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Old 03-17-2014, 10:27 PM   #16
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Glad you enjoyed it! I'm an avid rope dropper but I don't mean to be. I'm so spastic when I'm at WDW that I never set an alarm, I wake up every morning at 6:30 hyper and ready to roll.

I actually tried to sleep in on my last solo and I couldn't make it past 7:15, how do people relax enough to sleep in at WDW?
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Old 03-17-2014, 10:29 PM   #17
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We try to make rope drop most mornings but do sleep in a few times too. My trouble is that I like the late nights too and it catches up with me.

One of my best mornings the last time we stayed onsite is when I woke up at 6 and I took an early morning walk from POFQ to PORS. It was so lovely out there!
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Old 03-17-2014, 11:18 PM   #18
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I prefer to sleep in but my hubby started getting us up last time in time for rope drop. One day we did three parks in one day. This year we are planning all four parks in one day...which is doable as long as you hit rope drop. However, that will be done early in the trip so I have the remainder of vacation to recover...lol!
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Old 03-17-2014, 11:26 PM   #19
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I know....it's kind of hard to describe how great it is!

We are West Coasters and getting up for RD at 7 am was, to our bodies, actually getting up at 4 am....which was really hard after going to bed the night before so exhausted we thought we were going to die (extremely happy )

BUT we did make it to rope drop one day at the MK, and I did rope drop at Epcot by myself one day. And all I can say is this: If you want the magic back just like 20 yrs ago, if you are missing the feeling of having "Walt" in the parks with you, if you are frustrated because the joy seems to be gone, GET THERE AT ROPE DROP!! I can guarantee that you will walk right into the WDW you had thought you'd lost!
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Old 03-17-2014, 11:49 PM   #20
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I am NOT a morning person what-so-ever. On weekends, I'm a sleep-until-past-noon person.

Until I get to Walt Disney World... Then I'm on DISNEY time!

Early EMH every opportunity I get, RD for everything else! Close down the parks, including evening EMH!

Sometimes I even sneak back to the room for a nap in between... Shh....

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Old 03-18-2014, 01:12 AM   #21
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If only I could convince my better half to try RD. Neither of us out morning people particularly while on vacation. She usually wakes up before me when were home but at WDW that's reversed haha.

Glad you had a great trip.
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Old 03-18-2014, 07:18 AM   #22
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Glad you enjoyed it! I'm an avid rope dropper but I don't mean to be. I'm so spastic when I'm at WDW that I never set an alarm, I wake up every morning at 6:30 hyper and ready to roll. I actually tried to sleep in on my last solo and I couldn't make it past 7:15, how do people relax enough to sleep in at WDW?
Lol...OMG! This is so me. How can anyone sleep? You're in Disney World!
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Old 03-18-2014, 07:31 AM   #23
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I am happy that you've discovered the magic of rope drop! When I went to rope drop the last time (in 2008), they used to give us those cool passes that we can use for different rides. I thought that was really cool!

However, we are also definitely NOT rope drop people! We are late-night EMH people and we simply cannot do both! Therefore if the place is so packed that we have to stand in long lines in order to ride the rides we want to because the Fastpasses were all out, we either did it or we waited until the next trip… or we try to get in during the evening EMHs.

So FP+ actually works for me because I can sleep in and still ride the rides I want to… at least once. In other words, I would only have to stand in a long line for one ride if it's tiered. That's better than nothing because for the past 2 visits, I haven't ridden Test Track and only rode Splash Mountain once. Fastpasses were all gone by the time I get to the parks.
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Old 03-18-2014, 07:32 AM   #24
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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
Don't worry, we do rope drop but aside from being at WDW, we are not morning people. My 12 year old offered a very logical explanation for rushing yesterday to get to school on time

Mom, it's not just the mornings. It's the clocks that are a problem. I don't understand the numbers so early in the morning

It's great to read still positive reports about rope drop as some question marks have been thrown in on the strategy with FP+ but from what I am reading, this plan of attack is still very worthwhile.
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Old 03-18-2014, 08:01 AM   #25
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I've never done RD, but this year will be different! Can't wait to experience the thrill of walking in as the park opens!!
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Old 03-18-2014, 08:06 AM   #26
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My MIL is like..."I am not getting up that early on vacation" but...

I at least want to Rope Drop at AK for the safari...I have her talked into that one (thank you animals! LOL!)

And I think I really want to rope drop at MK....I think DS will LOVE the opening show. And we can get a lot in and then fastpass and go slower in the afternoon.
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Old 03-18-2014, 08:12 AM   #27
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I always have been, always WILL be, a rope drop commando. Those first two hours in the park are absolutely wonderful for getting on as many rides as possible (especially when you're solo). I am a sleeper. When I'm at home, if I don't have to get up with an alarm, I just don't get up until my body says so. But when I'm at Disney? Forget it, I'm up before the sun! LOL It's like that Disney commercial with the kids "I'M TOO EXCITED TO SLEEP!"
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Old 03-18-2014, 08:17 AM   #28
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Huge proponents of rope drop here!!! But the last few days of vacation, we'll take it easy, sleep in, mosey into the parks, and just roam around.

This way it ends on a very relaxing note!
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Old 03-18-2014, 08:50 AM   #29
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I keep telling friends who ask advice on their trips that RD really is a huge game changer, but they usually don't listen!

Glad you enjoyed your trip OP, we have an hour drive to the parks and still make RD every single trip.
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I know....it's kind of hard to describe how great it is!

We are West Coasters and getting up for RD at 7 am was, to our bodies, actually getting up at 4 am....which was really hard after going to bed the night before so exhausted we thought we were going to die (extremely happy )

BUT we did make it to rope drop one day at the MK, and I did rope drop at Epcot by myself one day. And all I can say is this: If you want the magic back just like 20 yrs ago, if you are missing the feeling of having "Walt" in the parks with you, if you are frustrated because the joy seems to be gone, GET THERE AT ROPE DROP!! I can guarantee that you will walk right into the WDW you had thought you'd lost!
This is what I'm trying to get ready for! I'm wondering if I can start going to bed at 7pm and get up at 3am before we leave home!
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