Learn everything you’ve always wanted to know (but were afraid to ask) about visiting both Gringotts and Hogwarts with our new Wizarding World two-park touring plans! (photos by Seth Kubersky)
A few days ago, we published our newly updated Universal Studios Florida touring plans, which provide step-by-step instructions for tackling Diagon Alley and the crowds at the Gringotts bank ride with maximum efficiency. Those guides are now available as premium touring plans that can be copied and edited in Lines, with versions for Early Entry guests and for those staying off-site.
Today, we’re following up with the first installment of our most frequently requested touring plan: one-day/two-park plans covering both sides of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. These new plans cover both Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure. They feature all Harry Potter attractions (including rides on the Hogwarts Express in both directions) in a single day, and assume you have a Park-To-Park (Universal lingo for “parkhopper”) ticket.
[Note: If you caught the early edition of this post, you may notice that the touring plans have changed slightly. Using the latest data crunched overnight, we've tweaked the morning attraction order to squeeze in one extra attraction! Similar upgrades have already been made to the premium one day USF/Diagon Alley plans we've previously published. You're welcome!]
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Recently, I posted an article about how Disney was in the process of tweaking its MyMagic+ system to allow for additional FastPass+ perks for guests at Walt Disney World. These tweaks include adding the ability to make more than 3 FastPass+ reservations per day and adding the opportunity to park hop from one theme park to another.
Tom Staggs, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, announced today that beginning on Monday, April 28, after guests use their first 3 FastPass+ selections, they will be able to return to one of the FastPass+ kiosks found within the parks and select another FastPass+ reservation. This fourth FastPass+ entitlement will be available on a rolling basis.: as soon as guests use this fourth FastPass+ reservation, they can then go back to a FastPass+ kiosk to select yet another FastPass+, and so on. (It does appear that, at least for now, you will have to head to a kiosk – and not the My Disney Experience app – to make your additional FastPass+ selections.)
In addition, guests will able to select and use their additional FastPass+ reservations when hopping from park to park.
These updates to the current system are occurring due to guest feedback of the current system’s set up. The change is certainly welcome. It will make it so that guests have even more flexibility in their touring.
Now I need to go change the FastPass+ reservations I have scheduled for next week!
With so many options, buying Walt Disney World theme park tickets can be an overwhelming process for first (or second or third) time visitors. I’m here now to demystify one aspect of the ticket selection process: The Park Hopper.
What exactly does Park Hopping mean?
In Disney-speak, Park Hopping means that you visit more than one of the four Walt Disney World theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios) in one day. If you want to go to more than one of these parks in a single day, then you need to have the Park Hopper add-on for your Disney theme park ticket.
Some folks consider the Animal Kingdom to be a “half day” park and want to spend the rest of their time at a different park. You need a Park Hopper to do this.
Do I need a Park Hopper if I’m going leave and return to the same park during the same day?
No. With a Disney base ticket, you’re welcome to leave and re-enter the same theme park as many times as you like during the same day. So, if you want to visit the Magic Kingdom in the morning, go back to your hotel room for a nap, and return to the Magic Kingdom for the evening fireworks, then you do not need a Park Hopper ticket. However, if you visited the Magic Kingdom in the morning, went back to the room for a nap and then went to see the fireworks at Epcot, then you would need a Park Hopper.
Do I need to get a Park Hopper if I’m just going to pop into a second park to eat or shop?
Yes. Any time you want to set foot in a second park during the same day, you’ll need Park Hopper (with one type of exception which I’ll get to in a sec). There is no “just eating” or “just shopping” or “just seeing the fireworks” way to avoid needing a Park Hopper. The Hopping has nothing to do with going on rides, it has to do with entering the park turnstiles (which are not actually turnstiles any more, but I digress).
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