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  • On Apr 12, 2015
    Tamara from VA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    We will only have one full day at MK & hear we should be at rope drop that day to have a short line for Anna & Elsa. Staying at POR, do we need a taxi (& if so, what time) or how early to be in line for a bus to be near the front of the line fo

    I hope you have your fastest shoes ready to go, Tamara! What you heard is absolutely correct - rope drop is THE place to be when visiting Magic Kingdom. Rope drop is a name given long ago to the morning opening of the theme parks, as the Cast Members held ropes at the park's entrance and would drop them to allow Guests to head in and see what magical adventure awaited them. If you were a good planner, then nothing was more rewarding than finding yourself right up against that rope!

    Parking and drop-offs at Magic Kingdom are tricky, as Guests not arriving via Disney bus transportation must go to the Transportation and Ticket Center first, then board the monorail or ferry boat to transfer over to Magic Kingdom's entrance. This can take a long time, usually at least 20 minutes. In contrast, Resort hotel Guests arriving via the buses are dropped off right at Magic Kingdom's entrance. We have stayed at Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside numerous times. The early morning buses are quite reliable, and we have rarely waited more than 10 minutes that time of day for a bus.

    Disney's buses begin regular operation an hour before park opening, but you can actually find them making rounds much earlier for those with Advanced Dining Reservations. You are more than welcome to hop on the early Magic Kingdom bus even though you are not headed there for a pre-park opening breakfast. I am a serious Magic Kingdom rope-dropper, so we tend to get to the bus stop no later than 7:30/7:40 a.m. Once at Magic Kingdom and you scan your MagicBand at the Mickey touchpoint, you can go to the ropes at either the left or right entrance tunnel. Try to get as close to the front or side ropes as you can, filling in all space in the courtyard, which will be completely packed as the clock ticks closer to opening. As soon as the Welcome Show finishes, the Cast Members will walk the crowd back to Fantasyland.

    I hope this helps you get a jump on your day at Magic Kingdom, Tamara!

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Meet the Panelist: Brandy, South Carolina

Hi, I'm Brandy, a speech pathologist and busy driver of daughters to marching band and dance events. My Annual Pass is used often to check out new Disney must-dos and resort changes. I enjoy giving advice about itinerary and FastPass+ planning, Epcot's fantastic festivals, Memory Maker, and transportation at the Resort. The time I spend at Walt Disney World Resort is distinctive because it is the one place I can forget other responsibilities and focus on having the time of my life with my family!

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