Cinderella Castle 50th Night
  • On Mar 12, 2022
    Brent from ND Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I booked our first Disney vacation and I'm confused about the park hopper. I thought we could jump to different parks in the same day. But then it made us set up reservations to specific parks and only one park per day. Can we hop around or not?

    Hello Brent,

    Oh boy! You must be so excited for your first vacation to Walt Disney World. When you arrive, be sure to stop at the front desk of your Walt Disney World Resort and pick up a complimentary "First Visit" button, or you can get them at Guest Relations in any of the four theme parks. Cast members love welcoming new visitors and sharing tips to help you have the most magical experience!

    You are absolutely correct, adding the Park Hopper Option to your tickets will give you the freedom to visit multiple parks in a single day. You just need to reserve the FIRST park you plan to visit on each day. On the day of your visit, as long as your party has visited that first park, you'll be able to hop to another park at 2:00 PM (or whenever park hopping begins for the day) without a reservation. 

    I think you'll find this gives you a lot of flexibility when you are able to start booking your dining reservations 60 days in advance. You'll have a lot more options available to you for your dinner reservations. For example, if you're trying to dine at Space 220 Restaurant in EPCOT, you'll be able to make a reservation for a day where your starting park is Magic Kingdom; whereas without the Park Hopper you would be limited to only the date you planned on visiting EPCOT. This is also helpful for booking special experiences like creating your own droid at Droid Depot or building a custom lightsaber at Savi's Workshop in Disney's Hollywood Studios.

    Thanks for stopping by planDisney with your question. Have a magical vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Diane, Georgia

After spending 25 years in RI, my husband and I relocated to GA with our youngest, who is now in high school. I took my first trip to Walt Disney World when I was 11 and I have traveled many times since then with all different party sizes. From creating our first itinerary as a honeymooner to later creating magical experiences for our multigenerational family gatherings, every aspect of planning a vacation has been pure joy to me.  Learn More About Diane

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