Rope Drop entry process returns to Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World

Jun 22, 2021 in "Magic Kingdom"

Magic Kingdom rope drop June 22 2021
Posted: Tuesday June 22, 2021 7:43am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

The rope drop park entry procedure has returned to Magic Kingdom today following a lengthy pause of the process during the COVID-19 reopening phase.


The new process means that guests are now held in the hub at one of several ropes leading to each of the Magic Kingdom lands.

With a posted 8am opening time, the first guests can arrive at the park via Disney transportation at around 7:15am, and guests parking at the TTC arrive at the tap-styles around 7:30am.

Guests can then walk Main Street U.S.A. and wait at one of the ropes to enter a land. All attractions now open at the official posted opening time, which for this month is 8am. Watch the video below to see the new rope drop at Magic Kingdom.

Disney's Animal Kingdom, Disney's Hollywood Studios are all now also using the same rope drop process.

Prior to today, guests were able to enter the entire park prior to the official park openings and ride some attractions prior to the official opening time.

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EPICOT9 days ago

For an 8am MK open, will they be letting people into the park before 8 with rides opening right at 8?

Preemiemama13 days ago

We were on a bus every morning for those openings. We were at the stop 90 minutes ahead and all but one day (and we're not really sure what happened that day to the bus) we had a bus with few other families on it about 70-80 minutes ahead of opening. So, AK for example, we were on a bus by 6:45 and able to enter the park at 7.

pdude8113 days ago

It's harder if you drive as they weren't letting you through until an hour before opening as of a few weeks ago. I assume nothing has changed. Disney transportation is always running earlier if you get out to the stops in time.

doctornick13 days ago

Does Disney transportation run early enough to make any of these? Or, conversely, are you able to make them if you drive (i.e. are you allowed in early enough to park and make it)?

iowamomof413 days ago

Thank you!

Preemiemama13 days ago

Just back. MK security was letting people through at about 8, but you're held in the hub in certain areas until 9. DHS was letting people through at 8:00 to line up in designated areas then queues/attractions running at 8:30. AK was letting people through starting at 7 then lined up on the bridge to Pandora. 7:30 walk to Pandora/queue and ride FOP. Nothing else runs until 8:00. We did not RD Epcot- just hopped there in the afternoons/evenings.

MansionButler8420 days ago

DAK now 7:30.

iowamomof420 days ago

Any recent updates? Last I heard, rope drop was: MK - 9:00 (what time do they start letting people through security?) Epcot - 10:45 DHS - 8:30 (security opens at about 8) AK - 7:20-7:30 for Pandora

threvesterJul 01, 2021

2 weeks ago i waved to them as our bus drove by. they were being held just like we were when we got off the bus.why would they go through security while everyone else is held at security?

lightguyJul 01, 2021

For Contemporary and BLT????? The security check point is on the path right by where the buses enter the bus drop-off area. About 1,000' from the gates. I've NEVER been held at that point. My assumption is if the resort busses are arriving and dropping guests off then that checkpoint is open. Technically it is a good bit further away than the security checkpoint at the bus bays, but do they really hold people getting off the resort busses there??? That area isn't very big- especially once the ferries start getting there and unloading.

threvesterJun 29, 2021

they are held at their own security station and are released the same time as the rest...problem is their security is much farther away than the ones everyone else uses

G00fyDadJun 29, 2021

I actually hadn't thought of that! LOL

lightguyJun 29, 2021

Don't forget, everyone at Contemporary/Bay Lake Tower just walks over (5 min.) whenever they want and now people at Grand Floridian can as well. That can conceivably be a lot of people arriving on foot.