Photo of the exterios of the France Pavillion in Epcot
  • On Mar 14, 2022
    Irene from WI Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Can we enter early through International Gateway (near France) early if we are staying on property and can enter the park early? Just was curious. We want to take the skyliner to Epcot and enter there.

    Hey there, Irene. I'm so glad you've stopped by planDisney to chit-chat about your Walt Disney World vacation coming up later this spring. It is quickly approaching, I bet you are getting so excited! 

    Irene, I think that you'll be happy to know that the International Gateway is operational during the Early Theme Park Entry for Walt Disney World Resort Hotel Guests. Early Entry starts 30 minutes prior to the theme park's scheduled opening time. On the day that you'd like to visit EPCOT, you'll be able to hop on the Disney Skyliner, enjoy a birds-eye view of the Walt Disney World Resort and then make your way into the theme park via the International Gateway. 

    The best part of entering through the International Gateway in the morning is that Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie typically opens around this time as well and serves fresh pastries bright and early. Of course, you'll want to check their hours of operation to make sure before you plan on it. However, one of my favorite things to do when entering in the morning through the International Gateway is to stop for pastries before making my way over to Frozen Ever After. If you are a Frozen fan, this is a great way to experience this attraction with little to no wait time. This attraction tends to fill up during the day so entering through the International Gateway and then heading straight to the Norway Pavillion can save you some time if you are planning to experience this attraction while you are at EPCOT. 

    I hope you have so much fun on your most magical vacation. If you have other questions as you finalize your trip, please feel free to stop back by and ask me. I'm here to help. 

    Jackie H. 
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I love all things Walt Disney World.  In fact, since becoming Annual Passholders, my family of 3 is always hopping in the car for a quick trip to visit with Mickey Mouse!  I've been known to make the 8 hour each way drive to Walt Disney World (in one day!) to indulge in a Mickey Waffle or enjoy a sunny day at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.  I may have a small family, but we are always up for some BIG fun at the Walt Disney World Resort.   Learn More About Jackie

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