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  • On Feb 11, 2022
    Crystal from NC 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 have 3 children, 7, 4 & 4 months. Is it crazy to think we can fit in 2 parks in one day? Best time to arrive at park One? Is it true that with the hopper you can not enter park Two until after 2pm anyway? What are the current Hopper rates?

    Hey there, hi there, ho there, Crystal.

    You're as welcome as can be here at planDisney! I bet your momma heart is beyond excited to make memories with your family of Mouseketeers at The Most Magical Place on Earth in only a matter of weeks. Seeing the magic through your little ones' eyes will be an unforgettable experience for you.

    Personally, I love the Park Hopper option and use it frequently on my trips back "home." Pricing for a theme park ticket with the Park Hopper option varies by day. You can view the pricing for the day you need when purchasing your tickets. If you plan to park hop, I suggest you get to the theme park your Disney Park Pass reservation is for at least 45 minutes before the official park opening time. If you are staying at a Disney Resorts Collection hotel, you'll be able to take advantage of Early Theme Park Entry and enter the theme park 30 minutes ahead of its published opening time so you would want to be there 30 minutes ahead of the early entry time. Park Hopper hours begin at 2:00 p.m. each day and end at the park’s scheduled closing time. Keep in mind that the ability to park hop is subject to a park's capacity limitations.

    Considering the ages of your children and the fact that you will likely have to use Rider Switch, I think your best bet would be to choose one park and really take in all it has to offer. If you choose this route, I suggest you go to Magic Kingdom Park and get there as early as I referenced above. Your 4-month old would be able to go on many of the attractions with the rest of your family, and there would be plenty to do to fill your day with. Take the money you saved from not adding on the Park Hopper option and put it towards having a special meal instead. Chef Mickey's inside Disney's Contemporary Resort is a short monorail ride away from Magic Kingdom Park, so you could easily dine there with Mickey and his pals sometime during your day.

    Focusing on one park also gives you the ability to go back to your Resort hotel for a midday break and nap if needed before heading back to Magic Kingdom Park for the evening to experience a few more attractions and catch the fireworks in Disney Enchantment. If you don't want to leave for a midday break, there's a covered area tucked away by Pete's Silly Sideshow or the park's Baby Care Center that are great to take your youngest to for a quiet place to rest for a bit.

    If park hopping is really important to you though, I say go for it! You know what's best for your family, and you will make treasured memories no matter what you decide. If you do park hop, get to your first park as early as possible and be there ready to enter your second park at 2:00 p.m. on the dot. Either way, make sure you bring a stroller so your youngest Mouseketeer can nap if they need to.

    Crystal, I hope this helps. If you have further questions, please stop back by planDisney. We'd be happy to help!

    See ya real soon,
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Greetings, dreamers of all ages! I'm Alyssa, a lifelong lover of all things Disney and educator of future Imagineers. My dress collection rivals that of any Disney Princess, and I can almost always be found singing a Disney song with a bow in my hair. You can find me exploring all the magic Walt Disney World Resort has to offer on adults-only getaways with my Disney-loving husband or our multigenerational family. Tomorrow is just a dream away, and I would love to help you plan your own magical vacation! Learn More About Alyssa

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