top-tier ticket option, the Platinum Annual Pass is the ultimate pass for uber fans of USH. The benefit of one time front of the line access to all attractions every visit is ideal when visiting the theme park on the busiest days of the year. The platinum pass is loaded with one free ticket to Halloween Horror Nights, saving you close to $90. The price for this annual pass is expensive, close to $600, compared to the gold pass, which retails at $299.

Frequently Asked Questions about Season/Annual Passes

Is there a pass with zero blackout dates?

Yes! The platinum pass has zero blackout dates.

Is there a pass that includes parking?

Yes! The gold and platinum pass includes parking, with a before 6pm arrival restriction.

How do I get my 15% discount in the park?

First, bear in mind that only the Gold and Platinum passes entitle you to the 15% discount. Simply present your Annual Pass ticket to the cashier at checkout, and they’ll apply your discount. Keep in mind the discount does not apply to certain specialty merchandise items (DVDs, collectibles, and merchandise from the Feature Presentation shop) or alcoholic beverages.

What’s “first day visit” mean?

This part is admittedly confusing. “First day visit” means you can enter the park on the day you purchase your annual pass, regardless of any blackout date. You could, in theory, purchase a pass on July 4th and enter the park despite the blackout date. Keep in mind that this only applies on the day you purchase your pass. If you purchase your ticket online on July 3rd, your “first day visit” only lets you bypass the blackout date on July 3rd – you can’t show up the next day and expect entry, so be mindful when purchasing! Your valid “first visit” date will be clearly marked on your ticket.

Where can I upgrade my annual pass inside the park?

You can upgrade your pass or one day ticket at the Universal Box Office inside of the theme park, or at any ticket booth. You will be paying the difference from what you paid for originally to the one you want to upgrade to.

Is my annual pass transferable?

No. All passes are tied to the individual who purchased them and are not transferrable.

I lost my annual pass!

No worries! Head to Guest Services outside the park’s main gates, and they’ll work with you to confirm your identity and print a new pass. Your first reprint is free, and each subsequent reprint is $10.

Which Citywalk locations participate in the 10-20% annual pass discount?

Here’s a breakdown:

10% discount available

  • Ben & Jerry’s
  • Billabong
  • Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
  • Buca di Beppo
  • The Crepe Cafe
  • Element
  • Johnny Rockets
  • Karl Strauss Brewing Company
  • The Los Angeles Sock Market
  • Menchie’s
  • The Raider Image
  • SCENE
  • Smashburger
  • Starbucks
  • Tony Roma’s
  • Wasabi at Citywalk
  • Wetzel’s Pretzels
  • Wolfgang Puck Bistro

15% discount available

  • Camacho’s Cantina
  • Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
  • IT’SUGAR
  • Jamba Juice
  • Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville
  • Samba Brazilian Steakhouse & Lounge
  • Zen Zone

20% discount available

  • Popcornopolis
  • Saddle Ranch Chop House
  • Sketchers

Other

  • Howl at the Moon: 25% off merchandise
  • iFLY Hollywood Indoor Skydiving: 25% off; 50% off “Take Flight” package for you & 1 guest during your birthday month
  • Hard Rock Cafe: Free kids entree with the purchase of two adult entrees.