Epcot Spaceship Earth
  • On May 3, 2024
    Melinda from IN 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 planning to spend a day at Epcot next week however we are not staying at any of the listed Disney resorts. Is there any other way I can get early entry? Thank you!

    Hey there, Melinda, and welcome to planDisney! You'll arrive at the Most Magical Place on Earth soon, so let's discuss how you can squeeze every second of fun from your EPCOT day.

    Early Theme Park Entry is an exclusive perk for guests staying at participating hotels. Unfortunately, this benefit can't be purchased separately, but I have some tips that might ease your mind.

    If experiencing attractions is high on your must-do list, then purchasing Disney Genie+ service is a must. This service will allow you to access Lightning Lane entrances for at least two to three attractions throughout your day. This will significantly shorten wait times, especially if you continue to book attractions as soon as you're eligible. You can explore details about Disney Genie+ service before you arrive, so you'll be ready to make the most of your day!

    My second tip is to join the complimentary virtual queue for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at 7:00 AM sharp. I suggest joining this queue and choosing your first Lightning Lane selection immediately after. My family always chooses Remy's Ratatouille Adventure as our first Lightning Lane since it often fills up quickly.

    Finally, plan to arrive at the theme park as early as you can. Since EPCOT typically opens later than other parks, attraction wait times tend to get long quickly. But you will probably be able to scan into the park about 30-45 minutes before opening and gather near one of several access points just inside the entrance. Cast Members will allow guests to head to attractions when the park opens, so the earlier you arrive, the closer you'll be to the fun. 

    Melinda, I relish those first couple of hours in the theme parks. Crowds are lighter, and the sun sparkles more brightly. With my Disney day before me, I feel like there's nothing I can't accomplish! I'm wishing on a star you have the best visit ever. Please stop by planDisney anytime!

    Magic awaits,
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Meet the Panelist: Elaine, Florida

Bright Suns! I'm Elaine, a retired teacher dividing my time between my home state of Kentucky and the Sunshine State. I married my college sweetheart, and now that our only son is grown, we are exploring the empty-nest life. My family has been visiting Walt Disney World Resort for over 25 years, so if you have questions about adult-only visits, plant-based meals, thrill attractions, and Florida-resident perks, I'm here for you in full Force. Like Yoda would say, "Trips, we will plan!" Learn More About Elaine

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