So you wanna do EPCOT flying solo, but you’re having a hard time figuring out which Epcot attractions are the BEST for your trip…
Here at ThemeParkHipster, we not only think it’s a fun plan to have a solo Disney trip, but it’s an AWESOME idea to want to experience the top rides while doing it!
So, we’re here to give you all the information you need to make the MOST out of your solo day as possible.
And look, we understand that doing a theme park alone can feel a little overwhelming, especially if you’re new to that park and don’t know your way around. But, fear not, because that’s exactly what we’re going to cover today.
More specifically, we’ll talk about: Which rides in EPCOT are best for solo travelers? Where can you save the most time (and awkwardness) by hopping on a single rider line?
And what rides are most enjoyable for Single Riders? We’ve got all the tips and tricks you need below!
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5 Best EPCOT Attractions for Solo Travelers
1. Spaceship Earth
Also known as “the big golf ball,” this ride actually takes place inside of the famous EPCOT globe. This dark light attraction takes you through global history for a fun, yet educational, experience. But what does any of this have to do with Single Riders?
Well, one of our favorite things about Spaceship Earth is how fast the line goes! Even if you walk into the park and see the queue wrapped around what seems like hundreds of stanchions, you’ll still find that you can get on the ride in 5 minutes or less!
How come? Well the four person cars that take you through this slow moving ride are on a never-ending track, which makes the loading process pretty much seamless.
Therefore, if you’re a Single Rider, instead of calculating with nearby families who has a small party and who can fit you into their car, it actually saves the cast members more time just to put you in your very own car. AKA: every solo traveler’s dream!
And so, viola! The first ride you’ll come to from EPCOT’s main entrance grants you a quick wait time, plenty of privacy, and LOTS of legroom! And that’s what puts it at the top of our EPCOT solo traveler must-do list!
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2. Living with the Land
Another fast loading ride on EPCOT property is Living with the Land. Located inside of the Land pavilion, to the right of Spaceship Earth, this ride is slow moving, educational, and another great pick for solo travelers.
Similar to Spaceship Earth, on this ride, you’ll learn A LOT! From cutting edge agricultural practices to how we can all be more environmentally friendly, this ride is a crowd favorite among those who love learning about new technology and collecting fun facts!
For this ride, you’ll be loaded into a canopy covered boat that has five rows, potentially holding up to four guests each; or 20 guests in total.
But again, due to how quickly this ride loads, oftentimes cast members will allow single riders an entire row to themselves in order to keep large parties together and the flow of traffic smooth.
So once again, solo travelers can look forward to lots of legroom, elbow room, and privacy when they board Living with the Land! Making it one of THE best Epcot attractions.
3. Soarin Around the World
To be honest, solo traveler or not, this attraction is simply one that cannot be missed! It’s constantly rated one of the top rides at Disney, no matter how many new attractions open up, and there’s no secret as to why!
Floor to ceiling screens, wind in your hair, fresh natural smells, the sensation of flying through the air, and amazing orchestral music are just a few of the things you have to look forward to as you literally soaring around the world!
And, while there is no single rider line for Soarin’, it is solo traveler friendly in that the pre-ride onboarding process and seating arrangements itself are rather spaced out.
Before entering the warehouse-sized room for the ride, you’ll be assigned a number to stand and wait your turn; or in other words, no awkward “how many are you in your party?” questions.
And, when it finally is your turn to board, the seats are pretty spaced out, so you don’t have to worry about bumping elbows with a stranger.
Plus, no matter where you’re seated, you’ll have a great view of the screen…and trust us when we say on this ride that’s all you’ll be looking at! No awkward stranger eye-contact here!
Oh, and P.S. The best way to board Soarin? …With a FastPass of course! Soarin’ is constantly ranked as one of the highest wait times in EPCOT, so it’s definitely a great one to FastPass, solo traveler or not!
4. Journey Into Imagination with Figment
Located in the Imagine! Pavilion in EPCOT’s “World Celebration” area (previously Future World), Journey into Imagination with Figment is a Disney cult classic.
For example, if you’ve ever seen that weird purple dragon with orange wings around Disney property and wondered where the heck it came from, it’s this ride right here!
Red fantastical cars with a front and back row, potentially holding three people each, continuously come on a never-ending track, similar to Spaceship Earth. And again, as you already know, this fast-paced loading design makes for high odds that you’ll be seated in your very own car.
