There’s a BIG way that you could potentially lose money in Disney World.
Next time you’re planning a trip, you might be considering the Park Hopper ticket option. This option lets you “hop” to a second theme park instead of only having entry to one for the day. But, BE WARNED, there’s a catch!
Before we get into the danger, we need to talk about how Park Hopper tickets work. Park Hopper pricing is $65 per 1-day ticket, $75 per 2 or 3-day ticket, and $85 per 4 to 10-day ticket. The Park Hopper is a ticket add-on that applies to your FULL ticket. That means that if you have a five-day ticket, but only want to hop for three days of your trip, you still have to purchase Park Hopper for all five days.
The pro of this is that you have the option to park hop on any day during your trip; the con being that you could end up paying for days that you don’t use the add-on. Still, as long as you know to get your value out of the Park Hopper when you DO purchase it, it can be worth the cost. But, there are planning DANGERS.
For one, Park Hoppers, like base Disney World tickets are nonrefundable and nontransferable. That means, that if you buy Park Hopper just in case and end up deciding not to use it during your trip, Disney will NOT be able to refund you. You’ll be out the $65+ per ticket. So, make sure you will 100% use Park Hopper before purchasing!
The other BIG danger comes if you don’t purchase Park Hopper in advance. You don’t NEED to purchase the add-on ahead of time. If you decide on the trip that you want it, you can add it to your ticket. BUT, if you do opt to add it mid-way through your trip, you’ll still have to pay for ALL days of your ticket.
If you purchased a five-day ticket without Park Hopper and decided that you wanted to add Park Hopper on the third day of your trip, you’d still need to pay for all five days — including the two days that have passed. Since Park Hopper costs $85 for a five-day ticket, you’re losing 40% of the value — $34. That can add up with a larger party. Yikes! Because of this DANGER, it’s better to really consider in advance whether you want Park Hopper not.
Of course, if you think it’s worth it to add a Park Hopper mid-trip, then it’s a good thing it’s an option! Still, really think through Park Hopper to make sure you don’t WASTE money in Disney World. Keep an eye on DFB for more Disney World tips and updates!
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