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A Quick Guide to the Disney Park Hopper Ticket

by Leap on October 30, 2018 240 Orlando
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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 hoppers? Do you want to add on water parks? 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! We explain the details of the Disney Theme Park Base Ticket (formerly known as Magic Your Way) and the Disney Theme Park Ticket with Park Hopper Plus Option. This post is looking at what the Disney Theme Park Ticket with Park Hopper Option includes, and we can help you decide whether it's right for you. Let's hop to it!

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

What Is the Disney Theme Park Ticket with Park Hopper Option and What Does It Include?

The Disney Theme Park Ticket with Park Hopper Option allows you to visit one or more of the following parks each day of your ticket:

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. We'll hop into the reasons when we recommend the Disney Theme Park Ticket with Park Hopper Option in a minute, but first we want to talk more about the ticket specifics.

How Many Days Do You Get with Disney Theme Park Ticket with Park Hopper Option?

Disney Theme Park Ticket with Park Hopper Option - Disney Park Hopper Ticket - Splash Mountain

As of Oct. 16, 2018, Disney moved to date-based ticket pricing, which means you need to know when you'll be visiting before you buy tickets. (You do have the option to purchase a Flexible-Date Ticket for an additional charge.) The date-based pricing applies to all ticket types, including the base ticket, the Park Hopper Option and the Park Hopper Plus Option.

Just like with the Disney Theme Park Base Ticket, the Park Hopper Option is available from one to 10 days. You do not have to use the tickets on consecutive days, but you do have to use them within a certain number of days after your start date. With the Flexible-Date Ticket, you have 14 days from first use, no matter how the number of ticket days.

Date-BASED Tickets Days of Admission Valid Use Period, Beginning on Start Date
2-Day 2 Within 4 days for Base and Park Hopper (5 days for Park Hopper Plus)
3-Day 3 Within 5 days for Base and Park Hopper (6 days for Park Hopper Plus)
4-Day 4 Within 7 days for Base and Park Hopper (8 days for Park Hopper Plus)
5-Day 5 Within 8 days for Base and Park Hopper (9 days for Park Hopper Plus)
6-Day 6 Within 9 days for Base and Park Hopper (10 days for Park Hopper Plus)
7-Day 7 Within 10 days for Base and Park Hopper (11 days for Park Hopper Plus)
8-Day 8 Within 12 days for Base and Park Hopper (13 days for Park Hopper Plus)
9-Day 9 Within 13 days for Base and Park Hopper (14 days for Park Hopper Plus)
10-Day 10 Within 14 days for Base and Park Hopper (15 days for Park Hopper Plus)

As an example, if you're planning a weeklong vacation to Disney World, you might decide to buy our 6-Day Disney Theme Park Ticket with Park Hopper Option. (By the way, this is one of our top-selling Park Hopper tickets!) This gives you and your tadpoles a few days away from the parks — maybe for a little rest and relaxation by the the pool or shopping at Disney Springs.

Keep in mind, that you save more per day the more days you play. For example, if you purchase the 6-Day Disney Theme Park Ticket with Park Hopper Option, it works out to a little more than $76 a day*. The 1-Day Disney Theme Park Ticket with Park Hopper Option, by comparison, is $178*.

*Prices as of October 2018; subject to change.

Is the Disney Theme Park Ticket with Park Hopper Option Right for Me?

The Disney Theme Park Ticket with Park Hopper Option offers more flexibility than the base ticket. You're not locked in to any one park per day, so it allows for more spontaneity.

The Disney Park Hopper Option ticket is a good choice if…

  • It’s an adult-only trip or you’re traveling with teenagers: Grownups and teens can move through the parks much faster than families with tadpoles. Plus we all know teenagers can change their minds on a dime.
  • You have visited Disney before: If you’re a Disney regular, you're more likely to pick and choose which rides and shows you want to see in each park vs. doing it all, so you'll be ready to move onto the next park more quickly.
  • You want to see a different nighttime entertainment or fireworks show every night: If you have the Disney Theme Park Ticket with Park Hopper Option, you can plan to end your evening watching whichever show you want, regardless of whatever park you visited during the day. For instance, you could spend your day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, then hop over to Epcot and see IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth that night.
  • You are visiting during a less busy time of year: When the crowds are low, you can move through the parks much faster, so park hopping makes more sense.
  • You don’t want to commit to just one park per day or want the option to change your mind: As mentioned above, the Disney Theme Park Ticket with Park Hopper Option provides the most flexibility for the more spontaneous among us :)
  • 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 visiting 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 hope this overview of the Disney Theme Park Ticket with Park Hopper Option 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: A Quick Guide to the Disney Theme Park Base Ticket

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

Keep Hopping!

