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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Do you have plans to visit Disney World in 2021? Let us know in the comments below!
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