A money saving tip to beat the Hopper

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A money saving tip to beat the Hopper

While I can't imagine spending less than a week at Walt Disney World on any trip, I believe most travellers spend somewhere between three and six days at the theme parks. For anyone that fits that common bill, do NOT buy the Hopper ticket. It's a scam. There's a much better solution--simply buy more day passes. Why buy a hopper when you can get twice the number of day tickets at a cheaper price?

Let's say a family is going to the Orlando area for a week. They plan on arriving at the hotel in the late afternoon on day one (as opposed to day two? wink ), anticipate spending three full days at Disney, one day combing a beach, one day elsewhere (what a waste!), and another travel day where they aren't sure if they'll do anything or not. They could buy a three day hopper for $318 (including taxes), but why do that? They could buy a six day pass for $296 and use two tickets every day. Here's an even better way to maximize their dollars and time beyond the simple use-two-tickets-each-day-if-you-want-to plan...

If they feel up to spending a few hours that first night at a park, they can spend the first ticket that night at, let's say, Epcot. The second ticket could be a full day at the Magic Kingdom. The third ticket can be used at the Studios. The fourth ticket can be used at Animal Kingdom one morning, and then the fifth can be used that same night at Epcot. They hopped around one day, got a bonus short evening at Epcot and have another ticket to use for a brief morning before leaving central Florida if they choose...and they saved $22 per person.

That's just one scenario. Maybe they want to go to a park in the evening after going to the beach; they can go just to catch a ride or two and watch the Main Street Electrical Parade and Wishes if they want. Maybe they know they only need five tickets and can save another $11 per person. There are many ways to optimize your dollars by simply buying more days instead of wasting them with a Hopper. Just go!

**I'm brand spanking new to this site, so if this tip is somewhere I didn't see, I apologize for the redundancy.

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While I wouldn't call the Park-Hopper option a "scam" you do present a valid park hopping alternative. I'd never done the math on that before. I like that with the method you're suggesting that you can use it so for as a temporary hopper rather than the length of stay version that Disney insists on. I don't usually get Park Hoppers on my tickets, but sometimes there is a day that it would help, this would allow that option for just the day I need.

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This does work in this case. However, when I did the math for a 7 day trip wanting to go to the parks and park hop every day, it does not work. For the 7 day visit hopping every day it is almost $300 cheaper to buy park hopper passes.

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Let's say a family is going to the Orlando area for a week. They plan on arriving at the hotel in the late afternoon on day one (as opposed to day two? wink ), anticipate spending three full days at Disney, one day combing a beach, one day elsewhere (what a waste!), and another travel day where they aren't sure if they'll do anything or not. They could buy a three day hopper for $318 (including taxes), but why do that? They could buy a six day pass for $296 and use two tickets every day. Here's an even better way to maximize their dollars and time beyond the simple use-two-tickets-each-day-if-you-want-to plan...

That wont work the machines at the front of the park that you insert you ticket in to before entering the park will read/recognize that the ticket has already been validated at another park for the day & you'll be denied admission.

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revral wrote:
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Let's say a family is going to the Orlando area for a week. They plan on arriving at the hotel in the late afternoon on day one (as opposed to day two? wink ), anticipate spending three full days at Disney, one day combing a beach, one day elsewhere (what a waste!), and another travel day where they aren't sure if they'll do anything or not. They could buy a three day hopper for $318 (including taxes), but why do that? They could buy a six day pass for $296 and use two tickets every day. Here's an even better way to maximize their dollars and time beyond the simple use-two-tickets-each-day-if-you-want-to plan...

That wont work the machines at the front of the park that you insert you ticket in to before entering the park will read/recognize that the ticket has already been validated at another park for the day & you'll be denied admission.

I remember someone complaining about that very thing. They'd been told they could use one park admission to enter one park in the morning and a second admission to enter a different park in the evening, but they were denied admission to the second park. I don't recall whether someone posted about it here or I overheard them at the park on our last trip. Whatever. It doesn't work.

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M, You cannot use more then one day at a time on a ticket. You cannot use the tickets the way you are talking about.

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Yeah, I could see this working back in the days when the tickets were paper and you held 5 actual tickets, but now that everything is on a card, I think Disney would block you from using a 2nd ticket that day.

Which leads me to a question. Say I'm at the MK and decide I really want to go to Epcot. Can I upgrade my ticket to a hopper? Will they ding you for the length of stay then? What if its your last day on the ticket??

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JMUDukz wrote:
Yeah, I could see this working back in the days when the tickets were paper and you held 5 actual tickets, but now that everything is on a card, I think Disney would block you from using a 2nd ticket that day.

Which leads me to a question. Say I'm at the MK and decide I really want to go to Epcot. Can I upgrade my ticket to a hopper? Will they ding you for the length of stay then? What if its your last day on the ticket??

If it was your last day, you would be okay and they would probably upgrade it for you. If you had more days left, you would have to upgrade them all.

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mrhub wrote:
JMUDukz wrote:

Which leads me to a question. Say I'm at the MK and decide I really want to go to Epcot. Can I upgrade my ticket to a hopper? Will they ding you for the length of stay then? What if its your last day on the ticket??

If it was your last day, you would be okay and they would probably upgrade it for you. If you had more days left, you would have to upgrade them all.

Agreed.

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Isn't the park hopper option just a flat $57 fee, no matter how many days you have? I might be misunderstanding the question. confused

OK, so I have been trying to figure out what the best deal will be for my family when they come with us this Sept. I have been looking at 5, 6 & 7 day standard and park hopper. No matter what, to add the park hopper option, it is a one time $57 fee on any of those options. Not $57 per day.

So, to upgrade to park hopper on your last day, would it not also be $57?

I feel like I am totally missing the mark, but that might have a lot to do with not being able to concentrate due to my 2 & 4 year olds fighting and screaming in my ear. Sorry.

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WDWfanatic wrote:
Isn't the park hopper option just a flat $57 fee, no matter how many days you have? I might be misunderstanding the question. confused

I went out to the website and it does look like it's a flat fee to add hopping no matter what the length of stay is.

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Actually for 1 day it would be $35, for 2 or more days it is $57 total, but not $57 a day. If you were on your last day, you could probably get them to only charge you the $35.

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I just like the freedom of being able to go where we want whenever we want with the hoppers without having to keep track of anything. With our packages they have always been the cheaper option.

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MrHub -- You rock!

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Thanks Kristen, your not to bad yourself. I just rock to hard sometimes and fall backwards. rolling

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