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Nov 10, 2014 at 4:08 p.m. Tara Pitcher Says...

Hi,

Myself, hubby and 4 yr old to heading to Disney in jan for the 1st time but only for 3 days. We want to see as much as we can plus visit the water parks. We also want to do seaworld (maybe 3rd day)...my ques is should I get a 2 day park hopper plus water park or? Looking for the best bang for my buck!

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Nov 11, 2014 at 12:10 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tara,

If you're planning to see as much as possible AND visit a water park, I think that ticket makes sense for you. In January, only one of the Disney water parks will be open (check the refurbishment schedule), and keep in mind that all of the Orlando water parks are subject to closure during major cold snaps.

Leap

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Nov 9, 2014 at 3:10 p.m. Cat Says...

So my question is: if I get the hopper I have to switch between parks in the day. But if I do a 3 day without the hopper can I go to a different park every day or is it only 3 days at one park in which I need the hopper?

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Nov 10, 2014 at 7:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cat,

If you get the hopper, you can hop among the parks on any given day, but you don't have to. So you could go to Disney's Animal Kingdom and Epcot one day, but then decide to spend all day at Magic Kingdom. If you do not get a park hopper, you would only be able to visit one park per day, so Magic Kingdom on day 1, Epcot on day 2, etc.

Hope this helps!

Leap

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Sep 15, 2014 at 5:51 p.m. Krista Says...

Hello -- Our original plan for our four-day stay at the Dolphin hotel was Magic Kingdom Friday/Hollywood Studios Saturday/Magic Kingdom Sunday/Animal Kingdom Monday. We arrive Thursday night and leave Tuesday morning. If I purchase a 4-day Magic Your Way ticket with a fifth day free, can I visit EPCOT on one occasion in the evening, as my "fifth day" so to speak?

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Sep 16, 2014 at 8:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Krista,

It looks like you've got a great trip planned! Unfortunately, you would not be able to use this as your "fifth day."

Leap

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Jul 11, 2014 at 1:56 a.m. Rachael Denton Says...

I'm thinking about getting the Hopper Pass, but would I HAVE to hop between park each day, or could I spend the first two days in Magic Kingdom, then the third day in Animal Kingdom, and so on?

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Oct 1, 2015 at 1:53 p.m. holden Says...

you can do what ever you like

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Jul 14, 2014 at 4:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rachael,

If you get the Park Hopper, you don't have to park hop every day, but you will be paying for it every day.

Hope this helps,

Leap

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May 18, 2014 at 10:48 a.m. christopher bihler Says...

a question or 2 about which ticket i should purchase.... first a little background. in the past i usually visited WDW 3 to 5 times a year (107 trips in all so far) so since they started annual passes that is what i have always purchased. however, i let my last annual pass expire when my last visit ended back on september 3rd 2013 knowing i would not return until late summer 2014. so now i will be visiting WDW arriving at Orlando Intl @230pm on Wed. August 20th and leaving Orlando Intl for Punta Cana @655am on Tues Sept 2nd (basically 12 1/2 days at WDW). I am not sure if i will be back again within the next year although i am thinking about perhaps coming back in early December for the XMAS events. so if i come back again within a year i know its a NO-BRAINER to purchase an Annual Pass. BUTTTTTTT.... if i DONT then what? FYI, i have NEVER been to either water park so question 1 is -- should i purchase the 10 DAY PARK HOPPER + WATER PARK FUN & MORE vs. biting the bullet for the AP? the 2nd question is -- if i decide to purchase the 10 DAY PH + WPF&M from you UndercoverTourist and save money can i upgrade that ticket to an Annual Pass while at WDW during my trip if i decide i will be back within a year?

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May 19, 2014 at 1:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christopher,

The Water Park Fun & More ticket might be the way to go if you will be there for 12 days and want to spend some of those days at the water parks etc. Another option would be to purchase non-expiring tickets, and you could use them if you come back in December. You can also upgrade to the annual pass in the park.

Hope this help!

Leap

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Dec 11, 2012 at 7 a.m. Planning an Affordable Walt Disney World Vacation Says...

[...] and sometimes work around their nap schedules. For these reasons, I recommend skipping out on the park hopper option and just visiting one park a [...]

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Aug 31, 2012 at 3:36 p.m. What to Expect at Walt Disney World in September - The Frog Blog: travel tips from the family frog at Undercover Tourist Says...

[...] a good time to consider using the Park Hopper because many of the parks still have later closing hours on certain days (Magic Kingdom is open to [...]

