Photo of a fountain featuring Remy from Ratatouille
  • On Jul 12, 2023
    David from FL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    If we early entry at EPCOT, will World Showcase be open? What time do the shops/food kiosks open? Thank you

    You're as welcome as can be at planDisney, David! 

    Isn't Early Theme Park Entry awesome? I love that as a Disney Resort hotel Guest, I'm able to take advantage of entering the parks 30 minutes earlier than the official opening. During this time, I try to experience one or two of my favorite attractions; these are usually the attractions that have a longer wait time later in the day. But sometimes I like to wander in early to take in all the magic of the parks when there are lower crowds, and of course, eat! 

    During my most recent visit to EPCOT during Early Theme Park Entry, most of the World Showcase eateries were not yet open. Although you will find both Remy's Ratatouille Adventure, as well as Frozen Ever After operating. 

    Please do keep in mind that hours are subject to change, and I recommend checking operating hours during your visit. In the meantime, I'll tell you what I found open during the Early Theme Park Entry, as well as in the morning around the World Showcase. Usually, if you're looking forward to something specific, you can pull it up on the Walt Disney World website, and under hours of operation, it will tell you if the shop or dining location is open for Early Theme Park Entry. 

    David, if you could see how high I jumped with joy when I found that Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe is, in fact, available during Early Theme Park Entry (and it's a great example displaying on the site that it is open during Early Theme Park Entry). There's nothing like having a scrumptious School Bread (or three) in the morning after you've sung your heart out alongside Olaf in Frozen Ever After! 

    Although it's not open for Early Theme Park Entry, you will find Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie open its doors at 9 AM. This spot is worth waiting an extra 30 minutes for; it is simply one of my favorite places to enjoy dining during breakfast (and any other meal). Additionally, Crêpes À Emporter by La Crêperie de Paris, as well as La Crêperie de Paris, open at 9 AM. 

    It's not World Showcase, but it's not too far; located in World Celebration, you'll find Connections Café with STARBUCKS® to be open during Early Theme Park Entry. This is important because we most certainly would like to begin our day with a cup of magical brew! 

    Whichever dining location(s) you decide to explore, I hope you have an enchanting visit, David!

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Meet the Panelist: Aena, Texas

Hi friends! Consider me your own Fairy Godmother, full of helpful tips to make your Walt Disney World Resort vacation magical. I'm Aena, wife to my Prince Charming, mom to future Imagineers, and forever a kid at heart. I call Walt Disney World...I mean, Texas home, and spend my time singing Disney tunes. One of my favorite things to do is to stay on property and explore everything the resorts have to offer. I'd love to help you find the best Instagram-worthy spots for your Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Aena

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