Let’s discuss Epcot changes – PREP125

Epcot's undergoing lots of changes, including the addition of some new attractions. We'll talk about those today, and how touring Epcot could be affected.

We'll also discuss recent news and a quick tip to help you get the dining reservation times you want.

These are notes from this episode. There's much more info included in the audio so be sure to listen to the episode for a better explanation.

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Changes coming to Epcot

These things are coming to Epcot soon:

  • Joy and Sadness are coming to Epcot on April 3. They'll be in the new Character Spot location which doesn't currently have a FastPass+ option.
  • Finding Dory characters will be part of Turtle Talk with Crush.
  • Soarin' Around the World will be opening in summer 2016 with a new film and additional theater.
  • Frozen Ever After and the new Anna/Elsa meet-and-greet area will be opening in the Norway section in summer 2016. Though the World Showcase mostly opens at 11 a.m., these will likely open at 9 a.m.

Touring advice

We'll have to see what the ride tiers end up being, but generally you'll want to ride a popular ride at rope drop, and then ride other popular rides later using FastPass+. Starting at Frozen Ever After and working around Future World might make the most sense.

This is the general order I'd suggest (this map is part of the touring plan tools available to Level 2 WDW Prep Members).

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  • Anna/Elsa FastPass+ not available in June.
  • Extra Magic Hours and park hours often change. Check the app during your trip.
  • Railroad at Magic Kingdom will be closed April 11-22, 2016.
  • Stitch has replaced Marie for a meet and greet at Magic Kingdom.
  • Writer’s Stop at Hollywood Studios undergoing changes, including maybe becoming a Sci Fi Dine in Lounge. The carrot cake cookie can still be found at Sweet Spells, near Starring Rolls Cafe.

Quick tip of the day

To increase your chances of getting the dining reservation times you want, select a time and not a meal when making your reservation. If staying onsite and unable to book for whole trip, log out and back in. If that doesn’t work, call.

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John McCluskey

It is recommended here to visit the new Frozen attraction in Norway at rope drop. Does that mean they will be opening Norway earlier than the rest of Worldcase? Doesn’t World Showcase usually open 1 hour later than Future World?


I listened to your podcast yesterday. I was able to make our fastpass reservations (we are staying on site) after midnight. I didn’t get them done until 5 am. 🙁
I knew that Anna and Elsa wouldn’t be available b/c I’d heard you say they were closed for their move. But, Rapunzel and Cinderella weren’t available either for either of our MK days. Do you think they were all gone that fast? I didn’t think I’d have to rush that much for Rapunzel and Cinderella.


We are visiting June 7-11, 2016


no they werent gone, there are currently no fastpass available for any of the princesses. i believe this is because anna and elsa are moving to epcot. once thats done, they should bring fp back for the other princesses and maybe new princesses to join them as well.

Johanna Steffens

I was just wondering about the news of Anna and Elsa not offering fast passes in June. Is this a for sure thing? We are going the first week of June and while a Disney rep told me that Anna and Elsa would be leaving MK after May 27th, she also said she thought they would make their appearance at Epcot for a meet and greet the very next day, but she was unsure of when fast passes would be available. I have a 4 year old daughter and this is at the top of our list. I have been… Read more »


I’m new to the site and I love the podcast, it’s a ton of help! I’ve only ever been to WDW once (when I was 9) and finally, after many years, I’m getting to go back. I have a request though: can you please post what the podcast date is or the date of the upload is here on the site? Or even say so in the beginning of the cast? Obviously, I’m in planning and to prep (and psych myself up even more) I plan on listening several times to the various casts, so dates would be a huge… Read more »


Hi Randall! If Shannon isn’t able to get dates added to the podcasts and posts, or not right away, one thing that might help you is to look at the oldest dates on people’s comments. Those are pretty accurate for the time frame of the original post. I recommend reading through comments anyway because you can get more info on the topic. Happy planning!


Thanks Shannon! We are in that transition phase with our first ever trip in early June (Epcot June 10). What is the best way to find out when the Tiers change and when we could try for fastpasses for the new attractions?

Shawna L.

Do you know if Marie will be moved to another park? We are going in July and my six year old just cried when I told her Stitch had replaced Marie. Meeting Marie was the thing she looked forward to the most for her first ever visit this summer. ?


Yeah, I am scratching my head at replacing Marie with Stitch. My kids don’t care about Stitch at all. They loved Marie because she is a cute cat — it didn’t even matter that they hadn’t seen the movie. It also made sense to have to hang out near Pluto — dog and cat meet and greet.

Colleen Moss

Thanks, Shannon!
Do you know when the Finding Dory characters will be added to Turtle Talk? I didn’t hear that part in your podcast. As always, thank you for the great information and updates!

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