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The Absolute Best Epcot Rides & Attractions

As an avid traveler, Epcot has always been one of my favorite theme parks at Disney World.

Many visitors write it off as boring or not worthy of a full day’s exploration, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

If you’re not sure what to do at Epcot, I’m here to help. 

In this post, I’ll outline the best Epcot rides and attractions, explain a bit about the best rides, and tell you whether they’re worth reserving on Genie+.

Let’s dig in!

Epcot FastPass tips

To learn more about the FastPass program, as well as how it works at Epcot, check out my post on FastPass secrets and tips.

The FastPass program was recently replaced with Genie+ and Lightning Lanes. Stay tuned while I test out the system to create a guide.

In the meantime, check out each ride below to see if I recommend accessing the Lightning Lane so you can decide if it’s worth getting Genie+ or individual Lightning Lane passes.

Spaceship Earth

Closeup of the Spaceship Earth Epcot ball at night, light up with purple to orange lights.
Photo by David Roark, courtesy of Disney Parks.

First up is the iconic Spaceship Earth, affectionately known as the “Epcot ball ride.” 

Yep, that giant silver-ish golf-ball looking sphere that Epcot is known for is actually a ride!

On Spaceship Earth, guests ride through the history of communication and technology, from cave paintings to the internet and beyond.

  • Location: World Celebration, by the main park entrance
  • Height requirement: All heights welcome
  • Lightning Lane?: Via Genie+ only. But it’s not usually not needed for this ride.
  • Duration: 16 minutes

Journey into Imagination with Figment

Photo collage with (L) a snapshot of the Imagination at Play! pavilion at Epcot and (R) closeup of a painting of Figment the purple dragon set amidst a Monet-like scene.
Photo at left by Meg Frost. Photo at right by Matt Stroshane, courtesy of Disney Parks.

In this slow ride, guests learn about the 5 senses: sight, smell, sound, taste, and touch. 

The ride is hosted by a purple dragon named Figment, who is a cult-favorite among Epcot fans. 

So much so that when the ride was ‘reimagined’ in the late 1990s with barely any role for Figment, there was a ton of backlash from guests. 

The backlash caused the ride to close after just 2 years so it could be reimagined again. 

Journey into Imagination with Figment reopened in 2002 with everyone’s favorite purple dragon properly restored as mascot and host of the ride.

  • Location: Imagination building in World Celebration
  • Height requirement: All heights welcome
  • Lightning Lane?: Via Genie+ only. But it’s not usually not needed for this ride.
  • Duration: 6 minutes

Frozen Ever After

Photo collage with (R) a closeup of a statue in Epcot's Norway pavilion and (R) closeup of a ride scene featuring Olaf from Frozen.
Photo at left by Gene Duncan. Photo at right by Matt Stroshane. Both courtesy of Disney Parks.

This slow boat ride takes guests through a Frozen-themed journey in the dark, complete with familiar tunes and your favorite Frozen characters, like Anna, Elsa, and Olaf. 

Frozen Ever After opened in 2016 and replaced Maelstrom, which was themed around Norway’s viking era.

This ride has proven to be quite popular and is set to be rebuilt at 3 additional Disney theme parks around the world: Hong Kong Disneyland, Tokyo DisneySea, and Walt Disney Studios at Disneyland Paris.

  • Location:  World Showcase, Norway pavilion
  • Height requirement: All heights welcome
  • Lightning Lane?: Yes – for Genie+ and after August 7, 2022, you can purchase individually too. I highly recommend either option if you want to ride Frozen Ever After!
  • Duration: 5 minutes

Test Track

Closeup of signage for the Test Track ride at Epcot.
Photo by Matt Stroshane, courtesy of Disney Parks.

In this Epcot ride, guests create their own concept car, and then test a simulation car based on their build. 

Your car is tested in varying weather conditions, hills, speeds, and more. With a different ride possible nearly every time, it’s clear why Test Track is an Epcot favorite.

  • Location: World Discovery
  • Height requirement: 40 inches or taller
  • Lightning Lane?: Via Genie+ only and worth it if you’re interested in this ride.
  • Duration: 5 minutes

Mission: SPACE

Landscape shot of the outside of the Mission: SPACE ride at Epcot.
Photo by Meg Frost.

On Mission: SPACE, guests can choose between 2 missions, each with a unique experience. It’s kind of like 2 rides in 1!

