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Best EPCOT Rides & Attractions Guide

This post covers a guide to the best rides and attractions at EPCOT park in Walt Disney World. We have a full list of all the attractions and tell you all the must-dos, which ones to prioritize and which rides you can skip.

Best EPCOT Rides and Attractions

If you haven’t visited EPCOT in a few years, many of the rides have changed, and most of the original attractions are now completely gone. That doesn’t mean that EPCOT doesn’t still have some great rides though, and there is still plenty to love.

The attractions at EPOCT are different from the ones at the other Disney World theme parks. From opening day, the attractions here were aimed to entertain and teach at the same time, and for them, Disney coined the phrase “Edutainment.” Many of them highlight technological advancement and human culture, things you normally don’t associate with theme park rides.

Many of the rides are geared toward adults, in the last decade, EPCOT has started introducing more Disney Characters into its attractions, and that trend is continuing. More kid-friendly attractions are on the way in the coming years as Disney shifts away from the park’s original design.

EPCOT Attractions List

In this post, we are going to give you the full list of all the EPCOT attractions including traditional rides, shows, entertainment options, and experiences. We rate all the attractions on a points system from 1 to 10. The higher the number, the more it is a “must-do” when you visit.

What we think are the best rides at EPCOT is subjective and every guest has their own opinion. Some of the rides we really love here many would consider boring and would rather skip entirely. Be sure to let us know in the comments section about your top attractions here.

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Full List of EPCOT Attractions

Gran Fiesta Tour EPCOT Ride

Even though your mind might think of the food and drink and the seasonal festivals, EPCOT offers some amazing attractions you need to visit on your trip.

EPCOT has a total of 21 attractions which are a mix between classic rides, shows, movies, and experiences. While not having as many as some other parks there is definitely enough to keep you busy for a whole day, and more are on the way.

Before your visit, we highly recommend reading all the Disney World Ride Height Requirements so you know ahead of time which rides your kids can go on.

Here is a list of all the current attractions in EPCOT…

Future World

  • Awesome Planet
  • Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind
  • Journey Into Imagination with Figment
  • Living with the Land
  • Mission: SPACE
  • Soarin’ Around the World
  • Spaceship Earth
  • Test Track
  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends
  • Turtle Talk with Crush

World Showcase

  • Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along
  • Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360
  • Frozen Ever After
  • Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros
  • Impressions de France
  • Kidcot Fun Stops
  • Reflections of China
  • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
  • The American Adventure

How Many Rides are there at EPCOT?

There are 11 actual rides at EPCOT. There are a total of 21 attractions but there are only 11 rides in a moving vehicle. The rest of the attractions are shows or interactive experiences.

Best Rides at EPCOT (Ranked)

Soarin Around the World scene Taj Mahal
A scene from the new “Soarin’ Around the World’

With so many things to see and do at EPCOT, not all the rides are absolute must-do. You need to focus on the best rides first, then if you have time get to the other ones.

The best rides at EPCOT in order are:

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind
  2. Soarin’ Around the World
  3. Spaceship Earth
  4. Test Track
  5. Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
  6. Frozen Ever After
  7. Living with the Land
  8. Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros

Out of those rides, you should make sure to do the top 7. If you have time for all 8, great, but don’t miss Cosmic Rewind, Soarin’, Spaceship Earth, Test Track, Frozen Ever After, Living with the Land, and Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. The Gran Fiesta Tour is also good but not an absolute must-do.

Let’s take a more in-depth look at all the EPCOT rides…

Test Track (9/10)

  • Ride Type: Thrill, Car
  • Thrill Level: High
  • Good For: All Ages
  • Genie+: Yes
  • Ride Length: 4 minutes
  • Height Requirement: 40 in (102cm)
  • Best Time to Visit: 1st Ride of the Day or Evening
Test Track Entrance in EPCOT

Test Track is EPCOT’s top thrill ride and the fastest attraction in all of Disney World. If you feel the need for speed, this is it. The concept behind the ride is to design a car prototype and then get to put that car through a rigorous performance test.

The current version is Test Track 2.0 after the ride refurbishment and design change in 2012. The previous version took you through a car manufacturing plant to see how tests are performed, while the latest version is more reminiscent of being on “The Grid” from TRON.

Designing your own prototype car on a touch screen is a fun and interactive experience, but the best part happens when you are then loaded into a 6-person SIM Car to test it out. You’ll go through the Suspension Test, Hill Climb Test, Brake Test, and Ride-Handling Test, all of which lead up to the High-Speed Lap test where you reach an excess of 65 mph around banked curves.

Test Track is an extremely fun ride, and though we preferred the previous version’s more immersive show scenes, it still is one of the most popular rides at EPCOT. Make sure to visit it as your first or second ride of the day to avoid long wait times. You can also use the Single Rider option to save tons of time not waiting in line.

Spaceship Earth (9/10)

  • Ride Type: Dark Ride, Slow
  • Thrill Level: Low
  • Good For: All Ages
  • Genie+: Yes
  • Ride Length: 15 minutes
  • Height Requirement: No
  • Best Time to Visit: Evening
Best attractions at EPCOT

One of the park’s best rides is located inside EPCOT’s iconic geodesic sphere, Spaceship Earth. This classic dark ride takes guests on a 15-minute journey through the evolution of communication throughout the history of humankind.

