Ultimate Guide to Epcot at Walt Disney World | AllEars.net
Ultimate Guide to Epcot at Walt Disney World | AllEars.net
Ultimate Guide to Epcot at Walt Disney World | AllEars.net

Future World is open from
9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

World Showcase is open
11 a.m to 9 p.m.

IllumiNations Most Nights at 9 p.m.
Time may be later during Epcot's Food and Wine Festival and Holidays Around the World.

Epcot Extra Magic Hours

To all who come to this place of joy, hope and friendship, welcome.

Epcot Center is inspired by Walt Disney's creative genius. Here, human achievements are celebrated through imagination, the wonders of enterprise, and concepts of a future that promises new and exciting benefits for all.

May Epcot Center entertain, inform and inspire. And, above all, may it instill a new sense of belief and pride in man's ability to shape a world that offers hope to people everywhere.

(Dedication Plaque)


On October 1, 1979 ground broke for the second Theme Park at Walt Disney World. Three years and $1.4 billion later, on October 1, 1982, Epcot Center opened at the Walt Disney World resort. The new Experimental Prototype City of Tomorrow was connected via monorail to the familiar Magic Kingdom theme park.

It was Walt's Dream to have a self-contained city reside here... unfortunately he passed away before it could be built. The Walt Disney Company created a theme park which incorporated Walt's love for World's Fairs and the promise of the future!

Epcot has come along way since the early days.


Welcome to Epcot, a theme park design to both entertain and educate. Epcot is twice the size of the Magic Kingdom, so be prepared to walk. You really won't be able to see it all in one day, so if that's all the time you have, plan carefully.

The 9,000 space parking lot rarely fills. Trams take you to the main entrance of Epcot where you enter the turnstiles and find yourself right in front of Spaceship Earth.

Epcot is made up of Future World and World Showcase. Future World is where you can experience the past and future of technology advancements. World Showcase highlights the art, architecture and culture of the countries that surround the World Showcase Lagoon.

Epcot is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Most of Future World remains open until 7 p.m.; World Showcase opens at 11 a.m. and remains open until 9 p.m. IllumiNations is shown nightly, at closing, around the World Showcase Lagoon. On busy holidays (4th of July, Christmas, Easter) Epcot may remain open until 10 p.m. or later.

Ever wonder what EPCOT stands for? The official answer is Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. Epcot visitors and cast members have other answers: Every Person Comes Out Tired, Employee Paychecks Come Out Tuesday, and so on.

What's New?

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival -- The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival will expand to 75 days for its 2017 season. August 31 - November 13, 2017.

Mission: Space opened August 13, 2017 with an updated Orange Mission and a new Green Mission! - Announced at 2017 D23Expo


What's Coming?

Holidays Around the World - Thanksgiving - New Years

  • Candlelight Processional - November 24 - December 30, 2017
  • Holiday Kitchens - November 15 - January 1
  • Chip and Dale's Christmas Tree Spree - Scavenger Hunt
  • Entertainment around World Showcase
  • IllumiNations with special Holiday ending.

Festival of the Arts - January and February

BRAND NEW CHINA FILM -- Announced 7/15/17 at the D23 Expo, the next generation digital camera has been invited to provide a seamless circle vision show to the China pavillion. Debut date unknown.

Guardians of the Galaxy will be built in the same area as Universerve of Energy, Universe of Energy CLOSES August 13, 2017! Tentative opening date 2021 - Announced at 2017 D23Expo

Ratatouille attraction (like Disneyland Paris) will be built in a new area of the France pavillion. Tentative opening date 2021 - Announced at 2017 D23Expo

Unnamed "SPACE" Restaurant - Announced at 2017 D23Expo - The restaurant will invite guests to travel into space for amazing dining experiences in the stars. Opening Date Unknown

What's Going Going GONE?

Universe of Energy Closes August 17, 2017 to make way for new Guardians of the Galaxy attraction.