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  • On Dec 13, 2022
    Doug from IL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Can you get into the parks earlier than the opening time if your staying off property? Is there a second rope drop for non-resort guest?

    Hiya Doug - welcome to planDisney!

    Thanks for stopping by with your question for our team of panelists. We love to help Guests just like you plan their very own, very magical, Walt Disney World Resort vacations!

    I'm so excited to hEAR about your vacation later this month, and I can certainly understand that you'll want to pack in as much time in the Theme Parks as possible! Doug, currently the Early Theme Park Entry benefit is exclusive to registered Guests at Disney Resort hotels and select participating partner hotels. Be sure to check the list as your "off-property" hotel may actually be included!

    As part of Early Theme Park Entry, eligible Guests are able to enter the Theme Park 30 minutes before the park's scheduled opening time. Conveniently, this time is now also listed alongside the normal Theme Park hours each day! If you're not eligible, you'll be able to enter the park at its posted opening time for the day. I guess you could consider this a "second" rope drop, but to be honest Doug, there isn't much fanfare these days when the parks open. Cast Members are focused on getting Guests safely into the parks with as little waiting as possible, and for this reason, there usually isn't the same amount of excitement, or a physical dropping of a rope, in most cases.

    That being said, if you're an early bird, I encourage you to get to the park early and enter as soon as Cast Members permit it. You can usually experience a couple of attractions right off the bat with little waiting!

    It's also worth pointing out that if you choose to stay at a Disney Deluxe or Deluxe Villa Resort on your next vacation, you may also be eligible for Extended Evening Theme Park Hours. While not offered every day, these are scheduled in advance and are another way to add some extra magic to your vacation!

    I hope this information is helpful, Doug - stop by again with another question any time!

    Ryan J.
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Meet the Panelist: Ryan, Ohio

Hi, everyone! I’m Ryan from Ohio and am so happy that you’re here! By day (and most nights and weekends), I'm a business professor mentoring the next generation of leaders. In my free time I love outdoor activities and traveling with my family and friends, scarfing down ice cream, and, of course, all things Disney! I can’t wait to help your crew plan a magical Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Ryan

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