ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Universal Orlando announces “Buy a Day, Go for the Year” deal for Florida residents.
In a welcome surprise, Universal Orlando has offered a new deal in an attempt to increase turnout amid the coronavirus.
For two months, guests can buy a one day, two-park ticket to Universal, and go for the rest of the year free.
Here are the rules and restrictions from Universal Orlando’s website:
- Purchase by Sept. 30, 2020
- Visit thru Dec. 24, 2020
- Includes access to Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure.
- Tickets can be used on non-consecutive days.
- No blockout dates.
- Valid Florida photo ID required.
Here are the prices:
- Adult 2-Park Promotional Ticket – $164
- Child 2-Park Promotional Ticket – $159
- Adult 3-Park Promotional Ticket – $193
- Child 3-Park Promotional Ticket – $188
There are several key differences between Universal’s deal and SeaWorld’s “Fun Card,” which is based on a similar system.
The Universal deal has no blockout dates, which has been a long time pain for vacationers. It also includes three parks instead of two: Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, and Volcano Bay (for an additional $29).
Both programs last through December and include water parks.
This new deal is just one of many perks Florida residents get in local amusement parks, others include discounts, early admission, and special accomodations in resorts.
Universal Orlando has been closely watched since its announcement last year that it would begin construction on a new amusement park. “Epic Universe” will be massive, encompassing more land than almost of all of Universal’s existing property. CEO Tom Williams calls it the company’s “most immersive and innovative theme park.”
It is expected to employ more than 14,000 people, and will bring in a massive revenue stream to Orlando.
Due to the coronavirus, physical construction has been delayed, and the opening date has been pushed from 2023 to 2024. When it does arrive, it will help Universal continue to rival Disney World’s influence in Central Florida.
In the meantime, Universal’s move to introduce this new deal is likely a way to pique interest into the parks and to increase profits. It also could encourage more visitors to visit in a time when many are scared to be out in public spaces.
Like Disney and SeaWorld, Universal has enacted their own mask, social distancing, and cleaning policies to help keep visitors safe. Now the challenge is to get people to come to make business profitable.
Remember, this deal only lasts until September 30th. Click here for more information.
Marcos Barrios is a Florida National News contributing writer. The avid writer and musician is passionate about politics and entertainment in Florida and abroad.