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Magic Kingdom Welcome Show at Cinderella Castle

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Magic Kingdom Welcome Show at Cinderella CastleFor those that enjoyed the Rope Drop at Magic Kingdom, you are going to be a little disappointed to know that it has been replaced with the Magic Kingdom Welcome Show at Cinderella Castle. Instead of a train conductor welcoming you to the park, there is now a herald that announced that the magic is about to begin.

Cinderella Welcome Show at Magic Kingdom

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The Magic Kingdom Welcome Show at Cinderella Castle lasts all of five minutes and does give you a glimpse of your favorite Disney characters including many of the princesses.  Currently featured are Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Chip & Dale, Belle, Merida, Jasmine, Aladdin, Rapunzel, Tiana, Mary Poppins, Alice, Snow White, & the newest princess, Elena.

What is missing? There is no singing, no dancing, & no chosen family of the day to be incorporated in the “show.”

This new way of entering the park is going to eliminate the early dining reservations to gain first entrance to the park. It is also going to cancel out getting those unobstructed pictures right in front of the castle which some relish. In many respects, it really levels the playing field giving all park goers the same opportunity to make that mad dash to their favorite rides to avoid the long lines that happen soon after the park opens.

How do you feel about the change from the Rope Drop ceremony to the Magic Kingdom Welcome Show at Cinderella Castle? Can you see any advantages?

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Thursday 19th of January 2017

I had a question about this. How does it "eliminate the early dining reservations to gain first entrance to the park"? I have an early reservation for 8 AM next month, so how would that be affected since the park doesn't open until 9 anyways. Our whole plan was to get there at around 7:30 and do the pictures in front of the castle. So how does that change?



Sunday 22nd of January 2017

It used to be that only those with Dining reservations could actually enter the park at all prior to the park opening. Now that there is a "Welcoming" stage show, guests can come in advance of the park opening time, creating a crowd in front of castle.

Milli Hutch

Monday 9th of January 2017

This is very disappointing! I just finished making matching family shirts with plans to be the first in line. We were hoping to check it off or bucket list. :(