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  • Park hopping will return January 1, 2021

    This is very exciting news. We don't park hop but it tells me things are still slowly going back to normal.

    I read it at Kenny the Pirate and I'm sure it's on other sites but there will be stipulations - you still have to make a park pass for one park and actually go to that park first and the hopping won't start until 2 pm. Admittance to the second park will obviously be based on capacity but I still think it's positive news.
    Darlene

    My Previous Trips: All WDW - July 1980 off property - July 1981 FW - July 1983 FW - July 1985 FW - August 1987 FW - July 1988 Treehouse Villas - July 1990 Treehouse Villas - July 1997 FW - August 2006 AS Sports, 1st time with DH and DD - August 2008 AS Sports - August 2009 AS Sports - August 2010 AS Sports - July 2011 AS Sports - August 2013 AS Music - August 2014 AS Music - August 2015 AS Music - August 2016 AS Music - August 2018 AS Music, Kate (lovewdw2) joined us for the weekend

  • #2
    We got an email about that today! Yes, it's definitely good news.
    ~ Donna

    Past trips: 1991-Dixie Landings, 1994- Off site, 2004 - POR, 2009 - POFQ, 2010 - POFQ, 2011 - POR, 2012 - BLT, 2013 - BCV, 2015 - BWV, 2016 - BWV, 2017 - BLT, 2018 - OKW, 2018 - BWV/AKL, 2019 - BLT

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    • #3
      That's great news and sounds exactly like what I had envisioned.
      11/19-POFQ~5/19-POFQ~12/18-POFQ~4/18-Won. thru PC~10/16-POFQ~6/16-Won. to Alaska~4/16-POFQ~2/16-POR/Mag/POFQ~11/15-POFQ~6/15-Mag to Norway~5/15-POFQ~3/15-POFQ~12/2014-POR~9/14-CSR~3/14-POR~3/13-POR~ 6/11-Won. to Alaska~3/11-POR~6/10-GF/Poly~6/09-Mag~ 3/08-Pop/Won/POFQ~10/07-Pop~ 6/07-CBR~3/07-Pop/POFQ~6/06-Pop~12/05-POFQ~7/05-POR~1/05-Pop~7/04-POR~1/04-CBR~6/03-POFQ~3/03-POFQ~3/02-off site~12/01-WL~7/01-ASMU~3/01-POR~7/00-Swan~7/98-DxL~7/92-DxL~5/89-Off site~12/76-Honeymoon off-site

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      • #4
        Here's an article from All Ears Net with all the details.
        Disney World is reinstating Park Hopping! Here's how the modified system may affect your upcoming 2021 vacation!

        Enjoying some relaxation time on the Transatlantic cruise on the Disney Magic - I'm Cheryl and with my husband Mark, we love visiting Disney and exploring the world...

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        • #5
          Interesting indeed. Thanks, Darlene!
          Susan

          DLR off-site June 1979, WDW offsite March 1985, ASMovies June 2002, ASSports May 2006, ASMusic May/June 2007, ASSports May 2008, Pop Century May/June 2010, Coronado Springs October 2011, ASSports May/June 2012, Pop Century May/June 2013, ASMovies October 2013, DLR off-site June 2014, ASMusic May/June 2015, ASSports May/June 2016, ASMovies October 2016, Pop Century May/June 2017, MNSSHP October 2017, ASSports March 2018, Pop Century July 2019

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          • #6
            Here's what's posted about the return of park hopping for annual pass holders on the Disney World website. I imagine there will be some slight differences for those with tickets but this should give a pretty good idea of how it will work.

            Welcoming You Back to Walt Disney World Resort


            Our Annual Passholders are some of our most loyal and valued Guests—and we’re truly excited to welcome you back. With that in mind, great thought has been put into the reopening of the Walt Disney World theme parks.
            Initially, park capacity will be significantly limited—and may continue to be for a period of time, based on guidance from health experts to promote physical distancing.

            We understand how much excitement, thought and time goes into planning your Disney visits and realize some new changes may be disappointing. For example, during this unprecedented time, an annual pass will not guarantee park entry and Annual Passholders will be required to make an advance reservation to enter a park via the new Disney Park Pass system.

            Please note that:
            • UPDATE – Beginning January 1, 2021, we’re bringing back the ability to visit more than one park per day at Walt Disney World Resort with some new modifications.
              • We will set specific Park Hopper hours during which this option will be available. Park Hopper hours will start at 2 PM each day and end at the park’s scheduled close time. 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, as they could start earlier at a later date, depending on the day and park.
              • With the updated Park Hopper experience, Annual Passholders must make a Disney Park Pass reservation for the first park they plan to visit AND enter that first park prior to visiting another.
              • At this time, a park reservation is not required after the first park, however, reservation requirements are subject to change. The ability to visit another park will be subject to the park’s capacity limitations and applicable pass blockout dates.
            • During the limited capacity period, it may be difficult for Annual Passholders to get park reservations to visit on certain dates.
            • Some pass benefits and features will not be available during periods of limited capacity. Also, park experiences and offerings have been modified and are subject to limited availability or even closure.
            • Annual Passholders staying at select Disney Resort or other select hotels with valid theme park admission are eligible to make theme park reservations for each day of their Resort stay(s), in addition to holding up to 3 days of theme park reservations at a time on a rolling basis. Once you use a theme park reservation, you can make another reservation for a future date.
            • All reservations are subject to availability and applicable pass blockout dates. Guests should ensure their pass type is valid for park entry prior to making a park reservation. To enter one of the parks, each Passholder is required to have a theme park reservation in addition to a valid annual pass.
            • Starting July 16, additional Disney Park Pass reservations will be offered to Annual Passholders for select dates in July and August at Magic Kingdom park, Epcot and Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. Please note that this additional Disney Park Pass reservation availability does not reflect an increase in park attendance, which remains limited during this reopening period. View park reservation availability now.
            • Epcot After 4 PM Passholder Update – With updates to park hours starting September 8, Epcot After 4 PM Passholders can enjoy Epcot beginning at 2 PM on dates when the park closes at 7 PM To enter a park, both a park reservation and valid admission for the same park on the same date are required. Please note that park reservations are limited in number and subject to availability.

