As many of you know I am spending my honeymoon at least 3 days of the 7 in the SoCal area. Originally I planned on purchasing only a 1 day park hopper because there are a few things I'd like to do besides DL in SoCal.
However, I still felt like we had a tad too much downtime as I was looking for stuff to do such as play mini-golf. After thinking about it and doing a bit of cost analysis, I concluded that we will probably end up getting a 3 day hopper pass.
1) A 1 day park hopper is $94. A 2 day Park hopper is $143 ($71.50 per day). A 3 day Park hopper is only $179 ($59.67 per day). $36 more for a whole extra day of Disneyland is quite a good deal.
At the 1 day hopper rate, 3 days of the park would be $282, 2 days would be $188. Disney is quite nice for discounts for multi-days. You are pretty much getting the 3rd day for free if you would have to pay 1 day hopper rate for all three days.
2.) A 3 day Park hopper gives you great flexibility to come and go from the parks as you please. If its too crowded just go somewhere else for awhile, it will be less crowded later. Your whole trip doesn't rest on the success of the crowds / weather of one day.
3.) With a 3 day park hopper you get a "Magic Morning". To me, this is the best perk of the deal. For those of you not familiar with "Magic Mornings", one hour before the park opens you get to go into the park and ride rides in the Fantasyland and Tomorrowland sections.
Magic Mornings not only extend your Disneyland day by one hour, but save you at least an hour worth of waiting in line during the day. I say an hour, but it may be as much as 2 or 3 hours of waiting in line time. Honestly, Magic Mornings may only last an hour, but this adds about a half days worth of value to your park hopper. A 3 day park hopper is actually like a 3.5 day park hopper. Adding at the 3 day rate of $60 per day an additional $30 of value to the ticket.
Here is just one great example from mice chatter Kyle B. about his "Magic Morning" experience: "I stayed at the resort this past Saturday and Sunday, and, as reported quite well on this website, the park was PACKED! Saturday night was so busy that we knew it would make more sense for us to return to GCH and hang out there for the night and call it a night at about 12. We woke up the next morning, grabbed a bite at concierge, and were the second people through the turnstiles at 7:00am. From that time to about 10:00am, we did more than most of the other guests that were just arriving at 10:00/11:00am. We first were escorted onto Space Mountain (we were the second rocket dispatched of the day), walked onto the Matterhorn, waited 2 min. for Peter Pan, rode the Carousel, Snow White, Dumbo, and Alice all before 8:00am. Once the rest of the attractions opened at the scheduled opening, we walked onto Casey Jr. and rode Thunder twice without leaving the train (we could have gone a third time but opted out). We then headed to Splash Mountain and walked to the front and rode twice without leaving the log (once again, could have gone a third time). From there we walked into the foyer of the Haunted Mansion and then spent 20 minutes on Tom Sawyer's Island once it opened. From there, walked right on to Pirates and headed to Indy to get a fastpass for later in the day. We were hungry and decided to grab breakfast at Storyteller's in GCH. It was a little after 10:00am. We had a blast! Definitely take advantage of Magic Mornings!"