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Disney in a Minute: What is Park Hopping?

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Walt Disney World includes four major theme parks: Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Some guests opt to visit only one of these four parks during a single day. If instead you want to visit more than one of these four parks in a single day, that’s called “Park Hopping.”

Guests may choose to Park Hop for many reasons. For example:

  • They want to eat their evening meal in a park other than the one they’ve been touring during the day
  • They want to see the evening entertainment in a park other than the one they’ve been touring during the day
  • They have a short time at WDW and want to visit all the parks
  • They prefer one park more than another in adverse weather conditions and want to be able to switch to take advantage of this
  • They want to revisit a favorite attraction every day

If you want to Park Hop, you must either have an annual pass or add the Park Hopper option to your theme park base ticket. Depending on your ticketing choices, adding the Park Hopper option will cost approximately $65-85 per person for the length of your stay if you have a regular base ticket. Some special tickets, such as the Military Salute ticket or Florida Resident special offer tickets, also allow purchasing a Park Hopper add-on at a different price. With the Park Hopper option, you’re allowed to visit one, two, three, or all four WDW theme parks in a single day, pending availability.

To visit more than one WDW theme park in a single day, you’ll need to have Park Hopper capabilities.

There is a bunch of fine print related to Park Hopping. If your admission requires a park reservation you’ll need to actually visit your first park of the day before you will be able to Hop to a second park.

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Erin Foster

Erin Foster is an original member of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel (now PlanDisney), a regular contributor to TouringPlans.com, and co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Disney Cruise Line. She's been to WDW, DL, DL Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, Aulani, DVC Vero Beach, and DVC Hilton Head. She's a Platinum DCL cruiser and veteran of 10 Adventures by Disney trips. Erin lives near New York City, where she can often be found indulging in her other obsession - Broadway theater.

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