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?

TradNation - Quebec's music scene comes alive in Canada!

Disney*Pixar Short Film Festival Replaced Captain EO

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

Quickstep United Kingdom traditional folk music from the UK, similar to the Paul McKenna Band

Colortopia by Glidden - Innoventions East

Bijutsu-kan Gallery - Kawaii - Japan's Cute Culture

Ribab Fusion North African band celebrating Morocco's Amazigh culture, fusing traditional and contemporary sounds.

High Pockets - On the Voices of Liberty's days off, a four man jazz ensemble called High Pockets plays Americana songs and Disney classics under the rotunda inside American Adventure.

What's Coming?

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

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

Soarin' Around the World - a new film and third theatre debut in mid-2016

What's Going - Going - Gone...

Habit Heroes Innoventions Exhibit - Closed January 2016

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

Captain EO December 2015

Lumberjack Show in Canada - November 2015

Epcot's International Food and Wine Festival - September 25 - November 16, 2015

Paul McKenna Band - November 24, 2015

Moroccan folk music group B'net Al Houwariyate - October 2015