This article is your complete guide to the best rides at EPCOT! Because many think the only way to have fun at Epcot is by drinking your way around the world. Well think again! Recognized as one of the most non-traditional Disney theme parks, Epcot is home to some seriously exciting attractions that are geared for both the young, and young at heart.
Not only are there historic rides that are incredible, there are also brand new rides like Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind which is the best ride at EPCOT hands down! EPCOT is our favorite park at Disney World, and we’ve become experts when it comes to the best rides at EPCOT 2023. So, if you want to learn all about the very best rides at Disney World EPCOT, keep reading!
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Although EPCOT might not have as many rides as some of the other Walt Disney World theme parks we feel this is the perfect example of quality over quantity. In fact we find this list of the 2023 best rides at EPCOT to be some of the most exciting and exhilarating of all of the Disney parks. As you’ll see below you simply won’t want to miss this park when planning your next Disney World trip!
So, whether you want to save planet Earth with the Guardians of the Galaxy, make the perfect dish with Remy the Rat or even Journey into Imagination with Figment, we’ve got you covered. Our favorite rides in all of Walt Disney World happen to be EPCOT attractions, so you’re in for a treat as EPCOT tends to be underrated for attractions.
As of right now, there are 11 rides at EPCOT, including the brand new, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind Coaster. EPCOT’s attractions range from exciting coasters to educational boat rides through the greenhouses that grow food for certain Disney restaurants.
The best rides at EPCOT for 2023 make those with all different interests happy with there being a mix of thrill rides, as well as, educational and dark rides for families or kids! There are many different opinions as to what the best rides at EPCOT are, but we happen to think that the following 8 rides at the very best:
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Location: World Celebration
Overview: Journey into Imagination might be an older classic, but, since there is no height requirement and its rather goofy, we think its perfect for little ones. If you’re looking for all of the best rides at EPCOT for toddlers or little ones, Figment will make them laugh and sing along with his tactics.
Type of Ride: Silly, fun dark ride
Important to know: If you’re on the fence with visiting EPCOT with small kids, just know that attractions like Figment rarely have more than a 15 minute wait time. We love that seeing at that at the end of the attraction, you’ll find the WhatIf Labs. which is basically an interactive kids play area. There are special character meet and greets that happen inside with Joy and Vanellope too!
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Location: World Celebration
Overview: Ah, Spaceship Earth— Epcot’s signature landmark! Located in the geosphere when you first enter Epcot, this slow moving attraction takes you on a journey through time—from the beginning of mankind to where we stand today with modern advances in technology and communication. Hop aboard a vessel and journey through the entire timeline of human existence inside of the iconic “EPCOT Ball” attraction.
Type of Ride: Slow, dark, educational
Important to know: Spaceship Earth is definitely a classic EPCOT ride, which doesn’t mean it’s the most exciting. If you have teens in your group, Spaceship Earth isn’t going to wow them, as it is slow-moving and breaks down rather often. Especially great for families with little ones who might not be tall enough to ride the “big kid” rides yet, we highly recommend hopping onto Spaceship Earth for the true Epcot experience. That doesn’t mean that we don’t ride it every single time we go to see how the Phoenicians helped us learn our ABC’s!
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Location: The Land Pavilion – World Nature
Overview: There’s no denying that Living With The Land isn’t geared for the world’s biggest adventure seekers. However, for those seeking an educational, peaceful attraction that can be enjoyed by the whole family, this boat ride certainly delivers! Aboard your open air boat, you’ll learn about nature, farming and how mankind has had an effect on all of it.
Type of Ride: Gentle, educational boat ride
Important to know: Living with the Land might not sound like the best ride at EPCOT, but we like to disagree and love taking load off on this relaxing ride. This ride is nearly 15 minutes long, with a pleasing narration and impressive crops grown by the Disney horticultural team! This attraction is also considered one of the best EPCOT center rides at Disney during Christmas time with an amazing holiday overlay.
