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10 Best Rides at EPCOT You Can’t Miss: My Personal Rankings (2024)

Ever wondered what the best rides at EPCOT are?

Well, look no further! As a Disney expert with countless visits to Walt Disney World under my belt, I have a special place in my heart for EPCOT. It’s my absolute favorite park, and I’m excited to share my rankings of the best rides that you simply can’t miss.

Whether you’re in search of thrilling adventures ๐ŸŽข or charming, family-friendly attractions ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ, I’ve got all the details you need: thrill levels, height restrictions, and even some pro tips ๐Ÿ“ to help you navigate your way. And yes, Iโ€™ll also let you in on the one ride at EPCOT that, in my opinion, you might consider skipping. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Ready to find out what makes these rides so unforgettable? Letโ€™s dive in!

Pssstโ€ฆ..Iโ€™m also a travel agent who specializes in Disney, so be sure to contact me and I can help plan and book your Disney vacation.

Quick Snapshot of Rides Ranked

Hereโ€™s a quick snapshot of the top 10 rides at EPCOT, ranked in the order you shouldn’t miss them, with more details on each ride below:

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind ๐ŸŒŒ – Experience the thrill of this interstellar roller coaster adventure.
  2. Test Track ๐Ÿš— – Design your own vehicle and test its capabilities on the exhilarating tracks.
  3. Soarin’ Around the World ๐ŸŒ – Fly high and experience breathtaking views of the worldโ€™s wonders.
  4. Frozen Ever After โ„๏ธ – Join Elsa, Anna, and friends on a chilly but heartwarming journey in Arendelle.
  5. Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure ๐Ÿญ – Shrink down to Remyโ€™s size and scurry through a lively culinary adventure in Paris.
  6. Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana ๐ŸŒŠ – Explore an interactive water-themed trail that brings the story of Moana to life.
  7. Living with the Land ๐ŸŒฑ – Discover innovative farming techniques and the importance of sustainability on this gentle boat ride.
  8. Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ – Embark on a charming boat ride through Mexico with Donald Duck and friends.
  9. Journey Into Imagination With Figment ๐Ÿ‰ – Let your imagination soar with Figment in this whimsical ride.
  10. Spaceship Earth ๐ŸŒ – Travel through time and explore the history of communication on this iconic ride inside the EPCOT sphere.

Explore each ride in more detail below to see why they’re a must-visit during your trip to EPCOT!

1. Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind ๐ŸŒŒ๐ŸŽข

I admit, I’m not the biggest fan of super intense rides, but with all the rave reviews and a little encouragement from my teenage daughter, I knew I had to give it a shot! That’s how I ended up on EPCOT’s newest gem, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind. And let me tell you, it was totally worth it! The ride isn’t just fun; it’s the most incredible ride I’ve ever been on. Seriously, it’s that amazing!

A striking yellow and black Guardian ship from 'Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind' at EPCOT, towering over guests with the iconic Spaceship Earth in the background.

What’s the ride about?

Imagine launching into action… backwards! That’s right, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind features a thrilling reverse launch that sends you zooming through the cosmos in the most unexpected way.

This ride uses a state-of-the-art ride system. Your vehicle can rotate 360 degrees and smoothly coordinate its movements with immersive galactic visuals.

Plus, with one of six iconic songs from the Guardians soundtrack playing during each ride, you never know which hit youโ€™re going to get. This makes every trip unique and exhilarating. ๐Ÿš€๐ŸŽถ

How to Ride:

You’ll need to hop into a Virtual Queue through the My Disney Experience App. Slots open up at 7 AM and 1 PM daily. And they go super quick! So be ready!!

