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  • On Jul 14, 2010
    April from WI Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Planning a return vacation 3 children 7, 5, 3 and wondering if adding park hopper onto our tickets would be appropriate or more of a hassle with having younger children. Using Disney transportation and visiting for 5 night in Oct or 7 night in summer.

    Hi, April! If you polled the entire Moms Panel about the Park Hopper Option, you would be surprised at the variety of answers you would receive. There are some moms and dads who almost never park hop, and some wouldn't leave home without it! I have to tell you that whether or not I add the PH Option to my family's tickets depends on how far in advance I plan and for how long I stay at WDW.

    If I have enough time to plan and can coordinate my Advanced Dining Reservations with Extra Magic Hours and entertainment schedules, then I will purchase multi-day, one-park tickets...especially if we're staying five or more days. I feel like, with advanced planning and with enough time there, I can sufficiently get the most out of each park day. However, if I am planning within three months of leaving and we're staying four or less days, I need the flexibility of being able to dine in one park and play in another...especially if we decide that the crowds are too much for us once we're there.

    Therefore, depending on the dining availability for October, I advise you to consider the Park Hopper Option for the fall, but possibly save those vacation dollars when planning for a 7-night trip next summer. Hmmm...is planning for both trips not an option!?! That may be what Hannah Montana would call "the BEST of both worlds!"

    I hope you experience almost as much fun planning this wonderful trip for your family as you will have taking it! Have a beautiful day and a magical vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Andi, Alabama

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