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 the holidays.

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 (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. 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 (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.

In Future World, there’s the Epcot Character Spot, which currently hosts Joy and Sadness from Inside Out, Baymax from Big Hero 6 on one side, and Mickey and friends on the other.

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.


Mariachi Cobre in the Mexico pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase has added a new show featuring the story and music of the Disney-Pixar film Coco.

It also has added a new hands-on activity that’s part of the “Remember Me” La Celebracion del Dia de Muertos exhibit. The Mirror de los Muertos allows you to make yourself into a whimsical Day of the Dead-type skeleton, similar to those featured in “Coco.”

American Heritage Gallery reopened July 27, 2018, with a new art exhibition calledCreating Tradition: Innovation and Change in American Indian Art.”

Gods of the Vikings Exhibit in Norway inside the Stave Church – Debuted April 20,2018.

Mission: Space reopened August 13, 2017 with an updated Orange Mission and a new Green Mission.


The Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Live! at America Gardens Theatre – June 14, 2019 – August 18, 2019.

IllumiNations Reflections of Earth will end its run on September 30, 2019. A new nighttime show will debut in 2020 that will celebrate how Disney music inspires people around the world. The show will feature massive floating set pieces, custom-built LED panels, choreographed moving fountains, lights, pyrotechnics, and lasers. Before the new show debuts, there will be a limited-time, interim experience called “Epcot Forever,” which will debut on October 1, 2019, after Illuminations closes. “Epcot Forever” and will feature classic Epcot tunes.

New Epcot entrance

Epcot’s Transformation Continues with New Entrance and New Play Pavilion – The Play Pavilion, currently in development, will be in the former Wonders of Life pavilion, and will feature first-of-their-kind experiences devoted to playful fun. The Play Pavilion will take guests into an innovative, interactive city bursting with games and hands-on activities. Play Pavilion visitors will interact with Disney characters in an energetic metropolis unlike anything ever seen before at Epcot.

Epcot‘s main entrance plaza will see changes that include new pathways, sweeping green spaces, and a newly re-imagined fountain. The new design will pay homage to the original park entrance with fresh takes on classic elements. These changes should be ready in time for the Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary in 2021, or Epcot’s 40th anniversary in 2022.

New Restaurant Coming to Epcot’s Japan Pavilion – In May 2018, the Disney Parks Blog announced that an all-new table service restaurant will be coming to the Japan Pavilion in World Showcase. The restaurant will be a signature dining experience inspired by the natural beauty of Japan. The setting will draw from both nature and takumi, which means “artisan” in Japanese, and the relationship between Japanese craftsmanship and the natural world will be evident throughout the space. The as-yet unnamed restaurant will be operated by Mitsukoshi USA, which currently operates the merchandise, restaurants (Teppan Edo and Tokyo Dining), and kiosks in the Japan Pavilion.

It was announced in November 2018 at the Destination D: Celebrating Mickey event that the CircleVision film in the Canada Pavilion, “O Canada,” will be refreshed. No completion date was announced.

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 is being built in the same area as Universe of Energy, which closed August 13, 2017. Tentative opening date 2021 – Announced at 2017 D23 Expo.

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure (like a similar attraction in Disneyland Paris) will be built in a new area of the France pavilion. Expected opening date Summer 2020 – Announced at 2017 D23 Expo.

Space 220 – Announced at 2017 D23Expo – The restaurant will invite guests to travel into space for amazing dining experiences in the stars. Opening Date Late-2019.

What’s Going… Going… GONE?

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

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