Cracking the Epcot FastPass Secrets (Complete Guide + FastPass Tiers)

Today I have a real treat for you— we are going to go over everything you need to know about choosing the best Epcot FastPass for your trip!

I’ll also go over the FastPass+ Tiers at Epcot in order to help you maximize your visit at this amazing theme park.


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We’ll Go Over:

  • The best fast passes to get at Epcot
  • Top Disney FastPass+ tips
  • Your perfect solo Epcot itinerary
  • Things to look out for when you are choosing those FastPasses for Epcot
Best FastPasses for Epcot with monorail in the background.

What is Epcot?

Now, just in case you do not know, Epcot has always been thought of as Disney’s more adult friendly theme park, but that doesn’t mean that the little ones wouldn’t like it.

With all the renovations going on for future attractions, Epcot is on its way to being a top theme park in the world.

Takumi Tei Japanese Restaurant Epcot
Takumi Tei Japanese Restaurant Epcot

This has been done through Future World highlighting technological advances of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

Whereas World Showcase goal is to highlight learning and living with people of other cultures.

The rides at Epcot come with a purpose and that’s why today we are going to go over the three FastPasses that you must have for your solo Epcot trip.

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What is an Epcot FastPass?

Before we get into those three rides, you may be thinking, what the heck is a FastPass?

Just in case you do not know, the Disney FastPass+ is a system that allows you to make your reservations about 60 days in advance if you have made your resort reservation through them.

EPCOT Mission Space Mars one the top rides for an Epcot fastpass.

If not, then you can get your FastPass reservations 30 days in advance.

The good thing about this system that I really like is that if you have any must do attractions, you can make sure that you secure your spot right away.

You’ll be at peace knowing that your must do rides are already booked, as long as it doesn’t break down.

China Pavilion Epcot with Dragon Best FastPasses for Epcot

Where can you use Disney FastPass+?

Currently, you can use the Disney FastPass system at all four of the Walt Disney World Resort theme parks, which are:

  1. The Magic Kingdom
  2. Epcot
  3. Hollywood Studios
  4. Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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What Are the Best FastPasses for Epcot?

As mentioned earlier, we will be strictly focusing on the best FastPasses for Epcot.

Epcot Best FastPass Rides

1. Soarin Around the World

The first ride is Soarin also known as Soarin Around the World. This attraction is located in the Land Pavilion in the Future World area of the park.

Soarin is a flight motion stimulator that takes you around the world, using a hang glider as your magical form of transportation.

It is one of the most spectacular rides at Epcot, which is why the line is usually always long. The FastPasses, although not as difficult as they used to be in the past, are still difficult to get.

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During your ride on Soarin Around the World, you’ll get some incredible views of the most iconic landmarks of the world.

Tanzania with Elephants roaming on Soarin Around the World Epcot

Landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, The Great Wall of China, and the pyramids in Egypt. You’re also going to see the Taj Mahal and you’ll ride over a Safari in Tanzania.

Those are just some of the things that you will see. I don’t want to ruin the whole surprise, but I enjoy this ride each time that I go on it and I know you will too.

soarin around the world Best Fastpasses for Epcot

Whenever Soarin Around the World finishes, it receives an applause from everyone on the ride.

When your theme park ride gets an applause, you’re doing something right!

2. Test Track

The next FastPass that you must have for your solo trip is Test Track.

If you have ever rode the Carsland attraction over at Disney’s California adventure, then you know that both ride systems are similar.

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Disney California Adventure Carsland Ride

Test Track used to be called World of Motion back in the 1980s and 1990s during the keep Epcot weird days. It was one of those slow dark rides that I truly loved at Disney.

Taste Track at Test Track Epcot

The World of Motion took Disney guests through the history of transportation. Now it has since moved on into today’s version of Test Track which is highly futuristic.

When you walk up Test Track, you would have never thought that World of Motion was even here.

World of Motion attraction in EPCOT Center at the Walt Disney World Resort - Orlando, Florida. 1983
World of Motion attraction in EPCOT Center at the Walt Disney World Resort – Orlando, Florida. 1983 Photo Credit: Florida Memory

During Test Track, you’ll go through a simulation with your vehicle being put through rigorous tests to make sure you have a quality car.

