Do I Need To Buy Disney World Park Hopper Tickets? Well there are 4 parks at Disney World, but if you want to visit more than one park a day you are going to need to add the Park Hopper option to your tickets. Park Hopper allows you to use your one day ticket to enter 2, 3 or 4 parks a day (depending on how daring you are!) and it is a one time fee of $65 – $85 per multi-day ticket. Disney does not require you to purchase the Park Hopper option when you purchase your multi-day ticket. You can add Park Hopper at any time, including the day you plan to start hopping!
What is Park Hopper exactly?
Say we have a 10 day ticket. We wake up in the morning and we go to Magic Kingdom, but it’s so crowded and hot. We either have to stay at Magic Kingdom that day or we can use our Park Hopper option to hop to another park like Animal Kingdom (where it’s shaded and more spread out and doesn’t seem as crowded). The ONLY way we can enter both Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom on the same day is with the Park Hopper option. Disney will NOT allow you to use 2 days worth of tickets on the same day to enter 2 different parks.
Do you need to shell out $65 – $85 per ticket before you arrive?
If you are undecided if you would even use Park Hopper, you are in luck. Disney does not require you to make the final decision on the Park Hopper option when you buy your ticket. So even if you have already bought your tickets, you can go to the ticket window and add the Park Hopper option right there in the parks and then you can immediately hop to another park.
Is it easy to Park Hop?
Yes. Disney transportation runs between each park. You can take the monorail from Magic Kingdom to Epcot and a boat from Epcot to Hollywood Studios (you could also walk between Hollywood and Epcot). They run buses as well. You can also take a bus to Animal Kingdom. It could be time consuming if transportation is running slow or you get there just as the bus/monorail/boat has left (they run every 20 minutes or so) but it can be worth it!
Do you NEED to Hop?
Well that is totally up to you and your touring style. Some people get to the parks in the morning and don’t leave until the park closes. They would probably be content to stay in the same park. Some people take a break in the middle of the day (like us) and it would be nice to spend your mornings at one park and your evenings at another. But like I said, the beauty is that you do not have to make the decision today!
What have I done?
The first trip we got Park Hoppers because we felt like we HAD to Hop. We were first time visitors and I had NO IDEA that you could buy it later. I wish I had known that. We didn’t hop until the 6th day of our trip and we only hopped because we felt like we had to because we had already paid the money.
The second trip we had park hoppers and we once again didn’t feel like we had to have them because we were there for 10 days. But we had a fun time hopping when we did.
The third trip we didn’t hop at all and we didn’t miss it one bit.
The fourth trip was just 3 days, so we had park hopper and use it all 3 days. It was so worth it for such a short trip.
On our fifth trip we did not plan on purchasing park hoppers but I had the money set aside in case we changed our mind once we get there. We decided to spend that money on souvenirs on our last day.
If you want to visit the Walt Disney World Water Parks, you will need to add the Park Hopper Plus Option.
Do you hop or not?