Best Epcot Attractions

Best Epcot Attractions

Epcot opened in 1982 as Walt Disney World’s second theme park. Its mission is to celebrate human achievement by showcasing international culture and technological innovation.  There is something for everyone at Epcot, including wonderful restaurants, special events, shopping, shows, and interesting activities. But while Epcot isn’t known as being Disney’s go-to destination for thrill rides, the park does offer plenty of amazing attractions for every age range. And some are in fact very thrilling. Let’s take a look at the best Epcot attractions and rides for FastPass+ selections and otherwise.

Epcot Map – Park Layout, Areas, Attractions, and Rides

Epcot sees fewer annual visitors than Magic Kingdom (12M vs 20M) but is twice its size (305 acres). The park has 2 distinct areas: World Showcase and Future World.

World Showcase is comprised of 11 pavilions of different countries including the U.S.A, the U.K.., Japan, Morocco, France, Canada, Mexico, China, Norway, Germany, and Italy pavilions. is known for mixing its enriching and educational aspects with fun aspects. Many guests consider World Showcase’s restaurants as some of Disney World’s best.

Future World has an array of avant-garde pavilions that feature innovative technological and scientific themes.  Each of Future World’s pavilions features self-contained attractions. This area is also home to Spaceship Earth, Epcot’s iconic geodesic sphere structure.

Here is an Epcot map to give you a sense of the layout:

Epcot Map

Epcot Rides and Attractions

Disney currently lists 36 Epcot experiences as attractions. These are divided between Future World and World Showcase include a mix of rides, exhibits, events, shows, and activities. Here is the most up-to-date list of Epcot’s attractions as listed by Disney itself:

Current List of Epcot Rides and Attractions

Current Future World Attractions

  • Advanced Training Lab
  • Bruce’s Shark World
  • Coral Reefs – Disney Animals
  • Disney Phineas and Ferb: Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure
  • Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival
  • ImagineWorks – The “What If” Labs
  • Innoventions
  • Journey into Imagination with Figment
  • Leave a Legacy
  • Living with the Land
  • Mission:SPACE
  • Project Tomorrow: Inventing the Wonders of the Future
  • Reef Fish – Disney Animals
  • SeaBase
  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends
  • Sea Turtles – Disney Animals
  • Sharks and Rays – Disney Animals
  • Soarin’ Around the World
  • Spaceship Earth
  • Test Track
  • Turtle Talk with Crush

Current World Showcase Attractions

  • IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
  • Kidcot Fun Shops
  • The American Adventure (USA)
  • American Heritage Gallery (USA)
  • Bijutsu-Kan Gallery (Japan)
  • Gallery of Arts and History (Morocco)
  • Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros (Mexico)
  • House of the Whispering Willows (China)
  • Impressions de France (France)
  • Frozen Ever After (Norway)
  • Stave Church Gallery (Norway)
  • Mexico Folk Art Gallery (Mexico)
  • O Canada! (Canada)
  • Reflections of China (China)

Upcoming Attractions

Best Epcot Attractions and Rides for FastPass+

Best Epcot rides

Epcot is all about exploration and discovery. Luckily, the park is more spread out than Magic Kingdom so it doesn’t feel quite as crowded. That said, there are fewer rides and you will encounter lines that most rides.  Your FastPass+ will be a huge asset at Epcot and you should prioritize for your 3 FastPass+ selections for the most popular rides.

There are currently 12 attractions which accept FastPasses at Epcot.  FastPasses are split into two tiers – Tier 1 (5 attractions) and Tier 2 (7 attractions). Tier 1 attractions are the attractions with the highest demand.

EPCOT FASTPASS  – Tier 1 Attractions

As you select three Epcot advance FastPass+ reservations, you will be able to choose only one of Tier 1 attractions.

Epcot’s Tier 1 attractions are:

  1. Frozen Ever After
  2. Test Track
  3. Soarin’
  4. Epcot Character Greeting
  5. Illuminations: Reflection of Earth

It’s hard to say which ride will be your best bet for a Tier 1 FastPass. If we had to choose one, then maybe Frozen Ever After as #1, and Test Track and Soarin’ as #2 and #3 respectively. Any of these FastPasses will make your day go a little smoother. Just bear in mind that Test Track has a 40” height requirement so this is not a good choice for guests with small children.

