Unlike the Magic Kingdom itself, Epcot has only a few major attractions to choose from. As a result, how you select for your FastPass+ attractions is critical. We’re here today to help you select the best fast passes for Epcot. Selecting the best fast passes for Epcot will help you make the most out of your vacation.
First off, what is Fast Pass and how does it work? Fast Pass is an innovative system in place at Walt Disney World. It allows guests to reserve access to particular attractions ahead of time. Guests who have a resort booking can make FastPass reservations up to 60 days in advance. Guests with park tickets can reserve 30 days in advance. A Fast Pass booking allows guests to choose a window of time during which they can arrive at their chosen attraction and enter with little to no wait. Each guest is allowed to make up to three Fast Pass selections ahead of time. However, guests may make other selections after they have used up their three choices.
Also, guests who have selected the Park Hopper option can use up their Fast Pass selections for one day and then make another set of selections at the second park they visit that day. All in all, Fast Pass is an awesome way to make the most of your visit to Walt Disney World.
At Epcot, FastPass uses a tiered system for its attractions. Every day, Epcot guests are able to select one attraction from the first tier and two from the second tier. So, choosing which attractions you want to use a Fast Pass on is crucial to getting the most out of the park.
So, what are the best fast passes for Epcot?
Top Tier Attractions (Group A)
As you might expect, Group A attractions are some of the most popular attractions at Epcot. They’re the big names, the ones that folks stand in line for ages to ride, which is why Fast Pass only lets guests select one at a time. In 2017, top tier Fast Pass attractions may include:
- Soarin’ – Walt Disney World’s amazing flight simulator is always popular, mostly because it simulates effortlessly gliding over cities, mountains, oceans, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Magic Kingdom itself.
- Frozen Ever After – This is a boat-style ride in the Norway pavilion at Epcot that brings the movie to life right before your eyes.
- Test Track – If you have ever wanted to design and then test drive a fancy car, Test Track may be something you would like to check out.
- IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth- This is one of Disney’s spectacular fireworks and lights displays. While the display is visible in several parts of the park, Fast Pass gives guests access to a special viewing area.
Second Tier Attractions (Group B)
While Group B attractions may not be as over-the-moon popular as those in Group A, there is still a lot to see on this list.
- Disney/Pixar Short Film Festival – This is a family-friendly collection of three short films shown in 3D.
- Epcot Character Spot – This attraction lets guests meet their favourite Disney characters indoors, out of the heat. Some of the characters that may be available to meet include Mickey, Minnie, and Goofy.
- Turtle Talk With Crush – Have you ever wanted to talk to Crush the Turtle and learn about the sea turtles in Finding Nemo? If so, this is the attraction for you. This attraction is interactive. Real-time computer graphics bring Crush and some Finding Dory characters to life right in front of the audience.
- Spaceship Earth – This attraction is housed inside Epcot’s iconic geosphere. It explores different types of communication through human history.
- Journey Into Imagination With Figment – This ride is an experience for all five senses. It stars Eric Idle and an imaginary purple dragon named Figment.
- Living With The Land – This is an exploration of the Earth’s ecosystems and agriculture. It includes a tour through the greenhouses where some food for the restaurants in Epcot is grown.
- Mission: SPACE Orange/Green – These two rides are really two sides of the same coin. Though both offer guests the experience of training for a mission to Mars, they differ on the intensity spectrum. Orange is a more intense experience where guests experience higher g-forces, while green is gentler.
- The Seas with Nemo and Friends – This attraction lets guests experience the characters from Finding Nemo in a real aquarium setting complete with sharks.
Decision time: Which Fast Pass attractions should you choose?
The key to deciding which Epcot attractions are the best use of your Fast Pass spots is determining what is the best use of your time. Some rides are so busy that using a Fast Pass spot can save you waiting an hour in line or more. However, the best Fast Pass for Epcot is the group of selections that get you into the attractions you want to see.
Which Group A attraction is the best choice?
For the top tier attractions, Frozen Ever After presents two problems to guests who want to visit it:
- Frozen Ever After is out of the way from many of the other attractions at Epcot. It’s all the way out at the Norway pavilion, in fact.
- This ride is very popular among children.
- It is usually quite busy.
If you want to ride Frozen Ever After, it is a good use of your top-tier Fast Pass spot. However, using a Fast Pass spot on Frozen Ever After virtually guarantees that your group will have longer waits at the other premier attractions.
However, if your group is not interested in Frozen Ever After, there are still three options for the top-tier Fast Pass spot:
- IllumiNations, and
- Test Track.
Both Soarin’ and Test Track have similar wait times, though Soarin’ is more of a “must-do” attraction. While IllumiNations is definitely worth checking out, it is viewable from several locations around the park without using a Fast Pass spot. However, IllumiNations happens at the very end of the day. So, it is possible to finish all your Fast Pass selections and then snag an extra Fast Pass spot for IllumiNations.
Which Group B attractions are the best choices?
Among Group B attractions, there are three attractions for which a Fast Pass spot is not necessary:
- Disney/Pixar Film Festival,
- Mission: SPACE Green, and
- Turtle Talk with Crush.
The wait times for each of these attractions is under 20 minutes on average. In contrast, attractions like Spaceship Earth, Mission: SPACE Orange, and The Seas with Nemo and Friends can have longer waits. A Fast Pass spot may be necessary for your group to experience them in a timely manner.
In conclusion, Fast Pass is a great way for guests to get to experience everything that Epcot has to offer. The best way to use Fast Pass is to use it to get to see everything your group wants to experience.