Epcot is home to nearly year-round festivals and for most guests visiting Walt Disney World, they’ll plan to make at least 1 stop there during their trip.
Understanding what to expect when it comes to the Epcot Park Hours is an important piece of putting together your daily plan.
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Epcot Park Hours by Month
Disney releases park hours about 75 days in advance. It may be as few as 71 or as many as 78. But, in general, park hours come out around 75 days in advance.
Note: In the past, that used to be around 180 days, but the release schedule changed when the parks reopened in 2020.
We keep track of all the park hours and update them every week on our Monthly Crowd Calendars.
If you are within that 75-day window, when you click on the month below you will see the current Epcot park hours, plus other important information like refurbishments and entertainment schedules.
Note: If you want to see historical information outside that 75-day window, you can navigate to a previous month or even a previous year to get an idea of what to expect.
One of the most significant changes to park hours that we have seen recently can be found at Epcot, so if you haven’t been in a while make sure you keep reading:
Epcot used to open in 2 parts. Future World (the section at the front of the park) would almost always open at 9 am and the World Showcase (the place where all the countries are) would open at 11 am.
But, that has changed since the reopening and now the entire park is opening at 11 am.
As for closing, outside of the weekends during Food and Wine and busy holidays, Epcot almost always closed at 9 pm.
But, more and more often we are seeing that closing time regularly being pushed to 10 or even 11 pm.
Take a look at the park hours for the other parks:
Frequently Asked Questions
How often are the Epcot park hours updated?
When Disney first publishes their park hours, you’ll often find that they are rather generic, meaning they will typically show the same park hours for Epcot every day of the week.
However, park hour updates are based on demand. The busier the parks are projected to be, the higher the likelihood that Disney will extend the hours.
And, now that the parks are getting busier, we are definitely seeing Disney go in and make adjustments to those hours.
Of course, the reverse of that is also true. Although not nearly as common as seeing the hours extended, it isn’t totally unheard of for Disney to cut back on hours, too.
Disney issues updates for park hours on a fairly regular basis, sometimes as often as once per week. However, not every park (or even every day of the week or year) will see hours updated. Having the park hours extended is never a guarantee.
Historically, Epcot tends to have its hours updated semi-regularly, typically by Disney extending the closing time later into the evening.
Like we said, it isn’t a guarantee, but if you are traveling during a busy time of the year you may luck out and get to enjoy Epcot past the standard 9 pm closing time.
Updates are more likely the closer you get to your trip
Since Disney updates park hours based upon projected attendance, the closer you get to your trip the more data they will have to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to make any changes (or not).
That’s why if the park hours are going to be updated for your trip, it is more likely to happen closer to your travel dates.
It is also why we recommend you check your park hours daily while on vacation! You don’t want to show up to a park only to discover it opened before you expected it to.
When does Epcot let people in?
We know it is a bit confusing, but the truth is there is the “official” opening time for Epcot, and then there is the time Disney will actually start letting people into the park.
This is more true now than before the extended closures because whenever possible, Disney tries to avoid having large crowds of people in one spot, which is something that can definitely happen as people arrive to the gates anticipating the parks opening up.
Note: Disney has announced that they will be putting a formal stamp on this unofficial opening time by allowing onsite resort guests to always have access to the parks 30 minutes before non-Disney Resort guests. They are calling it Early Theme Park Entry and we have more info on that below.
So, if you want to be there for Rope Drop at Epcot, we recommend arriving to the front of the park no later than 45 minutes before the official opening time.
That means if you are taking the bus to Epcot you’ll need to be down to the bus stop 90 minutes before the official opening time. That should put you on the first or second bus of the day (and make your morning go that much more smoothly).
If you are driving to Epcot, aim to be to the parking lot plaza about 1 hour before the parks open.
If the monorail is running, you’ll want to be to the station about 60 minutes before park opening.
What about Early Theme Park Entry?
Disney has announced that Extra Magic Hours are being retired but in their place they will be implementing a new system they have called Early Theme Park Entry.
While we don’t know all the facts yet (like what attractions in Epcot will be open) we do know that it will let onsite resort guests into the parks 30 minutes early and that it will be for every park, every day.
What attractions will be open?
When you are let into the park there is a chance that some things may not yet be open. But, Disney does do a good job of trying to have the headliners up and going when people start coming in.
Of course, with Early Theme Park entry we should get a list of everything that will be available but until then, we recommend you head to Norway and catch a ride on Frozen Ever After first.
Attractions that never open at park opening
There are a few things that rarely open up with the rest of Epcot.
If you are interested in any of these, make sure you check the operating schedule inside of My Disney Experience:
Shows & characters:
- Characters & cavalcades
- Impressions de France (typically only shown at the end of the evening)
- In the past, the entire World Showcase (minus Frozen Ever After and the Gran Fiesta Tour) would open 2 hours after the rest of the park. However, Epcot is currently opening at 11 am (instead of the traditional 9 am) which means at least for now, the World Showcase is opening with the rest of the park.