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 Rebekah Tyndall Burkett

Rebekah grew up in Forney, Texas and lives just outside of Dallas. She’s been a Disney superfan since childhood, experiencing the magic at Walt Disney World for the first time at the age of 11. Journeys to Neverland are at least a yearly occurrence for her, her husband and her four children (the Fab Four). When they go to the parks, they stay in Florida for three weeks at a time. Rebekah loves exploring the history of the parks, the genius behind the Magic in the person of Walt Disney, and she is intrigued by all things Disney World and Disney Imagineering. When in the parks, Rebekah and her husband Scott make the most of their time by enjoying every minute with their Fab Four, by delving deeper into Walt’s vision for the parks and into the history behind the Walt Disney World Resort, and by photographing the many different types of architecture at Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and on the World Showcase at EPCOT. When she’s not in the parks, Rebekah is excitedly setting travel dates and planning her family’s next adventure to their happy place deep within the Sunshine State. On breaks from planning her next trip, Rebekah is a writer, journalist and children’s author, penning children’s books about kids with special needs that she affectionately calls “believement-achievement” stories. Her hobbies include creative writing, paper crafting and interviewing Imagineers. She is also an advocate for Autism Awareness and for children with developmental disabilities of all kinds.