If you are going to Epcot, you will need to understand how the Fastpass system works. When you purchase your Epcot ticket, you will get to choose three Fastpasses to use during your time in the park. These Epcot fastpasses are important because they will give you the ability to skip the line at some of the most popular Epcot rides.
What makes using Fastpasses different at this park is that there are Epcot Fastpass Tiers you have to keep in mind when choosing your rides & attractions.
Epcot Fastpass Tiers
Epcot Fastpass Tier 1 (Choose 1 attraction)
- Frozen Ever After
- Test Track
- IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
Epcot Fastpass Tier 2 (Choose 2 attractions)
- Journey Into Imagination With Figment
- Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival
- Epcot Character Spot
- Mission: SPACE
- Spaceship Earth
- The Seas with Nemo & Friends
- Turtle Talk with Crush
These Epcot Fastpass tiers are in place because Disney wants to steer you into choosing a few of the less popular rides to avoid over saturating the more popular Epcot rides in Tier 1. Which are the most popular rides at Epcot? Frozen Ever After, Test Track and Soarin’.
Best Fastpasses for Epcot Rides
You only get to choose one Epcot FastPass for Tier 1. There are some things to take into consideration when choosing which ride to pick.
The most difficult Fastpass to get for a ride in Epcot is for Frozen Ever After. If this is something you want to do and don’t want to spend 2 hours in a line, you will need to get a Fastpass. This means that you need to be ready 30 days out to make that reservation.
Test Track and Soarin’ are usually easier to get Fastpasses for, but if you don’t get a Fastpass for either of those, then that needs to be the first stop when you arrive at Epcot.
For Tier 2, you get to choose two Fastpasses. These should be pretty easy to secure.
We have found that some of the rides & attractions in Tier 2 don’t really need a Fastpass and getting one would be a waste.
Do NOT choose a Fastpass for Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival. There is NEVER a line for it and it is a theater, so seats are almost always available.
If you have already seen Mickey & Minnie Mouse & Goofy, you don’t really need to see them again at Epcot. I wouldn’t waste a Fastpass on the Character Spot Meet & Greet.
The best use of the Tier 2 Fastpass for Epcot would be Mission Space & Spaceship Earth. If you have really small kids, then you may want to replace Mission Space with the Seas with Nemo & Friends (although we haven’t found the lines to be that bad, especially once the World Showcase opens.
With all the changes coming in the next few years to Epcot, we can anticipate an overhaul of the Epcot Fastpass Tiers. I am sure that the Tiers will remain, but we may end up seeing three Tiers where you will be able to pick one rides/ attraction from each one.