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Best Time to Visit Epcot

Pick the best day and time to visit Epcot.


Epcot Center in Disney World, Florida
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Since Epcot is made up of two distinct areas, Future World and World Showcase, the best time to visit may vary depending on your personal preferences. Pick wisely and you'll breeze around World Showcase and be first in line for Soarin... choose poorly and you may find yourself waiting in a 70-minute line for Test Track.

Best Days to Visit Epcot for Resort Guests:

If you are staying at one of Disney World's on-site resorts, then take advantage of the Extra Magic Hours program. While dates are subject to change, as of June 2011, Extra Magic Hours were offered at Epcot on Tuesdays and Fridays. Plan on visiting Epcot on one or both of these days and you'll get some private time in the park.

If you want to ride Test Track or Soarin' with minimal waiting, then head to Epcot on a Friday for Extra Magic Hours in the morning. Want some private time to explore France or Japan in World Showcase? Stay late on a Tuesday evening instead.

Best Days to Visit Epcot for Off-Site Visitors:

Avoid Epcot on Tuesdays and Fridays, the current days for Extra Magic Hours. This resort perk will draw on-site visitors to the parks, resulting in heavy crowds and long waits on these days.

Best Time of Day to Visit Epcot:

If you want to explore Future World, head to Epcot when it opens. You'll be one of the first in line for popular attractions like Test Track, and you can ride less busy offerings like Spaceship Earth later in the day with minimal waiting.

If you prefer World Showcase, arrive by 11:00 a.m. and you will be one of the first visitors to enter this area. Consider stopping by Soarin on your way past — FastPass+ are usually distributed early for this attraction, and may run out. Reserve your FastPass+ as early as possible. For Disney World resort hotel guests, that's up to 60 days in advance.

Tip: Visit a Kim Possible World Showcase Recruiting Center and have some fun saving the world as you travel the countries of World Showcase. This free activity isn't just for kids — adults will enjoy it too!

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