Planning Your Disney Itinerary: Why We Love the Park Hopper

As you select your tickets for your next Walt Disney World trip, you will have the option to add the Park Hopper, which allows you to visit more than one park in a single day. We love using this option because it can add so much more flexibility to your itinerary.

Be flexible with dining reservations: With Advanced Dining Reservations available 180 days out, this often means planning your dining months before your actual trip. Thus, it’s not unusual to decide which park you will be visiting on each day of your trip several months out, as well. With a Park Hopper, even if you have a dinner reservation at Epcot, you can still spend the morning at a different park and hop over to Epcot when you please.

Be flexible with Extra Magic Hours: These extra hours of park time, available to Disney resort guests for select parks each day, can be great for spending some extra time in the parks but often make the park busier overall for the day. With the Park Hopper, you can visit a different park during the day, and then hop over to take advantage of evening Extra Magic Hours when the crowds are lighter.

Be flexible with half-day visits: If your family wants to spend most of their time at the Magic Kingdom, but still wants to stop by Hollywood Studios to try a few rides, the Park Hopper makes it easy to stop by a park for part of the day, without having to devote the entire day to that park.

The Park Hopper is a great add-on that we love using to add extra options for planning our itinerary.

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Elizabeth lives in Kansas City with her wonderful family. She enjoys long walks, happy thoughts, and Disney magic! Elizabeth first visited Disney as a child, and when she prepared to visit Walt Disney World as an adult, she foolishly thought she may have ‘outgrown’ Disney. Happily, Elizabeth was proven wrong – but she also realized how good planning can make such a difference for a successful vacation! Elizabeth became her family’s go-to resource for Disney planning. Now she dedicates her planning skills to helping others with their own magical vacations as a Disney travel specialist. She will plan your trip as if it were her own. Her blog,, has tons of advice on how to plan your next Disney trip, including trip planning instructions, sample itineraries, dining tips, and more. Visit her on Facebook or Twitter for more planning tips and theme park news.

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