If you are looking for the best Epcot FastPass+ strategies then you are in the right place. I am going to share with you all of my tips and tricks including everything you need to know about Epcot FastPass+ tiers, which rides you should focus on getting a FastPass+ for, and how to get those hard to find Fast Passes like Frozen Ever After. If all of that sounds like something you’re looking for then let’s get started.
Epcot Fastpass+ Basics
Before we dive into the nitty gritty it’s important to understand the basics of the FastPass+ system or you won’t have any idea what I’m talking about.
What Does FastPass+ Do And How Much Is It?
Disney created FastPass+ as a way for you to “check-in” to an attraction early. This allows you to skip most of the lines for attractions and get early seating at shows. So you don’t need to wait TWO HOURS for Test Track when you got one of these bad boys. You can scan your Magic Band or paper FastPass+ and be on your way. The best part about FastPass+ is that it is 100% free and is included in your ticket price! Well, that and the look on people’s faces as you walk right on the ride that they’ve been waiting in line for an hour for (too harsh?).
Can You Book FastPass+ In Advance?
The short answer is YES, you can book your FastPass+ in advance. But it also depends on a few things. Let me break it down for you (insert epic beat here):
- If you are staying at a Disney Hotel: Then you get to book FastPass+ up to 60 days in advance. That is a huge benefit of staying at a Disney hotel and it will make it easier to find a pesky Frozen Ever After FastPass+. You get more time to book FastPass+ than Annual Pass holders! So take that all you pass holders (including myself).
- If you are NOT staying at a Disney Hotel: Then don’t worry your pretty little head because you still get to book FastPass+ up to 30 days in advance. Not quite as nice as 60 days, but still you are on the same playing field as Annual Pass holders.
- If you are an Annual Pass holder: Then you already probably know what’s up and are just reading this article for my renown wit. Or maybe you saw that it is actually cheaper in some cases to buy an Annual Pass rather than tickets. In which case the answer to the question is 30 days and you can plan up to 7 days worth of FastPass+.
Now, just because you get to book in advance doesn’t mean you are guaranteed a FastPass+ to the attraction you want. They are limited and are distributed on a first-come-first-served basis. So the second you are able to book FastPass+ you better jump on it Tonto. You can only have three Fast Passes scheduled at a time so you got to be smart about it. Keep on reading to find out which rides you should focus on getting one for.
Is FastPass+ Available During Special Events?
Now that we got all of the basics for Epcot FastPass+ out of the way we can move on to how Epcot has structured their tiers.
Epcot FastPass+ Tiers
So you booked your Disney World trip and you are ready to start booking three straight Test Track FastPass+ in a row, right? Wrong! Disney has structured its FastPass+ system in a way where they assign a tier level to an attraction and limit how many Fast Passes you can have per tier of attraction. There are two Epcot FastPass+ tiers.
Epcot FastPass+ Tier 1
Epcot has 11 attractions in total that you can book a FastPass+ for. They classify four of those as Tier 1 attractions. Those attractions include:
- Epcot Forever
- Frozen Ever After
- Test Track
You are only able to book one Epcot Tier 1 attraction at any given time. This is to make sure everyone has somewhat of a chance to grab a FastPass+ to the attraction of their choice. I know what you’re thinking. But if I can only pick one of these four, which one do I choose?
Best Epcot FastPass+ Tier 1 Attraction
I am going to help you out here and tell you that you should NOT choose Epcot Forever or Soarin’ as your Tier 1 FastPass+. The FastPass+ for Epcot Forever (and most shows in general) is a bit of a joke and Soarin’s wait times have gone down drastically over the years especially when comparing it to the other two rides. So that leaves us with Frozen Ever After or Test Track. When choosing between these Tier 1 FastPass+ you need to take a few things into consideration.
Why Pick Frozen Ever After?
I really like Frozen Ever After and I am not the biggest Frozen fan. So if I like it then there is a good chance that you will too especially if you have kids. There is no height limit for this attraction so you don’t have to worry about ride swapping with anyone. This way the whole family can stick together and enjoy the ride. Also if you enter Epcot through the World showcase it is much easier just to hop on Frozen Ever After since it on your way to the rest of the park. Why waste your time walking all the way to Test Track just to have to walk back to Frozen Ever After later on?
