012 November 06, 2015 – Magic Kingdom Rope Drop Ceremony

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Welcome to Memory Thread number 12 in the WDW Pensieve.

At least once during our trip to Walt Disney World, we make it a point to catch the Magic Kingdom Rope Drop Ceremony.

 

For those that have never experienced this daily event, you’ve been missing out.

The way it goes is this: Get to the Magic Kingdom 30 minutes before the park is scheduled to open. It might be dark and chilly, but it will be worth it.

The Magic Kingdom Train Station. Photo: Jane Collins
The Magic Kingdom Train Station.
Photo: Jane Collins

About 20-25 minutes before park opening, the turnstiles will open and you’ll be allowed to go through and gather in the large open area in front of the flower beds and train station.

At 10-15 minutes before park opening, the ceremony will start.

A citizen of Main Street USA, sometimes the Mayor, Fire Chief or another citizen, will come out and welcome everyone to the Magic Kingdom.

The Mayor of Main Street U.S.A. at the Magic Kingdom Rope Drop Ceremony 2015. Photo: Jane Collins
The Mayor of Main Street U.S.A. at the Magic Kingdom Rope Drop Ceremony 2015.
Photo: Jane Collins

Several of the singing and dancing citizens will also come out at sing “Good Morning” to the crowd.

Some of the singing and dancing Citizens of Main Street U.S.A. at the Magic Kingdom Rope Drop Ceremony 2015. Photo: Jane Collins
Some of the singing and dancing Citizens of Main Street U.S.A. at the Magic Kingdom Rope Drop Ceremony 2015.
Photo: Jane Collins

The “family of the day” which was selected from the waiting crowd will be brought out to help open the park.

But, before that can happen, Mickey Mouse and his friends, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, Donald, Mary Poppins, Anna, Elsa and many other characters have to arrive.

They will all come in on the Walt Disney World Railroad steam train being drive by Casey Jr.

Mickey and friends arrive just in time to open the Magic Kingdom! Photo: Jane Collins
Mickey and friends arrive just in time to open the Magic Kingdom!
Photo: Jane Collins

Once they arrive and get in place, Mickey starts a countdown with the help of the family of the day and officially opens the Magic Kingdom for the day.

If you’ve never experienced this before, I strongly encourage you to try to do so at least once on your next trip.

Mickey's friends wave from the platform. Photo: Jane Collins
Mickey’s friends wave from the platform.
Photo: Jane Collins

It will make all the cares of the world disappear from your shoulders and you’ll feel like a kid again. You might even get a little misty like me and my family have been known to do. It’s that magical.

Even Tiana and Stitch show up to welcome visitors to the Magic Kingdom. Photo: Jane Collins
Even Tiana and Stitch show up to welcome visitors to the Magic Kingdom.
Photo: Jane Collins

Now, please be sure to put on your headphones to properly experience the binaural audio of the Magic Kingdom Rope Drop Ceremony.

 

Thanks for experiencing this unique event with us again.

I really do appreciate you taking time out to share my family’s Walt Disney World memories.

If you’ve visited our website at wdwpensieve.com, you’ll have seen that in the past few months I’ve highlighted a couple of other Disney podcasts and their sites.

I’d like to encourage you to give them a listen. First there’s Kim Slusher’s “The DIStracted Life Podcast” where she talks about her family’s trips to Walt Disney World. It’s like listening to a friend talking with you about Walt Disney World.

Second, there’s Lou’s “WDW Memories” podcast. As far as I know, his was the first binaural audio Disney podcast and the direct inspiration for my podcast, the WDW Pensieve.

If you’d like to hear other binaural park audio, give Lou’s a try.

You might think that all the Disney podcasts are in competition with each other, but that’s not the case. In our minds, we all exist for the same reason: to share our love of the Disney Parks with other Disney enthusiasts, and to support and build each other up.

So give these other podcasts a try too.

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Well, that will do it for memory thread number 12 in the WDW Pensieve. Once again, I appreciate you sharing our memories with us.Thanks for listening and we’ll see y’all real soon!

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