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  • On May 19, 2010
    Becky from MO Asked

    We are going to WDW for the 1st time w/ our 5&8yr old kids. Do you think we would really need a hopper pass when we only have 4 full days & 2 half days. With younger kids, I don't know if they would really get sick and tired of any one park in jus

    Hi, Becky! Congratulations on your first trip to WDW...I just wish I could be there to show you around! I would recommend a park hopper pass during particularly busy times of the year. Therefore, if your vacation time includes a holiday or perhaps when schools are typically not in session, consider the park hopper option for the simple fact that you'll be more efficient if you have the ability to start off in one park and then have the flexibility to end in another.

    Another reason our family likes to get the park hopper option is to plan around Advanced Dining Reservations and Extra Magic Hours (for Disney resort guests). Therefore, if you start making ADRs and realize that you'll be dining in one park but would rather end your day at another because of EMHs, a park hopper option would make things more convenient for you.

    Otherwise, I advise sticking with a basic Magic Your Way ticket -- it will save you money. Of course, you can come and go to one park on each day of your pass making easier to go back to rest and enjoy some pool time (especially if you're staying at a Disney resort).

    So, start planning your days based on your dining reservations, location of your accommodations and the calendar and let your ticket options be your last decision. Also, consider using your four full days for the four theme parks -- no matter what ticket option you use. Then, spend your half days exploring WDW areas which don't require a ticket such as Downtown Disney, the Boardwalk or Fort Wilderness. You may even want to book table service ADRs for the half-days in order to not cut into park time on your ticketed days. (Just a suggestion!)

    Have a wonderful day and a magical vacation!
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