Photo of the exterios of the France Pavillion in Epcot
  • On Mar 10, 2024
    Amber from NC 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 wanting to rent a ECV at Epcot entering through the international gateway entrance at early entry. What is the earliest time the ecv can be rented? Or what time does the rental location open? Do you go into town the world traveler shop to rent?

    Hi, there!

     Welcome to planDisney, Amber. I'm so glad you stopped by! It looks like your visit to the Walt Disney World Resort is just a few weeks away. You must be counting down the days with excitement!

     I just love entering EPCOT through the International Gateway. Not only is it far less crowded than the main entrance, but you're also immersed in the wonder and beauty of World Showcase right away! You ask a great question about renting an ECV at this tucked away theme park entrance. To start with, yes, you head to World Traveler, just past the turnstiles, to rent an ECV. I just chatted with a Cast Member, and he said that the earliest you can rent an ECV would be the same time that Early Theme Park Entry begins on the date of your visit. I certainly wouldn't want to spend precious Early Theme Park Entry time completing the rental process, so my best advice is to plan to arrive at the International Gateway entrance at least 15 minutes prior to the Early Entry start time. That will give you a head start on getting that ECV secured! Before you know it, you'll be on your way to pixie-dusted adventures in EPCOT!

     Your April visit is the perfect time to experience the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival. With beautiful topiary displays, fresh food offerings, and unique entertainment, this event is abloom with magic! While you're counting down the days to your visit, take some time to watch (or listen to) the planDisney Podcast Special Episode - MUST KNOW Tips & Tricks for EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival. You won't want to miss it!

     I hope this was helpful, Amber. Please let us know if you have any other questions about your Walt Disney World Resort vacation! We'd love to help you plan a magical stay.

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