The Complete Guide to Disney’s Park Hoppers

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The Complete Guide to Disney’s Park Hoppers

In this article we are going to break down everything you need to know about the Disney World Park Hopper pass and the Disney Park Hopper Plus!  As Disney World continues its phased reopening amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Disney recently made an exciting announcement—the Park Hopper option is back! However there are some changes to the Disney park hopping system that guests might not be aware of.

Luckily we’re going to cover everything from, what is the park hopper ticket? To the difference between the park hopper and the park hopper plus, as well as the current pricing structure. We hope you find this post helpful, and if you are planning a trip to Disney be sure to check out our other FREE vacation planning tools. Our goal at The Park Prodigy has always been to help you save time on your next vacation and find the cheapest Walt Disney World tickets!

So if you’re ready to learn about the Disney World park hopper ticket read on!

What is the Disney World Park Hopper Ticket?

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We love Park Hoppers! Basically, the Disney World park hopper ticket will grant you admission to multiple Walt Disney World theme parks on the same day. An example of this is guests with a park hopper ticket can visit EPCOT in the morning, and then go see the fireworks at the Magic Kingdom at night. This is a great option for guests looking to get a lot done in a short amount of time!

One thing to keep in mind is all park hopping options are an additional add-on cost to your regular Walt Disney World ticket which we will cover later in this post!

What Does the Disney Park Hopper pass include?

Park Hopper option: The parks included in regular Park Hopper ticket are Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, or Animal Kingdom.

What is the Disney World Park Hopper Plus?

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If you’re wondering, “what is the difference between the Disney Park Hopper vs Park Hopper Plus?” you’ve come to the right place.

How It Works: Disney World Park Hopper vs Park Hopper Plus

With a standard theme park ticket, you will receive admission to one theme park per day for each day of your ticket. You can pick a different park each day (either Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, or Animal Kingdom) but you can only visit one per day.

There are three different types of Park Hopper upgrades you can add to your ticket:

Park Hopper vs Park Hopper Plus vs Water Park and Sports

We discussed a regular park hopper ticket will grant you admission to the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, or Animal Kingdom.

Water Park and Sports option: By upgrading to this option, you can visit one theme park per day PLUS a certain number of visits to a water park or other Disney fun (Disney Blizzard Beach water park, Disney Typhoon Lagoon water park, NBA Experience, ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, Oak Trail Golf Course, Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course, Winter Summerland Mini Golf). A one-day ticket allows one visit, a three-day ticket allows three visits, and a four-day ticket allows…you guessed it, four visits, and so on. This option will allegedly be available beginning on Sunday, March 7. **At this time, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon remain closed, although Blizzard Beach is slated for reopening on March 7, 2021, as well.

Park Hopper Plus option: So, what is Park Hopper Plus option? With this option, you get the most perks; you can visit more than one park on the same day PLUS enjoy the water parks and other Disney fun. The Park Hopper with Plus option set-up is the same as the Water Park and Sports option, where a one-day ticket allows for one visit, three-day tickets allows for three, etc. This Hopper Plus option will also become available on March 7.

Recent Changes to the Disney Park Hopper and Disney Park Hopper Plus Tickets

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It was recently announced that certain “modifications” will be part of the Park Hoppers for the time being to help manage attendance and physical distancing, we definitely would still recommend this option if you plan to visit multiple parks in one day.

Currently, Disney has set specific “Park Hopper hours” during which this option is available to add-on to your tickets. The park hopper hours will start at 2:00 p.m. every day and end at the park’s scheduled close time. With this update, guests are required to make a Disney park Pass reservation for the first park they plan to visit AND enter that first park prior to visiting another, as per the new modifications. A park reservation is not required after that first park, Disney announced.

**Please note that CURRENTLY the ability to visit multiple parks is subject to a park’s capacity limitations. In the event that the Park Hopper option is unavailable at a certain park, guests will be notified in real time via a notification from the My Disney Experience app, which we definitely recommend you download prior to your trip. (Planning your upcoming trip? Check out on guide on booking Disney for 2021 and 2022.)

Park Hopper Pass Limitations

A common “hack” of the park hopper pass is that you can hop over to Star Wars: Galaxies Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on a full capacity day. However, there is a drawback to this: You won’t be able to ride Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. To ride this ride, Disney’s Hollywood Studios has to be your main park for the day.

Why? Because this brand new ride operates on a virtual queue only, and is operating at a limited capacity. Simply put, it just doesn’t have the reservation capacity to support the added crowd park hoppers would bring.

Additionally, park hopping is currently being capped at a certain undisclosed amount each day. That means there’s a chance you could arrive to a second park and not allowed entry. A good rule of thumb is to not wait too late in the afternoon to hop parks.

Disney Park Hopper Plus Prices

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As far as Disney Park Hopper Plus cost, a standard one-day ticket is listed as starting at $109, and prices go down from there based on how many days you select.

