Mom And Daughter; Animal Kingdom
  • On Mar 18, 2012
    Sandi from OH 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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    Hi. We are planning a Disney vacation at the end of September. We have been going back and forth between Disney 5 day base tickets or 4 day Park Hopper tickets. There will be 5 of us going, so there is a significant difference in price. Any recommendations

    Hi Sandi!

    I can understand your dilemma absolutely! Adding the Park Hopper Option to your tickets does increase your flexibility daily for such things as dining options inside the parks or splitting a final day between kids' favourite parks or attractions, but it certainly does add to your overall cost.

    If you're planning on spending full days at each park and are happy with dining options inside each of those parks for the day you're there, (remember also that you can pop down to Downtown Disney for the evening any time as well to mix things up ... this works especially well on an Animal Kingdom park day) you'll likely find that a Hopper isn't necessary and you may have an 'extra' on your wish list that you can instead spend that extra on like Disney's Family Magic Tour at Magic Kingdom, Behind the Seeds at Epcot or even a 'Date Night' out for dinner or a dinner show while the youngsters are checked into one of Disney's many Children's Activity Centers.

    I used to always, always add the Park Hopper Option to our family's tickets, but have found in the past three or four visits that we can easily make do with one park daily, even though we enjoy the Deluxe Dining Plan!

    My recommendation would be to go with the five day base ticket to allow yourself that extra day or partial day in an additional or second park, and save the extra for something additional that's fun & exciting that you may have otherwise overlooked!

    Wishing you a simply Magical time on your Walt Disney World vacation Sandi!

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Meet the Panelist: Kirsten, Ontario

I'm a Canadian stay at home mom with 2 great kids. I've loved Walt Disney World since my own first trip at age 7. Now, my husband and I enjoy creating Disney vacation experiences with our children as often as possible. Each new visit is unique and Magical! Learn More About Kirsten

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