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All-Day Park Hopping Is Back at Disney World — To Hop or Not?

by Leap on January 9, 2024
319 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 a Disney Park Hopper ticket? Do you want to add on water parks? The biggest question people have about Walt 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!

By the way, here are more details about the major Disney ticket types, including the Disney Theme Park Base Ticket, the Disney Theme Park Ticket with Park Hopper and the Disney Theme Park Ticket with Park Hopper Plus Option. No matter which ticket you choose, we can save you some green with our discount Disney tickets.

Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom

What 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. (Hey, 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.

Get excited, as there are even more reasons to select the Park Hopper option. As of Jan. 9, 2024, all-day park hopping is back so you can hop as early as you want! Also, park pass reservations are no longer required for date-based tickets. These changes mean there's lots of flexibility in planning Disney vacations in 2024!

If your ticket or pass still requires park reservations, they are only required for the first park you wish to visit; once you've tapped into your first park, you can hop to another at any time.

Is the Disney Park Hopper Right for Me?

The Park Hopper offers more flexibility than the base ticket. You're not locked into 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! Do note that you cannot upgrade to a Park Hopper for just one day. If you upgrade from a base ticket to a Park Hopper, you will need to do it for the length of the ticket.

Expedition Everest at Disney's Animal Kingdom

The Disney Park Hopper is a good choice if …

  • Your 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 already visited Disney World: 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 on to 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 Magic Kingdom to see the fireworks 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: The most popular restaurants need to be booked as early as possible (up to 60 days for Advance Dining 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.

Note that if you are a Walt Disney World annual passholder, your pass comes with park hopping! This allows flexibility with going to different parks in one day. Annual passholders must still make a park reservation if arriving before 2 p.m., but they do not need to book a theme park reservation to visit the parks after 2 p.m. There are some exceptions, though! Reservations still need to be made for Magic Kingdom Park on Saturdays and Sundays (regardless of the time of day you visit). But if it's a "Good-to-Go" Day, passholders don't need a reservation. Pass blockout dates continue to apply, as well as a limit to how many park reservations you can hold at one time.

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

Keep hopping!

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.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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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.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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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.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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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!

Leap

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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!

Leap

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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!

Leap

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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!

Leap

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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!

Leap

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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!

Leap

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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,

Leap

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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!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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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!

Leap

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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!

Leap

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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!

Leap

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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!

Leap

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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!

Leap

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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!

Leap

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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!

Leap

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Feb 9, 2015 at 5:49 a.m.
Christina Says...

We are planning a trip for spring break. While I know it's going to be a busy time, can you give us some helpful tips as this will be our first time there. Family of 4 (14yr old and 7 yr old). I looked at your tickets to purchase for 4 days and my question is, does it include park hopper passes as well. Also is it better to purchase the dining plan with meals on the go since reserved sitting will be booked probably. Third, is the meals on the go the same as a sit down buffet type. Thanks for your help.

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Feb 9, 2015 at 8:26 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

We do have Park Hoppers. If you scroll down on our Disney World tickets page, these are the tickets listed under Park Hoppers. You can only get a dining plan if you purchase a package through Disney. I would suggest you do the math to see if it might make sense for your family, but yes, during spring break, it will be tougher to get table service reservations, although it can be done. The quick-service restaurants are where you order and then take your food to a table to eat. There is no one serving you. These are not buffets. Hope this helps!

We have some additional tips here for handling spring break crowds.

Keep hopping!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 8, 2015 at 2 a.m.
Sharon Says...

I am bringing my grandchildren in June 2015 to Magic Kingdom . They are all under the age of 9.If they get tired in the middle of the day can we leave and come back that evening for the parade and fireworks

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Feb 9, 2015 at 8:31 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sharon,

Yes, you can, and that is a great idea for younger kids.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Feb 5, 2015 at 10:32 p.m.
Ben Says...

Hi,

We are looking to visit WDW in May. It is two adults and two children (3 & 6).

We would like to purchase a five day ticket (for the price of four), and visit Magic Kingdon, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. We are not fussed about doing multiple parks on the same day.

Would the Magic Your Way ticket allow us to visit each of the parks on separate days?

Thanks

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Feb 9, 2015 at 2:17 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ben,

Yes, Magic Your Way would be the way to go.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jan 31, 2015 at 11:09 p.m.
Donna Says...

I have 2days left on a park hopper that never expires. Can I change it for 2 one day hoppers at Disney world magic kingdom customer service

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Feb 2, 2015 at 7:23 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Donna,

No, I am afraid not. You could use it upgrade to another single ticket option, such as an annual pass.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jan 31, 2015 at 2:09 p.m.
Angela Says...

Hi,my husband and I are bringing our 3children to Orlando in April. This is our first time ever visiting Disney.We are staying for 10 days.We would like to take in as much as possible.What tickets would you recommend us purchasing?

