Is Disney's Park Hopper Plus Worth Buying?

It may save you money, but it also might cost you more.

Blizzard Beach Water slide

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The Park Hopper Plus option, formally known as the Water Parks Fun & More pass, is one of the options that Disney World guests can choose to add to a Magic Your Way ticket. The pass allows admission each day into one of Disney's fun mini parks, including:

  • Blizzard Beach - Thrill to the tallest and fastest free-falling water slides or enjoy the splish-splashing fun of the family-friendly slides and rides.
  • Typhoon Lagoon - Enough water-y fun for the family to fill an entire day! Catch waves, relax, slide, and splash to your heart's content.
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports - Take in one of the 200 sporting events that take place at this massive complex.
  • Oak Trail Golf Course - Whether a beginner or experienced golfer, enjoy this 9-hole walking course.
  • Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf - Fun course inspired by the Disney film, Fantasia.
  • Winter-Summerland Miniature Golf - Treat yourself to one of two Santa-themed courses. 

The cost of this add-on varies depending on the number of days you purchased your theme park tickets for. It's a great way to save on recreation and fun for some vacationers, but a waste of money for others.

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Get the Option If

Typhoon Lagoon Sign

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You are certain you will head to a water park at least once and plan on going golfing, to the Wide World of Sports or to Disney Quest, then the pass is worth buying. A single water park admission is about $60 for adults, so if you are going twice, then the second visit will be almost free.

If you can't decide between Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach, but want to play at Disney Quest as well, then the Park Hopper Plus option will save you money on recreation.

Families or groups traveling with older kids, teens and thrill riders will get the most from this pass, thanks to the high-speed water park slides and the techno-thrills offered at Disney Quest.

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Skip the Option If

Disney World Epcot

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You are visiting Disney World for the first time, or visiting during a super cold month when you probably won't go to a water park. There are so many things to see and do at the Disney resorts and the four big theme parks, you may find you don't have time to make it to the water park at all, and the Park Hopper Plus add-on is not refundable.

If you are planning on visiting the Wide World of Sports, but not the water parks, the pass option is likely not worth it. A single day's admission to the Sports complex is less expensive to buy separately at the complex.

If you are traveling with infants or small kids, you may want to skip the water parks and Disney Quest entirely. Your resort pool will be just as much fun, but won't have an additional cost.

The Bottom Line: Is It Worth It?

So, should you purchase the Park Hopper Plus ticket add-on? The short answer is "maybe." In some cases, the passes will save you money; in others, you won't get much value from this option and therefore it should be skipped.

Edited by Dawn Henthorn, Florida Travel Expert

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