EPCOT Disney 100; new lights; stars; ball
  • On Mar 26, 2024
    Tim from MI Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We have passes for Disney after dark at Epcot. Do we need to buy lightning lanes and genie + also to get thru lines faster?

    Hi Tim,

    One of the best parts about Disney After Hours events is that you don't have to worry about Lightning Lanes or Genie+! This ticketed event has limited attendance so the ride wait times are significantly shorter than during regular operating hours. Genie+ and Lightning Lanes are only available during regular theme park hours so no one will be utilizing either option during your After Hours event. 

    Even though the event officially begins at 10 PM, you can head into EPCOT as early as 7 PM. I like to head into the theme parks right at 7 PM to maximize my time getting on rides and grab a bite to eat at one of EPCOT's fabulous restaurants. I would focus on jumping on some of the rides that typically have shorter wait times when you first arrive and there are other guest still finishing up their theme park day. These are Living with the Land, Spaceship Earth, and the Seas with Nemo and Friends. I recommend snagging a reservation at Le Cellier Steakhouse. Not only do they have amazing steaks, but their Le Cellier Signature Poutine is something I dream about! 

    After the theme park closes at 10 PM rides like Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, Remy's Ratatouille Adventure, and Frozen Ever After will have shorter wait times! I would prioritize riding Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind because it is seriously out of this world. My husband describes it as a roller coaster on roller skates. 

    Don't forget to load up on free snacks while you are there. You can enjoy as much popcorn, ice cream bars, and drinks as you want! Just stop by the Mission: SPACE Cart, Imagination Cart, Connections Cart, or the Fountain Popcorn Cart throughout the night!

    Happy Planning
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