Epcot touring plans and FastPass+ suggestions for 2017

(Article last updated: August 18, 2017)

Touring Epcot is fairly easy once you have an effective touring plan and have made good FastPass+ selections.

Like Hollywood Studios, there are tiers in place when making FastPass+ selections, so that does limit your options a bit but it's fairly easy to figure out.

Let's take a look at Epcot touring plans using FastPass+ reservations...

FastPass+ basics

New to making FastPass+ reservations? Expand the section below for more info on how they work, how to link park tickets so you can make FP+ reservations, etc.

How FastPass+ works
All guests - whether they're staying onsite or offsite - can make 3 FastPass+ reservations per day in 1 park ahead of time beginning at 7 a.m. eastern time. All guests can also make use of the app or kiosks in the parks to make or change FastPass+ reservations.

However, there are some differences between onsite and offsite guests:

  • On-site guests (and people staying at the Swan and Dolphin) can make FastPass+ reservations for their whole trip up to 60 days in advance of their trip's start date, beginning at 7 a.m. eastern time.
  • Off-site guests can make FastPass+ reservations up to 30 days in advance of the day they plan to be in the park (which means off-site guests will have to be online for multiple days in a row).

You can't make your first 3 FastPass+ reservations for the same ride twice.
Your first 3 FastPass+ reservations must be for all different rides.

However, you can get more FastPass+ reservations after you use the first 3.
Once your first 3 FastPass+ reservations are used or expired, you can use the My Disney Experience app or go to a kiosk and get a 4th. Once your 4th FP+ is used or expired, you can get a 5th. These additional FastPass+ reservations can be in the same park or a different park and can be for the same ride over and over, if you want.

Don't use FastPass+ reservations unnecessarily.
If you arrive at an attraction to use a FastPass+ reservation and the standby line is short (5 or 10 minutes), skip the FastPass+ line, get into the standby line and then change that FastPass+ to something else to use later. You can make the change on your phone or at a FastPass+ kiosk.

Link your tickets
All guests should make FastPass+ reservations online ahead of time. In order to do that, you need to have tickets on your My Disney Experience account.

If you are staying on-site and bought a package for your trip (which includes a hotel and tickets), they'll already be in your account.

If you are staying off-site and/or bought tickets separate from your on-site hotel room, you need to link them.

You can link your tickets by logging in to your My Disney Experience account, selecting "My Reservations and Tickets" from the menu, and then clicking the Link Tickets button.

From there, you'll be able to enter your ticket info, and there's helpful on-screen info about where to find the numbers you'll use.

You can also link your tickets using the My Disney Experience app. After opening the app, touch your avatar pic at the bottom, select My Tickets, click the plus sign at the top, and then choose "Link Tickets & Passes." From there, you can type the ticket number or scan the code.

After making FastPass+ reservations, you will be able to scan your MagicBands or RFID-enabled park ticket when you arrive to an attraction at your FastPass+ time.

Epcot FastPass+ options and priorities

FastPass+ attractions are split into tiers at Epcot.

You can pick one from Tier 1 and two from Tier 2. You can't pick 3 things from Tier 2 as an alternative.

Here are the FastPass+ options at Epcot.

Tier wdt_ID Top priority Second priority (possible bonus FP+ options)
Tier 1
(you can choose 1 item from this level)
2
  • Frozen Ever After

  • Test Track

  • Soarin’

  • IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
Tier 2
(you can choose 2 from this level)
3
  • Turtle Talk with Crush

  • Spaceship Earth
  • Character Spot (for meeting classic Disney characters, not Baymax or Joy/Sadness)

  • Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival

  • Journey into Imagination with Figment

  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends

  • Mission: Space

  • Living with the Land


Want to have the FastPass+ suggestions on your phone? Click over to this handy graphic and save to your camera roll.

What times should you make reservations?

You should plan to show up at rope drop (arrive at least 30-45 minutes before park opening) and ride several things in the first couple of hours without FastPass+, make use of FastPass+ for late morning/early afternoon, and then get additional FastPass+ reservations for later in the day, if needed.

We've included suggested times for FP+ reservations in the touring plans below.

Epcot touring plans

I like to organize my touring plans by hour because minute-by-minute touring plans can make you feel like you’re running from place to place without any flexibility, but grouping them by hour can give you some sense of timing as you plan.

Here are some example touring plans.

General Epcot plan w/single rider line | General Epcot plan without single rider line | Epcot touring plan with little ones

General Epcot touring plan using Test Track single rider line

Get FP+ reservations ahead of time for Soarin', Spaceship Earth and Turtle Talk with Crush

Arrive about 45 minutes before park opening. You will usually be allowed into the park up to a certain point before the official park opening time. If you're allowed in far enough, you can get PhotoPass pics taken, shop and grab a snack, and then get lined up to head to your first attraction. Sometimes guests are held close to the front of the park (right after entering) and will just be allowed to watch a little show before the park opens.

First hour:

  • 1. Frozen Ever After
  • 2. Test Track in the single rider line (40" height req.)

