Let’s be honest. Disney can be very expensive. And with Disney ticket prices rising a few times every year it’s important to save where you can. While we have the best post on planning Disney on a budget, there is one simple extra that people often question. And that my friends, is the Park Hopper Ticket. What if you want to go to more than one theme park per day? Or you’re eating dinner in a different park? What if this is a Short Disney Trip and you have to fit it ALL in? Here are all the details, answers, and tips we would come up with about whether or not the Park Hopper Ticket at Walt Disney World is worth it.
- 1 Disney World Park Hopper Ticket Details
- 2 Disney World Park Hopper Ticket Types
- 3 Disney World Park Hopper Ticket Cost
- 4 Disney World Park Hopper Ticket and Genie+
- 5 Do You Really Need the Disney World Park Hopper Ticket?
- 6 When a Park Hopper Ticket is a Good Idea
- 7 When a Park Hopper Ticket May Not Be Needed
- 8 Disney Park Hopper Ticket Tips
Disney World Park Hopper Ticket Details
If you’re visiting Walt Disney World, chances are you’re very aware of what it’s all costing. From the ticket prices to the room cost to the extra transportation and all the food, you may not be thinking about extra tickets or add-ons.
And, if you’re buying a Disney Vacation Package, you may or may not be ready for the “Add Park Hopper Ticket” prompt that comes up as you’re finally ready to purchase your vacation.
Do we think you need the Park Hopper Ticket at Disney World? No. And some people might say that’s crazy because there are people who insist the Park Hopper is a must. We are not those people. We know how to plan a Disney vacation and how to save money. And those are really your only qualifications for not needing the Park Hopper ticket. So what is it that you actually GET when you buy a Disney Park Ticket?
What is the Disney World Park Hopper Ticket?
The Disney World Park Hopper Ticket is an extra ticket that allows you access to multiple parks in one day. Since Walt Disney World is made up of 4 theme parks, this is a perk if you’re planning a short vacation and cannot commit a full day to each park. Allowing you the chance to go to any park in the morning, and then at 2 pm go to another park for the evening. UPDATE: Park Hopping will return to “Normal” beginning January 9, 2024, allowing ALL-DAY Park Hopping to any park with a valid Disney Annual Pass or Park Hopper Ticket.
WHERE can you Park Hop at Walt Disney World?
Park Hopping at Walt Disney World allows you to visit any or all of the following on the same day; Animal Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, and Magic Kingdom. As noted below, a general park hopper ticket doesn’t get you access to water parks, golf, or sports complex, that is a different ticket, the Park Hopper Plus Ticket. Additionally, if you just want access to those extras, but without park hopping, that is another ticket, which is a Base Park Ticket with the Water Parks and Sports option.
WHEN can you Park Hop at Walt Disney World?
Park Hopper hours start at 2 PM each day and end at the park’s scheduled close time. Guests are now able to check the Park Hours calendar and the My Disney Experience app for the most up-to-date Park Hopper hours, as they could start earlier at a later date, depending on the day and park. UPDATE: Park Hopping will return to “Normal” beginning January 9, 2024, allowing ALL-DAY Park Hopping to any park with a valid Disney Annual Pass or Park Hopper Ticket.
Do you Need a Park Pass Reservation to Park Hop?
With the updated Park Hopper experience, Guests must make a theme park reservation for the first park they plan to visit AND enter that first park prior to visiting another. At this time, a theme park reservation is not required after the first park, however, reservation requirements are subject to change. Park Pass reservations at Walt Disney World are no longer required starting January 9, 2024.
Can I Book a Virtual Queue After Park Hopping?
From time to time, a virtual queue may be used for select attractions. Access to a boarding group is subject to availability and not guaranteed. Guests visiting from another theme park using an Annual Pass or the Park Hopper option may not be able to join the virtual queue in a park where they do not have a theme park reservation.
Disney World Park Hopper Ticket Types
There are two different types of Park Hopper Tickets at Walt Disney World, each with a different list of options and costs. Here’s the breakdown of what you get with each kind of ticket.
Park Hopper Ticket
The Park Hopper Ticket allows you access to multiple parks within a single day.
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Magic Kingdom
Park Hopper Plus Ticket
The Park Hopper Plus Ticket allows you access to multiple parks within a single day, and several extra admissions to other attractions per the below.
Ability to Park Hop any or all of the parks…
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Magic Kingdom
…Plus admission of the equal number of days purchased to any of the following.
- Blizzard Beach
- Disney’s Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course
- Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course
- Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course
- ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
- Typhoon Lagoon
Disney World Park Hopper Ticket Cost
- 1-day ticket: $67.10 – $78.81 more
- 2 or 3-day ticket: $79.88 – $90.53 more
- 4-day or longer ticket: $90.53 – $101.18 more
Now keep in mind, the more days you purchase on your ticket, the cheaper both the ticket and the Park Hopper will be. On a 3-day ticket, the Park Hopper prices decrease to about $22 per ticket per day, which isn’t really that expensive, but keep in mind, that’s per person, per day. A family of four visiting Walt Disney World with a 3-day ticket would save over $250(depending on the ages of the children) by choosing not to have the Park Hopper.
Disney World Park Hopper Ticket and Genie+
If you’re wondering how the park hopper ticket works with Genie+ or Lightning Lane, then here are a few details to know before you go.
- Your first Genie+ reservation does not need to be at the park where you have a Park Pass Reservation. But, if it isn’t, you’ll need to make sure that it is after 2 p.m.
