What rides are at Epcot? You’ll need to know before heading to Disney World!
This guide to Epcot rides isn’t about the best rides at Epcot or ranking them in any way. Everyone will have their own opinion of what makes one Disney ride better than another. I can tell you right away that some of my favorites rank near the bottom of some ride rankings I’ve seen online!
Instead, you’ll find brief descriptions of every Epcot ride here to help you decide which ones you’ll want to enjoy and which rides might not be right for your family.
Some rides have height restrictions so the little ones will have to skip them. Other rides spin and might cause dizziness. You might want to avoid others for height or speed … or add them to your “must ride” list instead!
You won’t find detailed descriptions of these ride experiences because I don’t want to spoil everything for you, but I’m giving you enough to know what to expect and make the decision whether or not each ride is a “go” or “no go.”
Note that FastPass+ is mentioned in this post although FastPass+ will be temporarily disabled when Disney World reopens.
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[The Basics] Epcot Rides List
Frozen Ever After FP+ // slow-moving boat ride with medium drops
Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros // slow-moving boat ride
Journey Into Imagination With Figment FP+ // slow-moving ride
Living With The Land FP+ // slow-moving boat ride
Mission: SPACE FP+ // 44” minimum height (Orange mission), 40” minimum height (Green mission) // centrifuge (Orange mission only) simulator ride
The Seas with Nemo & Friends FP+ // omnimover ride
Soarin’ Around the World FP+ // 40” minimum height // flight motion simulator
Spaceship Earth FP+ // omnimover ride
Test Track FP+ // 40” minimum height // slot car ride, reaches speeds of 65 miles per hour
[Beyond the Basics] Epcot Rides in Detail
Frozen Ever After
Frozen Ever After is a slow moving indoor boat ride through several Frozen scenes featuring audio animatronic figures of Elsa, Anna, and friends. I won’t share any more spoilers except that, yes, Elsa sings Let It Go during this ride!
Located in the Norway pavilion, Frozen Ever After replaced the Maelstrom ride in 2016. The boat ride vehicle and ride course remain the same while the theme has been completely changed to Frozen.
Guests ride boats with 4 benches that seat 3-4 per bench.
While the ride is mostly gentle, there’s one medium-sized drop that is large enough to be warned “you might get a little wet,” but not enough to require lap restraints.
Most of the queue for Frozen Ever After is indoors (cool air conditioning!), but the line will often stretch outdoors where there is little shade during busy times of the day. The indoor portion of the queue takes guests through the Arendelle waterfront and Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post and Sauna. Be warned that this indoor queue is very dark and, since Frozen Ever After is one of the most popular rides at Epcot, your wait may be long.
Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros
The Gran Fiesta Tour is inside Mexico’s pyramid in Epcot’s World Showcase making the entirety of the slow-moving boat ride and queue indoors. It’s a great way to escape the Florida heat for a bit!
The boat meanders through various scenes depicting life in Mexico via screens and audio animatronics featuring Jose, Panchito, and Donald Duck – The Three Caballeros! The entire ride is slow and on a flat course – perfect for all ages!
These are free-floating boats with 4 benches allowing seating of up to 4 per bench.
There’s very rarely much of a wait at all for this ride. It’s the only ride at Epcot that is not FastPass-enabled.
Journey Into Imagination With Figment
Located inside the Imagination pavilion in Epcot’s Future World West, Figment is the star of this slow moving tracked ride.
Those who remember Epcot in its early days may recall the first incarnation of this ride with the Figment and the Dreamfinder. While Figment remains, the current version debuted in 2002 and features Dr. Nigel Channing (Eric Idle) leading guests on the ride through the Imagination Institute to explore the five human senses of sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste.
There’s an unpleasant odor when exploring the sense of smell and a strong, loud blast of air near the end, but the ride is otherwise tame and moves slowly.
The ride vehicles each contain two long benches with 3-4 guests per row. The entire ride and queue are indoors and there is an interactive play area in the exit area.
Living With The Land
Inside The Land pavilion, this slow-moving boat ride is one of the most educational rides remaining at Disney World!
From your slow-moving boat, you’ll move through several audio-animatronic scenes depicting various biomes.
The second half of the ride floats through a series of active greenhouses showcasing alternative growing methods. Some plants grown here are actually used in Disney World restaurants!
Living With The Land is one of the longest rides at Disney World, clocking in at around 20 minutes long. It’s slow and gentle making it a great ride for all guests.
Remember when I mentioned that some of my family’s favorite rides aren’t necessarily some of the most popular? Living With The Land is one of those rides! We all love it and rarely visit Epcot without a trip through the greenhouses!
simulator ride (centrifuge optional)
40″ minimum (44″ for centrifuge “orange mission”)
Mission: SPACE is two rides at one location. Guests are “crew members” on one of two space missions in simulator ride vehicles. You will choose which mission you want to ride when you arrive.
