Sometimes when James and I are out to dinner, or just enjoying a quiet evening at home, we do this thing where we brainstorm about our upcoming trips to the theme parks. I’m sure this isn’t new to any of you, and probably happens all of the time.
Mostly we talk about restaurants and what attractions we can’t miss (we know each other’s answers but I think it makes us feel closer to WDW even when we aren’t anywhere near it), but lately the topic of single day park visits vs. those with the park hopper option has come up. And, I’ll tell you, I’m pretty stumped.
I’m an avid park hopper, and I actually don’t remember ever visiting Walt Disney World without the ability to do this. This is what happens when you get used to something; it’s so difficult to take a step backward. And yet, the single day park visits are (obviously) cheaper than the park hopper option and, well, when you are suddenly on a different budget, that $57 difference means a lot.
For awhile, I thought: why not? I can be ADVENTUROUS. Because all of a sudden the adventure in Orlando would be remaining in one single park all day. I’ll be honest, the thought gives me shortness of breath and I feel a little claustrophobic. No longer will I be able to have breakfast at Animal Kingdom, head over to Epcot for a quick drink, and then hang out in Magic Kingdom for extra magic hours until 1 a.m.
No! I must make a decision and stick to it because my welcoming little park ticket, my salvation, will only work in one park a day.
But wouldn’t it be cool and wonderful to tour in a way you haven’t in probably 15 years?
Well, sure it would be. This is when I start to feel empowered! I can do this! I envision more time to visit the resorts that sometimes get ignored, and maybe even sleeping late. (What?! Relax on vacation?) Taking the time to really experience a park without feeling like you are being pulled in three other directions all the time with reservations flying all over the place.
Then I feel at peace with the decision again.
Until I look at a schedule and start nailing down which park to visit which day and it starts all over.
HOW CAN I ONLY GO TO EPCOT ONCE IN 5 DAYS? HOW CAN I JUST SAY GOODBYE WHEN I KNOW IT’S THERE THE WHOLE TIME I’M VISITING OTHER PARKS?
(It’s like the parks will FEEL this sting if I don’t show up, and I’m in the vicinity.)
Whew! No wonder booking trips is stressful!
So what do you think? Are we as theme park guests divided into two categories: the hopper and the relaxed? Is it possible to break out of old habits and try something new? Even if it means it’s not as flexible?
I would love to hear your thoughts!