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  • On Jan 3, 2023
    Robert from VA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    What is the best way to plan park reservations when you have a park hopper ticket? We have 4-day park hopper passes. Should we start each day at a different park, or book the more popular parks we know we’ll want to visit multiple times? Thanks!!

    Hi Robert,

    Thank you so much for visiting planDisney with your Walt Disney World planning question. Planning ahead to make the most of your days while on vacation is a great idea. The planning process, for me, is a great way to get excited about my upcoming vacation!

    In terms of how to best use your Park Hopper option, I think that it depends on what your priorities are for your trip to Walt Disney World. If it is imperative for you to visit all four theme parks - Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Disney's Animal Kingdom - then I would say go ahead and make a theme park reservation for one park for each of your four days. You can plan the attractions that you want to visit at each park on each day, and when you have accomplished those highlights, you can head to another theme park.

    That said, it sounds like your traveling party has certain theme parks that you know you will want to visit multiple times. If that is the case, and it would be okay with you to miss a theme park if you end up spending your whole day at your original theme park, I would say go for it and make multiple days of park reservations at whatever the most important theme park to you is! This is how my family would handle this. On a four-day trip, we would be likely to want to go to Magic Kingdom at least twice. I would probably make park reservations there for at least two of the four days. This would allow us to head to Magic Kingdom at opening time, when there tend to be fewer guests, and enjoy lots of attractions. Later in the afternoon, we might head to another theme park, knowing that we were going to come back to Magic Kingdom later in the trip. If you do choose this option, do remember that Park Hopping is subject to capacity limitations of the theme park to which you are Park Hopping so it is not a guarantee that you will be able to Park Hop to a specific theme park on any given day.

    Please also remember that on any given day, you do need to visit the initial theme park for which you made a theme park reservation before taking advantage of heading to another theme park with your Park Hopper option. You can also check the Walt Disney World theme park hours, which show both the regular hours of the theme park as well as Park Hopper availability. These can also be found in your My Disney Experience App.

    I hope that these thoughts are helpful for you, Robert. Please do come back and visit us again at planDisney if you have any further questions!

    - Mona Leigh
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Meet the Panelist: Mona Leigh, Maryland

I am a wife and mother who works in children's technology design and research. When I'm not at work or with my family, I'm often planning a Walt Disney World trip for my family or friends. I'm a Disney Vacation Club Member, and am excited to help you plan your Disney vacation!  Learn More About Mona Leigh

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