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Aug 1, 2012 at 8:41 a.m. What to expect at Disney World in August - The Frog Blog: travel tips from the family frog at Undercover Tourist Says...

[...] It’s important to note that as the crowds start scaling back, Disney adjusts the park hours accordingly. During those later days of the month, for example, we’ll see Animal Kingdom close as early as 5 p.m. on some days, which can affect planning. Consult the crowd calendar for specific park times and extra magic hours. It might also make sense to purchase park hoppers. [...]

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Mar 16, 2017 at 3:39 p.m. Kathryn Says...

We are taking 3 kids in early to mid November. We will be there Sunday evening - Friday morning. I am planning to purchase the 3 day MYW ticket. My kids will be 3, 5, and 6 and we will be camping so I THINK I want a day of down time to do some of the free activities, swim, do laundry, etc. But if we decide we want to do a park Sunday evening and on the day we had scheduled as a free day, we can upgrade from the 3 day to a 5 day at the park? Would it just be the normal difference in the cost of the 2 tickets or is there an additional fee for upgrading from one to the other after the original purchase?

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Mar 16, 2017 at 10:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kathryn,

Disney has discontinued the Magic Your Way ticket, replacing with Park Hopper with Plus. Look at this post to learn more. As for upgrading, you would pay the difference between the tickets at the gate. No additional fees.

Keep Hopping!

Leap

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Feb 25, 2016 at 4:48 a.m. Rony Says...

Hello we will be going to Disney tomorrow. I am trying to figure out which resort to go to. Over the summer we went to eurodisney in Paris. My children are 14, 12 and 8. Is it the same as in Paris? My 12 year old went to universal studios in Los Angeles as well. Which park would you recommend to go to? I also read that many of the rides are closed in Hollywood studios. Is it worth getting the park hopper? Please help ASAP. Thanks so much.

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Feb 25, 2016 at 9:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rony,

I would try Universal, based on your kids ages. You could get the park-to-park ticket and experience both Universal's Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida. Disney World is always a good choice too!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 24, 2015 at 12:12 a.m. Tara B Says...

Hi,

We will be spending time at Universal (at least 2 days) and Disney world from Dec 26th- January2nd. We are looking to visit Epcot and Animal Kingdom and possible one other Disney park. What days would you suggest as best for which parks? I know New Years Eve and Day are in the mix and will be generally very busy days.

Thanks,

Tara

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Oct 26, 2015 at 2:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tara,

You can see specific park recommendations by day on our Crowd Calendar.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jan 14, 2015 at 3:07 p.m. Rebekah Says...

Morning! So, my friend and I are planning a trip to Disney in June. It's her first time and we can only go one day. So, I think the Magic Kingdom would be best. But, since we're staying at a Disney resort, I want to take advantage of the Extra Magic Hours. But we won't know what park has that until we get there. So I'm thinking we may have to get a Park Hopper depending on the schedule if we want to take advantage of those. Am I right? Also, do you know if it's at all cheaper or even possible to upgrade my tickets later in the day for a better price? For example, if we had the one day pass to Magic Kingdom, but the Magic Hours schedule had 3 extra hours at Epcot, could we spend the day at MK, and then right before MK closed, we could upgrade to a park hopper pass for the 3 extra hours at Epcot for a cheaper price since it's not a whole day thing? Hope this makes sense! Thanks so much!

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Jan 16, 2015 at 9:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rebekah,

The Extra Magic Hours are already listed on our Crowd Calendar, so you can plan that way. If you are set on seeing another park, then park hoppers would make sense, but for your friend who is visiting for the first time I would recommend starting the day and ending the day at Magic Kingdom. There is no discount for upgrading later in the day.

Best,

Leap

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Jan 4, 2015 at 11:24 p.m. Grace Says...

Hello there :-)

Probably a silly question but if I buy a 4 day MYW ticket with water parks, can I visit the parks for 4 days in total AND the water parks on different 4 days? So I'd get to fill up 8 days with activities in total?

Thanks in advance!

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Jan 5, 2015 at 8:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Yes! Awesome, isn't it?

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Jun 4, 2015 at 7:33 p.m. brenda Says...

I thought if u got 4 day water park nd disney it was 4 days for both not 8, well at least thats how disney explain it? Is that not true? Im going 5 days nd got the water park nd more option nd was told it was only good for the 5 days i was there?

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Jun 4, 2015 at 2:40 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brenda,

Please see the details for the 5 Day Water Park Fun & More ticket as it is expires 14 days after the date of first use:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/5-day-water-park-fun-more-ticket/

By the way, we did a post about the Fun & More ticket earlier this week that explains how the ticket works:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/blog/water-park-fun-more/

Keep hopping!

Leap

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