Pick Frozen Ever After If:
- You have small children and they love Frozen
- You are okay with going on a ride by yourself then you don’t need a Test Track FastPass+ since that ride has a single rider line
- You enter Epcot from the World Showcase
Why Pick Test Track?
Did you know that Test Track is the fastest ride at Disney World? If you are looking for something to do with your older kids or if you are an adrenaline junkie then you can’t go wrong with Test Track. Also if you enter Epcot through the main gates it is much easier just to hop on Test Track since it on your way to the rest of the park. Why waste your time walking all the way to Frozen Ever After just to have to walk back to Test Track later on?
Pick Test Track If:
- Your kids are tall enough to ride it. Test Track’s height limit is 40 inches.
- You want to experience the fastest ride in Disney World
- You enter Epcot from the main gates
Honestly, you can’t go wrong with either of these attractions. They are both excellent and are the best Epcot FastPass+ Tier 1 rides.
Epcot FastPass+ Tier 2
Alright, so you got the hard part out of the way. You picked your Tier 1 FastPass+ for Epcot. Now it’s time to decide what your other two FastPass+ should be. You are technically able to have three Tier 2 FastPass+ in Epcot. But that would mean forgoing a Tier 1 FastPass+ and why would you want to do that.
The 7 Epcot FastPass+ Tier 2 attractions are:
- Journey Into Imagination With Figment
- Living with the Land
- Mission: SPACE
- Pixar Short Film Festival
- Spaceship Earth
- The Seas with Nemo & Friends
- Turtle Talk with Crush
So which one should you choose?
BEST EPCOT FASTPASS+ TIER 2 ATTRACTION
Most of the Tier 2 Epcot FastPass+ have very low wait times but there are two that can have big spikes in their waits. Those two attractions are Mission: Space and Spaceship Earth. I don’t know what it is, but people love space.
Why Pick Mission: Space?
Mission: Space has had an interesting history. It was deemed too intense by many of the park goers and they have since added multiple different ride systems to accommodate those who are prone to motion sickness. I personally like to go on the less intense version since I get motion sickness and I can report that I did not get sick on the less intense ride. I did see someone exit the ride because they were claustrophobic so take that into consideration too.
Pick Mission: Space If:
- You want to experience a little bit of what it means to be an astronaut. There is a 40″ height requirement
- You like ride simulators and don’t get motion sick easy
- You are not claustrophobic
Why Pick Spaceship Earth?
Spaceship Earth is the first ride that guests are greeted with at Epcot so it remains pretty busy throughout the day. Not to mention a majority of the queue is outside in the hot Florida Sheat so grabbing a FastPass+ is a huge lifesaver. If you enter Epcot through the main gates it is much easier just to hop on Spaceship Earth since it is the first attraction you see. Why waste your time walking all the way to Mission: Space just to have to walk back to Spaceship Earth later on?
Pick Spaceship Earth If:
- You have small children since there is no height requirement
- You are a fan of dark rides
- You enter Epcot from the main gates
So there you have it. These are the best Tier 1 and Tier 2 attractions to go for. But what if you can’t grab these Fast Passes?
What If You Can’t Get This FastPass+ Lineup?
Then you might as well pack it up and head home. I’m joking. Look, there’s a chance that you won’t be able to get this exact lineup and that is okay. I know it can be hard to fit everything into one day. So here are a few tips to help make the most out of any Epcot FastPass+ lineup.
Take Advantage of Rope Drop
Rope drop refers to the opening hours of the park’s opening. This is prime ride time hours. You can hop on popular rides that normally have TWO HOUR WAITS at a fraction of that time. Be prepared to wake up early though since you will need to be at the park before it opens at 9:00 AM. To me, this is worth it if you booked a less than stellar FastPass+ lineup. You should be able to hit up one or two rides by the time the park starts getting crazy.
The kicker is that if you Extra Magic Hours from staying at a Disney hotel then you technically get two rope drops! Since Epcot opens up one hour early for Extra Magic Hours, you will be able to roam the park and hop on a few rides with extra-low wait times. Now, not every ride is open during Extra Magic Hours but it can help you knock out a few attractions early on.
