Before I start, I want to say that I like park hoppers. When we were new to Disney, hoppers were totally unnecessary. We were doing everything we could in each park. It was more than enough to keep us satisfied for a whole day. I still like to start a Disney trip with a full day in each park. The more I have been to Disney, the more I enjoy hopping. After the first four days, I like to split days hitting the highlights of two parks, hitting the thrill rides of all the parks, etc. I also, at least in the past, enjoyed the food at Epcot and HS much more than the other parks. Also, if I miss an attraction or want to repeat something I can. The larger your group/family, the more difficult/time-consuming hoppers become. So large families and groups may be just as well off without them if they are touring together. Certainly there are more good restaurants in Epcot than anywhere else, so going back to Epcot just to eat can be a good reason to get hoppers. There is more than enough in each park to keep you busy all day, even the way Studios is right now, but if you are only riding rides and not doing shows, you might need to move on somewhere else. If MK closes early, such as for parties several nights, you may need hoppers to spend more time there, and to spend time in another park after MK closes. There are many good reasons FOR hoppers, and just as many good reasons AGAINST hoppers. It depends on how many times you have been "recently", how long you are staying, how many people you are touring with, and exactly what your goals are for your trip as to whether they are a good deal for you or not. I now have an AP for the first time. I am going with other family members in October for a short trip. They are NOT getting hoppers, and I probably won't need to hop either. I am going alone in November for a long trip. While I will not do so every day, I do plan to make good use of the hopper feature on that trip. Fortunately for me, it is a feature of the AP.