After Sunset Guide: Insider Tips and Strategies for Epcot Extended Evening Hours

Epcot Extended Evening Hours


Have you ever wondered what it’s like to have Epcot all to yourself after the sun sets? With Extended Evening Hours, guests staying at Disney Deluxe Hotels, DVC Resorts, and select partner hotels can enjoy an extra two hours of magic at this iconic theme park. This guide will explore Epcot Extended Evening Hours in Disney World, including tips and strategies to maximize your time in the park.

What are Extended Evening Hours?

Extended Evening Hours are a complimentary perk for guests staying at Disney Deluxe Resorts, DVC Resorts, and select partner hotels and provide exclusive access to one select theme park on specific nights. For a full list of hotels participating in Extended Evening Hours, visit Disney’s Website. Extended Evening Hours typically last two hours; the schedule varies, so it is important to check Disney’s Schedule to determine when and where it occurs. While this perk occurs at all four theme parks, Epcot is a prime location to savor the magic after dark.

Be sure to check our Extended Evening Hours Guide for each park for tips, tricks, and strategies to make the most of your extra time:

Animal Kingdom Extended Evening Hours

Hollywood Studios Extended Evening Hours

Magic Kingdom Extended Evening Hours

Extended Evening Hours in Epcot

During Extended Evening Hours, guests can explore attractions and select dining and shopping locations in Epcot.

Attractions Included in Epcot Extended Evening Hours

Epcot Extended Evening Hours
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

Get ready for an out-of-this-world experience on Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind. This high-energy roller coaster takes you on a thrilling journey through space, with unexpected twists and turns. (The virtual queue is available at 6:00 pm.)

  • Frozen Ever After: Embark on a Magical Journey through Arendelle

Experience the enchanting world of Disney’s Frozen as you sail on a boat ride through the kingdom of Arendelle. Join Elsa, Anna, Olaf, and other beloved characters in this heartwarming adventure.

  • Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros

On a boat ride with Donald Duck and his friends, cruise along the scenic waters of Mexico. Enjoy the lively atmosphere, catchy music, and humorous escapades of The Three Caballeros.

  • Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana

Immerse yourself in the magic of Moana’s world as you embark on the Journey of Water. This attraction invites you to interact with water elements, bringing the beloved film to life uniquely and refreshingly.

  • Missions: SPACE: Experience the Thrill of Space Travel

Take on the role of an astronaut and prepare for a space mission like no other. Missions: SPACE offers an exhilarating and realistic journey into outer space, providing an unforgettable experience for space enthusiasts.

  • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

Join Remy, the culinary rat from Ratatouille, on a whimsical adventure through Gusteau’s restaurant. Shrink down to Remy’s size and navigate the kitchen, encountering larger-than-life culinary delights.

  • Soarin’ Around the World: Soar Above Breathtaking Landscapes

Buckle up for an airborne adventure as you Soar Around the World. This simulated hang-gliding experience takes you over iconic global landmarks, providing a breathtaking and immersive journey.

  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends: Dive into an Underwater Adventure

Join Nemo, Dory, and their underwater friends on an engaging adventure through The Seas with Nemo & Friends. This ride combines storytelling with impressive marine exhibits for a delightful experience.

  • Test Track: Design and Test Your Virtual Concept Car

Become a virtual car designer and test your creation on the exhilarating Test Track. This high-speed attraction allows you to experience the thrill of automotive testing, making it a must for both automotive enthusiasts and thrill-seekers alike.

  • Spaceship Earth: Explore the History of Human Communication

Embark on a time-traveling odyssey through human history aboard Spaceship Earth. This iconic attraction explores the evolution of communication from ancient civilizations to the digital age.

Epcot Extended Evening Hours

Tips and Strategies for Making the Most of Extended Evening Hours in Epcot

Extended Evening Hours in Epcot offer a unique opportunity to make the most of your visit, with exclusive access to attractions and experiences after the park’s regular closing time. Here are some insider tips to ensure you have a magical and efficient evening:

1. Arrive Early

  • To fully immerse yourself in the Extended Evening Hours experience, consider arriving before they officially begin.
  • Take advantage of the additional time to explore the festival, discover unique shopping opportunities, and savor delightful dining options in the charming ambiance of the World Showcase.

2. Luminous The Symphony of Us

  • Don’t miss out on the enchanting “Luminous The Symphony of Us,” a new Disney Nighttime Spectacular that unfolds between 8:00 pm and 9:30 pm.
  • Plan your evening to catch this mesmerizing show featuring fireworks, lasers, fountains, and other magical elements illuminating the Epcot sky.

3. Save Money

  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is a must-visit, and prioritizing it during Extended Evening Hours or grabbing a Virtual Queue when they drop at 6:00 pm saves money because you can avoid purchasing an Individual Lightning Lane reservation while still avoiding the long lines the ride is known for.

4. Prioritize Attractions

  • Maximize your time and investment by prioritizing attractions with potentially long standby lines during regular hours. Focus on experiencing some of Epcot’s most popular rides during Extended Evening Hours.

 Consider making these attractions a priority:

  • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure: Shrink down to the size of Remy and enjoy a culinary journey.
  • Frozen Ever After: Embark on a magical boat ride through the kingdom of Arendelle.
  • Soarin’ Around the World: Soar high above breathtaking landscapes for a truly immersive experience.

By incorporating these tips into your plan, you can navigate the Extended Evening Hours seamlessly, ensuring a magical and efficient experience at Epcot. Enjoy the additional time to create lasting memories and savor the unique atmosphere of this iconic theme park after sunset.

Are Extended Evening Hours Worth It in Epcot?

Extended Evening Hours in Epcot offer a fantastic opportunity to enjoy popular rides with minimal waits, bypassing the need for Genie+ or Individual Lightning Lanes. While it might limit access to the festivals and offerings in World Showcase, it’s a valuable addition to your Disney experience.

Conclusion: A Night to Remember with Epcot Extended Evening Hours

As you bid farewell to Epcot after sunset, cherish the memories created during Extended Evening Hours. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker or a cultural exploration fan, Epcot’s magic shines brightly after the sun goes down. 

Epcot Extended Evening Hours
Epcot Extended Evening Hours

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