Universal Park to Require Reservations in 2025

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Park reservations have been a big part of the theme park experience since they reopened amidst the pandemic. Although Universal Studios Florida moved away from requiring theme park reservations quickly, they are putting this system back into place in the coming years.

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Park Reservations 

When looking at the Premier Pass, the highest Annual Pass for Universal Orlando Resort, a change to the language was noticed regarding one significant feature.

The Premier Pass includes perks such as early daily park access, a Universal Express Pass after 4:00 p.m., discounts on food and merchandise, and a complimentary ticket to the extremely popular Halloween Horror Night.

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This complimentary ticket to Halloween Horror Night has a change that could impact guests’ experience. Previously, passholders could use their complimentary ticket any night the event took place. According to the language on Universal’s site, this seems to be changing:

“One (1) free night admission to Halloween Horror Nights (on select nights only)^. Advance online reservations are required starting with the 2025 event. Reservation is subject to event capacity. One (1) reservation per valid Premier Annual Pass. To redeem, you must present your valid Premier Annual Pass at any Universal Studios Florida turnstile.”

Based on this language, it would seem that guests with a Premier Pass in 2025 will be asked to make a reservation for Halloween Horror Nights.

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Halloween Horror Nights is one of the most popular events at Universal Studios, and many pirates hit capacity. Because of this, it makes sense that Universal Studios would ask guests to make a reservation to secure a spot at the event.

The system doesn’t look like it will be implemented for another year, so 2024 passholders don’t need to be concerned.

As the theme parks continue to try to manage crowds, we will be interested to see how park reservations will be used in the future.

Related: Universal Orlando Announces Closure For Extended Period

About Jennifer Retzlaff

My name is Jennifer Retzlaff and I became a lifelong Disney fan during my first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of my life. I live in Iowa with my husband and two kids who are growing up too quickly for my liking. I started introducing my love for Disney early to my family with a Disney honeymoon and then trips when our youngest of 18 months. Since then, our family has been to Walt Disney World over five times and we continue to plan and dream for the next trip. I love the magic that Disney brings to people through the theme parks, cruises, adventures and movies they create. As a teacher, I try to bring that magic into my classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” I recently reached a dream of mine as I joined Magic Vacation Planner as a personal travel advisor. With this team, I can now help others plan magical vacations. As a passionate writer, I also have my own blog at magicalvacationsbyjen which is also where you can follow me on instagram for trip reviews along with tips and tricks for your next magical vacation.

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