Universal Orlando is gearing up to open their third theme park with Volcano Bay. A big question for Annual Passholders has been “Will it be included in my pass”? Today we finally have that answer. The short answer? No. But we will get to that.
As expected, Universal has rolled out a new tier of annual passes that will include Volcano Bay. With a three park annual pass you get access to Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure and Volcano Bay.
Here are the prices for the new three park annual passes:
The big thing to notice here is that the three lower tiered passes will include blockout dates. The Seasonal Pass, Power Pass and Preferred Pass will all be blocked out from Volcano Bay from July 1st-31st. The Power and Seasonal Passes both have additional blockout dates for Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. The Premier Pass has no blockout dates at all. You’re also paying more for it.
One thing to note, Premier Passholders get free Express front of the line access after 4p.m. at Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure. That perk hasn’t changed, however that perk is not currently available at Volcano Bay. If you want front of the line access, you have to pay for it, or stay onsite at one of the top three hotels.
All that is well and good, but what if you have an annual pass already? Do you get a discount?
First here’s the price difference between 2 park annual pass pricing and 3 park pricing:
You’re looking at about a $100 dollar increase. In fact, if you already have an annual pass, you can just pay an additional $99 for the upgrade. That will cover you for the new park until your renewal date hits. If you just renewed, that works out great. If your renewal date is in a few months, you might want to hold out until you renew. That $99 dollars will be only until your next renewal, so if you pay the $99 in May, and you renew in June, you’ll have to pay again.
The park also released one day ticket options as well. A 1-Day Volcano Bay Ticket: $67 for adults $62 for children ages 3-9.
There’s also a Florida Reident 3 Day Multi Park pass, which gives you up to three days access to the three Universal parks.
Pricing on things like Cabana Rentals and lounge chair rentals are not online yet, but will be soon.
Volcano Bay will also offer an Express Pass, which will allow guests to skip the line. The one time use pass will start at $19.99 for the park, for the day. For unlimited it will start at$39.99. If you stay at Portofino Bay, Hard Rock or Royal Pacific Hotels, you get Unlimited Express free with your stay. Of course, Volcano Bay will have a “virtual queue” system, so it will be interesting to see how that effects the wait times.
Finally, there is also an all day dining Pass, which will allow guests to eat all day at any of the parks counter service restaurants. The dining plan starts at $22.99 per person. It’s important to note that Volcano Bay is going to have some amazing food options when it opens, which will all fit into the tropical paradise theme.
That hidden tropical paradise will open on May 25th.
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