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WDW Ticket Price Increases as of Feb. 12, 2017

WDW Ticket Price Increase

Prices for WDW park passes are typically raised each February, so this increase shouldn’t come as a surprise. A full pricing breakdown is not yet available, but here are a few of the increases we are aware of:

Last year Disney introduced seasonal one-day ticket pricing, with three tiers based on time of year. For Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the mid-tier tickets will raise to $107 from $102. Peak season tickets (i.e., spring break, summer and Christmas break) will raise to $119 from $114. A one-day visit during the value period will raise to $99, up from $97. The Magic Kingdom always has a premium added on to the cost of admission. Prices will rise for the value and regular seasons. A mid-tier ticket will raise to $115 from $110. Peak season prices will remain the same. These are the adult prices and do not include tax. Children (ages 3 to 9) tickets will also experience a price increase.

Annual pass prices will also increase tomorrow. Florida-resident gold passes with black-out dates during Christmas and spring break will raise to $559 from $549. Platinum passes with no black-out dates will raise to $679 from $649.

Guests buying tickets online can save $20 on Magic Your Way passes of  three to 10 days. All tickets will now have expiration dates. The dates for expiration will vary.

Preferred parking option will increase to $40.

The  “Water Park Fund & More” stand-alone option is being eliminated. The option will only be available to purchase with a park hopper ticket.

Disneyland in California will also be raising prices tomorrow, February 12, 2017

Starring Rolls Cafe @ Disney’s Hollywood Studios Closing

Starring Rolls Cafe Closing
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We have just learned that Starring Rolls Cafe at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will close their doors tomorrow, Saturday, February 4, 2017. We are hearing that Starring Rolls is closing PERMANENTLY!

No other information is being reported and no replacement has been mentioned.

This has long been one of my favorite spots for a snack and a coffee. If it is truly closely permanently, I am disappointed. As information becomes available, I will share whatever I learn.

Garden Rocks Concert Series Line-Up Announced for 2017 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival

Without a doubt one of my very favorite Epcot times is during the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival! A few years back Disney began to incorporate food kiosks similar to those used during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. I was initially a little disappointed that they were sort of blending the two festivals together by doing that. Over time I have come to enjoy the Flower & Garden Festival even more because the addition of those kiosks has really enhanced your experience – but one of my favorite parts of Flower & Gardens remains the Garden Rocks Concert Series! 

Garden Rocks Concert Series
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Once again the America Gardens Theatre will come alive with some of the best music from the 1960s, ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s as the 2017 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival presents the “Garden Rocks” concert series. And, for the first time this year performances are scheduled not just Friday through Sunday, but every Monday, too!

One of the hallmarks of the Festival, “Garden Rocks,” brings your favorite stars from the rock and pop history to Epcot. Returning favorites like Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone and The Spinners join brand new artists like Berlin featuring Terri Nunn. Being a child of the ‘80s, I’ve put them on the top of my “hit list” for this year’s festival.

Poised to be one of the best ever, this year’s line-up shakes out like this:

  • March 3-4 – Jon Secada – “Just Another Day
  • March 5-6 – Dennis DeYoung – The Music of STYX – “Grand Illusion
  • March 10-13 – Pointer Sisters – “I’m So Excited
  • March 17-18 – Simple Plan – “Welcome to My Life” – NEW
  • March 19-20 – Plain White T’s – “Hey There Delilah
  • March 24-27 – Night Ranger – “Sister Christian
  • March 31-April 3 – Little River Band – “Reminiscing
  • April 7-10 – Blood, Sweat & Tears featuring Bo Bice – “Spinning Wheel
  • April 14-17 – Gin Blossoms – “Hey Jealousy
  • April 21-24 – The Orchestra starring former members of ELO – “Evil Woman
  • April 28-29 – Exposé – “Point of No Return” – NEW
  • April 30-May 1 – Berlin featuring Terri Nunn – “Take My Breath Away” – NEW
  • May 5-8 – STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas – “We Built This City
  • May 12-15 – The Guess Who – “American Woman
  • May 19-22 – Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone – “I’m Henry VIII, I Am
  • May 26-29 – The Spinners – “Working My Way Back To You

“Garden Rocks” concert performances are held each Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday of the Festival. Show times are at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. & 8 p.m. each night. Concerts are included with regular park admission to Epcot.

For more information on the Festival, check out

Know Before You Go ~ Is Your Child Tall Enough for the Rides at WDW?

WDW Height Requirements

There is nothing more frustrating then to have your child all excited over a particular attraction, only to get there and  find out they don’t meet the height requirements. Walt Disney World® can absolutely be the most magical place on Earth, the best trip you will ever take and a vacation full of wonderful memories . . . . but, it’s better to know the height requirements for the rides before you go. There are some rides with minimum age requirements also. Height requirements will definitely keep your child off an attraction so be prepared before you head to Walt Disney World so there is no disappointment. There are definitely good reasons behind the Disney height requirements and, of course, safety is the number one reason. (FYI: If your child does not meet the height requirement, you can still ride the attraction utilizing the Rider Switch program. Disney’s Rider Switch allows one adult to wait with the non-rider (or riders) while the rest of the party enjoys the attraction. When the other adult returns, they can supervise the non-riding Guests, and the waiting adult can board the attraction without having to wait in the regular line again!)

Many visitors have tried to get their child passed the height checks – don’t do it. The requirements are in place for safety. 

Research before you go which rides your children can ride. Measure them before leaving home to get an accurate height, wearing the same shoes they will wear in the park. Knowing which attractions are appropriate for your kids, understanding the height and age restrictions, will help with your planning and avoid any disappointment when you are there.

Be sure to check all the warnings for each ride since there are other warnings in addition to height requirements. There are health restrictions as well, such as people with bad backs, pregnant women, those prone to motion sickness, claustrophobia or fear of dark places are a few that may be listed. 

 If you are planning a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Walt Disney World, you may want to choose a time when your shortest child is at least 48” tall so that the entire family can enjoy all the attractions. 

Height Requirements – Magic Kingdom
Tomorrowland Speedway 32″
The Barnstormer 35″
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train 38″
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad 40″
Splash Mountain 40″
Stitch’s Great Escape! 40″
Space Mountain 44″

Age Restrictions:

  • “Space Mountain” at least age 3
  • “Big Thunder Mountain” at least age 3
  • “The Barnstormer” at least age 3
Height Requirements – Epcot
Soarin’ 40″
Test Track 40″
Mission: SPACE  44″


Height Requirements – Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Star Tours: The Adventures Continue 40″
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 40″
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith 48″

Age Restrictions:

  • Star Tours at least age 3
  • Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at least age 3
Height Requirements – Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Kali River Rapids 38″
Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain 44″
Primeval Whirl 48″

Some of the attractions at both Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon have height restrictions as well:

Height Requirements – Blizzard Beach
Chair Lift 32″
Downhill Double Dipper 48″
Slush Gusher 48″
Summit Plummet 48″
Tike’s Peak 48″


Height Requirements – Typhoon Lagoon
Crush ‘n’ Gusher 48″
Humunga Kowabunga 48″
Ketchakiddie Creek 48″
Bay Slides 60″