The “thrilling” Orange Mission is a NASA-style mission to Mars. This mission includes a centrifuge that exposes crew members to G forces. There are numerous warnings to avoid the Orange Mission if you are prone to motion sickness.
The Green Mission is a “gentle” flight around the earth without the centrifuge.
Both missions use the same ride vehicles which seat just 4 crew members in a small, enclosed space. This may be a concern for those who suffer from claustrophobia.
During both missions, each crew member is assigned a role (commander, pilot, navigator, or engineer) and will be told by the narrator to push a button on the console once or twice during the mission. These actions do not affect the ride performance and are completely optional.
Like most Epcot rides, the queue and ride itself are entirely indoors. There is also an interactive space-themed play area at the exit.
The Seas with Nemo & Friends
omnimover ride to aquarium
This slow-moving omnimover ride takes guests to the aquariums of The Seas with help from Nemo and friends.
The ride vehicles are clam-shaped and seat 2-3. The ride is slow and gentle, perfect for all ages.
The ride itself is not as impressive or detailed as other rides (all of the fish are merely screen projections), but it’s a fun entrance to the Sea Base aquariums.
Soarin’ Around the World
This unique flight motion simulator inside The Land pavilion mimics a hang glider and flies guests over many famous natural and man-made landmarks around the world. The ride vehicle lifts and tilts slightly to mimic flight and scents are pumped into some scenes, further enhancing the experience.
The ride vehicle consists of individual seats arranged side-by-side in a large theater. You’ll be seated the entire time and not be positioned on your stomach like a real hang glider! These seats are broken into three sections and three rows. There are three theaters in total to accommodate ride capacity.
Scenes are projected on a large concave screen in each theater. Due to the screen shape, the projection can be heavily skewed when viewed from side sections.
Now, Soarin’ seat preferences are a big deal for some and there are a few reasons why you might want to request a specific section or row, either for optimal screen viewing or fear of heights.
From the queue, guests are first directed to one of three concourses (A, B, and C) which lead to the three theaters. Just go where you’re directed at this first junction because there is no difference between the concourses.
Just outside the theater, guests will again be split into three sections (also labeled A, B, and C). These sections correspond to the middle and side sections of the theater, so consider asking for middle section B to avoid the skewed projection. Personally, I am always “that guest” who requests section B because it makes a huge difference in my enjoyment of the attraction. Of course, cast members are not obligated to honor these requests so always be kind!
Each section is further divided into three rows. The ride mechanics place Row 1 highest in the theater and Row 3 lowest. Although your range of vision should only see the screen, you may want to avoid Row 1 or even Row 2 if you have an intense fear of heights. Row 3 will be closest to the bottom of the theater. Many also request Row 1 to avoid seeing the dangling feet of other “flyers” in the rows above, but this has never bothered me, personally.
Soarin’ is one of the most popular rides at Epcot so a FastPass is useful.
You know that big “golf ball” at Epcot? Well, there’s a ride inside!
Spaceship Earth is a slow-moving omnimover ride that takes guests through a history of human communication as told by narrator Dame Judi Dench. The stories are visualized through numerous scenes featuring animatronics.
The ride vehicle seats 4 – two rows of two. The entire ride is very slow, meandering gradually upward for more than the first half, and then the ride vehicles turn around for a steeper, yet still slow, backwards descent back down.
Your picture will be taken at the beginning of the ride, so pay attention and make sure your face is visible to the camera. This photo is used during that long descent on the ride during which you’ll make selections on the screen in your ride vehicle to create a custom movie about your future.
At 15 minutes in length, Spaceship Earth is one of the longest rides at Epcot. The ride is indoors, but the queue is entirely outside.
While Test Track is not a roller coaster and does not have any significant drops or height concerns, it IS the fastest attraction in all of Disney World, reaching speeds of 65 miles per hour.
Each vehicle in this slot car ride has 6 individual seats with seat belts – 2 rows of 3 each. For those familiar with Disneyland, Test Track has the same ride system as Radiator Springs Racers at Disney’s California Adventure park.
You will design your test vehicle on a touchscreen in a Design Studio full while waiting in the queue. Numerous customizations can be made that affect the car’s four test categories: capability, power, responsiveness, and efficiency. You can choose to be competitive and optimize your car in these categories or simply choose to create a car that looks good!
During the ride, your designed car is run through a series of tests corresponding to the four test categories just as your physical ride vehicle experiences those tests. These car tests can be mildly intense with sudden speed increases, sharp turns, and significant bumps. The numeric ratings of all of the designed cars created by the passengers in your ride vehicle are displayed at the conclusion of each test with final totals at the ride’s conclusion, making this both a fun and competitive ride!
The final test for power takes the vehicle outside on a speed track reaching speeds up to 65 miles per hour. While Test Track’s queue and most of the ride is indoors, this final test is outdoors. For this reason, Test Track will often close in inclement weather.
A single rider line is available, but this skips the Design Studio test car creation step.
In addition, there is an extensive activity area at the ride exit with various video games and video creations using your car.
What are your must-do rides at Epcot?