Also, if youโ€™re lucky enough to be staying at a Deluxe Resort check the calendar to see when EPCOT is having Extended Evening Theme Park Hours. The nights this occurs, you get a bonus chance to sign up at 6 PM. ๐Ÿ“ฑโฐ

Height restrictions and other info:

Please be aware that this ride has a 42-inch height requirement. Also, keep in mind that the ride operates in the dark. While there are no big drops, it does move quickly and includes some spinning at times. ๐ŸŒช๏ธ๐ŸŒ‘

If you have neck issues or get dizzy easilyโ€”like meโ€”you might want to sit this one out. I had some issues with my balance for a while after this ride and ended up needing some chiropractic care when I got home. But Iโ€™d still say it was worth it for the thrill. ๐Ÿคฃ

All in all, if youโ€™re looking for an unforgettable ride thatโ€™s as fun as it is innovative, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is a must-ride at EPCOT. Donโ€™t miss out on what I consider the best Walt Disney ride experience ever! ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŽ‰

2. Test Track ๐ŸŽ๏ธ๐Ÿ’จ

Test Track is without a doubt one of my favorite rides at Walt Disney World!

What I love about Test Track is that it offers all the excitement of a high-speed adventure without being a roller coaster. It is perfect for someone like me who prefers gentler, “family” thrill rides.

Two children are engaged in designing a car at the interactive design station of the Test Track ride at EPCOT, with one reaching out to adjust the car's features on the touchscreen.

What’s the ride about?

Here, you step into the shoes of an automotive designer and create your own virtual concept car. You then test your design through various performance challenges, culminating in a thrilling high-speed lap around an outdoor track. The car speeds up to 65 miles per hour, making it the fastest ride at any Disney theme park. It’s a unique blend of creativity, technology, and speed.

It’s an EPCOT attraction that calls me back again and again! Don’t miss out on one of the best rides at EPCOT!

Height restrictions and other info:

Riders need to be at least 40 inches tall to experience Test Track, which offers high-speed thrills without the steep drops typical of roller coasters. This makes it an excellent choice for families and anyone who prefers less intense thrill rides. If youโ€™ve ever been on Radiator Springs Racers at Disney California Adventure, youโ€™ll find Test Track feels almost the same, just with different theming and atmosphere.

3. Soarin’ Around the World ๐ŸŒโœˆ๏ธ

OMG, I just love Soarin’ Around the World! This is another one of my favorite rides at Disney, and it perfectly illustrates why EPCOT is my favorite park. It’s truly a gem that makes every trip to Walt Disney World complete for me.

The experience of soaring over incredible landmarks, coupled with the immersive scents, really makes you feel like you’re there! You get to travel around the globe without leaving Florida.

The photo captures the colorful entrance sign for "Soarin' Around the World" at EPCOT, featuring bold, three-dimensional letters set against stylized white clouds.

What’s the ride about?

Strap in and take off on a breathtaking journey that elevates you over some of the world’s most recognizable landmarks. Glide above the ancient Great Wall of China ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ, marvel at the Great Pyramids of Egypt ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ, and fly beside the stunning Taj Mahal in India ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ. Cruise over the rugged landscapes of Monument Valley ๐Ÿœ๏ธ, experience the pristine beauty of Fijiโ€™s Lau Island ๐Ÿ๏ธ, and feel the mist of the thundering Iguazu Falls in South America ๐ŸŒŠ.

And as the night falls, look down on the twinkling Eiffel Tower ๐Ÿ—ผ, a glittering jewel surrounded by the romantic city lights of Paris ๐ŸŒŒ. Each scene is enhanced with matching scents that transport you straight to these locales, making the whole experience incredibly vivid and real.

Soarin’ Around the World is more than just a rideโ€”it’s a dream flight for anyone with a passion for travel โœˆ๏ธ๐ŸŒ. Each visit leaves me awe-inspired and deeply moved by the beauty of our world. Can you see now why I say no trip to Walt Disney World is complete without riding on Soarin’?

Height restrictions and other info:

Riders need to be at least 40 inches tall to participate. The flight is smooth and gentle and great for all ages. It’s perfect for those who might prefer a serene yet thrilling ride over the more intense theme park experiences.

4. Frozen Ever After โ„๏ธ๐Ÿฐ

Frozen Ever After is a charming attraction located in the Norway Pavilion that takes you right into the world of Arendelle from Disney’s hit film, Frozen. Perfect for fans of all ages, this ride combines heartfelt storytelling with impressive effects.

Plus, who doesn’t love a Disney boat ride? This one just makes me want to sing “Let It Go” at the top of my lungs!

Entrance to the 'Frozen Ever After' attraction at EPCOT, with a stone facade and blue banners, nestled between quaint European-style buildings and a leafy green tree in the foreground.