EPCOT FASTPASS –  Tier 2 Attractions

Disney allows you to reserve two Tier 2 attractions per day (or three if you decide to forego a Tier 1 FastPass).

There seven Tier 2 Epcot attractions are:

  1. Mission: SPACE
  2. Spaceship Earth
  3. The Seas with Nemo & Friends
  4. Living with the Land
  5. Pixar Short Film Festival
  6. Turtle Talk with Crush
  7. Journey Into Imagination With Figment

Since Mission: SPACE and Spaceship Earth are the only two Tier 2 attractions that consistently have longer lines, then these attractions are probably your best bets.

See our Ways to Avoid Long Lines page for tips on how to reduce wait times, and the Disney Crowd Calendar page to find Epcot’s least crowded days of the year.

7 Best Epcot Attractions and Rides

So what are the best Epcot rides and attractions? Below we have ranked our top 7 picks. Remember, this list is our opinion only and everyone has their own way of judging the attractions.

#7 – Living with the Land

Living with the Land is slow-moving boat ride within The Land pavilion. It’s classified as part greenhouse tour and part dark ride. The attraction aims to promote agriculture with an emphasis on new and environmentally-conscious technologies.

Here you will see how Disney World horticulturalists use innovative growing techniques (like hydroponics and aquaponics) to make gardening as efficient as possible. Their cross-breeding technique results in some impressive crops, including huge lemons, Mickey-shaped pumpkins, and crops grown with the help of fish and sea creatures. Living with the Land is as much eye-opening and educational as it is an enjoyable and relaxing attraction.

Once you have completed this ride, then head over to lunch at Sunshine Seasons or the Garden Grill Restaurant. Here you will be able to savor tasty dishes with seafood and fresh produce grown right at Living with the Land!

Category: Slow Rides

Height Requirement: Any

Good for: Any

FastPass+: Available (but probably not necessary)

#6 – The American Adventure

The American Adventure pavilion is a 5-story Colonial-style building in World Showcase. Here you will find an array of exhibits with paintings, flags, and artistic and historical artifacts telling the story of the United States. The American Adventure show is the pavilion’s main attraction and one of Disney’s best stage shows.

This attraction uses 35 Audio-Animatronics figures, a massive 72-foot projector screen, and rousing patriotic songs to educate the public about America’s turbulent and amazing history. Ben Franklin and Mark Twain are your guides as you witness the Mayflower landing, the Boston Tea Party, the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the Civil War, and the Great Depression. You will see how these pivotal events shaped America into the country it is today.

The production introduces us to historical figures such as Thomas Jefferson, Chief Joseph, Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass, and Teddy Roosevelt. The attraction has been updated to include a Donald Trump Audio-Animatronic figure. Love him or hate him, he certainly makes this production a little more interesting!

The American Adventure is as much entertaining as it is educational. You will not need a FastPass here, so this is one you will certainly want to make a top priority in between the more thrilling rides.

Category: Stage Show

Height Requirement: Any

Good for: Any

FastPass+: Not necessary

#5 – Frozen Ever After

Epcot’s Frozen Ever After attraction is a musical journey through a frozen willow forest.

This slow-moving boat ride takes you to lands where you will encounter Kristoff’s family from Troll Valley and then to the enchanting icy blue lands of the North Mountain and into Queen Elsa’s ice palace. You will also see Anna, Olaf, and more of your Frozen friends on this voyage as many of your favorite Frozen songs play a supporting role.

This attraction is perfectly suited for children. However, be forewarned that the boat moves forward and backward, down mini waterfalls, and there is a good chance you will get a little wet.

FastPass+ is strongly recommended for this attraction.

Category: Slow Ride, Small Drops, Dark

Height Requirement: Any

Good for: All

FastPass+: Available (recommended)

#4 – Mission: Space

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be an astronaut? If so, then Mission: SPACE is the attraction for you!

