I would have to say IMO a Park Hopper is a must. If you are not staying on property you would park at one park and be stuck there till you went back to hotel. If you fly in, it is a must have, so you can enjoy the parks the day you arrive and the day you leave if have a park hopper. We have caught an early morning flight, got to the hotel at 9, gave our luggage to concierge, and went to a park or two of choice. On our last day with PH you can catch a later flight home an go ride or see a favorite part or two or three parks. Having your choice of where you eat is another plus. If you are there during the Christmas season it is a must to enjoy MK without being chased out for MVMCP 3 nights of your 5 day stay. If you go during POP Warner football they close HS one night that week so there you are back at the hotel if you don't have a PH. So many reasons to have one. If you were to look at buying a 10 day pass with and a 10 days without the difference isn't that much for the freedom it gives to enjoy the place WHERE DREAMS COME TRUE.