It’s time for Gwen and I to share what we think is the the best use for FastPass+ at Epcot
(Check out our other “Best Use for FastPass+” Posts, too!)
Previously, we’ve brought you our recommendations for the best use for Fastpass+ at Disney’s Magic Kingdom, and the best use for Fastpass+ at Disney’s Magic Kingdom, so this week we are looking at how to use your Fastpasses at Epcot.
Gwen’s Recommendations: The Best Use for FastPass+ at Epcot
Soarin’ Around the World was updated recently and is even more amazing than the original.
If you’re not familiar with it, it’s a simulator ride and will make you feel as if you are in a hand glider (even though you are sitting). You’ll get a bird’s eye view of beautiful places as you fly around the world and take in scents (yes, you read that right!) and sights from each spot.
On our last trip, we did not get a FastPass+ for this attraction because everything we wanted at Epcot was a Tier 1 ride (see the tip below for more info on the Epcot Fastpass tier categories).
Since we had an early breakfast reservation at Garden Grill on our Epcot day, we decided to just brave the line for Soarin’ right after breakfast.
We got into line around 9:30am and the line wasn’t that bad, considering this is a Tier 1 ride, but we still waited for about an hour.
If you want to avoid that kind of wait, which will only increase as the day goes on, be sure to get yourself a FastPass+.
(If you’re afraid of heights, you may want to skip this one since it may not be the best use for FastPass+ at Epcot for you. Read this spoiler-free review to get a sense on if it’s right for you.)
Tip: If you aren’t familiar with the different tiers for all the attractions at each park, familiarize yourself with them before the time comes to make your FastPass+ picks.
Note that ALL of the attractions/rides listed above fall into the Tier 1 category which means that if you want to try all of them, you will only able to pick one from this group and you’ll then have two remaining choices from the Tier 2 group. You’ll have to choose another Tier 1 for another day or choose another after you have experienced the one you have chosen.
There is ALWAYS going to be a long wait for this ride, so plan to get a FastPass+ for this ride.
This is also a Tier 1 ride so if you can’t get a FastPass+ for it, plan to get in line early in the morning or later int he day.
The reason why it’s so popular is because of its concept. It’s a little different to anything you’ve tried before.
For the first part of the attraction, riders get to design a simulated car and for the second part, you’ll get to see how your design compares to the test car you ride in on the test track.
For my last Epcot Fastpass recommendation, I debated between this and Frozen Ever After, but I know Rebecca is going to have Frozen covered, so I went with one you may not have thought of.
A FastPass+ is not mandatory for the Illuminations fireworks show, BUT, if you do get one, you’ll get special reserved seating with a great view, which is nice after being on your feet for most of the day.
This stunning fireworks show is set to music and celebrates our past, present, and future. It lasts for just 12-minutes and is a must-see if you love fireworks!
Rebecca’s Recommendations: The Best Use for FastPass+ at Epcot
The ride at Epcot was once upon a time the Matahorn in Norway, but after the amazing success of Frozen it’s no surprise that it was revamped a couple of years ago to become the new Frozen Ever After ride.
There is usually a very long wait for this ride, so it’s worth your Fastpass ticket. Beyond that, it’s the perfect combination of cute connections to a beloved movie, and a wee bit of excitement for kids of all ages.
The ride is set on a boat (similar to Pirates of the Caribbean) and the seats in the front may be a little wet.
Frozen Ever After is a Tier 1 ride.
I’m with Gwen and added this to our list because there is always a long line. The first time our family went on Test Track we had no idea what we were doing. It looked like it would be fun as we built a car and then hopped in a car on a slow moving track to experience the car we built. We ended up getting a thrilling, fast-paced adventure that made us laugh.
If you are with guests or kids who don’t love speed, this ride may be a bit much for them. It’s exciting, but definitely a bit unexpected as you reach very fast speeds on the track.
TIP: If not everyone you are with are interested in this fun, thrilling ride, use the single rider line so you don’t miss out!
This is a beloved ride where you are actually in the famous Epcot ball. You ride to the top then you exit to the bottom on a track as you witness major changes in the history of the earth along the way.
The car you are in has a screen with an interactive experience at the end to help design the future as you envision it.
This one can have a long wait so it’s worth using your FastPass+ and save yourself the time in the line up. It’s a classic ride (and has been around since 1982) and our family thinks it’s definitely worth checking out.
TIP: Test Track and Spaceship Earth are at the front of Epcot, while Frozen Ever After is at the back where the worlds are. Plan your FastPass+ timing accordingly so you aren’t running back and forth between the different locations!
These were our suggestions for the best use for FastPass+ at Epcot
What do you think the best use for FastPass+ at Epcot is? Let us know in the comments below!
And be sure to check out these other FastPass+ posts:
- The Best Use for FastPass+ at Disney’s Magic Kingdom
- The Best Use for FastPass+ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios