Can’t wait to ride Frozen Ever After or Test Track at Epcot, but not looking forward to standing in long lines? Let’s have a chat about FastPass+, my friend!
FastPass+ at Disney World is a FREE service that allows you to skip the standby lines at certain attractions and use shorter FastPass+ redemption lines instead. Using FastPass+ can save you hours from waiting in line and it’s free to everyone visiting the Disney World parks.
I wrote a full blog post about FastPass+ so be sure to read Disney World FastPass+ Tips and Guide since it gives you all the details about FastPass+ that you need to know for your trip. I’ll just recap the basics here so we can get right to your Epcot FastPass+ strategy.
FastPass+ at Disney World is NOT a single pass that grants a magical line-skipping ability to every attraction. Instead, you will make FastPass+ reservations for specific attractions at specific times. Each reservation has a one-hour redemption window for entering the attraction’s FastPass+ line.
Anyone with a Disney World park ticket can make FastPass+ reservations for up to 3 attractions each day 30 days in advance. If you’re staying on-site at a Disney World hotel, you can make those FastPass+ reservations for your entire trip 60 days before the first day of your hotel stay. Each day, all three advance FastPass+ reservations must be made for the same park and must be for three different attractions.
Note: Since FastPass+ ability is limited, the additional 30 days granted to resort guests is a huge benefit of staying at a Disney World resort hotel. FastPass+ ability for the most popular rides will often run out sooner than 30 days in advance, leaving no availability for those staying off-site who have to wait for the 30-day reservation window. Read about the benefits of staying on-site at a Disney World hotel for more info!
Once you’re at Disney World and redeem your three advance FastPass+ reservations, you can continue making additional FastPass+ selections one at a time for the rest of the day. Those additional FastPass+ reservations can be for any attraction with availability (and in any park, if you have a park hopper ticket). Attraction repeat restrictions do not apply to FastPass+ after redeeming your three advance reservations.
So, which attractions should you use FastPass+ at Epcot? Which attractions are best to choose for those three advance FastPass+ reservations? That’s what we’ll be discussing in this post.
Epcot FastPass+ Tiers
Like Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom, Epcot uses a tiered FastPass+ system. When you make your three advance FastPass+ reservations for an Epcot day, you may only choose one attraction from Tier 1 and the rest from Tier 2. If none of the Tier 1 attractions appeal to you, you may simply choose all three from Tier 2. The Tier 1 attractions are simply the most popular and typically have the longest stand-by lines.
Tiering does not apply to the additional FastPass+ reservations you make after redeeming your original three. So, while you can make advance reservations for only one Tier 1 attraction, you may ride more Tier 1 attractions in the same day (if there is availability) after you redeem your initial three and are free to begin choosing additional, one-at-a-time FastPass+ reservations.
Here are the attractions in the Epcot FastPass+ tiers:
Epcot Tier 1 Attractions
- Frozen Ever After
- Soarin’ (40″ or taller)
- Test Track (40″ or taller)
- Epcot Forever
Epcot Tier 2 Attractions
- Spaceship Earth
- Mission: Space (44″ orange or 40″ green)
- Living With The Land
- Journey Into Imagination With Figment
- The Seas with Nemo & Friends
- Turtle Talk With Crush
- Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival
Which Tier 1 Epcot FastPass?
Frozen Ever After or Test Track are recommended as your Tier 1 Epcot FastPass+ selection. These rides have the longest lines at Epcot.
Soarin’ would be a solid pick in Tier 1, but FastPass+ availability for Soarin’ later in the day is typically better than Test Track and Frozen Ever After, making it an easier additional FastPass+ reservation to make after redeeming your initial three.
So, choose Frozen Ever After if you have kids under 40” tall or if your family would prefer a Frozen-themed ride. If the kids are at least 40” tall and would prefer a faster car-themed ride, choose Test Track.
Epcot Forever is the nighttime fireworks spectacular so you cannot redeem this FastPass until the end of the day. Since you can’t make additional FastPass+ reservations until your three advance reservations have been redeemed, that means you’ll only be able to use those three advance FastPass+ reservations all day long. You’ll redeem two and then wait until the evening to redeem Epcot Forever. Meanwhile, you’ll have to enjoy all other FastPass-enabled attractions from the standby line.
Note, too, that Epcot Forever can be viewed anywhere around the World Showcase lagoon. FastPass+ only grants you access to a special viewing area, but you can certainly find “front row” viewing along the fence anywhere around the lagoon without FastPass+.
Alternatively, if you want to view Epcot Forever from the FastPass+ viewing area, simply choose it as one of your additional FastPass+ selections later in the day after you have redeemed your three advance reservations so you can take better advantage of the FastPass+ system.
Which Tier 2 FastPass for Epcot?
None of the Tier 2 FastPass+ attractions grow long lines so don’t stress about these selections.
Spaceship Earth should be on your list. It’s the iconic ride inside the Epcot “ball” and there is no height restriction so anyone can ride. The standby line can grow longer than other attractions in this tier at certain times of the day. Also, the queue is one of the few at Epcot that is entirely outside so having a FastPass+ reservation to avoid the Florida heat is ideal even if the standby line isn’t very long! I’m always looking for ways to be out of that heat and humidity!
Mission: Space is also a great choice. This is two rides in one and you will choose Orange mission or Green mission when you arrive. Your FastPass+ reservation won’t specify Orange or Green so you use FastPass+ for either mission. Orange mission is the more intense version of the ride and its line will usually be longer. If you want to ride Mission: Space Orange, definitely consider FastPass+.
Living With the Land is a good choice if you are selecting Soarin’ as your Tier 1 FastPass+ reservation. These rides are neighbors inside The Land pavilion so choose close reservation times to ride these two attractions back-to-back.
Similarly, Turtle Talk With Crush is a show inside The Seas with Nemo & Friends. The ride for The Seas is actually the entrance into this pavilion. Once inside, you will have the option of watching the Turtle Talk show. So, if you make FastPass+ reservations for both The Seas and Turtle Talk, make sure the reservation time for The Seas is before the reservation time for Turtle Talk. It IS possible to avoid the ride by entering the pavilion through the gift shop to see Turtle Talk, but this isn’t nearly as apparent if you’re a first timer and you’ll want to enjoy the ride anyway!
It’s worth noting that FastPass+ gives you no advantage for shows like Turtle Talk and the Short Film Festival since there is low demand for these attractions and, with the possible exception of the highest crowd times around Christmas, you will never have to wait longer than the time for the previous show to finish and let out. That said, sometimes a FastPass+ reservation for these low demand attractions is advisable if there are multiple Tier 1 attractions you want to enjoy. If you are going to watch shows like Turtle Talk and the Short Film Festival anyway, you might as well use FastPass+ to redeem those three advance FastPass+ reservations quickly so you can start making those additional FastPass+ reservations sooner in the day!
In summary, for your Tier 2 Epcot FastPass+ selections, choose Spaceship Earth, Mission: Space if everyone meets the height restriction and is interested in this ride, and literally anything else that’s either in proximity to the attractions you’ve already selected or with FastPass+ availability earliest in the day. The sooner you get through Tier 2, the sooner you can get to making those additional FastPass+ reservations for the rest of the Tier 1 attractions!
What are your family’s Epcot FastPass+ picks?