Park Hoppers: Yes or No
Disney World and Universal Studios Orlando offer park hoppers that allow you to go from one park to another without any trouble. The price is higher but the reward is greater. So is it worth it to buy park hoppers?
It depends on how long you will be visiting the parks.
**Prices listed are from the Disney World Ticket Website listed for Peak Season Adult in December 2016. Gotten on July 7, 2016.
1 Day Adult Admission to MAGIC KINGDOM: $124
1 Day Adult Admission to ONE of the Other Four Parks: $114
1 Day Adult Park Hopper to ALL Parks: $164
2 Day Adult Admission to ONE PARK PER DAY: $202
2 Day Adult Park Hopper to ALL Parks: $257
If you are going to be in Disney World for only 1 or 2 days, I highly recommend the Park Hopper. The Park Hopper gives you the freedom to move from one park to another as you please. If Magic Kingdom is swamped with strollers and screaming toddlers, you can ride the tram to Epcot and down your worries in Japan’s Saki.
In my experience, I’ve used the 1 Day Park Hopper to spend all day in both Epcot and Magic Kingdom. December 2014, the Cantrell’s visit Disney World for the 1000th time. Our parents drove straight to Epcot. As my dad was making the purchase, the ticket lady asked, “And you’re sure you don’t want a Park Hopper? It
will give you access to Magic Kingdom and back here as many times as you would like throughout the day.” I interjected, “Buy the Park Hopper Dad! Payton and I want to go to Magic Kingdom tonight!”That morning our family wandered through Epcot eating and drinking in the countries. Around 3.00pm, my sister and I headed to the castle world of Magic Kingdom.
I did this again last September when Matilda and I went to Disney World. We spent the morning at Epcot and then the evening at Magic Kingdom. If I remember correctly though, she was upset because there wasn’t as many ride as the thought there would be.
The longer you’re at Disney, the more economical it is to buy the by day tickets. However! If you buy a per day ticket, you can only to go that one park that day. The freedom of moving park to park is taken away.
It’s my opinion that the extra cost for the freedom of moving from park to park is worth the cost.
**Prices listed are found on the Universal Studios Ticket Website. These are the PURCHASE ONLINE TICKET RATES. The rates are different if you buy at the gate! Gotten off the website on July 9, 2016.
1 Day Adult Admission to One Park: $105
1 Day Adult Admission Park to Park: $155
Both times I was in Orlando in 2015, I visited Universal Studios. Universal has a park hopper option that will let you freely move between Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. Each park has its advantages and rides, but nothing compares to seeing them together.
I’m a super Harry Potter fan. When Payton and I went to Universal that December, we didn’t get to the park until 4.00pm. We had five hours to see the park(s). She and I decided that because our parents were paying for the tickets and since we only had a few hours, we would only see one park. We chose to visit Hogsmeade in Islands of Adventure.
When Matilda and I visited in September, we bought the Park Hopper ticket to visit both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley. First of all, you need to visit both. Hogsmeade was great, but Diagon Alley AND Hogsmeade is best. We wandered around the parks, rode rides, helped ET save his planet, and drank butterbeer. It was a great day that was only made because we bought the Park Hoppers.
So, do I think the Park Hoppers are worth it? Yes! They give you the freedom of moving from park to park when you like. The Park Hopper also will save you money in the long run.