As a continuation of my posts from last week which talked about the Real Opening Time and Procedures of Magic Kingdom, Real Opening Times for Hollywood Studios, and the Real Opening Time for Animal Kingdom, today we will look at the Real Opening Time of EPCOT. EPCOT is always going to have a different type of opening than the other parks, since there are two entrances AND two lands with different opening hours for each. Check out my recommendations for EPCOT FASTPASS+ Reservations.
The main entrance to EPCOT is located in Future World by Spaceship Earth (aka the golfball) and is where the buses and the monorail will drop you off and is the entrance for guests entering from the parking lot. The International Gateway (aka the back entrance) located between France and the UK pavilions in World Showcase is where guests staying at resorts in the EPCOT area have the ability to walk or take a boat to the park. The resorts within walking distance (and boat access) to EPCOT include The Swan, The Dolphin, Boardwalk, Beach Club, and the Yacht Club.
Opening times for EPCOT’s Future World can vary but is usually in the 8 to 9 am time frame. Call 407-824-4321 for the exact opening times for your travel dates. World Showcase will usually open at 11 am.
Guests can usually get through the turnstiles at both entrances about 15 minutes before the official opening time. This is true with either entrance you come through. The only thing is if you are coming from the “back” entrance (International Gateway) you will have a little longer walk to get to the opening attractions in Future World. But on the plus side for International Gateway there is usually a smaller crowd for the turnstiles which seems to even out the playing field on getting to the Future World attractions ahead of the crowd.
To be one of the first guests into the park and onto the rides you will need to show up about 45 minutes before the official park opening time. This will position you in the front of the crowd when they open the turnstiles as crowd levels can get pretty big during busier times of the year.
There is a second rope drop for World Showcase at 11 am. Since there aren’t really any headliner attractions in World Showcase, this rope drop is very low key and not very packed with people. But if you have an early morning breakfast at Akershus Royal Breakfast Hall there is a separate entrance that will allow you into World Showcase before 11 am.
***Side Note*** Currently with the popularity of the new Frozen Ever After attraction (which is located in the World Showcase) Disney has decided to open Norway when Future World opens. The walkway to Norway will be roped off so guests won’t be able to go any further into World Showcase.
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