Tests such as:

  • Brake Capabilities
  • Extreme Weather
  • Turning Capabilities
  • Speed and Power
Test Track at Epcot

Then at the end of your vehicle obstacle course, you’ll send your car through the final test which speed!

Test Track can reach speeds up to 60 miles per hour, which made it one of the fastest attractions at Walt Disney world when it first opened.

When it comes to choosing this particular FastPass, it can be a hit or miss choice.

A MagicBand decorated with MagicBandits.
FastPasses are a great way to maximize your time at Walt Disney World. Copyright photo: Disney.

The thing with Test Track is that you may be able to get by with choosing the single rider line instead. This makes your wait time shorter since you will be able to skip all of the build-a-car stuff.

But, if you’ve never been on Test Track, then definitely take advantage of the FastPass line so that you can build your car and customize it.

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If you just want to get straight to the ride and single rider line is short, the go through that line because it moves the quickest out of all the three lines at Test Track.

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3. Frozen Ever After

The next FastPass that you’re going to want to get on your solo Epcot trip is the Frozen Ever After Ride. This is a log flume attraction at Epcot that replaced Maelstrom.

Maelstrom Entrance at Epcot
R.I.P Maelstrom: October 2014

Maelstrom was another classic Disney dark ride that took you through some of the famous Norwegian folklore.

Frozen Ever After Best Fastpasses at Epcot
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When you are on Frozen Ever After, you’ll go through Arendelle where you’ll see Princess Ana and Queen Elsa.

While you are touring Arendelle, you’ll hear some of your favorite songs from the movie Frozen. And while you’re on there, you’re going to quickly recognize that the track is similar in layout to Maelstrom.

You will experience that famous drop that you may remember from Maelstrom, which I still like because it just reminds me of the ole days of the ride.

If you remember the attraction that Frozen Ever After replaced, then you’ll be happy to know that the backward feature is still a part of the ride.

Epcot theme park with globe

Epcot Honorable Mention FastPass

An honorable mention that I must add is Spaceship Earth.

Spaceship Earth at Epcot Entrance. Best Fastpasses for Epcot.

The only reason why I’m adding this attraction is because sometimes the line for Spaceship Earth gets very long, due to the fact that you see it right when you walk into the park.

Spaceship Earth at Epcot Entrance Evolution of Mankind Painting.

It’s located inside the iconic “golf ball” that Epcot is known for. People see it and they’re like, let’s go!

Spaceship Earth at Epcot Green Omnimovers

Personally, I’m not waiting more than 10 minutes for Spaceship Earth, but if you can grab a FastPass for it or wait to ride it towards the end of the day, then definitely experience it.

Disney Epcot FastPass Tiers

Now that we have the basic FastPass facts down, let go through the tiers that you can choose from on your solo Disney trip.

There are currently two Epcot FastPass tiers:

Finding Nemo at Epcot Lush Entrance on a Sunny Florida Day. Best FastPasses for Epcot Rides
Finding Nemo at Epcot

Disney Epcot FastPass Tier 1

Disney Epcot FastPass Tier 2

  • Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival
  • Journey into Imagination
  • Living with the Land
  • Mission: SPACE
  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends
  • Spaceship Earth
  • Turtle Talk with Crush

Hipster Power Tip: Remember that you can only select one attraction at a time from tier one. After your Tier 1 selection, you’ll be able to choose two additional Epcot FastPasses from the Tier 2 list.

How Much Does a Disney FastPass Cost?

FastPass+ is completely FREE!

That is, of course, with the purchase of your Disney ticket, Annual Pass, or your vacation package.

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After you’ve paid the price of admission into the parks, you can use the Disney website or the My Disney Experience app to start planning out your trip.

I use it on all my trips at the Disney parks and if you use it properly, it’s a huge time saver!

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If you don’t book your FastPasses online or on the app, then you can find a kiosk in the park to book them.

Disney’s Epcot FastPass Kiosks

  • In Future World East at Innoventions Breezeway going towards Mission: SPACE
  • World Showcase near International Gateway

*Please note that these kiosks are subject to change at anytime.

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The Unlimited Disney FastPass Hack

You’re probably thinking about what strategies you should have so that you’re able to get to your top experiences at Walt Disney World.

Below we’re going to go through some simple tips to help you get FastPasses throughout the day besides the standard three given for a day visit.

