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bfrosty
06-28-2007, 03:51 PM
What do you think?

I know $162 could buy a lot of other things...I just don't think we would park hop everyday...not even one day.

6-day tickets for 4 parks....and Animal Kingdom isn't really a whole day or MGM....we've been down that road many a time. =))

Please let me know your opinions.

bfrosty

kisobel
06-28-2007, 04:04 PM
i thought adding hopping was only 35$ once not per day???


kate

bfrosty
06-28-2007, 04:06 PM
WOw...maybe I'm wrong.

I've got $922 for 6-day parkhopper and $760 for a base ticket...$162 difference over 6-days equals...about $30/day.

2-adults and 2 children
Hmmm..got me guessing now.
Bfrosty

Tissa
06-28-2007, 04:23 PM
Park Hopper Option - Adding the Park Hopper Option lets you come and go as you please through any or all of the four major Walt Disney World theme parks for each day of your pass. Extra cost on top of the base-price ticket is a flat rate of $45 ($47.93 with tax). This works out to just under $7 per day on a seven-day ticket, but obviously it adds a lot proportionally to the cost of a one-day ticket.

If you think you will only go to one park a day then skip the hopper option.

Mrs Potato Head
06-28-2007, 04:58 PM
I can't imagine going to the parks and not having the option to change parks on a particular day in case I get bored (I know, but it happens, even at Disney...and I'm 42!). I've been 17 times and know what I like to do...so maybe that makes it even worse for me. But I've been known to change parks 3 times in one day on a regular basis...so for me, I couldn't even consider a base ticket.

It's a personal choice - you know your family and how you like to vacation. For me, I travel to WDW at least 3-4 times a year and I stay on average 4 nights. Most of the time I am on my own as my DH plays golf during the days. Sometimes I have my teenage boys with me - and they are all over the park hop thing - without it, I doubt they'd go to WDW with me at all. None of us likes to wait in really long lines, and often if the lines are long in one park, changing parks will give you more options.

But again, we go during slower times. And because of my frequent visits, I can be more picky about how long I'll wait for an attraction.

Good luck with your decision! Have a great vacation either way!!!!

MomofKatie
06-28-2007, 05:27 PM
If you are unsure whether you will want to hop, just get base tickets. You can always add hopping at the parks if you decide you want to. Why pre-pay for something you don't know if you want to do?

We have always gotten hoppers and used them, but DD and I went on a budget trip in January with base tickets. I was worried about it, but with careful planning, we didn't feel like we were missing out by not being able to hop.

SnowWhite12
06-28-2007, 06:30 PM
If you don't want to hop, wait and go to AK during the middle of your trip, around day 4. Stay until early afternoon, when you would finish, and then call it an early day. You could swim or resort hop or downtown disney for that evening. But you may be surprised. They have added quite a bit to AK, and now it can fill a whole day. We always have so much to do at MGM that it takes us a day and a half.

bfrosty
06-28-2007, 06:50 PM
Tissa,

Can you tell me where this is at on the Disney site? I just went to tickets and figured the cost and it came up to $922 for 2-adults and 2-children for park hopper...and $760 for base 6-day tickets.

Hmmm...I must be missing something here.

If it is only $45...I would be fine with that!!! =))

Thanks,
Bfrosty

Park Hopper Option - Adding the Park Hopper Option lets you come and go as you please through any or all of the four major Walt Disney World theme parks for each day of your pass. Extra cost on top of the base-price ticket is a flat rate of $45 ($47.93 with tax). This works out to just under $7 per day on a seven-day ticket, but obviously it adds a lot proportionally to the cost of a one-day ticket.

If you think you will only go to one park a day then skip the hopper option.

GBShorts
06-28-2007, 09:53 PM
Tissa,

Can you tell me where this is at on the Disney site? I just went to tickets and figured the cost and it came up to $922 for 2-adults and 2-children for park hopper...and $760 for base 6-day tickets.

Hmmm...I must be missing something here.

If it is only $45...I would be fine with that!!! =))

Thanks,
Bfrosty

it's 45 per person... so 180 dollars between 4 people :D Not sure if there's a price change between adults and children for adding the hopper option or not, but keep in mind it's not just 45 or 47 whatever with tax total, it's that number per person. It would seem there's a price change since it's 162 difference instead of 180 as I stated...which would be 90 for the adults and 72 for the kids so 45 for adults and 36 for kids.

tinkerbell60
06-28-2007, 10:05 PM
The thing we like about park hopping is being able to switch parks if one seems extra crowded. One time we were at Epcot - it was packed. We ended up taking a boat over to MGM - which was practically empty!

I like the freedom it gives you.

fakereadhed
06-28-2007, 10:36 PM
On our last trip I got TGM subscription for under $20 and we didn't need to hop, due to his least crowded days chart. On our last day, we let everyone vote where to spend the day. They voted MK which was a don't go day according to TGM, and it was so crowded we couldn't move in Toontown. So we left and spent the day at the pool. I say get TGM or a parkhopper option.

