Ranking EPCOT Rides

Epcot has many interesting rides and most of them have a message behind them. Whether it’s the importance of technology, the history of communication or even the message of conservation, you always walk away learning something. Epcot has everything from family fun to “out of this world” thrills. Here is a ranking of all the Epcot rides from best to…well maybe it wouldn’t be the worst thing if you skipped it.

1. Soarin’ Around the World

Soarin’ Around the World takes you on a simulated hang-gliding adventure through some of the most beautiful parts of the world. Guests will soar over iconic places such as the Eiffel Tower in France, the Great Wall of China, Iguazu Falls in South America, the Great Pyramids in Egypt and many more! This takes the number one spot because guests always leave this ride with a sense of awe and wonder and that is just what Walt Disney wanted for his attractions. It is truly a breath-taking journey and should not be missed. 

2. Test Track

Test Track is one of Epcot’s most fun and thrilling rides. It is also one of the most popular rides at the park and usually always has high wait times. Test Track is currently the fastest ride on Walt Disney World property with a top speed of 65 mph. This ride is particularly cool because you get to design your own prototype vehicle and then take it for a test drive to see how it would perform through the rigors of automobile testing. The highlight of the ride is the high-speed whip around the outside of the building. If you would like a little extra thrill, you won’t want to miss this ride.

3. Spaceship Earth

Spaceship Earth is truly a classic. The ride opened with Epcot in 1981 and has seen a few changes over the years but remains a fan favorite. The ride is located in the beautiful geodesic sphere that serves as the park icon for Epcot. The 15-minute dark ride takes guests through the history of communication from the early days of humankind to the modern era. This ride is slow moving and very family friendly- there is no height requirement so everyone in your party can enjoy it. There is also a fun interactive experience at the end of the ride! This classic ride is a must do, even if you only ride it once.

4. Frozen Ever After

Frozen Ever After is one of the most popular rides at Epcot. With consistently long wait times, this is a ride not to be missed! Frozen Ever After is a standard dark ride that takes place in a boat. It takes you through the story of the mega-popular Disney movie Frozen. The ride is great for families and fans of Frozen. There are a couple fun surprises in the ride and some of your favorite songs from the movie! I highly recommend getting to the park early to ride this, otherwise you will have to pay for the Individual Attraction Selection if you don’t want to wait in a long line.

5. Remy’s Ratatoille Adventure

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure opened on the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World and is Epcot’s newest ride. This trackless dark ride uses a combination of 3D screens and physical set designs to “shrink” guests down to the size of Chef Remy and his pals. The ride is classified as a 4D experience because it will captivate all your senses. Guests of all ages are welcome to ride this, so it makes it a perfect family friendly attraction. Since the ride is new, the wait times are pretty long. It is best to make this one of the first rides you go on or purchase the Individual Attraction Selection. 

6. Mission: SPACE

Mission: SPACE is a thrilling simulated NASA-style mission to Mars that is out of this world…literally! This is by far the most intense ride in Epcot. It was so intense, in fact, that they had to make a less intense version of the ride. There are currently two versions: Orange and Green. The Orange Mission is very intense and uses a centrifuge that spins and tilts to simulate the speed and G-forces of a spacecraft launch and reentry. The Green Mission is far less intense because it uses a motion simulator that offers light movement and doesn’t spin. This attraction is very fun and is often overlooked. If you experience motion sickness on rides, I suggest riding the Green Mission over the Orange Mission.

7. Living with the Land

Living with the Land takes you on a gentle boat ride that cruises past greenhouses and teaches you of the history of farming. This ride is unique and interesting because you get to see how Walt Disney World horticulturalists are using innovative growing techniques and crossbreeding high yield crops. Guests will see fresh vegetables, fruit, fish, and more from around the world being grown! One of the coolest things about this ride is that the fresh produce and seafood that you see being grown during the ride is used at restaurants in Walt Disney World. Although it is not the most thrilling ride, it is very informative and is a family friendly experience that everyone should try at least once.

8. The Seas with Nemo and Friends

The Seas with Nemo and Friends takes you under the sea on a family friendly adventure based on the movie Finding Nemo. Guests will board a “clamobile” and descend beneath the waves to join Nemo and his friends swim through brightly colored coral reefs, past stinging jellyfish, underwater mines, a scary anglerfish and even Bruce the shark! Guests will also catch a ride on the East Australian Current with turtle friends Crush and Squirt! Nemo is lost again so it is our job to “just keep swimming” until we find him! This ride is perfect for families or anyone who is a big Finding Nemo fan.

9. Gran Fiesta Tour

Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros takes you on a fun boat ride through Mexico as you help Jose and Panchito find Donald Duck! You will cruise down the Rio Grande on a dark boat ride past some of the most beautiful and famous places in Mexico. There are some funny and silly moments during the ride that makes it perfect for a family friendly adventure! This ride usually has a short wait and is a perfect way to add more fun into your journey “around the world” at Epcot.

10. Journey into Imagination with Figment

Journey into Imagination with Figment is a dark ride that takes you through the sensory labs of the Imagination Institute with Figment the purple dragon as your guide. The Institute’s Chairman, Dr. Nigel Channing, sets out to prove to riders how the five senses capture the imagination, but the mischievous Figment keeps interrupting and hijinks ensue. For the most part, it’s family friendly but there are some very loud noises and a moment where it becomes pitch black. I wouldn’t recommend this ride unless you really love Figment- it is not a must do.

Coming Soon!

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is a highly anticipated ride that has been going through Annual Pass previews until its official opening later this week on May 27th, 2022. In this, guests will take off on an intergalactic chase through space and time with the Guardians of the Galaxy. This family-thrill attraction will feature the first ever reverse-launch on a Disney coaster and it will be one of the largest fully enclosed coasters in the world! The coaster will also rotate a full 360 degrees, so you won’t miss a second of the action! We have no doubt that this ride will be among the best rides at Walt Disney World!

As a whole, EPCOT is more than just the festivals, and has some pretty great rides. Do you agree with our ranking of the Epcot rides? Which is your favorite?

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