What’s the ride about?

Hop on your boat and sail through the storybook landscape of Arendelle during the Winter in Summer Celebration ๐Ÿฐโ„๏ธ, where Queen Elsa uses her magical powers to create a winter wonderland during summer โ˜€๏ธโ„๏ธ.

Pass by singing trolls ๐ŸŽถ, greet Kristoff at his icehouse ๐ŸงŠ, and then head up to the North Mountain ๐Ÿ”๏ธ, where Elsaโ€™s ice palace awaits. Youโ€™ll see Elsa, Anna, Olaf, and even Sven ๐ŸŽค as they perform beloved songs like “Let It Go” and “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” The visuals are stunning, and effects like falling snow add to the cool, magical vibe โœจ.

This ride is a must for Frozen fans and anyone who enjoys a great Disney story ๐Ÿ“–โค๏ธ. Every detail, from the animated characters to the environments, is carefully designed to draw you into the story. Itโ€™s a magical trip into a frozen world, right in the heart of EPCOT.

Height restrictions and other info:

Frozen Ever After is for all ages and heights, making it a great choice for the whole family. The ride involves a gentle boat journey that includes a small drop, but it’s mild enough for everyone from young kids to older adults.

5. Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฝ๏ธ

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is one of the most popular rides at EPCOT right now, and it’s easy to see why! This ride is a lively and immersive journey that shrinks you down to the size of Chef Remy. You’ll be whisked through a culinary adventure right in the heart of Paris.

The entrance to Remy's Ratatouille Adventure at EPCOT, with a classic Parisian fountain in the foreground, inviting guests into the charming streets of France.

What’s the ride about?

As soon as you step into the queue, you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported straight to the streets of Paris ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท. Once aboard your ride vehicle, you’ll navigate the bustling kitchen ๐Ÿณ, dining room ๐Ÿฝ๏ธ, and walls of Gusteauโ€™s famous restaurant ๐Ÿฐ, all from Remyโ€™s perspective.

The ride combines 3D visuals with physical sets and scents ๐Ÿ‘ƒ, making it feel like you’re truly dodging brooms ๐Ÿงน and ducking under cookpots ๐Ÿฅ˜ โ€“ all while trying to prepare a dish worthy of a five-star chef ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿณ!

Wait times and tips:

Because Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is one of the newest and best rides at EPCOT it is incredibly popular. You should expect a long wait no matter what time of day you go. I recommend trying to ‘rope drop’ this ride, meaning heading straight there as soon as the park opens. Keep in mind, that everyone else might have the same plan. Planning ahead and using Genie Plus could save you some time.

Height restrictions and other info:

This ride is family-friendly with no height restrictions, making it perfect for guests of all ages. The gentle movement and engaging storyline make it a fun experience for both young children and adults.

6. Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana ๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒบ

Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana, isn’t a “ride”, but it’s such an incredible attraction that it deserves a spot on this list!

If you’re a fan of the Moana soundtrack like I am, walking through this attraction feels absolutely magical. It feels like stepping right into the film.

A lush Moana topiary, part of EPCOT's 'Journey of Water,' surrounded by a verdant garden, waterfall, and pond, with the geodesic Spaceship Earth visible in the background.

What’s the attraction about?

This one-of-a-kind attraction is an interactive water-themed trail ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿž๏ธ that lets you explore how water travels across our planet. You’ll get to play with water as it moves from the skies โ˜๏ธ, down the mountains ๐Ÿ”๏ธ, through our rivers ๐Ÿž๏ธ, and to the ocean ๐ŸŒŠ. It’s beautifully integrated with the themes of the Moana movie ๐ŸŒบ, highlighting the importance of water in our natural and cultural worlds.

As you walk through, you’ll engage with water in playful and educational ways ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ“˜. It’s perfect for learning a bit while having tons of fun ๐Ÿค—.

Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana, is a must-visit for families and fans of all ages, making it an ideal spot for even the youngest visitors at EPCOT. This attraction allows little ones to have fun and play in an enchanting setting. It provides a peaceful yet engaging break from the typical park thrills.

