A Disney vacation isn’t complete without seeing the Magic Kingdom Rope Drop. This is a wonderful way to start your day with a smile by arriving a half hour to an hour before opening. It really does stand out from all the rest and is truly magical.
Capture Some Great Family Photos
Before the Magic Kingdom Rope Drop, Cast Members will let you in past the turnstiles so you can wander around the courtyard in front of the Railroad station.
- This is a great opportunity to capture some memories and get photos of your family in front of the Mickey topiary and Walt Disney World Railroad with little to no crowds. There is a Photopass photographer there to capture the moment.
- You could get picked to the be the family of the day and have the opportunity to open the park. So definitely don’t shy away if a Cast Member comes up and starts talking to you.
Enjoy the Opening Show
As you get closer to opening time you will want move towards the middle of the courtyard. If you have smaller children get them close to the topiary wall. A citizen of Main Street, usually the Mayor comes out and welcomes you to “The Most Magical Place on Earth” (in Disneyland you are welcomed to the “Happiest Place on Earth”)
Main Street singers appear and welcome you with their rendition of ‘Good Morning’ from Singing in the Rain.
A train filled with your favorite characters pulls into the station – Donald Duck, Mary Poppins, Snow White and Goofy. You never know who will be there, it’s fun to guess who will be stepping off the train. The first car will be Mickey Mouse and the family of the day.
Feel the Excitement of the Count Down
Once all of the characters have moved from the train to the railing there is a countdown. 3-2-1…. the family of the day opens the park with a bang! Streamers fly in the air and Mickey shaped confetti showers down on everyone. Before you rush off, take a second to see the smiles on your families faces and a twinkle in every eye. Magic Kingdom Rope Drop is truly a sight to be seen.
Shannon is an agent with Destinations to Explore, An Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. She loves helping families plan their vacations and sharing in their excitement. Her services are completely free. Contact Shannon by emailing email@example.com for a free quote.