(Post from September 2, 2015)
If you're not familiar with Walt Disney World's Hopper Pass, allow me to explain it. Let's say you buy passes for your family for three days at the Walt Disney World Parks. Without the Hopper Pass, once you choose a park and enter it, that's the only park you will see on that day. Now, don't get me wrong. You can definitely spend a full day inside any of the parks and still not see/do everything!
However, if you want to see Magic Kingdom on the first day, because you went there as a child and your children have never seen it, but you also want to attend the fireworks show at Epcot later that night, you will definitely need the Hopper Pass.
The first time my husband and I took our son, he was only four years old and could not have handled more than one park in one day. We spent a day at Magic Kingdom and a day at Hollywood Studios (because of Lightning McQueen, of course). But the last time we went, we decided we were ready for the Hopper Pass. Here are a few great reasons for you to consider it:
As I mentioned before, you can spend the day at one park, then enjoy fireworks in a different park that night. You don't have to limit yourself to one park all day.
Similarly, after you know what you like to do in each park, you can, for example, get Fastpasses for Expedition Everest and the Safari Ride at Animal Kingdom and enjoy them early, then hop on a bus to have lunch at Hollywood Studios and catch the stunt show. Surf around and just do your favorite rides in more than one park. Another plan is to enjoy Extra Magic Hours at one park, then move to a different park where you have Fastpasses scheduled, minimizing your time spent in lines.
It doesn't cost much more to add it on to the price you're already paying for your tickets.
Planning your next Disney trip? Let me help! I have graduated from the College of Disney Knowledge and have been to Disney many times myself. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.