Guardians of the Galaxy at Night; EPCOT
  • On Feb 5, 2024
    Laurie from MA 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 want to buy a park hopper. Should I do 2 day and then purchase the after hours for the third day?

    Welcome to planDisney, Laurie! Thanks for coming to us for help in planning your magical vacation to the Walt Disney World Resort! I'm excited about your question because it combines two of my favorite things about a Disney vacation - park-hopping and After Hours events! I think both of these are excellent options to help maximize the magic of your days in the park; let's talk about how!

    The Park Hopper Option allows Guests to visit as many parks throughout the day as they would like! With the reinstatement of all-day park hopping in 2024, Guests are welcome to tap into park after park as they wish. Personally, I love to combine park hopping with the Disney Genie+ service and Individual Lightning Lane selections to be sure I can check off all of my must-do attractions in one day. I like to choose the first park based on park hours; visiting the earliest opening theme park allows you to accomplish more in the morning hours before heading to your next destination.

    Another consideration when park hopping is transportation. Like Tarzan swinging through the jungle, consider how you will be getting between the theme parks; at this time, park hopping buses are available between the theme parks starting at 10 AM. Certain parks also offer other convenient modes of transportation - the Disney Skyliner connects Disney's Hollywood Studios to EPCOT, while the Walt Disney World Monorail System connects Magic Kingdom Park to EPCOT. Factoring in transportation time between the parks is important in considering how to spend your day!

    With a two-day park hopper ticket, you should have an opportunity to split a fair amount of time between all four theme parks. The addition of an After Hours event is (in my opinion) always a great idea! These events boast short wait times, complimentary snacks, and magical crowds that sometimes feel nonexistent! I remember my last After Hours event when we exited Pirates of the Caribbean, we were convinced we were the only people in all of Adventureland! I'll be attending this event myself next week at Magic Kingdom and am also excited that TRON Lightcycle/Run will be offering a standby line for the first time ever! The same goes for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind during EPCOT After Hours!

    By selecting an After Hours event for your third day, you won't have the option to visit multiple parks, but you can spend the morning and afternoon visiting other destinations around the Walt Disney World Resort such as the Disney Springs area, Disney Water Parks, or Winter Summerland Miniature Golf!

    Laurie, I hope this helps you to decide what's best for you to accomplish all of your top picks for your upcoming visit! If we can help again, please come back anytime; we're all ears!

    See you real soon,
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Meet the Panelist: Alison, Louisiana

I'm Alison - a wife, mom, and teacher from New Orleans, LA. My first childhood visit to the Walt Disney World Resort sparked a lifelong love of this magical place, and I still find magic in both the new and nostalgic on each visit! I understand the changing dynamics of planning a practically perfect vacation; no matter how large your group is or what your interests are, I look forward to helping you create magical memories and discover unique experiences to make them even more enchanting! Learn More About Alison

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