Epcot is one of my favorite parks in Walt Disney World, yet in order to see and ride it all, a Fastpass is a must! Unfortunately, Epcot is one of the Disney Parks that has the tiered Fastpass system which means that you can only schedule 1/3 of the top attractions on the My Disney Experience app ahead of time. Being that this could present a problem to some, I am here to explain what I think is the best Epcot Fastpass strategy.
First of all, if you would like a general guideline or just simple advice when booking your Fastpass attractions, check out my post – Disney World Fastpass Secrets.
PRO TIP– ARRIVE 15 MIN. BEFORE THE PARK OPENS. If you are staying on property and Epcot has early Magic Hours, use them and wake up earlier to make it on time. If you are not staying on property, find out which park does have early magic hours and do not go to that one! If you do, you will be competing with hundreds of people who arrived an hour before you.
Epcot Fastpass Rides
There are 12 Fastpass attractions at Epcot (five Tier 1 and seven Tier 2). This Fastpass strategy is assuming that everyone in your party reaches the minimum height requirement – which is 40″. I will start with the Tier 1 attractions here and what Fastpass strategy I recommend:
Tier 1 Rides
- Test Track
- Frozen Ever After
- Epcot Character Greeting
- Illuminations: Reflection of Earth
When visiting a theme park, I will always start with the same advice… Arrive when the park opens! There are not too many rides here, so planning it is pretty important because you are competing with others wanting to do the same.
Since you can only reserve one of the Tier 1 rides above, I highly recommend booking Soarin first. Here is why… There is always a line at Soarin (no matter what time), and their loading is very slow. The line at Test Track is interesting and gives people plenty to look at in line. I would say the same thing about Frozen. The theming in Frozen is spectacular and the line is interactive, which means if you have to wait, you might as well be entertained.
Now, when you reserve the Soarin Fastpass, I would likely reserve it for around 10:30 AM. Once you arrive at Epcot, go to Frozen first, then Test Track, and by then your Fastpass reservation time is likely up. By the time you are done riding Soarin, the World Showcase will also have opened (it always opens around 11:00 AM), but be sure to check the park hours.
Tier 2 Rides
- Mission Space
- Spaceship Earth
- Living with the Land
- The Seas with Nemo & Friends
- Turtle Talk with Crush
- Pixar Short Film Festival
- Journey Into Imagination With Figment
After you have booked the Soarin Fastpass, I recommend getting Fastpasses for Mission Space and Spaceship Earth, as those are the only 2 that usually have a wait. Actually, Living with the Land, sometimes has a wait too.
Epcot Fastpass Strategy
9AM – ride Frozen
9:30 – ride Test Track
10:00 – 11:00 Fastpass – Soarin
Ride Living with the Land ( it is next door)
11:00 – 12:00 Fastpass – Mission Space
12:00 – 1:00 Fastpass – Spaceship Earth – or do the World Showcase and book this for around 3:00 –
Once you are in line for your last Fastpass, click on the My Disney Experience app and check to see which Fastpass is available the soonest. Remember that Disney only lets you get one Fastpass at a time, so pick the attraction closest to your current time, so that you can get another right after. At this point, you can also choose a Fastpass at another park if you have purchased a Park Hopper, as you are not limited to the same park after your first 3 Fastpasses are done.
Traveling with Toddlers in Disney
If you are traveling with little ones, and no one in your group wants to book a Fastpass for any rides, I would recommend walking into Frozen first and experiencing the line, and then reserving the Epcot Character Greeting around 10:30 AM, as you get a picture with each of the main characters (Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and sometimes Pluto) individually.
Here is the breakdown:
9:00 ride Frozen
9:30 – 9:45 Ride Nemo and Friends
10:00 Fastpass Epcot Character Greeting – Across the walkway there are more characters: usually Baymax and the Inside Out emotions
Ride Living with the Land, walk to ride Figment and watch the Pixar Short Films
12:00 Fastpass Spaceship Earth and then lunch at World Showcase and a nap in the stroller (hopefully)
3:00 – 4:00 Fastpass Turtle Time with Crush.
Also, note that during the Food and Wine Festival in September, October and early November, Epcot experiences a lot more park attendance. This is a very popular event that draws crowds.
If you would like to see other sample ideas of Fastpass schedules I have used, click below to read my other posts:
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