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    We've gone many times over the years and have always purchased park hopper tickets. In the past I could never imagine not getting them and having the flexibilty to go wherever, whenever. But looking back (being that I'm such a planner with dining reservations) we probably only "hopped" 2-3 days out of our usual 8 day vacations. I'm on a stricter budget this year and I'm probably not going to add on the hopper option so it's got me wondering how many people actually buy that (especially Disney World veterans). So do you hop or not?

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    We always hop! We like the flexibility of it (for dining purposes, if one park is crowded you can go to another...).
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    We always hop also, usually taking advantage of it a little more than half of our days. We always take a midday break and our family has found we enjoy going to a different park in the evening than the one we started at in the morning. We also like the flexibility of leaving a more crowded park for a hopefully less crowded one.

    It all boils down to personal preference though, and if money is tight, you have to take that into consideration. Just plan well and you'll probably be o.k.
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    I think other than the first time we went to WDW in 1989 we have always gotten the park hopper.

    We not may hit 2 or 3 parks a day depending on whether we have dining reservations in one of the parks.

    I think that it is the only way to go. If you get tired of one park you can go to another without buying another ticket for that park. Well worth the extra money in my opinion.

    Hope this helps...
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    We always hop, love the flexability. But I think with proper planning it could be done.
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    I always buy hoppers. And normally we hop every day, except our arrival and departure days. If there was no such thing as EMH, then i might not need to hop. But to take advantage of the extra hours, hopping is nearly mandatory.

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    We do NOT hop! We prefer to enjoy the 1 park per day. Hopping is too much fuss for us!

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    We always buy the hoppers. We like the option to move about the parks. We might only use it 2 or 3 days out of a 7 day vacation but we like to know we have it if we want to use it

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    We almost always do on each day of our trips. It makes me scared to not get them, actually, because we lose our ability to adapt to unexpected changes. One time we left Epcot for MK, in a torrential downpour, and arrived to a mostly empty MK and had a great evening walking onto all attractions.

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    I love to be able to hop. As mentioned, if one park is crowded, we hope to another. Also, never feel that AK is an all day park. And our last day, we like the flexibility of going wherever we want to get everything in. Most parks visited in one day - three.
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    I would never do WDW without it. It's the ultimate in flexibility and well worth the money for me. My last trip, I think there was maybe one day out of a week plus that we didn't hop, if only for dinner. I'm a big fan of walking EPCOT at night, and we would also sometimes spend the day at a park, rest up at the resort, and then check out another park's nighttime show. It's dirt cheap to add to your tickets, if you're staying a week it's maybe $10 a day.
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    Not hopping would totally mess up our very well organized machine.

    When we get up in the morning, it is typical that we go to the bus stop and get on the first bus that pulls up.

    After our mid-day break back at the resort, we go to the bus stop and get on the first bus that pulls up.

    Wow. Without a hopper, we would have to actually plan our days
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    Sometimes, yes; sometimes; no. There are days we've gone to only one park and not to any other and there are days when we've gone to 2-3 parks in the same day. Our last several ticket purchases have been annual passes - love the ability to pop into a park for dinner even if we don't plan to spend much time in a park and/or hop from park to park as we choose.
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    Always hop. There are days when I have the hopper and don't hop, but they are few. I would rather pay the money for hopper and know that I can than fear that I would want to hop and couldn't.
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    Aside from one trip, getting into MK only... and dinner out at the Contemporary... I always park hop.

    I think it would be very possible to not park hop and have a fully enjoyable, jam packed trip. Time is certainly lost on getting to and from each park and not being able to collect Fast Passes beyond a certain point. I could see putting the costs of hopping into saving for other aspects of the trip, for sure. You can still get to nearby resorts and back to the original resort-of-the-day without hopping at all.

    So far the benefit has been meal planning, and night shows, and feeling like there's an "out" if one park feels overloaded (or less matched to weather conditions). The other benefit of hopping is knowing you can get favourites in if any blips are encountered (with attractions being down or 90 min. plus, etc.). Our last visit was to Dolphin so it was nice knowing regardless of other park visits we could slip into International Gateway at Epcot. None of those reasons have really been must-haves though.
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    I do park hop I find that going to certain parks (AK and HS) doesn't always reward a full day. so i end up heading over to Epcot or MK but that's my personal preference..
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    Hop - fer sure !! We've been so many times that one park a day isn't enough for us.
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    Hopper, I don't know if I would survive not being able to hop. We're usually one park in the morning, another in the afternoon and if there's EMH we're heading there at night. Unless we have a meal planned we're the first bus that shows up group.
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    We hop to. With the family going in different directions during the day we all meet up for dinner together at night.

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    I always hop. Honestly being a single traveler its a great option. I go to the parks I want to and hit the attractions I want to hit and move on. I've even done ONE day at WDW and hit all four theme parks! I wouldn't reccommend doing this with a family, but it does work. It makes you completely exausted though.
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