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Epcot FastPass Suggestions plus Touring Plans

EPCOT FastPass Suggestions plus Touring Plans 

Find out more about Epcot, it’s FastPass attractions, four annual festivals and touring plans for all ages below.

Epcot opened in 1982 and was the second park built at Walt Disney World.  It’s often one that gets overlooked as many first time guests state their kids won’t love it and they can easily skip it!  Epcot is often a favorite for repeat park goers and I highly suggest you spend a day here during your Disney vacation!

Epcot has so much to offer guests of all ages!  It’s true, there are fewer rides at Epcot than other Disney parks but that will soon change with the opening of Guardians of the Galaxy and Ratitoulle rides in the next few years.

Kids and adults will enjoy exploring the World Showcase, meeting characters, strolling one of Epcot’s many festivals and of course riding its great attractions!

Tiered Epcot FastPass List

Epcot operates on a tiered FastPass system. This means that guest are not able to select all of the most desirable FastPass attractions at one time.  This ensures there are enough E-ticket attraction FastPasses to go around.

Frozen Ever After at Disney World Epcot one of the suggested FastPass rides

Tier One

Guest may select one FastPass from the Epcot FastPass Tier One attractions.

  • Soarin
  • Frozen Ever After (suggested, unless not a Frozen fan.  Then choose Test Track)
  • Test Track
  • Meet Disney Pals at the Epcot Character Spot

Tier Two

Disney World Epcot The Seas With Nemo and Friends on the Epcot touring plan

Guest may select two or three FastPasses from Tier Two.

  • Spaceship Earth
  • Mission Space
  • Living with the Land
  • Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival
  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends
  • Turtle Talk with Crush

Rider swap

Rider swap is available at the following attractions at Epcot:

  • Soarin
  • Test Track
  • Mission Space

How rider swap works

Rider Swap is a great way to get all willing and tall enough guests on the attractions together when one member of the party is either too short to ride or does not want to ride.

When you approach the Standby or FastPass entrance simply let the Cast Member know that you’d like to rider swap.

The Cast Member will give you a paper FastPass that can be used for up to 4 people. The first group will ride while one adult and unwilling/too small participants stay behind. After the first party returns the adult that stayed behind will be able to use the FastPass entrance to ride the attraction along with the other members who just rode.

This system is a fantastic way for everyone to get to experience the attraction together even when some aren’t able too. It’s also a great way for the kids to be able to experience many of the attractions twice!

Complete List of Epcot Attractions and their height requirements

Test Track at Disney World Epcot ride one on the Epcot touring plan

If a height is not listed, there are no height restrictions for the attraction.

 

  • Spaceship Earth
  • Mission Space 40″
  • Test Track 40″
  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends
  • Soarin 40″
  • Living with the Land
  • Journey Into Imagination With Figment
  • Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros
  • Frozen Ever After

Single rider lines

The only single rider line at Epcot is Test Track.

When you arrive at Test Track there will be three places to enter the line.  FastPass, Standby or Single Rider.  If you are by yourself or don’t mind splitting up your party you can choose the single rider line to move through the line faster.

There is no real way to determine how long you’ll wait because Cast Members will use single riders to fill in any available space on a party that has an odd number of guests.

Complete List of Shows at Epcot – Not including festival shows

Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival at Disney World Epcot on the touring plan

  • Turtle Talk with Crush
  • Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival
  • O Canada
  • Impressions de France
  • The American Adventure
  • Reflections of China

Complete List of Character Meet and Greets at Epcot

Meet Disney characters at Epcot Character Spot on the touring plan

*Characters are subject to change and some are not available all day. Please check the times guide upon entry to Epcot to ensure you don’t miss your favorites!

  • Mickey, Minnie, Goofy – Character Spot
  • Ralph & Venelope – Character Spot, separate from Mickey, Minnie, and Goofy.
  • Baymax – Character Spot, separate from Mickey, Minnie, and Goofy.
  • Joy & Sadness – Character Spot, separate from Mickey, Minnie, and Goofy.
  • Daisy – Entrance to World Showcase – Friendship Ambassador Gazebo”
  • Donald – Mexico
  • Anna & Elsa – Norway
  • Mulan – China
  • Snow White – Germany
  • Princess Jasmine – Morocco
  • Belle in her town dress – France
  • Princess Aurora – France
  • Alice – Tea Caddy Gardens

Park Map

To view all Epcot has to offer go here.

Touring Plans

Touring Plan for Ride Lovers

*The three most popular attractions at Epcot are in the Tier One FastPass category, meaning you can only select one of the three popular attractions.

Table Service dining times are not included in the touring plans.  I do suggest you sit down for one meal per day.  It gives everyone a chance to relax and enjoy some air conditioning.  Make your dining reservation to match up with the dining time listed if possible.  You can adjust the schedule if need be to accommodate the meal you’d like to experience.

*Suggested FastPass selections and times are in red.

Arrive at Epcot 30-45 minutes prior to park opening. If the park will be crowded I suggest arriving 45 minutes prior. You can view the current crowd calendar here.

