Your 2021 Disney World Trip May See Some Major Changes With These 3 Park Hopping Updates!

It feels like it’s been ages since we’ve been able to Park Hop in Disney World. When the parks originally opened, the ability to visit multiple places within a day was suspended as a health and safety measure.

Magic Kingdom

However, Disney has continued to shift its operations as more guests return to the parks and new health and safety measures are included. Although there are still various experiences that are halted currently, park hopping will be returning to Disney World at the beginning of 2021!

Since there will be some modifications to the Park Hopping system, your visit to Disney World could still look different, even with the reinstated ability to go to multiple parks in a day.

Here’s how your upcoming Disney World vacation may change in 2021 with the new Park Hopper system!

After Park Hopping kicks off again in Disney World, guests will need to have a Disney Park Pass reservation at the first park they wish to visit that day. However, visits to secondary parks don’t require a Park Pass, but you’ll need a valid Park Hopper ticket or Park Hopper benefit on your Annual Pass.

Germany Pavilion

Previously, guests were able to park hop all day long, whenever they would like. But, Disney has changed these guidelines at the beginning of next year. Now, there are limited hours to park hop during the day with the ability to visit other parks starting at 2PM. And, since some parks close as early as 7PM, that’s not a whole lot of time to travel to visit everything in each park.

Tree of Life

Now that more crowds have also started to return to Disney World with increased capacity measures, there could be longer wait times on attractions and less availability to get into a park. Even though Disney has raised its capacity, there is still a limit of only 35% of its original volume of guests.

Crowds in Magic Kingdom

So, that means that you could head to the Magic Kingdom during park hopping hours to find that the park is full. If you decide that you want to park hop, it’s important that you monitor the capacity levels before making your way all the way across the property.

EPCOT Entrance

You’ll also want to keep an eye on the Disney World website since they will continue to update park hopping hours “as they could start earlier at a later date” depending on the day and park.


One of the biggest modifications coming to the Park Pass system, though, is the change to Rise of the Resistance. Guests who decide to go to Disney’s Hollywood Studios as their second park of the day will not be able to join the virtual queue at Rise of the Resistance.

Rise of the Resistance

Even though everyone with a Hollywood Studios park pass can now book 7AM Boarding Groups outside the park as well as 1PM Boarding Groups inside the park, this new rule could actually prevent you from being able to ride the attraction in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at all.

Rise of the Resistance Boarding Groups

So, if you want to ride Rise of the Resistance, it’s important you choose Disney’s Hollywood Studios as your first park of the day. However, Magic Kingdom might be a better choice for your party if you want to fit as many attractions into your day as possible. Either way, planning your first stop on park hopping days is more important now that these modifications could completely change your visit to Disney World!

BB-8 in Rise of the Resistance
BB-8 in the briefing room of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

As you start to book your upcoming 2021 vacation to the parks, you’re going to want to consider how Park Hopping changes your plans moving forward. And, we’ll be sure to give you more details about additional details on the new Park Hopper system too!

Here’s everything you need to know about Park Hopping in Disney World now!

Do you have plans to visit Disney World in 2021? 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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3 Replies to “Your 2021 Disney World Trip May See Some Major Changes With These 3 Park Hopping Updates!”

  1. Yes! My friends and I are going on a much needed girls trip from February 22-27 and we are extremely excited we get to have a whole day dedicated to each park! From what it sounds like it shouldn’t affect people who already have park passes who don’t plan on park hopping. Thank you for all that you do and the updates! Your videos and updates are making me even more excited to get there!

  2. Yes. We are back to our regular time of year to visit, in 2021. May 5-14. I will monitor the Park Hopping as we get closer to our visit. Not sure if it will make sense for us to do so. Unless some version of Fast Pass and or Nighttime Entertainment returns. With the vaccine on the horizon. I like all the safety measures Disney has in place. But, I would love to not have to wear a face cover. Six months feels like a lifetime.

    Thanks for the update.