Use FastPass+ to Meet Characters
I know that for some of you out there that meeting characters is a must and that is completely fine. I do not like waiting in line for characters. The theming for these lines are almost nonexistent and are boring. These lines can be just as long if not longer than many of the attractions I mentioned earlier so feel free to use them for meet and greets.
Here’s An Alternative FastPass+ Lineup
Just for fun, I wanted to give you another Epcot FastPass+ lineup in case you weren’t quite able to get the above ones that I mentioned. These are my alternative FastPass+ picks:
- 11:00 AM: Spaceship Earth
- 12:00 PM: Living With The Land
- 1:00 PM: Soarin’
All of these rides are mostly in the same area as one another in Future World West. Starting off with Spaceship Earth lets you hop on an attraction as soon as you walk into the park. Then walking over to Future World West only takes a minute and you will be in for a relaxing and educational boat ride in Living With The Land. Then you can take a trip around the world with Soarin’. Then by that time you can go have some lunch and start booking more Fast Passes.
Epcot FastPass+ Strategies & Tips
The truth is that there is no full-proof way to get all of the Fast Passes you want. But it absolutely isn’t impossible and with our Epcot FastPass+ strategy then you will have a far better chance at doing so than everyone else. So how do we grab our Fast Passes?
The Refresh Method
What you are going to want to do is go to the My Disney Experience app on your phone and start looking at the available Epcot Fast Passes. If you don’t see any available times for the ride you are looking for then simply tap on another time slot at the top and it will refresh the available options. Just keep on doing this and eventually, you are likely to find that Test Track FastPass+. You can do this method on a computer as well by visiting the Walt Disney World website and booking your FastPass+ there.
This may be simple to some of you out there, but it may be the best way to find the Epcot FastPass+ your looking for. The reason why this method works is that other guests are constantly dropping their current Epcot FastPass+ selection for other rides. Remember people can grab Fast Passes up to 60 days in advance so a lot can change between when they selected that FastPass+ and their actual trip.
On The Fly Method
So you are at the parks and you just scanned in for your last Epcot FastPass+ for the day. Did you know that you can actually start looking for more Fast Passes as soon as you scan your last one? I’m not talking about waiting until after your done with your last ride. I’m talking about looking for a new FastPass+ as you are in line for your current FastPass+. It may take a minute to kick in, but I have been able to grab some excellent last-minute Fast Passes to rides like Test Track by using this method. It’s important to note that you can only have one FastPass+ booked at a time after your initial three.
The reason why this method rocks is because it will keep you going on ride after ride with very minimal wait. Sure you may not always be able to find a Frozen Ever After FastPass+ last-minute, but there are so many other rides that you can essentially walk right on using this method. And you may be surprised to find quite a few Soarin’ Fast Passes floating around. This strategy leads us to my other strategy for you.
Never Ending Fast Passes at Epcot
I know that it may not be possible to do so, but if you are able to group all of your Fast Passes together where you can go on one right after the other then do it. The reason being is that this will allow you to get through all of your Fast Passes early on and that in turn allows you to start booking more Fast Passes. You may only be able to book three Fast Passes at first, but once you use them all, you can book one more FastPass+ at a time.
This essentially means that you don’t really ever have to wait in a standby line again. You just book all your Fast Passes for the morning using the “Refresh” method and once you are done with those ones you start looking for more Fast Passes using the “On the Fly” method.
Book In Advance!
This should be an obvious tip, but it surprised me how many families I’ve talked to that had no idea that Fast Passes were a thing, let alone that they could book them in advance. It’s super simple. If you start looking for Fast Passes as soon as you are able to, up to 60 days for those staying on property, then the odds are that you will find all of the Fast Passes you want.
Epcot FastPass+ Tiers & Strategies Conclusion
I hope you found this information useful and will implement these strategies on your next trip to the parks. So get out there and start looking for those Test Track and Frozen Ever After Fast Passes! And let me know in the comments which Epcot FastPass+ you go for and why.