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Florida Residents: Here’s Your Guide to All Your Universal Orlando Benefits

January 23, 2019

Living in Florida has some great perks. Beautiful beaches, gorgeous weather year round, and Universal Orlando Resort is right in your backyard.

Can it get any better? Yes! Florida residents get exclusive benefits to our destination like special ticket offers and discounts. But sometimes planning your upcoming adventure can feel a little overwhelming with all the different options.

Here’s my easy-to-read guide that breaks down the perks.

Choose the Right Ticket or Offer for You


Florida residents can always save when you buy multi-day tickets online throughout the year! That’s right, we have specially-priced Florida resident tickets and offers available all year.

Click here to see our current ticket, package and Annual Pass offerings and sign-up for emails to stay up to date on our deals. Note: You do need to purchase your tickets online in order to get the discount!

Tip: Head straight to the ticket turnstiles when you arrive to the parks. You no longer need to verify your residency before you get to the front gate.

Tip: Avoid the crowds and come visit us during the week! As a Floridian, I’m sure you’re familiar with when the tourist seasons are and how busy the weekends get.

Become a Die Hard Fan with an Annual or Seasonal Pass

Universal Orlando Annual Passholders

If you’re like me, you’re going to want to keep coming back again and again. You can make that happen with an Annual or Seasonal Pass. Being a Passholder allows you to be among the first to check out all of our new offerings, exclusive events, discounts and more. The best part? Florida residents get special pricing on Passes.

First, you choose from either a 2-Park or 3-Park Annual Pass. My vote is 3-Park since you know you’re going to want to cool off year round at Universal Volcano Bay.

Next, pick the pass level that works for you from Seasonal, Power, Preferred or Premier. You’ll get a shiny new pass and access to endless amounts of thrills and excitement. Our Passholders get year round benefits, discounts, special events and more. What more could you ask for? Click here for details.

Make It a Staycation with Hotel Savings


Sometimes you need to take a break from everyday life and enjoy a staycation.

Florida residents can save with special rates at any of our eight resort hotels during select times of the year. There are plenty of options to choose from to suit your needs and budget. Plus, staying at the hotels gives you access to all sorts of special theme park benefits like Early Park Admission, free transportation to the theme parks, and even Unlimited Universal Express if you stay at a Premier hotel.

Click here to check out the current offerings and learn more about each hotel.

Use that Extra Cash to Upgrade Your Visit


You’re going to save a decent chunk of change with your Florida resident perks. Now you can use it to take your trip to the next level. Here are a few add-ons you can explore.

Now that you’ve got your guide, it’s time to start planning your upcoming getaway to Universal Orlando Resort. Click here to sign-up for email updates and special offers for Florida residents and share your excitement on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #ReadyforUniversal.

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  • Reply robert mcloughlin May 17, 2021 at 10:51 am

    can snow birds get a resident pass,with proof of address?

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      Reply Social Media Team May 17, 2021 at 11:00 am

      Hi Robert! We recommend reaching out to our Online Ticket Store at (877) 801-9720 for more information regarding proof of residency restrictions!

  • Reply Wesley Walker October 31, 2023 at 8:46 pm

    Hi Universal Orlando,

    It’s been quite a while since I’ve
    visited. I came there with my school
    and wow, how I did enjoy the visit.

    Space Mountain was awesome.

    • Reply Digital Guest Communications October 31, 2023 at 9:16 pm

      Hi Wesley! We hope to see you again soon, and make sure you check out the Jurassic World VelociCoaster during your next visit!

  • Reply Theresa March 27, 2024 at 10:45 am

    Hi! In the tip above, it says: “Head straight to the ticket turnstiles when you arrive to the parks. You no longer need to verify your residency before you get to the front gate.” Can we already verify our Florida IDs online? Appreciate the advice on how the process goes!

    • Reply Digital Guest Communications March 27, 2024 at 11:00 am

      Hi Theresa! Guests must verify their Florida Residency upon arrival at our Ticket Turnstiles. We hope this helps, and we can’t wait to see you soon!

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