Mom and Son on Safari; Giraffe; AA
  • On Apr 14, 2024
    Tracy from PA 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 staying at the Beach Club and want to drive to AK to rope drop, does the parking lot open with enough time to get there early in for rope drop? Or should we take a Minnie Van? I just don’t like the buses…..Thank you

    Greetings, Tracy, and welcome back to planDisney!

    It's a pleasure to see you here again and congratulations on your trip to the Walt Disney World Resort early next year! I love that you've selected Disney's Beach Club Resort as your hotel because it's one of my favorites. I love the atmosphere around the Boardwalk and the views of Crescent Lake. It's so convenient to get to EPCOT and Disney's Hollywood Studios and you can't beat Stormalong Bay! 

    I can appreciate wanting to get to Disney's Animal Kingdom for Rope Drop. If there's a Park that you want to experience early, it'll be that one. There's nothing like a ride on Kilimanjaro Safaris early in the morning as the animals are more active. In my experience, the theme park parking lots will generally open about an hour before the Park opens, which should give you plenty of time to get to Rope Drop. Actually, since you're a guest of a Walt Disney World Resort, you'll be able to take advantage of Early Entry, which will allow you to get in even earlier than Rope Drop! This benefit will continue through 2025 but is always subject to change. 

    Minnie Van Service is definitely more convenient as they'll drop you off right at the Park entrance. As long as you don't mind the extra expense, that's a great option. Either way, I think you'll be fine with a little bit of forward planning. I definitely agree that relying on bus transportation can be hit or miss. We recently stayed at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort where buses were the only option and found ourselves using Minnie Vans more than anything!

    Tracy, I hope that this response was helpful for your planning purposes. Please feel free to return again with more questions because we'd love to continue being involved in your trip! You're always welcome at planDisney. Until next time!

    Wishing You a Great, Big, Beautiful Tomorrow!
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Ahoy there from the heart of Steinbeck Country in central California! I've been visiting the Disneyland Resort since childhood and fell in love with the sense of absolute immersion that the Imagineers have achieved. My favorite attraction is Pirates of the Caribbean because where else can you go from a California day to an evening boat ride in the bayou with "salty old pirates"? I'm a veterinarian and an all-around Disney geek and enthusiast. I'd love to help you plan your next Disneyland trip! Learn More About Al

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