Spaceship Earth is a slow-moving ride with elaborate show scenes populated with dozens of audio-animatronic figures. Some scenes include ancient Egypt and Rome, the moon landing, the Renaissance, and the Industrial Revolution.

It has gone through multiple refurbishments over the years, with most changes coming to the narration of the attraction, with Judy Dench leading guests through the current version. Disney released plans for another refurbishment of Spaceship Earth, but that project is now on hold.

Spaceship Earth is absolutely one of our favorite rides in Disney World and should not be missed. Wait times are not usually more than 20-30 minutes and we like to ride it in the afternoon when we need a long break from the heat.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind (10/10)

  • Ride Type: Roller Coaster, Indoor
  • Thrill Level: High
  • Good For: Kids, Teens, Adults
  • Individual Lightning Lane: Yes
  • Virtual Queue: Yes
  • Ride Length: 3 minutes 20 seconds
  • Height Requirement: 42 in (106cm)
  • Best Time to Visit: 1st Ride of the Day or Late in the Evening
Special effects Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is the newest attraction in EPCOT and also now the park’s best attraction. It’s one of the world’s longest indoor roller coasters and it will bring you on a ride like you have never experienced before!

Roller coasters are always fun, but Cosmic Rewind introduces a completely new ride system that features Disney’s first-ever backward launch on special ride vehicles which allow for 360-degree movement. The “OmniCoaster ride system” is incredible and the next generation of ride storytelling technology.

Even though there was substantial controversy around it, Cosmic Rewind is a game-changer and we absolutely LOVE this ride. EPCOT is a much better place with this attraction in place and the combination of storytelling, thrills, special effects, and the awesome soundtrack make Cosmic Rewind one of the most fun experiences in any Disney park!

Make sure you read our guide to the Using Virtual Queue at Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind for more info on how to ride it.

Frozen Ever After (8/10)

  • Ride Type: Boat Ride, Dark
  • Thrill Level: Medium
  • Good For: All Ages
  • Individual Lightning Lane Selection: No
  • Genie+: Yes
  • Ride Length: 5 minutes
  • Height Requirement: No
  • Best Time to Visit: 1st Ride of the Day
Frozen Ever After Entrance in EPCOT

Frozen Ever After is one of the newest and most popular rides at EPCOT. It’s a dark ride that brings guests on a boat into the kingdom of Arendelle from the hit Disney film Frozen. All of your favorite characters are there including Olaf, Anna, Elsa, Sven, and more.

If the attraction feels familiar, it’s because it replaced Maelstrom in 2016 and uses the same ride system, changing only the show scenes. It’s a pretty tame attraction, though there is a small backward drop, though nothing too scary.

If you have kids or are a fan of the film Frozen, you will love this ride. You can get an Individual Lightning Lane pass during the busy season when the lines are longer, though we usually just rope drop it instead. Be sure to make it a priority and ride it as the first or second attraction of the day in order to escape the extremely long wait times.

Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros (7/10)

  • Ride Type: Boat Ride, Slow
  • Thrill Level: Low
  • Good For: All Ages
  • Genie+: No
  • Ride Length: 8 minutes 7 seconds
  • Height Requirement: No
  • Best Time to Visit: Afternoon
Gran Fiesta Tour with the Three Caballeros

The Gran Fiesta Tour is a boat ride inside the pyramid in the Mexico pavilion featuring the Three Caballeros. It’s a fun dark ride on a search for Donald Duck with plenty of shenanigans along the way. This is one of the better jobs of using the Disney characters in an EPCOT attraction and integrating it with Mexican culture. Think of it as “It’s a Small World” in Mexico.

It’s a popular ride with families and fun even if you don’t know the characters. The line is always short and you can’t even get a Genie+ for this one. It’s one of the only rides in World Showcase, so don’t miss it as you stroll by.

Soarin’ Around the World (10/10)

  • Ride Type: Motion Simulation
  • Thrill Level: Medium
  • Good For: All Ages
  • Genie+: Yes
  • Ride Length: 5 minutes
  • Height Requirement: 40 in (102cm)
  • Best Time to Visit: Morning/Evening
Soarin Around the World sign EPCOT
A scene from the new “Soarin’ Around the World’

Soarin’ Around the World is the best ride at EPCOT and a must-do for the entire family. Guests board a flight motion simulator and feel what it is like to soar on a hang glider over some of the most popular locations on Earth.

When you enter the theater you are loaded onto rows of seats that swing up into position when the ride starts. Your legs are dangling high above the floor while looking out into a fully enveloping 80-foot IMAX digital projection screen as you take the tour.

Locations in Soarin’ Around the World include The Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal, Pyramids of Egypt, the Eiffel Tower, and an elephant-filled African Savanna.

Everything about this attraction is unbelievable. From the incredible visuals, moving musical score, and authentic smells in each location, Soarin’ cannot be beaten. It has shorter wait times than Test Track or Frozen Ever After, but it is extremely popular and we recommend using one of your first Genie+ selections on this if you are using it.

