The Park Hopper option is an additional option for your Disney World tickets. This option allows guests to visit more than one theme park per day, for the number of days on their tickets. Park Hopper is an additional one time cost, and the cost is on top of your base theme park ticket, regardless of the number of days you purchased. In other words, Park Hopper will apply to every day of your ticket or no days. You cannot add it to some days. The cost of adding park hopper varies slightly depending on the length of your ticket but ranges from and additional $73-93 per ticket (not per day). There are many great reasons why you may want to consider purchasing the Park Hopper option on your tickets, read on to find out more!
Editor’s Note: During the phased reopening of Walt Disney World, park hopping has returned with modifications. Click here for details on how to park hop during the phased reopening.
1 – Dining Reservations
Editor’s Note: During the phased reopening of Walt Disney World, the booking window for dining reservations is 60 days.
The Park Hopper option allows you greater flexibility when it comes to dining reservations. Dining reservations are strongly recommended for all table service locations at Walt Disney World and can be made up to 180 days in advance. The Park Hopper allows you to visit more than one park per day, so if you love dining at Epcot for dinner, you can do so every night while still touring any of the other theme parks during the day. Additionally, suppose you can get a reservation for a location that is typically difficult such as Cinderella’s Royal Table, Be Our Guest, or Le Cellier you will not need to re-arrange your whole schedule to ensure you can make your new dinner reservation. Just hop on over to that location when it is time to dine.
2 – Flexibility
The Park Hopper adds flexibility to your vacation. You won’t need to feel guilty about leaving early one night and missing the fireworks when you know you can return on another night. Additionally, perhaps you plan only to spend half of a day at a particular park you can spend the rest of the day at another.
3 – Park Hours
If you are visiting during a time of year when the parks have reduced hours, you may find that Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios closing as early as 7 pm! Having a Park Hopper will allow you to visit these parks during the day still and head over to Magic Kingdom or Epcot, which typically have longer park hours for the evening. Otherwise, you may find yourself with nothing to do once Animal Kingdom closes for the day.
4 – Extra Magic Hours
Editor’s Note: During the phased reopening of Walt Disney World, Extra Magic Hours are temporarily suspended.
If you are a resort guest, you are entitled to Extra Magic Hours at select locations on select days during your stay. Traditionally crowd levels are higher on Extra Magic Hour days. You may benefit from heading to the AM Extra Magic Hours and then hop to another less crowded park during the morning. Similarly, if you want to take part in the PM Extra Magic Hours, but not spend the whole day fighting the crowds at that park, you can use your Park Hopper to head over there in time for the evening Extra Magic Hours.
5 – Weather Impacts
The weather in Central Florida is sometimes unpredictable. Some attractions are weather-sensitive, particularly at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. If you have the Park Hopper option and you find yourself waiting for attractions to re-open due to weather, you could head to Magic Kingdom or Disney’s Hollywood Studios, where fewer attractions will be closed.
6 – See Things You Missed
Editor’s Note: During the phased reopening of Walt Disney World, parades are temporarily suspended.
Ever feel like there just isn’t enough time to fit everything you want to see and do into your day at Walt Disney World? Or maybe you missed out on the parade due to weather cancelation. Having the Park Hopper will let you have the opportunity to go back to a park where you can experience the few things you missed without having to spend another day at that specific park.
7 – Enjoy Favorites Again
Maybe you love thrill rides such as Space Mountain, Expedition Everest, and Test Track, and you want to ride all of them on your last day. Or you just have to get one more Dole Whip before heading home. The Park Hopper will let you make a quick stop on another day at these locations to enjoy your favorites.
8 – Last-Minute Shopping
Everyone has had buyer’s remorse, but what about remorse over things you didn’t buy, but wish you did? While the majority of souvenirs can be found at any of the theme parks or Disney Springs, not everything is available everywhere. You will need a ticket even if you just want to run in and get that one last thing, so don’t spend the whole day at Animal Kingdom when you really only want one specific item at that park.
9 – Park Hopper Plus Option
Editor’s Note: The Park Hopper Plus option will be available for travel beginning on March 7, 2021.
Another great reason to add the Park Hopper option is to upgrade to the Park Hopper Plus Option. With this option, in addition to being able to hop between all four theme parks, you will also be able to visit Disney’s two water parks: Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course, Disney’s Fantasia Gardens and Miniature Golf Course (after 4:00 pm), and Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course (after 4:00 pm). The amount of visits you have is based on the length of your ticket. For example, a four-day ticket would allow four visits, and a seven-day ticket would allow seven visits. Currently, the cost of the Park Hopper option ranges from $73-$93, depending on your length of stay. Park Hopper Plus is an additional $5 on top of the Park Hopper option. Depending on your length of stay, you can park hop between all parks and get the extras mentioned above. Considering a single day ticket to a water park is $69, this could be an excellent value for your family.
Adding the Park Hopper Option onto your Tickets can offer you additional flexibility when visiting the theme parks. The ability to visit more than one park per day will give you more options for dining reservations or change plans as you go due to weather, crowd levels, or other issues. And if you don’t get a chance to see a show or ride a specific attraction, you can return to that park without spending the entire day there. Tickets can be upgraded to include Park Hopper at any time provided there are still days left on the ticket. So you can add it at a later date if you decide it is something you want to take advantage of.
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