- As long as you have a Park Hopper benefit on your ticket, you can make Genie+ Lightning Lane reservations at different parks.
Do You Really Need the Disney World Park Hopper Ticket?
Here’s a disclaimer. We are currently Walt Disney World Annual Passholders, with the Incredipass. As out-of-state Disney junkies, we get the honor of paying the highest-cost season pass, so the Park Hopper ticket for us is already built in. But, when we used to do just ONE annual Disney trip a year, we NEVER, EVER got the Disney Park Hopper Ticket. Why?
Well, for one thing, every park at Walt Disney World has so much to offer that we really wanted to take it all in. And the best way to do that was to Plan One Disney Park Per Day. And yes, even Hollywood Studios, which is a small park could still fill our time if we took the time to experience it all. The same goes for Animal Kingdom Park, which sometimes closes at 5 pm. We wouldn’t use that day to go to another theme park but instead head to Animal Kingdom Lodge for dinner.
For another, the Disney Park Hopper Ticket can be pricey! And we just aren’t keen on rushing around like crazy people between multiple parks in a day and having to pay for it.
Now, are we saying the Park Hopper is a definite no? Of course not. I think there are many times when a Park Hopper is very useful and worth the convenience. Honestly, not having one will require a little more thought-out planning. Thankfully we have lots of posts on planning.
When a Park Hopper Ticket is a Good Idea
The Park Hopper Ticket is perfect for those who…
- Have a shorter Disney trip and want to experience the Parks as much as possible
- Don’t want to plan out as much
- Want or need a lot more flexibility
- Are traveling in a large group who may want to split up
When a Park Hopper Ticket May Not Be Needed
You probably don’t need a Park Hopper Ticket if you…
- are traveling on a budget
- enjoy exploring Disney Springs or the Resorts and want to spend time there
- plan on spending a lot of time at your own resort
- have a longer trip and don’t need to fit everything in a short amount of time
- plan on visiting just one park per day at Walt Disney World.
We firmly fall in the “don’t need a park hopper ticket” camp of people. And truthfully that’s because we know how to plan our Disney Days and like to save money. Here are some easy posts to show you what you can do in each Disney Park in one day.
- How to Do Magic Kingdom in One Day
- How to Do EPCOT in One Day
- How to Do Hollywood Studios in One Day
- How to Do Animal Kingdom in One Day
Disney Park Hopper Ticket Tips
If you’re depending solely on Disney Transportation, keep in mind that during busy times, waiting for buses, boats, and the monorail can take up a lot of your day. Whereas if you are driving or staying at a Disney resort within walking distance of a Parks, transportation is not as much of an issue. In fact, there are certain situations in which a Park Hopper Ticket is IDEAL.
For instance, if you’re staying at the Swan and Dolphin Hotels, OR at the Disney BoardWalk Resorts, you are within walking distance of both EPCOT and Hollywood Studios. In this situation, you can really maximize your park hopper ticket, because you get such easy access to both parks via a walking path and skyliner.
How to Park Hop at Disney World
One of the toughest things about park hopper is that Disney doesn’t have Park-to-Park buses yet. As such, if you want to hop from one park to another, you have to do so from a Disney Resort. Head to the nearest Disney Resort and catch a bus to the park you want to visit. Here are the nearest resorts to each park.
- Magic Kingdom: Disney’s Contemporary Resort is the closest resort with a walking path that takes about 5-10 minutes to walk to the front gates. Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort is the closest resort that has the Monorail to Magic Kingdom.
- Animal Kingdom: The closest resort to Animal Kingdom is Animal Kingdom Lodge.
- Hollywood Studios: The closest Resort to Hollywood Studios is Disney’s Boardwalk Inn and Disney’s Swan Hotel.
- EPCOT: The closest resort to EPCOT Park is Disney’s Beach Club.
The exceptions to this are EPCOT and Hollywood Studios which are within walking distance of each other and can be park hopped just by either using the walking path or taking the skyliner between the two.
How to Park Hop from Hollywood Studios to Magic Kingdom
If you’re at Hollywood Studios and park hopping to Magic Kingdom, you have a couple of options. And it all depends on how much walking you want to do, or how complicated you want to make it!
- Take a Bus to Disney’s Contemporary Resort or Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort. From there you can either take the monorail or walking path to get to the front gates of Magic Kingdom Park.
- You can walk to any hotel on the Disney Boardwalk and grab the Magic Kingdom Bus from there.
- You can take the Disney Skyliner to the EPCOT stop, get off the skyliner, and head to Disney’s Beach Club Resort, which is right next door to the Skyliner station at EPCOT’s International Gateway. Then Grab the Bus to Magic Kingdom.
- Alternatively, you can take the Boat at Hollywood Studios and get off at the Yacht Club Resort stop, then grab the Magic Kingdom Bus from there.
- Another option in this scenario is that if you’re park hopping anyway, you could actually enter EPCOT park, and walk to the front entrance, then catch the Monorail to the TTC, and transfer to the Magic Kingdom monorail there.
Disney World Park Hopper Ticket
There you have it! Our somewhat biased take on the Disney World Park Hopper Ticket. Whether you need one for your vacation is completely dependent on how you’re planning your Disney Vacation. Hopefully, this post has shown you the inner workings, pros, and cons of having this extra ticket and can help you decide what’s best for you!
Melanie Renee is a photographer, writer, designer and mom. Visiting Disney destinations since 2010, she is also an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. When she's not creating her next coffee recipe, or designing apparel at Polka Dot Pixie Shop, she's seeking beautiful sunsets and planning her next trip .