According to Orlando Theme Park News, Walt Disney World Resort has begun testing a new opening for Epcot. The idea, similar to the recent change at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, is to thin the crowds and avoid the 9am bottleneck at the gates.
Beginning at 8:30am, Guests may enter the park and proceed as far as the Innoventions East and Innoventions West Breezeways. While none of the pavilions will be open prior to 9am, Spaceship Earth will start receiving Guests at 8:45am.
A fun addition, that goes along with the new opening at Epcot, is a Welcome Show at 8:50am at the Fountain of Nations. Accompanied by a voice-over in several languages, this new show is sure to delight young and old.
As of now, this testing is in place only for the 9am opening and does not apply to the 8am Extra Magic Hour opening.
What do you think? Will you arrive early to catch the new Welcome Show or get an early start in Spaceship Earth? We’d love to hear what you think in the comments below!