Rope drop at Epcot, Closing Magic Kingdom!


There are so many ways to plan a trip to Walt Disney World. My husband and I are planners. I develop an itinerary. If my husband has made a reservation somewhere already, if we are on the Disney Dining Plan (DDP), like we are on this upcoming trip, I will try to make sure our park and other activities are all around the same place so that we aren’t chasing our activities and can really enjoy the spaces that we are in.

A lot of times we will make too many reservations and then hone them in once I pick a park or if there is an activity we are really set on. On our first full day in Disney, we will be experiencing the Candlelight Processional. (If you aren’t sure what this is, please see my previous post specifically on this event). Because we are going to Candlelight Processional, we are going to spend that whole day in Epcot.


First up! Rope drop! What is rope drop? It simply means getting to a park before it opens and being there right when the proverbial or sometimes actual rope is dropped or pulled aside to allow guests to enter the park. We are going to rope drop Epcot and hustle over to Frozen Ever After to be one of the first on the most popular ride in the park for that day. Afterwards, we will probably check to see what the wait is for Soarin’ on our My Disney Experience App and if it hasn’t gotten too crazy we will probably try to get that in right off the bat as well.

It is important to note that even though the Frozen ride opens with the park, much of the World Showcase doesn’t open until 11 a.m. We have lunch reservations at Rose and Crown and dinner reservations for our Candlelight Dining Package at Restaurant Marrakesh. We will then be heading to the Candlelight Processional, which we will get in line for about an hour before it starts.


To end the night, we will hop over to Magic KingdomMagic Kingdom for the 11 p.m. Happily Ever After fireworks show. For the first time ever, we will rope drop and then close another park. I am so excited to be among the very last people to leave Magic Kingdom and walk among the magic just like Walt would do. A great tip for closing Magic Kingdom is that the photo pass photographers stick around even after official park closing so you can get some really amazing photos without the hoards of crowds behind you.

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I can’t believe our trip is coming up! I know it is still a ways off but honestly it will be here before we know it and I just can’t wait! I hope you enjoyed this post and maybe even got some good tips and for the love of the mouse, never forget, that it all started with a mouse!


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