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Book Your Selections in the Early Part of the Day

In order to make this Disney FastPass hack work, you’ll want to make your reservations as early to park opening as you can.

This will allow you to book your standard three FastPasses all before lunchtime. Plus, you’ll then be able to book your next selection after you finish your third reservation.

  • Make your first FastPass for 9 a.m. – You can do it earlier based on what time the park opens. This booking will make your reservation time slot technically 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Your next FastPass should be around 10:05 a.m. – This booking will make your reservation time slot technically 10:05 a.m. to 11:05 a.m.
  • The final morning FastPass selection should be around 11:10 a.m. – This booking will make your reservation time slot technically 11:10 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.

Hipster Power Tip: This Disney FastPass hack works the best on days where the parks are NOT filled to the brim.

You can use your MagicBand to book Epcot FastPass in the park or to redeem Fastpasses at attractions.
You can use your MagicBand to book Fastpasses in the park or to redeem Fastpasses at attractions. Copyright Disney.
  • Once you have scanned your MagicBand or theme park ticket card on your final morning FastPass, you can make your first afternoon selection.
  • Your next FastPasses can be at the same park or you can jump over to another Disney park and make your selections there.

But, in order to truly maximize your time at the parks using this hack, you should stay at the same park you started out your day in.

3 Secret Epcot FastPass Tips to Remember

Garden Love outside Morocco at Disney's Epcot. #DisneyTips #Epcot
Garden Love outside Morocco Pavilion

1. Choose a Disney Resort

As mentioned earlier, you can use your My Disney Experience app to make your FastPasses up to 60 days in advance of your visit if you’re a Disney Resort hotel guest or 30 days in advance if you’re a Disney Passholder or Day Guest.

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2. Take Advantage of the Grace Period

Although not an official Disney policy, you can arrive 5 minutes early or 15 minutes late for your FastPass+ reservation.

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3. Participate in a Disney Vacation Club (DVC) Presentation

The Disney Vacation Club is an ownership program (timeshare) operated by Disney. You may notice these Cast Members hanging under a canopy in the parks.

Christmas at Boardwalk Inn
Christmas at Boardwalk Inn

They are usually loaded with stickers for the little ones.

Here you can request a DVC presentation and tour.

Once the presentation is completed, you’ll receive your incentives which may include a $50 Disney gift card and 3 FastPass+ credits.

Best Epcot Itinerary for Disney World

Now that you know how the tiers work and how to make the most of your FastPasses, let’s go through the perfect itinerary for your solo trip to Epcot.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Parties with young man and woman dancing with Chip and Dale

How Can I do Epcot in a Day (for Adults)?

  1. Download park map and guide.
  2. Book FastPass+ prior to vacation.
  3. Get a photo in front of Spaceship Earth.
  4. Ride Soarin’ Around the World and Living with the Land.
  5. Ride with Figment.
  6. Explore the Seas with Nemo & Friends.
  7. Ride Mission: SPACE and Test Track.
  8. Have lunch at La Cantina de San Angel
  9. Ride the Three Caballeros
  10. Have a margarita at La Cava Del Tequila.
  11. Ride the Frozen Ever After Attraction.
  12. Watch Reflections of China theater show.
  13. Explore the Germany Pavilion.
  14. Do the Wine Walk.
  15. Discover the Italy Pavilion.
  16. Watch The American Adventure theater show.
  17. Walk around the Japan Pavilion.
  18. Visit the Morocco Pavilion.
  19. Watch Impressions de France.
  20. Walk through the shops of the United Kingdom Pavilion.
  21. Watch the Canada Far and Wide theater show.
  22. Ride Spaceship Earth.
  23. Watch fireworks show.
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Final Thoughts on Your Epcot FastPass Guide

Now that you know what the best FastPasses are for Epcot and how to use them, do you feel confident for planning your trip?

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Map and Passport Lady and the Tramp Topiary Garden
Lady and the Tramp Topiary Garden in Italy Pavilion

Remember that Soarin Around the World, Frozen Ever After, and Test Track are the best rides at Epcot. But you can always choose the best rides that you feel will make your day epic!

Just keep in mind that planning ahead of time is the way to have a stress-free day at any of the Disney parks.

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What’s your favorite Epcot ride? Let’s us know in the comments section below.

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(Original Article Date: November 3, 2019/Updated: February 3, 2020)

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