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10 Tips and Secrets for Park Hopping at Walt Disney World

 

3) Be careful with package pick-up.

Disney offers a wonderful service for Guests who purchase merchandise in the parks but don’t want to carry their purchases around with them. If you make a purchase and will be in that park for at least 2 hours longer, you can have your items sent to package pick-up in the front of the theme park you’re visiting. It’s a wonderful service. But it can get tricky and time-consuming if you make a purchase at Hollywood Studios, for example, send it to the front of the park for package pick-up later, and then forget about it before hopping to Magic Kingdom. Your item will still be at package pick-up at Hollywood Studios, but you will be at Magic Kingdom. And if you don’t plan to hop back to Hollywood Studios before the end of the day, you’ll have to make a special trip to pick up your items later. It’s not the impossible situation, but it is a time-consuming situation, to say the least. *Note: This does not apply to Guests staying on property at a Disney resort hotel who have had their packages sent to their hotel rooms.

2) Keep in mind Disney’s age policy.

When you hop from one theme park to another, you’ll need to remember Disney’s policy about minimum ages of unaccompanied minors in the parks. Clearly this only applies to your situation if you are planning to split up your traveling group across multiple parks. If you have older children who want to remain in a park while you hop to another, per Disney’s policy, those children need to be at least 14 years of age. If your children are younger than 14, you’ll need to ensure that an older child or an adult remains in the park with them. This is for the safety of everyone involved.

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1) Don’t forget you have the Hopper option.

This sounds silly, but if you’re not used to having the Park Hopper option on your tickets, or if you’ve never been one to make the most of the option, it might completely slip your mind that you have the hopper luxury. But if you do, it means that you’ve either paid to have it added to your theme park base tickets, or you’ve paid for a Walt Disney World Annual Pass, which has the option included. So be sure to make the most of it!

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About Becky Burkett

I'm an enthusiastic writer who finds joy in random things like cold weather, snow, "I Love Lucy," "The Andy Griffith Show," journals full of blank paper, countdowns to Christmas, the month of December, "Toy Story," "Sleeping Beauty," my 4 kids, my 4 shih tsus, Disney Parks history, Imagineering and visiting the parks. I think Walt Disney is the standard against which genius should be measured. I love to write about Disney Parks, Disney history, all things Imagineering and PIXAR. I adore the colors, story and art direction of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (Team Make it Blue!), and "Toy Story" is life (minus "Toy Story 4"). I believe Walt Disney was so much more than an entertainment and theme park tycoon; I believe he was a savant with a vision for life and how it could be if happiness and kindness are strived for. I love Biergarten at EPCOT and 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian. You can find me croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room, chillin' on the PeopleMover or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. I'm always looking for Imagineers in the parks, and I'd rather meet Joe Rohde and Tony Baxter than anyone in Hollywood! Hey, if you dream it, you really can do it!