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When it comes to Epcot rides and attractions, the best thing you can do is to know which ones are there, and which ones are the must-experience Epcot rides.

First things first, let’s get to all the rides that Epcot has to offer.

Compared to the other parks it can feel like Epcot might have a few less rides. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t spend multiple days here on your holiday and see different things every single time.

Let’s get you oriented with all the rides and attractions Epcot has to offer. What you need to know is that the park is broken up into sections. To make things easier we will go section by section.

 

Future World

This is the first thing you will see when you walk in. It’s the big Epcot dome and the surrounding area. Here are the rides to in Future World.

Spaceship Earth

Ahh the big dome that is Epcot.

If you are wondering what’s inside, it’s this ride. It’s a seated slow ride that journeys through back in time to show you how things have evolved for us humans over the centuries.

You travel through out the dome (which is 18 stories tall!) and it’s quite the experience. Don’t worry it’s not a fear of heights ride.

My kids loved this ride and it’s not to be missed. We managed to get on easily by using our later fast passes.

 

Innoventions

This is a walk through style exhibit and offers hands on things to play with from the near future. You can try out new technologies and and view the “how things work” displays. This one can take some time so check it out when you are getting near the end of your day.

 

Club Cool

This is a must for all first time Epcot go-ers. Coca-Cola has sponsored the exhibit and offers tastings of different Coke products from around the world (have your camera ready when your kids try Beverly from Italy).  It’s a great place to get out of the sun and grab some free refreshments. That’s right all the Coke samples are free in the exhibit.

 

Epcot Character Spot

If you are looking to meet and greet with some characters and escape the heat at the same time, this is a great place. My son and I went and met Baymax from Big Hero 6, while my wife and daughter went across the way to see Joy and Sadness from Inside Out.  There are different characters through out the day so check to see what is there when you arrive.

 

Test Track Pavilion

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Chevrolet sponsored this ride and you are very much made aware of it. But that doesn’t take away from it being one of the best rides in Epcot.

I’m not a car guy but it’s pretty cool ride and getting to test out your car at the end to see how it compares is pretty cool.

This car ride can get you up to 60 mph and it’s a thrill! Try for this one earlier in the day, as the lines get long.

Mission Space

I’ll be honest the kids loved it, but it made me a little nauseous. There are two levels to this ride. This ride simulates going into outer space in a space shuttle.  There is a spinning version and a non-spinning version of this ride. It is incredibly realistic and fun.

Note: You are in a closed in space ship, so if tighter spaces bother you it might not be for you.

Mission Space Green

This is the non-spinning ride, it typically has shorter lines and you can get through it faster. Think of it like green means anyone is good to go (except if you are young, pregnant or have another condition that would preclude you being shook around like this ride does).

Mission Space Orange

This is the spinning ride. It’s quite a bit more intense and usually for more thrill ride seekers. If you don’t like spinning, opt for the green one.

 

 

Imagination! Pavilion

Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival

This is another great cartoon show that was way better than I expected it to be. If you like short films and an immersive 4D experience then this is for you. It’s also an easy one to get into and can be a nice break from the outside should you or the kids need it.

 

Journey Into Imagination with Figment

This attraction is a little dated, so I would hold off until you need an extra ride in your day. This takes you on the scientist journey with the crazy character Figment who destroys the lab with much humor. It was nice to have done once, but I wouldn’t prioritize it over others.

 

The Land Pavilion

Soarin’

This ride is amazing! You must book this ride. It’s a flight around the world over some of the coolest places. Honestly I could have done this ride a dozen times in a row and not been bored. It’s got a bit of heights in it, but you are simulating a hang glider around the world. It’s incredible!

DO. NOT. MISS. THIS. RIDE.

 

Circle of Life

Anything with the Lion King is amazing. This environmental fable is in an area that is nicely air-conditioned and has some restaurants to eat in the area. It’s not so much of a fun video but it does have an important message.

 

Living with The Land

This once was cooler than I thought it would be. This boat ride takes you behind the scenes to explore how some foods in Disney World are grown. There are some neat ways that Disney explores agriculture and it’s as entertaining as it is informative. We did it twice just to take it all in.

 

The Seas with Nemo and Friends Pavilion

There are a few shows in this area. You can see sea life and interact with different amusements. There are plenty interactive exhibits to keep you out of the sun for a while.

Turtle Talk with Crush

This is a nice show for kids and a welcome break for parents. Crush from Finding Nemo appears on screen and interacts with the kids in the audience. He learns some names and jokes around with them. It’s an amazing interaction with animation and real-time animatronics. It’s pretty cool when you think about everything that goes in to it.

The Seas Main Tank and Exhibits

This huge area is where you can view fish and sea mammals in their habitat. There is another section that houses dolphins and sea turtles as well.