This centrifugal motion simulator thrill ride aims to simulate the experiences aboard a NASA-style spacecraft on a mission to Mars. Guest will experience the g-force of liftoff as well as the more relaxing hypersleep stage.

Before climbing aboard, you will train on the X-2 Deep Space Shuttle for your mission. Each mission has a crew of 4 cadets who in turn takes on a specific role: pilot, navigator, commander or engineer. Here, cadets are instructed to perform a mission-critical sequence.

Once training has been completed, you are now ready for liftoff on your mission through space. In order for the mission to be successful, you must slingshot around the moon and avoid the meteorites heading straight at you.

Note: There are two missions to choose from. The Orange Mission is the more intense version, while the Green Mission is the tamer, family-friendly version which orbits the Earth. This attraction is not recommended for people with weak stomachs.

Category: Thrill Ride, Spinning, Dark

Height Requirement: 40″ or Taller

Good for: Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults

FastPass: Available (somewhat recommended)

#3 – Test Track – Best Epcot Attractions

Epcot may not have as many thrill rides as Magic Kingdom, but it does have the single fastest attraction in all of Disney World.

Future World’s Test Track is a high-octane giant slot car attraction. The ride is a simulated experience that takes you through the many rigorous testing procedures of Chevrolet’s concept cars.

Guests will first step into the Chevrolet Design Center to design their own virtual concept car. Next, the ride moves to a 6-passenger “SIM Car” for a high-speed go-around on the test track. Guest will reach speeds of up to 65 MPH along straightaways, navigate through rough terrain and bad weather, and speed around 50-degree turns. After your test is completed, the scoreboard will let you know how well you performed.

This one-of-a-kind Epcot attraction is not to be missed!

Category: Thrill Rides, Small Drops

Height Requirement: 40″ or taller

Good for: Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults

FastPass+: Available (recommended)

#2 – Spaceship Earth – Best Epcot Attractions

Spaceship Earth is Epcot’s most recognizable feature. This geodesic sphere not only serves as a symbol of the park, but it’s also the namesake and location of one of Epcot’s best attractions.

The Spaceship Earth attraction is a dark ride which takes its guests back in time on a remarkable journey from the Stone Age to the modern age. Great moments in human communication are brought to life with Audio-Animatonics figures and detailed set designs. This inspiring 16-minute time-travel begins with scenes of cave painting and then continues with the invention of the printing press and onward to the televised moon-landing and modern media. All of this chronicled in a vivid and entertaining way.

Once you have returned to the modern day, guests have the opportunity to design their own future using the touch screen features inside your vehicle.

FastPasses are recommended for this iconic, educational, and engaging Epcot attraction.

Category: Slow Rides, Dark

Height Requirement: Any

Good for: Any

FastPass: Available (recommended)

#1 – Soarin’ – Best Epcot Attraction

Soarin’ is a flight motion simulator attraction in Epcot’s Future World section.

It uses a mechanical lift system to raise you high into the air and to simulate a hang-gliding flight.

The attraction also employs a 180-degree, 80-foot IMAX digital projection dome, and artificial wind and aromas to give you an authentic experience.

The journey begins high above the Swiss Alps and then soars past the polar bears of Greenland and sailboats in Australia’s Sydney Harbour. You will then swoop between elephants in Africa, past the Great Wall of China, the Pyramids of Egypt, and the Taj Mahal. After South America, you will look down upon Paris and its Eiffel Tower before returning to Epcot.

Soarin’ lets you experience some of the greatest natural and man-made wonders in the world, all presented in a stunning and thrill way. We choose Soarin’ as the best Epcot attraction because this may very well be Epcot’s most unique and exhilarating ride (sorry Test Track). Soarin’ is not to be missed!

Category: Slow Ride, Small Drops

Height Requirement: 40″ or taller

Good for: Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults

FastPass: Available (recommended)

We hope our Best Epcot Attractions page is helpful as you prioritize your list of Epcot experiences and rides.

For more useful Disney World information, please review some additional pages on MagicGuides like our Epcot Restaurants, Epcot Secrets, Disney Dining Plan CalculatorDisney World Maps, and Disney World Weather articles.

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