When it comes to the four Disney parks, Epcot often is overlooked because people feel like it is more educational than actually fun. This is simply not true! While Epcot is educational, it has plenty of rides and attractions to make your trip fun for the whole family!
Epcot is divided into two sections: Future World and World Showcase. World showcase doesn’t open until 11 am, so if you get to the park early, you will be spending a lot of time in Future World.
Not to worry though because 4 of the top 5 Epcot best rides are in this area!
5 Family Favorites at Epcot: Best Rides at the Park
Those traveling to Epcot’s Future World won’t want to miss Test Track!
This full immersion experience allows you to create a virtual car and then take a simulated ride on a mile long track where you will reach speeds of 65 mph while hugging curves and dodging on-coming traffic obstacles!
There is no doubt that Test Track is a must do when you are at Epcot!
The fun begins at the queue for Test Track. You will get to see some pretty incredible futuristic cars brought to you buy Test Track’s sponsor, Chevrolet. No one enjoys spending time in lines, but this is a good distraction.
Next, you will be taken to a station where you and another member from your party will digitally design your dream car.
You will create your car; choosing the color and style.
You will then place features on your car that will show you how well your car is designed based on Capability, Efficiency, Responsiveness, and Power.
This is a timed digital design, so you can’t spend too long on one particular feature. The goal is to create the best driving experience keeping those factors in mind.
Once that your car has been designed, you are ready to ride the SIM car. The SIM vehicle is a base car (with no exterior design) that seats up to 6 people.
Everyone who rides Test Track gets the same exact experience, but the vehicle you created digitally will be judged based on your personal design.
The SIM vehicle will go through a few obstacle courses before the lap. With each obstacle, your digital vehicle will be judged against the 2 other cars designed by other riders in your SIM car.
There will be a screen after each test to show who scored highest for each of the designated categories: Capability, Efficiency, Responsiveness, and Power.
What makes this the best Epcot ride is that the experience ends with a fast paced trip (up to 65 mph) around a near mile long track!
Frozen Ever After
Do you love Frozen? If so, you will not want to miss going to the Norway Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase. Not only can you meet Anna & Elsa at their Royal Sommerhus, but you can take a magical trip to Arendelle.
The standby line meanders through a typical Norwegian Fjord village. You’ll even get to go through Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post where you will hear Oaken calling out ” Yoooooo Hooooo.”
If you are lucky enough to score a Fastpass for this popular Epcot ride, you will by-pass most of the village (including Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post), but you will get a ticket straight to the front of the line to Arendelle.
The premise of Frozen Ever After is that you are a guest attending a Summer Snow Day Celebration in honor of the day that Queen Elsa saved her sister, Princess Anna, with an act of unselfish love.
The royal reception takes place in the Ice Palace and the only way to get there from Arendelle is by taking an ancient Norwegian vessel.
You will be transported from the port at Arendelle by a small viking ship and go on a magical journey through your favorite scenes from Frozen. Along the way, you will see some of your favorite characters and hear some of your favorite songs from the hit Disney movie.
Olaf appears in several scenes along with everyone’s favorite reindeer, Sven. You will also get to see Marshmallow, the snow monster that Elsa created in Frozen along with everyone’s favorite little Snowgies from the Frozen Fever short.
Soarin Around the World
One of my personal favorite Epcot ride is Soarin’ Around the World. This attraction takes guests on an exhilarating “flight” visiting six continents in a matter of minutes!
What makes this ride so fantastic is that it is a multi-sensory experience. Not only do you feel like you are flying, but you will hear sounds and recognize fragrances that capture exactly what you are seeing!
Where will you be traveling on this one of a kind Epcot ride? The Great Wall of China, the Great Pyramids of Egypt the Eiffel Tower in Paris are just a few of the destinations you’ll take on this magical trip around the globe!
Are you traveling with someone afraid of heights?
I hate heights and the feeling of drops, but I love this ride.
While you are lifted 40 feet off the ground and feel like you are suspended in air, the screen is what moves, not the ride itself (other than subtly lifting you up and back down at the end).
Those wondering what it would be like to be an astronaut can get the chance in Mission Space, a simulated journey to outer space.
There are two ways to experience Mission Space:
- The Orange Mission uses a centrifuge that spins and tilts to simulate the speed and G-forces of a spacecraft launch and reentry,
- The Green Mission is also a motion simulator that offers light movement and doesn’t spin. It is the best for those that are prone to motion sickness.
Make sure that you know which line you are getting into before going into Mission Space!
Something else to be aware of is that if you are the least bit claustraphobic, this is NOT the ride for you. When you enter the ride, you will be in a VERY small cramped space that doesn’t allow you a lot of room to move about.
You will begin your journey by assembling a 4 member crew. There are four roles that you will need to choose from: navigator, pilot, commander or engineer. Each role is crucial in your space mission, so pay attention to what you are in charge of during the mission.
The ride itself will make you feel as though you are really on a space craft. You will begin the journey with a countdown to life off.
At lift off, the engines roar, vibrate and finally blast off.
You will undergo the physical and visual experiences of leaving Earth, including G Forces as you leave the Earth’s gravitational pull.
As the flight continues, you will get a sense of weightlessness. Be sure to keep your eyes open through out the journey and if you begin to feel any sort of sickness, know that there are bags in the flight simulator for a reason.
Along your journey in space, you will be given instructions on things you need to do in order to arrive safely back on Earth. As long as you complete the instructions correctly, you will complete your mission.
If you don’t, well, all I can say is good luck!
If you ever wanted to go inside the Globe at Epcot, here is your chance! This Epcot ride takes you back in time to experience some of the greatest inventions known to mankind.
Your 16 minute journey begins at the loading dock where you will sit in a two-seat vehicle as Judi Dench narrates your way through history.
Starting during the ice age when early man painted his thoughts on cave walls, you will go through such major events as the Phoenicians developing the alphabet to the invention of the printing press and later the development of computer technology.
As you return to Earth and the present day, you will have the chance to interact with the on board computer and design the kind of future you want to live in!
How to Ride Epcot’s Best Rides
If you were under the impression that Epcot doesn’t have any rides, you are wrong. There are some really great Epcot rides. The problem is that because there are so few of them, the lines can be really long, making it difficult to experience them all.
While you can get FastPasses for them, Epcot’s Fastpass system is tiered so that you can only choose one of the most popular rides. This means that you will inevitably have to wait in lines.
The key to doing everything you want to do at Epcot is to plan your day accordingly. I would suggest you book at Fastpass for your first choice around 9-10am and the others soon there after.
Head to your second choice (that you don’t have a Fastpass for) as soon as you arrive to Epcot. This will be the shortest line you probably experience during your time in Epcot.
Once you have used all of your FastPasses, then you can take your chances at booking another FastPass for one of the best Epcot rides in which you were unable to acquire a FastPass.
Have you been to Epcot? Do you have a favorite ride at Epcot?