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  • On Sep 22, 2011
    Rebecca from NC Asked

    Do Animal Kingdom and Epcot have an "opening ceremony," or just Magic Kingdom?

    Hi ya, Rebecca! The early bird definitely gets the worm. Not only does being at the parks early help you beat the crowds, it also puts a little cherry on top by greeting you with an opening ceremony. In fact, all of the parks (except Epcot now) have some sort of opening ceremony. Here's what's in store for you:

    Animal Kingdom - the Adventure Begins. About 10 minutes prior to park opening. Mickey and his cohorts arrive on a nice set of wheels and welcome you to the park.

    Magic Kingdom Welcome
    is about 15 minutes prior to park opening. It consists of singing and dancing from the train station. Mickey and his cohorts bring arrive via train. This one is probably the best one of the opening ceremonies.

    Hollywood Studios - Tinseltown Talent Search. This is a Streetmosphere show performed by Citizens of Hollywood on Hollywood Boulevard 15 minutes prior to rope drop and little after rope drop.


    And, even though Epcot doesn't offer any opening ceremony / experience any more, you'll likely find the turnstiles open about 15 minutes prior to the scheduled park opening.
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