Photo of the exterios of the France Pavillion in Epcot
  • On Apr 13, 2022
    Christina from NH Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    If your first park closes before your second park you hop to how do you get back to your car at the first park? Example: 1st park AK 9-7, 2nd park Epcot 10-9 but your car is at AK.

    Hi Christina!

    You are going to have so much fun visiting Walt Disney World and park hopping to maximize your day. I love this option because I can visit one park in the morning and another at night, making the most of my day at the parks! 

    I think that the best option is to drive to both parks that you plan to visit. When I park hop, I park at the first Walt Disney World Theme Park in the morning and then drive over to my second park later in the day. You only have to pay for theme park parking once per day, no matter how many parks you visit. And if you're staying at a WDW resort hotel or if you have an annual pass, parking at the theme parks is free.

    Another option is to park at the Walt Disney World Resort Hotel that you know you will be at during the end of your day. For example, if you plan to end your day at Epcot, park at Epcot in the morning and take a bus to Disney's Animal Kingdom. This will allow you to have your car at the end of the day. The buses begin running approximately 30 minutes prior to the park opening. Depending upon how early you want to visit Animal Kingdom, the bus to Epcot may or may not be running. When you check into your Walt Disney World Resort Hotel, you can ask for the bus transportation hours. You can also consider using an Uber to arrive and depart from the parks. With this option, you can take the Disney bus transportation from Animal Kingdom to Epcot when you decide to park hop.

    As a friendly reminder, Disney Park Pass reservations are still required for the first theme park you’re visiting each day. Make sure to book your reservation 60 days in advance.

    I hope you have a magical vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Stacy, South Carolina

My name is Stacy and I'm a native Carolinian, single mom to two amazing teens, and a Walt Disney World fanatic! My kids and I are Disney Annual Passholders and whether we are celebrating a birthday, running a runDisney race, or simply having a craving for a Mickey pretzel, we visit the most magical place on earth as much as possible! I am ecstatic to share the tips and tricks I have learned over the yEARS as part of the planDisney panel!
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