• On May 1, 2018
    Payal from Middlesex 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, I keep reading about rope drop. What exactly is this and how do I find schedule? Thanks

    Hi Payal,

    When you hear the words "rope drop" spoken among Disney regulars, all they're referring to is the opening of the theme park. While actual ropes may or may not be used, the phrase came about from the idea that there were ropes blocking Guests from entering the theme parks until the magical moment when the park opened and the ropes would drop. However, if ropes are used, they aren't dropped for Guests to step over; they are wound up and removed from one side to the other.

    Arriving at a theme park for "rope drop" is a great way to start a magical Disney day! You may find opening times for each theme park by visiting the park hours calendar. I recommend getting to the theme park at least 30-45 minutes ahead of the park opening so that you will have plenty of time to go through security and ticketing and will be able to be among the first Guests into the theme park. What's the biggest benefit to this? Besides being able to enjoy every possible minute of fun at the most magical place on earth, you'll find the lowest crowds of the day first thing in the morning. My family has found that by being there for "rope drop," we can experience several attractions with very little waiting! Plus, you'll find a wonderful opening show at Magic Kingdom Park called Let the Magic Begin that usually runs right before the park opens. It's full of fanfare and is the perfect start to a day full of magic and fun!

    Thanks so much for visiting us at the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Payal, and please let us know if you have any other questions as you're planning for your trip. I hope that you have a truly magical vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Missy, Virginia

Hi!  I'm Missy, a homeschool mom originally from Indiana, but recently transplanted to Virginia.  With a husband and five kids, I understand what busy family life is all about and how important it is to get away and create magical moments with your loved ones.  I also believe planning is half the fun, so I'd be honored to help you plan your Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Missy

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