One of the ticket add-ons that Disney’s theme parks offer is the Park Hopper option. In this post we’ll discuss, what Park Hopping is, the tickets that offer it, how to do it, and why.
What is Park Hopping?
Basically Park Hopping is using one theme park ticket to visit two (or multiple) theme parks in one day.
For example with a ticket that has the Park Hopper option, at Walt Disney World you might go to the Magic Kingdom in the morning, then later in the day perhaps after a mid-day break go to Animal Kingdom. Perhaps you might even go to a third park for the end of day fireworks show. I’ve hit all 4 WDW parks in one day.
At the Disneyland Resort you might, start your day at the Disneyland Park, then later in the day go to California Adventure, and then maybe even go back to Disneyland.
You can go back to a park that you have already attended earlier in the day if you desire as well. This is true of all Disney tickets even those that do not have the Park Hopper option.
Tickets that allow Park Hopping
In order to Park Hop you need to have a ticket or pass that allows it.
There are quite a few ticket options that allow Park Hopping. For some this is included in their higher price, for others it is available as an add-on.
- Disney Armed Forces Salute Tickets
- Regular Military Discounted Disney Tickets
- Shades of Green Stars and Stripes Passes
- Most Disney Park Annual Passes
Disney Armed Forces Salute Tickets – All Disney Armed Forces Salute Tickets include the Park Hopping option in their price, These highly discounted tickets are usually the best deal for military families. PLUS INFO
See our Disney Armed Forces Salute page for more details.
Regular Military Discounted Disney Tickets – These tickets are identical to the tickets sold to the general public that are slightly discounted by Base Ticket offices. These regular tickets come in Base (non-Hopper), Hopper, and at WDW Hopper Plus. The Base is a one park per day ticket, the Hopper allows Park Hopping, the Plus option allows access to all of the Plus options available at Walt Disney World. For each option you add the price of the ticket goes up.
See our Regular Military Discounted Disney Tickets post for more details
Shades of Green Stars and Stripes Passes – These special passes are only available from Shades of Green, the Armed Forces recreation Center located at Walt Disney World. They are a length of stay pass that is essentially equivalent to a regular WDW ticket with the Park Hopper Plus option added (minus the golf). These passes are sold only to those staying on WDW property (either at Shades of Green or other on property locations). Park Hopping is included with these passes.
See our Stars and Stripes Pass page for more details.
Most Disney Park Annual Passes – All Disney Annual/Seasonal Passes (except individual park passes such as the Epcot After 5 Pass) include Park Hopping.