EPCOT Disney 100; new lights; stars; ball
  • On Jan 21, 2024
    Mindi from OH Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hello! We will be purchasing tickets to Disney World with the park hopper option. We are also considering purchasing the After Hours pass for EPCOT. Do we need to check into EPCOT first on that day if we have the park hopper? Thank you! Mindi

    Welcome to planDisney, Mindi! EPCOT is my favourite Park, so I'm delighted to hear you are thinking of attending Disney After Hours at EPCOT.

    I think you are asking if you need to start your day in EPCOT to attend Disney After Hours at EPCOT. No, you won't need to do this. Disney After Hours at EPCOT is separately ticketed, running on select nights this springtime. You could choose just to attend that evening at EPCOT, until close at 1am or attend this event after a full day in the Parks (using your Park Hopper ticket). 

    As you plan on purchasing the After Hours ticket in addition to a Park Hopper Option, I suggest that you use the daytime to enjoy the other Parks. Typically, all the rides are open at EPCOT, potentially with shorter queues, during this nighttime event, so you may like to use your time elsewhere that day. 

    For example, you could start your day in Disney's Animal Kingdom Park with Park Hopper tickets. It's typically the earliest Park to open, which may help you get the most out of your day. Whenever you're ready, head to your next Park choice, perhaps the iconic Magic Kingdom Park. You could even try and squeeze in a third Park, Hollywood Studios, before attending the After Hours Event at EPCOT. Phew! What a day.

    If there's such a thing as too many Disney Parks in one day, you may like the alternative of a standard ticket purchase. You could attend one Park during the day and then onto the EPCOT after-hours. To get a head start on the fun, you can arrive at EPCOT from 7pm.

    I hope this information helps, Mindi, and I correctly understand your question. Please reach out to us at planDisney if you need anything further.


thumbnail image for Louise

Meet the Panelist: Louise, United Kingdom

Welcome to planDisney! I'm happiest in perpetual planning mode for our next Walt Disney World trip - it's my chance to catch a bit of Disney magic in-between visits.

Walt Disney World provides the ultimate sense of escapism! I understand how much guests want to get out of their trip, especially when travelling internationally. Please let me help you prepare a 'practically perfect in every way' journey so you can be truly whisked away by Disney magic!

Learn More About Louise

Related Video

  • thumbnail image for Young Adult’s Guide To Walt Disney World | planDisney Podcast - Season 2 Episode 7

Didn't find what you were looking for? Click the Ask a Question button to open the Ask a Question dialogue box. If you are not logged in a dialogue box will appear to signin in order to ask a question.

To submit your question, please log in now if you have not already done so.

Ask a QuestionOpens the Ask a Question dialog box.

Update Browser

For a better experience browsing this website, please download an updated version of Internet Explorer.

Or you can continue browsing without updating.