• On Jan 14, 2019
    Kelly from WI Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We are going to Disney World next week. I am trying to plan what time to leave the resort to make it to rope drop each morning. We are staying at Port Orleans Riverside. What time do you suggest we leave on the magical express?

    Hello Kelly!

    You must be getting very excited as your trip is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious-ly soon! My family will move mountains to make it to rope drop every morning because we can accomplish so much in those first 2 or 3 hours. Our goal is to arrive at the park touch point entry thirty minutes before the stated opening time. 

    Disney's Port Orleans Resort- Riverside is a lovely, sprawling property. The size of this resort has resulted in a number of bus stops spread across the resort. Sometimes the buses are also shared with its sister resort, Disney's Port Orleans- French Quarter.  The timing of the bus is also dependent on how many riders are getting on and off at each stop and traffic issues.  All of these variables make it difficult to determine precisely when to hit the bus stop. One thing that seems to help with these issues is the addition of a "bus times" feature on the My Disney Experience App. 

    So, when to leave the resort? If being at the park before rope drop is your goal I would suggest leaving your resort room an hour to 90 minutes before park opening. While this may seem extreme, it will reduce your overall stress level in regards to arriving before rope drop. Another option if you find yourself running late is to take advantage of the Minnie Van Service. These cute transport vehicles can get you where you are going before you can say supercalifragilistic....you know the rest!

    See ya real soon,
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Meet the Panelist: Anne, Iowa

I’m Anne, a native Iowan, wife, mother, and grandmother. For me, a major part of the fun of a Disney trip is the planning. I have traveled to the Disney Parks in multiple stages of my life, including as a daughter, sister, aunt, mother and grandmother.  One of my favorite things to do is to travel with multi-generational groups. I am thrilled to be able to help other Disney guests plan their adventures. Learn More About Anne

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