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To Hop or Not? When to Get Park Hoppers for Your Disney World Trip

by Leap on April 1, 2020 271 Orlando

When it comes to purchasing Walt Disney World tickets, it seems as if there are endless options. Should you stick to one park per day or get park hoppers? Do you want to add on water parks? The biggest question people have about Disney World tickets is whether they should hop or not. When we planned our first visit to the parks, we weren't sure which ones to choose. Now we do, and we're hoppy to help you!

Don’t froget, no matter which ticket you choose, we can save you some green with our discount Disney tickets.

By the way, here are more details about the major Disney ticket types, including the Disney Theme Park Base Ticket (formerly known as Magic Your Way), the Disney Theme Park Ticket with Park Hopper and the Disney Theme Park Ticket with Park Hopper Plus Option.

Disney Theme Park Ticket with Park Hopper Option - Cinderella Castle with Crowds - Disney Park Hopper Ticket

What the Heck is a Disney Park Hopper and What Does It Include?

Let's start with some lingo. The Disney park hopper is the nickname for the Disney Theme Park Ticket with Park Hopper Option. While the formal name of this ticket type doesn't exactly roll off the tongue, it does allow you to park hop. Specifically with this ticket type, you can visit one or more of the following parks each day for the length of your ticket:

So with the Disney Theme Park Ticket with Park Hopper Option, you could visit all four parks in one day if you wanted. (Heck, you could visit all four parks every day of your trip with it, but your frog legs would probably be pretty tired!) Visiting two parks in one day is the more popular option.

Is the Disney Park Hopper Right for Me?

The park hopper offers more flexibility than the base ticket. You're not locked in to any one park per day, so it allows for more spontaneity. We're going to walk through all the scenarios that we think make the park hopper a good choice, but we also want to assure you that even if you buy a base ticket, you can always upgrade ... even when you get to the parks!

Disney Theme Park Ticket with Park Hopper Option - Disney Park Hopper Ticket - Splash MountainThe Disney Park Hopper is a good choice if …

  • You're party includes adults or teenagers: Grownups and older kids can move through the parks much faster than families with young kids. Plus we all know teenagers can change their minds about where they want to go and what they want to do.

If you have younger tadpoles, visiting one park per day may be plenty!

  • You have visited Disney before: There is so much to explore in each park. If you've never visited, you're more likely to need more time to see and do everything. If you’re a repeat visitor, you're more likely to pick and choose which rides and shows you want to see in each park, so you'll be ready to move onto the next park more quickly.
  • You want the option to see a different nighttime spectacular or fireworks show every night: If you have the Disney Theme Park Ticket with Park Hopper Option, you can end your day watching whichever show you want, regardless of whatever park you visited earlier. For instance, you could spend your day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, then hop over to Disney's Hollywood Studios to see Fantasmic! that night.
  • You are visiting when it's not super crowded: When the crowds are lower, you can move through the parks much faster, riding more and waiting less. Keep in mind, too, that the more people there are visiting, the more time it will take to get between the parks.
  • You don’t want to commit to which park you want to visit: As mentioned above, the park hopper provides the most flexibility for the more spontaneous among us :)

If you don't hop, you really do have to pick your park and stick with it.

  • You want maximum flexibility for ADRs and FastPass+ reservations: The most popular restaurants and attractions need to be booked as early as possible (up to 180+ for Advance Dining Reservations and up to 60 days for FastPass+ reservations), which means you are often committing to a specific park on a specific day months in advance of your trip. Park hoppers give you the flexibility to keep existing reservations, even if you decide to spend most of your day somewhere else.

We know there are a lot of decisions to make as you plan your Disney World trip, and the decision to hop or not is one of them. We hope this overview of when to purchase park hoppers has been hopful as you plan your trip. We frogs always hop through the parks, but we know that doesn't make sense for all families (especially those who aren't frogs). No matter which you choose, we've got a discount Disney ticket that's right for you! We've also got a ton of other resources in our Orlando planning guide. Short on time? Download our Disney World Quick-Start Guide.

Related: Guide to the Disney Theme Park Base Ticket (formerly known as Magic Your Way),

Related: Guide to the Disney Theme Park Ticket with Park Hopper

Related: Guide to the Disney Theme Park Ticket with Park Hopper Plus Option

Keep Hopping!

Keep hopping, Leap!
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Feb 15, 2018 at 8:37 p.m. LESLEY SMITH Says...

We are going to purchase a 4 day hopper through our MWR. Can I use one of those days at Universal? If not what all parks do I have to choose from?

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Feb 15, 2018 at 3:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lesley,

A Disney Park Hopper ticket gets you into the four Walt Disney World parks: Magic Kingdom Park, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Epcot and Disney's Animal Kingdom. You can visit all four of them or whichever you choose!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Feb 13, 2018 at 4:55 p.m. Brandy King Says...

