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Top 10 Q & A About Disney World Park Hopping

Park Hopper passes are a ticket option at Walt Disney World. You may be wondering what this is and why you might want to consider park hopping while you are on vacation. Hopefully, we can help!  Here are our top ten questions and answers about park hopping at Walt Disney World:


10 – What is park hopping?

Park hopping is where you plan to visit multiple Walt Disney World theme parks in the same day and plan to spread your day across different parks rather than spend all of your time in one park.

9 – Do I need a special ticket to park hop?

Yes. You must have Park Hopper passes in order to visit more than one park in a day. The single-park tickets are called Magic Your Way passes and only allow admission into one theme park per day. Park Hopper passes have an increased cost associated with them for the flexibility.

8 – Can I upgrade to park hopper tickets if I already bought single-park admission tickets?

Yes. You will need to visit one of the ticket windows or guest relations, and they will be able to upgrade your tickets for you. You will have to pay the additional price difference after subtracting what you already paid from the total price for the Park Hopper passes.

7 – What is the price difference for park hopper versus single-park admission?

Walt Disney World uses variable pricing for theme park tickets. That means the price of admission varies by date and theme park. The cost of park hopping is also no longer a fixed price. Unfortunately, this means making decisions about what ticket and options to buy is a little more complicated than it has been in the past.

The price difference to add park hopping generally ranges between $65-85 per person. In the screenshot below, you can see an example of the prices charged for the different theme parks and the price of a park hopper ticket for a single-day ticket. In the example below, the prices are for April 1, 2024.

Pricing example for April 1, 2024. Credit: Disney.

The total amount varies depending on whether you have a single-day or multiple-day pass. Typically, if you have a multiple-day pass, you pay a set amount to add Park Hopper, no matter how many days you have on the passes. This means the price would be the same if it were two days or ten days.  This price is charged on a per-person basis for everyone three and older. Therefore, if you purchase a multi-day ticket, you will get a much better per-day deal on the park hopper option. The example below is for a seven-day ticket. The price difference for the entire seven days is $95 per person.

Seven-day pricing for April 2024. Credit: Disney.

6 – Why would I want to park hop?

Various strategies for visiting Walt Disney World incorporate park hopping. If you want the flexibility to go where you want at any time, then park hopping is probably what you need. It may not be necessary if you like to be immersed in a single park daily. There are also guests who may want a meal at a particular park but enjoy the day at a different park, so they hop over for the meal and plan their day accordingly.

5 – I have small children with me. Is park hopping worth it?

This really is up to you to decide, but keep in mind that if you plan to park hop, you have to get all the way out of the park you are in and to the transportation to the next park. This likely means folding up the stroller and gathering all your bags to board your transportation. Then, you have to get everything back set up the way you had it and make the journey to the next park. We have done this many times with small children, but it can definitely take time out of the day and may be frustrating for them. If you think your kids will get frustrated and grumpy during that process, it may not be a good use of time. If you think they will need to nap midday, you may not get as much value with Park Hopper since you could just leave for a nap and return to the same park.


4 – Are the water parks included in park hopper tickets?

Yes and no. There are two park hopper options. The first only allows you to park hop to the four theme parks. A “Park Hopper Plus” option gives guests the ability to park hop to the theme parks, and you get a certain number of visits to other Walt Disney World fun based on the length of your ticket. For example, a four-day ticket allows four visits and a five-day ticket allows five visits. For each visit, you can choose one of the following: Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, Disney’s Blizzard Beach, ESPN Wide World of Sports, Walt Disney World golf courses, and miniature golf courses. The Park Hopper Plus option is generally an additional $20 more added to what you will pay for the basic Park Hopper option.

3 – I’ll be staying for a short trip. Would I get value out of park hopping?

I tend to feel park hopping is extremely valuable for a shorter trip. If you know you only have a few days to work with; you can still get into all of the parks and plan your days based on what is most important for you to get in, rather than being limited just to the park that you start at for the day. It may not be the best value for you if you have a park or parks that you don’t plan to visit.  If you only have your heart set on one or two of them, then you may be fine without it.

2 – Are there guidelines for how and when I can park hop?

For most guests, there are no longer restrictions on when and how they can park hop. All-day park hopping has returned. However, annual passholders still need to make park reservations for most days. On the days when they have a park reservation, they need to visit the first park where they had a reservation, and then they can park hop.

1 – How can I get the most out of park hopping?

You get the most out of park hopping with good planning. Keep dining options and park hours in mind. Disney’s Animal Kingdom usually opens early and is the first park to close. Therefore, you would be better off starting your day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and then park hop over to one of the other parks after 2:00 p.m. If you are the type that can go from sun up to sun down every day, you are going to find that you can get a lot of accomplished and love park hopping. The key is all in the planning and leaving yourself a little bit of wiggle room for spontaneity.

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Hi! I’m Kristin, and I am a wife and mother of 2 young boys (ages 5 and 2). I first fell in love with Disney when my mom took me when I was a child. After that I proceeded to go to WDW for my senior trip with my friends, and I completed a year in the Disney College Program (working in merchandise at Mickey’s of Hollywood at Disney’s Hollywood Studios). I shared my love of Disney with my now husband and sucked him in. We vacationed at Walt Disney World 2-3 times per year. We decided that what maked more sense was just moving to Orlando so that we could live the Disney life and be here for all of our favorite events and seasons every year. That is exactly what we did! Now we are at the parks a couple times a week and go for most events and major holidays. We can’t get enough and get to experience Disney in a whole different way.
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