The Orange mission simulates a mission to Mars. It is super, crazy intense and hits up to 2.5G force. 

After riding the Orange mission once, I swore I’d never ride again – and I haven’t. 

That’s not to say others shouldn’t ride it as well, but if you have any kind of health condition, don’t. Otherwise, have at it – it’s unlike anything I’ve ever experienced!

That said, in 2017, the Green mission was added, which simulates an orbit around Earth. It’s far less intense, but still thrilling!

  • Location: World Discovery
  • Height requirement: 40 inches or taller for Green mission & 44 inches or taller for Orange mission
  • Lightning Lane?: Via Genie+ only. If you intend to go on this ride, I highly recommend Genie+.
  • Duration: ~10 minutes, including pre-ride show

Living with the Land

In this slow boat ride, you learn about the history and future of agriculture.

The best part is the behind-the-scenes look through a working greenhouse at Disney World.

It’s so cool to see the different fruits, vegetables, plants, and fish (yes, fish!) that are grown at Disney World and used at their restaurants.

  • Location: The Land building in World Nature
  • Height requirement: All heights welcome
  • Lightning Lane?: Via Genie+ only. But it’s not usually not needed for this ride.
  • Duration: 15 minutes

Turtle Talk with Crush

In Turtle Talk with Crush, guests have a chance to chat with Crush, the surfer dude-like turtle from Finding Nemo. 

This attraction is super cute and fun to watch – plus there’s air conditioning and a chance to rest your feet. 

It’s excellent for kids, especially younger ones who will be mesmerized by Crush interacting with them.

Turtle Talk with Crush has done so well that it has since been duplicated at Disney California Adventure, Hong Kong Disneyland, Tokyo DisneySea, and the Children’s Hospital of Orange County

Yes, that’s right – it’s also at a California hospital that was co-founded by Walt Disney himself!

There’s also a modified version on Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy cruise ships.

  • Location: SeaBase building in World Nature
  • Height requirement: All heights welcome
  • Lightning Lane?: Via Genie+ only. But it’s not usually not needed for this ride.
  • Duration: 10-13 minutes

Soarin’ Around the World

Closeup of guests riding Soarin Around the World at Epcot.
Photo courtesy of Disney Parks.

My favorite of all the Epcot rides: Soarin’ Around the World!

In this ride, guests board a flight simulator ride that takes them around the world to places like the pyramids of Egypt, the eiffel tower in France, and Kilimanjaro National Park in Tanzania.

Soarin’ was initially implemented at Disney California Adventure in 2011 and took guests through different landscapes of California. 

The same experience opened at Epcot in 2005. The current ‘Around the World’ experience debuted in 2016 at Epcot and Disneyland.

Similar versions of Soarin’ Around the World can be found at Shanghai Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea.

  • Location: The Land building in World Nature
  • Height requirement: 40 in or taller
  • Lightning Lane?: Via Genie+ only – and highly recommend if you want to get on this ride without much of a wait.
  • Duration: Just under 5 minutes

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

Snapshot of 2 mouse-shaped cars with guests riding Remys Ratatouille Adventure ride.
Photo by Matt Stroshane, courtesy of Disney Parks.

In this ride, guests see what it’s like to be the same size as Remy (the rat of our dreams 🎶) as they are chased through Gusteau’s restaurant.

This ride originally opened at Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris in 2014. 

The Epcot ride is assumed to be the same as it is in Paris, but once I get a chance to experience it, I’ll let you know if anything changes!

  • Location: World Showcase, France pavilion
  • Height requirement: Not yet known, but my assumption is that all heights will be welcome.
  • Lightning Lane?: Yes, but only as an individual purchase. It is not available as part of Genie+. As this is a new ride, it’s likely worth the extra cost for most guests.
  • Duration: Just under 5 minutes

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

Illustration of the proposed outside treatment for the Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster at Epcot.
Illustration courtesy of Disney.

Although it just opened in 2022, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is becoming one of the most popular rides at Epcot.

It is available via virtual queue, rather than a regular standby line. Personally, I’m a fan of virtual queues, so I hope this sticks and isn’t just part of the opening rollout.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind was originally planned to open around Disney World’s 50th anniversary celebration in October 2021. However, its opening was delayed to May 27, 2022.

It is the first Marvel ride at Disney World, as well as the first roller coaster at Epcot.

