Father and Son riding Seven Dwarfs Mine Train; Magic Kingdom
  • On May 27, 2024
    Kathlin from TX Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    A little confused about rope drop. We are staying at a Disney property, is there a separate entrance where we are able to enter earlier? How do you differentiate who gets in early, where do we need to go and how early should we arrive to be there for this?

    Hi there Kathlin, welcome to planDisney! Thanks for stopping by with your question, I'm thrilled to help! Can you believe your trip to Walt Disney World Resort is almost here? You are sure to make awesome memories at The Most Magical Place on Earth!

    Kathlin you have some great questions! Let me help clear up the confusion about rope drop at Disney World, especially since you’re staying at a Disney property! "Rope drop" refers to the official opening time of the park when guests are first allowed to enter and access attractions. Arriving early for rope drop is a popular strategy to experience attractions with shorter wait times. As a guest staying at a Disney Resort hotel, you have the benefit of Early Theme Park Entry. This allows you to enter any of the four theme parks 30 minutes before the general public every day. 

    There isn't a separate entrance, but again Early Theme Park Entry is reserved for Disney Resort guests only. Plan to arrive at the park entrance at least 45 minutes to an hour before the official park opening time. This gives you enough time to get through security and be ready for the early entry. Once you’ve entered the park, cast members will guide you towards specific areas or attractions that are open for early entry. Not all areas of the park may be open right away, so follow the signs and directions from cast members to make the most of your early access.

    Quick tip - Decide in advance which attractions you want to head to first. Popular attractions like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom Park or Avatar Flight of Passage at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park can have long waits later in the day.

    By arriving early and taking advantage of the Early Theme Park Entry, you’ll be able to start your day ahead of the crowds and enjoy some of the park’s most popular attractions with shorter wait times!

    I hope this information helps you prepare for an exciting visit to Walt Disney World Resort, Kathlin! Thank you again for visiting planDisney. Enjoy your magical morning at Disney World!

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