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Do they really drop the rope when the parks open?
Sadly I have never got to show up at any for the parks when they open except for Disney Studios during Star Wars Weekends. I've seen footage somewhere of hundreds of people gathered behind a rope blocking off Town Square from Main Street. The rope is dropped and everyone runs into the park. Is this for special events only or is it everyday magic at MK?
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Every day I've ever been there since 2004, anyway... Generally, the procedure I've seen followed is:
* Turnstyles open up about an hour before park opening.
* Welcome show starts about 15 minutes before park opening
* Ropes to train station tunnel dropped as soon as Welcome show ends, about 5 minutes before park opening.
* Main St, USA opened at that time. Separate ropes block each of the paths to the other lands
* At exactly park opening, a recorded announcement plays with a count down, asking you to please walk safely to your first attraction. At that time, Cast members at each rope *walk* you to the popular attracitons in that area (Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, etc). Guests are told to stay behind the cast members.
The only variation I've seen to this is on days with morning EMH, and days on which they're filming the Christmas parade.
If you haven't been there for the opening, it's worth it. Really puts you in the Disney state of mind quickly. Of course, for most of us with young kids, it's an impossibility.
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I don't think I've been at MK when it opened since I was 6, and I don't really even remember it. I think when we go in December, I will get my butt out of bed and see the opening because I've heard it's pretty cool.
I want to see it too. Last year we almost made it to the MK opening but when we got in front of the train station the train with the characters pulled away.
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The rope drop makes me think about the episode of Roseanne.
How about at EPCOT? I'm going next weekend and might drag myself there a little early if it's worth it.
There's no show along the lines of the other three parks. They let you through the turnstyles about 8:50, up to Innoventions Plaza, where they have ropes. The family of the day gets to ride in a Test Track vehicle, the characters come out to do a countdown from 10, and they rope walk you to Soarin, Test Track, or Mission: Space.
they do drop the ropes!!
Every morning (at epcot) at 8:30 or so they let guests start coming in the park even thought it doesn't open until 9:00. Then at before they drop the ropes to the entire future world the bring out a car from test track and park it to the side. At that point they have already picked a Family of the Day. The family of the day gets their picture taken with some of the disney characters and then the family gets in the cars and is taken to test track for a front of the line ride. Then after all that they have a good morning and welcome to epcot spiel. The the ropes are dropped and its time for some fun. Now that is only to the future world. The world showcase opens at 11:00 and the have a separate opening for that.
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The opening at the Animal Kingdom is really nice. The fab five -minus Mickey- is on one of the Jamn' Jungle parade vehicles preparing for the adventure to come. Mickey then suddenly appears on the face of the tree of life welcoming everyone into the park. I was farther back in the crowd, so I don't know if guests are escorted anywhere.
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The opening to AK is nice... if you happen to be in a spot where you can see it. Unfortunately the walkway through the tree tunnels goes upwards and, unless you're in maybe the first 3-5 rows of people, you're "below" the opening show and can only hear it.
The MK opening is neat but we still prefer to do the Breakfast Reservation thing. There's nothing like having all of mainstreet in front of you with no obstructions of view. Then, after your breakfast, depending on what time your ADRs were, you can hop to the land of your choice for it's opening and rope drop. In addition to the welcome announcement, the cast members with the Mickey gloves waving as you enter is a lovely touch. They aren't exhausted yet so they all look so happy that you're there. LOL!
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Originally Posted by hgraber
About 10-15 minutes before park opening, they have a kid or two dress in AK CM costumes and countdown from 10 to open the park. "Circle of Life" from The Lion King plays, and the turnstyles are opened. You wander through the Oasis and over the bridge that leads to Discovery Island. There is a rope blocking access to any of the lands.
The opening ceremony happens right in front of the Tree of Life. Minnie, Goofy, and Pluto drive out on a Safari vehicle, in full Safari exploration outfits. They go through a checklist, making sure everyone has a map, sunscreen, and something else (radio maybe?). Goofy realizes they're forgetting something, "Something kinda... important!", and Minnie remembers their official Tour Guide. Goofy contacts their Official Tour Guide via the radio. It's Mickey. He's right next to the Tree of Life, and they talk via Radio, as Mickey reveals the last item on the checklist - "Let The Adventure Begin". The four of them have the crowd repeat that on the count of three, then the ropes drop and the CMs walk you to Everest or the Safari.
Again, the turnstyles unlock about 10-15 minutes before park opening. The rope is up at the intersection of Hollywood and Sunset. For the opening ceremony, a famous director (I've seen Vladamir Pooey and someone else, an Italian named something like "Alfredo", I think) comes out along with his film crew (a geeky young kid who wants to be Hollywood's Next Leading Man), and another citizen of Hollywood. He reveals he's making his next blockbuster Year of a Million Dreams, and we're all the extras. The family of the day are the stars. After the film crew snaps the clapboard, the director yells action to the stars, who shout "Hollywood, Here We Come", which is the extras' cue to shout "Lights Camera Action!!" (or perhaps that's backwards, not sure). Then the family goes riding off "into the Sunset" (Blvd), and the rope drops as the CMs walk you to ToT, RnRC, or TSM.
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Wow, thanks you guys! I am definitely getting out of bed earlier this trip!!
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I've been to every parks opening several times. I would highly recommend it not only for the unique experience but the amount of rides/ attractions you can get done in that first hour is amazing. You can choose to ride a big attraction multiple times or get all your main riding done in the first 2 hours.
This allows us to eat an early lunch, head back to the hotel and return at night fully refreshed and ready to make it a late night.