Changes have been made to the way Magic Kingdom opens for the day to guests, including adding early access to Main Street USA, and a new welcome show.
Though the park usually doesn’t officially open until 9 a.m., guests visiting the Magic Kingdom now have the chance to enjoy Main Street USA earlier. Guests can get some early shopping done inside the Emporium, and then grab a bite to eat and some coffee inside the Starbucks bakery, all before any of the rides and attractions open for the day.
In addition, a new welcome show now performs on the Castle Forecourt Stage. Guests can meander up to the edge of Cinderella Castle and join in the celebration as a Royal Herald delivers a proclamation and welcomes a few familiar characters. This is a major change to the old Magic Kingdom “rope drop” welcome show, which was previously held at the Main Street Train Station shortly before 9 a.m.
Here’s a look at the new and former welcome shows. Let us know which you prefer.