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Being at Magic Kingdom for Rope Drop is important if you want to get a head start on the crowds that will arrive later in the day. The following tips will help you make the most of Rope Drop at Magic Kingdom.
- Magic Kingdom lets guests through the turnstiles and onto Main Street U.S.A. around 30-45 minutes before park opening. If early crowds are large enough, Disney will sometimes let people in earlier or even open the entire park early!
- After passing into the park, people are allowed to enjoy the atmosphere on Main Street, but most tend to gather in the hub. (There will be a rope manned by cast members who will prevent you from getting into any of the lands.) The rope will be removed during the Welcome Show (see below).
- The Magic Kingdom Welcome Show starts at official park opening on the stage in front of Cinderella Castle.
- After the show, Cast Members will quite literally drop the rope (hence "rope drop") allowing you to walk briskly--but not run--to whatever attraction you desire.