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure (8/10)

  • Ride Type: Dark Ride, Trackless
  • Thrill Level: Low
  • Good For: All Ages
  • Individual Lightning Lane Selection: No
  • Genie+: Yes
  • Ride Length: 5 minutes
  • Height Requirement: No
  • Best Time to Visit: Early Morning/Late Evening
Artist room Remy's Ratatouille Adventure

The is one of the newer attractions in EPCOT and one that fans of the classic Pixar film will love. Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is a trackless dark ride that shrinks guests down to the size of a rat for the ride of your life.

We love the trackless ride system as it is the latest trend among new Disney World rides (Rise of the Resistance and Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway already use the same system). It is spontaneous and extremely smooth. What we don’t like is that it is a clone of the ride in Paris with no changes to the ride itself.

Overall it’s very fun and something the whole family can enjoy. It fills a much-needed hole for kid-friendly rides in EPCOT and it has proved to be a hit so far with guests. Read our Guide to the Virtual Queue for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure if it is using boarding passes when you visit to learn how to ride it.

Journey Into Imagination with Figment (5/10)

  • Ride Type: Dark Ride, Slow
  • Thrill Level: Low
  • Good For: All Ages
  • Genie+: Yes
  • Ride Length: 11 minutes
  • Height Requirement: No
  • Best Time to Visit: Afternoon
Figment animatronic Journey Into Imagination EPCOT

This dark ride explores the power of imagination and the human senses with everyone’s favorite purple dragon, Figment. It’s a 6-minute attraction and you’ll be singing the song “One Little Spark” all day long after your ride.

It’s a shell of its former self after the 2002 refurbishment and doesn’t come close to the original. It’s still a cute ride and the short wait times make it worth doing when in the area. No Genie+ is needed for this one.

Rumors have been around for years of another Journey Into Imagination refurbishment in the future, but nothing is confirmed at this time.

Living with the Land (8/10)

  • Ride Type: Boat Ride, Slow
  • Thrill Level: Low
  • Good For: All Ages
  • Genie+: Yes
  • Ride Length: 13 minutes 50 seconds
  • Height Requirement: No
  • Best Time to Visit: Afternoon
Living with the Land EPCOT

Living with the Land is a slow-moving boat ride located in The Land pavilion. It is a prime example of “edutainment” and fills the original mission statement and attraction design of classic EPCOT Center.

The ride takes you on a journey to see experimental new horticulture techniques like hydroponics and aquaponics aimed at improving the relationship between humans and the land. The first part of the ride takes is more like a traditional dark ride, while the rest is a tour through EPCOT’s greenhouse where these techniques are being tested.

Kids and guests looking for big thrills will probably find Living with the Land on the boring side which is a shame since we find it to be a fascinating and relaxing ride.

Mission: SPACE (7/10)

  • Ride Type: Thrill Ride, Dark, Spinning
  • Thrill Level: High
  • Good For: Teens, Adults
  • Genie+: Yes
  • Ride Length: 5 minutes 38 seconds
  • Height Requirement: 40 in (102cm)
  • Best Time to Visit: Afternoon/Evening
Mission: SPACE at EPCOT

If you’ve ever wanted to know what it feels like to be an astronaut and travel to space, now is your chance. Mission: SPACE is a centrifugal motion simulator that makes you feel like you are on board a NASA spacecraft traveling to Mars.

Guests are loaded into a space shuttle cockpit, each with a specific role to play during the mission to Mars (pilot, navigator, commander, or engineer). They must then carry out those tasks in order to achieve success. You go through the liftoff, hypersleep stage, and landing sequence.

Mission: SPACE is the most intense ride at Walt Disney World, allowing you to feel the extreme G-Forces associated with space travel. Thankfully, there are two versions of the attraction: Green (less intense, no spinning), and Orange (the full intensity).

It’s definitely a unique experience, but it’s too intense for a large part of guests and the story is not particularly compelling. If you are at all affected by motion sickness, we highly recommend skipping the intense mode and going with the green version of the ride. This is a good choice for one of your later Genie+ selections.

The Seas with Nemo & Friends (6/10)

  • Ride Type: Dark Ride/Omnimover
  • Thrill Level: Low
  • Good For: All Ages
  • Genie+: Yes
  • Ride Length: 4 minutes
  • Height Requirement: No
  • Best Time to Visit: Afternoon/Evening
The Seas with Nemo characters

The Seas with Nemo & Friends is a Reader’s Digest version of Disney-Pixar’s Finding Nemo film. The slow-moving dark ride takes you through The Seas’ aquarium while retelling the major plot points from the film.

It’s a cute ride that your kids will like, with the coolest scene being the Anglerfish “chase,” and the final scene when Nemo is projected into the actual aquarium.

There’s certainly nothing special about The Seas with Nemo & Friends, but the wait time is never longer than 10-15 minutes, so there is no reason not to do it when passing by.

Turtle Talk with Crush (6/10)

  • Ride Type: Interactive Show
  • Thrill Level: Low
  • Good For: All Ages
  • Genie+: Yes
  • Ride Length: 15 minutes
  • Height Requirement: No
  • Best Time to Visit: Middle of the Day

While technically not a ride, we wanted to include Turtle Crush on our list since it’s an experience you must do while visiting. Guests interact with Crush from Finding Nemo in a screen-based attraction using some really cool technology and funny dialogue.

