Universal Knights is back for 2021 with COVID-19 precautions and access to two parks to provide more ride opportunities for students and to accommodate physical distancing. The free event will allow 11,000 UCF students exclusive access to Universal Studios Florida  and Islands of Adventure on April 12 from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. While other guests have been allowed to attend during previous Universal Knights events, this year only UCF students will be allowed to attend.

How to Get Tickets

Students must use their Knights email to create an account and claim their tickets online through Ticketmaster March 1 at 8 p.m. Tickets are limited and will be first come, first served.

Once students have claimed their tickets, they will receive email from Student Government with a link to sign up for a pick-up date and time during a three-week distribution period. Students will need their UCF ID to pick-up their tickets.

Digital ticket vouchers will not provide students access to the event.

Guest Tickets

This year, guest tickets will not be sold for Universal Knights.

Pass Holders

Universal Studios annual and seasonal pass holders still need to get a Universal Knights ticket to attend the entire event. Only attendees with the Universal Knights wristband will be allowed inside the park after 8 p.m. Annual passholders without a Universal Knights wristband must leave the park by 8 p.m.

Transient Students

Students who are enrolled at UCF but currently taking courses at another college or university for the Spring 2021 semester are unable to receive a free Universal Knights ticket.

Transferring Tickets

Students who have claimed a ticket and no longer wish to or are unable to attend Universal Knights may give their ticket to another student. To do so, do not use the transfer ticket option on Ticketmaster. Students who originally claimed a ticket must pick up physical tickets in-person before giving it to another student.

Reselling Tickets

Selling a Universal Knights ticket is a violation of the UCF Golden Rule. Violations are handled on a case-by-case basis by the Golden Rule Review Committee.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

Universal has implemented COVID-19 guidelines to ensure safety guidelines for all of their guests, which includes UCF students during the entire Universal Knights event.  These safety measures include:

  • Temperature checks will be required upon arrival, and guests with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or greater will not be admitted.
  • Wearing a face covering throughout the park, including while waiting for and on rides, is required.
  • Practice social distancing and keep at least 6 feet between your travel party and others.
  • While in lines at the parks, standing on the floor markings until the group in front of you moves forward.
  • At select locations including prior to boarding ride vehicles, guests will be required to use hand sanitizer.
  • Washing hands with soap and water often for at least 20 seconds.
  • Following directions from team members and having patience as Universal works through these new operational procedures.


Students who plan to drive to and from Universal Studios must use the free parking pass provided by SG. The parking pass becomes valid at 3 p.m. on the day of the event.

SG will provide limited busing to Universal Studios from main campus and back. Students must sign up for separate rides to and from the park between 3 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. on the day of the event.  Students will need to bring their UCF IDs to ride these buses.

Food and Drinks

You are allowed to take bottled water and small snacks in a backpack or soft-sided bag.

There are different quick-service dining plans that include meals, snack and drinks available between $15.99 and $29.99 plus tax. They can be purchased online in advance or at guest services on the day of your visit.

What to Wear

Comfortable walking shoes are recommended since you will be on your feet for hours.

Don’t forget sunscreen and hats to help keep you protected from the heat before the sun goes down.

A lightweight jacket might also be useful at night in case it gets cooler.

What to Take

Students must present a valid UCF ID at the entrance of the parks on April 12 in order to attend Universal Knights.

To save money, take a small backpack with snacks and sealed water bottles.

Be sure to put your phone on low-battery mode and, if you have one, take a portable charger to make sure your phone doesn’t die.

Wait Times for Rides

You can save time looking for the shortest lines by downloading the Magic Guide: Universal Orlando app to keep track of each ride’s wait time.

Share your experience on social media by tagging @UCF, @UCFSG and using #UniversalKnights2021.