• On Feb 16, 2020
    Kim from OH Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    What is considered rope drop for each park? Is it typically 1 hour before?

    Hello Wayfinder Kim and welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! 

    I’m so excited to see how far you will go during your upcoming visit to Walt Disney World Resort! It was my dad who taught me what it meant to “rope-drop”. Since then it has become a passed on family tradition to always rope-drop. Rope-dropping is the act of being in the Theme Parks right before or as the park officially opens. Be sure to check the park hours on the dates you will be visiting to see what the official park operating times are. We find that being in the parks as soon as they open really helps maximize our time while visiting. We are usually able to ride many attractions and meet some of our favorite pals before lunch time! 

    If you are staying at a Disney Resort Hotel, complimentary resort transportation between the parks and your Disney Resort Hotel, generally begins running about 45 minutes prior to the park’s opening time. My family is typically on that first bus out and we are usually in the theme park before the official rope-drop time. If you are wanting to be there for rope-drop, I recommend giving yourself plenty of time to catch a bus, boat, Monorail, or even the Disney Skyliner to make sure you arrive before the park opens. 

    Have a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow!
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Meet the Panelist: Shantel, Arizona

Hi ya Pals! I'm Shantel from Arizona. I am a mom of two and a military wife. I grew up going to the parks, and now we're sharing that tradition with our kids. When I am not visiting the Walt Disney World Resort, I'm at home researching and planning for our next trip! One of my favorite things to do is search for new snacks to try, especially if they are Mickey shaped. I'm definitely living the dream my heart wished for! I cannot wait to answer your questions and help make your vacation even more magical! Learn More About Shantel

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