Those planning a trip to Disney World will want to make sure that they understand how the Disney Fastpass system works. While pretty easy to use, guests traveling to Hollywood Studios and Epcot may be a bit confused at finding Hollywood Studios and Epcot Fastpass Tiers.
These tiers were designed to force guests into choosing between the most popular rides in order not to overcrowd the Fastpass system.
If you have never used the Disney FastPass system, it is a way for park guests to bypass the line for some of Disney World’s more popular rides and attractions. It is free for all Disney World guests to use, but does come with rules.
You only get to book three Fastpasses per day in advance of your trip. After you use the three, you can book them one at a time.
The first three Fastpasses booked have to be use at the same park. Additional Fastpasses can be used at whatever park you are attending (great for those who are Park Hopping).
Fastpasses are only available for the more popular rides and attractions and you can find a list of them on the My Disney Experience app or in the Park Guide map given to you in the park.
Epcot uses what is called a Fastpass Tier system where you get to choose rides & attractions based on their popularity.
What are the Epcot Fastpass Tiers?
Epcot Fastpass Tier 1 (Choose 1 attraction)
- Frozen Ever After
- Soarin’ around the World
- Test Track
- Epcot Character Spot
Epcot Fastpass Tier 2 (Choose 2 attractions)
- Journey Into Imagination With Figment
- Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival
- Mission: SPACE
- Spaceship Earth
- The Seas with Nemo & Friends
- Turtle Talk with Crush
Why Epcot Fastpass tiers? These 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.
If they allowed everyone to choose three options, most would choose all of them from Tier 1, which would cause the Fastpasses to be filled up quickly and not giving everyone the option of riding those rides quickly.
How to use Epcot Fastpass Tiers to Ride what you Want
Just because there are four options for Tier 1, doesn’t mean that you will get the ride you want. You are going to want to use these tips to ride your favorite rides with or without a Fastpass:
The best way to get the Fastpasses you want is to stay at a Disney Resort. Disney resort guests can book FastPasses for their entire stay 60 days in advance of the first day of their stay.
This means that those staying at a Disney Resort get first picks and will most likely get their choice of the Epcot Fastpass Tiers.
If you’re not staying at a Disney resort, you won’t be able to book your Fastpasses until 30 days in advance of your park visit. You can make bookings on the My Disney Experience app or website.
Best way to ride more than one of the Epcot Tier 1 rides is to book one with a Fastpass (our choice would be Frozen) and then go to your second choice when you first arrive to the park (our choice would be Test Track)
Once you’ve used all three of your Epcot Fastpasses, then use the next one for the ride #3 (our choice would be Soarin’ Around the World).
For Tier 2, I would suggest getting Mission: SPACE and Spaceship Earth. These two rides have the longest of lines, with The Seas with Nemo and Friends coming in third. If you have small children, then you may want to replace Spaceship Earth with The Seas with Nemo and Friends.
All of the Epcot Fastpass options are in Future World. The only exception is Frozen. When booking Frozen, I would suggest booking it for the afternoon. This way you are not having to go from Future World to World Showcase more than once. It is a LONG walk and you will waste a lot of time if you are continually having to go back and forth.