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Daybreak at Orlando's theme parks: An underrated part of the day

Daybreak at Orlando's theme parks: An underrated part of the day

Daybreak is an underrated part of the theme-park day. Anticipation builds as a crowd gathers outside the gate, and once inside, visitors have a crack at hitting up their favorite rides before the throngs arrive. (Shhhhh, some vacationers are still sleeping).

Park operators know the value of early rising. Some parks literally make a production number out of the opening moments — aka rope drop. Special tours also frequently launch first thing in the morning. Universal Orlando gives folks staying in its hotels a head start at Islands of Adventure or Universal Studios, and if you're staying in a Disney hotel, there are pre-opening benefits in the form of Extra Magic Hours on...

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