EPCOT Disney 100; new lights; stars; ball
  • On May 6, 2024
    Klarissa from TX Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Howdy! Recently purchased tickets for an after hours event in Epcot, we saw that we can enter at 7 pm although the event doesn’t start till 10 pm. Does this mean we can get on rides once we’ve entered? Or is it that we are simply allowed into the park?

    Hi Klarissa,

    Welcome to planDisney! I am so excited to hear that you have plans to experience Disney After Hours at EPCOT! You will be delighted to know that your early entry at 7:00 p.m. allows you to access attractions and entertainment. So, start making plans to maximize your time in the park.

    Since you will be able to enter early, I suggest that, amidst those plans, you consider finding a spot to view Luminous The Symphony of Us. If you have not yet seen it, this fireworks show is stunning. Then strategize other attractions that you will want to experience immediately afterwards. I always start walking as soon as the show ends to try to get ahead of the crowds.

    Also consider where you will enjoy dinner. If you want to maximize your time with attractions and entertainment, make a dining reservation prior to heading to the parks. You could potentially dine at your resort hotel or you could take some time to eat as soon as you get into the park. Be sure to make an advanced dining reservation if, like my family, you need a table-service meal for dinner.

    Klarissa, remember to also allow enough time for transportation to the park and make your initial plans with the park entrance in mind. Since we typically arrive to EPCOT from the Disney Skyliner or walking from a resort hotel in Disney's BoardWalk area, we enter at the International Gateway entrance. When we arrive later in the day, we normally eat at Rose & Crown Dining Room and then start our adventures in the park. I hope this helps!

    In the meantime, keep up the practically perfect planning!

    Magic and memories,
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