Epcot New Year’s Eve Operational Reminders

Just some quick last-minute tips for anyone who is going to be at Epcot this evening for New Year’s Eve:

  • Backstage gates at Mexico/Norway and United Kingdom are scheduled to open at 5:30pm. These will spit you out in Future World between Test Track/Mission: SPACE and Imagination/Land.
  • Fireworks Viewing Areas on the lakeside lawns of Future World open at 5pm. White picket fences have been put up to keep you out of the lake itself.
  • Restrooms should be open at World Showplace (access between Canada and United Kingdom), and extra port-o-potties should be on the RoseWalk (garden between Imagination Pavilion and World Showcase).
  • Future World restrooms will have shorter wait times than those in World Showcase – especially the ones at the front of the park near the entrance (most guests are now inside the park – not entering.)

Epcot has more guests on New Year’s Eve than any of the other parks on any other day of the year. If it reaches capacity it will have more guests than the combined capacities of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. Bring your patience.

If you are curious about Magic Kingdom, it went to a Phase 3 closure at 10:35am, and we haven’t received an update on its status since then. It’s a busy day; drive safely and be careful. Happy New Year!

R. A. Pedersen

R. A. Pedersen is the author of The Epcot Explorers Encyclopedia and runs the Epcyclopedia.com blog. He has been a research contributor to the TouringPlans.com Blog since 2006 and functions as sort of an all-around news desk and project-tracker.