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How to Plan Your Epcot Day – Touring Epcot – with Genie+

Last updated: May 15, 2024.  Please email us if you find any errors.

Are you planning your Disney World vacation and feeling overwhelmed with the options and not sure how to navigate the parks?  Disney can often leave guests, first-timers, and repeaters, overwhelmed.  Having this Epcot plan in place will help to ensure your day’s success!  Let’s get started!

Epcot Spaceship Earth

Epcot is one of the easier Disney World theme parks to navigate.  It’s basically made up of two large areas with small areas inside.  Take a look at the map below to help understand the layout.

  1. World Celebration
  2. World Showcase

Epcot can be done in one day if you’re looking for a broad overview of the park.  If you’re looking to dive deeper into the countries inside World Showcase, or enjoy one of the four festivals offered each year – Festival of the Arts, Flower and Garden Festival, Food and Wine Festival or Festival of the Holidays, plan for two days.

 

What You Need to Know About Genie+ and Lightning Lane Before Visiting Epcot

Genie+

Genie+ is a paid service at Walt Disney World that replaced the old FastPass system and works a bit differently.

Genie+ Guide

Genie+ can be purchased each day of your trip and must be purchased for each person in your party who wants to ride with Genie+.

Attractions are selected on the official Walt Disney World app (My Disney Experience) with a specific return time when you can join the Lightning Lane line.

Lightning Lane is a separate lane at participating attractions that allows guests to skip the standby line (regular queue).

All guests who purchase Genie+ are eligible to select their first Genie+ attraction at 7:00 am.  My Disney Experience account Genie+

Pro Tip: It’s best to purchase Genie+ by 6:45 am so you are ready to select at 7:00 am.

You can make a second selection either 2 hours after park opening or after you use your first Genie selection – whichever comes first.

For a complete list of Genie+ attractions and priorities visit our Genie + Priorities – Epcot Attractions. For the Epcot touring plan, please continue reading.

Lightning Lane

Some of the more popular rides in each park are not included with your Genie+ purchase.  However, you can purchase Lightning Lane access separately.  These few attractions are called “Individual Lightning Lanes”. Confused yet?  We know, the names make it extra tricky! But we promise, it will all come together for you!Disney's Epcot Genie+ and Lightning LaneIndividual Lightning Lanes can purchased, in your My Disney Experience app, as a per person, per ride add on – for each ride offered.

Those rides are: (Subject to change)

  • Epcot – Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind
  • Hollywood Studios – Rise of the Resistance
  • Animal Kingdom – Flight of Passage
  • Magic Kingdom – TRON and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Guests of Walt Disney World hotels can purchase Individual Lightning Lanes at 7:00 am. All other guests can make a selection at the official park opening time.  Just one more reason guests should stay at one of Disney Worlds many resorts.

Prices change based on park and date attending.

Virtual Queue

Virtual queue is another way to ride some attractions. Everyone can join a virtual queue at 7:00 am or 1:00 pm, but you can’t join both times for the same attraction.

Joining the virtual queue at 7:00 am may be done from anywhere. To join the 1:00 pm virtual queue, you must be scanned into that park to join the queue.

Once your group is called for the queue, you will be able to get in line for that attraction. You have a one hour window to return to the attraction to ride.

Current rides that have Virtual Queue:

Please note: These rides do not offer a regular standby line at this time. The only way to ride these attractions is by virtual queue or purchase an individual Lightning Lane.  Subject to change.

  • Magic Kingdom – Tron
  • Epcot – Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind

Tips for Success:

Always set an alarm on your phone for the time you can pick another Genie+ selection! The app tells you exactly what time you can choose the next one.

Check the app each time you scan in for a ride in case you can select a new ride.

Park Strategy with Genie+ for Epcot:Remy's Ratatouille Adventure at Disney's Epcot

Here’s your Epcot plan. Let’s get started!

Before Park Opening for Disney Resort Guests only.  Guests staying off property will follow the plan starting at park opening.

  • 7am – Join virtual queue for Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind (or choose Genie+ first)
  • 7am – choose Genie+ for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure (this can go fast)
  • 7am – Buy Individual Lightning Lane for Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind, if wanted

Arrive at least one hour before park opening: Park hours can be found in your My Disney Experience app or on the Disney World website.

As soon as you’re scanned into Epcot:

• At park opening buy Individual Lightning Lane for Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind, if wanted (for non-Disney hotel guests)
• Ride Frozen Ever After standby
• Ride Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros standby
• Ride Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure at selected time
• Choose Genie+ for Soarin’ Around the World
• Ride Journey Into imagination with Figment standby
• Ride The Seas with Nemo and Friends standby
• Ride Living with the Land standby
• Ride Soarin’ Over the World at selected time
• Choose Genie+ for Test Track
• 1pm – get virtual queue for Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic rewind if you didn’t at 7am
• Fill time with The Seas, visiting the countries in World Showcase, character meets
• Ride Test Track at selected time
• Choose Genie+ for Frozen Ever After
• Ride Spaceship Earth standby
• Other Genie+ options to fill the day: Mission Space, Living with the Land, The Seas with Nemo and Friends, Spaceship Earth, Journey Into Imagination with Figment

Other Entertainment

Epcot offers much more than attractions to fill your magical day.  The offerings change season to season and with the various festivals as well.

Each festival offers an evening concert series in the American Garden Theater in the American Pavillion, World Showcase as well as other entertainment throughout the park, both in World Celebration and World Showcase.

Nighly, you’ll want to gather around the World Showcase water for the evening fireworks show, Luminous The Symphony of Us.  Times can be found in your My Disney Experience app.

Luminous at Disney's Epcot
Screenshot

Plan to arrive for the concerts and fireworks an hour beforehand for the best views adding them to the above touring plan as the time fits in.

For additional Park Touring plans visit the following:

For additional information on Genie+ and Lightning Lane search “Genie” in the top right.  Here are links to a few of our favorites.

Ready to book your next magical vacation?  Contact your favorite Love of the Magic Vacations Travel Advisor or email hello@LOTMV.com

Don’t forget to join our Disney Besties Q&A Facebook Group where you’ll find all the helpful tips and answers you need for your next Disney vacation.

Disney's Epcot Touring plan and Park Strategy

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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