When calling guest relations, they are usually the last to know. I was at the park yesterday and went to the box office inside Universal Plaza and they were the ones to confirm 29.00. My friend and I both questioned the amount but they were adamant about the new change.
Sadly calling guest relations about new information usually doesn't do anyone any good.
This confirms that USH overplayed its hand. Their bluff has been called. This confirms once more that they are not getting the attendance they expected. I will wait until I buy an AP. At the rate we're going, we will get back the Premium Star Pass in no time.
I rec'd this email response yesterday (09/25/16) in regards to this same question I posed to guest services:
Thank you for your interest in Universal Studios Hollywood!
If you would like to visit on a black-out day, we do offer a $29 black-out day ticket that may be purchased at any ticket booth. Please be sure to bring your pass along with you and a photo ID. If you have any questions, please let me know.
Assistant Manager - Guest Communications Universal Studios Hollywood
Ill be heading out to the park tomorrow for a low-key solo trip, and taking the above email from Guest Services along for the ride. You know, to avoid any last minute questions on the price of the ticket.... :P