The Complete Guide to Disney’s Park Hoppers 2022

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The Complete Guide to Disney’s Park Hoppers 2022

In this article we are going to break down everything you need to know about the 2022 Disney World Park Hopper pass and the 2022 Disney Park Hopper Plus! Walt Disney World has seen many changes over the past year due to many different factors revolving the company. This includes the park hopper system which has some new guidelines for guests now visiting under the current Disney theme park reservation system era.

Luckily we’re going to cover everything you need to know including basic questions like, what is the park hopper ticket? or what is the difference between the park hopper and the park hopper plus? We also are going to go into detail on the park hopper pricing scales just so you can get the full picture of this Disney World staple!

We hope you find this post helpful, and if you are planning a trip to Disney World 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 and money on your next vacation. This includes helping you find the best time to buy Disney World tickets as well as book amazing Walt Disney World vacation packages completely STRESS FREE!

So if you’re ready to learn about the 2022 Disney World park hopper ticket read on!

SPECIAL NOTE: If you’re looking for the best time to visit Walt Disney World be sure to check out our Disney World crowd calendar!

 Disney World Crowd Calendar

What is the 2022 Disney World Park Hopper Ticket?

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Let’s start with the most basic question which is, what is the Disney World park hopper ticket? The Disney World park hopper ticket is your magic key that will grant you admission to multiple Walt Disney World theme parks on the same day. 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!

It’s important to note that one quick tip that can save you a ton of time and also help save you a ton of money is to compare Disney World park hopper ticket prices. Why you might ask? Well just like Universal Orlando, Walt Disney World theme park tickets now fluctuate based on the time of year you visit. So one of the easiest ways to pick the slowest time to visit Disney is to compare the cheapest Disney World ticket prices. The cheaper the tickets the more likely it is that the parks won’t be as crowded during that time of year.

What Does the 2022 Disney Park Hopper pass include?

Next we will take a look at another important question which is, what does the 2022 park hopper pass include? And as a general rule of thumb the regular Park Hopper ticket includes admission to all four Disney World parks including Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, or Animal Kingdom. While the Disney Park Hopper Plus ticket will include admission to Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach, and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon.

Which parks are included with the Disney Park Hopper?

  • Magic Kingdom
  • Hollywood Studios
  • Animal Kingdom
  • EPCOT

Related Page: Disney World Park Hopper Deals and Promotions

What is the 2022 Disney World Park Hopper Plus?

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Next we will take a look at another common question and that is, what is the Disney World park hopper plus ticket? And very simply, the Disney World park hopper plus ticket includes admission to all four of the Disney World theme parks which are Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, and EPCOT plus the two Disney water parks which are Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. The cool thing is guests can actually visit all six theme parks in the same day although we do not recommend it.

 What parks are included with the Disney World Park Hopper Plus?

  • Magic Kingdom
  • Hollywood Studios
  • Animal Kingdom
  • EPCOT
  • Typhoon Lagoon
  • Blizzard Beach

What’s the Difference Between the Disney Park Hopper and 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. Both options offer great perks for Disney fans who want to be all over the parks for their magical trip. Next, let’s dive deeper between the park hopper options. Disney World has three different park hopper upgrades which are the park hopper, the park hopper plus, and the water park and sports upgrade.

What is the biggest difference between park hopper and park hopper plus?

  • The theme parks included
  • The price to add this option
  • Validity window

Park Hopper vs Park Hopper Plus vs Water Park and Sports

  • Disney World Park Hopper: We discussed a regular park hopper ticket add on, it will grant you admission to the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, or Animal Kingdom as many times as you want.
  • 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.
  • 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, Typhoon Lagoon remains closed. You can use this option to spend the day at Blizzard Beach, which is currently open!

Related Page: Guide to Hotels Near Disney Springs

When is the Disney Park Hopper Ticket The Right Fit?

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So next let’s take a look at the question, when should you upgrade to the Disney World Park Hopper ticket? And as a general rule of thumb we find the park hopper ticket to be the best fit for guests who are trying to get a lot done at Disney World in a short amount of time. This would be for families thinking about vacationing in Disney World for 3-4 days, while visiting all four theme parks. We also believe the Disney World park hopper ticket can be a great fit for families with kids in their teens. The main reason being is that it’s just easier to hop from park to park when everyone is a bit older. It also allows for parents to enjoy their vacation more without having to carry the strollers throughout all four Disney parks.

Related Page: When You Can Book Disney World Packages

Changes to Disney Park Hopper & 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 2022.)

2022 Park Hopper Pass Limitations

A common “hack” is that guests will use a park hopper pass to hop over to parks that were originally at capacity when booking reservations. To understand further, when booking your Disney vacation, you have to make reservations for each park that you choose to visit. If a park you want is at capacity and blocked out for reservations, the park hopper option can allow you to hop over to a blocked out park as long as it isn’t at full capacity for the day.

This was very common for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on a fully blocked out day. When Rise of the Resistance had virtual queue boarding groups, there was a serious drawback. To ride Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance  , you had to have Hollywood Studios as your main park to make a virtual queue reservation.

Now, this is the same for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, where EPCOT must be your main reserved park to request a virtual queue spot.

Why does Disney do this? 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.

Related Page: Discount Disney World Park Hopper Passes 

Disney Park Hopper Plus Prices 2022

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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.

What are the Disney World park hopper prices?

  • 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 the Disney Park Hopper Worth it?

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So, is the park hopper plus or park hopper worth it? The Disney park hopper gives guests the freedom to not be stuck at one park, and is honestly one of the best perks when it comes to owning an Annual Pass. Sometimes having a fruit waffle in Magic Kingdom for breakfast, and finishing your night in EPCOT for drinks and festival food makes for the ultimate Disney foodie day. Other Disney lovers like to hop around for different nighttime spectaculars, or even to ride all of their favorite rides in one day!

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 2022 Hopper Ticket?how-to-use-park-hopper-plus

This may be a change for some Disney guests, where tickets used to be valid for much longer than they are now. That means, it is super important to check the dates for your Walt Disney World tickets and park hopper options.

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

2022 Disney Park Hopper 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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