Monday, March 20, 2017

How to Tour the Parks from Rope Drop to Fireworks

Every time I have a conversation with anyone about my Disney Trips, the term "Rope Drop to Fireworks" always comes up. For those of you who don't know, Rope Drop to Fireworks refers to guests who will go to the parks from the opening to closing. This idea of being at the park for that many hours to many people would seem like a daunting feet, but it can be done.

The first thing to know is that you will have to get up early. Whether there are extra magic hours or not, you will need to know what time the park will open its doors to guests. Check with the My Disney Experience App (available for iPhones and Android phones) the night before to make sure there are no extra magic hours for the next day's visit. If so, note that any opening show will happen during the magic hours, not usual park opening hours.

It is also a good idea to take into account what mode of transportation you will be taking to the parks and how long it will take to get there. This is a must when using park transportation from the resorts. Although park transportation is seemingly very efficient in getting guests where they need to go, there may be up to 45 minute wait times from a certain resort. Rule of thumb, the more time you give yourself to get there, the easier it will be to relax and not stress.

The next tip is go in with a game plan. Talk to the other members of your party and ask what are the must do attractions or experiences they are all looking forward to. By making a list of what attraction or experience to hit first, all the members of your party will know where to start walking to (or in my case usually, speed walking/running) once those gates are opened to guests.

During the afternoon, the parks will be the busiest. This is the time to hit up attractions with low wait times and get a snack or two. This is especially true when the 3 o'clock parade rolls in. It's best to get a snack and pick out your spot about 45 minutes to an hour before showtime and wait. If not, you might miss out on the show.

Keep in mind that magical moments will happen and as my next tip, I urge you to let them happen. Sometimes, you may find yourself running around the parks as if they will close the ride and not allow entry for the rest of the day. Make time to actually enjoy your visit. Sit on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority and kick up your feet (if possible). You would be surprised at how relaxing a ride through the many attractions in Tomorrowland can be.

There are a lot more tips where that came from! Stay tuned for more tips on how to enjoy the parks!

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