OK, I've read the threads I could find on rope-drop procedures, but none of them really specify any seasonal variation. What kind of rope drop am I likely to find in early Dec. (or now) at Disneyland Park and DCA?
From what I read Main St. is opened 1/2 hr. early and there is one rope at the end of Main St., after which there is a mad stampede. Is this correct? (The stampede is probably used year-round, I mean is the rest of it correct?) I also read there are separate ropes for the different Lands, but again I don't know which is used when.
I also read that DCA turnstiles open 1/2 hr. early with 3 ropes up and Soarin' open at 9:30? Is this still current?
Here's what I experienced at WDW two years ago (late Sept.): prior to opening, guests were admitted through the turnstiles and held at the entrance area right in front of the Main St. train station. The train would arrive just prior to opening with Mickey, et al. and there would be an opening ceremony, following which we were allowed to pass through Main St. Upon arriving at the entrance to the Land of our choice, we were held for another 5 min. (?) at a second rope, whereupon we were then let through into the Land with everything operating. There was no running, and a fast mall-walker could overtake most people strolling down Main St.
So, is any of the above similar to what DL & DCA use? Thanks!