After you view the giant tank there are other places that you can see different smaller fish (like Nero’s clown fish) as well as things like jellyfish.

If your kids have never seen sea life before they will love this!

The Seas With Nemo and Friends

This is a sitting ride featuring all the glory that is Finding Nemo. You enter the seas in a clam mobile and are met by Mr. Ray and his class who need your help to …. get this… find Nemo!

All the characters you have come to know and love from this movie are here and it’s one of the highlights of the pavilion.


World Showcase

Throughout this pavilion there are places for you to explore other countries and see what there is to offer. It doesn’t open until a little later in the day so you don’t have to rush to see it.

Frozen Ever After

Honestly I thought I was done with Frozen (our iTunes play count for Let it go sits near 1000 plays) but the one thing Disney does with it’s new rides is hit them out of the park. I got off Frozen and could have gone right back onto it, had it not been for the 70 minute wait. This one is worth the FastPass. One other note is that Frozen did shut down a few times when we were there. So it’s probably worth booking this as early as possible. But that’s all a part of our FastPass strategy.

Royal Sommerhus Meet and Greet

After Frozen Ever After, you can go next door and meet and greet with Elsa and Anna. It was really awe inspiring to watch our kids meet them and have their faces light up as they have watched Frozen more times than I’d like to admit.

Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the 3 Caballeros

This is found in the Mexico pavilion. It’s a boat ride indoors through various Mexican notable landmarks. It has a Small World feel to it, but it’s a nice break as you go through the Pavilions

Reflections of China

This is a film about China and Chinese culture. Depending on your family’s interest it might be a nice way to take a break. It’s a standing video so be mindful of any tired legs.

The American Adventure

This is an animatronic show that features the history of America. It’s fairly long (nearly half an hour) so you may want to pick a time that works for you.

Impressions De France

Another video (around 20 minutes) this time of France and it’s people and culture. It’s a nice way to experience a little bit of French culture, without boarding an Atlantic flight.

O Canada!

This panoramic screen depicts Canada’s diversity of people and diverse landscape. It’s a 15-minute film about all the great things in Canada.

Illuminations: Reflections of Earth

This is the fireworks show at the end of the night. It’s an amazing display of fireworks (really all of the parks are nothing short of amazing) if you aren’t too tired it’s worth sticking around for. People start to get good positions for the show hours before. You will need to balance a great view with being able to see more rides.

Hint: We stayed back and once the show was over rushed back into Future World and jumped on a few rides pretty quickly.

 

Best Rides at Epcot

Now that you know what is available for rides. The question is which ones are worth going. Here

  • Soarin’
  • Frozen Ever After
  • Test Track
  • Mission Space: Green is the less intense one
  • Spaceship Earth
  • Living with the Land

All of the Other Epcot Rides

Since this is long, here are all the other rides in Epcot.

  • Innoventions
  • Club Cool
  • Epcot Character Spot
  • Imagination! Pavilion
  • Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival
  • Journey Into Imagination with Figment
  • Circle of Life
  • Turtle Talk with Crush
  • The Seas Main Tank and Exhibits
  • The Seas With Nemo and Friends
  • Royal Sommerhus Meet and Greet
  • Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the 3 Caballeros
  • Reflections of China
  • The American Adventure
  • Impressions De France
  • O Canada!

 

Epcot FastPass Tiers

The FastPass system is a little bit different in Epcot. In that you are going to have to make some tough choices initially and plan things out a bit.

Epcot has two Fast Pass tiers, there is Tier A which you can book 1 pass with before your day at the park.

The other is Tier B, this one you can book two rides.

The Epcot Fastpass Tier A Rides are:

  • Soarin’
  • Frozen Ever After
  • Test Track
  • Illuminations: Reflections of Earth

The problem is that 3 of the best rides are in here and you can only pre-book one of them.

To get around this you should book the one that you believe is a must see (if you have younger children it might be Frozen Ever After) personally I would book Soarin’. It’s one of the coolest experiences in all the parks.

The only thing that beats Soarin’ is Animal Kingdom’s Flight of Passage (which you can read about here).

The Epcot FastPass Tier B rides are:

  • Mission: Space (Free or Orange)
  • Living with The Land
  • Disney & Pixar Short Film
  • Epcot Character Spot
  • Spaceship Earth
  • The Seas with Nemo and Friends
  • Journey Into Imagination with Figment
  • Turtle Talk with Crush (save for later on)

Because you can book two of these, I would book them early, and pick Mission Space and Living with the Land.  But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Best Rides Fast Passes at Epcot :

  1. Soarin’
  2. Test Track
  3. Mission: Space
  4. Frozen Ever After
  5. Spaceship Earth

If you are looking for a way to do Epcot in a day you can check out our 1 day Epcot plan. It breaks down how we went through our first day at Epcot and managed to see most of the big rides in one day.

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