Epcot is one of the theme parks located inside Walt Disney World. The theme park is among the most popular at Disney World and is divided into two main sections: Future World and the World Showcase. In the World Showcase, guests can get a taste of life from many different countries all over the world all in one location.
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But if you're planning a visit to Disney World and you want to spend some time in Epcot, you'll want to know which rides are the most important and which ones can be skipped. No point in wasting your money by doing a bunch of rides that aren't worth your time! Here are five attractions worth waiting in line for and five that aren't.
10 SKIP IT - Journey Into Imagination
Journey Into Imagination with Figment is located in the Imagination! pavilion at Epcot. It's a boat ride where Figment, a small purple dragon, sings and talks about the importance of imagination. Honestly, you're better off skipping this one. There usually isn't much of a wait anyways, and it's for good reason.
Dated, slow, and grating, Journey Into Imagination with Figment lost its appeal years ago. Figment is more irritating than anything and most of the jokes aren't funny. Your kids might enjoy this but there are better ways to spend your time both with them and for yourself. This is one of the park rides that is desperately in need of a renovation.
9 WAIT - Mission: Space
Replacing Horizons, Mission: Space opened for the first time in 2003. The ride is a centrifugal motion simulator that is meant to simulate what it might be like for the astronauts who travel to Mars. Mission: Space was closed down in 2017 to undergo renovations but has since been reopened with updated graphics and modifications. One of the biggest changes is the offering of two different ride experiences.
Because of the intensity of the heightened g-force and rapid spinning, the ride can make you nauseous easily. But Disney now offers Green team and Orange team, the Green team version does not spin. It's a worthwhile ride for the appealing imagery, and the hands-on cooperation that requires you and your team to work together to press certain buttons as if you're really in a rocket ship.
8 SKIP IT - Living With The Land
This isn't a bad ride, per se, it's just not very fun or interesting. The main issue with Living with the Land is it's somewhat outdated, which is a problem because the entire purpose of the ride is to educate guests about sustainable agriculture and ecosystems. It's hard to do that if the information is old.
There are plenty of slow boat rides at Epcot that offer more entertaining scenery and engaging plotlines. Living with the Land does offer some appealing views of animals and flora but not enough to wait in a long line. You could learn the same information on an informative television show and have more fun on a thrill ride instead of this boring demonstration.
7 WAIT - Frozen Ever After
If you or your little ones are big fans of the Disney animated feature film, Frozen, then you won't want to miss out on the log flume attraction Frozen Ever After. Opening in 2016, the ride has become immensely popular and versions of it will become part of other Disney parks around the world.
The ride is notable for its stunning animatronics and graphics. Elsa, in particular, is impressively rendered. While the boat ride isn't the most thrilling, there are a few small drops and a chance to get wet, plus you'll be treated to live performances of your favorite songs from the movie like "Let it Go" and "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?"
6 SKIP IT - The Seas with Nemo & Friends
The Seas with Nemo & Friends is a dark ride located in Future World at Epcot. You ride a clamshell-type boat through an aquarium. The ride is peaceful and calming, with no thrills or chills. You'll have a few run-ins with characters from the Finding Nemo franchise like Crush the sea turtle and Bruce the shark.
Ultimately, it's a nice ride if you need to escape the sun but there's no urgency to go on this one. If you skip it, you could always visit your local aquarium to see a similar array of aquatic life without giving up valuable time that could be better spent elsewhere at the theme park.
5 WAIT - Spaceship: Earth
Spaceship: Earth is a classic at Epcot and if you're visiting for the first time then it can't be missed. It can be found in the massive Epcot orb that sits in the entrance to Future World. It's the trademark of Epcot. The ride is mostly tame but it's a classic, and it's incredibly informative. Spaceship: Earth takes guests on a journey through the many technological advances of mankind.
The ride explores the evolution of humans from the Stone Ages to the modern era. If you plan on going, make sure it's soon. Spaceship: Earth is rumored to be closing down in 2020 to undergo two-year-long renovations. It won't reopen until 2022.
4 SKIP IT - Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival
This isn't a full-on ride but it is still a notable Epcot attraction. The issue with the Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival is that it doesn't offer anything you couldn't experience from the comfort of your own home. If you're spending all this money to take a trip to Disney why waste a chunk of it in a movie theater?
Yes, it does offer the films in 3-D and stunning displays but ultimately you're waiting in line to watch films. Among some of the short films, you'll see the traditional Mickey Mouse and Clarabelle Cow shorts. The theater it's hosted in used to have a similar Honey I Shrunk the Kids attraction.
3 WAIT - Soarin' Around the World
While not the most thrilling of rides, Soarin' was one of the first of its kind. It is a flight simulator that creates the sensation of hang gliding over beautiful vistas and scenery across the world. Initially, the ride only took guests over locations in California but in 2016 it was renovated and the film was changed to include other locales.
A mechanical lift system is implemented to give guests the sensation of being suspended in the air. The video is projected on a massive concave screen and the ride helps create a realistic journey by using wind and artificial scents to enhance the experience.
2 SKIP IT - The American Adventure
At the World Showcase in Epcot there are several different shows you can watch that celebrate the history of various places in the world. The American Adventure is one of the more lackluster shows. It is very long, for starters. Longer than might hold your attention and especially that of a child.
The show is not entirely factual either and glazes over quite a bit of important history. There is nearly zero mention of the Native Americans. The songs and animatronics are alright but overall, this isn't any different than the condensed history lessons you might have picked up while in grade school.
1 WAIT - Test Track
Test Track is one of the most exciting rides at Future World in Epcot. It is a somewhat Tron-inspired ride that allows guests to design their own custom car and then take it out for a ride to test it. The ride involves four different parts, capability, efficiency, responsiveness, and power.
During the first part of the ride, you'll be taken through rain-soaked streets and try to keep your car from getting out of control. The second part tests eco-efficiency, the third tests responsiveness on hairpin twists and turns, and the final part of the ride pushes your car to accelerate up to 60 mph. Afterward, you can find out how you scored and play games involving your car with your MagicBand.