EPCOT; Mother and Son; Spaceship Earth
  • On Jan 20, 2015
    Jacinda 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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    What is the TRUE value of getting the park hopper if we are only going to be in Disney for 4 days and we are getting a 2 day park ticket plus the water park and more.

    Hi Jacinda!

    Whether or not to purchase the Park Hopper option is something I look at before each of our trips.  

    If we are taking a longer trip and know that we will spend whole days at each park, then we may not buy it.  But, on shorter trips, when we are trying to fit in all of our favorites at each park, we do buy it. There have been times, even on longer trips, when we finish at a park earlier than planned and it's been great to be able to hop over to another park for the evening hours.  

    They also come in handy if you want to eat a restaurant inside a park, but don't think you would necessarily spend a lot of time there.  (although, I don't really recommend this, as travel times between parks would eat up too much of your day.  It's best to eat wherever you plan to be that day.)

    Things to factor:  
    1. Goals--For your two days at parks, do you want to try and visit each of the four Walt Disney World parks?  If so, you would need the park hopper.    
    2.  How old are your kids?  Mine are older now and can pretty much go all day long.  So, the park hoppers are much handier.  Younger kids may get tired more easily, and it could be best to do one park per day, and then have some relaxing time at your resort.
    3.  Cost.  The park hopper option is more expensive, so if your budget is really tight, that could be something to skip.  

    I hope this helps you figure it out!  Please let me know if you have any other questions.  
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Meet the Panelist: Lori, Indiana

I am currently a homeschool, soccer mom to two active teenage boys. My family loves everything about Disney! Walt Disney World, Disneyland, runDisney, Disney Cruise Line and Disney Vacation Club have been a part of countless magical memories for us through the years. I cannot wait to help you make your own magical memories at Walt Disney World! Learn More About Lori

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