For a Disney Park Hopper Plus ticket price comparison:

  • A one-day standard ticket with the Park Hopper option is a $65 upgrade.
  • A one-day standard ticket with the Water Park and Sports is a $70 upgrade.
  • A one-day standard ticket with the Disney World Park Hopper Plus option is an $85 upgrade.

    Is Park Hopper Plus worth it?

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    If you plan on going to water parks, golfing and more, AND heading to the parks, this option is definitely worth it. If you don’t plan on going to the Disney Park Hopper Plus water park, including Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon, don’t feel the need to upgrade to the Disney Park Hopper Plus option. If you’re wondering whether you should get the Park Hopper or Park Hopper Plus, it really does come down to the water parks and the other Disney fun (IE: golfing) and what you plan to do on your trip.

    When Can I Use my Hopper Ticket?how-to-use-park-hopper-plus

    Disney theme park tickets are valid for admission beginning on your selected start date and must be used within the “valid use” period provided at the time of purchase. Here’s the breakdown:

    1-day – The ticket expires on the selected start date.

    2-day – The ticket expires 4 days after the selected start date.

    3-day – The ticket expires 5 days after the selected start date.

    4-day – The ticket expires 7 days after the selected start date.

    5-day – The ticket expires 8 days after the selected start date.

    6-day – The ticket expires 9 days after the selected start date.

    7-day – The ticket expires 10 days after the selected start date.

    8-day – The ticket expires 12 days after the selected start date.

    9-day – The ticket expires 13 days after the selected start date.

    10-day – The ticket expires 14 days after the selected start date.

    For example, a six-day base ticket with a start date of November 1 is valid any six days from November 1 to November 9.

    The Park Hopper option for same-day admission to more than one theme park is subject to the validity windows listed above.

    The Water Park and Sports option adds another day to your valid use period. For example, a six-day Water Park and Sports Option ticket with a start date of November 1 is valid any six days from November 1 to November 10.

    The Disney Park Hopper Plus option also adds another day to your valid use period, just like the Water Park and Sports option. A 6 day Park Hopper Plus ticket with a start date of November 1 is valid any six days from November 1 to November 10, and so on

Park Hopper Plus FAQ

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What’s a Park Hopper ticket? What is difference between Park Hopper and base ticket?

A standard ticket allows entry to one theme park per day; with the Park Hopper option added, you can visit more than one theme park per day.

What is 4 day Park Hopper Plus?

Disney theme park tickets are valid for admission beginning on the selected start date of the ticket and must be used within the “valid use period provided at the time of purchase,” according to Disney. For example, a 4-day ticket expires seven days after the selected start date. Selection of the Disney tickets Park Hopper Plus option adds another day to your valid use period.

What transportation should I use with Park Hopper/Park Hopper Plus Disney?

Park-to-park transportation is now available. Operations are beginning each day prior to the start of Park Hopper hours, and monorail service.

Does Disney Park Hopper include water parks?

No. If you want to visit a Disney water park, you must upgrade to the Water Park and Sports Option or Park Hopper Plus option.

Is mini golf included in Disney tickets?

A certain selected number of visits to mini golf comes with the Water Park and Sports Park Hopper and the Park Hopper Plus. This includes our favorite Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course. 

When visiting multiple Disney theme parks on the same day, do I have to pay for parking at each theme park?

No. If you pay for parking at one Disney theme park, you may park at other Disney theme parks on the same day for no additional charge. And if you have the Park Hopper option, you can use the complimentary Disney transportation options to visit other theme parks.

When is The Best Time to Visit Disney World?

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Our Disney Crowd Calendar is the best tool to help you get the most out of your time in the parks. We break down park crowds, park hours of operation, ticket prices, and average temperature. We also break down the best time to visit Disney World based on specific times of the year and special events.

If you’re brand new to Disney vacation planning we recommend our Walt Disney World Planning Page! Learn more about Disney hotels by reading our Walt Disney World Hotels Review page.

Last but not least if you’re also planning a trip to Universal Studios, be sure to check out the best time to visit Universal Studios and our Universal Orlando Tickets! All Park Prodigy Universal Orlando tickets come with Universal Studios Early Park Admission.

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Michael Belmont

Michael Belmont is the owner and chief editor at Theparkprodigy.com, an authorized Disney and Universal travel agent. He specializes in Disney and Universal theme park tickets and vacation packages, as well as daily park plans to help optimize vacation time. Michael and The Park Prodigy have been featured on ABC’s Florida affiliate, WTFV, as well as over 10 Disney focused blogs. As owner, Michael manages The Park Prodigy blog and social media, a Disney themed podcast, and a Disney and Universal focused YouTube channel. Prior to starting The Park Prodigy, Michael was a long time Disney and Universal enthusiast, frequent visitor of the parks, and even served as a Walt Disney World Cast Member in Orlando, Florida!