/ Friday, February 21st, 2014

AdventureCalling all early risers! Calling all early risers!

If you are like me and enjoy waking up super early while on vacation at Walt Disney World®, head on over to Magic Kingdom® Park for a great introduction to your day.

A Disney perk I always like to point out is “rope drop”!

If you and your party arrive to Magic Kingdom® Park about 30 minutes to an hour before the park opens, make sure to get as close to the gates as possible because Cast Members will let you enter the turnstiles before the clock strikes 9:00 a.m. (or 8 a.m. for Extra Magic Hours).

While waiting in the courtyard in front of the railroad station, 10 minutes before the park opens, a citizen of Main Street, USA, will come out to greet all of the early guests and welcome them to “The Most Magical Place on Earth: The Magic Kingdom!”

Following the introduction, you hear a trail whistle as one of the four trains in the Magic Kingdom® Park enters the Main Street ,USA, Railroad Station filled with Mickey Mouse and his friends on board.

A really neat opportunity follows as the “family of the day” helps lead a countdown to open the park! (If a Cast Member happens to approach you and your party prior to rope drop, do not shy away because they may be picking you to be the honorary “family of the day”.)

Rope drop might be the only way to get me going in the morning besides coffee!

*Bonus Tip:

-Getting to the park early means smaller lines once the park opens!

How many of you have gotten the chance to see and experience “rope drop” at Magic Kingdom® Park? Would you say it is worth getting up early to see it?

Peyton is currently a student at the University of Mississippi majoring in Journalism with an emphasis in print. Growing up in Los Angeles and most recently moving to Atlanta, he has seen and experienced the best of both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Making his first visit to Walt Disney World at the age of 5, he has never looked back as he entered the world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy.













4 thoughts on “Adventure Into The World of Yesterday, Tomorrow, and Fantasy: Disney Tip #39”

  1. Tony says:

    It’s definitely worth getting up early for rope drop! You get to start your day off with a really fun show, get pictures with some of the characters with no lines, and experience some of the more popular attractions also with no lines. Getting to the Magic Kingdom for rope drop is really a no-brainer!

  2. DisneyGirlRuby says:

    I’ve always wanted to go see the rope drop! Is it true that u could ride attractions with characters??

  3. Stan Solo says:

    Going to MK at/before rope drop is the only way I’ve ever been.

    Last time we had reservations at Crystal Palace before rope drop but not the first reservation of the day so we were able to get in early and have time to pose for photos in front of Cinderella Castle with no one else in the picture. The photos turned out great but are sort of eerie with the whole castle in the background and only my daughter in the foreground.

  4. John says:

    Yep – rope drop is a key way to “get everything done” in one day if time is tight. Plus, the little ceremony the characters do is a nice bonus!