  • Location: World Discovery, just past Spaceship Earth on the left
  • Height requirement: 42 in. or taller
  • Lightning Lane?: Yes, this ride is available for individual lightning lane but not available as part of Genie+.
  • Duration: Approximately 4 minutes

Lightning Lanes & Genie+ at Epcot

Not all rides and attractions at Epcot are available with Genie+ and very few can be purchased as an individual lightning lane.

Check out the table below to get a full list of each attraction and ride that is available with Genie+, as well as which ones can be purchased as an individual lightning lane pass.

Ride or AttractionGenie+?Individual Lightning Lane?
Disney and Pixar Short Film FestivalYesNo
Frozen Ever After*Yes*No*
Journey into Imagination with FigmentYesNo
Living with the LandYesNo
Mission: SPACE – GreenYesNo
Mission: SPACE – OrangeYesNo
Remy’s Ratatouille AdventureNoYes
Soarin’ Around the WorldYesNo
Spaceship EarthYesNo
Test TrackYesNo
The Seas with Nemo & FriendsYesNo
Turtle Talk with CrushYesNo

*Frozen Ever After is only available with Genie+ until August 7, 2022. After that date, it will only be available as an individual Lightning Lane pass.

List of all Epcot rides and attractions

Illustration of the Epcot theme park map with highlighting showing where the new Epcot Worlds will be and their names: World Showcase, World Nature, World Celebration, and World Discovery.
Illustration courtesy of Disney.

Epcot has historically been more of a learning experience, with many galleries, interactive play spaces, and films making up the bulk of attractions. 

However, over the years, Epcot has expanded to include some of my favorite rides at Disney World.

For a full list of Epcot rides and attractions sorted by the 4 neighborhoods, World Celebration, World Nature, World Discovery, and World Showcase, see below.

World Celebration

The following rides and attractions are available in World Celebration:

  1. Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival
  2. ImageWorks – the “What If” Labs
  3. Journey into Imagination with Figment
  4. Spaceship Earth.

World Discovery

The following rides and attractions are available in World Discovery:

  1. Advanced Training Lab
  2. Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind
  3. Mission: SPACE
  4. Play! Pavilion
  5. Test Track
  6. Walt Disney Imagineering presents the Epcot Experience

World Nature

The following rides and attractions are available in World Nature:

  1. Awesome Planet film
  2. Living with the Land
  3. The Seas with Nemo & Friends
  4. SeaBase
  5. Soarin’ Around the World
  6. Turtle Talk with Crush.

Coming soon to World Nature is The Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana, as well. While a date has not been announced for the opening of The Journey of Water, Disney has stated that the Epcot construction is slated to end in 2023.

World Showcase

There are no rides or attractions at the Italy, Germany, or UK pavilions. These World Showcase pavilions consist primarily of gift shops and restaurants – but perhaps in the future, that will change.

Occasionally you’ll find character meet-n-greets nearby, as well as musicians or other entertainers. 

As for the rest of the pavilions in the World Showcase, here’s what you can find for rides and attractions:

  1. CANADA: Canada Far & Wide in Circle-Vision 360° Film
  2. CHINA: Reflections of China film
  3. CHINA: House of the Whispering Willows gallery
  4. FRANCE: Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
  5. FRANCE: Beauty & the Beast Sing-a-Long
  6. FRANCE: Impressions de France Film
  7. JAPAN: Bijutsu-kan Gallery
  8. MEXICO: Gran Fiesta Tour starring The Three Caballeros ride
  9. MEXICO: Mexico Folk Art Gallery
  10. MOROCCO: Gallery of Arts and History
  11. NORWAY: Frozen: Ever After ride
  12. NORWAY: Stave Church Gallery
  13. USA: The American Adventure
  14. USA: American Heritage Gallery

What are your favorite Epcot rides and attractions?

I hope you have a great day at Epcot!

Leave a comment below and let me know what your favorite Epcot rides and attractions are.

For more tips on planning your days at Disney World, check out my posts about the best attractions and rides at the other parks.

  1. Best Attractions & Rides at Animal Kingdom
  2. Best Attractions & Rides at Hollywood Studios
  3. Best Attractions & Rides at Magic Kingdom
  4. Disney Genie, Genie+ & Lightning Lane Guide

This post was originally published on June 14, 2021. It was last updated on June 11, 2022.

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