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  • On Feb 1, 2024
    Becky from UT 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 am interested in doing the Epcot after hours. Are the different countries open, with dining and booths for this event?

    Welcome to planDisney, Becky! Let me grab my paintbrush so we can create a masterpiece for your upcoming Walt Disney World Resort visit. I'm thrilled you're considering attending Disney After Hours at EPCOT, so let's talk about making your time as magical as possible. I'm sure you've heard that the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts is in full swing, so no matter what, you'll have a pallet full of fun.

    Please remember that availability and offerings can change, but according to the official event landing page, nearly all attractions will be open during the after-hours event. So you can save the galaxy on Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind and help find Donald on Gran Fiesta Tour. 

    As for dining opportunities, it looks like most restaurants in the World Showcase stop taking reservations a little before 9:00 PM since that's the regular park closing. Since you can enter EPCOT as early as 7:00 PM with your after-hours ticket, you could book a meal before the event begins at 10:00 PM. But during the event hours of 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM, most table service restaurants in the World Showcase will be closed.

    I chatted with a paint-splattered Cast Member who said several snack carts are available, and guests with event tickets are treated to complimentary popcorn, ice cream, and soft drinks during the event hours. She said most carts and tents related to the art festival will be closed after hours, so be sure to check those out at 7:00 when you arrive.

    A pal of mine recently attended the event and said only some pavilions in the World Showcase were open. Again, this is subject to change, but she said the pavilions from China to Morocco were closed when she was there, so plot your strategy accordingly. She said Yorkshire County Fish Shop was open until around 11:00 PM, so your best bet is to eat before the event and enjoy the complimentary snacks once it starts.

    Becky, I hope your visit is a rainbow of fun and food! Please stop by planDisney anytime.

    Magic awaits,
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