CONFIRMED: Park Hopper is Coming Back to Disney World in 2021

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Park Hopper is Coming Back to Disney World in 2021: Here are all the details.

The announcement is official: Walt Disney World (WDW) guests can soon begin park hopping once more!

On Friday, November 20, Disney announced that the Park Hopper option would return beginning Jan. 1, 2021.

Select guests will once again be able to spend the daytime at one park and possibly enjoy the evening at another park.

This certainly gives guests the chance to get more out of their park visits, especially since some of the parks have reduced hours and close earlier than others. 

The return of park hopping means there are also some understandable changes and mainly for health and safety reasons.

HOW PARK HOPPING WILL WORK In 2021

As previously stated, guests can begin park hopping at the start of 2021, but only those guests who have purchased a ticket or an Annual Pass with Park Hopper benefits will be allowed to visit more than one park per day.

To be clear, yes, Disney Park Pass reservations are still required, but here’s what you need to know:

  • Guests have to make a park reservation for the first park they plan to visit and enter that first park before they visit another park.
  • Currently, a park reservation is not required after the first park, but reservation requirements are subject to change.

TIMING IS IMPORTANT

To be clear, you can’t just pop into a park in the early morning for an hour and then head to another park right after.

Now, this is important: There will be specific Park Hopper hours when park hopping will be available.

These hours will start at 2 p.m. each day and end at the park’s scheduled close time.

Like with most anything, the Park Hopper hours could alter depending on the day and the park. 

According to Disney, “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.”

LIMITED PARK CAPACITY ISN’T GOING ANYWHERE

That’s right; capacity limits are not changing just because Park Hopper is returning. 

In the words of Disney, “Please note that the ability to visit another park will be subject to the park’s capacity limitations.”

Remember, you can always check the availability calendar to see which park still has availability.

And one more final note: If you are visiting Hollywood Studios after visiting your first park, you can’t join the virtual queue for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.

Park Hopping Returns

This is definitely yet another big change for WDW, and it will be interesting to see how this particular Park Hopper option process goes.

As always, there are still many questions lingering, but we’ll be sure to keep you updated on any and all changes when it comes to the new way to park hop.

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Allyson Koerner

Allyson Koerner is a published entertainment news and Disney Parks writer, who hasn’t been able to stay away from Walt Disney World since she was 5-years-old. She even has her own Disney blog, Magic-Ally Main Street, where she shares news and tips in hopes of helping others plan successful Disney vacations.