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  • On Jan 25, 2024
    Josie from IA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hello, I'm planning a first visit to Disney with my family, I have 3 teen boys me and my husband, everyone super excited. We will be there in April between 12th and 17th, I don't know if I should go for a park hopper or 1 a day?

    Hi Josie!

    Welcome to planDisney. I'm so glad you stopped by with this great question and I'm happy to assist! As an East Coast girl, I visit Walt Disney World Resort most frequently, but I take the opportunity to visit Disneyland Resort whenever possible. There is something extra magical about walking through Walt's original park and I love the convenience of Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park being mere steps apart. I just know your family is going to have an amazing time! Let's jump into the details.

    When my family visited for the first time we wanted to enjoy a full day in each park to truly soak up the magic and explore all the nooks and crannies of each land. We purchased 4-day standard theme park tickets but we did decide to upgrade to Park Hopper tickets during the checkout process. We began our trip with a full day in each park and spent the second half hopping back and forth between them to maximize all our favorite experiences.

    If your teen boys are anything like my own son, they'll love the thrill rides like Radiator Springs Racers, Incredicoaster and Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT! at Disney California Adventure Park. They might appreciate being able to experience the classic attractions of Fantasyland and New Orleans Square at Disneyland Park in the morning and hop back across the Esplanade to tackle a new set of experiences in the afternoon. Or you might want to begin your morning with brunch at Lamplight Lounge before heading over to enjoy the evening spectaculars at Disneyland Park. With Park Hopper tickets you can easily go back and forth between the parks multiple times per day after 11 a.m., subject to capacity. As I mentioned, they are just a short walk apart so the process is pretty quick and easy!

    I checked the pricing for your travel dates and the Park Hopper upgrade ranges from $65-$75 per ticket depending on how many days you choose to visit. 1-day Park Hopper tickets are on the lower end of the upgrade cost, while 5-day Park Hopper tickets are at the higher end. Keep in mind that prices are always subject to change, but I typically the upgrade cost in this range.

    Now, the Park Hopper upgrade cost on multi-day tickets is charged per person and not an additional charge per day. You'd only pay an upgrade charge per day if you decided to purchase each day of admission separately as a 1-day ticket. I wouldn't recommend this since multi-day tickets are almost always a better value, especially for your travel dates. You don't have to hop between the parks every day of your trip, but In my opinion, the added cost per person is worth it for the flexibility. 

    If you plan to purchase Disney Genie+ Service you'll also be able to schedule Lightning Lane entrances at both parks on the same day. It's another great way to pack in as much magic as possible into your daily itineraries.

    I hope this helped, Josie. If we can answer any other questions be sure to hop back and let us know. We're always ready to lend a hand!

    Magic and memories,
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Meet the Panelist: Amy, North Carolina

Hi, I'm Amy- a proud wife, mom, and Disney adult. I'm a natural planner with a flair for the creative, always looking for ways to add a little magical sparkle to our family's day-to-day happenings and once-in-a lifetime moments. You'll find me and my crew visiting the parks from rope drop to close and packing in as much magic as possible to each day of our Walt Disney World Resort vacation. From dining to photo spots and all the details in between, you've got a friend in me! Learn More About Amy

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