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  • On Jan 9, 2022
    Diana from IL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    How early does the monorail from the TTC to Epcot open? We’re staying at the Polynesian and we would like to get to Epcot early enough to enjoy the Early Park Entry. Thank you!

    Aloha, Diana! Welcome back to planDisney. You've asked a Tigger-ific question, and I'm happy to help!

    I recently stayed at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, and oh how I miss that tropical oasis! As much as I love this resort during the day, it is even more relaxing when the tiki torches light it up after dark. But another reason that this iconic resort remains a Guest favorite is due to its location. There is a Monorail station on the second floor of The Great Ceremonial House, with stops at Magic Kingdom Park and the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC), from which you can transfer to EPCOT. Some Longhouses are even a short walk to the TTC; we stayed in Moorea, which was less than a five-minute stroll away. We managed to get to EPCOT in 15 minutes after leaving our room- incredible!

    As you mentioned, Guests staying at Walt Disney World Resort hotels can take advantage of a 30-minute early entry into the theme parks every day. This perk can make a considerable time difference in your day; my son loves Test Track, and the Early Theme Park Entry allowed us to hop in the queue with minimal wait. The Walt Disney World Monorail System operates 30 minutes before the earliest park opening until one hour after the latest park closing. So, if EPCOT officially opens at 10:00 AM, Early Theme Park Entry will be at 9:30 AM, and the EPCOT Monorail (TTC) will begin operating at 9:00 AM. I would aim to get there no later than 8:45 AM so that you can go through security and be ready as soon as the Monorail arrives. Also, double-check the Park Hours Calendar since opening times may differ during your stay.

    Diana, here's another tip for you: one night, schedule some time to grab a Dole Whip from the Pineapple Lanai and then find a nice spot on the Polynesian beach from which to watch Disney Enchantment. If you're willing to stay after the show, you might even get a glimpse of the Electrical Water Pageant. To me, it doesn't get any better than this!

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