The attraction uses similar technology as Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor over at the Magic Kingdom which allows voice actors behind the screen to interact digitally with guests. Kids will love Turtle Talk with Crush and will wonder how it’s all happening.

Though it has a Genie+ option, we don’t recommend wasting one of your selections on this since wait times are not usually long. Take a look around the Seabase aquarium and marvel at all the fish while you are waiting for the next show.

Genie+ and Lightning Lane Attractions at EPCOT

FastPass+ Rides at EPCOT

As you probably know by now, FastPass+ has been discontinued at Walt Disney World and replaced with the Disney Genie service. This is an entirely new way of making attraction reservations and has changed quite a few things for guests.

Genie+ is very similar to FastPass+ and it lets you skip the standby queue for attractions by moving through the “Lightning Lane” instead. That means a ton less time waiting in line.

On the day of their visit, guests can make reservations for attractions they want to ride through the My Disney Experience app. Once the reservation has been made they are given a one-hour return time. Guests then come back during that time slot to ride.

Lightning Lane Frozen Ever After

Unlike FastPass+, Genie+ reservations are limited to one at a time, so you can’t have 3 all at once like before. Guests must wait 2 hours in between making reservations.

The only thing is that Genie+ is NOT free and it comes with an extra charge to use it. Disney Genie+ costs between $15 and $22 per day, per guest.

Another service is the Individual Lightning Lane selections. This is another pay-to-ride service separate from Genie+, and with another additional cost. Unlike Genie+ which gives you access to many attractions, Individual Lightning Lane selections allow you to pay to ride just one attraction at a time.

Right now there is only 1 attraction using the Individual Lightning Lane in each park. It’s not necessary to purchase Genie+ to make an Individual Lightning Lane selection as they are 2 different services. Prices for Individual Lightning Lane selections range from $7-$22 each, per guest.

Here are all the current attractions using Disney Genie+ or Individual Lightning Lane at EPCOT:

Genie+ Lightning Lane Selections:

  • Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival
  • Frozen Ever After
  • Journey into Imagination with Figment
  • Living with the Land
  • Mission: SPACE – Green
  • Mission: SPACE – Orange
  • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
  • Soarin’ Around the World
  • Spaceship Earth
  • Test Track
  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends
  • Turtle Talk with Crush

Individual Lightning Lane Selections:

  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind
Printing Press scene Spaceship Earth

Even though there are 13+ Genie+/Lightning Lane attractions to choose from in EPCOT, not all of them are worth one of your limited selections throughout the day. These should be saved for the most valuable attractions, the hardest-to-get ones.

The best choices for your first Genie+ selections at EPCOT are these attractions in the following order:

  1. Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
  2. Test Track
  3. Frozen Ever After
  4. Soarin’ Around the World
  5. Mission: SPACE
  6. Spaceship Earth

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure or Test Track are usually the first rides of the day to sell out of reservations, so make sure to book them first. The rest of them are popular, but reservations should last at least until midday.

As for the Individual Lightning Lane selections, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind should be the priority, but only if you are not able to get into the virtual queue or if wait times are over 90 minutes. If you can’t get into the Virtual Queue for Cosmic Rewind, right now buying your way on is the only other option.

If Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is listed as an Individual Lightning Lane attraction, you can wait in the normal standby line if you don’t want to pay the extra money.

Chasing Remy's Ratatouille Adventure

Is it Worth It?
Naturally, guests are not thrilled to pay an additional $15-$22 per day for a service that they used to get for free and they may be asking if it’s even worth the extra money. From our experience so far, we do not feel that Genie+ or the Individual Lightning Lane selections are necessary to have a wonderful experience, and it’s not worth the extra cost.

EPCOT has a minimal number of attractions, and all of them can be done easily in one day if you plan it right. The only time I would recommend getting a Lightning Lane is for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind. It is opening with the Virtual Queue and Individual Lightning Lane, so if you can’t get a boarding group, you may have no choice but to pay.

Even when it switches to a standby queue, we expect wait times to be over 2-3 hours, and in that case, it might be worth the money to skip the line.

It’s not worth it to pay extra just to ride Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure since there is a standby queue and you can just rope drop it without paying extra.

You can read our overall feelings in our post “Is Disney Genie Plus Worth It?

We cover even more tips and touring strategies in our guide to Disney Genie+ and the Lightning Lane at Disney World so make sure to give that a read before your trip. We also have come up with a specific strategy for Genie+ at EPCOT which you should definitely read before you visit.

New Attractions Coming to EPCOT

Epcot Transformation Project Concept Art

EPCOT is in the middle of a major expansion project, in fact, a huge part of the park is a working construction zone at this time. The good news is that means new attractions are coming to the park in the near future.

Here are the new rides we are most looking forward to…

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind – Now Open

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind concept art with Groot and Rocket

EPCOT has seen 2 new attractions in the last year with Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure and Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind opening up to eager crowds. There is no doubt that the Guardians of the Galaxy-based roller coaster is our favorite of all the new attractions coming to Disney World in the next few years.

If you are a fan of Marvel and the MCU, then we have just the ride for you! Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is one of the longest indoor roller coasters in the world and it features Star-Lord, Rocket, Groot, and the rest of your favorite space misfits.

