Kilimanjaro Safaris; Animal Kingdom; AA
  • On Aug 14, 2011
    Leanna from TX 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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    Planning our 1st WDW trip June 6-13, 2012. DH, 2 DS and self wanting to stay at all star sports. wondering if we need to get park hop or if just reg. tickets would be better. how much time would we spend on a bus or boat actually "park hopping"

    To be honest, park hopper tickets are one of the first ways I recommend a family trim their vacation budget. Don't get me wrong, the ability to move from one park to another is nice, but it's far from a requirement. We rarely bother to add this option ourselves, preferring to plan our days so that a park hopper isn't necessary. I'd personally rather spend those vacation dollars on a nicer resort, or another meal. Plus as you said, a lot of time is lost while you're doing those transfers, and that park time is valuable!

    A successful trip without park hoppers just takes a little more planning. You'll need to visit the park calendar page to note the extra magic hours, parade and show times, and other special events you may need to plan around. From there, map out which park you'll be in on which day, and then make your dining reservations accordingly. You'll need to book a meal either inside that park, or at a resort where no admission fee is required.

    Good luck!
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Meet the Panelist: Heather, Kentucky

I'm a member of the original 2008 Moms Panel and am happy to be back again to help you plan! We are DVC members who visit 2-3 times per year with our 3 young daughters, and I am only one visit away from being able to say I've stayed in every Disney resort! Learn More About Heather

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