Second hour:

  • 3. Use FP+ to ride Spaceship Earth (suggested FP+ time: 9:15-10:15)
  • 4. The Seas with Nemo and Friends
  • 5. Use FP+ at Turtle Talk with Crush (suggested FP+ time 10:30-11:30)

Third hour:

  • 6. Living with the Land
  • Lunch at Sunshine Seasons
  • 7. Use FP+ for Soarin' (40" height req., suggested FP+ time: 11:30-12:30)

Rest of the day:

  • 8. Journey Into Imagination with Figment
  • 9. Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival
  • 10. Gran Fiesta Tour
  • 11. Explore Innoventions
  • 12. Mission: Space (44" height req.)
  • 13. Illuminations (at night)

General Epcot touring plan without using Test Track single rider line

Just have 1 day at Epcot and don't want to use the single rider line at Test Track? To avoid long waits, you'll want to pick 2 of the three headliners (Test Track, Soarin', Frozen Ever After), get a FP+ for one of them, and ride the other at park opening.

Get FP+ reservations ahead of time for a headliner (Soarin', Test Track, or Frozen Ever After), Spaceship Earth, and Turtle Talk with Crush

Arrive about 45 minutes before park opening. You will usually be allowed into the park up to a certain point before the official park opening time. If you're allowed in far enough, you can get PhotoPass pics taken, shop and grab a snack, and then get lined up to head to your first attraction. Sometimes guests are held close to the front of the park (right after entering) and will just be allowed to watch a little show before the park opens.

First hour:

  • 1. Do a headliner you did not get a FP+ for
  • 2. Use FP+ to ride Spaceship Earth (suggested FP+ time: 9:15-10:15)

Second hour:

  • 3. The Seas with Nemo and Friends
  • 4. Explore The Seas pavilion
  • 5. Use FP+ at Turtle Talk with Crush (suggested FP+ time 10:30-11:30)

Third hour:

  • 6. Living with the Land
  • Lunch
  • 7. Use FP+ for other headliner (suggested FP+ time: 11:30-12:30)

Rest of the day:

  • 8. Journey Into Imagination with Figment
  • 9. Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival
  • 10. Gran Fiesta Tour
  • 11-21. Explore the World Showcase
  • 22. Explore Innoventions
  • 23. Mission: Space (44" height req.)
  • 24. Illuminations (at night)

Epcot touring plan with little ones

Get FP+ reservations ahead of time for Living with the Land, Turtle Talk with Crush, and Spaceship Earth

2 of the main attractions here - Soarin' and Test Track - both have 40" height requirements but they're fairly mild and non-scary (as long as your child can handle a car traveling at a high speed for a lap around the track on Test Track). If your child is at least 40", use the non-single rider touring plan above, but maybe skip Mission: Space which has a height requirement of 44" and could scare some kids.

If your child is under 40", follow a touring plan like the one below.

First hour:

  • 1. Frozen Ever After
  • 2. Pick some favorite characters to meet (such as Anna/Elsa, Joy/Sadness, classic characters at Character Spot)

Second hour:

  • 3. The Seas with Nemo and Friends
  • 4. Explore The Seas pavilion
  • 5. Use FP+ at Turtle Talk with Crush (suggested FP+ time 10:30-11:30)

Third hour:

  • 6. Use FP+ for Living with the Land (suggested FP+ time: 11:30-12:30)
  • Lunch at Sunshine Seasons

Rest of the day:

  • 7. Journey Into Imagination with Figment
  • 8. Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival
  • 9. Gran Fiesta Tour
  • 10-20. Explore the World Showcase
  • 21. Explore Innoventions
  • 22. Visit Club Cool to sample sodas for free
  • 23. Use FP+ to ride Spaceship Earth (suggested FP+ time: afternoon)
  • 24. Illuminations (at night)

What about Rider Switch (sometimes called Child Swap)?

The Rider Switch system allows parents to take turns riding things that little ones can't/won't ride. Please read my Rider Switch article so you can see how to use it and maximize your FastPass+ reservations.

Want to show up late or park hop?

If you want to arrive to Epcot a bit later in the day but still want to do nearly every attraction, just make sure you have a FastPass+ reservation for either Frozen Ever After or Soarin', and then ride Test Track in the single rider line.

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Level 2 WDW Prep Members have touring plan tools to put together their own plans. The attractions indicate height requirements, if it's a good use of FastPass+, illustrations of ride vehicles so you can see how many people will fit (especially handy if the kids outnumber the adults), and when to visit each attraction.

And as you build your touring plans, they are grouped by hour (for the first 3 hours) and then your whole plan is plotted on a map at the bottom of the page so you can see how it all lays out.

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Amanda

What is the best plan for getting Frozen Ever After, Sorin, and TT all done during spring break. We have an 8 AM reservation at Akershus. I’m thinking go right to Frozen Ever After as soon as breakfast is done, then book it to TT and FP+ Sorin. Is that the best way to go or should I FP+ Frozen since it breaks down often and try to do Sorin after breakfast? Anyone else’s advice is greatly appreciated also. Don’t know how I could go to WDW without this site. Thanks!!

