Is Park Hopper Right for You?


Tickets can be one of your biggest expenses when it comes to a Disney trip. A 5-day base ticket will run you $300 a person. That’s more than we paid for our plane tickets for our next trip. So it’s important that you pick the right type of tickets for you. There are two primary options: park hopper and base tickets. Base tickets allow you to visit one park per day. And no, you can’t buy additional days to go to more than one park in a day. The computer system won’t allow it. Park Hopper tickets allow you to “hop” between any number of parks in the same day. Park hopper is a flat $59 fee per ticket for all multi-day tickets. Park Hopper costs the same for a 2 day base ticket or a 10 day base ticket, $59.

So how do you know if Park Hopper is right for you? This is one of the most discussed issues when it comes to Disney park tickets. There are some obvious benefits to Park hopper. Get sick of Animal Kingdom? Head over to Epcot for the evening. Want to have dinner at Crystal Palace, but dying for lunch at Pizza Planet? No problem. Or you could head over for the early rope drop at Magic Kindom at 8am, then party at Epcot until midnight with Extra Magic Hours. It doesn’t sound too bad. And I don’t think it is.

But we don’t actually buy Park Hopper tickets. We’re one park a day kinda folks. For one, I can’t do 16 hours straight in the parks. I’m about beat after 10 hours. (Does this mean I’m getting old? I digress….) We really like that our Animal Kingdom day tends to end a little earlier and we get to bum around the hotel or Downtown Disney. That evening could be a good time to visit a resort restaurant.

So is Park Hopper right for you? I’m not sure I’m able to answer such a hotly contested question. 🙂 I think it depends highly on what you want to do. I would suggest waiting until you actually get to the parks to decide. You can add Park Hopper onto your ticket anytime. I also suggest contacting Hi Ho Vacations if you’re not sure. The experts there can help you figure out what will best meet your needs, and their service is entirely free. (I don’t get anything for telling you about Hi Ho Vacations. I’m just too crazy about them to keep them to myself.)

3 thoughts on “Is Park Hopper Right for You?

  1. Mary

    Hi Shawna, I found your blog after a mutual friend (Shawna C) shared your page. I have a growing Disney addiction, and even though we have 2 little ones, I love that you’re local!
    I was curious as to your source for this information: “And no, you can’t buy additional days to go to more than one park in a day. The computer system won’t allow it.”

    My travel agent just asked Disney and they said we could use 2 single day tickets in the same day…but I also feel like sometimes you get can get wrong information depending in who you talk to!


    1. Shawna Post author

      Hi Mary!

      Thank you so much for your comment and your kind words.

      As I understand it, per my last Disney visit (which was Sept of 2012), I was told by a Disney Cast Member at Epcot (when buying additional days) that two one day tickets can’t be used in a single day. That is to encourage sales of Park Hopper. I would encourage you to call Disney directly: (407) 939-5277. If the computers will allow it, that is new since last year, and I’ll admit I would be a bit surprised, because at multiple day tickets, buying another day is much cheaper than buying Park Hopper.

      Please do come back and let me know how it works out for you! I want to provide the most correct information I can!

  2. Mary

    I spoke with Disney today and they confirmed what you said- you can NOT use 2 single park day tickets in one day. Now we’ll be trying to find a later flight so we can go to a park on the last day 🙂


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