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  • On Mar 15, 2021
    Megan from MI Asked

    My friends and are parking hopping for our next trip. None of us have every done this before, what is the best way to get from park to park?

    Hey there, Megan! Thanks for stopping by planDisney with your question. Your trip is a little less than a week away, I bet you are getting so excited! 

    Megan, park hopping at Walt Disney World is actually my favorite way to enjoy the parks. My perfect Disney day starts off in the early morning hours at Magic Kingdom Park riding some of my most favorite attractions. Then around lunchtime, when the parks tend to be pretty busy I love heading back to the Walt Disney Resort Hotel that I happen to be staying at for some pool time. Once I've had my fill of the Florida sunshine, I like to clean up and head over to Epcot for snacks and drinks around The World Showcase in the evening. It's the perfect Disney day. 

    I think you'll be happy to know that right now, to make things a little bit easier for Guests, complimentary park-to-park bus transportation is being provided. When you are ready to change parks, simply head out to the bus stop area and look for the bus stop designated for where you want to go. Right now, there will be a Cast Member working the bus stop area for park hopping and he or she will want to verify that you do, indeed, have the park hopper option attached to your ticket. This is just a quick scan of your MagicBand or ticket card and then you'll be able to board the bus and be whisked to the next park of the day. I do want to mention, that since its return at the start of the year, park hopping does look a little bit different than it did before.

    Here's a quick rundown of how it's currently working:
    • Guests wishing to park hop must have valid theme park admission with the park hopper option
    • Guests wishing to park hop must make a park pass reservation for an initial park each day
    • Guests wishing to park hop must enter that first theme park with the park pass reservation before continuing on to other Walt Disney World Theme Parks each day
    • Park hopping hours now start at 2:00 p.m. each day and last until each park closes
    • Guests wishing to park hop do not need to make additional park pass reservation each day for the parks they wish to park hop
    • Park hopping is subject to capacity limitations at this time
    If for some reason, a Walt Disney World Theme Park you are wanting to hop to is not accepting park hopping Guests due to capacity limitations, the Cast Member working the bus stop area will notify you and you can adjust your plans from there. I have to say that I've been park hopping since its return in January and I have not encountered any problems with capacity but I did want to mention it just in case. Also, if there are capacity issues for park hopping, keep in mind that Guests exit the park all of the time so once you get there, there might be plenty of availability for you. 

    Megan, I know you and your friends are absolutely going to love park hopping during your upcoming Walt Disney World vacation! If you have any other questions before you go, feel free to come back and ask me. 

    Have fun! 
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Meet the Panelist: Jackie, North Carolina

I love all things Walt Disney World.  In fact, since becoming Annual Passholders, my family of 3 is always hopping in the car for a quick trip to visit with Mickey Mouse!  I've been known to make the 8 hour each way drive to Walt Disney World (in one day!) to indulge in a Mickey Waffle or enjoy a sunny day at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.  I may have a small family, but we are always up for some BIG fun at the Walt Disney World Resort.   Learn More About Jackie

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