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The first place you should go when rope-dropping each Walt Disney World Resort theme park

Getting to the Walt Disney World® Resort theme parks at opening each day means shorter wait times and easier access to nearly everything in the park, but where do we recommend you go first to make best use of your time?

Magic Kingdom® Park

Guests have one of the largest selections of attractions when entering Magic Kingdom Park, and the ultimate decision will likely be dictated on whether or not you have any Lightning Lane or Genie+ selections. With so many attractions to choose from, we recommend focusing on either Seven Dwarfs Mine Train or Splash Mountain early. These attractions see wait times climb the most during the day, especially in the case of the family-friendly Seven Dwarfs Mine Train coaster.

Disney's Animal Kingdom®

The first must-do attraction in Disney's Animal Kingdom is a no-brainer, and it's Avatar: Flight of Passage. Wait times still build considerably almost as soon as the park opens, and the only method for obtaining a reasonable wait time in the regular queue is by getting there as early as possible.

Disney's Hollywood Studios®

With so many diverse, thrilling attractions, Disney's Hollywood Studios as become much like Magic Kingdom Park in the sense that there are a seemingly infinite number of directions to go when first entering. Now that Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance has released its virtual queue in favor of a first-come, first-serve wait system, it becomes the easiest first-do decision on this list (aside from EPCOT®, which we'll get to). For those who aren't Star Wars fans (even though they should certainly still experience the attraction) Slinky Dog Dash and Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway make suitable backup choices.


Our recommendation at the time of writing is to make way for your favorite of EPCOT's major attractions, though Soarin' often sees lighter wait times later in the evening.

That changes starting Memorial Day Weekend. When Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout opens, the attraction is sure to follow the same pattern as all the previous new ones (i.e. if you want to ride it with a reasonable wait time, you need to get there at park opening). Marketing has indicated it to be Disney's most technologically advanced marvel yet, and those who want to see it firsthand should plan on rope-dropping it.

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