• On Feb 22, 2020
    Harlan from OH Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Is is possible to enter Epcot before the 9AM opening time by using the International Gateway (IG) for the purpose of arriving by 9AM for the Gardens of the World Tour?

    Hi, Harlan!  Thanks for stopping by the Disney Parks Moms Panel with this great question!

    I am not typically a morning person, but that certainly changes when I'm visiting the Walt Disney World Resort.  I love how much you can accomplish in the theme parks during those early morning hours when crowds are at their lowest.  You'll often catch me heading to one of the parks for a pre-opening breakfast reservation.

    Guests who have those early breakfast reservations, as well as reservations for a tour that meets first thing in the morning will be permitted to enter the theme park early.  This is the case at both EPCOT's main entrance, as well as the International Gateway.  I have used the International Gateway many times to enter EPCOT for a pre-park opening sticky bun bake at Garden Grill Restaurant.  You should have no problem accessing the park through the International Gateway early enough to arrive for the Gardens of the World Tour.  If you do not see the entrance for guests with early dining and tour reservations, simply ask a Cast Member and they will point you in the right direction.

    In addition to the Gardens of the World Tour, I hope that you will be able to explore everything else that the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival has to offer.  I am always amazed at the level of detail found in the gorgeous topiary displays, and the delicious cuisine found at the outdoor festival kitchens is not to be missed.  Be sure to also take in a performance of the Garden Rocks Concert Series.

    If you have any additional questions as you prepare for your trip, please visit us again.  Have a magical day!
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