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Big frustration for guests park hopping at Walt Disney World

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Big frustration for guests park hopping at Walt Disney World
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Do you love to park hop while at Walt Disney World? What would you do if you encountered this frustration?

Park Hopping

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Disney implemented the park pass system in July 2020 to help spread crowds out among its four theme parks. In addition to valid park hopping tickets or annual passes, Guests must now reserve the park they would like to visit for each day of their trip.

Previously, the Disney Reservation Calendar allowed booking through the end of 2023. This has recently been extended through January 2024.

In addition to park passes, hopping is still limited to 2:00 pm and after. Before March 2020, anyone could freely come and go unless a park had reached capacity. With this new change, you may be waiting much longer to head to another theme park.

Even amid various rumors, park hopping remains in place at 2:00 pm for guests.

Frustration for Park Hoppers

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If a guest purchases Disney Genie+ for the day and they have the ability to park hop (park hopper ticket or an Annual Passholder), they can make a Lightning Lane selection for another theme park.

Today, what seems to be a new update is causing great frustration for guests hoping to park hop. A crew member shared this screenshot as they attempted to make a Lightning Lane selection for Journey into Imagination with Figment.

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This crew member was met with the frustration to select a new time that is included in the park hopper option. Previously if a guest was in Animal Kingdom and wanted to hop to EPCOT to enjoy Journey into Imagination with Figment, they could stack Lightning Lane selections at a second park even before the 2:00 pm time frame.

With this new update, in order to book a Lightning Lane in a different park (park hopping) guests must wait until the Lightning Lane return time is at least 2:00 pm to make that Lightning Lane selection.

What do you think of this new update? Do you enjoy park hopping while at Walt Disney World? Will this update affect your next trip to Walt Disney World? Share your thoughts with us on our Facebook Page.

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