Kim1964
06-29-2007, 06:01 AM
I thought about skipping the hopper option for this trip, but I decided to get it. For the relatively small amount of money, we can be flexible with our days. I had visions of, "But, Mom, I'm not tired. Why can't Dad and I walk over to Epcot for the fireworks?" "Because Epcot wasn't our park of the day". This is the only vacation we will take this year, and I want it as low stress as possible:). I also subscribed to TGM and am looking forward to giving his advice a shot.

draw
06-29-2007, 07:34 AM
what i am going to do is instead of getting a 5 day hopper i will get a 10 day base ticket and still be able to hop and save $

disney6family
06-29-2007, 07:43 AM
We never park hop, on our AK days we have a nice dinner at the boardwalk or a resort meal or that is the night we do the campfire at FW (where you can stay and see the MK fireworks with music from the marina)
As our children have gotten older MGM now takes a full day - if fantasmic has an early showing then we use that day to play catch up on doing clothes, organizing the room a little, going for a late night dip at the pool

hncg57c
06-29-2007, 07:50 AM
draw,
As far as I know, you can't get a 10 day base ticket and then use two of your days in one day. If you want to park hop, you have to get the park hopper.


We always love parkhopping, but we opted to save the money from not buying parkhoppers and used it towards a sit-down meal. Not parkhopping worked out fine for us this past trip, and would most likely purchase this type of ticket again.

beattyfamily
06-29-2007, 08:05 AM
what i am going to do is instead of getting a 5 day hopper i will get a 10 day base ticket and still be able to hop and save $

Disney thought of this and has taken measures at the turnstyles to prevent guests from doing this.

The computer at the turnstyle will know you have already used a day and will reject the ticket.

They thought of everything when they separated the park hopping option.

Sorry! If you want to hop, you have to buy the hopping option.

We LOVE to hop. We don't even price out the tickets without it so we won't know what we'd 'save'. I couldn't live without that flexibility. I'm on vacation (a pretty expensive one) and I don't want to be limited on where we can go.

I've used it many many times even with little ones. :thumbsup2

Lewisc
06-29-2007, 08:20 AM
Make sure you're not also comparing tickets that expire vs tickets that don't expire. No-expire tickets have gotten pricey.

6 days is enough time to visit the parks without hopping. I'd purchase a hopper ticket if you're staying in an EPCOT resort, makes too much sense to go back to your resort for an afternoon pool break and then to EPCOT for dinner and/or Illuminations. Otherwise you can save the money.

lordhavemercy
06-29-2007, 08:21 AM
We always get the park hopper....It's not that we get "bored" with a park....How can anybody get bored @ DisneyWorld...???? It's that we LOVE the fireworks @ the Magic Kingdom...and we quite often find ourselves back @ MK for the evening fireworks...pixiedust: Or maybe we get a hankerin' for some type of food at Epcot. We just love the freedom that the park-hopper allows us. We are NOT regimental planners...we just like to "go with the flow"...and having the park-hopper ticket option really works for us.....spontaneity:scared1: ....is big for us.....
(of course, you can absolutely be spontaneous WITHOUT the park-hopper too....not trying to be difficult here....:goodvibes ...)

kimis
06-29-2007, 09:11 AM
Yes it is worth it. For a little amount of money you have the chance to dash into another park at a moments notice. We always park hop. I have had a few friends that didn't and wished they had. Enjoy

draw
06-29-2007, 12:11 PM
Thanks everyone I guess it is the Park Hopper for me too. You saved me a grave dangerous expense. I do like to hop.

bopper
06-29-2007, 01:42 PM
Are you a park hopper or a park plopper? Do you hop from park to park or plop yourself in a park for the day? Do you go to one park and eat dinner in another? Do you go back to your hotel during the day?

If you tend to eat where you go for the day, and you tend not to go back to the hotel during the day, then I don't think you need a park hopper.

Do you go back to the hotel or like to make ADRs but don't want to necessarily have to go to that park for the day or generally you don't like to plan things and like things "open", then a park hopper is for you.

The last time we bought a no-expire option, and "plus" (waterparks and dq) option, but no park hopping. We used 4 of the days on one vacation, and 3 on another.

Wish2BinWDW
06-30-2007, 07:57 PM
I think it's worth it, but that's because I park hop with my family. I like to be able to go to a park and if it's too crowded, leave and go to another one that's less crowded. I also like to be able to go to the nighttime activities, parades and fireworks, at whatever park has my favorites. It's not hard for me to hop either because I always go back to my resort in the early afternoon for a break (either the pool or a nap). ::MinnieMo

katied
07-01-2007, 12:13 PM
We will spend the $ on the hoping when we're staying at an Epcot resort. It's really nice to be able to plan dinners at Epcot w/o "wasting" a day's admission - so if we want to do AK in the am, head back to the resort to relax or swim, we can still have a nice dinner at Epcot in the evening.

