Epcot Guests Will Experience Extended Hours on New Years Eve

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Epcot Guests Will Experience Extended Hours on New Years Eve

Epcot Guests Will Experience Extended Hours on New Years Eve. On December 31, 2018! Disney guest will get to enjoy extended hours for New Year’s Eve at Epcot. That means there’s more time to play in the parks during the day, extended hours at various dining locations throughout the park in the evening and night, and MORE fireworks to be seen!

Here is a look at the extended schedule for Dec 31st.
● Future World: 8 A.M. – 1 A.M.
World Showcase: 9 A.M. – 1 A.M.
● IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth: 6:30 P.M. and 11:40 P.M.

We wish the entire park could stay open for this wonderful event, but there will be certain
attractions that will close before the New Year. ALL attractions in Future World will operate from
open to close except:

● Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival will close at 11 P.M.
● Journey Into Imagination with Figment will close at 11 P.M.
● Living with the Land will close at 11 P.M.
● Turtle Talk with Crush will be in operation from 9 A.M. -11:40 P.M.

ALL attractions in World Showcase will operate from 9 A.M. – park close except:

● Frozen Ever After will be in operation from park open to 1 A.M.
● Disney Phineas & Ferb: Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure will be in operation from 9 A.M. – 8:15 P.M.

Guests should also be aware of the showtimes that will be available with the various Disney
Entertainment throughout the day including:

● Future World East JAMMitors 9:20, 10:10, 11:10 A.M., 12:10, 1:35, 2:35, 3:35 P.M.
● SpectacuLAB 10:30, 11:45 A.M., 2, 3:15, 4:30 P.M.
● The Seas with Nemo & Friends – Turtle Talk with Cr
● The American Adventure – Voices of Liberty 10:05, 10:50, 11:35 A.M., 12:20, 1:05, 1:50, 2:35 P.M.
● China – Jeweled Dragon Acrobats 12, 1, 2, 3, 4 P.M.
● Norway – Vikings 9, 9:50, 10:40 A.M., 12:10, 1, 1:50 P.M.
● Mexico – Mariachi Cobre 10, 10:45, 11:30 A.M., 12:15, 1:45, 2:30, 3:20 P.M.

With a high volume of guests expected to arrive on the busiest day at Walt Disney World Resort, there have been some cancellations for some entertainment options. You will NOT find these offerings at Epcot on December 31st.

● Muppet Mobile Lab (Future World)
● Canadian Holiday Voyageurs (Canada)
● Rose & Crown Pub musician (United Kingdom)
● Serveur Amusant (France)
● Sahara Beat (Morocco)
● Sergio (Italy)
● Durch & Durch (Germany)

Don’t get upset though! Disney plans to have plenty for guests to do and see including these Meet and Greet Character opportunities, with locations and times:

● Pluto (Main Entrance Plaza) 8:45 A.M.-3:55 P.M.
● Joy & Sadness and Baymax at Character Spot (Innoventions West): 8 A.M.-1 A.M.
● Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope Von Schweetz (Innoventions West): 8 A.M. – 1 P.M.
● Mickey, Minnie, Goofy at Character Spot: 8 A.M.-1 A.M.
● Alice (United Kingdom): 9:30, 10:30, 11:30 A.M., 12:30, 2:20, 3:20 P.M.
● Mary Poppins (United Kingdom): 11 A.M., 12, 1, 2 P.M.
● Princess Aurora (France): 10, 11 A.M., 12, 1, 2:50, 3:50 P.M.
● Princess Belle (France): 9:30, 10:30, 11.30 A.M., 12:30, 2:20 P.M.
● Princess Jasmine (Morocco): 10, 11 A.M., 12, 1, 2:50, 3:50 P.M.
● Snow White (Germany): 9:30, 10:30, 11:30 A.M., 12:30, 2:20, 3:20 P.M.
● Mulan (China): 10, 11 A.M., 12, 1:50, 2:50, 3:50 P.M.
● Anna & Elsa (Royal Sommerhus): 8 A.M.-1 A.M.
● Donald (Mexico) 9:30 A.M.-12 P.M., 1:10-3 P.M.
● Daisy (World Showcase Gazebo) 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M., 1:10-5 P.M.
● Pluto (near Showcase Plaza): 8:45 A.M.-12:15 P.M., 1:25-3:55 P.M.

For guest wondering about changes to Disney Dining locations be sure to check the modified operating hours here:

Open at 8 A.M. Fountain View, Sunshine Seasons, all Joffrey’s locations except AA
Open at 9 A.M. Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe (Norway), Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie(France)

Holiday Kitchens
All Holiday Kitchens except for Yukon Holiday Kitchen (Canada) and Feast of the Three Kings (Rosewalk) will operate from 10:30 A.M. – 1 A.M.

Open 10 A.M. – 1 A.M. Serving snacks and beer.

1. World Showcase Lagoon: 10 A.M. – 3 P.M.
2. International Gateway (to Epcot Resorts and Disney’s Hollywood Studios): 7 A.M. – 2 A.M.

Be sure to plan ahead for your trip and please be sure to keep in mind that this is the busiest day of the year for the Walt Disney World Resort. So please be kind to fellow guests and especially to the Cast Members who are working at the parks and resorts to make your vacation as memorable as possible this holiday season. 10…9…8…7…6…5…4…3…2…1…! Happy New Year!



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