Hey TikTok Fans! ๐ŸŽถโœจ Check out my video featuring the incredible Journey of Water, inspired by Moana. Watch it here and be sure to follow me for more! ๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒบ

Height restrictions and other info:

Journey of Water is for all ages and does not have any height restrictions, making it perfect for the entire family. The walkthrough experience is designed to be relaxing and accessible. It allows you to enjoy the interactive features at your own pace. It’s not only an attraction but also an educational experience that brings to life the importance of water with a whimsical Moana twist.

7. Living with the Land ๐ŸŒฑ๐Ÿšค

Living with the Land is a classic EPCOT attraction that seamlessly combines education with entertainment. Itโ€™s a gentle boat ride that takes you through various ecosystems and showcases innovative farming techniques. While some might find this ride a bit boring, I absolutely love it! Itโ€™s relaxing and has that nostalgia factor making it one of the best rides at EPCOT!

What’s the attraction about?

You’ll start your journey in a boat, traveling through different natural habitats, including a vibrant rainforest ๐ŸŒณ, a stark desert ๐Ÿœ๏ธ, and the sprawling American prairie ๐ŸŒพ. The adventure really kicks into gear when you enter the greenhouse section.

Here, you get to see firsthand some cutting-edge farming methods like aquaponics and hydroponics ๐ŸŒฑ. Keep an eye out for the Mickey-shaped pumpkins! ๐ŸŽƒ Itโ€™s pretty cool to see how Disney uses these innovative techniques to grow food sustainably ๐Ÿ….

Living with the Land is ideal for anyone who likes a slower-paced attraction and wants to learn something new while they relax. Itโ€™s a must-do for anyone interested in science, nature, or just enjoying a peaceful ride. ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿšค

Height restrictions and other info:

Living with the Land is accessible to guests of all ages, with no minimum height requirement. It’s perfect for those who enjoy a slower-paced, educational ride. The calm boat journey offers a relaxing break from the park’s more thrill-centric attractions, and it’s educational, showcasing how modern agriculture can blend with sustainability.

Many of the fruits and vegetables grown on this ride are used in the restaurants around EPCOT, adding a fantastic farm-to-table element to your dining experience.

8. Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ๐ŸŽถ

I absolutely love the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros! Located in the Mexico Pavilion at EPCOT, this ride is as charming as it gets. It combines fun animations, lively mariachi music, and a gentle boat ride that takes you on an adventure with Donald Duck and his friends, Panchito and Josรฉ Carioca.

Visitors on a boat ride inside the Mexico Pavilion at Epcot, passing under strings of colorful papel picado banners, with vibrant scenes and a 'Viva Donald' sign welcoming them to the Gran Fiesta Tour.

What’s the attraction about?

As you board your boat, you’re immediately swept into a festive atmosphere ๐ŸŽ‰. The story follows the Three Caballeros on a whimsical journey across Mexico ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ as they search for Donald Duck, who’s gotten lost while exploring the country.

Along the way, you’ll glide past scenes showcasing vibrant Mexican landscapes ๐Ÿž๏ธ, historical landmarks ๐Ÿ›๏ธ, and lively cultural celebrations ๐ŸŽŠ. The animations blend seamlessly with physical sets, making it a colorful and engaging experience for all ages.

Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros is a must-do for anyone visiting EPCOT. Itโ€™s cute, itโ€™s fun, and it gives you a taste of Mexico ๐ŸŒฎ with a classic Disney twist.

Height restrictions and other info:

Gran Fiesta Tour is open to guests of all ages and heights, making it a great choice for the whole family. The ride is located inside the Mexico Pavilion, which is also home to the San Angel Inn Restauranteโ€”an excellent dining spot where you can watch the boats go by. This restaurant has the most amazing ambiance! Make sure to make an Advanced Dining Reservation at San Angel Inn to secure your spot.

Instagram Reel Spotlight! ๐Ÿ“ธโœจ Dive into my Instagram reel to see the stunning view of the boat ride from this restaurant. Make sure to follow me for more great content!

9. Journey Into Imagination With Figment ๐Ÿ‰๐ŸŒˆ

Journey Into Imagination With Figment is one of those rides that sparks debateโ€”some love it, some don’t, but I find it super cute! Itโ€™s a vibrant, whimsical ride that celebrates creativity and the power of imagination, with the mischievous and lovable dragon, Figment, leading the way.

