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neptuneflame 03-17-2014 08:46 PM

We have been doing WDW all wrong!!
Rope drop!!! Just got back from five days at the parks, and wow!!! I know, I all have been telling me for years. We did rope drop once, on our first visit as a couple in 2002 (so long ago it's impossible to imagine!) and we thought "never again". Vacations are supposed to be "relaxing"! Well, goodbye to all that!

This trip, my sister, nephew, and mother joined us. Sister was determined to make it to MK before opening every day. As it was DNephew's first trip, and spring break crowds were expected to be near worst, and I am the designated planner, I went along. And, wowee!!!! We got so much accomplished in those first two hours!

I didn't even think checking boxes would be that important, but it turns out we're raising mini-commandoes over here. Once we hopped off a ride, the five- and three- year old would say, "Which ride are we going to now?" We got everything on our list done by noon, and did FP+ after lunch. Pirates captured my DNephew's imagination, and over the course of the trip, I think he rode it 8 times.

On a personal note, pre-trip my sister spoke often about how this would be the "only" trip till DNephew was older. Once we got back, she texted me with hopes we would return next year and bring the whole family (her DH, our dad and brother, etc). I consider that a successful trip!:cool1:

kapoof 03-17-2014 08:51 PM

You are preaching to the choir. We been rope dropping and getting lots done in two hours for many trips. It is the way to go. :thumbsup2

Robo 03-17-2014 08:52 PM

So great to hear that you all had a wonderful trip!

And, :welcome: to the "Rope Drop Squad!"

Rosanne 03-17-2014 08:52 PM

Sounds like it turned out great!!! :thumbsup2

My sister is great at getting there before rope drop. We usually miss it by a few minutes no matter how hard we try. Even so, we get a ton done in those first couple of hours. Well worth getting up for! :)

Jfsag123 03-17-2014 08:53 PM

That's so encouraging to hear! Rope drop was absolutely one of the best bits of advice I got from this site before our trip last year as well. Next time, we will be going in March over spring break, and I was worried about how much we would actually be able to accomplish in major crowd times, even arriving at rope drop.

Glad you had a great trip - sounds like you planned an amazing time for the family!

MOpGrad2013 03-17-2014 09:08 PM

What a great story! :love:

Jennasis 03-17-2014 09:10 PM

Welcome to the commandos soldier. ;)

mom2mickeyfan 03-17-2014 09:14 PM

We have had 10 trips since 2002 with the last 8 since 2007 and we have never missed a rope drop. And this is from a woman that likes to sleep until 9 every chance I can but when we are at Disney is the only time I never hit the snooze button on the alarm. I can't wait to get to the parks each morning! We also stay until pretty near closing too. :thumbsup2

Robo 03-17-2014 09:15 PM


Originally Posted by Jennasis (Post 50977979)
Welcome to the commandos soldier. ;)

Not pictured: Robo


(I'm the one taking the photo.)

wendybeth75 03-17-2014 09:18 PM


Originally Posted by Jennasis (Post 50977979)
Welcome to the commandos soldier. ;)


Jennasis 03-17-2014 09:18 PM


Originally Posted by Robo (Post 50978020)
Not pictured: Robo

(I'm the one taking the photo.)

Naturally. I, on the other hand, am in the picture...fully camouflaged...master of stealth. Once you realize I'm there, it's already too late. :cool2:

DisneyChristmas 03-17-2014 09:39 PM

We've been rope dropping since 1979. In those days, everyone made a mad dash for Space Mountain and then Small World. And we wore our pass books with A to E Tickets attached to buttons and belts.

PinkBudgie 03-17-2014 10:01 PM

We are commando DLR rope droppers so I'm glad to hear it works just as well at WDW. I call it Prime Time. I would never dream of sleeping in on a Disney vacation- that's what weekends at home are for! ;)

How early before park opening do you soldiers recommend arriving at the gates?

JennyMP03 03-17-2014 10:04 PM

I am very much not a morning person-- even waking up at Disney is painful to me. BUT, I can't deny that the morning we managed rope drop for an EMH at AK was wonderful. It wasn't too hot yet, we were able to walk on the Safari and EE and look at everything without so many people in the way.

Going to try to make rope drop a few times on my next trip, if not morning EMH. As difficult as I find it to wake up early, I know it is absolutely worth it.

Thanks for sharing your experience! Maybe thinking back on this thread will give me that boost of encouragement to rise and shine when the time comes. :)

kerplop 03-17-2014 10:12 PM

We tried so hard to be rope drop people, but we can never manage it. One day all three of us adults slept through three alarms! Good for you though, ride one for me :thumbsup2

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