Top 5 Rides to Rope Drop at Magic Kingdom

If you’ve never Rope Dropped at Walt Disney World, it can seem a bit daunting! However, it really is much easier than it sounds. That is, if you don’t mind waking up a little early! All you need is a little strategy and a cup of Joffrey’s finest!

Wait… What is Rope Dropping?!?!

In case you’re unfamiliar, Rope Dropping is when you head the parks extra (extra) early in the AM so that you can be inside as soon as it opens. Once you’re in, you’ll want to head to your most “must-do” attraction. That way, you are guaranteed to ride it without a massive line!


So, let’s say you LOVE The Haunted Mansion… you should head there first, right? Well, not exactly. You see, the average wait-time for The Haunted Mansion is approximately 30-minutes. However, The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train averages anywhere from 73 – 90 minutes! So, while you may have sentimental ties to one particular ride or another, you’re better off heading to the most popular attractions first, then work you way back.

Top 4 Rides to Rope Drop at Walt Disney World

The most popular attractions to Rope Drop throughout Walt Disney World are Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in Magic Kingdom, Slinky Dog Dash in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Test Track in EPCOT, and Flight of Passage in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Top 5 Rides to Rope Drop at Magic Kingdom

So, what are the top 5 rides to Rope Drop at Magic Kingdom?

  1. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train: Average Wait Time 73 minutes
  2. Splash Mountain: Average Wait Time 63
  3. Space Mountain: Average Wait Time 63 minutes
  4. Pirates of the Caribbean: Average Wait Time 50
  5. Big Thunder Mountain: Average Wait Time 50

The Traveling Mouse Secret

We here at The Traveling Mouse have spent our share of quality time in the park. In other words, we’ve picked up a thing or two throughout the years. Now, while many enthusiasts may suggest that you should schedule your attractions in a way that avoids peak hours, we have a different suggestion.

You see, in order for you the avoid peak hours, you’ll be eating at odd times, baking in the Florida sun mid-day, and basically turning the rest of your vaca topsy-turvy (can I get a high-five for the Hunchback throwback?!).

You’d be surprised to find just how many park-goers waste time walking in circles around the park, chasing down wait times. Meanwhile, they’re often getting stuck behind a slow-moving family or even more detrimental, getting caught behind a cavalcade! That is why we suggest saving the steps and working your way around the park, one ride at a time. I know, this may be hard to accept when you see a 20-minute wait time halfway across property. But by the time you get there, chances are that 20-minute wait time has become more like a 40 minutes wait time. Not to mention, you’re wearing yourself out in the meantime!!!

So, in the case of Rope Dropping the Magic Kingdom, we suggest heading directly to New Fantasyland to ride Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. From there, you’ll head to Frontierland (passing by way of Liberty Square) and right into Frontierland to jump on Big Thunder Mountain, then Splash Mountain. Following these two, you’ll go directly to Adventureland to take on Pirates of the Caribbean! Then, cross right through the berm and head to Space Mountain in Tomorrowland.

Sure, some of these will start to fill up as you journey on. But it is still your best bet. Once you’ve completed these 5 top attractions to rope drop at Magic Kingdom, you can make another loop around the park and hit those good ol’ classics!

Have you ever Rope Dropped at Walt Disney World? Tell us about your experience! We’d love to hear from you!