What Is Rope Drop at Walt Disney World? Rope Drop at Walt Disney World refers to the moment they open the Magic Kingdom (or any park) to the guests each day.
Only about 30% of guests make it to the park for rope drop. I am one of those 30%. We go to rope drop every morning of our trip. Now I know and understand that some people just don’t want to get up and get at it so early in the morning. And I respect that… because that means while you are in the bed sleeping, I am going to be riding Peter Pan’s Flight over and over and over again with little to no wait! ;)
Magic Kingdom opens at 9 am in the morning (unless it’s an Extra Magic Hour morning and it will open at 8 am.) In order to make it to Rope Drop, we usually get up around 6:30 in the morning. (We set a wake up call with our hotel.) We eat breakfast in our room and we arrive to the bus stop around 7:30 am. We try to be at the Magic Kingdom no later than 8:15 am.
The new welcome show takes place on the castle stage at approximately 8:55 AM. Sir Sterling, one of the Royal Majesty Makers, announces the upcoming opening of the Magic Kingdom and welcomes characters to the stage. Mickey, Aladdin, Jasmine, Anastasia, Drizella, Merida, Belle, Elena, Snow White, Mary Poppins, Alice, Pluto, Chip, Dale and Minnie Mouse all come out to help open the park. The Fairy Godmother appears in the window of the castle to help dust the park with magic.
At the end of this show, the audience helps open the park and the characters wave you off as the ropes are dropped. However, the ropes to the paths that go through the castle are not dropped until the characters have safely gone backstage. So if you choose those ropes, be prepared for a slight wait.
If you want to ride Seven Dwarfs, you need to get to the park no later than 8:15 AM to be lined up at the rope. Since there is a now separate rope for Seven Dwarfs, if your strategy is to hit a different attraction you won’t find as long of a wait at its rope. However, seeing the Welcome Show is not possible from the Seven Dwarfs rope unless you are at the back of the pack. So keep that in mind. It is either Welcome Show or Seven Dwarfs.
If you are driving to the parks, you will park at the Ticket and Transportation Center. You will then board a monorail or a boat to the Magic Kingdom. If you select to take the monorail, less people will be going on the resort monorail. People do not realize that anyone can ride this monorail, not just resort guests.
If you are staying on property and taking a bus to the Magic Kingdom, ideally you should be at your bus stop around 7:30 am.
Don’t follow the masses. It’s common human nature to go with the crowds. Take a moment to look at all your options. A lot of time people will all be headed to one turnstile and there will be a long line, while there are 3 open turnstiles on your left hand side that people aren’t using. So keep your eyes open. If you can go left, go left! (Everyone else will be going right).
The is a turnstiles on the far right side is one marked for Cast Members & Cast Members with guests. People don’t realize that this is actually open to all guests and there was a much shorter line at this one then at the other turnstiles.
Security will check your bags. To make this process faster, open all compartments before you reach the security guard. They will appreciate it.
When you are going through security, there are always 2 lines. One on the left side of the table and one on the right. The security guards are trained to take a guest from the left and then take a guest from the right. Again, the masses will all be lining up in one line, since you know this tip go ahead and go to the opposite side. He won’t look at you like you’ve grown 2 heads. I promise!
If you want a map or the daily schedule, they are going to be along the walls under the train station. If you want to grab one, be lined up near the sides so you don’t have to fight the crowds. (You can also get these at the bus stops and I am sure the Ticket and Transportation Center have them too.)