Hi! We are planning a 3 day trip and have 2 of those days planned out. Can i purchase a park hopper for the one day only? Thanks in advance

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Feb 14, 2018 at 10:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brandy!

You can purchase tickets separately (or a la carte) - so do 2 day base tickets, 1 day park hopper - but this is likely to be more costly than a ticket package. When you buy ticket packages, tickets must all be (or not be) park hopper - so you can't select only one day to hop parks. We'd recommend purchasing park hopper for your whole trip.

Keep hopping!

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Keep hopping!

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Feb 8, 2018 at 10:16 a.m. Praveen Says...

Hi!! I am planning to come with my family in June this year. We are 6 adults and 2 kids. I'd be staying in LA for 2 nights. Could you suggest what would be best for me.

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Feb 8, 2018 at 9:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Praveen!

We would suggest a 2-day park hopper for your crew, so you can adventure throughout the parks and really experience everything they have to offer.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 6, 2018 at 4:11 p.m. Rumiko Says...

I m trying to come March 1 week.. n only I have 3 days time I have .. so I m interested all them n I want to sea dolphin n touch dolphin scoba I want to do so sea world is include those thing ????? Park hopper is include dolphin touch scuba or not ???

Thank you..

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Feb 6, 2018 at 3:29 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rumiko,

The Park Hopper is a Disney ticket, so you'll only have access to Walt Disney World Resort parks. You'll want to head to SeaWorld's Discovery Cove! While there, you can experience the SeaVenture Underwater Tour where you wear a diving helmet and take a tour through The Grand Reef. You can also swim with dolphins at Discovery Cove!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jan 18, 2018 at 8:19 p.m. Karen Sullivan Says...

What is the possibility of upgrading a magic your way ticket to a park hopper at the gate and what is the fee for upgrading?

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Jan 18, 2018 at 3:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karen,

If it is within 14 days of a Magic Your Way theme park ticket’s first use and the ticket has remaining admissions, you are able to upgrade the ticket at the park's gate. The cost depends on the ticket (the amount of days it's for), but can range from about $37 to $63 per ticket!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jan 18, 2018 at 3:31 p.m. Cassamdra Says...

Hi! Can you use the park hopper pass at universal? Does this also include access to harry potter?

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Jan 18, 2018 at 1:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

The Park Hoppers are Disney tickets used for only Disney Parks! For Universal Orlando park hopping, you'll need a Universal Park-to-Park ticket. These tickets allow you to hop back and forth between Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure in the same day. Both Universal Orlando parks have The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, so you'll be to experience it. We highly recommend a Park-to-Park ticket, especially if you're a Harry Potter fan; with this ticket, you can hop on the Hogwarts Express to venture between the two parks!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jan 14, 2018 at 4:06 a.m. eduardo Says...

what would yo recommend if I want to go to two parks but one each day? a 2day hooper or a single day separate for each park?

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Jan 16, 2018 at 2:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Eduardo,

We would recommend the 2-Day Magic Your Way Ticket to save a bit of money versus purchasing a Park Hopper. Park Hoppers tend to be slightly more expensive and if you wouldn't be utilizing the ticket by visiting multiple parks per day, then there wouldn't be any need for it!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jan 3, 2018 at 12:31 p.m. NP Says...

Where can I found good deals for hopper tickets looking for a four day

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Jan 3, 2018 at 10:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi NP,

You can find discounted 4-day park hopper tickets for your family here.

Keep Hopping!

Leap

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Jan 3, 2018 at 10:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi NP,

You can find discounted 4-day park hopper tickets for your family here.

Keep Hopping!

Leap

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Jan 3, 2018 at 10:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi NP,

You can find discounted 4-day park hopper tickets for your family here.

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Keep Hopping!

Leap

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Jan 3, 2018 at 12:06 p.m. James Says...

Im looking at the park hopper for Disneyland how many times can you go back and forth between parks? is it endless? or can we only enter each park once?

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Jan 3, 2018 at 10:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi James,

You can go back and forth between parks as many times as you'd like with the Park Hopper ticket!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jan 3, 2018 at 9:36 p.m. James Says...

Is there any better deals than the %25 off for Canadians at Disney land ?

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Dec 16, 2017 at 4:18 p.m. Missy Says...

Hi,

I have a 6-day Disney trip coming up soon. I was given a one-day park-hopper ticket by a friend and I purchased an additional 5-day (non-park hopper) ticket plan.

My question: How do I make sure that I use the park-hopper ticket on a specific day rather than one of the 5 non-hopper tickets? (There is only one day that I want to hop between Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom and don't want to accidentally use a non-hopper ticket that day).

