Walt Disney World Annual Passholder Purchase and Renewal Price Increase

Effective October 4, 2015, the prices for Walt Disney World Annual Passes has increased.  The passholder system has also changed a bit.  Instead of offering a Seasonal, Annual, and Premium Pass, Disney now offers Silver, Gold, and Platinum Passes.

Below is a screenshot of the new rates to purchase a new pass as a Florida Resident:

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If you are looking for the updated prices for a new non-Florida resident pass, click here.

For renewal prices, click here.  You will be required to login to see the new renewal prices.

The newest amenities for these passes is that Photopass downloads are now included with the Gold, Platinum, and Platinum Plus Passes.  The difference between the Silver Pass and the Gold Pass (besides Photopass) is the Gold has slightly fewer black out dates.

Here’s a Guru tip for you:  if you are a member of AAA, they have not raised their rates yet.  If you are looking to buy a new pass or renew, you can still get the old rate as of today (10/6/15).

Tables in Wonderland has also increased in price by $50.00.

 

What do you think of the rate increase?  Comment below!

 

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Final Year for Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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Disney announced today on their blog that this holiday season will be the final year for the Osborne Family Lights.  The amazing display has been taking place for the past 20 years at Hollywood Studios (MGM when it first started) and has in recent years covered the Streets of America.

It has become a tradition for many to visit during the holiday season and the reaction from Disney fans has been mostly of sadness and confusion as to why Disney couldn’t just move the lights to another area of the park.  Besides the incredible amount of lights on display, the lights would also sparkle, dance, and change in synchronization to a variety of Christmas music.

With the announcement of the new Star Wars Land and Toy Story Land expansions for DHS at the D23 Expo, the thought of losing the Streets of America entered the minds of many.  Unfortunately, Disney has now confirmed those thoughts.  Here is the excerpt from Disney’s blog:

As you plan ahead, we also wanted you to know that this holiday season will mark the finale for The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. The display of lights has enjoyed a successful run at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, going all the way back to when it first appeared on Residential Street.

In order to prepare for some incredible experiences coming to the park, including the recently announced Toy Story Land and a Star Wars-themed land, we will not be able to present The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights in the future. Our heartfelt thanks go out to the family of Jennings Osborne for letting us share their family tradition year after year. And thank you to all of you for being part of the spectacle with us. Here’s to making more memories in this, the 20th and final year.

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Breaking: Stars Wars Land announced for Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

 

Disney CEO Bob Iger announced today that plans are set to build a Star Wars Land in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  Iger said it will be the largest expansion ever:  14 acres!  This is exciting news as there has been much speculation around a Star Wars-themed area in a park that needs a makeover.  So far we know there will be two rides, one featuring the Millennium Falcon and one adventure ride that puts guests in the center of a galactic battle!  And huge news:  there WILL BE a Cantina!!! Stay tuned as we will find out more Disney Parks details later today!

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