Holy cannoli's, you made it for rope drop!! Can I ask what ultimatum you gave Joe? See, I've officially trained my poor family that we are always at the park before opening (usually with a breakfast ADR) so they don't even complain now! Gotta train them early Brook! I'm with you on the MK rope drop show though. What a bummer! I do love that Henry was excited about the train rolling in and seeing Pluto though. Such a cutie pie! Ditto on the monorail too, my kids think it's one of the attractions! So we always ride it and it never gets old. It smells kind of old though. I think you're thinking of rope drop all wrong. Hold on, let me put my protective armor on before the onslaught begins....ok, here's my thinking on rope drop. My reason is simply to get there BEFORE the multitudes do. Plain, simple and purely technical. It has nothing to do with a pre-show, it's all about being inside the park with nearly empty streets which make for fabulous pics! There I said it, I'm not ashamed! Can't wait to read the next update! MK is probably my favorite park with AK a close second.