Shaking things up in the New Year, Disney World announced plans today to change the opening Rope Drop ceremony at Magic Kingdom effective January 9th. Guests arriving at the park for opening will now be allowed to enter the parks earlier. The Main Street U.S.A section of the parks will be open to welcome guests who want to stop and grab a Starbucks or take photos on an uncrowded Main Street. Guests will be encouraged to gather at the Castle Forecourt Stage for an opening ceremony. During this time a Royal Herald, along with some much-loved Disney friends, will issue a proclamation officially opening the parks to the public.
This new opening timeline seems to bear a striking resemblance to Rope Drop at Animal Kingdom where guests are allowed in early to stroll up to Discovery Island and gather in front of the Tree of Life for the festivities. This will allow more guests to enter the parks and will remedy the gridlock that happens first thing in the morning.
There is no word yet on the timing of the event or whether or not Disney will continue the coveted “Family of the Day” role during this ceremony but readers should watch this space for further details.
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