Many Disney fans are making their first return trip to Disney World since the pandemic-related closures in 2020. If this describes you, then you are going to find many things changed in Disney World, and one thing that’s important to know for your trip planning is that Park Hopping works differently today!
When Disney World first re-opened in 2020, Park Hopping was suspended. The option to “hop” between Disney World parks returned in 2021, with a few modifications. We’ve been Park Hopping ever since, and we have the answers to ALL your questions!
What time does Park Hopping start?
Guests can transfer to a different theme park after 2PM and until closing time. Disney has stated that these hours could change depending on the theme park and hours, but so far, they have remained unchanged since Jan. 1, 2021. The hours for Park Hopping are available on the official Disney World calendar online and on the My Disney Experience app. We also write weekly Disney Parks hours posts here on DFB, so you can make sure you are up to date on park pass availability and hours.
Be sure to check these hours before making any solidified plans! Disney could change the time period at any point in the future.
Do I need to make multiple Disney Park Pass Reservations?
All guests with the Park Hopping option must make one Disney Park Pass reservation, and you do not need to make another reservation if you plan to transfer to another park. In order to use your Park Hopper, you must first enter the theme park that you have reserved. Then, you can go to another park after 2PM!
That means that even if you arrive at Disney World after 2PM, you must still enter the park you reserved before you’re able to Park Hop. As long as the park you want to hop to is open and not at capacity, you can visit that park after 2PM or after your first park visit.
Which theme parks can I “hop” to?
Those with the Park Hopper ticket option can hop to any of the four theme parks provided their park of choice is open not at capacity.
It’s always a good idea to check Disney World’s park hours before making your Park Hopping plans. For example, do you want to Park Hop to a park that closes at 7PM — when it’s already after 2PM?
Can I enter a theme park that is at full capacity?
The caveat is that you cannot enter a theme park that has reached capacity. For example, say you have a reservation for Magic Kingdom and start your day there. Then, you wish to transfer to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in the afternoon, but the park has reached capacity. You will not be able to enter Hollywood Studios if it is at capacity.
Keep in mind that a theme park can reach its capacity limit at any time. So, yes, you could hear that Disney’s Hollywood Studios HAS capacity as you leave Magic Kingdom and, while you’re making your way over, it could fill up. But Disney has said that an at-capacity park will not admit any more guests. Do the parks reach capacity often? It happens occasionally during holidays and particularly busy periods, but it’s important to note that a park being closed to Park Hoppers is often a temporary thing — when other guests leave the park, more can be admitted.
How do I know if a theme park reaches capacity?
You can check on Park Hopper availability in Disney World by calling the capacity number at (407) 560-5000. A pre-recorded message will play that will inform you if any parks are unavailable.
It’s much easier to call that number before finding out you can’t enter a park at the gates!
How many theme parks can I “hop” to?
As of right now, guests can hop to as many theme parks as they want. This could change in the future, but for now, there are no stipulations on how many times you can move. So, you can park hop to all four parks in one day if you want!
That said, it will take up a lot of your day trying to transfer between parks.
Can I “hop” back to my first park of the day?
Yes! After you leave your first park of the day, you are welcome to return whether you have entered another park or not. Your Disney Park Pass reservation remains valid.
We have not encountered the situation yet, but a Cast Member has told us that once Park Hopper hours start, you will not be able to re-enter your first park if it hits capacity after you leave — even with a Disney Park Pass reservation.
Does Park Hopping cost extra?
Yes, Park Hopping is considered a ticket “add-on.” Meaning, this is an added benefit that guests can use at an additional price. You can add the Park Hopping option to any ticket.
To view all park ticket prices, head to the Disney World website.
What forms of transportation are available?
Disney buses run between the parks beginning shortly before Park Hopping hours start at 2PM. Additionally, the Skyliner, Friendship Boats, and a walking path are available as an option to get between EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The monorail will take you back and forth between EPCOT and Magic Kingdom, and you are also welcome to drive a personal vehicle or use a rideshare service between the parks, as always.
Minnie Vans are returning soon to Disney World, and they can also be a great way to travel around Disney World!
Do you feel like the added price of Park Hopper is worth it with the modifications?
The Park Hopping option now comes with a handful of caveats and modifications. With all the new stipulations, is the added price really worth it? Some guests may think that the additional price is not worth it at this time. You can’t switch to another until park after 2PM, and you’re not guaranteed that the parks will have available capacity for you, though this is not a frequent occurrence.
On the other hand, you can visit more than one park per day. This can be worth the cost for some guests as they may want to experience multiple parks per day.
Additionally, it really depends on your plans. You may not want to use an hour of your time on Disney transportation, rather than inside a park.
And remember, to enter a Walt Disney World theme park, guests are currently required to have a Disney Park Pass Reservation.
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Will you be using the Park Hopper option soon? Let us know in the comments!