Disney uses the actual actors from the films and pulled out all the stops including a backward launch and ground-breaking new ride vehicles that rotate a full 360 degrees toward the nearest show scene. If you are even remotely a fan of roller coasters or the Guardians of the Galaxy, you MUST try this!

  • Opened on May 27, 2022

Moana: The Journey of Water – Coming in 2023

Moana Journey of Water attraction model

This is the first attraction based on the character Moana. This isn’t a ride but a walk-through attraction in the soon-to-be World Nature area of what is now Future World.

The walk will include lush gardens and interactive water features for guests to enjoy and they will “meet and play with the magical, living water.”

  • Estimated Opening Date – 2023

Play! Pavilion – Coming TBD (2024?)

Play Pavilion epcot concept art

We don’t know too much about the Play! Pavilion yet, only that it is a mix of interactive attractions and experiences geared toward kids. It is taking over the old Wonders of Life pavilion and construction is currently underway.

There is also the rumor that Disney has quietly canceled the project, although they haven’t announced anything yet. We’ll keep an eye on it and see if it actually gets built.

  • Estimated Opening Date – 2024 or later

Disney’s DuckTales World Showcase Adventure

This interactive experience is the replacement for the popular “Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure.” If you are a fan of the DuckTales series, you are in for a treat. Follow Scrooge McDuck, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, and their friends on a thrilling adventure in search of treasure.

Estimated Opening Date – December 16, 2022

For a more detailed look at more Disney attractions in the next few years, read our post on the Best New Rides Coming to Disney World.

Shows, Entertainment, Activities & World Showcase

Hidden Mickey at The Seas pavilion EPCOT

Besides the rides, there is plenty more to get excited about at EPCOT including a variety of entertainment options including shows, street performers, games, and activities for kids. These can be found in any area of the park, from Future World to World Showcase.

Let’s take a look at the rest of the best things to do at EPCOT, and we’re not even mentioning the food in this guide…

Temporary Entertainment

Unfortunately, because of the current staff shortage and the safety guidelines that Disney introduced in the parks a few years ago they had to temporarily remove some of the in-park entertainment at EPCOT and the other theme parks. Even now, some of the character meets and amazing street performers are still not available.

Mickey and Minnie Character Cavalcade in EPCOT

Originally, Disney introduced some new temporary entertainment to take their place. For example, instead of the traditional character meets they brought in Character Cavalcades, a sort of parades where you can still see the Disney characters.

The EPCOT Character Cavalcades have since been discontinued and are not running at this time. It’s possible they could return in the future but we’ll have to keep an eye on it.

There were 3 Character Cavalcades in EPCOT and featured your favorite Disney friends traveling around World Showcase promenade, but Disney has since discontinued them. Character cavalcades included:

  • Frozen Promenade
  • Princess Promenade
  • Mickey & Friends World Tour

Disney also has brought back traditional character meets in the park. You can greet them up close now and even get a photo, autograph, and hug if you want.

Some of the EPCOT character meets include:

  • Anna and Elsa – (at Royal Sommerhus in Norway pavilion)
  • JOY from Inside Out! (Inside ImageWorks in Imagination Pavilion)
  • Mickey Mouse – (Magic Eye Theater in World Celebration)
  • Minnie Mouse – (near Showplace Plaza in World Showcase)
  • Vanellope – (Inside ImageWorks in Imagination Pavilion)
  • Alice – (UK Pavilion)
  • Aurora – (Between France and Morocco pavilions)
  • Belle – (Between France and Morocco pavilions)
  • Daisy Duck – (World Discovery near Guardians of the Galaxy)
  • Donald Duck – (Mexico Pavilion)
  • Jasmine – (Lamps of Wonder Meet in Morocco pavilion)
  • Mary Poppins – (UK Pavilion)
  • Mulan – (China pavilion)
  • Snow White – (Germany pavilion)
  • Winnie the Pooh – (World Nature)

Read our post about Character Meets Return to Walt Disney World for the latest info on how these experiences have been modified.

Future World

Journey Into Imagination after ride play area

Here are the entertainment options available in Future World:

Advanced Training Lab (3/10) – Groups of digital games at the Mission: SPACE ride. Space-based interactive games aimed at kids and races against other players.

Awesome Planet (6/10) – Located on the upper level on the right side of The Land Pavilion and next to the Garden Grill. At 10 minutes long, this newly re-done film uses in-theater effects to tell the story of planet Earth. We love the breathtaking visuals and the music is top-notch.

Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival (4/10) – A 4-D movie experience showcasing Disney and Pixar animated shorts. Not a high priority and only a must-do for big animated shorts fans or if you need an air conditioning break.

Walt Disney Imagineering presents the Epcot Experience (7/10) Permanently Closed – This exhibit/film is located in the Odyssey Pavilion and showcases all the new attractions coming to EPCOT in the next couple of years. It includes models of the rides and pavilions, and a really cool 360-degree film showing the future transformation at EPCOT.

Epcot Experience Odyssey Epcot Model

ImageWorks The “What If” Labs (2/10) – This is the after-ride area to Journey Into Imagination with Figment at the Imagination! pavilion. It’s an interactive area for kids to explore their senses by making music and designing images. It’s not what it uses to be in the 80s and 90s and can easily be skipped.

