For years now, Disney’s iconic Park Hopping experience has been restricted due to enduring policies left over from the COVID-19 pandemic. Since it returned, Guests at both Disneyland Resort and The Walt Disney World Resort were unable to move from one Theme Park to another until 2:00 pm local time, and after visiting the Theme Park for which they secured the Reservation.
But new reports show that is all about the change!
According to Theme Park Insider Scott Gustin, the Disneyland Resort will pull back those Park Hopping restrictions and allow Guests at Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park to switch places as early as 11 am starting in February.
NEW: Park hopping hours at Disneyland will begin at 11 a.m. starting February 4. Also starting on that date, guests will also be able to receive complimentary PhotoPass attraction downloads for the Disney100 celebration
NEW: Park hopping hours at Disneyland will begin at 11 a.m. starting February 4. Also starting on that date, guests will also be able to receive complimentary PhotoPass attraction downloads for the Disney100 celebration pic.twitter.com/9a9bTYiN9K
— Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) January 10, 2023
Disney Parks Blog states,
Beginning February 4, 2023, guests who enter a Disneyland Resort theme park with a Magic Key pass or a Park Hopper ticket may begin crossing over between the parks two hours earlier – starting at 11 a.m. PT!* This means even more magic and more fun for your day as you enjoy the best of what both Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park have to offer.
While it is still a far cry from the unrestricted access Disney Park Guests who paid for the Park Hopper option used to have, it is still a step in the right direction, returning the Disney Park experience to its pre-pandemic normalcy. It should be noted, however, that Theme Park Reservations are still required for the initial Park Visit of one’s Disneyland Day.
Meanwhile, it appears that all seems to remain the current status quo at Walt Disney World Resort. However, it appears that Annual Passholders will be getting special treatment on with the creation of a “relaxed visitation” policy. Freeing the most frequent Guests from the need to make a Theme Park Reservation after 2 pm. Click the link below for more on that story!
These developments come as both Disney Resorts are set to begin their own Disney100 Celebrations, commemorating the 100th anniversary of The Walt Disney Company.
We at Disney Fanatic will continue to update our readers on Disney Parks news and stories as more developments come to light.