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Feb 2, 2015 at 8:22 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angela,

That depends a lot on you and your preferences. You should have plenty of time to experience everything at the parks with your length of time. The only question is if you want the flexibility of jumping to more than one park in a day. Also, do you want to go to the water parks?

If the first answer is yes, then you should choose park hoppers. If you want to visit the water parks, add on the Water Park Fun & More option.

Keep Hopping!

Leap

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Jan 28, 2015 at 10:54 p.m.
Rachael Sulley Says...

Are you able to upgrade a base ticket to a hopper on the day? I am looking to purchase a 5 day base ticket as I am expecting to visit one park per day but might want to hop between Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom on the final day of the ticket?

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Feb 2, 2015 at 7:55 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rachael,

You could upgrade your ticket on the final day, but you would have to pay for the upgrade for all 5 days. It would be better to upgrade on the first day.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jan 26, 2015 at 4:04 p.m.
Karen Says...

Hi, I am brand new to the Disney experience. I am traveling Oct. 30- Nov. 6 2015, with my family, (kids are 7 & 4). I need some advice as to what I tickets I should purchase. I was thinking Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom and Universal? Can you make any suggestions? Thank you!!

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Mar 18, 2015 at 6:47 p.m.
Rachel Says...

Universal is its own ticket nothing to do with the Disneyworld park. And with that age of kids I dont think they will enjoy Universal as much as Disneyworld because a lot of the rides they will probably not be tall enough. If you buy a normal pass to disneyworld you only get to go into one park each day. You can do Magic kingdom one day and animal kingdom the next. All 4 of the parks are included in the purchase. If you buy a park hopper with your ticket you can change parks throughout the day and are not limited to that one park once you entered it for the day. With that young of kids I believe they will enjoy Magic Kingdom the most.

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Jan 25, 2015 at 5:21 p.m.
Raquel Says...

I have a 2 year old, and all the tickets that I see are for kids ages 3 to 9... do I have to purchase a ticket for my 2 year old?? Help?

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Jan 26, 2015 at 7:12 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Raquel,

No, you don't. Children 2 and under are free in the parks.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jan 23, 2015 at 3:26 p.m.
Kelly Says...

Hello!

We are considering a trip to WDW from Dec. 26, 2015-Jan.2, 2016. From your site, I can see this is a very busy time to go. Unfortunately, with our kids' school schedules (one in college, two not), it's difficult to find a time when we are all available. We are also bringing my sister, who has special needs (deaf, cognitively delayed and other medical issues). She walks slowly and cannot handle very hot days well which is why we are hesitant to do a summer trip (I've been there a couple times in the summer and it can be brutal). Are we crazy to try this trip the week after Christmas? Any tips for making the best of it? We are planning to rent a home about 10 minutes away and rent a car. We also hope to do a day at Universal. Thank you!

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Jan 23, 2015 at 11:25 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelly,

We have some very good tips for Disney World during the time you will be visiting. It will be very busy, but you can still have a great time.

Best,

Mommy Frog

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Jan 11, 2015 at 5 p.m.
TimR Says...

Quick question, does a 3 day MYW pass have to be 3 consecutive days or can we take a break on day 2 and 4 of our trip and go elsewhere? ie...We are in Orlando for 6 days and might not want to go to Disney every day - or do we have to use pass for consecutive days?

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Jan 11, 2015 at 3:23 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tim,

No, you have 14 days to use your tickets.

Best,

Leap

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Dec 17, 2014 at 12:32 p.m.
Michael Says...

Do you think it will be an issue to leave the Magic Kingdom around noon the week of Christmas and being able to re enter the park around 6 or so? Or should we try to stick it out for the day?

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Dec 17, 2014 at 3:21 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michael,

It is your call on sticking it out. I think you should be ok leaving and coming back. If the park reaches capacity, it will likely be in the late morning through afternoon. The later you go back in the evening, the better your chances of getting back in.

Best,

Leap

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Dec 14, 2014 at 2:34 a.m.
vasu Says...

Hi

We are visiting disney during week of Christmas dec 21st to 26th.planning to buy 4 day park hopper+ 1 day free.kids are 6 & 2.Is it too crowded during that time and what are the best parks suited for their age

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Dec 15, 2014 at 7:17 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vasu,

Each of the Disney World parks offer plenty for the age ranges of your kids. I think Magic Kingdom and Disney's Animal Kingdom are particularly suited to your age ranges, though. The parks will be busy, and especially so toward the end of your trip, but if you arrive ahead of opening and tour during the earliest hours and then take a break in the afternoons and come back in the evenings, you will still find plenty of touring time with lower crowds. Have fun!!

