• On Jul 6, 2021
    Kenneth from MA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    hi - I have 8 people in my party - what if 2 or 3 of them decide to stay at the pool in the morning and not go with the other 5 to the park we have a reservation for? Will they be able to park hop with us later to a different park?

    Hello and welcome, Kenneth! It sounds like you have a fun group heading down to Walt Disney World with you. You guys are going to have a great time. 

    Kenneth, it is absolutely okay if your party splits up during your vacation. I, too, like to enjoy some morning pool time and will meet up with people later in the day. To do this, however, the people who don't go to the theme park with the park pass reservation in the morning will still need to do so at some point before park hopping later in the day. With the park hopper, you must scan in and enter the theme park with the park pass reservation first - even if it is after 2:00 p.m. when park hopping officially begins. This sort of "activates" your park hopper feature each day. This isn't something that you can bypass right now. 

    If the people in your party know that they won't be visiting a certain theme park in the morning, it may be wise for them to cancel their park pass reservation for that particular park and select the park you'll be visiting later in the day. That way, they can meet up with you without having to go out of the way to do so. Before canceling any park pass reservations, however, I do suggest checking out the Walt Disney World Theme Park availability calendar first. This will show you if there is any availability at the theme park they would be changing to. I'd hate for them to cancel a reservation and then not be able to secure another one so that's always a great place to start. 

    Kenneth, you may be tempted to try and bypass the park with the park pass reservation and have the other people in your party just meet you at your second park for the day but this won't work. I've actually tested the theory and it is true that even with the park hopper I did, indeed, have to go to the park with the park pass reservation first. It can be a slight hassle but at least you know about it ahead of time and can plan for it accordingly. If you have any other questions please feel free to come back and ask me. I'm here to help. 

    Have a great day!  
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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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