"Rope drop" is a term that has long been used to describe the time a Walt Disney World theme park opens for the day. At Disney World, an actual rope is not necessarily part of this process, and when it is the rope is not really dropped, it's slowly pulled aside a few minutes before people are allowed to pass. Being at a park for its opening is a critical step in many of our Touring Plans, and being aware of the way rope drop works gives you an edge.

People waiting behind Magic Kingdom rope

Magic Kingdom rope about 8 minutes prior to guests being let in.

Note that if you are at the head of the pack at park opening and are heading toward a popular ride, you will not be able to move faster than the cast members who are leading the hordes to the first ride of the day.

Grab a Times Guide when you enter the park so you can pass time while you wait for Rope Drop (if you don't get a Times GUide, the same information is available in our Lines mobile app).

While you are waiting for the park to open or to enter a land prior to its opening, consider talking to the cast members staffing the rope. They are apt to be friendly, and it is a great way to pass the time.

Park-specific rope drop hints are linked below: