Mom With Kids After Run
  • On Mar 25, 2009
    Leslie Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Whitney-I read your anwer about being at the parks early for rope drop. How early is early? In otherwords, what time do you reccommend we be there in order to be at the front and have a good view of the characters.

    Leslie:

    Thanks for your followup question!

    Our family aims to be at the parks at least 30 minutes before park opening.  But I have to add that we are rarely at the front, even arriving this early!   For Magic Kingdom, it's not really a problem, because anyone in the que area can see the train station, but as my previous Q&A pointed out, when it comes to the other parks, it's not so easy to see the characters at rope drop.....

    My suggestion would be to aim to get to the park at least 45 minutes to one hour ahead of park opening if you want to be close to rope drop (although, honestly, some times it's just luck depending on Disney transportation and crowd levels....).  This may mean getting to your bus stop a full 1 to 1 1/2 hours before the park opens (be aware that the boats to Magic Kingdom only begin about 30 to 40 minutes before park opening)....

    But Leslie, arriving even 30 minutes early, especially during crowded times of the year, can save you HOURS of standing in line later in the day!  So, if you miss seeing the Characters at park opening, you'll have gained time, thanks to your early arrival, to stand in a few Character lines later in the day!  It's worth it in my book!

    Wishing you a magical vacation!
    Whitney
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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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