Epcot and monorail at night
  • On Aug 30, 2019
    Jessica from PA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    The day I'm going to Epcot, there are EMH in the morning. We are not staying on property so we won't be able to participate. How does this affect me wanting to do rope-drop that morning, & will I have a harder time making FP+ selections?

    It's great to see you here today at the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Jessica!

    You sound a lot like me because I'm always trying to squeeze the most magic out of my days at Walt Disney World Resort, so I often arrive before the theme park I'm going to opens for the day so I can be one of the first in line for my favorite attractions, also known as "rope-dropping". If you want to rope-drop a theme park that has Extra Magic Hours that morning, keep in mind that guests staying at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel will have been granted access at least an hour before the official opening time, and up to three hours before in the case of "Extra" Extra Magic Hours. It's still a great idea to arrive early though because even if you aren't the first people in line, you will have arrived earlier than the majority of other people and can enjoy your favorite attractions with wait times that are typically shorter than they are later in the day. Extra Magic Hours shouldn't have a noticeable effect on the FastPass+ selections you're able to make 30 days in advance, but if you can't find times for the most popular attractions at Epcot, like Soarin' Around the World or Frozen Ever After, keep checking My Disney Experience as often as you can because guests are changing their plans all the time. It's not unusual to be able to find what you're looking for in the days and weeks leading up to your vacation, or even on the day itself!

    I hope this answers your question, Jessica, and please let us know if there's anything else we can do to help you plan your magical vacation.

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Meet the Panelist: Jessica, Texas

I'm a personal stylist and I live in Texas with my husband and our two rescue animals. We are Disney-obsessed and love enjoying all the magic that's out there especially for grown-ups. In fact, we even opted-out of a tropical honeymoon to spend a blissful week at Walt Disney World instead! I'm thrilled to be on the Disney Parks Moms Panel and I'm excited to share everything I've learned from all of our trips and help you plan a memorable family vacation.  Learn More About Jessica

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