Epcot and monorail at night
  • On Mar 6, 2020
    Jenna from IL Asked

    Are world showcase, lounges, shops, and food kiosks open in Epcot during Extra Magic Hours?

    Welcome BACK, Jenna!

    Thank you for asking so many great Walt Disney World Resort vacation planning questions to us hEAR at the Disney Parks Moms Panel! We're all so excited to help you have the Best! Vacation! Ever!

    Of all the included perks that come with staying at a Disney Resort Hotel, I love evening Extra Magic Hours most. I'm a night owl, and there's just something so special in seeing Mickey's House lit up under the stars, and also the wonderful nighttime reflections that dance in the various lakes. Here's an official published list of the attractions that are open during EPCOT's Evening Extra Magic Hours. But, I'm actually typing this on an "Epcot EMH" night, so I opened up the My Disney Experience Mobile App, which offers real-time data, and took copious notes about everything else. Ready?

    Year-round Dining Locations: In all of Disney's Theme Parks, Table-Service and Quick-Service dining locations close in phases, so as the night parties on, you'll have fewer choices. The first locations suspend their service around three hours before that park's listed closure time. The good news here is that on Evening Extra Hours nights, the first locations to close do so around 8:00 P.M. And even better news, and I found at least four locations that are open until the very end. So the best advice that I can offer is if there is a location that you have your heart set on, to get there earlier in the evening, or check its hours now as the webpage for each individual dining location will list its operating times during Extra Magic Hours. But to ensure you won't go hungry or have to do too much resEARch, here are some examples based on what I saw tonight:
    ~ Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue = 8:30 P.M.
    ~ Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie = 11:00 P.M.
    ~ Yorkshire County Fish Shop = 10:30 P.M.
    ~ La Cava del Tequila = 10:00 P.M.

    Limited-Time Festivals, such as the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival or the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival: The Outdoor Kitchens, Global Marketplaces, and Food Booths all open at 11:00 A.M. and do close at the same time as regular park hours, which are usually 9:00 P.M.

    Shops: The majority of these are open all night, and close at the same time that evening Extra Magic Hours end. However, the few exceptions I saw tonight were the Mitsubishi Department Store in the Japan Pavilion that closed at 10:00 P.M. and the Art of Disney store in the USA Pavilion that closed at 9:00 P.M.

    And lastly, do note that other forms of entertainment, such as Character meet & greets as well as World Showcase cultural performers such as bands and the group who balances on chairs do not appear during Extra Magic Hours.

    I hope this helped to plan your upcoming Disney Days, Jenna, and We'll See You Real Soon!

    ~Kristen
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Meet the Panelist: Kristen, Texas

Hi, I'm Kristen! I am a preschool mom and military wife who loves keeping up with the latest Disney Parks news. Trips to Walt Disney World have always been fun, but now that I'm the parent AND the planner every moment is that much more treasured.  I am so honored and excited to be able to share tips I've picked up, pass on fun factoids I've learned, and help create magical moments for your vacation of a lifetime!  Learn More About Kristen

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