Thanks

-Missy

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Dec 22, 2017 at 9:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Missy,

If they are linked on our MDE account and you have MagicBands (assuming this vs. hard tickets because of the question), then the only way you can do this is when you arrive, head to guest services and have that one day ticket prioritized over the other one.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Dec 3, 2017 at 3:36 a.m. Colleen Says...

I have park hoppers. I will be in MK on 12/14 which is a MVMCP day, so they close at 6. I have an ADR at Park Fare at 4:00. If I'm back at the MK gate by 6, will they let me back in to walk main street and see castle lighting before I have to leave at 7?

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Nov 28, 2017 at 11:53 a.m. Jill Says...

Hi we are currently at Disney. We have visited 3 of the parks so far and the forth today.. we have one more park pass for this week.. we have ages 2-12.. we really feel it would not be as fun for the 3 older kids to return to MK for another whole day.. there is one ride at AK we didn't get to do, and Epcot felt like a whirl wind trying to get to one FP to another.. we were wondering it it would be benificial or even doable and if so what's the best way to buy a hopper add on for the last day and go back to each park that we either missed a ride at or repeat a ride they really liked. Is there a way to do it and park at one place and use transportation to others. Example would be ..we didn't get to do avatar, and they really want to ride Everest again, some didn't get to ride frozen, and we havnt been to HW yet but should there be something there once the day is done that we need to go back to. I think we are satisfied not returning to MK. Thanks in advance!

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Dec 22, 2017 at 9:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jill,

I am so sorry for the delay, but your comment ended up in our spam filter. We hope you were able to work it out and gave a great time!!!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 20, 2017 at 7:18 p.m. Rich Says...

Hello, I am going to Orlando for two days 1/15-1/16 and taking my three kids with me. They are 13, 11, and 8. They want to do Sea World but they can't decide on one Disney park so I am thinking about the hopper for one day. Is it worth the extra money for only one day and will I have the time to get through at least 3 out of 4 parks? Thanks, Rich

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Dec 22, 2017 at 8:52 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rich,

Sorry for the delay, but your comment ended up in our spam filter. If you only have one day for Disney, I would pick only one park, most likely Magic Kingdom. There is so much to do, and if you go on the 15th with the holiday, all of the parks will be busier.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Nov 15, 2017 at 3:36 a.m. Tonya Weeks Says...

If we stay for the 8:00 Star Wars Fireworks at Hollywood Studios, then walk (briskly) over to Epcot (via the Boardwalk), will Epcot still let us in even if we get there a minute or two before their 9pm closing time (so we can see Illuminations)? ... Or will we be "stuck" on the Boardwalk looking for another source of transportation back to our resort?

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Dec 22, 2017 at 8:40 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tonya,

Sorry for the delay. Your comment ended up in our spam filter. If it's before park closing, you will be able to get in.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 8, 2017 at 3:57 p.m. Ann Says...

We go every year for Spring Break in March. With the addition of FOP in AK, I am considering purchasing Park Hopper. I just can’t see hanging out in AK for 2 full days. We will be in park 5 full days. My only concern is choosing FPs with hopper. I assume I can only choose the initial 3 in my first park, correct?

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Nov 15, 2017 at 10:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ann,

You can only make advance FastPass+ reservations in one park per day. So, you can make the advance reservations for any park you like (whether it's the first or second park you visit in the day), but all three have to be in that one park. After you've used your first three, then you can continue to make reservations while inside the park. Check out our guide to using FastPass+. Hope this helps!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 29, 2017 at 1:24 a.m. Michelle Says...

With my 3 day park hopper will I be able to go in and out of the same park multiple times in a day? For example will I be able to go for a couple hours in the morning, go back to the hotel and then re enter that night. Would this count as one day?

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Oct 29, 2017 at 8:43 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle,

Yes, all of that hopping would count as one day.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 29, 2017 at 12:10 a.m. Tanya Says...

Hello,

My kids are ages 3 and 6 and we are planning on going for Christmas. I just want to know which park is better? We have never gone for that time of the year.

Thanks

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Oct 29, 2017 at 8:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tanya,

You can't go wrong with the Magic Kingdom during Christmas.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 27, 2017 at 1:49 a.m. Leslie Says...

Hello! My husband and I are taking our daughter (11) and son (7) to Disney at the end of January for a long weekend. We are only staying three nights so probably just two days in the parks (1/26 and 1/27). We are trying to decided the best use of our time. The three parks that I'm most interested in are MK, AK, and HS. My question is: can we reasonably do two parks in one day? If so, which two?

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Oct 27, 2017 at 8:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Leslie,

It is very difficult to see two parks in one day. Also, it may take upwards of an hour to travel between the gates of parks you've listed. If two in one day is your only option, we recommend Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios. Those two parks are relatively close.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 10, 2017 at 3 p.m. Gary Says...

I have a six day park hopper for WDW.

For Fastpass, I understand I can only book 30 days in advance. But does that mean I have to wait for each 30th day before I can book the next park.

