PHOTOS: Early Theme Park Entry Begins at EPCOT

As part of “The World’s Most Magical Celebration”, Walt Disney World hotel guests can now enter all four theme parks 30 minutes early every day. With EPCOT opening at 11:00 AM, we got to the park at about 10:00 AM to see how early entry would go.


Early entry guests were directed to the right.


Cast Members then scanned our MagicBands or ticket cards to ensure we were actually hotel guests.


Non-resort guests were being held to the left side of the fountain, before Spaceship Earth.


Resort guests could head in either direction after passing under Spaceship Earth. Not many people were gather to the right, near The Seas, but those who were remained in the shade of the construction walls.


It was much more crowded on the Mission: SPACE side. There were no ropes to hold guests back, just Cast Members.


The line in the shade on the left was just for guests heading to Space 220. The line on the right was for everything else.


Early entry officially began at 10:30 AM, though we were let in a few minutes early.


Guests quickly lined up for Space 220.


We headed into World Showcase, where the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival kiosks would not be opening until 11:00 AM. The posted wait time for Frozen Ever After was 10 minutes but ended up being more like 20 minutes.

No wait times were available in My Disney Experience during early entry, but the following attractions were available:

  • Beauty and The Beast Sing-Along
  • Frozen Ever After
  • Mission: SPACE
  • Soarin’ Around the World
  • Spaceship Earth
  • Test Track
  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends

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2 months ago

Are they letting them in from the international gateway also? I certainly hope so.