Following the footsteps of the neighboring Disney's Animal Kingdom, Epcot has been testing a new opening procedure that aims to help spread the crowds even before the park officially opens for the day (usually at 9 a.m., except for EMH).
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.

At 8:50 a.m., a special fountain show will be presented. This minor (yet interesting) addition includes a short announcement welcoming all Guests in different languages, which is then followed by a brief "show" presented entirely by the park's iconic Fountain of Nations.

As a caveat, it is important to remember that Guests may not enter inside any of the pavilions of the park (with the exception of the aforementioned Spaceship Earth) before 8:50 a.m. This will avoid having some Guests line up too early for some of the park's more popular attractions, such as Soarin' and Test Track. That said, Guests may still wait by the East and West breezeways before the rest of the area opens.

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