Park-hopping returns to Disney World: What you need to know

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Park-hopping is officially back at Walt Disney World.

As a response to the pandemic, Disney only allowed guests to book a reservation for one park a day. But that all changed with the start of the new year.

Theme park experts said this is likely a boon for locals and passholders who have been propping up the company according to earnings calls.

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Ian Hitchcock is a passholder and runs the YouTube channel Park Hop Till We Drop. His family spent the morning at Magic Kingdom before hitting the second park of the day.

“We actually left Magic Kingdom at about 1:12 and made it over to Hollywood Studios, just kind of taking it easy, not trying to rush anything and we were here right at 2, walked right in,” he said.

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Here are the new rules for park-hopping:

  • You first must make a reservation for one of the parks then visit that one before trying to park hop.
  • Disney said it plans to allow people to park hop beginning around 2 p.m.
  • There’s no need for a reservation, but you can only get in if that park hasn’t reached capacity.
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