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Old 01-05-2013, 12:04 PM   #1
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Add an Extra Day Or Add Hoppers?

I posted a in a different thread regarding skipping Epcot with a 5 yr old. The general consensus wast to def not skip it..lol.

So, I'm thinking about either adding an extra day to our trip or sucking it up and buying hoppers, which wasn't my original plan. Funny how these boards make you change plans over and over.

I haven't booked yet but will next month for either a Sept or Oct trip. I went to revise our package and found that if I kept the same amount of days and added the hoppers, it was $111 cheaper than adding an extra day. That is with the DDP which I know we'll be using.

Does anyone have thoughts on which is best? It's a first trip for all of us so I'm not sure if it's just better to dedicate full days to the park and not worry about hopping or buy the hoppers in case our son isn't feeling one of the parks.

I'm now leaning towards the hoppers because I heard Animal Kingdom is not really a full day park. Does anyone spend a whole day there with little ones? I'm not totally against spending 3/4 a day or whatever and then having some down time to do whatever. I don't think we'll spend much time at the pools as my son is not a water kid. But I feel like since we are spending what is to us, a lot of money, that maybe it would be better to buy the hoppers instead of an extra day so we can really get our money's worth and visit different parks on the same day.
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Old 01-05-2013, 12:17 PM   #2
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I should probably add my tentative park plans.

2 days in Magic Kingdom
1 day in Epcot, DHS and AK

then there is arrival day which I'm not counting since I'm not sure when we'll actually get to the hotel. My friend suggested that if we arrive early enough, head to Epcot for supper and to catch the show.
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Old 01-05-2013, 12:19 PM   #3
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I like to have hoppers - even though we didn't hop our last/first trip - i liked that we didn't feel confined to any one park- for whatever reason, we could go to another if we wanted (crowds too high, etc)... and so our last day there we could decide last minute where we wanted to go.

many people say they do AK in 1/2 a day. We were only there 1/2 day - but it started pouring around 2pm, which is why we left... there was still some more we would have liked to do... but it's not an all day/evening park like MK, etc. that is for sure.

i think we might skip AK this next trip and do 3 days in MK instead, one in Epcot and one in HS. I just didn't feel as much magic in AK as I did in the other parks, but I was glad we went b/c i had never been.
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Old 01-05-2013, 12:34 PM   #4
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Our 1st trip, we did the hopper and it was a waste of money for us. We did 1 park/day, except on the last day we did half MK and half AK. We could've easily skipped AK and just stayed at MK all day but we bought the hopper so we didn't want to totally waste it. Our 2nd and 3rd trip, we didn't bother buying the hopper and we won't in the future. The only day we need 2 days in is MK because it's so big and so much more for the little ones. So I would just add an extra day.
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Old 01-05-2013, 12:56 PM   #5
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Mmmmmm.... What to do.....lol. Each option is sounding so appealing. But I think an extra day would be nice in case of weather issues. But then I kind of like the idea of being able to maybe visit AK and then head to MK if there are the evening EMH until midnight. But our trip will either be sept or oct so not sure if the park will be open that late.
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Old 01-05-2013, 01:01 PM   #6
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We have always bought hoppers, it has allowed us to have longer days i.e when AK closes at 7 you can move onto MK until 12.
As far as AK being a 1/2 day personally I think its the second best park after MK so we would prob spend 2 days there.
You may get more achieved with another full day than a hopper if you cant stay up late though, I believe the hoppers cost $57 to add....
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Old 01-05-2013, 05:00 PM   #7
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I personally would just add an extra day and use it for Epcot. Hoppers are a waste for us. We like doing one park each day. We usually do 2 days in the MK, 1-2 days at Epcot, a full day at HS, and then 1/2-a full day at AK. On our upcoming trip we are actually planning on skipping AK. It is our least favorite park, including our 4 year old dd's, and we've decided to use what would be our AK day as a second or at least another 1/2 day at Epcot. I'm definitely not encouraging anyone to skip AK, but we've gotten our general feel for AK and it just isn't our favorite, but everyone is different. HS on the other hand is easily our second favorite park. Our whole family loves TOT and Star Tours and we can easily spend a whole day there. Yes, we take a break usually around noon, but we always go back and stay until closing. You will find that you will like things that a lot of people on these boards don't and vice versa. Different strokes, different folks. Many wouldn't skip AK for anything, but we could head to Disney and be fine with skipping it. I think you should at least give each park a try. Set aside at least a full day for each park in my opinion. Some can get through AK in a few hours while others can spend a whole day. Its all about what you like, how you tour etc . Give all the parks a try though.

