This is the kind of story I hate to share with Disney fans. Overnight, Disney has increased pricing for many of the Annual Pass options guests can choose from. It is possible that this price hike is a result of the recently announced Passholder Previews coming to Hollywood Studios when Galaxy's Edge opens later this summer. Guests hoping to purchase a Silver, Gold, Platinum or Platinum Plus pass will now have to dig deeper into their wallets.
The Silver Pass, which has blockout dates during Christmas, Easter and most of the summer, has increased to $519 from $479. The Gold Pass which only includes blockouts for two weeks at Christmas and the week of Easter has increased to $699 from the previous $609. Both of these passes are only available for Florida residents and DVC members. But even bigger hikes have taken place for the high-end annual passes.
The Platinum and Platinum Plus passes are available at different price points depending if your a Florida resident and/or DVC member or not. For non-members and non-residents the pricing has jumped to $1,119 for Platinum and $1,219 for Platinum Plus. That is a significant increase from the previous $894 and $994 prices. If you live in the state of Florida or are a DVC member you'll pay $899 for the Platinum Pass and $999 for the Platinum Plus Pass, both up by $150 from the previous prices.
The Platinum Pass is very similar to Gold and Silver in that you can visit any of the four theme parks, park hop and receive discounts at select shopping and dining locations. The only difference with Platinum is that there are no blockout dates. You can visit at any point in the year. Platinum Plus offers the same thing but also includes unlimited visits to the two water parks, ESPN Wide World of Sports and Disney's Oak Trail Golf Course. The kicker is that both of these higher end passes are the ones that will allow guests to visit Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge during special previews before its grand opening on August 29th.
Monthly payments are still available for most annual passes at Walt Disney World.