The Best Times to Visit Disney's Epcot Resort

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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, but choose poorly and you may find yourself waiting in a 70-minute line for Test Track.

When you are planning your Disney World vacation you may need to consider your kids' school schedule, holiday crowds, or the weather, but alternatively, you might like to plan your vacation around one of Disney World's popular special events and can use these handy month-by-month guides to Disney World to get some helpful information and tips so you know what to expect.

Of course, there's always the Fastpass+ option for those who don't want to risk waiting in line on whatever day they choose to travel but make sure to make your reservation in advance and plan for this extra expense in your trip budget.

Best Days to Visit Epcot: Extra Magic Hours

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 January 2018, Extra Magic Hours are offered at Epcot on Tuesday evenings and Thursday mornings. Plan on visiting Epcot on both or either of these days and you'll get some private time in the park.

Extra Magic Hours on Tuesdays run from 9 to 11 p.m. and on Thursdays from 8 to 9 a.m. So, if you want to ride Test Track or Soarin' with minimal waiting, then head to Epcot for Extra Magic Hours in the morning on a Thursday, but if you want some private time to explore Living with the Land or to ride The Seas with Nemo and Friends, stay late Tuesday evening instead.

If you're not staying at Epcot Resort, you should avoid Epcot on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 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 for almost all the rides.

Best Time of Day to Visit Epcot

If you want to explore Future World, head to Epcot when it opens and you'll be one of the first in line for popular attractions like Test Track, freeing you up later in the day to cruise into less popular rides like Spaceship Earth.

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. Keep in mind FastPass+ are usually distributed early for this attraction and may run out, so reserve your FastPass+ as early as possible, which for Disney World resort hotel guests is up to 60 days in advance.

Additionally, the newly opened and already popular Frozen Ever After ride at the Norway Pavilion is reporting extremely long wait times, so make your Fastpass+ reservation as early as you can for this ride as well to avoid unnecessarily long wait times.

Edited by Florida Travel Expert, Dawn Henthorn.