I am a former member of the Disney Parks Moms Panel and have been on some complimentary press trips at Walt Disney World, but all opinions are my own.
I’ve always loved Epcot, even when I was a young kid and it was called EPCOT Center. It often has the reputation of being more educational than fun, but I love how it manages to be both. While the culture of the countries in Epcot, as well as the delicious Epcot restaurants make it a great destination for families, there are also some great Epcot rides and attractions. If you are planning a trip to Walt Disney World, make sure you include a visit to Epcot in your plans. Wondering which Epcot rides to check out? Here’s our guide to Epcot rides and attractions.
A Guide to Epcot Rides and Attractions
Future World Rides
The first ride you’ll see as you enter the front entrance of Epcot is Spaceship Earth. This icon of Epcot is also home to a fun ride through time. Learn about communications technology as you travel in a slow-moving ride vehicle. At the end, you’ll get to experience some fun technology. Spaceship Earth tends to be busier earlier in the day, so if you don’t have a FastPass+, go later in the day.
I get motion sick and vertigo, so admittedly, I haven’t been on Mission:SPACE. Guests have the option of two missions – Orange or Green. If you, like me, choose to skip the ride, there’s also a training lab you can visit at the end of the attraction.
Consistently one of the most popular rides at Walt Disney World, Soarin’ is an experience like no other. A third theater was recently added, alleviating some of the perpetually long queue. The theme was also changed from California to the World, so if you haven’t recently visited, it’s time to head back. When booking FastPass+ allocations, I’d recommend choosing Soarin’ as one of your picks.
Living With the Land
I have such fond memories of riding this fun boat tour with my family when I was a kid. Although my own children are teens/tweens now, they still love taking this boat trip through the greenhouses of the Land pavilion. It’s a great way to learn about how food is grown.
Journey Into Imagination With Figment
This is another one of my kids’ favorites, featuring that lovable purple dragon, Figment. In the ride, you’ll learn about how imagination works along with the five senses. At the end, there’s a fun imagination lab that my kids love.
The Seas With Nemo & Friends
Hop into a clamshell for this family-friendly ride through the story of Finding Nemo. It’s definitely great for younger kids, because it’s a gentle movement and a familiar story. At the end, you’ll be able to explore the world of the ocean and sea. Kids will especially love Turtle Talk with Crush, which is located in a theater in the pavilion.
Test Track is another exciting ride in Future World. Create a simulation (SIM) car and then ride it through different conditions to test maneuverability, speed, and more. At the end, there are more opportunities to learn about cars.
World Showcase Rides
Gran Fiesta Tour
It’s a fairly simple ride, but the Gran Fiesta Tour is still one of my favorites. Featuring the Three Caballeros, take this boat trip through Mexico to find the missing Donald Duck. It’s inside the Mexican pavilion, and is great for kids of all ages.
Frozen Ever After
One of the newest experiences at Epcot, Frozen Ever After replaced the Maelstrom in the Norway pavilion. The base of the ride stayed the same, but now you can see Elsa, Anna, Olaf, and your other favorites from Frozen in this boat ride. As a new ride (and because of the popularity of Frozen), expect to wait in a long line. You can, however, get a FastPass+ for this attraction.