• On Mar 13, 2019
    Sharon from PA 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.

    Hi, Is there anything open during Rope Drop in the parks? What time are you allowed to get to the park? Thanks! Sharon

    Hi there, Sharon! Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Thank you for taking the time to stop by and submit another excellent question! 

    I don’t know about you but, even when on vacation, I am an early riser! I just love waking up early and getting as many things done as possible during the morning hours. This, of course, includes waking up when the sun rises while visiting Walt Disney World Resort and experiencing the parks as soon as they open!

    This strategy of getting to the parks early and experiencing them as soon as they open is often referred to as “Rope Drop”. This term comes from the way in which Cast Members remove the ropes blocking off access into the majority of the parks and invite Guests in for a day of magic! 

    After “Rope Drop”, all attractions that are open during normal operating hours will be accessible! Prior to this time, many of the parks will have shops and quick service dining locations at the front of the park open for Guests to visit before the entirety of the park opens to the public. An example of this would be Main Street Bakery at Magic Kingdom which is a great place to get your caffeine fix in the morning!

    Generally, Cast Members will begin allowing Guests into the front gates of the park approximately 30 to 45 minutes prior to opening time. 

    Personally, I find the “Rope Drop” strategy to be the perfect way for me and my family to maximize our time in the parks and get an early start to our day of adventure! I hope this information will help you in planning your own family’s strategy!

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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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