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  • On May 21, 2023
    Brittany from NY Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Thinking about doing After Hours at Epcot. I know you can get in at 7pm, the park closes at 9pm, and the event starts at 10pm. Are After Hours ticket holders allowed to go on rides between 9pm and 10pm after the park closes and before the event starts?

    Hello there, Brittany!

    Once upon a dream, I got to visit the Walt Disney World Resort theme parks during a Disney After Hours event, and it was a shining, shimmering, splendid experience.  

    Brittany, I triple-checked with a sweet Cast Member, and they confirmed that you would be able to ride attractions to your heart’s content from the time of check-in for the event until the event officially begins AND until the event officially ends! This means that you can get a head start on going on your favorite attractions. 

    In the past, I've shown up to the After Hours event turnstile entrance approximately 30 minutes before check-in begins so that I’m one of the first people to check in for the event. I like to take advantage of as much of the After Hours event time as possible. Before you arrive, I recommend checking what popular attractions are typically included during the EPCOT After Hours events to help you plan out your evening since admission to the event doesn’t guarantee access to any attraction or experiences. 

    You’ll find that wait times drastically decline from the time you enter the theme park at check-in to the official event time start. I usually use this time to grab a bite to eat and let the crowds disappear before the event officially begins. If you’re a theme park attraction lover and want to get on attractions as soon as you enter the theme park, I recommend going to the far end of the park since Guests will start to get funneled out of the park near the entrance. For instance, this may be a good time to go on Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. I was amazed by how many attractions I could go on with little to no wait during the official event hours. 

    May the magic be with you!

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Meet the Panelist: Melanie, Maryland

Hello there! I'm Melanie - a Walt Disney World Resort-loving Jersey girl living in Maryland with my Jedi Brewmaster husband and Bluey lookalike dog. Before I was even born, I grew up taking multigenerational vacations with my family at Disney's Beach Club Resort. The Disney force has grown stronger in my family since we took an adults-only voyage aboard Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser. Whether you want to feel like a Disney Princess or a Jedi-in-training, I can't wait to help you plan a harmonious vacation. Learn More About Melanie

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