AA Family; Big Thunder Mountain; Frontierland; Magic Kingdom
  • On Jun 11, 2024
    Vicki from ID Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are planning to head to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at rope drop at Magic Kingdom. Can you get in line for the railroad before rope drop to ride to Frontierland? Or would it be faster to just walk?

    Howdy, Vicki!

    A wild wilderness welcome to planDisney and thanks for chugging into our station with a fantastic Walt Disney World Resort vacation planning question. Oh boy... you're getting ready to giddy-up over to Magic Kingdom Park to hop aboard Big Thunder Mountain RailroadYee-haw!! I'm here to help you hoof it to Frontierland to kick off a magical day in the theme park.

    Vicki, at the time of writing, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad opens to Guests at the same time Magic Kingdom Park opens for the day and is not available during early theme park entry. Currently, you'll find that the entrances to Adventureland and Frontierland are blocked off during early theme park entry, so you won't be able to hop in the queue for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad until those areas are opened at the park opening time. Since the Walt Disney World Railroad also does not begin operation until park opening, your best bet is to walk directly to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad as soon as the Cast Members drop the ropes to Frontierland. If I were you, I'd line up near the Adventureland entrance (near the Spring Roll Snack Cart). Then, when it's time for "rope drop," I'd make my way through Adventureland, to the righthand side of The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, through the breezeway dividing Adventureland and Frontierland, and then along the riverfront to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad!

    Vicki, I hope this strategy helps you prepare for the wildest ride in the wilderness and provides the perfect thrill to start off your day at Magic Kingdom Park! If you have any additional questions throughout your stay, you can always saddle up and ride back to us here at planDisney. We're here to help you make the most of your magical day in the theme park!

    So long, partner!

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Meet the Panelist: Lauren, Michigan

Hello friends! I'm Lauren M. from the Mitten State. I'm a mom, scientist, runDisney enthusiast, Disney Vacation Club Member, and self-proclaimed connoisseur of Disney snacks! For my family, it's a mix of both new and nostalgic that keeps us returning to the Walt Disney World Resort year after year. Throughout my life, I've been fortunate enough to experience many milestones and unforgettable moments at Disney Destinations and I can't wait to help you make magical vacation memories of your own! Learn More About Lauren

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