Which Theme Park Annual Pass Should You Get?

Many Orlando residents choose to get an annual theme park pass because they are a much better deal than buying one or two day passes. For families or single people who want to get the most use out of whichever pass they choose, it’s worth investigating a few factors, like how often you can go, what comes with your pass and what payment options you have. 

Admission Guidelines and Payment Options 

Annual passes are open to people across the country, but parks may give extra discounts for Florida residents, so be sure to ask about resident rates. You may also be able to get a cheaper annual pass that only allows access to one park. For example, Universal’s two park pass that lets you get into Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida is cheaper than the 3-park option that also gets you into the Volcano Bay waterpark. 

While annual passes are much cheaper than single day park tickets, the price can still represent a large amount that you may not have available at once. You can opt to use a payment plan instead of waiting until you have the whole amount saved and start visiting the parks much sooner. Payment plans are available directly from the theme parks and allow you to make a small down payment and then pay the rest of the cost monthly. 

Blackout Dates 

You may be counting on taking your family to the parks during Spring Break or summer holidays, but certain annual passes will ban you from coming into the parks during those busy times. Disney annual passes often have blackout dates that fall during March, April, July and August, as these are peak times for the parks to sell full price tickets. The Universal parks have less blackout dates overall, but still exclude pass holders from coming in at popular times. Be sure to check each park’s calendar before you purchase.  

Secondary Benefits and Smaller Parks 

Numerous additional benefits come with annual passes, and while some of them only save small amounts, they can add up to a lot over time. Some examples include:

  • SeaWorld’s annual passes include discounts on guest tickets, saving your friends and family members up to half of the admission ticket price.
  • Annual passholders to Universal get free parking at Citywalk. This saves at least $10 each time you want to visit the movies, restaurants or shops there.  
  • Higher level annual passes may include entrance to parks around the nation that you can visit if you travel or take a holiday, such as SeaWorld San Antonio, Universal Studios California and Sesame Place. 

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