This time around, with little kids, we're also going to plan to hop - so that if they get worn out at one resort, we can head to the resort, nap, and then go whereever we want later in the day (I don't expect we'll have may nice dinners at Epcot w/ 3 kids under the age of 2).

In other trips, when we were going w/ older kids and not planning on the Epcot dinners, we didn't hop. We went during off-peak times, so the parks were never too crowded, and we'd stay all day at each park.

So, I guess it depends what kind of trip you're planning to see if it's worth the extra $$.

ZoZo
07-01-2007, 01:56 PM
If you are unsure whether you will want to hop, just get base tickets. You can always add hopping at the parks if you decide you want to. Why pre-pay for something you don't know if you want to do?

We have always gotten hoppers and used them, but DD and I went on a budget trip in January with base tickets. I was worried about it, but with careful planning, we didn't feel like we were missing out by not being able to hop.

I think this is good advice. We always hop (but go during F&W Festival and end up at Epcot each day, no matter what other parks we go to). Some people never hop, but we always do, and it's worth the $7 a day for us to have the flexibility.

Last trip, I added the "water parks and more" option to my ticket, and wish I hadn't. We went to Pleasure Island once, and it was too cold to go to the water parks, so didn't end up doing that (so I ended up spending a lot more money than I had to, since I only used one of my "water parks and more" options). This next trip, I'm going to hold off on adding that "water parks and more" option to my ticket, and just add it if our plans seem to warrant it, once on site. You can always add these things (hopper option, WP&M option)after you get to WDW.

kimberh
07-02-2007, 09:50 PM
We hardly ever hop. The parks are so large that you can fill your days in one park. You can leave a park, eat at a resort and return back to the same park without having hoppers. We do this at Magic Kingdom all the time. I do agree that if you are staying at a Epcot resort, it may be worth it to buy hoppers.

carissanboys
07-03-2007, 05:25 PM
We went to Disney for the first time in March and decided to just get base tickets. Honestly, it was not a big deal. Our kids are young so we didn't have the energy to hop anyway. We went early in the mornings and left around lunch time. Then we'd relax at the resort and sometimes head to DD. There was one night where we went to Epcot in the morning and then returned for Illuminations.

If your kids are young, I really don't think you need the hopper option. If your kids are older, then it might be worth it. It depends also on what kind of "touring" you plan to do. We didn't try to see as much as we could each day. We had a short list of must-do's and then once we did those, we took it easy and went with the flow.

Even with a laid back approach, I still needed to rest when I got home because I was so exhausted ;)

LisaG
07-05-2007, 07:07 AM
We have done both, and have found that we don't like to hop. It seems we wasted too much time on the buses hopping than having quality time in the parks. Saving time AND money is a good thing IMHO.:thumbsup2

kileybeth
07-06-2007, 12:17 AM
my problem with not hopping is Disney has even figured this out to their advantage!

I'm trying to not hop this trip and still do everything we want to. I either have to miss out on Spectro only certain days at MK or miss out on little ones extra morning hour (again only cetain days) or miss whole evening in parks if it's AK day or never be able to hop over for EMH to a differnt park . . .

it's an extra $200 plus for our family for hopper option and DH isn't wanting to put that out there for a 6 full day, 2 half day trip. He says just 2 days each park. ugh.

so Disney knows what they are marketing and they do it so well!

Dopey's twin Dippy
07-06-2007, 06:30 PM
we always hop to. that way when dd , and or with friends , they can switch to another park to ride certain rides. plus we usually go over to the park with the fireworks at night. it depends on how old the kids are to and if its super hot you might just want to stay in one park.

Cruz91
07-07-2007, 05:58 AM
Thanks everyone I guess it is the Park Hopper for me too. You saved me a grave dangerous expense. I do like to hop.

You can always add the hopper to your original ticket. We did this with my DMIL last year. She wasn't sure whether she'd hop or not, so we just got her a 7 day MYW ticket. The 2nd day, she wanted to hop. We had to pay the original difference for the whole trip, but it wasn't any more money than buying a hopper up front.

katyjeka
07-07-2007, 10:03 AM
Spend $20 dollars, buy TGM and follow his green days. Enjoy slow mornings in the park, collect fast passes, return to your room for a swim/rent boats and go back to the park in the evening. We always bought hoppers but found after several trips that we only hopped a couple times, and if we would have planned better we could have avoided hopping altogether. Have a great time. Janice

therealgoofy
07-07-2007, 10:36 AM
I absolutely think the park hopper is worth the extra cost. Especially if you are going to be there more than 4 days. If you are visiting during a slower time I would consider it even more. We found that we could do all of the attractions that we wanted in some of the parks by 2pm and want to go elsewhere.