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9 BIG Updates From Walt Disney World (and Beyond) This Week (April 18-24, 2016)

6. Universal Orlando Resort raises annual pass prices

Universal Orlando Resort has recently raised the cost of new annual pass purchases across all annual pass tiers for both out of state visitors as well as Florida residents. Here’s the new price breakdown:

Power Pass

  • Out of state: $254.99, up from $239.99
  • Florida residents: $234.99 up from $214.99

Preferred Pass

  • Out of state: $344.99, up from $334.99
  • Florida residents: $309.99, up from $299.99

Premium Pass 

  • Out of state: $494.99, up from $479.99
  • Florida residents: $449.99 up from from $429.99

7. Mess tent snack kiosk pops up near Skull Island

Image: Universal

Walls came down this week around a small part of the still under-construction Skull Island and while guests will still have to do some gymnastics to get a glimpse of the actual attraction, they can now visit the new Skull Island-themed Mess Tent, a snack kiosk that sells usual theme park snacks like hot dogs and churros. Though this isn't the most exciting development, its another step towards this attraction's high-profile opening later this year. 

8. New Skull Island merchandise revealed

Image: Universal Orlando Resort

And speaking of Skull Island, though we don't have an opening date for this attraction yet, those who want to get their shopping done early can now purchase Skull Island merchandise around the resort, including hats, pins, shirts and more. Universal's Close Up blog has a closer look at all the new merchandise offerings available to commemorate the imminent opening of this new attraction.   

9. Two new sloths on display at Busch Gardens Tampa 

Image: Busch Gardens Tampa

Finally this week, two adorable brand new sloths were born a few weeks ago at Busch Gardens Tampa, and the park has announced that guests can see both baby sloths in the coming weeks during specific times at Jambo Junction, Busch Gardens’ home to animal ambassadors who represent their counterparts in the wild.

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