Best,

Leap

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Dec 4, 2014 at 10:23 p.m.
Star Says...

Hello my family will be visiting Disney World the week of Christmas December 22-26th. My husband and I will be traveling with our 9 year old and 6 year old. We are going to do the three day one day passes. Which parks would be best for their age, and which park will have fireworks on Christmas Night. I would also like to know where can I purchase tickets for the character breakfast, I would like to do that for one day. Can you also clarify the one day tickets that you offer, do they include the fast pass or do i have to purchase them sseperately? Thank YOu

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Dec 5, 2014 at 7:33 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Star,

All of the Disney parks are suited to your children's ages, so no worries on that end! Magic Kingdom and Epcot have fireworks nightly. You will need to use Disney's dining reservation system to book character breakfasts.

Finally, our tickets are exactly the same as what you would purchase from Disney and they include FastPass+!

Best,

Leap

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Dec 3, 2014 at 2:24 p.m.
YD Says...

Hi, I noticed your response to a question above was a bit unclear. My Q? is: If I buy 5 day Magic Your Way in tickets (for the price of the 4 day sale), can I visit ALL 4 theme parks each separate day, AND on my 5th day visit which ever I choose (Magic Kingdom OR Epcot)? IF not, why not? If I am visiting 1 park per day?

Thank you!

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Dec 3, 2014 at 9:46 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

Yes, you can visit whichever park you would like each day. So, you could visit a different park each day for the first four days of your trip and then visit a park you've already visited on the first day, or you could visit Magic Kingdom every day if you wanted. Hope this helps!

Best,

Leap

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May 28, 2015 at 3:56 p.m.
Albert Says...

I think what he is asking is, with a 5 day ticket without the hopper, can he visit 2 different parks on day 1 and 1 park each day on day 2,3,and 4 of his trip

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Nov 29, 2014 at 3:37 p.m.
Lisa Says...

We are a family of 4 visiting Disneyworld for the first time. I didn't understand how many choices would have to be made and how far in advance I would have to book for the Christmas period, so I am now close to going, with no tickets yet and tons of pre-trip stress. Can you advise?

We arrive in Orlando on Christmas night, so by the time we check in to our hotel, around 6 pm, I'm not sure if we will want to go to the parks or just eat dinner and fall into bed. That gives us the 26 - 29th. We have decided to concentrate on WDW and skip the other parks this time...probably 1 day each at Magic Kingdom, Epcot and maybe Hollywood Studios, and 1/2 day on the 29th at Blizzard Beach if the weather is good enough (I'm assuming it will be open?). We are staying locally and renting a car, but probably won't hop from one park to the next during the day.

How do you get the most cost effective deal for that scenario?

Can you get a 3 day Magic Your Way pass and go to Epcot twice (on 2 separate days) if we decide to miss out Hollywood Studios? How do you add the water park to that?

The kids are 11 and 15 years old.

We don't have an enormous budget for eating, so it sounds like a Character Meal is out. Is any of the Express Dining of good quality and value, or should we pack our own? If we want to stay in the park to watch evening fireworks, do you recommend anywhere in particular for dinner, and are reservations required way ahead of time?

I look forward to your reply.

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Dec 1, 2014 at 7:40 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lisa,

Don't panic! You have still have time to pull this off. The most economical choice would be the Magic Your Way ticket for the days you want to be in the park without adding the water park.

If you want to add the water park, you have two options: either purchasing the Water Park Fun & More ticket, which would give you the same number of "fun visits" (essentially a visit to the water park, DisneyQuest, mini golf, or Disney's Oak Trail Golf Course) as your length of stay. Or you could simply purchase a 1-day ticket to Blizzard Beach. The former is the more economical choice, as you could get the 3 Day Water Park Fun & More Ticket + Extra Day Free for $357.08 (the listed price as of this writing). I know you said you didn't want Park Hoppers, but the 3 Day Park Hopper Plus Water Park Fun & More Ticket + Extra Day Free is only about $10 more. Do keep in mind that the parks will be super busy during your visit, so it will take longer to get to/from the parks and if a park reaches capacity, you will not be allowed inside until some folks leave. Also know that the water parks do close if it gets too cold.

Here are the answers to your other questions. With any of the above tickets, you could visit Epcot twice on separate days.

There are some good quick-service dining locations, but you might consider packing food in most of the time with some quick-service meals sprinkled in to save money. Here are our favorite at Magic Kingdom. For your dates, you really should look at reservations if you want table service. Epcot will have the most availability since it has a large number of restaurants.

Hope this helps. Please let us know what you decide!

Leap

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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.

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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!

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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."

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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!

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Dec 11, 2012 at 7 a.m.
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Aug 31, 2012 at 3:36 p.m.
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Aug 1, 2012 at 8:41 a.m.
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[...] 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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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