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Location: World Showcase – Norway Pavilion
Overview: Don’t let this one go! Located in the Norway pavilion, Frozen Ever After combines a thrilling, yet kid-friendly boat ride with a song-filled journey all the way to Elsa’s ice palace. Equally as enjoyable for kids and adults, this attraction packs everyone’s favorite Frozen characters and songs for an unforgettable and truly magical adventure.
Type of ride: Singalong, boat ride with a small drop
Important to know: Since this is one of the best rides at EPCOT, you might want to plan on rope dropping or purchasing Disney Genie+ for the day. With that being said, the queue inside is absolutely beautiful and it feels like you’re a guest visiting Arendelle. The whole vibe of the Frozen Ever After ride is magical, even if you’re probably going to leave wet from the large splash.
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Location: France Pavilion – World Showcase
Overview: The France pavilion at EPCOT now features one of Walt Disney World’s newest rides, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, where guests will shrink to the size of Chef Remy and race through Gusteau’s restaurant on a wild adventure. There is also a new restaurant, La Crêperie de Paris, offering both table- and quick-service options and a menu from celebrity chef Jérôme Bocuse.
We love that EPCOT was able to receive one of the newer attractions at Disney World and we can’t wait to see what else is in store in the future.
Type of ride: Dashing, rat-sized 3D adventure through Paris
Important to know: Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is the perfect addition to EPCOT, as it celebrates the flavors of France through the eyes of a rat. Coming over from Disneyland Paris, this ride has been super popular and rather high wait times. We would suggest not waiting over an hour for this ride, as you might be disappointed if you’re waiting all day.
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Location: World Discovery
Overview: As the fastest ride at Walt Disney World, Test Track allows riders to create their own unique vehicle and then “test” it when the ride begins. Holding six people per car, this Future World attraction goes through a series of stops, turns, and hardcore breaking before making a speedy lap outside of the entire attraction building.
Type of ride: Fast, coaster-type experience
Important to know: If you’re anything like us and want to ride it over and over again without using up all three of your Disney Genie+ selections, there is a Single Rider line that moves super fast—typically under 20 minutes! Just know you won’t get to build your special SIM vehicle, but you’ll get on the ride much faster, which we think is better.
Location: Land Pavilion – World Nature
Overview: Head on over to the Land Pavilion in Future World for the experience of a lifetime on Soarin’! This immersive attraction will lift you high above the clouds with breathtaking views while you tour the globe. On top of stunning sights, you’ll also take in the wonderful smells of your surroundings that take the ride next-level.
Type of ride: High in the sky simulation ride
Important to know: While Soarin’ is a simulation ride, it is important to know that guests are lifted rather high off the ground which can be frightening. So, if you’re fine with that aim to get in the first row of any of the sections, as you’ll get the best view of the screens with flying all over the world. If you’re in rows 2 or 3, you might see other guest’s dangling feet as they’re experiencing the ride too.
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Location: World Discovery
Overview: The Guardians of the Galaxy have landed in Disney and brought at new ride at EPCOT with them taking guests into space on a wild ride. Truly unlike any other ride in Walt Disney World, hop aboard a rotating coaster that will take you to the stars with our favorite heroes. Get one of six random songs to rock along in the galaxy during your ride and try and survive another Marvel supervillain.
Type of ride: Rotating, high speed coasting
Important to know: Guardians of the Galaxy is truly the best ride at EPCOT, and with that being said, it is not meant for those with motion sickness. Some guests who have ridden this attraction have spent the whole day sick after, so we want to warn you not to chance it if you’ve had issues in the past.
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The new Disney Genie+ has made planning your Walt Disney World trip a bit more challenging. Luckily we can help you break down the best ECPOT attractions to use Disney’s newest app the Disney Genie+.
A: The most popular ride at EPCOT is Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind. It is the newest attraction, debuting in 2022 and guests are traveling from all over to test out the newest Disney tech.
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