Over the past several months, many things have changed all throughout Disney World.
Just in the past few weeks alone, we’ve seen fireworks return to the parks, pre-shows reopen, more hotels and restaurants reopen, and ride queues return to “normal.” So, you might be wondering. What does rope drop look like in the parks right now? Well, we checked out the rope drop situation in Magic Kingdom today and are sharing all the details with you.
For the past few months, guests have been able to enter the parks early and some of the rides and more have been open about 20 to 30 minutes before the park’s posted operating hours. But, today we visited Magic Kingdom and guests were being held at certain entry points around the Castle hub, more similar to how things were handled pre-COVID.
By about 9AM we were standing near Cinderella Castle and getting a feel for the crowds around us. You can see some of them in the video below.
From this morning, crowds waiting for Rope Drop in Magic Kingdom. pic.twitter.com/j7n81IeWwf
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So, we held back for a few seconds to see how things would play out.
What we noticed is that Disney held the guests at the Castle entrance area about 5 minutes longer than everyone else.
So, if you’re hoping to enter Fantasyland by walking straight through Cinderella Castle, be aware that you might have to wait a little bit longer than people entering Magic Kingdom’s other areas through the other entrance points.
The crowd that entered the fastest were those going through the Liberty Square entrance. Here’s a peek at those crowds.
Within a few minutes though, the crowd had already dissipated quite a bit.
Again, from what we saw, those waiting right in front of the Castle seemed to enter the slowest.
Next in terms of entering slowly were those that went in by the side of the Castle near Tomorrowland. This is the entrance that takes you past Cheshire Cafe (to the left) and Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe (to the right).
Guests waiting near the main Tomorrowland entrance got in pretty quickly from what we saw — but that’s specifically for the first Tomorrowland entrance (not the one near Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe).
The Adventureland entrance area moved fairly quickly as well, but the winner today was the Liberty Square entrance! If you’re planning to visit Magic Kingdom soon, now you’ve got an idea of what rope drop looks like and what areas (at least from what we’ve seen) may move faster than others.
We’ll continue to keep an eye out for more updates and news from all around Disney World and we’ll let you know what we find.
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Are you a fan of rope dropping the parks and getting there early? Or do you arrive a little later? Tell us in the comments!