• On Oct 2, 2019
    Lisa from WI Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    My family plans on going to Epcot on a day of early magic hours, 8am. Does the International Gateway entrance open for early magic hours? Plan on taking gondola from Art of Animation in hopes of getting to Elsa meet & greet at 8am before the lines.

    Hello there, Lisa! Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Thanks so much for taking the time to stop back by and ask another wonderful Walt Disney World Resort vacation question!

    Extra Magic Hours are available to any Guests staying at a Disney Resort hotel and other participating hotels! These special hours allow Guests to enter one participating theme park either before or after standard operating hours for even more fun. This can be a great way to maximize your time in the parks and squeeze in some additional attractions!

    This is also a great way to meet popular Disney Characters such as Anna and Elsa at the Royal Sommerhus! You will be happy to know that both entrances open at the same time at Epcot so you and your family should have no problem entering from the International Gateway. Certain portions of the World Showcase are "roped off" during the early morning but this should not present an issue with you and your family walking to Anna and Elsa's Royal Sommerhus!

    This means that you will also have the opportunity to experience the brand-new Disney Skyliner and travel in style to your day at Epcot! The Disney Skyliner takes Guests on an aerial tour of Walt Disney World Resort and connects many different Disney Resort hotels to both Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios. 

    I hope you and your family have a magical visit to Walt Disney World Resort!

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Meet the Panelist: Wyatt, Colorado

Hello! I'm Wyatt and I'm so very excited to provide you with all the best tips and tricks for getting the very most out of your Disney World vacations! I'm married to a fellow Disney enthusiast and, while we don't have any human children yet, we are delighted to be pet parents. Professionally, I work in private practice as a mental health counselor. I'm also knowledgable regarding disability services and accessibility at Disney World due to my own history of chronic illness.  Learn More About Wyatt

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