What’s the attraction about?

This ride takes you through the sensory labs of the Imagination Institute, where Figment, the playful purple dragon, turns everything upside down with his antics.

From sound labs to illusion corridors, Figment challenges you to unleash your imagination. Expect lots of fun surprises, playful visuals, and interactive elements that make this ride a unique experience. And who can forget the rideโ€™s catchy theme song, “One Little Spark,” penned by the legendary Sherman Brothers?

Journey Into Imagination With Figment is a classic EPCOT attraction that reminds us that with a little bit of creativity, anything is possible!

Height restrictions and other info:

Journey Into Imagination With Figment is accessible to guests of all ages, with no height restrictions. It’s particularly great for families with young children or anyone who enjoys a lighthearted, imaginative experience.

10. Spaceship Earth ๐ŸŒโณ

Spaceship Earth may not be my personal favorite, but it’s undeniably a classic and a beloved ride at EPCOT. It’s housed inside the iconic geodesic sphere that symbolizes the park, making it a must-visit for anyone coming to EPCOT for the first time.

The iconic geodesic sphere of Spaceship Earth at EPCOT illuminated at night with purple and pink lighting.

What’s the attraction about?

As you enter the giant silver sphere, youโ€™re taken on a journey through time to explore the history of communication. From the Stone Age to the Computer Age, this ride shows how human communication has evolved over the centuries.

You’ll see scenes depicting important moments like the invention of the alphabet, the Renaissance, and the advent of modern technologyโ€”all narrated in a soothing voice that enhances the historical journey.

Spaceship Earth is a cornerstone of EPCOT, embodying the parkโ€™s spirit of education and innovation. While it may not be everyone’s favorite, its significance and the unique experience it offers make it a worthwhile ride for those visiting EPCOT.

Height restrictions and other info:

Spaceship Earth is a slow-moving ride that is accessible to guests of all ages, with no minimum height requirement. It’s perfect for a relaxing break from the more thrill-centric attractions at EPCOT. At the end of the ride, you can interact with a touchscreen to imagine your future, which adds a fun, personalized touch to the experience.

Ride You Can Skip at EPCOT: Mission: SPACE ๐Ÿš€๐Ÿ™ˆ

Many visitors, including myself, agree that if thereโ€™s one ride at EPCOT you might consider skipping, itโ€™s Mission: SPACE. This attraction is often cited as the least favorite or even the worst ride at the park, particularly for those sensitive to enclosed spaces or intense motion.

What’s the attraction about?

Mission: SPACE simulates a space mission to Mars, using a centrifuge to mimic the intense G-forces of space travel. The experience is incredibly realistic, involving enclosed capsules that can make some guests feel confined and uncomfortable.

Visitor tips:

The ride offers two versions: Orange Team (more intense) and Green Team (less intense). However, even the less intense version can be challenging if you are sensitive to closed, tight spaces or motion.

Why it might not be for everyone:

My own experience with Mission: SPACE was far from pleasantโ€”I realized I was claustrophobic during the ride, which led to a severe panic attack. This is not uncommon, and many share feelings of discomfort due to the ride’s confining nature and intense motions.

The Wrap-Up: Best Rides at EPCOT

Dusk at Epcot with the glowing sphere of Spaceship Earth by the lakeside, park pavilions twinkling in the distance, under a fading purple sky.

And there you have itโ€”the 10 best rides at EPCOT that you just can’t miss! Each of these attractions brings something special to the table, from heart-pounding thrills to breathtaking views and everything in between.

EPCOT is a place where dreams come to life, cultures meet, and the spirit of discovery is around every corner.

Whether you’re rocketing through space with the Guardians, flying high with Soarin’, chilling out on Frozen Ever After, or getting a taste of Mexico with the Gran Fiesta Tour, there’s a world of fun waiting for you.

I hope this guide helps you plan your day at EPCOT and that you enjoy these rides as much as I do.

I can’t wait to hear all about your adventuresโ€”here’s to a day filled with magic and memories! โœจ

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