Should we buy Park Hopper Tickets?
(Saint Joseph, MI)
Should I buy the Park Hopper option to go with the tickets for 7 day passes?
You might need a park hopper to eat at
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Dad's that all depends Answer
Should you buy Park Hopper Tickets? I don't know if I have enough information to answer your question, but since I know everything, I'll give it a shot.
The Park Hopper option is a lot of money. $55 per person. For a family of 4 that's over $200. That sure would buy few good meals even at Walt Disney World.
Typically the shorter the trip the more you need a to purchase the Park Hopper Option. Yes, I said shorter. Let me explain.
When you are planning a longer trip (like you are with 7 day tickets) you can plan multiple days in each park which will insure you don't miss anything important. You can always catch something on the second day.
However, if you have young children it might be a better strategy to have a park hopper (although we never did) and leave the parks in the afternoon for a nap and spend the evening in a different park.
It also depends on the time of year. During the busier times of the year, the Park Hopper option makes more sense. When it's slow at Walt Disney World, you can, according to The Princess, see a park in less than 8 hours. Then there is no reason to buy the option. Unless ...
One big reason to have the Park Hopper Option for your Walt Disney World Tickets is to eat multiple nights in the World Showcase
. There are so many great restaurants over there that you could eat there every night of a 2 week vacation and have something different every night.
A good resource for helping you decide would be my friends over at Pixie and Pirate Destinations
. They will be able to work with you to pick out the best ticket option for your trip.
If you want to buy the tickets on your own, make sure to check out the Disney World Ticket Vendor that Dad recommends - Undercover Tourist with Free Shipping
You can always add the option even up to the last day of your trip so you have some time to mull it over. On our last trip, we added the Park Hopper Option because The Princess and The Man-Child assured us that they would be hitting the Magic Kingdom
late each night after the "old fogies" went to bed. The wimps were asleep before Mrs. Mom and I every night.
Old Fogies ...
Dad's Bottom Line
Maybe if I knew a bit more I could give you a better answer, but the bottom line is for most trips, in Dad's humble opinion, the Park Hopper Option is a waste of money. Yes, there are times when it's necessary, but not usually for longer trips.