• On Jul 16, 2017
    Whitney from NC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Easter 2018 is our Disney Vacation! This will be my 8 year old son, and husbands first visit. Because our trip is fairly short-do you suggest the park hopper option, or should we do one park per day? Magic Kingdom and Hollywood studios are a must!! Thanks!

    Hi Whitney,

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! How exciting to plan a trip to the Walt Disney World Resort. I am happy to greet a fellow North Carolinian!

    Although we have done the Park Hopper option in the past, we typically no longer purchase it. Since we fly, we do not have a car and have to use Disney resort transportation. Getting from park to park can take some time and we do not want to waste valuable ride time trying to get to a different park in the same day. My family also likes to stay at deluxe resorts so we save some money by not purchasing the Park Hopper option. Saving money by not buying the Park Hopper option means we have money to purchase Memory Maker. We absolutely have to have Memory Maker because it gives us access to all of our photos taken with Disney PhotoPass photographers.

    Having said that, since your trip is short, you may want to maximize your time in the parks, so the Park Hopper option would provide more flexibility. I do love not having to worry about where our dining reservations might be. Without the Park Hopper option, I have to be careful when making dining reservations to be sure that those reservations are in the same park we will visit for the day.

    Whitney, I sense the Force is strong with your family. The rebel forces are in search of new Jedi recruits who can bring peace to the galaxy. If you get to the park early enough, you may have a chance to sign-up your son for Jedi Training - Trials of the Temple. Training spots are limited so I suggest you do a pre-park opening breakfast reservation at Hollywood & Vine. 

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,

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Meet the Panelist: Donyell, North Carolina

Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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