The first day of 2021 is set to bring back some sense of normalcy with the return of park hopping to the parks of Walt Disney World, and a video posted to the WDW Cast and Community Facebook Page reminds us how to do it in the new, modified, way.

The return of Park Hopper option on Jan. 1, 2021

Park Hopper option returns on Jan. 1, 2021! With just a few days to go, our Walt Disney World Ambassadors wanted to share some helpful tips with you, as we’ve made some updates as part of our health and safety focus. We can’t wait to see you in the new year!

Posted by Walt Disney World Cast and Community on Wednesday, December 30, 2020

What’s Happening:

  • The Walt Disney World Ambassadors have taken to the WDW Cast and Community Facebook Page to remind guests (and visiting Cast Members) that Park Hopping is returning tomorrow, January 1st, as well as reinforce the modified way Park Hopping will work.
  • Before hopping is possible, guests will need to make a Park Pass reservation for the first park they plan to visit and will need to enter that park before being able to hop another.
  • Currently, Park Hopping guests will not need to make reservations for the other parks they wish to visit, but this is subject to change.
  • Another important change is that Park Hopping will only be available during certain hours. For example, the video states that Park Hopper hours will start at 2 p.m. each day and end at the park’s scheduled close time — but the ambassadors specifically mention that this can change.
  • Additionally, parks are subject to capacity restrictions. If one park is at capacity, like say Disney’s Hollywood Studios, guests will not be able to park hop to that location. Disney recommends that Park Hopping guests consult the My Disney Experience app for the latest Park Hopping hours and other information.

  • Just yesterday, it was revealed that Monorail service to EPCOT, which greatly helps park hopping from the Magic Kingdom, will not resume at this time. Skyliner, Watercraft, and Disney Buses will be available to help those traveling via Disney Transportation park to park.
  • Earlier this month, Disney announced they were changing the boarding group drop times for Star Wars: Rise Of The Resistance at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and reminded guests that they must have a Disney Park Pass reservation for the park in order to acquire a boarding group, likely in an attempt to deter an onslaught of park hoppers to the in-demand destination.

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