Around the Universe – News and Discounts for April 2021

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If April showers bring May flowers, then what do March theme park crowds bring for April? Hopefully a Jurassic World VelociCoaster opening date announcement!

This week we check up on the VelociCoaster, price increases, CityWalk store updates, news, discounts, and more from Universal Orlando.

VelociCoaster Updates

Exterior construction is wrapping up at the Jurassic World VelociCoaster entrance plaza. The entrance marquee, safety signage, interior lighting, queue stanchions, and lockers have been installed – only two cherry pickers remain at the front of the attraction. Load area and interior queue work are progressing, costumes are on site, and team members are testing the ride throughout the week.

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Height checks are installed outside the front entrance to the park.

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Large single-use rental lockers for the attraction debuted inside the Discovery Center this week. Smaller single-use rental lockers will be located in the queue.

Jurassic World VeloiCoaster opens in summer 2021. Stay tuned to TouringPlans on Twitter for updates on technical rehearsals.

New Universal Studios Store & Universal Legacy Store Open

The new Universal Studios Store has finally opened! Construction originally began in early 2020 but paused due to the pandemic.

At the old Universal Studios Store, located between Vivo and Bigfire, a new Universal Legacy Store opened. Inside hosts dozens of props, models, costumes, and more from old Universal Orlando Resort attractions along with Universal Orlando Resort merch. Just take a look at this cool stuff!

Universal Orlando Annual Pass Price Increases

This is no joke, on April 1st Universal Orlando raised their annual pass prices $45 to $81 based on pass level:

Two Park Annual Passes
Old Price New Price Difference
Seasonal Pass $304.99 $349.99 + $45
Power Pass $354.99 $399.99 + $45
Preferred Pass $394.99 $449.99 + $55
Premier Pass $559.99 $624.99 + $65

 

Two Park Florida Resident Annual Passes
Old Price New Price Difference
Seasonal Pass $269.99 $299.99 + $30
Power Pass $319.99 $349.99 + $30
Preferred Pass $359.99 $399.99 + $40
Premier Pass $509.99 $559.99 + $50

 

Three Park Annual Passes
Old Price New Price Difference
Seasonal Pass $403.99 $449.99 + $46
Power Pass $463.99 $509.99 + $46
Preferred Pass $503.99 $559.99 + $56
Premier Pass $733.99 $814.99 + $81

 

Three Park Florida Resident Annual Passes
Old Price New Price Difference
Seasonal Pass $368.99 $399.99 + $31
Power Pass $428.99 $459.99 + $31
Preferred Pass $468.99 $509.99 + $41
Premier Pass $683.99 $749.99 + $66

At this time single-day and multi-day tickets remain unchanged.

Odds ‘n Ends

In 2020, Häagen-Dazs became the Official Ice Cream of Universal Orlando (yes, this is a thing) and slowly the parks have phased out other ice cream options. Earlier this year all Dippin’ Dots locations were removed and now the Universal Studios Florida Ben & Jerry’s closed, making way for a Häagen-Dazs location.

Universal Studios Florida’s Mardi Gras celebration is extended through April 11 May 2! Enjoy this food festival with exclusive items like beignets, crawfish boils, paella, empanadas, and more from all the countries celebrating carnival!

Photo courtesy Inside Universal.

Prime Parking is now $50, an increase of $10. If you are considering purchasing Prime Parking check out our article on ways to get it at a discount or free.

Discounts

For more deals, including discounts on vacation packages, visit the Universal Orlando website or book your Universal vacation with the TouringPlans Travel Agency.

Refurbishments and Closures

The following attractions are closed due to COVID-19. At this time there are no dates for reopening unless otherwise listed.

  • Fievel’s Playground
  • Curious George Goes to Town
  • Fear Factor Live
  • Camp Jurassic
  • If I Ran the Zoo
  • Jurassic Discovery Center
  • Me Ship, The Olive
  • Poseidon’s Fury
  • Storm Force Acceleration

The following attractions are closed for refurbishment:

  • None

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