Disney 100 Characters; mother, father, daughters; Donald Duck, Pluto, goofy
  • On Feb 19, 2024
    Nicole from FL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    To rope drop, it says I need a valid admission and my magic band. Isn't my magic band my admission into the park?

    Hi there, Nicole!

    Thanks for stopping by planDisney with your question!

    Arriving early is a tried-and-true strategy for making the most of your day at the Walt Disney World theme parks. At one time, an actual rope was used by Cast Members to guide guests through the park at a controlled pace during the opening - thus the name "Rope Drop"! You'll not often see an actual rope these days - you're more likely to be escorted in by a line of Cast Members leading the crowd, ensuring a safe start to the day for guests eager to immerse themselves in the magic. Today, the term "Rope Drop" is still used to describe early arrival to the theme parks for early-rising guests who want to jump-start the day.

    Guests staying at Walt Disney World Resort hotels and select other hotels can take advantage of Early Theme Park Entry, which gives them a 30-minute head start before the parks officially open to day guests.

    Your valid park admission is what grants you access to the park. This could be a Theme Park Ticket or an Annual Pass, and it's linked to your Disney account through My Disney Experience. Your MagicBand, on the other hand, acts like a magical key. It's linked to your Disney account and can access your park tickets, allowing you to tap into the park without pulling out a card or using a mobile ticket. But remember, the MagicBand itself isn't your ticket; it's more like a convenient, wearable device that connects to your ticket electronically.

    So, when you're gearing up for that rope drop, make sure your park admission (ticket or pass) is purchased and linked to your Disney account, and your MagicBand is also linked and ready to go. This way, you'll breeze through the entrance, ready for a day of magic and adventure!

    Please come back and visit us here at planDisney if you have more questions as you prepare for your upcoming vacation!
    Diane W. 

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