Park Hopping was controversial at Disney World, and commentators didn’t hold back on the viral post

When theme parks first reopened after the pandemic, they had to do so at a fraction of their maximum capacity. This meant that most of them put systems in place to make sure the parks didn’t get too crowded. One thing that Disneyland and Walt Disney World did was limit the ability of customers to park, move between different parks on the same day. And while most parks have removed these limited systems, Disney has kept them, and fans aren’t happy.

Currently, if you buy a park hopping ticket at Walt Disney World, you still need to make a reservation at the park you plan to visit first. You must go there first, regardless of what time you arrive at the parks, and you cannot change parks before 2 p.m. Orlando theme park reporter Ashley Carter recently tweeted a request for that skip the park rule to go away, and based on the response, you can see how much others feel the same way.

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The rule works slightly differently at Disneyland than at Walt Disney World. West Coast guests can park an hour earlier than in Orlando, 1:00 p.m., and there is no need to go to your reserved park first if you don’t arrive by 1:00 p.m. Of course, the two Disneyland Resort parks are only a few feet apart, while at Walt Disney World you must use some method of public transportation to get from park to park. other.

Much of the frustration in the comments and replies actually centers around the reservation system, as that is actually the mechanism that forces park skips to be limited. If you don’t limit park hopping, the reservation system becomes pretty much useless, because any customer can walk into their reservation park, then turn around and walk anywhere. That was certainly my goal when I myself replied to this tweet before it went totally viral.

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Most theme park resorts don’t have multiple parks, so they just don’t need to deal with this issue. However, Universal Orlando Resort has two parks, but does not limit travel between them. As Alicia Stella from Orlando Parkstop points out, it would be crazy if the Hogwarts Express didn’t run in the afternoon. Meanwhile, there’s a monorail between Magic Kingdom and Epcot that’s essentially useless for morning theme park visitors.

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Limiting park hopping simply prevents customers from having complete freedom to spend time in parks however they choose, and it’s easy to see why that frustrates people. It helps Walt Disney World know what people expect at which parks and forces visitors to spread out to other parks to some extent, which is good for cast member management, but well Whether these systems have value for Disney World, it’s hard to imagine what value the restrictions have for guests.

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I have publicly stated that I don’t often park at Walt Disney World. I find that the time it takes to get from one park to another is mostly a waste of time that I could spend having fun in whatever park I’m in. But that’s part of why some of the jumping rules at Disney World parks are so crazy. Even if you’re a local who just wants to go to dinner at Epcot, if you can’t get that park reservation, but you can get a different park reservation, it can take a long time to go to two parks, just to end up where you wanted to go anyway.

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While there are a few replies to the initial tweet from people who don’t seem bothered by the reservation system and park skipping limits, what there’s no one trying to argue is that the rules are necessary or good. Nobody likes these rules.

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Unfortunately, we’ve been told time and time again that the reservation system at Disney World and Disneyland won’t go away, and while it does, limited park hopping is almost certain to hang around as well.

Herman C. Harkins