• On Aug 10, 2021
    Brittany from AZ Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi! Planning a 5-day, first time visit to WDW in January. Can you explain the “rope drop” and how that works. What time is best to get to the parks...as I understand people are allowed in before they technically open. We want to make the most of our time!

    Hi there, Brittany!

    I am so happy to hEAR that you are planning your very first visit to Walt Disney World Resort! 

    Any Disney World veteran will tell you that you will experience the shortest lines first thing in the morning, especially if you are one of the very first people to enter the park. This is where the term "rope drop" comes in. In most parks, an actual rope is set up after you enter the theme parks but before you arrive at the attractions. Once the theme park opens, this rope will literally drop, and the Cast Members will calmly escort you to the most popular attractions. No running here, folks!

    To be the very first in line, I like to arrive at the parks about an hour early. Parks like the Magic Kingdom open around then to allow guests to grab a coffee at the Main Street Bakery and browse the Emporium before they start their day. At other parks, like Disney's Animal Kingdom, I like to bring a snack to eat while I wait. 

    If you are staying on-site at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, you will get to experience the attractions 30 minutes early! Since the 30-minute advanced opening time is only for resort guests, I still think arriving at the parks an hour early will give you plenty of time. 

    Enjoy your visit, Brittany!

    Sarah B. 
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Meet the Panelist: Sarah, Georgia

Hi There! I’m Sarah from Atlanta, GA. Together, my Disney-loving husband and I have two amazing kids and love nothing more than running away to the Walt Disney World Resort every chance that we get. When we are not wandering around the resorts, we love to indulge our sweet tooth with all the snacks we can find. I am passionate about making sure the magic reaches kids of all ages, from the smallest to the biggest, because we are all kids at Walt Disney World! Learn More About Sarah

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