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

Becky's from the Lone Star State and has been writing since she was 10 and encountered her first Disney Park when she was 11. It was love at first Main Street Electrical Parade. Joy is blank lined journals, 0.7 mm pens, and all things Walt, Woody and Buzz, PIXAR, Imagineering, Sleeping Beauty (make it blue!), Disney Parks history and EPCOT. At Disney World, you'll find her croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. If you can dream, you really can do it!