Prevailing wisdom says that to make the most out of your days at Disney, you should start early. But how early is early? Is being at the parks at “rope-drop” (that is, the second the parks open) really necessary?
While there isn’t necessarily anything special about being at rope-drop at most parks, starting your day as early as possible allows you to enjoy maximum time in the parks.
At Magic Kingdom, you’ll find the only official rope-drop show, “Let the Magic Begin.” Starting just a few minutes before official park opening, the castle stage welcomes many of your favorite characters and celebrates a new day at Magic Kingdom! Unlike previous welcome shows at the park, this one allows you to be all the way down Main Street USA, meaning you’re starting the day closer to the big ticket attractions and must-sees.
While other parks don’t necessarily have full-blown welcome shows, being there at rope-drop does allow you to get a head-start on the lines at the most popular attractions — Slinky Dog Dash, Avatar Flight of Passage, and Frozen Ever After to name a few.
So, is being at rope-drop really necessary?
The short answer is: it depends.
If you’re lucky enough to have FastPasses for the most-wanted attractions, then being at rope-drop isn’t a necessity for you. However, if you aren’t able to snag a FastpPass to one of your favorites or must-sees, we do recommend getting to the parks as early as possible and heading there first.
Additionally, if you want to see the Magic Kingdom Welcome Show, being at rope-drop is a must. There’s also a lot to see on Main Street USA that’s only available in the morning, such as the Trolley Show or Citizens of Main Street.
As a general rule, the more time you can get in the parks, the more you’ll get to see and do on your Disney Vacation.
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