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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.

In April, 2017 major changes were made to the security screening procedures for the Magic Kingdom. Guests arriving at the Magic Kingdom via Disney bus will be screened (bag check and metal detectors) at stations near the bus drop-off point. Guests arriving via the Ticket and Transportation Center will be screened at the TTC. Guests arriving via Disney resort monorail will be screened at the monorail resorts (Contemporary, Grand Floridian, Polynesian). Expect changes as Disney tinkers with the new protocols.

  • Magic Kingdom lets guests through the turnstiles and onto Main Street U.S.A. around 60 minutes before park opening.
  • 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.
  • After rope drop, instant waits for popular attractions (such as Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Space Mountain) will form. On busy days we've seen wait times of 60 minutes or more form at popular rides almost instantly.

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