Project Tomorrow (1/10) – These interactive games are in the unloading area for the Spaceship Earth ride. What used to be a fun space for kids is now severely outdated, and many of the machines are broken. It is scheduled for a total refurbishment whenever Spaceship Earth closes for one.

Jammitors (8/10) – This musical group uses their cleaning instruments (buckets, broomsticks) to perform unique and entertaining musical ensembles. Whenever they are playing you can’t help but stop and watch as they are extremely talented musicians.

Seabase – The Seas Pavilion (8/10) – This is the aquarium building where the Nemo & Friends ride is located. When it was built in 1986 it held the largest salt-water tank in the world, and houses hundreds of fish, sharks, dolphins, manatees, and more. Not what it was in its heyday, it’s still a cool space and worth spending 20 minutes to look at the incredible marine life.

The Living Seas

Character Meet: Mickey Mouse
Location – Magic Eye Theater in World Celebration
Hours – 9:00 am to 8:30 pm

Character Meet: Minnie Mouse
Location – World Showcase Gazebo
Hours – 9:00 am to 8:00 pm

Character Meet: Joy
Location – ImageWorks in Imagination! Pavilion
Hours – 9:00 am to 7:00 pm

Character Meet: Vanellope
Location – ImageWorks in Imagination! Pavilion
Hours – 9:00 am to 7:00 pm

Character Meet: Daisy Duck
Location – World Discovery near Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind
Hours – 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Character Meet: Pluto
Location – near Main Entrance
Hours – 8:45 am to 12:45 pm, 1:25 pm to 4:00 pm

World Showcase

EPCOT attractions in France

Our favorite area of EPCOT is in World Showcase. It is made up of 11 countries positioned around World Showcase Lagoon, each with its own individual characteristics, architectural styles, food, and entertainment.

The 11 World Showcase countries are Canada, the U.K., France, Morocco, Japan, American Adventure, Italy, Germany, China, Norway, and Mexico.

There’s nowhere else you can visit all these nations all in the same afternoon and you’ll want to take your time strolling through each one, admiring the scenery and being entertained.

First, let’s look at the one activity that’s available around the entire World Showcase:

Kidcot Fun Stops (5/10) – A fun card collecting activity for kids where they learn facts, traditions, and cultures of every country around World Showcase. This won’t appeal to adults, but if you have kids between 5 and 12 it’s a lot of fun.

Festivals

EPCOT is famous for its 4 yearly festivals, and while they are technically events, each of them brings with it plenty of activities and games to take part in. Plus there is all that good food! Click the links to learn more about each festival.

Canada Pavilion

Canada band EPCOT

Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360 (7/10) – This Circle-Vision 360-degree show was recently updated in 2020 and shows the geographic and cultural beauty of Canada. The show lasts 12 minutes and is a very impressive look at a wonderful county. The only thing is there are no seats and you have to stand

Alberta Bound – This Canadian folk band plays on the Mill Stage in the Canada pavilion. The show features authentic music and dance from Quebec and is worth a visit if you are passing by when they are playing.

Gardens & Waterfall – This area of the Canada pavilion is a bit off the beaten path from the promenade, but it’s worth a visit as one of the quietest and most peaceful spots at EPCOT. Head down the path toward Le Cellier to see the gardens, and loop around the back of the cliffs to see the waterfalls.

U.K. Pavilion

Winnie the Pooh Character Meet and Greet in Epcot

British Revolution – If you are a fan of The Beatles and other classic British rock, this is the show for you. Located in the back of the U.K. pavilion, this is our favorite EPCOT musical group and a must-see if you are in the area in the late afternoon.

Character Meet: Winnie the Pooh
Location – Back of the U.K. pavilion near where the British Revolution plays.
Hours – 11:30 am to 6:30 pm

Character Meet: Alice in Wonderland
Location – Gardens along the promenade
Hours – 12:30 pm to 5:40 pm (various hours)

Character Meet: Mary Poppins
Location – Various locations in the U.K. pavilion
Hours – 12:00 pm to 5:10 pm (various hours)

France Pavilion

France entertainment EPCOT

Impressions de France (9/10) – Probably our favorite of the EPCOT films. Even though it’s definitely dated, it offers breathtaking visuals of the French countryside, sea, mountains, villages, and people. If you haven’t been to France before you will definitely want to go after seeing this.

Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along (3/10) – This film located in the same theater as Impressions de France is a re-telling of the Beauty and the Beast tale from LaFou’s point of view, but taking some big liberties with the story. This is part of Disney’s attempt to integrate more characters into EPCOT, but it fails miserably with severe plot holes showing up. You’d be doing yourself a favor by skipping this film.

Serveur Amusant – Perhaps the most spectacular show of all the EPCOT street entertainers. This duo performs amazing acrobatic feats while offering comedic relief at the same time. Stop and watch and then ask yourself if you could climb that stack of chairs too!

Character Meet: Aurora (Prince Phillip Temporarily Unavailable)
Location – In the covered gazebo between France and Morocco.
Hours – 12:30 pm to 6:40 pm (various hours)

Character Meet: Belle
Location – By the water’s edge off the promenade between France and Morocco.
Hours – 1:00 pm to 5:10 pm (various hours)

Morocco Pavilion

EPCOT Morocco Attractions

Gallery of Arts and History – Traditional Moroccan jewelry, clothes, and artifacts are on display in a building in the back of the pavilion. It’s an interesting look at the Moroccan culture and worth a stop.

