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Disney Brings Back All Day Park Hopper Access

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Walt Disney World Resort has recently announced some exciting updates to their Park Hopper benefit, which will delight parkgoers. Beginning on January 4, 2024, guests who have a Park Hopper ticket or an Annual Pass can now enjoy the flexibility of visiting another theme park at any time during park hours.

This new change to the Park Hopper feature will add additional flexibility and make it easier for guests to visit multiple parks in 1 day, as the current system is much more restrictive.

What is a Park Hopper ticket?

To understand these changes, you first need to understand what a Park Hopper ticket is. A Park Hopper ticket allows you to purchase a single ticket to a specific park, where you can then “hop” to any other park throughout the day.

As it stands today, the Park Hopper ticket requires you to visit your purchased park first, and then you can proceed to any other park after 2:00 p.m. From that time on, you can visit any other park, but you must first scan in at your purchased park. This was essentially implemented to control crowding.

New Rules

Come January 4, 2024, when you Park Hop to any other park, you can hop at any time of day and not wait until after 2:00 P.M. You’ll still need to scan in at your purchased park first, but you’re not obligated to stay for any specific length of time. This is great for those who may only want to enjoy 1 or 2 rides before heading to another park.

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For annual pass holders, you’ll follow a similar premise where you’ll need to make a specific reservation for a starting park. Once you visit that park, you can then bounce to any other park as you wish throughout the day.

This adds a great deal of flexibility to tickets. Gone are the days when you’re forced to spend the morning in a park where you may only want to see a few things. By removing the afternoon restriction, it’s now possible to visit all 4 parks on the same day if you so choose. Under the previous restriction, visiting more than 2 parks a day was tough, though it was possible to visit 3 so long as you didn’t linger around too long.

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Keep in mind that Park Hopper tickets are more expensive than single-park tickets, so you’ll want to price out what makes sense for your visit.

Final Thoughts

With the lifting of this Park Hopper restriction, guests can now visit more parks without worrying about meeting the afternoon time threshold. You’ll now be able to get more out of your Park Hopper tickets and see more attractions at Walt Disney World theme parks!

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James (Jamie) started The Forward Cabin blog to educate readers about points, miles, and loyalty programs. He’s spoken at Princeton University and The New York Times Travel Show and has been quoted in dozens of travel publications.


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