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Old 04-02-2013, 10:15 PM   #1
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This morning opening was scheduled for 9am. Just wanted to give a heads up that they actually let people through the turnstiles at 8:30. Has anyone experienced this at the other parks?
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I think that's pretty typical for Hollywood Studios. I haven't heard of it at other parks, but always HS.
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Old 04-02-2013, 10:32 PM   #3
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This morning opening was scheduled for 9am. Just wanted to give a heads up that they actually let people through the turnstiles at 8:30. Has anyone experienced this at the other parks?
Here's what's been happening in 2012-2013:

Only MK still offers an actual Rope Drop SHOW along with an inside-the-gates holding area.
MK Gates open approx. 15 min. "early."
But, the Rope Drop show is timed so that guests will actually enter the PARK very near the actual opening time.

MK's Rope Drop Ceremony called "Magic Kingdom Welcome" (see location HERE.)

Guests are usually admitted starting about 15-20 minutes before
the posted opening time, to WAIT just inside the gates, in front of the train station (near the "flower Mickey face.")

The ceremony lasts 6-7 minutes or so and starts 6-7 minutes before the scheduled opening time.
There is also a "mini" version (far less "hoopla") that lasts about 2-3 minutes.
There is also an "AUDIO ONLY" version (no characters at all) that lasts under minute.
Which one you will see can be tough to guess.

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DAK no longer offers a Rope Drop SHOW,
but still has a "rope" (guest holding area) at a location past the Oasis, near the Tree of Life.
DAK Gates open approx. 15 min. "early," but guests are held behind the rope
until about "straight-up" posted opening time.

Epcot Does not offer an internal Rope Drop SHOW,
AND no longer offers an inside-the-gates holding area.
There might be a "Welcome to Epcot" audio recording played as a chosen family waves "hello"
to other guests, maybe some confetti involved. (But, it is far below what could be called a "Show.")
Epcot gates (including the International Gateway) will likely open approx. 15 min. "early."
(Sometimes, on rare occasions when the park is very busy... as much as 30 minutes early.)

DHS no longer offers a Rope Drop SHOW.
DHS Gates likely open approx. 15 min. "early."
(DHS has opened as much as 30 min. early, but that's not been the case every day.)

AM EMH entrance times seem to not be affected (figure entering 2-10 minutes before the AM EMH time, as usual.)
On AM EMH days, MK will offer some form of their Rope Drop Show
(may or may not be the "full show")
only for AM EMH guests,
and no show at all for the regular hours open time that morning.

As always, for better positioning in the crowds, arrive well before the posted opening time at all parks.
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Good info, never new this! Thanks Robo!

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Old 04-02-2013, 10:57 PM   #5
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Thanks! Magic Kingdom opening ceremony is one of my most favorite things ever related to Disney. That was great information.
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Old 04-03-2013, 06:06 AM   #6
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We were there yesterday too and I couldn't believe that they let us all in at 8:30 and there was no 2nd rope drop. We walked right in and straight to TSM. I kept thinking we were gonna get stopped somewhere but it didn't happen! It was a nice surprise.
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