• On Oct 14, 2018
    Linda from WI Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    My husband, daughter (9), son (7) and I will be at Disney World the week of Thanksgiving. 5 day park hopper tickets. How can we get the biggest bang for our buck? I am thinking 2 parks/day. How do I decide which 2 to visit each day?

    Hi Linda,

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! I am excited to hear that you will have Park Hopper tickets!

    While we love to park hop, remember that your first three Fast Pass+ selections made in advance must be at the same park. So, if you park hop, you can only make a Fast Pass+ selection for that second park once you have used your initial three Fast Pass+ selections or the time windows on those have expired. With that in mind, I would plan my park visits using Park Hopper by pairing Magic Kingdom with Disney's Animal Kingdom and Epcot with Disney's Hollywood Studios. Two of the most popular attractions are Slinky Dog Dash at Disney's Hollywood Studios and Avatar Flight of Passage at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme parks, so you may want to make your initial Fast Pass+ selections at those parks. 

    Also, consider your transportation options if you are not driving. We use the "Get Directions Feature" with the My Disney Experience Mobile App to see transportation options and estimated transit times between locations. When using your Park Hopper tickets, remember to consider transit time. It could take an hour to get between locations. We have started using the Minnie Van™ Service, Uber or Lyft when park hopping. The direct transportation saves time!

    Linda, you will also need to be strategic about dining reservations. Make Fast Pass+ and dining plans in a way that is geographically efficient. If we park hop, we may grab lunch on our way out of the first park or on our way into the second park. We also make our Fast Pass+ selections so that we are not unnecessarily trekking back and forth across a park!

    May the Force be with you as you plan!

    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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