Universal Orlando Phasing Out Old Paper Annual Passes
At long last, those flimsy, paper, Universal Annual Passes are being phased out and guests now have an option to give them up for a shiny new plastic replacement.
This amazing leap forward in technology means that passholders can now safely venture onto Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls or Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge Rat Barges and still have something to show for their $500 investment.
At this point the swap is voluntary, and will probably remain that way until the old paper cards naturally expire.
Today, (June 9th 2016) the team members at the temporary kiosk near Mel’s Diner were super efficient, and the upgrade process only required an ID card for adults.
Kids did not need ID today, even if they were holders of an adult pass.
Finger print data was automatically transferred to the card, making the change as effortless as possible.
It’s not clear whether the new Annual Pass cards have RFID chips integrated into them, but based upon the considerable efforts being made by Mickey just down the I-4, it would by an oversight for Universal not to be heading in a similar direction some time soon.
An RFID Chip would make it much easier for Universal guests to manage Express Pass, parking access and enhanced services such as dining reservations in the future.
For sure, Universal aren’t making this change for our convenience alone, and it would be a safe bet to assume that at some point over the coming year, a major replacement for the Universal Orlando App could be on its way.
As mentioned, so far, we have no confirmation that would be the case at the moment though!