Animal Kingdom Parking Lot at Rope Drop

I have read that if you want to be at Animal Kingdom for rope drop then you shouldn’t drive yourself since the parking lot doesn’t open until about 15 minutes before opening. Is this still true? We will have a rental car but staying on property so we are deciding if we need to take the bus.

Was just at A/K for r.d.on 9/24 in our vehicle and this was not an issue. Arrived in parking lot at 0830 for a 0900 park opening.

This is one of those old wives tales…we always drive and it is open an hour before EMH or RD.