A base ticket is a “one day one park” ticket, meaning that in a single day you can enter only one theme park. You can’t use 2 “days” to go to two theme parks in a single day.
There are two options you can add to the base ticket. Each option costs a flat fee of $52 + tax.
One option is the park hopper. A park hopper allows you to go to more than one theme park in the same day while using up only one day from your ticket. In other words, you can go to Magic Kingdom in the morning, and Epcot at night, and you’ve used only one day from your ticket. Park hopping has NOTHING to do with water parks.
Another option is Water Park Fun & More (WPF&M). The WPF&M option buys you admissions to Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach, DisneyQuest, Wide World of Sports, and 9 holes of golf on their 9-hole golf course. For the $52 fee, you get as many WPF&M admissions as you have theme park days. So on a 6-day theme park ticket, you get 6 WPF&M admissions.
Think of the theme park tickets and your WPF&M admissions as two separate tickets. In terms of USING them, one has nothing to do with the other.
[B][U]On a 6-day base ticket with WPF&M, you get 6 days of admission to the theme parks (one theme park per day) AND you also get 6 admissions to the water parks, DisneyQuest, etc. Using a theme park day does NOT take away any of your WPF&M admissions, and using a WPF&M admission does NOT deduct from your theme park days[/U][/B].
You do not need a park hopper to buy the WPF&M option. Similarly, going to a theme park and one or more WPF&M gates on the same day is NOT park hopping.
It gets confusing …
WITHOUT a park hopper, you are limited to only one THEME park per day. But if you have the WPF&M option, on that same day you can also go to one or more of the water parks/DisneyQuest, because going to one theme park and one or more “minor” parks is NOT considered park hopping.
So let’s say you have a 6-day base ticket with WPF&M. You go to Maguc Kingdom on Monday, and that’s all. You’ll have 5 theme park days left and 6 WPF&M admissions left. On Tuesday, let’s say you go ONLY to Typhoon Lagoon and nothing else. You’ll have 5 theme park days left and 5 WPF&M admissions left. On Wednesday, you go to Animal Kingdom in the morning, Blizzard Beach in the afternoon and then DisneyQuest at night. You’ll have 4 theme park days and 3 WPF&M admissions left.