Park Hoppers - Yes or No

Discussion in 'Theme Parks Attractions and Strategies' started by fire616, Aug 7, 2017.

  1. srwarden1928

    srwarden1928 DIS Veteran

    Apr 3, 2008
    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.
  2. alex9179

    alex9179 DIS Veteran

    Aug 17, 2010
    I love hoppers because we like to bang out rides during AM EMH and then go to a less busy park for the afternoon/evening. They allow me to see the various evening shows without committing to the one park.
    It totally depends on one's touring style.
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  4. PirateKing

    PirateKing WDW Fan

    May 18, 2014
    We didn't use hoppers on our last trip in July and we were able to get in everything we wanted to. Didn't feel like we missed anything.
  5. Jenderelly

    Jenderelly Earning My Ears

    Aug 8, 2017
    Our last trip, we had Hoppers and although we used them a few times, I felt like we could have lived without them. We chose not to get them for our upcoming trip.

    Like has been said, it's an easy add option if you get there and feel like you want to Hop around. :)
  6. AppleSister1

    AppleSister1 DIS Veteran

    Nov 3, 2002
    We love them. We go a lot though. It allows us to AM EMH and then hop out when the park gets too busy. We like to eat dinner and watch the shows in a different park in the evening. We often take an afternoon break. The hoppers just give you so many more options, especially now with the Express Transportation.
  7. ZoZo

    ZoZo DIS Veteran

    Jun 16, 2005
    This is why we get hoppers. We start out the day at MK, AK, or DHS, then hop over to F&W most evenings.
  8. Monorail_Man_NJ

    Monorail_Man_NJ Earning My Ears

    Aug 9, 2017
    Never used park hoppers. Personally I dont need to jump around however it would be useful for DHS/AK as I feel those are both kinda half day parks.
  9. SA mom

    SA mom DIS Veteran

    Apr 15, 2012
    The one trip we didn't have them, we really wished we did. Our AK day turned out to be very rainy and lots of things were closed or cancelled. We would have hopped to Epcot.
  10. Tinkbum

    Tinkbum WDW Fanatic

    Feb 16, 2013
    We *always* do PH's. If the park we're in gets crowded we go to another one. We *very* loosely plan our parks for the day, it's usually just whatever we feel like doing that day. If I had to be restricted to ONLY one park per day I'd go nuts.
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  11. BobbyDukes

    BobbyDukes Mouseketeer

    Dec 30, 2016
    Park hopping is worth it if you know exactly what you want to do at the second.
    Say for instance you go to Animal Kingdom in the morning and you made a reservation in EPCOT at night and see the fireworks
  12. beccasmom

    beccasmom DIS Veteran

    Apr 11, 2003
    We love them, but we're WDW veterans and have pretty much "done it all". I have friends traveling down in February who will have 4 children under 10 in their group. Since the parks will be closing earlier, they've pretty much decided not to opt for hoppers. They just don't know if the kids would be up to it and they'd like to avoid meltdowns. They're also visiting for 10 days, so time is on their side.
  13. twoplustwins

    twoplustwins DIS Veteran

    Aug 4, 2009
    Four days or less - hoppers
    Five days or more - no hoppers
  14. hosler427

    hosler427 Mouseketeer

    Mar 22, 2015
    This is pretty much my feeling. I haven't went without park hoppers in decades but I have only done it because I go with 6 other adults and 5 of them want them. We have taken mid day breaks at the resort and went to a different park at night. In January it is just my wife and I and we have decided to forego the hoppers. I think for an experienced Disney visitor, there is less pressure to see and do everything. The longer the vacation, the less important it is IMO. However, on the flip side....without park hoppers, the more important planning is.
  15. bootlord9000

    bootlord9000 Earning My Ears

    Jun 6, 2017
    Personally, I like the ability to PH. We even did it on our first trip since we loved HS and MK much more than AK and Epcot.
    Even if you loved all of the parks equally, I think some big factors on your trip would be MNSSHP and F&W.
    Here's an example of 2 PH days we're doing in September:
    Weekday: Starting the day at Epcot and finishing at MK to catch HEA on one of the few nights without a party.
    Weekend: Starting the day at MK to avoid F&W crowds but it's a party night, so we're heading to Epcot to catch Illuminations (which I realize will be crowded, but we're just going to grab some food and watch the show).
  16. disneyseniors

    disneyseniors DIS Veteran

    Jun 2, 2014
    This is exactly what we do, my husband and I. We plan a park for the AM, get fp's for must do attractions, then back to the resort for a rest, then we decide where we want to go or what we want to eat. We like to be flexible with our vacation. It's bad enough to have to have fp's and some adr's without being locked into a specific park daily. We usually go for 9 to 10 days and we find we change our plans frequently. Without a park hopper, the fun of that would be lost.
    So, for us, it is well worth it. Fits our touring style to a T.

    Want to ad: There is now a direct bus transportation add on for $29 for 7 days, I think? This would help tremendously with PH's as you would not have to go through security or the front of the park with bag check, etc. We have never used it, but we will sign up for itnext trip! Definitely a good idea!
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2017 at 12:13 PM
  17. SaintsManiac

    SaintsManiac DIS Veteran

    Dec 9, 2014
    We would not go without them.
  18. mousefan73

    mousefan73 DIS Veteran

    May 9, 2012
    We stay at beach club so yes and especially this year with AK being more interesting. Just so much more to do.
  19. monorailsilver

    monorailsilver DIS Veteran

    Jun 20, 2002
    We get them because I dislike AK and we only like 2-3 rides in there and we usually only spend 1/2 day at the studios.
  20. Jadyreen1282

    Jadyreen1282 DIS Veteran

    Apr 21, 2014
    Us too. It's just too convenient to have the freedom.

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