Well folks, it is finally here. The news that we have all been waiting for! Park Hopping will return to Walt Disney World Parks on January 1, 2021. Happy New Year!!
Many things have had to change due to the situation this year, limited capacity, social distancing, wearing a face mask. But of all those things, it seems that the hardest pill to swallow was not being able to park hop. Even having to make a reservation we took in stride, but for those of us that are frequent visitors of the parks, having to stay in one park a day, well, it was just the hardest to get used to.
However, now it seems that the new year of 2021 may just really start to be a better year after all and with the news today, there just may be light at the end of this 2020 tunnel after all. Now don’t get overly excited, there still are some guidelines in place as we move forward.
Starting Jan. 1, 2021, guests who purchased a ticket or annual pass with Park Hopper benefits will be able to visit more than one park per day, with some new modifications as part of our ongoing focus on health and safety.
With the updated Park Hopper experience, guests must make a Disney Park Pass reservation for the first park they plan to visit AND enter that first park prior to visiting another. At this time, a park reservation is not required after the first park, however, reservation requirements are subject to change.
Additionally, we will set specific Park Hopper hours during which this option will be available. Park Hopper hours will start at 2 p.m. each day and end at the park’s scheduled close time. Guests will soon be able to check DisneyWorld.com/ParkHours and the My Disney Experience app for the most up-to-date Park Hopper hours, as they could start earlier at a later date, depending on the day and park.
These modifications are designed to help Disney continue managing attendance in a way that fosters physical distancing. Additionally, other enhanced health and safety measures remain in effect, including face coverings required for all guests ages two and up.
As a reminder, guests with a ticket or pass that includes Park Hopper benefits get the chance to see and do more during their visit, which could mean a morning on the savanna at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and an evening stroll by Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park or starting the day living your Star Wars adventure at Disney’s Hollywood Studios before an afternoon traveling around the world at EPCOT. Please note that the ability to visit another park will be subject to the park’s capacity limitations.
It will be exciting to once again be able to take in more than one park in a day. I think since we all have pretty much gotten used to the Disney Park Pass reservation system, this is a smart step into bringing things back to at least a new normal in the parks.
What do you think? Are you happy that we will be able to park hop again? Do you feel that this will work out the way that Disney sees it or do you feel that they may not be able to keep track of park capacity? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
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