Or can I start using fastpass for the six days once it's activated.

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Oct 10, 2017 at 3:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gary,

Yes, you will need to wait each 30th day to book Fastpass+ reservations.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 11, 2017 at 12:52 a.m. Gary Says...

So sad.

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Oct 3, 2017 at 5:33 p.m. Dana Says...

Hi,

I'll be coming in for 2.5 days in November with a 7 year old boy and a 9.5 year old girl. They went to Magic Kingdom years ago. Not sure which parks to choose this time. Thinking about waiting on Universal and trying Magic Kingdom or Legoland (they love legos) or Hollywood studio or Sea World. It's hard to decide.

Also, not sure what to do on our half day? We have a 3pm departure.

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Oct 4, 2017 at 8:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dana,

Our best advice is to get your kids involved in the decision process. Do they like Harry Potter? Universal! Frozen? Epcot! Dolphins and Penguins? SeaWorld. Getting them involved, showing them videos of rides on our YouTube channel, will make the trip great for everyone.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Sep 26, 2017 at 1:25 p.m. Jessica Says...

Hello!

If I purchase if I am staying 4 nights 2 day tix with water park option ... Am I able to go to the park day one and day 2, and then do a water park on my third day? Hope this makes sense !

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Sep 26, 2017 at 8:37 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessica,

Yes! Your 2-day Park Hopper Hopper Plus ticket gives you two theme park visits and two plus visits.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jul 30, 2017 at 1:55 a.m. Roli Says...

I am planning to visit Disney first time with my 5 year old daughter at the end of september. I will be in Orlando from Sunday - friday. Since it will be slow time and it will be just me with a 5 year old, i am unable to decide if it is worth getting Park hopper. I am also wondering should i get 6 day ticket or 5 day and just take a rest day in between? if i don't buy park hopper which parks can be covered in a day and which park will take more than a day.

TIA,

Roli

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Aug 4, 2017 at 5:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Roli,

With a first-timer and a 5-year old, it may not be a bad idea to take a day off. Relax by the pool. Visit Disney Springs.

Your five-year old will get the most fun out of the Magic Kingdom. Consider two-days at MK, then one day at the others. Hopping between parks can take out chunks of your day. Check out our Park Plans to get a better idea of what each park has that's fit for your first timer. With planning, you may find you don't need to hop between parks.

Keep Hopping!

Leap

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Feb 22, 2017 at 12:24 a.m. Julie Says...

Hi

We will be visiting WDW in May for at least a week maybe 10 days. I was wondering what your take on buying a 7 or 8 day pass instead of a 4 or 5 day park hopper so we can see the shows at night? This way we would go to the less busy places for a full day and then the rest of the days just go for the evening.

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Feb 22, 2017 at 8:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Julie,

Smart move! That allows you some downtime and you won't need to rush.

Keep Hopping!

Leap

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Apr 23, 2017 at 10:39 p.m. Faith Says...

Hello so we have the basic ticket so 1 park per day! But I was wondering could I go to Disney springs the same day I go to let's say Hollywood studios or do I have to only go to Hollywood studios or only Disney springs?

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Apr 25, 2017 at 9:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Faith,

Disney Springs is free, so you only need to use your ticket for Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Keep Hopping!

Leap

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Feb 27, 2017 at 3:16 a.m. Dale Says...

I would just like to clarify. The cost of an 8 day MYW ticket is less than a 4 day park hopper. We plan to be in Orlando for 4 days. Can I go to 2 parks a day and just use an extra day. Basically using an 8 day ticket for 4 days at Disney

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Feb 27, 2017 at 7:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dale,

Yes, of now the 8 Day Magic Your Way is less expensive than the 4 Day Hopper. The Magic Your Way is only valid for one theme park per day. To visit two parks in one day, you would need the Park Hopper ticket.

Keep Hopping!

Leap

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Feb 21, 2017 at 2:59 a.m. Diegus Says...

Hi, thanks for all your info!

i`d like to know if i can use a 5 days pass to use it 4 days visiting two different parks one day. E.g.: the fourth day i decide to go to epcot and MK (it will consume two passes but it will be ok for me, will they allow me to do so? thanks again

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Feb 21, 2017 at 8:01 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Diegus,

The Magic Your Way ticket will not allow you to park hop on any day. With the Park Hopper pass you can visit two or even three parks in one day.

Keep Hopping!

Leap

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Feb 15, 2017 at 3:51 p.m. Gustavo L Says...

How works an E Ticket? Do I Have to change it for real ticket? Where?

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Feb 15, 2017 at 10:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gustavo,

With an E-Ticket, you can either link it to My Disney Experience for FastPass+ and MagicBand usage, or you would neet to stop at a will call location and exchange it for an RF-enabled ticket before admission.

Keep Hopping!

