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  • On Mar 2, 2022
    Sharon from NJ Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    How do the rope drop and early entry work? I will stay at Wyndham Lake at Disney Springs.

    Hey Howdy Hey Sharon and welcome to planDisney!

    Booking a Walt Disney World Good Neighbor Hotel offers so many great benefits. Not only are you super close to Walt Disney World Resort, but you also have transportation to and from the parks and you also get to take advantage of the perks like Early Theme Park entry! To maximize your time let's talk about some logistics. 

    Early Theme Park entry allows guests at select resorts, which includes Wyndham Lake at Disney Springs, to take advantage of getting in the parks a little earlier. Currently, you have the ability to get into the park 30 minutes before the park officially opens to everyone which should be enough time to sneak in an attraction or two with lower crowd levels. "Rope drop" usually refers to those that are waiting in line for the official park opening times. This time usually comes with a small show to officially "drop the rope" and open the park for the day. If you are in the parks already, you can come back out to see the show, but you do not have to. 

    A couple of pro tips I have for you involve taking advantage of this perk. When you do, make sure to try and get the very popular attractions done first. The ones closest to the entry usually fill up quickly when the park officially opens, so make sure to try and get those done first. The ones farthest from entry will usually fill up last, so when the park does open, try and do those next. In Magic Kingdom, for example, I would visit Tomorrowland first with Space Mountain, over to Fantasyland for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and then over to Frontierland for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad which are the more popular attractions in the parks. If you can, grab a snack in your resort before you leave for the parks and then mid morning, say around 10:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. when the park really fills up, take a break and grab a more substantial meal or make reservations to sit down and slow down while everyone else is getting ramped up for the day. The final tip I have for you is to keep an eye on the park hours. They can change from day to day and it's important to keep a look out for how they may impact you. 

    Hopefully, these tips are helpful and I hope you have a great time planning the rest of your trip out. Remember you also have the 60-day window to make your dining reservations! Let us know if you have any further questions. 

    Happy planning, 

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Meet the Panelist: Nick, Ohio

Hey howdy hey, I’m Nick! My happy place will always be Walt Disney World Resort and is where we call “Home”, but we do vacation exclusively in Cincinnati, Ohio for most of the year. My happily ever after is shared with my 3 girls, my beautiful wife and my career in Physical Therapy. I love any excuse to talk about Walt Disney World Resort and am so excited to help you discover the Magic of the Resort. Learn More About Nick

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