This news might sound a bit trivial to some people, but the majority of Universal Orlando's annual passholders will agree that the addition of the plastic passes is, indeed, a big deal. When we first became annual passholders at Universal Orlando back in 2009, we received a plastic pass that included our picture and a barcode on the front. The following year, the resort started issuing paper tickets, which can be damaged or lost more easily. That's finally about to change.

Here is the official announcement about the return of plastic annual passes, as seen on the UOR Blog:

Last September, we announced the new look of UOAP and celebrated this by giving out magnets to our Passholders featuring the new logo. Side note: If you haven’t gotten your UOAP magnet, stop by Guest Services on your next visit and pick one up! Now we’re happy to announce that our Universal Orlando Annual Passholders will be getting new, hard plastic passes.

Our Annual Passholders are our most loyal fans, and these new Annual Passes are part of our effort to make the UOAP experience the best it can be. This is also another way that Passholders can recognize each other in the parks and get recognized by our Team Members. New plastic passes announced for Universal Orlando Annual Passholders. The new Annual Passes will be available in three vibrant colors:
  • Power Passes — Purple
  • Preferred Passes — Teal
  • Premier Passes — Yellow

They’re also sturdier than the current passes and will match the updated sleeve you may have already received. If you haven’t already received the new sleeve, it will come with your new Annual Pass.

New Passes will be available at both Universal Orlando Resort theme parks during special distribution events Fridays through Sundays, starting June 3. Here are the details on how to pick up your new Annual Pass:

Location Pick-Up
  • Jurassic Park Discovery Center (outside, lagoon side) – Universal’s Islands of Adventure
  • Café La Bamba (outside, porch) – Universal Studios Florida
Dates Available for Pick-Up
  • June 3, 4, and 5
  • June 10, 11, and 12
  • June 17, 18, and 19
Pick-Up Time
  • 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
We thought you might have a few questions that would be frequently asked, so here are our answers:

Do I have to switch from my current pass to a plastic pass?
No, you do not have to switch from your current pass to a new plastic pass. Even if you renew, you can keep your current pass. However, in any event where you want or need to replace your pass (e.g.: if it’s lost or stolen), you will receive a plastic pass and must surrender your current pass.

Can I keep my paper pass and get a plastic pass, so I can use either pass to enter the parks?
To get a plastic pass, you will need to surrender your current pass and it will become inactive.

How much will it cost for me to get a plastic pass?
There will be no cost for you to get your new pass.

Where will I be able to switch out my pass?
Fridays through Sundays from June 3 through June 19, you can pick up your new plastic pass at the Café La Bamba (outside patio) at Universal Studios or the Jurassic Park Discovery Center landing (outside) at Islands of Adventure between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Can I bring my family member’s pass to switch out or do they have to be present?
All Passholders must be present with their ID in order to receive their new pass.

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