Which Park Should You Start Your Day With When Modified Park Hopping Returns to Disney World?

It’s been a week full of news from Disney World, including announcements with new details for the upcoming Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure and nighttime spectacular Harmonious!

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

And today, Disney announced that they will also be re-introducing a modified version of its Park Hopper system at the beginning of next year! However, there is one adjustment that could make a BIG difference when it comes to your experiences in the parks

When Park Hopping picks back up again in January 2021, guests who have a ticket or Annual Pass with Park Hopper benefits will be able to visit more than one park per day after 2 PM.


Since capacity measures are still in place, guests will need to make a Disney Park Pass reservation in the first park that they visit that day. However, park reservations for any additional parks are not required at the moment! All you’ll need is a valid Park Hopper ticket or Park Hopper benefit on your Annual Pass to visit multiple parks.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

When we have spoken with Cast Members, we’ve been told that you will be able to return to the original park you started the day in, if park hopper hours are still available in that specific park. So, if you kicked off the day in the Magic Kingdom and popped over to EPCOT in the late afternoon, you could still head back to the Magic Kingdom if capacity and Park Hopping hours allow.

Cinderella Castle

However, Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be getting some pretty big changes with the Park Hopper system. Guests who choose the park as their second stop of the day will not be able to join the virtual queue at Rise of the Resistance. Even though you can join a Boarding Group outside the park as early as 7AM and again in the park at 2 PM, this switch means that you might not be able to visit the hit attraction at all in Disney’s Hollywood Studios if you aren’t visiting it as your first park of the day.

Rise of the Resistance

Since Rise of the Resistance is one of the most popular attractions (and generally a major reason to head to the park), it could be beneficial to your plans to start your park hopping days off in Disney’s Hollywood Studios if you want to visit the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge ride.

Rise of the Resistance Pre-Show

The park has generally been opening around 10AM, which gives you plenty of time to head to Rise of the Resistance before checking out the other attractions around the park before park hopping hours begin at 2PM.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

However, if you aren’t looking to visit Rise of the Resistance, Magic Kingdom might be the way to go if you’re looking to conquer more attractions before heading to other parks during the day. And, you can still come back to the park if you didn’t get the chance to hop on a must-do attraction or you just want to ride your favorites another time!

Cinderella Castle

As you’re planning your park hopping days, it’s also important to keep in mind that you’ll want to continue checking the Disney World website for updated hours “as they could start earlier at a later date.” We’ll be sure to keep you updated on additional information about park hopping soon!

Here’s everything you need to know about the modified Park Hopper system!

What Disney World park is your favorite to visit? Let us know in the comments below!

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Rachel Franko has been going to Disney Parks since she was a baby, and her love of Disney has only grown into a SLIGHT obsession since! She's been writing for AllEars since 2019 and loves sharing the magic with all the readers. When she's not writing, you can catch her heading to Disney and Universal Studios with a heart full of dreams and a backpack full of themed ears!

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