By Carlye Wisel
June 19, 2019
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Walt Disney World raised prices on annual passes earlier this week, just a couple months ahead of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

The Orlando Sentinel reported an almost 18-percent (or $225) increase for top-tier admission on Platinum Plus passes, which now cost $1,219. Disney Platinum passes also increased $225, to $1,119, while Florida resident and DVC discounted memberships saw an uptick as well.

Unlimited access to pilot the Millennium Falcon on both coasts will now cost a pretty penny. Disney’s Premier Annual Pass, which grants entry to Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort theme parks 365 days a year, this week increased $150 to $2,099. The top-tier admission — which also increased $370 during Disneyland’s price hikes this past January — is now 33-percent more expensive than last year.

Standard Disney World admission and tickets were unaffected by this most recent change, but pricing regularly fluctuates as part of the variable-driven ticket calendar. (Read our Saving Money at Disney World guide for helpful tips on not spending too much at the mouse house.)

Walt Disney World annual passes come with a set of benefits including savings on ticketed events, tours and parking, as well as merchandise and dining discounts that vary by tier. Select annual passholders will also be among the first to experience Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge before it opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios this summer — a germane announcement made the day prior to price hikes.

Smaller price changes went into effect today throughout Walt Disney World as well. According to Attractions Magazine, resort parking saw a nominal increase across all Walt Disney World hotels, with $15 for Value properties, $20 for Moderate hotels and $25 for Deluxe-level hotels. Disney World began charging hotel guests for vehicles parked overnight in March 2018; this $1-$2 change is the first increase since then.