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Universal Orlando Florida Resident Discount?

I live in Michigan and plan on visiting my uncle who lives in Florida during my spring break (March 31st-April 11th). He can buy Florida Resident passes with his Florida ID. if he were to buy me a discounted Universal pass with his FL ID, could I still use it to get into the park even though I live in Michigan?

***I know this is for FL residents only, but I do not have an ID as I am too young so how would they know I’m not a resident?


Policy states that anyone age 18 or older must show valid proof of Florida residency like a drivers license to use a FL resident discount ticket for admission to the Universal Orlando theme parks, Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure.

This means kids 17 or younger do not need to have proof of residency.

Please note that FL resident tickets can only be purchased over the phone or online–you cannot purchase them at the gate. however, you must go to the ticket windows at the gate to retrieve them, and everyone in your group (you and your uncle) must be present when you do so. And, as stated above, anyone 18 or older will be asked to show valid proof of residency.

Here’s Universal’s official language and what they consider valid proof of residency:

  • Ticket is for purchase and use by Florida Residents only.
  • Guest must present proof of Florida residency at time of purchase and ticket pick-up.
  • Valid Florida ID required for each ticket purchased. Limit six (6) tickets per transaction.
  • Valid Florida ID’s are as follows:

1. Florida driver’s license2. Florida state-issued ID card (must have Florida address)3. Florida voter’s registration card with corresponding photo ID4. College ID from a Florida college or university with corresponding photo ID

  • Valid only during regular theme park operating hours and specifically excludes admission to special or separately ticketed entertainment events at either of the theme parks.
  • This Florida Resident offer is only available online and is NOT available at the front gate of either theme park.

Here’s a graphic from Universal’s website that also confirms this information:

Note that it doesn’t specifically state the 18 or older part.  however, the theme parks do not expect kids to have photo IDs. Likewise, also note that the six (6) ticket limit is PER TRANSACTION, simply meaning that you can’t purchase eight FL resident tickets in one transaction even if everyone has proof of residency (although you could definitely split it into two transactions). The six ticket limit does NOT mean a FL resident can purchase five other tickets for non-FL residents.  those are Universal’s old rules.

Finally, it is worth mentioning that using a FL resident ticket as a non-resident is a violation of park policy and, in theory, could get you trespassed off the property. Would that ever happen with a kid who was fibbing? I doubt it, but I wanted to mention it nonetheless.  (More than likely if you were caught they’d ask you to pay the difference.)

GENIUStip If you are only going to Universal for one day, all this may not even be worth it. The one-day FL discount tickets are only about $10 less than they are for everyone at the gate, and since you have to go to the ticket windows at the gate to pick up your FL resident discount tickets anyway, a lot of people just pay the extra $10 per person to skip all this stuff.

Universal FL resident discount tickets can be purchased by calling Universal Guest Contact Center at 407-224-7840 or online here: universalorlando.com/Tickets/…

Remember, you have to purchase FL resident tickets either over the phone or online.

I know this doesn’t pertain to your situation. but just in case other people read this answer, I also wanted to mention that FL resident tickets have BLOCKOUT dates… in other words, dates the tickets cannot be used for admission. for 2011 these dates are as follows:

# Blockout dates:* April 16-30, 2011* July 1 – August 13, 2011* December 26-31, 2011

Remember that BLOCKOUT dates are subject to change. You can find the most up to date BLOCKOUT calendar here: universalorlando.com/Tickets/…

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