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A Disney family vacation is already pricey. So, are Disney Park Hopper tickets worth the extra expense? This breakdown on Park Hopper tickets for both Disney World and the Disneyland Resort can help you decide if they work for your family.
What is a Disney Park Hopper?
Disney theme parks use the words “park hopper” to denote tickets that allow guests to visit more than one Disney theme park on a single day. If you do not have Park Hopper tickets, then you’ve got “single-day” or “base tickets,” which only allow entry to one theme park on a single day. You may enter and exit the park where your ticket is valid as many times as you want on the same day. But just that one park.
With Park Hopper tickets you may visit the parks as many times as you want throughout the day while the parks are open. Currently, due to Covid-19 restrictions, park hopping at Disney World is only available after 2 pm. Park hopping in Disneyland is available after 1 pm.
Disney’s Florida and California Theme Parks
Disney World in Orlando has four parks:
- Magic Kingdom
- Animal Kingdom
- Hollywood Studios
Disneyland Resort in California has two parks:
- Disneyland Park
- Disney California Adventure
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How Much Do Disney Park Hopper Tickets Cost?
As of this article’s publishing, a one-day, Park Hopper ticket at Walt Disney World ranges in price from $174 to $224 depending on the date you want to visit. At Disneyland in California, a one-day Park Hopper ticket ranges from $169 to $209 depending on the date selected.
Both California and Florida Disney Parks have gone to a tiered pricing system. Does your family want to visit on a weekend? Your tickets will cost more. Would you like to pop over on a Tuesday afternoon or a Wednesday morning? Your ticket may cost less. Tiered pricing allows Disney to charge more for holidays, weekends, and special events. It also encourages guests to consider looking at different dates to visit when it might be less crowded at the parks. This helps to spread out crowds across the calendar instead of during peak season.
At both Disney destinations, the cost per day goes down if you buy park hoppers for multiple day visits.
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What is the Disney Park Hopper Plus?
Park Hopper Plus is available at Walt Disney World only. It allows ticket-holders to visit more than one park per day as well as cool off at Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon – Disney World’s fantastic water parks. In addition, you can visit Disney’s award winning Oak Trail Golf Course, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, and the two mini-golf courses on Disney resort property, Winter Summerland and Fantasia Gardens. Currently, only Blizzard Beach is open for guests to visit.
What Are the Rules for Disney Park Hoppers?
Next, let’s discuss the rules governing park hopper use. For tickets purchased separately from a hotel package, it’s possible to pick and choose which tickets to upgrade to Park Hoppers. However, if you work with a travel agent or book a package on your own, everyone in the party associated with the reservation must have the same features on their ticket. So everyone upgrades to a Park Hopper, or no one does.
Additionally, park hopper options are non-transferable just like tickets are non-transferable. Disney tickets are tied to a MagicBand in Florida and to physical tickets in California. MagicBands or physical “Key to the World” cards are associated with your ticket at Disney World. Photos are taken of each guest at Disneyland Park to ensure that guests don’t transfer tickets among their traveling party.
Park Hoppers for Florida Residents
Florida residents can save even more on tickets, and that includes those with a park hopper add-on. Make sure to check the Disney World website for current ticket prices and specials if you are a Florida resident. Even when the specials end, ticket prices are still $30 less for both regular tickets and multi-day tickets with and without a park hopper option.
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Is Park Hopping Right for You?
Finally, how do you know if park hopping is right for your family? First, you need to consider your budget. The bottom line is that park hoppers are pricey. If it is going to bust the budget, it is simply not worth it.
Next, consider the number and ages of guests in your party. My family almost never uses park hoppers at Disney World when we visit with our kids. The parks and resorts are so spread out that it takes a minimum of 20-30 minutes to travel from one park to the other. When vacations are short or kids require breaks in between all the fun, that travel time seems like wasted time.
However, in Disneyland Park, we always get park hopper tickets. It is easy to visit both parks at the Disneyland Resort in California because they’re located near each other. It’s a short walk from one park to the other.
Lastly, consider your theme park plans. With Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge now open at Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, it may be prudent to park hop and avoid the masses gathering at those two new areas. Additionally, if tackling as many rides as possible in a short amount of time is a goal, park hopping is the way to go.
Finally, if you purchased single-day tickets initially, but believe your party would benefit from a park hopper, visit guest services at your hotel, Disney Springs, Downtown Disney, or in the parks themselves. They are happy to sell you park hoppers for the remainder of your stay.
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