Rope Dropping TSMM

Hi fellow liners!

With FP+ down for Toy Story Midway Mania until - most likely - the opening of Toy Story Land, for those of you that have ridden it recently without a FP+ first thing in the morning: what was your experience?

How early did you arrive at the park? Where were you in line? How long did you wait? What were wait times like after you got off the attraction? What was the CL for the day you were there?

Since we have kids with no interest in Rock’n’Roller Coaster or Tower of Terror, this is our top priority for the park, and as of now there is no FastPass+ availability for our dates.

@Brian, any chance you could do a new video on this? Your excellent video on Rope Dropping Flight of Passage is now legend, and the last time you did a RD video for HS, you weren’t there before park opening and you didn’t head straight to TSMM.

Thanks friends!


Shameless bump here for anyone with recent TSMM experience early in the morning.


Where is this RD FOP video? I’m trying to figure out how to create a TP for AK bc it starts out as taking an hour for FOP at RD, another hour for Navi - ruins my whole plan.

Go to Youtube and find the Touringplans channel. Brian did the FOP ropedrop video within the past couple of months. . .

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Another shameless bump. I’m wondering this myself right now. We’ll be there on an EMH morning in early May, so I hope that helps with the lack of FP and reduced capacity.


Mar 9 CL 7 we arrived to tapstyle at 8am and were 2nd in line. They let us thru the tapstyle at 830 then everyone lined up on Hollywood Blvd. We went and signed up for Jedi Training (3rd in line) and were done by 840 and we merged back into the RD crowd. At 845 they walked us back but we went to Buzz and Woody first. Got in TSM line at 858 with posted 20 min wait. Waited only 15 mins. No idea what the wait was when we were done. I think if you arrive 1 hour early then you will be fine!


Cool to know that you got to Buzz and Woody and TSMM in the first 15 minutes of the park opening.


would you recommend meeting the toys before riding midway mania, or riding the ride before the meet & greet?

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I think its a tough choice if you will be going when it’s down to only 1 track and no FP. There were 2 tracks going when we were there.

It’s really a tough choice but I would go with TSM first and then see what the character meet wait is. Or go late at night for the characters.


I think it was an anomaly honestly. We went with our gut that time and made the decision on the fly. I don’t think it will work that way once it’s down to 1 track. :frowning: it’s going to be tough to do both.

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Mother’s Day is our day at HS. currently it has a CL of 4, but who knows. We have a Fantasmic dining package and have never seen the show so we cant do the meet & greet at night. My plan was to hit TSM at rope drop and then bolt over to meet the toys. I really hope its not more than a 30 minute wait to meet them. REALLY wanna be in line for RnR before 9:00am!

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I say go with that plan but prepare your kids ahead of time that you might have to skip the toys! Or be willing to wait 40 minutes later in the day. It’s a fun line though and much better than most character lines.


ok, i’ll come out here… there are NO kids on this trip. Just three giant babies doing a week at Disney! lol I have an RnR fastpass for the evening before Fantasmic and meeting as many characters as possible is our goal. Over 7 park days, I have a goal of 42 characters to get pics with. I think we can do it. Were going from EMH rope drop til close every single day, but have nice long meal breaks and lots of shows and chill stuff to enjoy during the afternoons. lol we MUST meet the toys! :smile:


Does anyone know when they are limiting TSMM to 1 track? Has that already happened? I’m planning on going to HS on May 3 and rope dropping TSMM, but I’ll be 5.5 months pregnant with my 3 year old son and 70 year old mother in law, so we won’t be the very fastest movers. I hoping to wait half an hour for the ride. We’re going on a projected crowd level 4 day, park opens at 9.

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No. To my understanding all that has been officially announced is that FPP would be suspended for a month from early/mid April through early/mid May and that some closing of tracks would be necessary to finish work.

Unless I am wrong, nothing official has been announced by WDW about the timing of the limited tracks or when FPP availability will be restored.

There is lots of guessing, but, as far as I know, it is only that.


Great, Thanks! I knew FPP was not available during my trip but didn’t know when they were reducing to one track.

9th of April I think, until 7th of May.

We know that FPP booking was initially available again for the 25th of June, although that’s now been removed. Certainly people have FPPs for June 30th, i.e.: opening day!

And to prevent the inevitable question, this is from those that have the CL extra FPPs which can be booked 90 days out.

Thee are also reports that FPPs will be bookable again “after May 8th”, but it isn’t clear if that means they will be available for use after from May 8th (albeit available late) or that from May 8th you can book FPPs for when TSL opens. Or something else. Guess they don’t want to jump the gun and announce one thing and then have to change it.

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I just asked this same question and someone posted this helpful assessment of what happened the first day with 1 track, no FPP.


We have a H&V reservation at 8:05 will that help us get quickly to TSMM? I’m unfamiliar with the park opening procedures at HS.

Hi @ktjdisneymom,

It won’t help at all.
They normally open the gates about 30 minutes before and the crowd is held at the end of Hollywood Boulevard.
Even if you exit H&V at 8:50, you’ll still be behind that crowd.

The only advantage of H&V for breakfast is for the Jedi Training Signup.