• On Sep 15, 2021
    Karen from PA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    How does Park Hopping work with the reservation system? If I made a reservation at Magic Kingdom, when can I hop to another park? If I'm staying near Epcot, can I hop to Epcot early in the morning to cut through and get the monorail to MK?

    Hey there, Karen. I'm so glad you've stopped by planDisney to talk about one of my favorite things - park hopping! It's my favorite way to spend a Disney day. 

    Park hopping does look a little bit different than it did before with the new park pass reservation system. Now, when you are wanting to visit a Walt Disney World Theme Park, even with a park hopper ticket, you need to make park pass reservations for an initial theme park you'd like to visit each day. Park hopping hours now start at 2:00 p.m. To park hop, you must scan in and enter the theme park with the park pass reservation first before continuing to other theme parks later in the day. It is not necessary or even possible to make multiple park pass reservations for one day, you just need that initial one. Your park pass reservation does give you in and out privileges at that particular park all day long, even before park hopping hours start at 2:00 p.m. but only at that particular theme park. 

    If your park pass reservations are at Magic Kingdom Park, that would be the theme park that you will need to visit first before continuing on to others later in the day. It would not be possible, with the reservation system, to leave your Epcot area resort hotel, walk through Epcot and hop on the monorail to Magic Kingdom Park if your park pass reservation was for Magic Kingdom Park. What you will need to do is use the complimentary bus transportation that will take you from your resort straight to Magic Kingdom Park. 

    After you've scanned into the theme park with your park pass reservation and the clock strikes 2:00 p.m., you then have in and out priveledges at all of the other Walt Disney World Theme Parks. You can visit one or you can visit them all in a single afternoon the choice is yours! 

    I hope this helps explain the park hopping process a little bit better, Karen. If you have any other questions before your trip, please feel free to stop back by and ask me. I'm happy to help.

    Have fun and happy hopping! 
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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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