Leap

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Jan 19, 2017 at 1:08 a.m. Maria Says...

Hi!

I have been searching for an answer to my question through Google, but haven't found the answer yet. Can you help me?

I live in Southern California and have annual passes to Disneyland/California Adventure and really enjoy hopping several times a day between parks. My husband and I are in Florida for a conference the 1st week of February, but want to hit one or two of the parks on our last day there before flying out (Sunday, Feb.).

My question is: How does one easily and quickly "park hop" between the Magic Kingdom and Epcot or Hollywood Studios? I'm trying to figure out if it is worth if for me and my husband to purchase a Park Hopper ticket in order to visit the other parks also...though, we're only there one day. I don't want to waste my time if it takes a very long time and is cumbersome to "hop" between parks in one day.

What do you think?

I do have another question. Due to my diet restrictions I always bring my food into Disneyland park and put it in a locker. If we are park hopping, where is the most convenient locker that is central between Epcot, Magic Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios? Or maybe we just need to figure out what park we'll be at most for easier access to my food?

What do you think? :-)

Thanks so much!!!

Maria Smith

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Jan 19, 2017 at 8:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maria,

The best spot for you to store your food is in a locker closest to where you are!

Geographically speaking, the two closest parks would be Epcot and Hollywood Studios. Convenience wise, you could take the Monorail from Epcot to Magic Kingdom with a one stop transfer. You could also take a Disney bus, or if you have a car, park at one then drive to the other. Depending on the mode of transportation, it could take anywhere from 35 minutes to an hour to get between parks. Parking lots at the Disney World parks are huge, so it can be a hike to get from your car to the main gate.

With that, the best solution for your food is to store it in the locker outside the park where you are. Backtracking to pick it back up can take a long time. It's not as convenient as the Disneyland main entrance plaza.

Keep Hopping!

Leap

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Dec 19, 2016 at 4:22 a.m. Gail Hundley Says...

I am bringing my grandchildren, twin girls age 8, and a brother 6 1/2. Last year we took them to Disneyland for the first time. Because if height restrictions a lot of the rides are not going to be available. The six year old is very small for his age, but I believe with thicker soles we can get him up to 40". We thought since we already went to Disneyland, we should try a park to park at Universal Orlando and Islands of Adventure. But, looking at the rides that are popular, the height restrictions might come into play. The more I read, I worry that the rides are more for teenagers. Also, my husband has trouble with motion rides, are most of them this kind? So because of all these possible exclusions, I'm wondering if instead of the 2 days I was planning, should we just do 1 day, park to park? Maybe take them one day to Epcot? Not sure what they would enjoy most. I know they liked Disneyland, but isn't Disney World more of the same?

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Dec 21, 2016 at 11:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gail,

Choosing between Disney or Universal really depends on what your family would enjoy. Are they more interested in Harry Potter and Despicable Me than Frozen, Mickey Mouse, or Star Wars? If you're worried about height restrictions, consider choosing the park where that won't be too much of an issue. Having a child that's turned away from riding an attraction that they "might" be able to ride can spoil much of the experience.

As for motion rides, take a look at our YouTube page and watch the videos of the rides that you're curious about. That's the best way to see if they're too much,

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Dec 4, 2016 at 2:38 p.m. Priscilla Says...

I have a dilemma. This is the first time I'm going with my 5 year old to WDW and I can't seem to figure out what ticket to get. I want to do as many things with her as I can we arrive Thursday afternoon and leave sunday morning.

Do I get 3 Day Magic your way ticket with park hopper option? Any suggestions on itinerary would be great.

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Dec 20, 2016 at 2:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Priscilla,

For a first visit with a young child, I think you're probably just fine with Magic Your Way tickets.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Nov 19, 2016 at 5:14 p.m. Jaya Says...

Travelling to Orlando in January - 2 adults and a 10 year old. Does this plan look good?

Jan 19 - reaching at noon (Any suggestions on what we could do this day?)

Jan 20 - Universal Studio

Jan 21 - Universal Studio

Jan 22 - Kennedy Space Center

Jan 23 - Animal Kingdom

Jan 24 - Magic Kingdom (doing this as we are staying on propery and the 24th has Extra Magic Hours for MK)

Do I need two days for Universal? Or should I just do one day with a Park Hopper option so that we can ride the Hogwarts Express and see the castle in IOA? Harry Potter is the only attraction we want to visit in IOA. The rest of all we want to do is in Universal Studio. Is leaving MK for the last day a bad idea? Thanks.

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Nov 22, 2016 at 8:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jaya,

Your plan looks pretty good, and you're picking a good time to visit in terms of crowds. If you really don't care about visiting Islands of Adventure, then two days at Universal Studios makes more sense. It's really about how important it is to see Hogsmeade and ride the Hogwarts Express.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Nov 10, 2016 at 5:32 p.m. Anna Says...

