Photo of the exterios of the France Pavillion in Epcot
  • On Jan 31, 2023
    Benjamin from NC Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Is the international gateway entrance at the back of Epcot still open to enter the park? Also, does it open a half hour early for deluxe resort guests to enter park?

    Welcome to planDisney, Benjamin and thanks for stopping by with your question. 

    Benjamin, anytime I can chat about my favorite park, EPCOT, I'm happier than Chef Remy in the kitchen! And... speaking of Chef Remy, his favorite attraction: Remy's Ratatouille Adventure is located right inside the International Gateway of EPCOT in the France pavilion! 

    I'm happy to report that this entrance to EPCOT is open for guests. My family and I recently stayed at Disney's BoardWalk Villas and the leisurely stroll from that resort and the neighboring properties into the park is my favorite amenity! 

    Now, if you'd like to get a jump start on your park day, all guests of a Disney Resorts Collection hotel are able to take advantage of Early Theme Park Entry every day. This means you are able to enter the park 30 minutes before the posted opening time! Benjamin, I'll also encourage you to check out the Extended Evening Hours available to deluxe resort and deluxe villa guests. THIS PAGE shows participating hotels and gives an overview of what you can expect with this perk. When my family and I last visited, my husband and son took full advantage of Extended Evening Hours and enjoyed so many late-night attractions! 

    Whether you are up with the birds like Snow White or racing toward midnight like Cinderella, I hope you enjoy your day at EPCOT. Wishing you a Magical stay. I hope you'll come on back to planDisney with any additional questions.

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Greetings from central Pennsylvania! Hi, I’m Lauren and I can’t wait to answer all of your Walt Disney World Resort and Disney Vacation Club questions. My husband and I became Disney Vacation Club Members because we love visiting the Disney Parks and with hectic day-to-day schedules, wanted to prioritize time away for our family. The options at the Walt Disney World Resort make each trip unique and I am excited to help other families build vacations with those unforgettable moments.

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