Have you ever gotten up early enough to ‘Rope Drop’ at Walt Disney World?
What is Rope Drop?
‘Rope Drop’ is arriving at the parks before they open in order to be some of the first people inside the parks.
How Does Rope Drop Work?
Over the years they have changed the way they open the parks, but now you have to arrive about an hour before the park opens to participate in rope drop. This will give you time to get through security and get through the ticket station.
Once inside, some parks (like Magic Kingdom) will have a welcome show about 15 minutes before the scheduled opening of the park. While Magic Kingdom’s welcome show used to be outside the entrance of the park, right now, this show is actually inside the park at the castle stage.
Cast members will typically hold you at the entrance of each land until opening time, at which point you’ll be the first to get on the rides. If you are able to get there early enough, you will probably ride more rides in the first hour than you will the whole rest of the day!
If you arrive at the scheduled opening time, you’ll probably wait in security/ticket lines for about an hour before you’re even able to get into the park.
What Rides Should I Ride at Rope Drop?
Of course, the answer to this question is always changing as Disney World opens new attractions and updates existing attractions, but here are the rides you should shoot to right now. Most parks will have two options – try to get FastPass+ for one set of attractions and head towards the other set of attractions at Rope Drop.
Option #1: Fantasyland
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Peter Pan
Option #2: Tomorrowland
Option #1: Pandora
Flight of Passage, Navi River Journey
Kilimanjaro Safaris, Expedition Everest
Option #1: Go Left
Frozen Ever After, Test Track
Option #2: Go Right
Soarin’ Around the World
Option #1: Toy Story Land
Slinky Dog Dash, Toy Story Midway Mania
Rock n’ Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror
So, tell me what your family loves to do at Rope Drop – leave a comment below or join us in the Countdown to Walt Disney World Facebook Group!