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Is a Disneyland Hopper Ticket Worth It?

Disneyland® Resort is one of the most popular theme parks in the country with world-class attractions and rides that are both enchanting and thrilling. So, to experience the best that Disney has to offer you need to find the right Disneyland® Resort tickets to suit your needs. One amazing option are Park Hopper tickets® which offer flexibility and fun; however, some guests wonder if Disneyland Park Hopper tickets® are worth the extra cost?

What is a Park Hopper Ticket?

A standard Disneyland® Resort ticket gives you entry to a single park for a single day with access to all the rides and attractions inside. This is a great option for guests who are only visiting for a very short time and have specific rides they want to enjoy.

On the other hand, a Disneyland® Resort Park Hopper ticket® offers you the flexibility of entry to both Disneyland® Park and Disney California Adventure in a single day with access to all the rides and attractions in both parks.

There are numerous benefits to purchasing a Park Hopper® that will really help you to make the most of your visit.

Benefits of a Park Hopper®

A Park Hopper® allows you to enjoy more Disney Magic by giving you access to every single ride at Disneyland® Resort and there are so many different attractions on offer at both parks.

Disneyland® Park offers more classic rides such as It’s a Small World After All, the Haunted Mansion, and Pirates of the Caribbean and guests can enjoy wandering through eight themed section of the park and meeting beloved classic Disney characters.

Disney California Adventure, offers more contemporary Disney creations and is home to some thrilling and engaging rides including Toy Story Midway Mania, the Incredicoaster and Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission – Breakout. It also has seven themed sections to the park with modern Disney characters including Cars Land, home to Lightning McQueen and all your PIXAR pals.

Disney California Adventure also hosts many of the resorts special events including the updated Halloween party, Oogie Boogie Bash. However, as of June 2019, Disneyland® Park will offer an all-new Star Wars land Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and host special events featuring an interactive behind the scenes exhibit of Star Wars – The Last Jedi, Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run, several new galactic dining facilities and many more amazing attractions.

Park Hopper®


Unlike Walt Disney World which is a sprawling Adventureland made up of five different parks each with their own unique attractions and experiences, Disneyland® Resort is made up of only two separate parks, Disneyland® Park and Disney California Adventure, whose entrances are located around 300 ft from each other.

Because the parks are so physically close, a Park Hopper® allows you to travel between parks easily so you can experience more of what Disneyland® Resort has to offer. This means that you can be more flexible about how you spend your day.

For example, start your morning on some of the popular rides at California Adventure, head over to Disneyland® Park for lunch and watch the fireworks display over Sleeping Beauty Castle before you go.

Time Saving

The added benefit of having a Park Hopper® ticket for Disneyland® Resort is that you can easily upgrade your ticket to Disney MAXPASS® which gives you access to FASTPASS® reservations on the Disney mobile app. This means that you can save time and book your ride while in one park then simply head on over when it is your ride time.

If you plan to stay more than two days, a Park Hopper® ticket is a must as one of the extra benefits for guests with three, four, and five day passes include Magic Morning access. Magic Morning allows guests early entrance into the park so you can beat the crowds. This is a no-brainer for guests with young children as an early start will put you at the front of the queues and still leave time for photos with your favorite characters before the big crowds hit.

Magic Morning is also ideal if you are planning a visit during the busy summer period as it allows you to enjoy the rides during the cooler part of the day and head to the inside attractions when it gets too hot.

What Season You Visit

Timing can have a big impact on which ticket will be more worth your money. Summer is peak season for visitors, and the Fourth of July celebration is the second busiest time of the year. This means that crowds are at capacity and you may not be able to enter the parks as easily as in off-peak seasons. This also true during Holiday seasons such as Halloween, Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

Traveling to Disneyland® Resort off-peak may mean that a Park Hopper® ticket would be more useful to you as entry in and out of both parks will go more quickly and reduced ride queues mean you can experience more rides.

Length of Stay

Your decision can also be impacted by the length of your stay. Many guests may find it challenging to see multiple attractions at both parks within a single day.

However, if you are staying multiple days you will be able to fit in more Disney experiences and with both parks featuring some amazing attractions as Park Hopper® ticket could save you money. The added cost of a Park Hopper® ticket can be averaged out over the number of days you stay, saving you money and helping you enjoy the experience more.

Who You Are Traveling With?

Park hopping can be great fun but also exhausting, so if you are traveling with elderly guests or small children a Park Hopper® ticket may not be the right choice for you. However, for families with older children or guests that want to experience both classic Disney magic as well as some more recent Disney attractions, a Park Hopper® ticket is a worthwhile purchase.

Final Thoughts

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