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About Mike Ellis

Mike has been a Disney fan since his first trip to the Magic Kingdom in 1979 when he was 11 years old. Since that first trip, he has seen parks open, lands close, and attractions come and go, but one thing remains the same, his love for Disney is as strong as ever.

His Disney adventures caused him to start My Dreams of Disney because he wanted to document for his family and friends all of the special Disney Memories he has enjoyed with his family, and since that first post in 2010, Mike's hobby has become his passion!

Now a Travel Consultant with Pixie Vacations for over nine years, Mike has helped many of his readers plan and have incredible Disney vacations of their own. Check us out on Facebook and Twitter. Also, connect with us on our Pixie Vacations by Mike Ellis Facebook page to submit a quote request or learn more about all of your possible vacation destinations!

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  1. disneyvirgin
    Andrew

    These are definitely some great suggestions of things to consider that I’ve never thought of! I’ve done it both ways–park hopper and without. While I was initially disappointed that we didn’t get Park Hoppers on our kids’ first trip back in 2015 because I felt like we were missing too much (we only visited DAK and MK during that trip), I found that we still had plenty to do at Disney Springs, our resort (Port Orleans: Riverside), and other resorts that we free, rather than spending the money and experiencing the stress and hustle and bustle of more time at the other parks. I do agree, though, that Park Hopper would be great for a couples trip or even with older kids!

  2. Heidi Strawser – central PA
    Heidi Strawser

    Agreed. Back in the day, we used to buy 10-day tickets with park hopper and no expiration (in fact, we still have one-day tickets left from years ago!) But, now that the park hopper option has gone up, we rarely go that route anyway. We can totally find enough to do to spend a full day in each park and, if not, we’ll do resort things or Disney Springs in an evening or whatever. I don’t like feeling rushed anymore, that with park hopping you definitely feel rushed.

  3. Kimberly * theParkWorld – Kimberly has been a frequent visitor to the Disney parks ever since her first visit as a child. She loves learning about Disney trivia and history. Kimberly can often be found searching for hidden Mickeys everywhere she goes, not just in the parks. She also enjoys listening to Disney parks music any chance she gets.
    Kimberly

    I definitely see your point about the $300 extra for a family. But for my husband and I, the park hopper is so worth it. On our last trip, we used the park hopper just about every day. We’d go to one park until it closed, then hop over to one that was open later. One day we even did all 4 parks! Thanks to Fastpasses we did a lot of the big attractions that day too. It was so much fun!

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