Family at EPCOT Festival of the Holidays; father holding son; mother eating a cookie wearing Santa hat
  • On Nov 15, 2023
    Molly from AR Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I will be going to Epcot one day and Hollywood Studios the next. I am not a Disney Resort guest, so how early can I arrive at the parks? I would like to be there before it opens!

    Hi Molly and welcome to planDisney!

    How exciting that your Walt Disney World vacation is coming up so quickly!  I'm sure you're finalizing all of your plans and starting to pack.  Next week will be here before you know it!  I love that you're planning to maximize your time at Walt Disney World by getting to the parks early!  We are not morning people in my family, so we rarely make it to the parks for rope drop.

    I prefer to drive myself when we are heading to the theme parks and love to be in charge of my own transportation.  Parking at the theme parks typically open about 45 minutes to an hour prior to park opening, so I would plan to be there no more than an hour early.  Once you park, you can head through security and then wait at the entrance gates for the park to open. 

    Since you are planning an EPCOT day during your vacation, you can experience the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays starting on November 24th!  The Holiday Kitchen menus look fantastic and we always love participating in the Holiday Cookie Stroll.  

    Please stop back by and visit if you have any additional vacation planning questions.

    Have a magical day!
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Meet the Panelist: Leslie, Florida

I am a stay-at-home mom and wife from Florida who loves to take advantage of every bit of what Walt Disney World has to offer.  From our wedding to birthdays, my family loves to celebrate any occasion at Disney World.  Learn More About Leslie

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