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MississippiDisneyFreak
08-09-2013, 09:19 AM
How is it handled when you enter Epcot through the International Gateway and World Showcase isn't opened yet? If we want to get to Future World when it opens do they let you wait close to the future world entrance or do you have to wait at the International Gateway entrance?

Gauis2001
08-09-2013, 09:41 AM
You can enter Epcot from the resort side through the International Gateway and walk to Future World walking past the U.K. and Canada pavillions. It's a nice quiet walk and the kiosk between the two pavillions is open with coffee and pastries for purchase. Have fun!

Melanie
08-09-2013, 10:08 AM
You can enter Epcot from the resort side through the International Gateway and walk to Future World walking past the U.K. and Canada pavillions. It's a nice quiet walk and the kiosk between the two pavillions is open with coffee and pastries for purchase. Have fun!

And now the bakery in France is open as well. Yum!

SBETigg
08-09-2013, 10:44 AM
I love empty World Showcase! One of the best things about staying in one of the Epcot resorts.

Melanie
08-09-2013, 10:49 AM
I love empty World Showcase! One of the best things about staying in one of the Epcot resorts.

Actually, that's my favorite time to be in WS, before and right as it opens.

SBETigg
08-09-2013, 11:13 AM
Actually, that's my favorite time to be in WS, before and right as it opens.

Also at night, after hours, if you've stayed late for dinner and almost everyone's gone when you emerge, but everything's still lit up. It really feels enchanted at that hour, so beautiful and serene. Why aren't we there now?

cer
08-09-2013, 11:24 AM
Why aren't we there now?

No kidding. :confused:

Melanie
08-09-2013, 11:31 AM
Why aren't we there now?

Let's go! :cloud9:

vicster
08-09-2013, 12:26 PM
Actually, that's my favorite time to be in WS, before and right as it opens.

We did the Segway Tour before WS opened and it was awesome.

Mrs Bus Driver
08-09-2013, 04:46 PM
Let's go! :cloud9:

Can I come to?:D

Maggie T
08-09-2013, 04:54 PM
We had a late dinner one night and when we were walking to the monorail nobody but a few guys with hoses were out and around the showcase. It was weird but really nice, dark, and was peaceful.

Melanie
08-09-2013, 06:06 PM
Can I come to?:D

Of course. The more the merrier! :party2:


We had a late dinner one night and when we were walking to the monorail nobody but a few guys with hoses were out and around the showcase. It was weird but really nice, dark, and was peaceful.

That's the one thing about WS at night - it's very dark. But definitely peaceful, yes.

MississippiDisneyFreak
08-09-2013, 06:14 PM
Wow:mickey: What time does the bakery open? This is so cool:mickey:

cer
08-09-2013, 08:49 PM
I think I read that the French Bakery is open at 9 or 9:30...

Someone know for sure?

Melanie
08-09-2013, 09:23 PM
I think I read that the French Bakery is open at 9 or 9:30...

Someone know for sure?

Correct. It opens at park opening (9am).

Going2HeavenRU
08-10-2013, 09:21 AM
Can you only get to the French pastry shop from the entrance be France that early? I remember getting off the boat at that entrance one morning and walking around the entire loop. I received weird looks from the CMs. I thought I had done something wrong but no one escorted me out.

SBETigg
08-10-2013, 12:54 PM
Can you only get to the French pastry shop from the entrance be France that early? I remember getting off the boat at that entrance one morning and walking around the entire loop. I received weird looks from the CMs. I thought I had done something wrong but no one escorted me out.

I don't think it's not allowed, I just think it's probably unusual until World Showcase opening that someone walks the whole loop with nothing else open yet. I can see that it would an extra security concern to make sure that you were just enjoying the walk with no ulterior motives.

Melanie
08-10-2013, 03:32 PM
I don't think walking around the loop is allowed. The ropes are up for a reason, right?

SBETigg
08-10-2013, 07:04 PM
I don't think walking around the loop is allowed. The ropes are up for a reason, right?

True enough. Maybe not allowed. The ropes would indicate that you're right about this.

N2DisneyWorld
08-11-2013, 01:50 PM
I would love to do a morning jog around the WS loop. Then, I could hit the pastry shop in France to eat the calories I just burned and then head back to the hotel to take a shower and hit the parks.

spoiledraf
08-11-2013, 11:08 PM
I took a fishing excursion a few years back and we were on the water near the American Expierience around 7am. There were dozens of Disney employs everywhere doing all sorts of maintenance. It was kind of neat...but we didn't get any fish. :-(

masonlovesdisney
08-11-2013, 11:37 PM
We had a late dinner one night and when we were walking to the monorail nobody but a few guys with hoses were out and around the showcase. It was weird but really nice, dark, and was peaceful.

We once were there very late due to dinner and almost got trapped in actually lol. Putting up the bridges and noticed us! Pretty crazy but cool at the same time.

Gator
08-14-2013, 02:12 AM
Man, all this talk has got me trying to find a way to stay at one of those EXPENSIVE Epcot resorts. Gotta find a way.:mickey:

stephicakes
08-14-2013, 06:33 AM
Man, all this talk has got me trying to find a way to stay at one of those EXPENSIVE Epcot resorts. Gotta find a way.:mickey:

Have you thought about renting DVC points? Works for us! :thumbsup:

azcavalier
08-14-2013, 10:04 AM
Man, all this talk has got me trying to find a way to stay at one of those EXPENSIVE Epcot resorts. Gotta find a way.:mickey:

Not to brag...OK, yeah, I am! We decided to splurge this trip. Our two oldest kids haven't been with us to WDW in years (we usually go during the school year), and this year, we're going early (late August) because our schools have pushed back the first day of school until after Labor Day. Since we think that this will be the last time that we will be able to go as an entire family for a long time, and we saved so much money with the DVC annual pass discount last year, AND because it's gonna be so hot, we're booked for a week at Beach Club! Can't wait to be able to head over to the France Pavilion for breakfast! SO EXCITED for Beach Club! TEN DAYS!

DVCJohn
08-14-2013, 10:28 AM
One of my Home Resorts with DVC is the Boardwalk.
There is nothing better then going through the International Gateway at park opening. There are no crowds and it is a peaceful walk to FutureWorld. Since my Dad uses an ECV, it is easier for him to navigate with no one around. actually if I stay at anything other than an Epcot resort, I miss going into Epcot "Through the Back Door".

MississippiDisneyFreak
08-15-2013, 12:06 PM
Man, all this talk has got me trying to find a way to stay at one of those EXPENSIVE Epcot resorts. Gotta find a way.:mickey:

This is a dream trip for me I am using a tax refund and a very nice Christmas gift from my Dad to pay:cloud9:

Jennifer_and_Chris
08-15-2013, 12:29 PM
this is fabulous news!!! I am going to be at the BWV for the first time in 34 days (split stay w/ BLT)!!! I love all the "secrets" of coming in through the International Gateway!

We will get in on Friday afternoon and will be practically running to International Gateway to pick up our DVC annual passes and TIW card. This is going to be excellent! :thumbsup:

I'm kinda more excited to stay at the BWV than at BLT!!! But, each has its own special appeal. Off to google some pictures of the gateway and boardwalk again!!! :thumbsup: