It’s rope drop time! After two cups of coffee, we’ve got tons of energy to chat about Epcot rope drop strategies. If you can’t tell we’re definitely morning people. At Walt Disney World there are definitely benefits to being a morning person, at least a couple of times during your vacation. With crowds and the heat at there lowest point of the day, the morning is a great time to explore Epcot. In this DVC Duo planning guide, we’re sharing our favorite Epcot rope drop strategies. We’ve got to burn off this energy, to Epcot we go!
You can’t build a great strategy without knocking out the basics first. We walk through the rope drop basics in the following article. It’s definitely a fantastic read, but we may be a little bias.
As we spoke about in our Hollywood Studios rope drop strategies article, there are a couple of items to check for prior to your Epcot rope drop. What we like to do is check the My Disney Experience app to what days Epcot has Extra Magic Hours in the morning. On select days, guests staying at a Walt Disney World resort are able to enter the park prior to the official opening time. When staying on Disney property, you can use the following Epcot rope drop strategies for Extra Magic Hours as well.
Unique to Epcot is the staggered opening times for different areas of the park. The World Showcase does not open until 11 am, with the exception being Frozen Ever After in the Norway pavilion. The Frozen attraction opens first thing the morning.
Prior to rope dropping one thing we like to keep in mind is what Epcot FastPass strategy we’re using. For us, we like to use rope drop for enjoying the attractions we don’t have a FastPass for. It’s also a great opportunity to sneak in an additional ride on the more popular attractions.
Passholder Insights: Just pass Epcot’s security check, prior to the park entrance, is a Joffrey’s Coffee which opens prior to the park opening for your early morning energy.
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A snowman of course! In this Epcot rope drop strategy, we’re talking about the most popular attraction at the park, Frozen Ever After. Similar to Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in our Magic Kingdom rope drop strategies the key is identifying the cast member with the Frozen Ever After sign. Walking into Epcot we recommend staying to the left. On busy days, cast members have been known to set-up queues in the rope drop waiting area for Frozen Ever After.
There is more than one way to rope drop Frozen Ever After. Unique to Epcot is the multiple entrances to the park. Everyone knows the main entrance and it tends to the busiest at park opening. The second entrance is in the World Show Case called the International Gateway. This entrance is used by guests staying at the Epcot resorts like Boardwalk and the Yacht and Beach Club, as well as guests arriving via the Disney Skyliner.
Another option for rope dropping Frozen Ever After is to take a rideshare to one of the Epcot resorts and enter via the International Gateway entrance. It tends to be a little less busy.
After enjoying Frozen Ever After we like to head Test Track. Depending on the wait times we’ll usually join the standard queue or if it’s really busy we’ll step into the single rider line.
Passholder Insights: Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie in Epcot’s France pavilion is open at park opening for breakfast.
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We’re channeling our inner Paul Revere for our second Epcot rope drop strategy and heading for Test Track. Early in the morning is a great time to enjoy the fastest attraction at Walt Disney World. Wait times for Test Track tend to increase later in the day due to the weather (rain/thunderstorms). The other reason wait times grow is because the attraction usually breaks down due to its advanced technology.
After enjoying Test Track we like to head across Future World towards The Land pavilion for Soarin. Followed by Living with Land. We have been known to reverse the order of this Epcot rope drop strategy. Both work well.
Passholder Insights: After enjoying The Land Pavilion attractions a great breakfast option is Sunshine Seasons.
Rope dropping Epcot is a fantastic way to enjoy the big attractions. For us, we like having our afternoons free at Epcot to explore the World Showcase, especially if there is a festival. The biggest tip we have is to head in with an idea of which attraction you’re looking to experience, with a second in mind. After that, we like to play by ear based on wait times. Alright, we’ve got to go, for some reason we got the urge to build a snowman!