• On Jan 4, 2020
    Gail from CO Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Does the Epcot International Gateway open at 9a.m. Planning on using the Skyline from our resort to Epcot.

    We're so glad you visited the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Gail! You've asked an excellent question!

    Many people don't even realize that Epcot has two entrances. The most common entrance is located at the front of the Park by the iconic Spaceship Earth. However, there is a second entrance situated between the United Kingdom and France pavilions, and it is very convenient for those staying at the Epcot Area Resorts. Recently, this International Gateway entryway was refurbished to make way for a Skyliner Station, which is Walt Disney World's brand new mode of transportation. Luckily, both Park entrances open at the same time as Epcot, which is likely to be 9:00 AM during your vacation. Check the Park Hours calendar as you get closer to your trip for official hours.

    Similar to the former Disney Skyway buckets in Magic Kingdom Park, (which bring back sentimental childhood memories), the Disney Skyliner is a fantastic aerial alternative to the Disney bus system. I love having a bird's eye view of the Parks and Resorts (it's also fun to take a peek at the construction going on in Epcot). For me, it's a game changer, and it's always fun to see which type of gondola you get! Typically, the Skyliner operates 30-60 minutes before Park opening, however, I recommend checking with your Walt Disney World Resort hotel front desk for exact operating hours during your stay. 

    I hope you have a magical vacation, Gail!

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Meet the Panelist: Eean, Pennsylvania

Hi, I'm Eean from Pennsylvania! I may have an unusual name, but my passion for Disney is not unique. It's incredible how many people you can find who love talking about "The Most Magical Place On Earth!" I'm that mom who always has her ears perked at PTO meetings, in the grocery store aisle, or at my monthly Bunco club for an opportunity to give someone a planning tip to help make their vacation even more magical. Learn More About Eean

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