If I already have my Magic Kingdom park ticket, can I add the park hopper to it? Magic Kingdom is closing at 4pm and would like to check out Epcot that night.

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Nov 15, 2016 at 3:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anna,

You can do that, but you would have to add Park Hopper to your ticket for all days. So if you had a 5-Day ticket, you would have to upgrade to a 5-Day Park Hopper.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Sep 5, 2016 at 3:06 a.m. Jenelle Says...

My family and I are heading to disney world in oct. We were thinking about getting 10 day magic your way tickets. If we decided we wanted to go to a different park after already being at a park could we use another one our 10 day tickets to do that? Thanks!

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Sep 14, 2016 at 4:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenelle,

No, you would not be able to visit more than one park in a day without upgrading your ticket to park hoppers.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Aug 7, 2016 at 11:29 p.m. vivian Says...

Hello. My family and I bought the 3 day disneyworld tickets and the park hopper option. Does the park hopper option apply to ALL days I will be at disneyworld? So like for example, on Friday I go to animal kingdom and Hollywood studios. Am I allowed to go to two different parks the following day, which is Saturday?

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Aug 8, 2016 at 8:33 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vivian,

Yes, the hopping option will apply to however many days are on your ticket.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jun 10, 2016 at 4:54 p.m. Andy Says...

OK, were trying to the best of all worlds here. Coming over from the UK, with kids, 5, 10 and 12.

Arriving on the 18th August and want to do 19 and 20th at either disney or universal.

Then we disappear off to the beach for 5 days, returning to stay in a villa, so havng 26 th - 2nd sept for more disney / universal fun.

For us all its our first time. I know its complex but any ideas how we can get the best tickets for our time, including the rogue couple of days at the start. Want to do the disney parks and water parks and universal and we'll organise some other none park stuff on a couple of days.

ANY help would be lapped up and thanked for.

Cheers

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Jul 5, 2016 at 12:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Andy,

The easiest way would be to plan your first three days for Universal and then your return dates be for Disney. Tickets for both expire within 14 days of activation , so that splitting the two could address that.

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May 25, 2016 at 4:41 p.m. Bobby Says...

Sorry, some more questions that I thought about after submitting my previous comment.

Do you recommend purchasing a fastpass? If I were to get the 3 day base ticket option, how much additional cost would it be to get the fastpass?

If I purchase the 3 day base ticket option would I have to visit the parks on 3 consecutive days? or could we spread them out over our 5 day visit?

Thank you

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May 25, 2016 at 2:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bobby,

FastPass+ is included with your tickets, and yes, you will have 14 days from activation to use your ticket.

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May 25, 2016 at 4:28 p.m. Bobby Says...

We are planning a trip to Disney August 5-9. We want to set apart 3 days for park visits. The trip will include myself, my wife and our 8 year old daughter. Per your advise it seems that it would be best for us to spend each day in the same park. My question is, what 3 parks do you recommend we visit? What are the pros and cons of each? What 3 parks do you think an 8 year old girl would like the most? We know we will go to the Magic Kingdom for sure!

Thank you!

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May 31, 2016 at 5:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bobby,

I would do Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Disney's Animal Kingdom.

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Mar 5, 2016 at 2:20 p.m. Nancy Says...

Visiting Disney world next week for 2 days, Wednesday and Thurs. I currently am planning for MK day 1 and Epcot day 2 but my son wants to split day 2 to see Fantasmic. If I already have a 2 day pass, is possible to upgrade one to park hopper? And also, how long should I plan for travel between Epcot and Hollywood, using Disney transportation. And lastly, considering the crowds next week, how early should I be at Fantasmic to still get a seat? Thank you so much for your advice! Nancy

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Mar 8, 2016 at 1:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nancy,

You would have to upgrade both days to Park Hopper to do this. I would plan about 20 minutes for the bus. You could also take a boat from Epcot's World Showcase. I would try to be at Hollywood Studios by 6:00 and head over to the line for Fantasmic!, which starts at 7:30 p.m. One of your party could easily grab dinner from the Sunset quick-service spots, so you have something to do while you wait in line.

Keep hopping!

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Mar 2, 2016 at 5:34 a.m. Roland Says...

I plan on going to Disney for 3 days. If looks like it is cheaper to purchase a 4 day base ticket then a 3 day hopper ticket. Would I be able to visit 2 parks in one day with separate tickets? I called and they said yes, but looking through this blog it looks like no. Can you clarify?

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Mar 8, 2016 at 2:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Roland,

If you have a Magic Your Way ticket, you cannot visit more than one park in the day.

Keep hopping!

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Apr 11, 2016 at 4:02 p.m. Tim Says...

