Guests visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios will find a new rope drop procedure in place now that Disney World has effectively put the COVID-19 pandemic behind them.
Just like over at Magic Kingdom and EPCOT, guests are now prevented from walking straight to attractions when they enter Disney’s Hollywood Studios before official park open. That said, Disney’s Hollywood Studios appears to be a bit different in that rope drop is essentially a series of corrals, or queues, for various attractions. We’ll explain in the photos below, but here’s a video of the current rope drop procedure at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
As far as timing your arrival, the parking plaza opens around an hour before official park open. This is the same as before rope drop was reintroduced. Disney transportation and ride share arrive slightly earlier, but plan on arriving around an hour before park open.
Guests essentially have three options at rope drop:
- Hollywood Blvd – Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway/Toy Story Land
- Sunset Blvd – Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster/Tower of Terror
- Echo Lake – Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
Starting on Hollywood Blvd, guests will be asked to either corral into the right side of the road, or the left, using the white line that goes down the center as the divider. Guests looking to rope drop Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway will be asked to stay to the left of the middle white line, and guests looking to rope drop Toy Story Land will be asked to queue to the right. There are no formal lines, but each of these holding areas act as a de facto queue for the most popular attractions in the park.
Of course, once you get towards the front of the line, the lines sort of merge. With traffic for Mickey and Minnie’s Runway Railway going left, and Toy Story Land to the right, to procedure makes sense.
A similar procedure is in place on Sunset Blvd for the two attractions there – Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror. Here’s a look at the rope drop procedure, which asks guests to choose an attraction and create a line.
While walking down Hollywood Blvd, Cast Members hold up signs directing guests to the Echo Lake area to rope drop Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
Guests will find themselves congregating in front of the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular.
What separates Disney’s Hollywood Studios from Magic Kingdom is that rope drop at Studios is actually 30 minutes prior to official park opening. With less square footage to store guests, the park areas that are accessible to guests begin to feel cramped around 30 minutes before park opening, so Disney has been opening the park earlier than official posted opening. That is subject to change.
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