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Walt Disney World specialty license plate to soon hit Florida roads after reaching goal

Orlando Sentinel logoOrlando Sentinel 4/1/2021 Richard Tribou, Orlando Sentinel

That didn’t take long. The specialty license plate celebrating Walt Disney World will soon be available for anyone after it reached its 3,000 pre-order threshold.

The tag raises funds for Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Northern Florida and has been building steam since the 2020 Florida Legislature passed a sweeping bill that allowed for up to 33 new specialty license plates to join the arsenal of tags already on Florida’s roads. It has allowed for presales of the plate since October, but Disney only revealed the design of the plate in March.

Since the reveal, the plate surged through more than 1,000 sales to reach the 3,000 limit the new legislation requires before the state would begin production.

Disney becomes the third plate to reach its goal following tags for the Navy Blue Angels and the Coastal Conservation Association of Florida that features a redfish.

As of April 1, Disney actually now has the most pre-orders, according to the state Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles with 3,568.

Plates generate funds for nonprofits through a $25 fee tacked onto drivers’ tag registrations. Most plates need to hit the 3,000 preorder mark before being put into production, although the plates for out-of-state universities Auburn, the University of Alabama and University of Georgia need to hit 4,000.

Those who preordered won’t be able to get their tags until production makes its way to the various tax collector offices around the state.

Plates that are next closest to hitting their goal including one for the Divine 9 traditional Black fraternities and sororities with 1,900 and an Explore Off Road Florida tag with 919. The state keeps track of them at it website. Other plates in the mix include those for Orlando City soccer team, Florida beekeepers, Beat Childhood Cancer, Daughters of the American Revolution and the Florida Highwaymen artists.

Plates have two years to reach their requirement before being pulled from consideration.

The state had not had any new specialty tags since 2015. While there are currently more than 120 tag designs available, the state had begun removing one tag per year with the lowest number of active registrations. For 2021, that plate was for Edward Waters College.

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