Tree of Life at Sunset
  • On May 11, 2021
    Kelli from TX Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We have already made reservations to the parks during our stay, what if we wake up and decide to go to AK instead of MK that day? Can we switch, or do we have to wait until after 2:00? We did not buy the park hopper.

    Hey Kelli! Welcome back to planDisney. It's nice to see you here again.

    I know you've been to the Walt Disney World Resort before, and the new operations and rules can be a little confusing, especially for those of us who like spontaneity. My family has woken up and decided we need to head to EPCOT to have breakfast in the France pavilion and completely changed our plans many times! Right now, it's not as easy to do that, so let's walk through your question so you can be ready to enjoy every magical moment in just a few weeks!

    As you know, during the phased reopening of the Walt Disney World Resort, all Guests must have valid park admission and Disney Park Pass reservations in order to enter a theme park. Since you did not purchase a ticket with the Park Hopper Option, you will only be able to visit the theme park for which you have made reservations that day. 

    If you want to change your Disney Park Pass reservation to another park, you're welcome to check the availability calendar and change your plans that morning if the park you want to visit instead is available. In your example, if you have reservations for Magic Kingdom Park, you'd need to check to see if Disney Park Pass reservations are available for Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park. If they are, you may use your My Disney Experience mobile app to change your reservation, and then you could head there to enjoy your day.

    The 2:00 p.m. time frame you mention is for park hopping. Currently, if you have the Park Hopper Option on your ticket, you may "hop" to another park when Park Hopper Hours begin (it's currently 2:00 p.m., but that's subject to change and the most up-to-date information will be reflected in the Park Hours), as long as that park hasn't reached capacity. If you think you'd like to add the Park Hopper Option to your tickets to give yourself more flexibility, you can visit Guest Relations when you arrive and pay to upgrade your tickets. You must do that before you use the tickets.

    Kelli, I highly recommend reading the Know Before You Go information before your visit so you can be up-to-date on all the latest operational and health and safety protocols. The Disney Parks Blog is also a great resource, and they share news updates and fun features. I love to keep a list of delicious treats to try!

    If you have any further questions as you count down the days, please come back and see us! Here at planDisney, we love to help fellow Guests with their Disney dreaming.

    Wishing you a magical vacation,
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Hi there! I'm Robyn, and I am so excited to share my love of all things Disney with you! My proud military family loves going on Disney adventures that include enchanting moments, laughter and happy tears, and all the pineapple and Mickey-shaped snacks we can find. It's my pleasure to help you plan the most magical and unforgettable vacation in the Disney Parks. Learn More About Robyn

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