epcot rides

Epcot is quite possibly my favorite park at WDW, but it is not exact heavy on the rides. The shows and the food make up for that to me. Here is a quick breakdown of the rides that are in Epcot:

Future World

  • Journey Into Imagination With Figment (slow ride): any height
    • FastPass+ available
    • Disney rates Figment as “all ages”. Figment is hands down my favorite ride in Epcot. The ride is nice and smooth, without any drops or crazy spinning. It is inside and not exactly brightly lit, but the dark isn’t like an ominous dark at all… there is a ‘jump scare’ towards the end of the ride though that still makes me jump (and sometimes yell a little) even though I’ve ridden this a million times and expect it, so be on the lookout for that with young ones – the lights will go out then there will be a flashbang with lots of noise. But overall Figment is whimsical and fun and the littles usually love this ride. Of course, Little J has to be the exception to every rule, and he despises Figment. When he’s being really annoying in the car I like to let my passive aggressive mom side out, and I start to sing the Imagination theme song. Drives him nuts!
    • Accessibility: may remain in wheelchair/ECV; audio description is available; handheld captioning is available; language translation devices are available
    • Children under the age of 7 years must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older image
  • Living with the Land (slow ride): any height
    • FastPass+ available
    • Disney rates Living with the Land as “all ages”. This is a leisurely boat ride through a variety of environments and greenhouses to learn about our planet and our agricultural history & current methods. The greenhouses are actual productive greenhouses that grow produce used around WDW. There is also a behind the scenes tour you can take (for a fee).
    • Accessibility: must transfer from ECV to wheelchair; audio description is available; handheld captioning is available; language translation devices are available
    • Children under the age of 7 years must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older
  • Mission: SPACE (thrill ride): 40 inch minimum height for Green, 44 inch minimum height for Orange
    • FastPass+ available
    • Disney rates Mission: SPACE for “kids, tweens, teens, adults”. This is a thrill ride with 2 intensity levels. The Green Mission (for guests 40 inches or taller) is a motion simulator that does not spin… but the Orange Mission (for guests 44 inches or taller) spins and simulates the G-forces of an actual spaceship launch. Mission: SPACE is definitely not for the faint of heart weak of stomach. Big J and I love this ride.
    • Accessibility: must transfer from wheelchair/ECV; video captioning is available; language translation devices are available
    • Children under the age of 7 years must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older
    • Rider switch is allowed
    • Service animals are not permitted on Mission: SPACE
  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends (slow ride): any height
    • FastPass+ available
    • Disney rates Nemo for “all ages”. Hop aboard a clamobile and follow Marlin & Dory’s route to find Nemo. View the coral reefs, watch out for jellyfish, and catch a ride on the EAC. Righteous! At the end of the ride, the animation gives way to Epcot’s actual, real aquarium. Once you exit your clamobile, walk through the pavilion to watch the live animals.
    • Accessibility: must transfer from ECV to wheelchair; audio description is available; handheld captioning is available
    • Children under the age of 7 years must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older
  • Soarin’ (slow ride): 40 inch minimum height
    • FastPass+ available
    • Disney rates Soarin’ for “kids, tweens, teens, adults”. Disney also says this is a slow ride with small drops. Technically this is true, but it is not the whole story. Soarin’ is designed to make you feel as if you are touring the world from a hang glider, soaring (get it?) among the natural and man-made wonders of our planet. While this is not a wild ride motion-wise, the subtle movement and the giant screen trigger my motion sickness something crazy. Keep in mind that roller coasters are totally my jam… yet Soarin’ makes me queasy. This is such an iconic ride that I do recommend that everyone go on it at least once, but you won’t catch me on it again.
    • Accessibility: must transfer from wheelchair/ECV; video captioning is available
    • Children under the age of 7 years must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older
    • Rider switch is allowed
    • Service animals are not permitted on Soarin’
  • Spaceship Earth (slow ride): any height
    • FastPass+ available
    • Disney rates Spaceship Earth for “all ages”. How can anyone not love a ride housed inside the iconic geosphere? This ride takes you all the way back to the beginning of recorded history then brings you forward through time again. I read a book that explained that Disney Imagineers met with leading experts in the various ages of history that are represented (like ancient Rome, or the Renaissance) to make the scenes as accurate as possible. If you’re reading this… thank the Phoenicians!
    • Accessibility: must transfer from ECV to wheelchair, then transfer from wheelchair to ride; audio description is available; handheld captioning is available
    • Children under the age of 7 years must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older
    • Guests with service animals should check with a Cast Member at Spaceship Earth for boarding information
  • Test Track (thrill ride): 40 inch height requirement
    • FastPass+ available
    • Disney rates Test Track for “kids, tweens, teens, adults”. I know it is probably getting old, hearing about how the wait line is as entertaining as the ride itself, but Disney knows what they are doing. When people are willing to stand around in line for an hour, the deserve to be entertained… and Test Track does not disappoint. While waiting, you get to design your own concept vehicle that will be put through the paces on the ride. Your design will be rated on: Capability, Responsiveness, Efficiency, and Power. Once you’re buckled in you’ll go through the paces, ending with a high speed lap around the outdoor elevated track. I can’t lie, as cool as the updated queue is, the actual ride is nowhere near as fun as the older version. I feel more adventurous driving around the local interstate…..
    • Accessibility: must transfer from wheelchair/ECV; video captioning is available; language translation devices are available
    • Children under the age of 7 years must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older
    • Rider switch is allowed
    • Service animals are not permitted on Test Track

World Showcase

  • Frozen Ever After (slow ride): any height
    • FastPass+ available
    • Disney rates Frozen Ever After for “all ages”. Frozen Ever After is the Maelstrom, redone. If you enjoyed the Maelstrom ride but love Frozen’s soundtrack, this is the ride for you! Board a log boat for a leisurely ride through Arendelle, with Olaf, Anna, and Elsa along the way. There is not a single part of this ride that I find even remotely scary, and Little J agreed, yet for some reason in every picture I’ve seen from this ride, any child looks terrified.
    • Accessibility: must transfer from wheelchair/ECV; handheld captioning is available
    • Rider switch is allowed 
  • Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros (slow ride): any height
    • Disney rates the Gran Fiesta Tour for “all ages”. Inside the Mexico Pavilion’s pyramid is the Gran Fiesta Tour. Donald Duck seems to have gone missing. Board your boat and follow Panchito the Mexican charro rooster and José Carioca the Brazilian parrot as they search for Donald. This ride combines Audio-Animatronics with videos of both live action people & places of Mexico and Disney animation.
    • Accessibility: must transfer from ECV to wheelchair; audio description is available; handheld captioning is available
    • Children under the age of 7 years must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older

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