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  • On Jun 16, 2008
    Kimberly from IL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    My family of 4 will be visiting the parks for 5 days in December. Of the 5 days we would only hop parks for 2 of the days. It's much cheaper to buy 7 day base tickets than 5 day hopper tickets. Is there any disadvantages to doing it this way?

    The disadvantage is that it won't work. The entrance turnstile computer system will not allow a basic ticket to be used at more than one park per day. For example, if you spent the morning at the Magic Kingdom and then wanted to visit Epcot in the afternoon. If you tried to enter Epcot with your basic ticket, you would not be reduce one day's worth of admission. Instead the ticket would simply not work at all and you would not be allowed into Epcot. If you want to park hop, you're going to have to get a park hopper ticket.

    Think of it this way ... By purchasing a park hopper ticket, in addition to buying two days of park hopping (in your case), you are also buying a little insurance policy. If plans should happen to go astray because of an illness in your party or because of a weather issue, you'll be more readily able to work in the attractions that you missed if you have the ability to park hop.

    Hope this makes sense.
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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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