Why you should take advantage of Park Hopping at Disney World to have an EPIC Day!
Park Hopping at Walt Disney World has long been a very activity for visitors to the Walt Disney World resort, allowing guests to explore multiple theme parks in a single day. Some even aspire to do all 4 parks in one day, a tiring but fun adventure to take on during a visit to the Most Magical Place on Earth. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, guests could hop between parks at any time, but since the reopening, there have been some adjustments to enhance guest safety and enjoyment. Park hopping has changed since the parks re-opened following the COVID-related closures, and we have tips to help you maximize park hopping at Walt Disney World.
While the pre-COVID park hopping allowed for unrestricted exploration, the current Park Hopper hours are limited to generally begin at 2 PM. By visiting one park in the morning and then hopping to another after 2 PM, you have the chance to delve into different themes and attractions, making the most of your day at the Walt Disney World Resort. You can spend the morning hanging out in Magic Kingdom, and then hop over to EPCOT to grab dinner in the world showcase.
Visiting in the warm weather months? Visit Animal Kingdom in the morning, head back to your resort for an afternoon nap, and then hit up Hollywood Studios in the evening. Park Hopper adds flexibility to your Walt Disney World vacation, allowing you to make the most out of your visit to the 4 theme parks.
Plan Ahead and Check for Virtual Queue Opportunities
For those eager to experience popular attractions with virtual queues, it’s essential to plan your day accordingly. Many virtual queues open in the afternoon around 1 PM, but remember, you must be physically present in the park to join the virtual queue. To ensure you don’t miss out on the chance to enter a 1 PM virtual queue, consider starting your day at the park offering the attraction you’re most excited about and then park hop to other parks later in the afternoon.
Utilize the My Disney Experience App
The My Disney Experience app is your invaluable tool for navigating the world of Disney. From checking theme park hours and wait times to joining virtual queues and making dining reservations, the app simplifies your park-hopping adventure. Remember to stay up-to-date with the latest information and park availability to make the most of your magical day.
Be Mindful of Capacity and Real-Time Updates
As always, park capacity may affect the availability of the Park Hopper option at any given time. Be prepared for the possibility that Park Hopper may reach its capacity at certain parks, limiting your ability to hop. This is not a common occurrence but is something you will want to keep in the back of your mind when attempting to park hop. You will want to keep an eye on the Park Hours calendar and the My Disney Experience app for the most up-to-date Park Hopper hours, as they could start earlier at a later date, depending on the day and park.
Park Hopping with Disney Genie+
With the addition of Disney Genie+, planning your day and experiencing your favorite attractions has become even more seamless and enjoyable. Disney Genie+ is a service that allows guests to access the Lightning Lane entrance for select attractions, saving precious time and providing a more convenient experience. Guests can make Lightning Lane reservations for attractions in multiple parks, provided they have a park hopper ticket and they have purchased the Genie+ for multiple parks.
You can purchase multiple types of Genie+ in one transaction, which will allow you to purchase the multiple parks option for members of your party that wish to park hop and the option specific to the theme park you are visiting for members of your party that are not planning on park hopping that day.
The combination of the Park Hopper Option and Disney Genie+ takes your Walt Disney World experience to a whole new level of flexibility, convenience, and enjoyment. By planning ahead, leveraging the My Disney Experience app, and taking advantage of Disney Genie+’s Lightning Lane reservations, you can create a magical day filled with cherished memories across multiple parks. So, embrace the magic of Park Hopping with Disney Genie+ and make the most of your time in the most magical place on Earth!
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