Walt Disney World has begun requiring children from 3 to 9 years old to have their fingers scanned when they enter the theme parks, just like older kids and adults.
Disney said the new process will help block the use of stolen and shared tickets. Previously, kids' tickets would have been easy to transfer because they had no finger images attached to them.
Parents who feel uncomfortable with having their kids' fingers scanned can use their own instead.
Disney introduced scanners more than a decade ago that used "finger geometry" — pictures of several points on people's fingers.
Universal pass prices increase
Universal Orlando's annual pass prices jumped as much as 13 percent Wednesday, as the resort started a new system that increased options and benefits for purchasers.
A basic pass with blockout dates went from $234.99 to $259.99. Also, the summer blockout dates apply to both theme parks now, rather than just one.
A new pass level that blocks out Christmastime and spring break but not summer costs $319.99.
An annual pass that provides year-round access went from $309.99 to $349.99.
And a premier pass with lots of extra benefits now costs $489.99, up from $444.99.
The more expensive pass with blockout dates gives visitors a 50 percent parking discount. Passes with blockout dates up to now have not provided parking benefits.
Also, the two more expensive passes now provide admission to the theme parks before they open to the general public.
People who already have passes may qualify for renewal discounts of 50 percent or more.
Rosen sets distress rates
Rosen Hotels & Resorts announced the Florida Resident Distress rates for the 2016 hurricane season.
The discounted room rates are offered to Florida residents affected by the state's inclement weather conditions.
Rates are as follows:
•Rosen Inn International, Rosen Inn, Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando and Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista are $55.
•Rosen Plaza is $79.
•Rosen Centre is $89.
•Rosen Shingle Creek is $105.
Discounted room rates are offered when a tropical storm or hurricane warning is in effect for any area of Florida.
Disney points buses to Springs
Walt Disney World has started a direct bus service transporting visitors to Disney Springs from the theme parks. The service starts at 4 p.m. daily. It drops visitors off in the middle of the new Town Center.
The service is one-way, though transportation will continue running visitors from Disney Springs back to the resort's hotels.
NBCUniversal real estate hire
NBCUniversal, which owns Universal Orlando Resort, has named Edward A. Chuchla chief real estate officer beginning Sept. 12. Chuchla will oversee the company's global real estate portfolio of more than 500 properties. He will report to Ian Trombley, president of NBCUniversal Operations and Technical Services.
Chuchla joins NBCUniversal from Las Vegas Sands Corp., where he was senior vice president of development. He is also a former senior vice president of corporate operations and real estate at Walt Disney Company. He spent more than eight years earlier in his career at Disney assessing international development expansion opportunities for major theme park development projects.
Chuchla succeeds Corinne Verdery and Jasper Hasell.
"Ed is the right person to lead the company's overall real estate and development plans into the future," said Ron Meyer, Vice Chairman of NBCUniversal, in a news release. "He understands the importance of partnering with local stakeholders and community members to create mutually beneficial projects."