Mom And Son Spaceship Earth
  • On Mar 5, 2010
    Sarah from BC 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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    I'm going to Disney world in a weeks time, how long does it take to go from park to park...Is it worth it to get a part hopper pass or not?

    Hi, Sarah!  If you are using Walt Disney World transportation, I always allow an hour in between parks.  It may be much shorter than that, but for the most part, if you allow an hour,  you can usually know you can get from one park to another and not miss a dining reservation or parade.

    As for whether or not a park hopper is worth purchasing, that is going to depend on the touring style of your family.  For my family, once we're in a park, we usually stay.  I try to plan my day so that I don't have to worry about going back and forth between parks, making all of my dining reservations for the park I plan to be in on a particular day.  My brother, on the other hand, is a hopper at heart.  He loves to hit all the big attractions in one park, then head over to another and hit his favorite things there.  They don't do too many dining reservations, preferring to just grab a bite when the kids are hungry, and do more attractions.

    To give you a third park style, I have a friend who loves the restaurants at EPCOT, and she does all of her dinner reservations at EPCOT.  She might go to Animal Kingdom for the day, dinner at EPCOT, then stay for Illuminations.  But another day, she'll go to Magic Kingdom in the morning, head to EPCOT for an early dinner, then back to the Magic Kingdom for Wishes.

    I tend to recommend the hopper option to families who don't plan frequent visits to the theme parks.  It allows you to revisit a park to just do one or two things, grab a souvenir, or see a parade, and that can definitely add to the vacation experience!

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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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