Matboukha Groove – This musical act shows the variety of traditional North African music. It changes often and sometimes even features belly dancers.

Character Meet: Jasmine (Aladdin is Temporarily Unavailable)
Location – In the back of the Morocco pavilion Lamps of Wonder Meet near Casablanca Carpets
Hours – 12:45 pm to 6:00 pm (various hours)

Japan Pavilion

EPCOT Japan Entertainment

Matsuriza – These traditional Japanese drummers play “Taiko”, authentic musical arrangements. Shows happen each afternoon.

Mitsukoshi Department Store – Yeah we know this isn’t really an attraction, but no trip to the Japan pavilion would be complete without stopping by the Mitsukoshi store. It literally has everything, from traditional Japanese wear, to kitchen products, anime collectibles, and more. There is even a Sake bar and you can search for pearls inside oysters.

Bijutsu-kan Gallery – Japanese anime fans will love this gallery which focuses on Japan’s “Cute Culture” and the influence it’s had worldwide.

American Adventure Pavilion

The American Adventure attraction EPCOT

The American Adventure (9/10) – This 30-minute show highlights the most important moments in American history. The audio-animatronic figures used throughout are very impressive as well as the sets they interact in. Truly one of the greatest achievements in Disney Imagineering history and not to be missed. There is a 45-minute wait between shows so make sure to consult the showtimes so you can time your arrival right.

Voices of Liberty – This a cappella group performs patriotic songs in the atrium of The American Adventure theater. They are known for their incredible voices and they are a good warm-up act while you are waiting to enter the theater.

American Heritage Gallery – This gallery shows off Native American history with unique cultural artifacts, clothes, and jewelry.

America Gardens Theater Located across from the main building in The American Adventure pavilion, the America Gardens Theater is the stage for dozens of musical groups performing during EPCOT’s 4 yearly festivals.

Italy Pavilion

EPCOT's Italy pavilion

Sergio – This is an Italian juggler and comedian that you can find throughout the afternoon and early evening in the Italy pavilion. He’s very entertaining and even involves the crowd in his act if you are brave enough.

Germany Pavilion

Miniature Train set and village Germany EPCOT

Miniature Train Set & Village – No stop in Germany would be complete without looking at the impressive miniature train set and village. You can watch the running trains and the incredible details the Imagineers included. The village and trains also change themes for the holidays and festivals throughout the year.

Groovin’ Alps – This is a high-energy German percussion band performing Bavarian folk music. They aren’t always around but are there on busier days.

Character Meet: Snow White
Location – Just off the promenade
Hours – 12:30 pm to 6:40 pm (various hours)

China Pavilion

EPCOT China Pavilion entertainment

Reflections of China (7/10) – This is a Circle-Vision 360 film showing off the gorgeous scenery of China. Another solid EPCOT film, Reflections of China takes you to places where Western camera crews are usually not allowed. It is 14 minutes long and is shown every 30 minutes.

The House of the Whispering Willows – This exhibition space shares a look at the groundbreaking Shanghai Disneyland Resort. See how Disney Imagineers designed the resort through a unique Chinese art gallery.

The Jeweled Dragon Acrobats These acrobats are a sight to behold and will blow you away. They perform near the big gate and wow audiences with flips, spins, and many other high-flying maneuvers. They start in the afternoon with shows lasting about 15 minutes.

Character Meet: Mulan
Location – Near the water garden or next to the temple.
Hours – 12:00 pm to 5:10 pm

Norway Pavilion

Norway Pavilion EPCOT

Stave Church Gallery – This icon of the Norway Pavilion is modeled after 13-century churches. Outside stands a statue of Olaf II, King of Norway, not the Olaf from frozen. Inside it houses a small museum of Norwegian history including artifacts such as Viking weapons, clothing, and tools.

Character Meet: Anna & Elsa at the Royal Sommerhus
Location – Royal Sommerhus (Norway Pavilion)
Hours – 9:00 am to 8:45 pm

Mexico Pavilion

Mexico Entertainment EPCOT

Mexican Folk Art Gallery – Right when you step inside the pyramid in the Mexico pavilion you will see the Dia de Muertos exhibit with art by prominent Mexican artists and inspired by Disney·Pixar’s Coco. See how this day influences modern Mexican culture and life.

Mariachi Cobre – Outside the pyramid, you will find the Mexican folk band Mariachi Cobre playing the music of Jalisco, Mexico, and songs from Coco. These guys are amazing and standing there watching them makes you want to start dancing and singing.

Character Meet: Donald Duck
Location – Off the promenade in the Mexico pavilion
Hours – 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm

EPCOT Fireworks

Disney Harmonious fireworks show

Disney Harmonious (7.5/10) Since opening in 2021, Disney Harmonious has become one of the biggest fireworks shows Disney has ever put on in its history. Five new floating barges have been installed in World Showcase Lagoon and feature screens, fountains, pyrotechnics, and other special effects all programmed in unison for the show.

