Future World is open from
9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
World Showcase is open
11 a.m to 9 p.m.
Epcot Forever Most Nights at 9 p.m.
Time may be later during Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival and the holidays.
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 (Community) 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 that 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 designed 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. Epcot Forever 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 (or City) of Tomorrow. Epcot visitors and cast members have other answers: Every Person Comes Out Tired, Employee Paychecks Come Out Tuesday, and so on.
Visit Shopping Epcot At-A-Glance page for info on the various stores around the park.
Visit Dining at Epcot At-A-Glance for an overview of the main dining options at the park.
Epcot has several opportunities for children to meet and greet their favorite characters.
Epcot’s Character Spot closed on September 8, 2019 as part of the park’s multi-year transformation. Check the park times guide for temporary character greeting locations during your visit.
You can find character meet-and-greets in nearly each of the country pavilions in World Showcase.
Check your times guide for exact times and locations.
Epcot is in the middle of a multi-year transformation from a new entrance and attractions, to new restaurants and films. Learn more about Epcot’s transformation here.