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EPCOT is opening earlier than EVER BEFORE as Disney World adjust opening times at the parks

Beginning today, EPCOT’s park operating hours have been modified to yield some of the earliest (if not the earliest) park opening times since Disney World‘s second theme park opened in October 1982.

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The new operating hours begin February 28. The first set of extended hours runs from today, Monday, February 28, to Saturday, March 5. The same extended hours are in effect from Sunday, March 13 to Saturday, March 19, 2022. On these dates, EPCOT will welcome Guests between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. EPCOT’s previous park operating hours were 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., meaning that during these extended periods, Guests can enjoy EPCOT for an hour and a half longer than on previous dates.

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From Sunday, March 6 to Saturday, March 12, EPCOT’s park operating hours will be from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Previously, those hours had been 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

EPCOT’s 8:30 a.m. opening is the earliest one the park has offered since Walt Disney World reopened after its nearly four-month closure in response to the coronavirus pandemic. An 8:30 a.m. opening at EPCOT is also a massive extension in hours when you consider that World Showcase currently does not have a separate opening from the rest of the park. Once upon a time, we never could have imagined World Showcase welcoming Guests around the promenade at 8:30 in the morning.

Perhaps the extension at EPCOT is the result of Disney World‘s anticipation of a higher number of Guests at the park during the month of March.

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It’s not known at this time whether this extension will be gone after these dates in March, or if this will become more normal as EPCOT continues to undergo a complete overhaul in some areas of the park, including the addition of the new Guardians of the Galaxy: COSMIC REWIND attraction, the development of a new Moana-themed attraction, and an overhaul of the front half of the park.

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It’s important to mention that if you’re a Guest staying on property at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel, you can enjoy early theme park entry at EPCOT even earlier than these posted times, as Resort Hotel Guests get a 30-minute headstart in the parks. This means that on some days in March, Resort Hotel Guests can be at EPCOT as early as 8:00 a.m.!

About Becky Burkett

I'm an enthusiastic writer who finds joy in random things like cold weather, snow, "I Love Lucy," "The Andy Griffith Show," journals full of blank paper, countdowns to Christmas, the month of December, "Toy Story," "Sleeping Beauty," my 4 kids, my 4 shih tsus, Disney Parks history, Imagineering and visiting the parks. I think Walt Disney is the standard against which genius should be measured. I love to write about Disney Parks, Disney history, all things Imagineering and PIXAR. I adore the colors, story and art direction of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (Team Make it Blue!), and "Toy Story" is life (minus "Toy Story 4"). I believe Walt Disney was so much more than an entertainment and theme park tycoon; I believe he was a savant with a vision for life and how it could be if happiness and kindness are strived for. I love Biergarten at EPCOT and 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian. You can find me croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room, chillin' on the PeopleMover or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. I'm always looking for Imagineers in the parks, and I'd rather meet Joe Rohde and Tony Baxter than anyone in Hollywood! Hey, if you dream it, you really can do it!