Disney has been hit-or-miss lately on new nighttime spectaculars, and while it has some really cool parts, overall we are slightly disappointed with how the show came out. The flow of the show needs work, and it lacks the raw passion we are used to seeing.

This permanent replacement for Illuminations is worth seeing for sure, but it doesn’t quite leave an emotional impact on us the way its predecessor did. Read our Full Guide to Disney Harmonious for more information.

EPCOT Nighttime Fireworks Shows

EPCOT Forever (6.5/10) Returning April 3, 2023Back in 2019, Disney retired “Illuminations: Reflections of Earth” and debuted a new fireworks show, “EPCOT Forever.” If you are a fan of the original EPCOT Center, you will enjoy the show’s look back on classic EPCOT music and new special effects.

While it’s not our favorite fireworks show at Disney World, we find it entertaining and nostalgic as it pays tribute to the park’s beginning. Read our full EPCOT Forever review for a video and to hear more of our thoughts on the show.

Even though we though Disney Harmonious was the permanent replacement for Illuminations, it is only a holdover show however and Disney shared at the latest D23 Expo that there is a new nighttime spectacular coming to EPCOT in 2023 and it’s replacing Harmonious.

Until it’s ready, EPCOT Forever is taking over as the nightly fireworks show starting April 3, 2023.

Best Family Rides

Best Family Rides at EPCOT

Almost all the attractions at EPCOT are family-friendly, these include slow-moving dark rides and boat rides that everyone in the family will enjoy, no matter young or old.

Here are the best family rides at EPCOT in order:

  1. Soarin’ Around the World
  2. Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
  3. Spaceship Earth
  4. Frozen Ever After
  5. Living with the Land
  6. Gran Fiesta Tour
  7. The Seas with Nemo and Friends

All the above rides can be enjoyed by 95% of guests in the park. We put Soarin’ number 1 for family rides because it is the overall best ride in the park. It does simulate flight, but most guests will have no problem handling it and we’ve been on with people of all ages, as long as they meet the 40-inch height requirement.

The rest of the rides on this list don’t have a height requirement and can be enjoyed by the very smallest of guests. They are all slow-moving and appeal to guests of all ages.

Perhaps the most popular ride in EPCOT at the moment for families is Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. This uses a trackless vehicle to shrink you down to the size of a rat as you follow Remy through a crazy trip through Gusteau’s restaurant.

Best Thrill Rides

Best Thrill Rides at EPCOT

For the most part, the rides at EPCOT are pretty tame and there are only 4 that have some kind of thrill element to them. When the park was built, thrill rides were not the focus and attractions were more geared to edutainment, and that holds true today.

Here are the top thrill rides at EPCOT in Order:

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind
  2. Test Track
  3. Mission: SPACE
  4. Soarin’ Around the World
  5. Frozen Ever After

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is now the best thrill ride in EPCOT and it has the ultimate combination of thrills, speed, storytelling, and is just flat-out fun. It now challenges for the Best Roller Coaster in Disney World.

Test Track is the former best thrill ride in EPCOT as it has a great combination of twists and turns and it is one of the fastest rides in any Disney park around the world.

If you are talking about just intensity, however, Mission: SPACE wins hands down. It is an extremely wild ride that mimics the G-forces an astronaut feels when taking off and flying in outer space. No bigger thrills than that.

Soarin’ is a better ride than the first two, but if you are looking for a traditional thrill ride, then the others will whet your appetite more. Frozen Ever After isn’t really a thrill ride, but it does send you down a small drop backward (not super scary though).

How to Avoid Long Lines for Rides at EPCOT?

Avoiding crowds at EPCOT

To enjoy the attractions at EPCOT to the full, it’s best to avoid waiting in line. There are a few ways to avoid long wait times, and it will lead to a much more pleasant visit if you do.

Go When the Crowds are Low – The best way to avoid waiting in line is to go to EPCOT when the crowds are low. Avoid EPCOT on the weekends during festival season since more locals come out to the park. Use our Disney World Crowd Calendar to find when there is the fewest number of people in the parks.

Use Genie+/Lightning Lane – The Disney theme parks give you the opportunity to get multiple reservations per day to skip waiting in line for the most popular rides and character meets. You can make Genie+ or Individual Lightning Lane reservations on the morning of your visit starting at 7:00 am. This will save you some serious time in line and is recommended if your budget is not an issue. (FastPass+ has been discontinued during the reopening phase.)

Use Single Rider – Some attractions have the Single Rider feature which lets you get ahead in line more quickly than the stand-by queue. Riders are used as fill-ins wherever Cast Members can squeeze another person into the vehicle. Because of this, you can’t go in the same ride vehicle as anyone from your group. Test Track is one of the best rides to use this feature on in EPCOT.

For more attractions, be sure to check out our other Disney World Ride Guides:

If you are thinking about going to Walt Disney World in the coming future, make sure to read our Disney World Planning Guide. There you will find all the info and tips you need to plan your trip.

Your Thoughts

I want to know what you think about the EPCOT Rides…

  • What is your favorite attraction in EPCOT?
  • Which new ride are you looking forward to the most?

Let us know in the comments section below!

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Jonathan Hughes

Sunday 29th of May 2022

Aloha Ziggy, What a great site! Reading your tips has been super helpful for a first timer. Mahalo!

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Wednesday 5th of January 2022

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