On most days, the main Guest areas of Future World (including the Fountain of Nations Plaza) will open at 8:30 a.m. While all the rides will still open at 9 a.m., Spaceship Earth should open to Guests around 8:45 a.m. during the test.
What about the International Gateway? I can't imagine that they would not let folks in early there as well. If they don't, that would be a big mistake since that is the main entrance for those staying at the Epcot Resorts.
Looks like they are trying to bring back the old way they had done the rope drop a few years ago...Good to see it back as the main entrance does get a bit crowded in the morning.
I'm curious as well in regards to the IG. We normally stay at the Beach Club and it would suck if we get held until 8:50.
Maybe you'll just have to take a bus to the front entrance.
They don't offer buses from Beach Club to the front of Epcot.
Lines at Soarin and TT at the start of the day could be reduced if they'd require those entering to scan their bands, and if they already have a FP+ for that ride scheduled alert them that their FP+ time will be cancelled if they enter at that time.