Disney is constantly tweaking the rope drop procedure at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to try and match guest satisfaction with the nearly overwhelming demand they’ve faced, with Rise of the Resistance bringing more guests to the park earlier than ever before. While the boarding group process for Rise of the Resistance continues to be a headache (all boarding groups, including backup, were distributed in 75 seconds today), Disney has piloted a new rope drop procedure for Slinky Dog Dash this morning.
As we made our way around Disney’s Hollywood Studios pre-rope drop, we noticed that Disney had pre-filled the Slinky Dog Dash queue. Managers in the area that we spoke with said that this was a new procedure that they were trying this morning to manage the crowd flow of a Toy Story Land rope drop. We took a walk around the line this morning to give you a look at what you can expect if you rope drop Slinky Dog Dash when Disney pre-fills the queue.
Here’s a look at some of the President’s Day crowds from this morning, with the Toy Story Land rope drop snaking back to the Star Wars Launch Bay in Animation Courtyard. It’s at Star Wars Launch Bay that we’ll start with our look at the crowds.
Here’s a look back at the masses as the rope drop crowd stretches back towards Star Wars Launch Bay.
And here’s a look forward towards Toy Story Land. Up until this point, nothing has changed with the exception of large President’s Day weekend crowds.
It’s only once we get closer to the entrance to Toy Story Land that we see that Disney has pre-filled the Slinky Dog Dash queue on a first come, first served basis.
It’s important to note that Disney is only pre-filling the queue for Slinky Dog Dash, not Alien Swirling Saucers or Toy Story Mania. If you want to ride either one of those attractions, you’ll have to wait in the land rope drop crowd that we documented above. Of course, if you want to ride Slinky Dog Dash and the pre-filled line is full already, you’ll be relegated to the land rope drop crowd.
Here’s a reverse look at the land rope drop crowd from the pre-filled Slinky Dog Dash line.
Here’s a look at the pre-filled line.
Disney filled the line right up to the bridge at the attraction entrance. When the park officially opens, Cast Members will walk the crowd into the queue like any other morning. Pre-filling the queue seems to have managed some of the madness that inevitably occurs when a massive crowd of men, women, and children try to get to the front of whatever line they’re in. By organizing the chaos, so to speak, Disney creates a safer rope drop experience.
We’ll continue to keep an eye on the new rope drop procedure to see if it’s adopted long-term. With more guests expected to visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios when Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway opens next month, it seems like crowds are on the menu for the park.
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