I just spoke with a Disney representative as I had the same question. My hotel package will consist of 6 nights and 7 MYW base tickets. As we will be going for 7 days, 2 of those days will be travel days, so we will only be visiting parks for 5 days. In some cases, we may want to go to a park during the day and a different one in the evening. The Disney rep said we could use two MYW base tickets for the days when we visit 2 parks. So, in this case, we have 7 base day tickets. We would go to parks during the day for 5 days. And use the 6th and 7th base day tickets for two evenings at different parks during the 5 days. I hope this makes sense. Can you please confirm whether or not this is allowed? So, on Day 1...if we went to Epcot during the day and Magic Kingdom at night, we were told that 2 base tickets would be deducted from our bands, with 5 remaining from the original 7. I asked if the 7 tickets were "dated" for specific days and I was told no. And that they are all treated as separate tickets. Please advise accordingly. Thanks!

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Apr 25, 2016 at 12:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tim,

Unfortunately, this is not correct. If you are purchasing Magic Your Way tickets, you cannot visit more than one park per day, no matter who you purchase your ticket from.

Keep hopping!

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Dec 21, 2015 at 8:41 p.m. Satra Says...

I'm planning to visit Orlando with a 5 yr old this weekend ( precisely next mon, tue and wed for parks) Magic kingdom, Seaworld and Kennedy space center are on the must-do list. I think SeaWorld and Kennedy would take 1 day each which keeps 1 day for magic kingdom. If I plan to increase it by a day, what options do i have in terms of tickets or an additonal park, don't wan't to go for a park hopper since i feel that would be too taxing for my child.

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Dec 21, 2015 at 3:01 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Satra,

You could add a day at Universal or another day at Disney. If you did Universal, this would be a separate ticket. For Disney, you would just opt for a two-day ticket instead of the one day. Here are all the Orlando the ticket options.

Keep hopping!

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Nov 26, 2015 at 1:50 p.m. Priscilla Says...

hello!

I'm planning a visit to Disney World in Dec before the new year! I'm still deciding between spending two or three days visiting parks. Particularly interested in Magic Kingdom, Disney Hollywood Studio and Universal Studio.

I'm slightly confused on how the Day Hopper Pass works. Let's say I purchased a one-day Magic Kingdom Park Ticket and add on the Day Hopper Pass, will I be able to go to Magic Kingdom Park and Disney Hollywood Studio as well? How about if I purchase a one-day Disney Hollywood Studio Ticket and add on the Day Hopper Pass, will I be able to visit Magic Kingdom as well?

Will there be a difference at all?

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Nov 30, 2015 at 7:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Priscilla,

The Park Hopper would allow you to visit more than one theme park per day. You could even visit all four in one day, if you'd like. If you are visiting for two or three days, purchase the two or three day Park Hopper. If you visit two or more days, you will start to see a discount vs. buying a separate ticket for each day. You can see all of our discount Disney World tickets here.

Keep hopping!

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Oct 9, 2015 at 1:55 p.m. Kay Says...

I plan to visit Disney this November eith my two preschoolers. If I buy the Myw and park hopper now, will we have a hard time getting back into the park if we leave.

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Oct 14, 2015 at 10:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kay,

Depends on when you are visiting, but generally it shouldn't be an issue this month.

Keep hopping!

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Aug 27, 2015 at 4:56 p.m. kristen Says...

Can you use 2 tickets in one day?

Example: Purchase a 5 day non hopper

Day1: MK (ticket 1)

Day 2:MK (ticket 2)

Day 3: Epcot and AK, (ticket 3 and 4)

Day 4: Epcot(ticket 5)

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Aug 31, 2015 at 9:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristen,

Unfortunately, the tickets don't work this way. For four days, you would need a 4 Day Magic Your Way Ticket or a 4 Day Park Hopper if you wanted to visit more than one park in a day. You can see all of our ticket options here.

Keep hopping,

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Aug 3, 2015 at 4:13 p.m. Nicola Says...

Are MYW tickets available to buy internationally? On the UK sites they offer more expensive options.

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Aug 3, 2015 at 2:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nicola,

Yes, our Disney tickets are available for international purchase!

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Aug 3, 2015 at 4:12 p.m. Nicola Says...

If I purchase the Magic Your Way tickets today, is there a date by which I must start using it by? I'm looking to go March/April 2016.

Thanks,

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Aug 3, 2015 at 2:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nicola,

No, our MYW tickets do not expire! Enjoy!

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Jun 24, 2015 at 5:48 a.m. Mikesa Says...

Hi, I'm taking my 8 yr. old daughter and her 11 yr. old cousin to WDW in July. I'm still trying to decide what passes are best. We'd like the option of doing something different each day(including water parks). We'll be there July 18-25. Any suggestion would be appreciated.

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Jun 24, 2015 at 8:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mikesa,

Sounds like fun! If you want to do something every day of your trip, you could do a 5-Day Water Park Fun & More ticket, which would allow you to visit one theme park per day for five days, and then you would have five fun visits, which you could use at the water parks and DisneyQuest.

