Ed. – Today is “Both Sides of the Pressed Penny Day!” The topic is To Park Hop or Not to Park Hop. Claire looks at compelling reasons for both in two articles that run concurrently today. For the other side of the coin, read “Why One Park is All You Need.”
If you go to the parks with a big family, giving the children freedom to choose can be one small step to a happy family vacation. If your child says, “Let’s do Small World!” and you have to tell them, “But we’re in the Studios right now,” you might have just set off a powder keg.
Options are also incredibly helpful when you are nearing the end of your vacation and your children still have a few go-to attractions to check off on their lists in several different parks. Park Hopping will be very helpful to make sure all the bases are covered.
Some families like the consistency of one park a day. But others might not appreciate the idea of walking around theme park circles all day. How many times can you walk through Adventureland in one day? (Answer: many, many times.) Thanks to a Park Hopper, if you feel done at one park, there’s nothing holding you back from departing the park and moving on.
I personally don’t find as much to do in Disney’s Animal Kingdom than others do. On my last trip, once I was finished with my favorite attractions, I took the bus over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and spent a leisurely afternoon and evening in my favorite park with lots of attractions to sample.
The Length of Stay
As I mentioned in Part 1, a Park Hopper doesn’t make sense on a super short trip. However, once the trip extends to 4 or more days, a Park Hopper starts to make sense. The add-on is a flat rate, and the more days you add, the smaller the price add-on for each day.
Walt Disney World is full of great dining…and not-so-great dining. If you’re not a big fan of one park’s dining but adore another’s, you’re not limited to where you are.
This is definitely an option when Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival is taking place. You can wander around the other three parks to your heart’s content, but you can always end the day at Epcot to sample some pretty fabulous food and relax with a nice beverage.
The Plan B
While you may have the best-laid plans in the world, things like Mother Nature and unexpected early park closures may cause you to resort to a Plan B. A Park Hopper can help you go to a park with more indoor attractions (Epcot?) or go from an early-closing park to the park with longer hours.
There are many pros and cons to purchasing a Park Hopper with your Walt Disney World park tickets. But every family’s decision is unique! Take the time to research what you need before making your decision. But most of all, enjoy everything you do at Walt Disney World and don’t regret any choices you make!
Can you add any more reasons why getting a Park Hopper is a great idea? Do you have any Park Hopper stories to share? Comment below!