• On Aug 12, 2021
    Tami from VA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi Panel! Does Future World at Epcot not open a few hours before the World Showcase any longer? Coming in September and we went to be at the rope drop but I'm reading all of Epcot opens at 11am.

    Hello there, Tami! Welcome to planDisney. I see that you have a trip coming up to the Most Magical Place on Earth next month. I bet you are getting so excited! 

    Prepare to hit the snooze button once or twice on your Epcot day, Tami! All of Epcot officially opens at 11:00 a.m. It's been like this since the reopening of Walt Disney World last summer. I have to admit, I don't hate it. I like to plan my Epcot day for the middle of a trip now to get some extra rest one morning. It gives an energy boost that is needed mid-vacation. 

    Even though Epcot opens up officially at 11:00 a.m., I recommend arriving anywhere from 45 minutes to 1-hour prior to the scheduled opening time. You'll find that Guests are being let into the theme parks a little bit early to keep from grouping up at the main entrance. With a little pixie dust, you'll be in line and experiencing your first attraction before Epcot is even technically open. This is how I plan my mornings while I am at Walt Disney World and I am always amazed at how much I am able to cross off our must-do list by lunchtime. 

    Right when Epcot opens, I suggest doing a few attractions before heading off around the World Showcase. I find that attraction wait times tend to really fill up in the afternoon so I like to do a few of the most popular ones before heading off to enjoy food and beverages. Then, in the evening, when most people are having dinner I like to pop over to any attraction I may have missed in the morning. 

    I hope you have a wonderful time enjoying the day at Epcot. The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is taking place so be sure to bring your appetite! There will be so many delicious options to choose from. If you have any other questions before your trip, please feel free to stop back by and ask me. I'm happy to help. 

    Have fun and enjoy! 
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I love all things Walt Disney World.  In fact, since becoming Annual Passholders, my family of 3 is always hopping in the car for a quick trip to visit with Mickey Mouse!  I've been known to make the 8 hour each way drive to Walt Disney World (in one day!) to indulge in a Mickey Waffle or enjoy a sunny day at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.  I may have a small family, but we are always up for some BIG fun at the Walt Disney World Resort.   Learn More About Jackie

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