Mom And Son Safari
  • On Aug 27, 2009
    Jess from CO Asked

    My husband and I are coming with our twins (4) Sept 27th. Is it absolutely necessary to get a park hopper? I don't want to regret my decision but it's an additional $200 for us to park hop. This is our first trip so we don't know if we want to hop or not.

    Hi, Jess!  I will tell you, in all honesty, I can probably count on less than my two hands the number of times I have used a park hopping feature during my many hundreds of trips to Walt Disney World.  I tend to build my days around one park - making advanced dining reservations for the park I plan to visit, obtaining fast passes for return times that might be into the evening, and I plan to stay for any night time fireworks or parades. 

    One reason I think we have always stayed in one park is because I always have my car with me, and once I'm in the park, it never seems like a convenient idea to head out to a super hot car, head to the hotel, and then think about heading back out to the really hot car to go back.  If you plan on using Walt Disney World transportation exclusively, you're getting onto cool buses or a cool monorail, so you may not have that obstacle.

    I've always been able to find cool, comfortable places for my kids to rest without having to leave the parks, and they get more upset thinking of leaving than of staying and enjoying one more ride or that last show.  Hopping just never held a huge appeal for my family.

    Now, if your little guys are still nappers, and you need a place for them to lay down, you may want to consider the hopper option.  This allows you to leave a park, go have a nap, and go back to whatever park you want.  This might also work if you plan to use extra magic hours in the morning and the evening.

    Have a wonderful vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a wife, mother to three daughters and a son-in-law, and earning my Grandmom ears. I'm a law student and former teacher. I have planned vacations for all sorts celebrations, but really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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