Working at Universal Studios Orlando comes with all the standard perks of theme park employment, like free park admission and discounted merchandise. However, there are some particular perks that Universal goes above and beyond to offer Team Members. These stand out even in comparison to what Walt Disney World Cast Members receive. Here are some of the best things about working at Universal Studios.
1. The Thanksgiving turkey
As long as you’re employed at Universal Studios, you’ll never have to worry about picking up a nice big Thanksgiving turkey. Employees line up in the days before Thanksgiving and each receive their own turkey absolutely free. If you have to have multiple Team Members in your family, this makes for a ton of turkey for the holiday season. These aren’t small birds, either, and they’re as juicy as anything you’ll grab at the grocery.
Though many Team Members will invariably end up working on Thanksgiving Day, this perk ensures that everyone gets a chance to enjoy a feast with their family, even if they do have to schedule it a few days before or after the traditional holiday.
2. Special event access free of charge
Both Disney and Universal provide free park access to their employees. However, Universal really goes all the way by offering access not only to the theme parks, but also to special events like Halloween Horror Nights. Universal doesn’t have any blackout dates for Team Members, either. This means you can pop in for big name concerts at Mardi Gras, catch the first Macy’s Holiday Parade of the season, and attend every single Horror Nights event without spending a dime.
This is a big difference from Walt Disney World where even Cast Members are blocked out of the park during peak days. Disney Cast Members also have to purchase separate tickets for special events like Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Very Merry Christmas Party.
3. Free movie screenings
When Universal releases a big movie, it usually gives its Team Members the chance to screen it in theaters before it’s released to the public. Team Members can pick up their tickets during select hours a few days before the event. These tickets are usually good for the Team Member and one guest, though some screenings only allow Team Members. There are a limited number of tickets so you won’t realistically make it to every one, but it is possible to get ahold of tickets to two or three showings a year.