You can view this ticket and all of the Disney World ticket options here.

Keep hopping!

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May 20, 2015 at 2:58 a.m. Kennay Says...

Hello my fiancé and I have a park hopper pass but it's only for one day. We wanted to hit all 4 parks for the 24 hr event, starting in AK, ending in MK. We wanted to get reservations at be our guest but only could get on for a 1:30 pm which doesn't really work with our route of parks. Do you know if we will be able to go to MK for the reservation, leave and then return later that night with the park hopper?

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May 20, 2015 at 7:37 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kennay,

Yes, if you have a park hopper, you can come and go to as many parks as you would like in one day. The 24-hour event is a perfect time to do that! Enjoy your lunch.

Keep hopping!

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May 8, 2015 at 6:35 p.m. Alicia Says...

Hi,

Traveling in July with my husband and two pre-teen boys and a 5 year old girl. The boys want to do Universal and my daughter is gung-ho for all things Disney. We will be there for 8 days. What strategy should I use? I was thinking 2 or three days at universal and then 4 day hoppers for Disney.... Sound like a plan? Thanks!

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May 11, 2015 at 7:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alicia,

I think you're off to a good start! I would definitely do at least 2 days at Universal, and given that you are going during the busiest time, three days would be ideal.

Keep hopping!

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Apr 12, 2015 at 11:39 p.m. Mary Says...

Hello,

We will be visiting mid June with my son, daughter in law and our three grandchildren (1, 4 and 6).

Is it beneficial for us to get a hopper? Our vacation will be 1 week. Arriving very early a.m. on the first day and having to leave by 1:30 on the last day.

Can we buy hoppers for a couple of days and a regular pass for the other? Are we able to use them interchanged depending on what we will be doing that day?

Thank you

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Apr 13, 2015 at 8:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mary,

You could purchase two separate tickets, one for Park Hopping a couple of days and then the remainder a Magic Your Way. BUT it's still probably more economical to purchase the 7-day Park Hopper than two separate tickets if that makes sense. I am not sure what you mean by interchangeably, but if you get Park Hoppers, you could visit all four parks in one day if you wished.

Keep hopping!

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Apr 2, 2015 at 7:18 p.m. Sharita Says...

Hi... I'm planning a trip to Disney is August for a family of 5. We're taking our 3 children who are 6, 9 & 14. I was going to get the park hopper for 1 day. I figured we could hit Magic Kingdom, Epcot & Hollywood Studios so by the time we got back the kids would be completely exhausted & would want to do nothing, except go to bed. But now that I'm reading your blog, I'm seeing that the park hopper for 1 day may not be such a good idea. This will be a first for all of us & I wanna really blow the kids away with this trip. I see you talk about small children & teenagers, but what about the in between ages... and when you're traveling with children of different ages? What would be your recommendation for us? Also, how do you travel between parks? Do we have to leave one & go to another, and pay for parking again? Sorry to be so lengthy, I just want this trip to be perfect for them. We have some really great kids and they deserve it.

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Apr 7, 2015 at 11:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sharita,

If you only have one day, I would spend it (or most of it) at Magic Kingdom. If you wanted to hop, you could add in Epcot or Disney's Hollywood Studios. Personally, I wouldn't try to do all three in one day for a first visit because there is so much to see in Magic Kingdom alone, but that is just me!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 6, 2015 at 3:17 p.m. Kaitlin Says...

Hi! I have a couple of days left on a no expiration park hopper ticket. If I get a non-park hopper ticket, am I able to alternate which tickets I use? Like if I know I'm only going to visit one park use the non-park hopper ticket and the next day use the park hopper ticket to visit multiple parks?

Thanks!

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Mar 16, 2015 at 7:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kaitlin,

If you are using your physical tickets, you can easily switch between the two. If you are using MagicBands, you would need to contact Disney or go to a guest services window to switch the order of the tickets.

Keep hopping!

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Mar 3, 2015 at 10:32 p.m. Kelsey Says...

If I purchase a 4 (or 5) day Magic Your Way Ticket, would I be able to leave a park and go to another if I use one of the other tickets for another day? Ultimately using 2 tickets in 1 day instead of using a park hopper ticket? I have never been before but I am going with someone who has been quite a few times and was only going to be at Disney World for 3 days, meaning I would miss going to one park only using Magic Your Way tickets. Both 4 & 5 day magic your way tickets are cheaper than the 3 day (+1 day) park hopper. Was just curious if it could be done if I was willing to use more than one ticket a day. Thanks for any help you can give!

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Mar 6, 2015 at 1:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelsey,

You cannot visit more than one park per day with the Magic Your Way ticket. You would need to purchase the Park Hopper to do what you are describing.

Keep hopping!

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