*Post updated 12/20/2016*
Park Hopping is something fun to do, but it is not for everyone or every situation. When planning a trip to Walt Disney World, adding park hopping abilities will add to the cost of ticket. Since park tickets are already quite expensive I want to discuss the pros and cons of park hopping. Doing Disney on a budget means really taking a look at what is really needed for any given trip.
Pros and Cons of Park Hopping
Reasons to Park Hop
- You choose an early closing park for the first part of the day and would like to go to another park after they are closed.
- You have a meal reservation at one park, but would like to spend the day at another.
- You like not being stuck in one park all day long.
- You are only at Disney for 2-3 days and you want to see all four parks.
- Park crowd levels. A park may start off not so crowded and then start to get too crowded for your comfort level.
- The new changes to the Fastpass system allow for FP’s for different parks instead of just one.
- Express Park Hopping Bus Service (for a fee) Starting December 2016 Disney is offering a premium service which takes you from park to park. Priced at $15 per person per day ($24 per person for multi-day use), Express Bus Transportation will pick guests up from inside of the Walt Disney World Theme Parks and then utilize backstage areas to reach destinations faster.The service operates from 10am until park close and busses will be at each station every 30 minutes.
Reason to Not Park Hop
- Time factors. Disney transportation, bag check, folding/unfolding strollers, entrance lines all take up precious Disney time.
- The added cost. Doing Disney on a budget means cutting corners where you can, and I firmly believe this is one corner that can be cut without ruining the magic of your vacation.
- You can really take your time and fully explore one park at a time. You can still take breaks at your resort and come back to the same park.
- If a park closes early than you can resort hop, enjoy your pool, or explore Disney Springs (check out my top tips for exploring Disney Springs)!
In the end, the decision is up to you and your family. Even though I am a Disney passholder and have the ability to park hop, I rarely do. Though I enjoy monorails and the ferry, I prefer that my time be spent in the parks.
Do you park hop? Tell me why or why not in the comments!
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