* I will add that we have spent a full day in the AK and still could have gone back to finish up things that we didn't get to do. On our last trip, we got to AK around 10am and besides having lunch at Tusker House, which was totally unorganized that day, so it took a lot more time than usual, we still didn't do everything that we wanted to. Wait times were fine, it was September, so that wasn't the problem, we just paced our self. With that being said, I think that it is totally possible for AK to be a full day park, it just isn't our favorite.
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Old 01-05-2013, 08:35 PM   #8
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Do you have a full unplanned day that you are considering adding tickets for? If you have MYW package it really cost VERY little to do this. I really would bite the bullet and do both. We find we really do not like an off day during our trip, we would rather go slower and have more days to see it all. We also LOVE our hoppers and often hop to dinner at Epcot, or do an AM EMH at one park and then hop as it gets too busy.
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Old 01-07-2013, 01:19 AM   #9
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With either option, I would just wait until you get to WDW and see how you are using your days. If you decide that visiting more than one park in a day OR that you just stick to one park a day but would like an extra day to revisit a park, then you can just add either one on at that point.

I wouldn't add either on at this point when you can do that during your actual trip. You may find that you might not even need either option and this way you won't have spent the money already.

We usually do at least one full day at AK and 2 full days at each of the other parks. And we still have things in each park that we don't get a chance to do.
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Old 01-07-2013, 04:47 AM   #10
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We love the flexibility of parkhoppers.

Our first trip, we got to Animal Kingdom, and went straight to Cali River Rapids. It was already bracing to be a steamy day, and we got soaked.

An hour later, the weather changed, and it was cold and windy and wet. Not a 20 minute pop up storm, but the precursor to tropical storm Belle. We toughed it out for about another hour, cold wet and miserable.

Then we called it quits, went back to the Poly to change, and had a delightful afternoon at Epcot. A few days later we got back to AK for a few hours, then had the dinner we had planned back at Epcot.

For me, the cost of parkhoppers is part of the cost of the ticket. We love them, and make our plans around hopping. So, for example, we frequently start the day at the morning EMH park, then hit the pools at lunch when it starts to get crowded. At dinner time, we hop to a park that's less crowded.

It works very well for us.
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We always get the Hoppers, especially with the dining plan. Maybe once you decide and get ADRs you can decide if you want the hoper?
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Old 01-07-2013, 09:36 AM   #12
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We never used Hoppers as for us we felt it ate up too much time getting back and forth to the different parks. We now have been AP holders for 2 years which includes park hopper...found we still dont use that feature. For some its great, not us. We, given your situation would always add the extra day. Enjoy your trip and happy planning
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:19 AM   #13
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We find hopper to be a waste of money for us. We have more then plenty to do at each park that we always end up spending our day at the same park.
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Old 01-07-2013, 02:58 PM   #14
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With either option, I would just wait until you get to WDW and see how you are using your days. If you decide that visiting more than one park in a day OR that you just stick to one park a day but would like an extra day to revisit a park, then you can just add either one on at that point.

I wouldn't add either on at this point when you can do that during your actual trip. You may find that you might not even need either option and this way you won't have spent the money already.

We usually do at least one full day at AK and 2 full days at each of the other parks. And we still have things in each park that we don't get a chance to do.
AGREE. AGREE. AGREE!

There really is no reason to make the decision now. You can always add what you decide you want when you are there.
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Old 01-07-2013, 03:12 PM   #15
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We skipped park hoppers this past trip and did fine If I had the choice I'd add another day.
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