• On Apr 5, 2019
    Laura from TN Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    We are going to be at visiting the parks 5/21, 5/22 & 5/23/19. We had planned to spend 5/23 morning at Epcot until mid-day. However, I noticed most attractions posted for the world showcase (WS) start at 11:00 am. Does WS not open until then?

    Hi, Laura, and welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Let's take a stroll around one of my favorite places in the "World," Epcot! As a kid, I fell in love with the attractions of Future World, and these days I can spend hours in the incredible World Showcase. It truly is my happy place!

    Park hours for Epcot are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, but the World Showcase pavilions don't open until 11 a.m., with a few exceptions. You can ride through Arendelle on Frozen Ever After in the Norway pavilion starting at 9, then have breakfast at Kringla Bakery Og Cafe, or pop over to Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie in France, which both open at 9.

    Laura, I see that Epcot has morning Extra Magic Hours the day of your visit. If Frozen Ever After is on your "must-do" list, it's among the attractions that open early, so you can ride it before the wait times build later in the morning. I think with Extra Magic Hours, you can get a lot done early, spend some time in World Showcase after 11, and then hop to your next Park in the afternoon.

    Plus, the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival will still be in full bloom during your visit! If you'd like to try the Outdoor Kitchens, they also open at 11 a.m.

    I hope this helps you plan a magical day at Epcot, Laura. Please come see us again if you have any more questions!

    Kathy K.
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Meet the Panelist: Kathy, Florida

I've lived my whole life just an hour's drive from Walt Disney World, so I've been a regular visitor for as long as I can remember. Even after all these years and so many visits, I love that there's still so much to discover! Now that I'm a mom myself, seeing my favorite place through my son's eyes has given me a whole new perspective that I enjoy sharing with other parents of young children. Learn More About Kathy

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