To hop or not at Disney:
Are hopper passes worth it when visiting Disney?
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No matter who you ask, you’re going to get different opinions. Hopper passes are about as controversial as presidential elections. Some people love them, some people swear by them, some people don’t think they’re worth the extra money. Others will tell you that they’re not even available. So what’s the reality, and which should you get for your next trip to Disney?
Disneyland: Hop away! If you’re headed to Disneyland: get a hopper pass. Known for its intimacy and Close Quarters, the traditional Disneyland is short on space and therefore tall on excitement. This makes it the prime example for the use of a hopper pass. The two parks are so close together, there’s no reason that they should be separated by that gate that they are — except to make a little bit more money. The value of a hopper pass here is you don’t have to get on any trains, planes, or automobiles to go from one park to the next, or even into downtown Disney. All of it collides on the same corner, making the hopper pass a very good deal.
Walt Disney World: Don’t hop around. Florida is the exact opposite of Disneyland. That’s what makes this the ideal place for not getting a hopper pass. it is better if you just do one park at a time, and do it to the best of your ability for the day. The grandness of this property showcases thirty hotels, five major parks, and two water parks. The combination of all of the above means that you either have to change parking lots, hop on a bus, or take the monorail to get from one place to another. They are even adding in a new gondola system to get you to and from the parks, there is so much traffic! You will spend more time in transportation lines than on rides if you choose a hopper pass here. It wouldn’t be a surprise if they instituted plane trips to and from the parks if they grow up much larger.
Disneyland Paris: Hop away! Both parks are included in your day pass. Disneyland Paris is much like its namesake. Set in the french countryside outside of Paris, it has very little room in which to grow outward. Most of this room has been taken up with hotels. So why not make both parks one low price? More value for the rest of us! The good news about this park’s second park, it’s included in your pass. It just makes sense not to make us choose.
Disneyland Tokyo: No hopping allowed. This Disney also has two parks, but unlike Disneyland Paris, the second park is NOT included in your ticket price. The day pass is good for one park or the other. You will have to buy a second pass if you want to hop. Since you have to buy two days, you might as well make it a two-day adventure. That way you are getting the full value out of each of your passes.
*Don’t skip the second park here! Disneyland Tokyo is iconic and full of favorite rides. That said, if you want a truly Japanese experience you have to take yourself over to Japan’s second park. That’s where cultural Japan and Disney collide in an amazing way. It is not something to miss.
Hong Kong Disneyland: Nowhere to hop. This park is a single. So sit back, enjoy a single-park experience without the need to hop to somewhere else.
*Fun side note, elders age 65+ get in for next to nothing. Tickets for honored elders cost only $12 as of the posting of this article. This is a new thing just for this park.
Shanghai Disney Resort: Nowhere to hop. This park is so new they haven’t had time to build a second one. Sit back, enjoy a single park experience without the need to hop off. Unless you’re going to the Great Wall. Personally, I’d give each its own day.
Now that we’ve covered all the parks and ticket hopping options, we’d love to hear from you! What is your take on the Hopper Pass? Did your family find it worth it, or not. Tell us in the comments!
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