Pandora Family Floating Mountains
  • On Feb 1, 2019
    Melissa from NB Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hello, We’ll be at Animal Kingdom on March 1st. I know it’s opening at 9am, but I’m wondering if they let people in before 9am like at Magic Kingdom (Main St opens at 8am), or only at 9am. Thanks!

    Hello there, Melissa! Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    I am a huge fan of making early morning plans any time I am visiting Walt Disney World Resort. This type of planning allows my family to experience many popular attractions early in the day and leisurely explore the parks during the latter portion of our visit. Utilizing the “rope drop” strategy is actually how we were able to experience Avatar Flight of Passage at Disney’s Animal Kingdom just a couple months after the opening of Pandora - The World of Avatar

    Prior to opening time, all theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort begin admitting Guests. In my experience, this tends to be approximately an hour before the actual opening time. Once Guests enter through the front gates, they are often able to explore the front portion of the theme park. Cast Members will be holding a rope across the areas that are not currently open hence where the term “rope drop” comes from! Disney’s Animal Kingdom allows Guests to explore the majority of Discovery Island before the official time of opening. 

    Pro Tip: If you would like to experience both Avatar Flight of Passage and Na’vi River Journey, try to reserve a FastPass+ for Na’vi River Journey during the early morning hours and utilize the early morning strategy to get in line for Avatar Flight of Passage. It can be a bit easier to get FastPass+ reservations for Na’vi River Journey and you definitively don’t want to miss out on the wait queue for Avatar Flight of Passage!

    Hopefully this helps you in continuing to plan your trip!

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Hello! I'm Wyatt and I'm so very excited to provide you with all the best tips and tricks for getting the very most out of your Disney World vacations! I'm married to a fellow Disney enthusiast and, while we don't have any human children yet, we are delighted to be pet parents. Professionally, I work in private practice as a mental health counselor. I'm also knowledgable regarding disability services and accessibility at Disney World due to my own history of chronic illness.  Learn More About Wyatt

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