At park opening:

  • Go directly to Test Track
  • Soarin
  • Living with the Land – FastPass suggested time 9:30-10:30
  • Quick grab breakfast or snack – mid-morning
  • The Seas with Nemo and Friends
  • Turtle Talk with Crush
  • Spaceship Earth – FastPass suggested time 11:15 – 12:15
  • Lunch
  • Possible Character Spot Meet & Greet if desired and there is time
  • Mission Space
  • Journey Into Imagination with Figment
  • Disney and Pixar Shorts Film Festival
  • Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros
  • Frozen Ever After – Fast Pass suggested time 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm 
  • Possible Anna & Elsa Meet & Greet if desired
  • Explore the World Showcase
  • Dinner – Eat small bites at the various festival kiosks or make a dining reservation in the World Showcase
  • IllumiNations – see times guide for nightly show times.

*The Ride Lovers Touring Plan only lists a few possible Character Meet and Greets.  Please fill in characters where you see fit while being mindful of the time.  As long as you’re moving through the list within the morning, afternoon, evening time period shown you will be able to see characters as desired.

Touring Plan for Families with Small Kids (under 40″)

If the adults would like to experience Test Track, Soarin and Mission Space use the Ride Lovers Touring Plan and Rider Swap option.  The adult waiting with the shorter children can use the wait time to meet characters or play on the festival playgrounds.

At park opening:

  • The Seas with Nemo and Friends
  • Turtle Talk with Crush
  • Character Spot – FastPass suggested time 10:00 – 11:00
  • Quick grab Breakfast or Snack
  • Meet Joy & Sadness; Baymax or other characters at Character Spot that are not part of the FastPass group
  • Spaceship Earth – FastPass suggested time 11:15 – 12:15
  • Living with the Land
  • Lunch
  • Disney and Pixar Shorts Film Festival
  • Journey Into Imagination with Figment
  • Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros
  • Meet Anna & Elsa
  • Frozen Ever After – Fast Pass suggested time 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm 
  • Explore World Showcase meeting characters along the way
  • Dinner – Eat small bites at the various festival kiosks or make a dining reservation in the World Showcase
  • IllumiNations – see times guide for nightly show times.

*The Touring Plan for Families with Small Kids does not list ALL of the available Character Meet and Greets.  Please fill in characters where you see fit while being mindful of the time.  As long as you’re moving through the list within the morning, afternoon, evening time period shown you will be able to see characters as desired.

Touring Plan for Character Lovers

  • Pluto as you enter the park, if available
  • Joy & Sadness – Character Spot
  • Baymax – Character Spot
  • Quick grab Breakfast or Snack
  • Extra Character Spot character if available, currently Ralph & Venelope
  • Character Spot – FastPass suggested time 10:30 – 11:30 am
  • Soarin or Test Track – Fast Pass suggested time 11:45 – 12:45; choose most desired
  • Lunch on the go to meet as many characters as possible

Character Tour Continued into the World Showcase – going towards Canada first.  

  • Mary Poppins, United Kingdom – 1 pm
  • Alice in Wonderland, United Kingdom – 1:30 pm
  • Princess Aurora, France – 2:30 pm
  • Belle, France 3:50 pm
  • Jasmine, Morroco – 4:35 pm
  • Snow White, Germany – 5:20 pm
  • Mulan only meets until 4:50, if she is on your list of must meet, start the World Showcase Character Tour from the bottom of this list.
  • Anna & Elsa – meets park open to park close
  • Frozen Ever After – Fast Pass suggested time 6:00 pm – 7 pm (If starting at the bottom of this list, suggested FastPass time of 2:00 – 3:00 pm
  • Donald Duck – Mexico
  • Daisy Duck – Showcase Plaza Entrance – meets until 6:30 pm
  • Dinner
  • Any attractions you’d like to ride but missed
  • IllumiNations

*Depending on crowd levels and character wait times it may be impossible to meet all of the characters in one day.  Please know your priorities and adjust times as necessary.  Use the Times Guide to ensure current character meeting times and availability.

It is suggested you get in line 15 – 20 minutes prior to the characters meet time in order to meet them.  Cast Members will close the lines if they get too long for the allotted meet and greet time.

Touring Plan for Festival Lovers

  • Festival of the Arts Touring Plan
  • Flower and Garden Festival
  • Food and Wine Festival
  • International Festival of the Holidays

Touring Plan for Other Parks:

  • Magic Kingdom – Coming soon
  • Hollywood Studios – Coming Soon
  • Animal Kingdom – Coming Soon
  • Blizzard Beach – Coming Soon
  • Typhoon Lagoon – Coming Soon

Find out about all current and upcoming refurbishments here and new attractions coming soon here.

Jamie Rumph
Jamie Rumphhttps://www.loveofthemagic.com
Hi, I'm Jamie, traveling mama, entrepreneur, and travel advisor. I'm addicted to Disney, traveling and exploring the world with my family, and have a passion for helping families experience the magic of travel. My home is filled with love and chaos, 2 crazy girls, 2 large dogs, and the most spectacular architect and Disney Cast Member I call my husband. We live in Florida and spend our weekends playing at Orlando's many theme parks and visiting the beach. In 2015, after helping numerous families plan their vacations to various Disney Destinations, I started a blog to answer all of the many travel questions I received daily. In 2016, the blog grew into a travel agency, and Love of the Magic Vacations was born. With a team of nearly 20, we spend our days creating family vacations around the world. What started as a blog is now a full service, worldwide vacation destination planning service. I create custom itineraries for each of my clients that not only meets but exceeds expectations. There is no greater gift than making memories while sharing the world and its cultures with your kids.
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