Joy and Sadness

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 Epcot's 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?

Soarin' Over California Returns Briefly - The original "Soarin'" attraction will reopen on May 27. It will run through June 16. The new "Soarin' Around the World" film will make its debut on June 17.

Turtle Talk with Crush -While Dory has already been making appearances at Epcot's Turtle Talk with Crush, other characters from the upcoming film "Finding Dory" (due in theaters on June 17) are slated to be added to the interactive attraction.

Joy and Sadness from Inside Out Character Meet and Greet - Near Character Spot

Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival - March 2 - May 30, 2016 (Now 90 Days!)

Disney*Pixar Short Film Festival Replaced Captain EO

Baymax Meet and Greet added to Epcot Character Spot - across from Mickey and Friends

What's Coming?

Norway -- Frozen Ever After replaces the Maelstrom and the Royal Summerhus will house Anna and Elsa for meet and greets - June 17, 2016

Soarin' Around the World - a new film and third theatre debut June 17, 2016

Epcot's International Food and Wine Festival - September 14 - November 14, 2016

What's Going - Going - Gone...

Holidays Around the World - November 27 - December 30, 2015

Captain EO December 2015