When we went to Disney World in 2010, we added the Park Hopper option to our tickets. We had grand plans of doing one park in the morning, going back to the resort for a swim after lunch, then doing another park in the late afternoon/evening. I guess we forgot for a moment that we were travelling with four young kids! Our other thought was that with Park Hopper, we wouldn’t be restricted in our choice of dining spots. We could spend the day at Magic Kingdom then go to EPCOT for lunch or dinner.

Italy Pavilion at EPCOT

Italy Pavilion at EPCOT

That’s not quite how it worked out. In reality, We chose a park in the morning, and by lunchtime all we wanted to do was go back to our room for an afternoon rest/nap. We got up in time for dinner and sometimes fireworks, sometimes just a little wandering around, then back to the resort.

For our next trip, we’ll skip the Park Hopper. Since I’ll be planning out our dining reservations months in advance anyway, I can arrange to be at the right park on the right day. And if we decide that we really want to do two different parks in a day, we can add a one-day Park Hopper to our tickets at the gate.

What do you do? Park Hopper or not?