Disney Lifting Annual Pass Block-Out Dates to Allow One Last Ride on Great Movie Ride, Universe of Energy

Disney Lifting Annual Pass Block-Out Dates to Allow One Last Ride on Great Movie Ride, Universe of Energy

Walt Disney World will be lifting block-out dates in August on annual passes that would not typically allow entry to the parks during this time so that guests may say goodbye to two classic attractions.

While we don’t have the exact dates yet, Disney should be distributing that information to guests later this week. The adjusted block-out will allow these guests to enter Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios to ride the Universe of Energy and the Great Movie Ride one last time. Of course, guests will get to experience other things in the parks as well, not limited to these rides.

The Universe of Energy (Ellen’s Energy Adventure) and the Great Movie Ride both close forever on August 13th, 2017. The Universe of Energy will be replaced with a Guardians of the Galaxy thrill ride, while The Great Movie Ride will be replaced by Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway.

UPDATE: Silver and Weekday Select Annual Pass will have access to all 4 Walt Disney World theme parks starting August 1st. Weekday Select passes still will not admit guests on weekends, however.

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Philip
Philip
4 years ago

Could you all please stop assuming that Guardians will be a thrill ride?

They’ve never said anything of the sort.

Christopher DeCrosta
Christopher DeCrosta
4 years ago
Reply to  Philip

It absolutely will be! Have you seen any of the movies lol. To not be a thrill ride would make absolutely zero sense

Ret
Ret
4 years ago

This is very nice of Disney to do this for Florida AP holders. However, not all AP holders live in Florida or are able to visit WDW one last time before closing. What about all of the AP holders who don’t live “in Mickey’s backyard” and can’t schedule a quick trip to see two of their favorite attractions one last time before they close forever. A one-month warning is definitely not in keeping with the Disney spirit. I still keep hoping that Disney will remember the guests, and not just concentrate on the money and the stockholders. Disney, please do… Read more »

J
J
4 years ago
Reply to  Ret

Oh please, they are a business. They are not here to bend over backwards so everyone who wants to come, can. They have a lot of work to do on two rather unpopular attractions. You’re going to miss one last ride on a broken down review of movies people have forgotten, and a place to take a 45 minute nap while Ellen tells you that fossil fuel is the only viable source of energy and solar is “too expensive” (lol). Get over it.

Ret
Ret
4 years ago
Reply to  J

Maybe you should lose the attitude.

J
J
4 years ago
Reply to  Ret

Maybe you should lose the entitlement.

A great big beautiful tommarrow
A great big beautiful tommarrow
4 years ago

I’ll be there in February but we’ll see some updates on 2 attractions.

Charles
Charles
4 years ago

Very nice

Tara
Tara
4 years ago

I called Disney today and they said no block out dates have been lifted. They also said they would not notify pass holders if this happens.

J
J
4 years ago
Reply to  Tom Corless

I heard this was “confirmed”. In addition to this news, they also said they would be allowing those AP holders to help them demolish Tomorrowland Speedway for the Tron coaster. It’s “confirmed” so it must be true!

Johnny Bluejeans
Johnny Bluejeans
4 years ago
Reply to  Tom Corless

Ha! The email is out.

KyleKriss
4 years ago
Reply to  Tara

I got an email today that says they are lifting them early and will be available on the app tomorrow

j
j
4 years ago
Reply to  Tara

The information is on their web site

j
j
4 years ago
Reply to  Tara

The info is on Disney’s web site

Melissa D Brown
Melissa D Brown
4 years ago

That’s really nice of them. They didn’t have to do that.

Laura Foulkes
Laura Foulkes
4 years ago

I was actually in Disney World a fortnight ago. when I heard The Great Movie Ride was closing.

It was my 1st time in WDW i’d been on Great Movie ride once be for I heard news. When I heard it was closing I this year I made sure to ride it one last time.

Its sad when classic rides close.
I sympathize with other Great Movie ride fans and Universe of Energy fans too.

William Dwight Stewart Jr
William Dwight Stewart Jr
4 years ago

Let me say this . A . It’s more than nice of them to do this . It is also good business strategy . I guess knowing what they are going to do they know that there are people who visit over and over again who love the old attractions so much and understand that this is going to take some getting used to for those who visit constantly . B . I hope that they keep on at this pace where when they start to make changes making sure that it is not at the speed rate to where… Read more »

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Tony
Tony
4 years ago

As an out of state AP Holder I am miffed if this is true. I have to pay nearly double for an annual pass without a payment plan. If there are no black out days can I pay the Florida resident rate for my annual pass?

Jason
Jason
4 years ago
Reply to  Tony

Nope.

Marci
Marci
4 years ago
Reply to  Tony

Tony, if they did do this, it would only mean an extra 10 days in August to see these attractions. The blackout dates are over in August on the 10th anyway. Those of us who live near enough to go on “day trips” to the parks usually go on days the weather is better anyway. Are you planning on coming to Florida when it is raining and the heat index is over 100? No need to be miffed.

j
j
4 years ago
Reply to  Marci

That’s right

Feeling Nostalgic
Feeling Nostalgic
4 years ago

This is a wonderful thing that they are doing! My husband and I live in Michigan and planned a last-minute anniversary trip there the weekend they both close. I’m glad others living in Florida can see them once more before they close as well. Does anyone know if “closing on the 13th” means that their last day is the 12th or the 13th? Also, I’ve never been at Disney the last day a ride is open-do they do anything special? We’re planning our days and I’m wondering if we should try to hit them (or one of them) on the… Read more »

Cruzer
Cruzer
4 years ago

The only thing I’ll miss about the Universe of Energy Ride was a relaxing, uncrowded, air-conditioned dark ride. It may have been starting to show its age but man–it could not be beat for rallying during that hot mid-day slump.

I can only hope that the GotG ride that comes in is also a long, high guest capacity ride.

RebeccaMcK
RebeccaMcK
4 years ago
Reply to  Cruzer

I watched the UoE footage on YouTube the other day as my farewell to the attraction I only did once (back in 2010). I never really have time to go do it when I’m at Epcot any more, since we spend more time in World Showcase after 11 am. Parts of the ride were okay, and I’ll always love Ellen, but the dino sequence seemed pretty long and I’m kind of glad something new is coming. I also watched the cowboy version of GMR today on YouTube, since in the four times I rode that I never got the cowboy… Read more »