Guardians of the Galaxy at Night
  • On Apr 2, 2023
    Cheri from NV Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Are there buses from Epcot to the Beach Club after Extended Evening Hours or do we have to walk all the way back to the Beach Club through the International Gateway?

    Well hello again Cheri, and welcome back to planDisney! It's always so great to see your questions come in year after year for our team, and I'm happy to answer this one for you as one Extended Evening aficionado to another!

    From the sounds of it, you must be one of our special planDisney After Dark folks who may enjoy the Theme Parks during the day - but definitely stay until the very end well after the midnight hour. One of the things I absolutely love about staying at a Walt Disney World Deluxe Resort Hotel or in a Deluxe Villa as a Disney Vacation Club Member is the ability to take advantage of Extended Evening Theme Park Hours

    In my personal experience, as soon as Cast Members hear that you're staying anywhere near Disney's BoardWalk they will very strongly direct you to exit via International Gateway. As you likely already know, one of the biggest perks of staying at Disney's Beach Club Resort is its sheer proximity to World Showcase. However, if you do happen to make your way past the North entrance turnstiles and exit EPCOT beyond the park closing time, you might encounter one of the following scenarios that we've experienced:

    • A Cast Member stationed near the Walt Disney World Bus Transportation directory sign may ask you where you're headed. Guests staying at various Resort Hotels that aren't necessarily listed on the directory may be directed to wait at a nearby gate for a special bus that may be dispatched to make drop-offs at various resorts on a long circuitous route. While this can never be guaranteed, we've found on multiple late-night occasions that there are often drivers tasked with scooping up any remaining wayward guests.
    • A Cast Member from the security or Event Guide teams (often distinguished by the short light batons that they carry) may escort you in again to walk you back through EPCOT and make sure that you head directly to International Gateway where security Cast Members will be altered to wait for you to make your exit.
    In my opinion the uncertainty, overall hassle and time spent may not be worth the potentially shorter distance to travel. At any rate, your best bet is always speaking with nearby Cast Members who will do their best to make sure that you'll make it back safe and sound at the end of a long night!

    Did you know that during extended evening theme park hours at EPCOT, you may even have the opportunity to request to join the virtual queue for one of the newest and truly out-of-this-world attractions? Being able to hop aboard Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is one of those experiences that not every guest visiting Walt Disney World Resort necessarily has the opportunity to enjoy as the availability for boarding groups tends to go fairly quickly; while this may change in the future, it's nice to have the extra opportunity during extended evenings! 

    You're always welcome back at planDisney, don't hesitate to ask me any more questions ahead of your next visit this summer! 

    Wishing you all the best on your After-hours Adventuring!
    Prince
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Meet the Panelist: Prince, Ontario

Hello, Bonjour, Aloha and Ahoy there! As a performer and world explorer who's been to all of the Disney theme parks around the globe, I'm always happy to provide my best adventuring advice and knowledge to navigate your way to all of the greatest snacks, attractions and entertainment on land and at sea. Find me featured on the planDisney Podcast and on the Disney Parks Blog, discussing Disney Eats at festivals and beyond, holiday events at Walt Disney World Resort and planning my Disney Fairy Tale Wedding! Learn More About Prince

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