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  • On Apr 13, 2011
    Eileen from MD Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi Amanda - I have been asking around on the panel re: to hop or not hop? Our kids are 8,7,2 and we will stay 5/14-5/21. We have 6 park days planned in this order-AK, MK, HS, ?, EP, MK. So torn about hopping....advice please! Staying at PC and on DDP thx

    Hi Eileen! Do you remember the old soft drink commercial where the guy sang "I'm a Pepper, He's a Pepper... Wouldn't you like to be a Pepper too?" Well, I'm a Hopper. I'm always looking for ways to save money on my Disney vacations, but one thing I never skimp on is adding the Park Hopper option to my tickets. Here's why: I like to avoid crowds and long lines at the parks, and I've found that the flexibility of being able to visit multiple parks in one day helps me do that.  

    My family likes to arrive at the Magic Kingdom before it opens in the morning. We've found that we can experience lots of rides and attractions with minimal waiting during those first few hours. By lunchtime, the crowds generally become thick and the lines long, so we hop on the monorail and head to Epcot, which we've always found to be less crowded in the afternoons. Hollywood Studios is often much more crowded on days when Fantasmic is scheduled. With a Park Hopper, you can visit the Studios one evening to have dinner and see Fantasmic, and then come back the next day to experience the rides and attractions when the park attendance is lower. Also, since you'll have the Dining Plan, the Park Hopper would give you the freedom to dine at the restaurants in the parks, without having to spend the entire day in that park. Since you're staying at a Disney resort, the Park Hopper enables you to take advantage of the morning or evening Extra Magic Hours at a park without having to stay all day at that park. Since many Disney resort guests don't purchase the Park Hopper, you'll find that the park with Extra Magic Hours is often more crowded. With a Park Hopper, you can take advantage of the Extra Magic Hours and then hop to a less-crowded park during the day.

    So, Eileen, wouldn't you like to be a Hopper too?!

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Meet the Panelist: Amanda, North Carolina

I'm a busy mom of two from North Carolina who loves to find ways to stretch a Disney Dollar so that I can enjoy the luxury of Disney's deluxe resorts and fine dining. Learn More About Amanda

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