• On Dec 8, 2019
    Nan from FL 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.

    Can I we go from Epcot to Disney Springs for dinner (because no reservations available in Epcot New Years Eve) then back to Epcot to watch the fireworks without a hopper pass?

    Hi Nan,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! How fun that you're planning to be at "The Most Magical Place on Earth" to ring in the New Year!

    I'm happy to let you know that yes, you'll be able to catch a bus directly from Epcot to Disney Springs any time after 4:00 p.m. Just head out of the main entrance and head over to the left to find the buses. You'll find that one arrives approximately every twenty minutes, so if you miss one, it won't be too long until the next one arrives. Now, to get back to Epcot, there will not be a direct bus from Disney Springs. I'd recommend hopping on a bus heading to Disney's BoardWalk Inn, Disney's Beach Club Resort, or Disney's Yacht Club Resort. All three of those Resort hotels are within walking distance of the International Gateway entrance to Epcot, so it will be just a short five to ten minute walk to get back into the park. Of course, you could always grab a bus to any other Disney Resort hotel, then switch buses once you arrive at the Resort hotel to take the one to Epcot. Don't forget that the Minnie Van Service is available for a small fee, too. It's a great way to get around the Walt Disney World Resort in adorable polka-dotted style!

    One other thing to think about is that park closures due to capacity are possible that time of year. It's a very popular time to visit the Walt Disney World Resort, and while Epcot has not closed for that reason for many years, I want you to be aware that it's possible that once you leave, you wouldn't be allowed back in. Other than the potential capacity issue, it's absolutely fine for you to leave a theme park and return to the same park later in the same day without a Park Hopper Option ticket.

    I'm sending some pixie dust that you find the perfect place to enjoy your New Years Eve dinner, Nan, and that you have the most magical New Years Eve celebration ever!

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Meet the Panelist: Missy, Virginia

Hi!  I'm Missy, a homeschool mom originally from Indiana, but recently transplanted to Virginia.  With a husband and five kids, I understand what busy family life is all about and how important it is to get away and create magical moments with your loved ones.  I also believe planning is half the fun, so I'd be honored to help you plan your Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Missy

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