Many of us love to get to the Magic Kingdom® before opening to witness “rope drop” and the opening ceremony performed each day. I go because I enjoy the excitement of the ceremony. Many go so they can make a mad dash to the most popular attractions to either get in line or when paper Fastpasses were still in use, to grab a Fastpass.
Recently the popular Anna and Elsa from the movie “Frozen” moved to the Magic Kingdom’s Princess Fairytale Hall from their original location in the Norway Pavilion of Epcot. Since this move those that have not been able to book a FastPass+ through MyDisneyExperience have been attending rope drop in order to get in line to see the popular duo. The result has been a stampede like rush when the gates open with pushing and shoving to get to Princess Fairytale Hall (not sure what this behavior teaches the children that you are trying to get a space in line for).
The lines to see Anna and Elsa have been as long as 4 or 5 hours at times (there isn’t a character created that I would be willing to stand in line for 5 hours to see). The behavior of guests (parents) during this early morning stampede has prompted Disney to change rope drop procedure. There will be no more stampede once the gates open. Everyone will behave in a Disney-like manner without pushing, running, shoving, knocking down anyone or anything in their way in order to wait in line! Here is what you will encounter:
So…if you were looking to get into the Magic Kingdom® the moment it opened to make a mad dash to Princess Fairytale Hall to get in line – Let It Go!
UPDATE: A comment received on this post from Patrick also lets us know the following: “In addition to the new rope drop procedures, WDW is also making changes to how people wait in the standby line. Your entire party must enter and be in the line for the Princess Fairy Tale Hall. No longer will WDW allow a single member of your party to wait in line while the rest of your party joins you and “cuts” in line with you at a later point.Any party doing this are asked to return to the back of the line and start all over again.”