More than this though, this is a great solo traveler ride because it’s a dark attraction, meaning that a dimly lit atmosphere makes for a completely immersive experience.
AKA: it’s easy to get lost in your own world and forget about everything, and everyONE, else around you.
Plus, this ride is very easy-going in general (minus a few spins and foul prank scents) so you don’t have to worry about getting scared or feeling queasy all alone – Journey into Imagination with Figment is as family-friendly as it gets!
5. Test Track
And finally, last but certainly not least on our EPCOT solo traveler Must-Do List is Test Track. This high speed car ride simulates the idea that you are a test dummy inside of a car testing site where things like extreme temperatures, steering control, and sudden braking must be assessed.
Dark lighting with neon décor, sudden twists and turns, and going from 0 to 60 MPH in a matter of seconds are the norm in this crowd favorite ride. So, it’s really no secret as to why we’re recommending it to you!
However, Test Track has an extra trick up its sleeve if you’re a solo park goer: it’s one of the only rides on Disney property that has a Single-Rider Line!
As we touched on before, Single-Rider Lines are ideal for solo park guests because they take all of the guessing games out of how you’ll be seated. For starters, you’ll be on a line with solo travelers like yourself, which makes it easier to strike up casual conversation, if you wish.
Plus, once you get to the loading dock of the ride, Cast Members already know you’re traveling alone, which means you can finally evade the awkward question of, “How many are in your party?”
And although odds are slim that you’ll be seated in your own car, at least you get the benefits of the Single Rider Line experience, which most importantly includes much faster wait times!
But How Else Can I Make My EPCOT Solo Park Day Enjoyable?
Love rides, but want other ways to make your solo EPCOT day more fun? Check out our quick list of EPCOT exclusive activities, tailored to solo travelers:
1. Go to an EPCOT Meet Up!
Solo travelers don’t have to stay solo if they don’t want to! Simply pull up a fresh Google or Facebook search for “EPCOT meetups” and scroll to your heart’s content. You might be surprised to see how many brave single travelers meetup at EPCOT regularly just for the fun of it!
2. Attend an EPCOT Festival
One of the biggest appeals of the EPCOT park, especially in recent years, are the festivals. Flower and Garden Festival in the Spring, Food and Wine in the Fall, Festival of the Holidays in November and December, and Festival of the Arts in the Winter.
These Festivals are a great time to casually explore new food, displays, and entertainment offerings at your own pace without feeling like the only thing you can do by yourself is go on rides.
3. Dress up for Dapper Day!
Love a good vintage look? Can’t get enough of polka dot dresses and winged eyeliner? Then Dapper Day might be for you!
Every spring Disney lovers get together and go to Magic Kingdom and EPCOT dressed to the NINES! Even if you don’t want to dress up for yourself, it is still an exciting sight to see!
Read everything you need to know about Dapper Day here!
4. Go Shopping!
EPCOT is more than just rides, you know! Some of the best shopping on Disney Property is in EPCOT, especially in the World Showcase. Snacks, toys, and apparel from all around the globe lie in every single pavilion, so it’s way more fun and engaging than your typical day at the mall.
In fact, might we suggest the France pavilion if you’re a fashionista, the Japan pavilion if you’re a foodie, or the China pavilion if you love a good toy or trinket?!
5. Eat it all up!
Let’s be honest, half the fun of EPCOT is the food and drinks! You can seriously enjoy your entire park day without stepping on a single ride when you consider that 11 different countries are represented with culturally accurate food (and oftentimes alcoholic drinks).
If you’re wondering where the BEST food on EPCOT property is to sample as a solo traveler, look no further than here.
Final Thoughts on the best Epcot Attractions You Have to Experience
We hope you enjoyed our ThemeParkHipster EPCOT solo traveler guide! We love when our readers are brave enough to hit up the theme parks alone, and hopefully posts like this one give you the courage to do just that!
And so, before you go, sound off in the comments below: When’s the last time you went park hopping all by yourself? What is your favorite theme park to go solo in? How about your favorite solo ride?
We’d love to hear all about it in the comments below…and so would your fellow solo park hoppers!
But for now, until next time, Happy Parking Hopping Hipsters!
About the Author
Gina is a former Walt Disney World and Disney Cruise Line Cast Member who enjoys reliving the magic by writing helpful tips and tricks for future guests!
Check out more about her Disney adventures and writing endeavors at www.ginaarfi.net.