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            • #7
              My facebook feed was blowing up with this news this morning. I was very happy to see that PH is returning. We're still supposed to go in June and while we don't do a lot of park hopping, we do like the flexibility of hopping to a different park for dinner, fireworks, or just to escape the crowds at our original park.
              WDW Visits: March 1979 Offsite; April 1979 Offsite; April 1981 Offsite; June 2001 ASMo; June 2004 Pop; May 2009 Pop; June 2011 Pop; June 2013 AoA Lion King; June 2015 AoA Lion King; June 2016 AoA Nemo; June 2018 AoA Lion King; ̶J̶u̶n̶e̶ ̶2̶0̶2̶0̶ ̶L̶i̶o̶n̶ ̶K̶i̶n̶g̶; Next trip June 2021, AoA Lion King

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              • #8
                This news makes me happy and worried at the same time. Happy because things are getting back to normal. Worried because we are going to be there during this time and I am already concerned about the crowd levels.
                Ta Ta For Now. Jenn

                WDW 2007 & 2015, Universal FL 2011 & 2015, DLR 2012, DCL (Dream) 2016, (Wonder) 2018

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by allgiggles View Post
                  My facebook feed was blowing up with this news this morning. I was very happy to see that PH is returning. We're still supposed to go in June and while we don't do a lot of park hopping, we do like the flexibility of hopping to a different park for dinner, fireworks, or just to escape the crowds at our original park.
                  I must admit I read this and thought that I still wasn't happy about the idea of booking dinner in a different park, because if it's busy, you have no guarantee you could get in there for your dinner reservation. Presumably Disney still have the charge in place if you're a no-show for a meal at a table service place? If so, presumably you'd be charged if you can't get into the park? If I was visiting in early 2021, I think I'd be reluctant to make a dinner reservation in another park other than the one I'd already secured entry to.

                  Enjoying some relaxation time on the Transatlantic cruise on the Disney Magic - I'm Cheryl and with my husband Mark, we love visiting Disney and exploring the world...

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                  • allgiggles
                    allgiggles commented
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                    I'm hoping that they will either: a) definitely admit you to a 2nd park if you have an ADR there; or B) waive the no-show fee if you call and let them know you can't get in the park due to capacity limits. Or as a last resort, you modify your reservation for a random day and then cancel it. We don't typically do ADRs ahead of time (just look at what's available when we're starting to get hungry) and in reality, most of the time we do QS because we don't like to be tied down to ADRs so this won't really be an issue for us. But I do see how it can still be a potential problem for a lot of people.

                • #10
                  Originally posted by manticorjenn View Post
                  This news makes me happy and worried at the same time. Happy because things are getting back to normal. Worried because we are going to be there during this time and I am already concerned about the crowd levels.
                  I hear you. That's exactly how I feel about this news too, although we have no forthcoming plans. I hope the crowd levels are fine for your visit, I'm sure they will be. Disney seem to have been very responsible through this whole thing.

                  Enjoying some relaxation time on the Transatlantic cruise on the Disney Magic - I'm Cheryl and with my husband Mark, we love visiting Disney and exploring the world...

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                  • manticorjenn
                    manticorjenn commented
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                    I agree that Disney is being very responsible, but I have also seen some of the crowd pictures since the capacity has risen to 35% and that just doesn't look comfortable in the Covid world we are living in. I really don't want to spend my day backtracking just to get out of crowds. However, Ed and I always seem to go the opposite of the crowds in the parks, so maybe our luck will continue.

                • #11
                  This is great news! We love to park hop!
                  Louise

                  2018 ~ POR/YC; 2017 ~ Disney Dream/BLT; 2016 ~ BC/Poly; 2015 ~ BC/Poly (June) and Disney Fantasy (November/December); 2014 ~ Poly; 2013 ~ Disney Fantasy; 2012 ~ BCV (June) and Disney Magic (August); 2010 ~ WL; 2009 ~ Pop/CBR; 2004 ~ WL; 1996 ~ Dixie Landings; 1991 ~ CBR; 1985 ~ Fort Wilderness

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                  • #12
                    I was excited to read this about park hopping in an update for Annual Passholders. This will be another step toward Disney World has we knew it.
                    Cam
                    28 Trips to WDW
                    2 Trips to DLR
                    2 Disney Cruises (Wonder and Magic)
                    1 Trip to Aulani/Hawaii

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