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In this post we discuss how to use Fastpass+ successfully at Epcot in 2018 (and beyond). We suggest also reading our full Walt Disney World Fastpass+ strategy for a complete understanding of the system.
Epcot Fastpass Tier 1 Attractions
The 12 Epcot attractions are split into two Epcot Fastpass tiers, four rides in Tier 1, eight rides in Tier 2. We'll start by discussing the Epcot Fastpass Tier 1 attractions. When selecting your three advance reservations for Epcot, you can only pick one of Tier 1 attraction. The four Tier 1 attractions at Epcot are:
- Frozen Ever After
- Test Track
- Illuminations: Reflection of Earth
There's no two ways about it: the best ride to Fastpass at Epcot is Frozen Ever After. Frozen should get your Tier 1 slot.
Frozen Ever After is among the most popular Fastpass reservations in Walt Disney World, and the line is consistently long. If you can't get a Fastpass reservation for Frozen, then you should definitely head there at rope drop. Frozen Ever After is one of the two rides we note as anchoring how you schedule your park days at Walt Disney World.
If you do get that Frozen reservation, we suggest starting your day at Test Track, preferably but not necessarily in the single rider line.
The key here is that Test Track's line moves much more quickly than Soarin'. If you go to Soarin' first, you'll wind up letting the Test Track line get too long. This is actually okay if you're planning to use the single rider line at Test Track, but in most cases it's a mistake you'll want to avoid.
Epcot Fastpass Tier 2 Attractions
Epcot has eight Tier 2 attractions. When making your advance reservations, you can reserve two of these (or three if you don't reserve a Tier 1 attraction). The eight attractions are:
- Mission: Space
- Spaceship Earth
- The Seas with Nemo & Friends
- Living with the Land
- Pixar Short Film Festival
- Journey Into Imagination With Figment
- Epcot Character Greeting
- Turtle Talk with Crush
There's little to discuss here — Mission: Space and Spaceship Earth are the best rides to Fastpass at Epcot with your Tier 2 slots. There's no reason to overthink this. Those rides are really the only two of the eight that get meaningful lines and for which you might (might) struggle to find a same-day Fastpass.
If you can book Frozen about an hour after park open and book two of these afterwards, you're in a great position. But you'll have to take Frozen when you get it. Either way, put your first and second Fastpass about an hour after park open.
Epcot Fastpass+ After Your First Three Reservations
While we always recommend using Disney's official, free My Disney Experience app to snag Fastpass+ reservations, the physical kiosks are located at:
- At the character spot on the way to Future World West (where Soarin' is)
- Outside Mouse Gear on the way to Future World East (where Test Track is)
- At the "back" entrance to the park between the France and U.K. pavilions
We suggest checking the Walt Disney World website to confirm kiosk locations in case they change before we update this post.
If you managed to put Frozen first, once you use it you can probably modify your second two reservations to speed up your day. Sometimes it will even be worth it to cancel them altogether to ride Soarin', Test Track, or Frozen again if you're so lucky as to find an open reservation.
This is especially true if you get off Frozen and the waits for Mission: Space and Spaceship Earth are short, as will often be the case. Epcot is a pretty easy park to cover.
If you want to avoid any lines, you can usually grab Epcot Fastpass Tier 2 reservations pretty easily throughout the day. Instead, we suggest walking around the World Showcase (or waiting in short lines) and checking the My Disney Experience app for bonus Epcot Fastpass Tier 1 reservations.
Epcot's World Showcase
Speaking of Epcot's World Showcase, what do you need to know about fitting it into your day? First of all, World Showcase usually opens a few hours after the park opens (hours vary by day). This means that you'll have time in the morning to knock out your rides before heading to World Showcase.
There are 11 countries in the World Showcase. You can easily spend 30 minutes at each just meandering through. If you stop for snacks or drinks at each, you could spend an hour at each easily.
If you're a first time Epcot visitor, we suggest prioritizing the three Epcot Fastpass Tier 1 attractions and Spaceship Earth, followed by the World Showcase, followed by the other attractions. This doesn't mean you have to do those four attractions before visiting the World Showcase, just that you should have a plan for visiting them before you embark on the a trip around the world.
Epcot 2018 Events
While not strictly relevant to your Epcot Fastpass+ selection, you should know when Epcot will be having events that will draw higher crowds (dates are from AllEars.net):
- Feb. 28 to May 28 - Flower & Garden Festival
- March 9 to March 11 - Steve Harvey Filming
- Late August to Mid November - Food & Wine Festival
Generally, we don't have a strategy for how these events should impact your Fastpass+ planning. Here are some quick tips, though:
- Fastpass+ selections will be harder to get for these days since more people will be planning to go to Epcot, so be sure to grab as soon as booking opens.
- Prioritize getting attractions done if this is your only trip for a few years. Epcot can be easily conquered in a day, so get the rides out of the way, then enjoy the World Showcase and special attractions.
- Don't drink too much wine before Soarin' or Test Track.
Beyond that, you'll just want to stick to the above and have a magical time!