Ramy Hanna

We’re going yo be in EP on Oct 9th. I’m hoping to hit all 3 headliners in 1 day. We have an 8:10am reservation at Garden Grill. The plan currently is to hit Soarin’ right after breakfast, then head over to Test Track all within the first hour…Hoping I can get a FP+ for Frozen Ever After which would be later in the afternoon. Is this realistic or even reasonable?

Kara

Does world showcase require a first thing in the morning visit? Do the lines get long and we risk not being able to see the characters? The princesses are the main reason why we are heading to Epcot (I have a 4 and 2 year old)

Monica

I’ve never been to Epcot, AK, or HS where they allowed us to enter the park earlier than maybe a few minutes. MK is the only park I’ve ever had that happen. Is this something that is very new?!?!

Steve

We’re staying at beach club. Is there a better entrance to use for park opening than the other? It seems like it would be a hike to get to soarin from the countries entrance but maybe if we were to head to frozen the Beach club entrance would be better. Also is there specific transportation to the main entrance other than buses from Beach Club?

Nicole Kundmueller

Once all 3 fast passes are used at Epcot are we able to get additional fast passes for tier 1 rides?

natalie millican

Hey! We’re driving down on the 26th-2nd… we should arrive around 3pm on the 26th. We have 2 young ones (3 and 5 yo girls) and Frozen will be a major attraction for them. Our previous “plan” was to go to
26th arrive and Disney SPrings
27th -DW (closes at 7 for party)
28th – AK
29 – DW – closes at 7 for party
30 – HS
1- Epcot in AM (EMH) and heading to MK for party at 4

After looking at your day suggestions, I’m thinking of heading straight to Epcot when we get there on the 26th, so the girls wont miss Illuminations and skip it the morning of the 1st. I’m doubting we can get a FP for Frozen (I’ve checked a million times)… is it possible there would be a 2 hour wait on that Sat? Best to keep it all the same and go for EMH on the 1st? THanks!

other parks on the other days, and Epcot on the 1st (EMH day) in the morning

Denise

Hi, Shannon! Love the site! My parents and I have a trip planned for the 1st week of May 2017. If we want to ride Soarin’ twice in one day, would you recommend riding it when the park opens, as well as getting a fast pass for later? Would the line for Test Track be long already after doing Soarin’ first thing, or should we fast pass Test Track instead? Thanks!

Adrea U

How does the Fast Pass + work for Frozen Ever After if Norway doesn’t open until 11. Doesn’t Norway open early for breakfast? And if so, does the Fast Pass + system allow to make FP+ selections for before 11 or does it automatically start issuing after 11? BTW, great site! So glad to find one that that is updated so frequently!

Adrea U

So awesome! Thanks for your quick response!

Sharon Morris

Shannon, I’ve planned our day at Epcot Future World to look like the half day you recently had in June (just before the Frozen ride opened). I start with Test Track, do Mission Space and Sum of all Thrills, and have FP’s for Soarin, Turtle Talk and Spaceship Earth. Is it still a good plan?

I have a dinner ADR at Garden Grill, but I am also holding on to an 8:20 Garden Grill ADR in case you think I should change plans and start w/Soarin, with a FP at Test Track.

Thoughts?

PS- I have a Frozen FP for an evening when we are doing the World Showcase, so I don’t need to work that in.

Amanda

Any updates on how to use fastpass with the addition of the frozen ride? My girls are 5 & 6 and want to do it all! Thank you!

Bev

I would also like to know how a touring plan incorporating Anna & Elsa should be to be most efficient! Shannon?

Marissa

A few years ago when i was at Disneyland I went on a nemo ride that took you underwater, is this the seas with nemo and friends the same thing? Also if I just want to see the fish tanks without riding the ride do you still have to wait in line or have a fastpass for that or can you walk around freely?

Tina

Would love to see an updated touring plan for when Frozen Ever After and Anna and Elsa meet and greet are available.

Jennifer Holloman

Hey Shannon! Thanks for your website! I used it when my family of 3 went to WDW for our son’s 5th bday in Feb 2014 & it helped a lot! Unfortunately, we didn’t get to tour all of Epcot then. And, we plan to go back the last week in Oct. 2016. How long does it take to tour the whole park? Do we need to plan 1 or 2 days? Thanks for all your great advice!

Krista

How would you edit your General Epcot touring plan with Soarin’ out due to refurbishments this spring? Thanks!

av

I was wondering the same thing!

Susan

Any advice for my husband and I as we are able to go to Disney World for just one day! We haven’t been there in about 10 years so would like to use the fast pass wisely but have no idea how it works.

Rachel

My family and I are visiting WDW in February for 6 days. We are doing 2 half-days in Epcot. We are starting those days in other parks (MK and AK). Regarding FP, after I use my 3 fast passes in those parks, can I make my 4th FP reservation for Epcot using a kiosk in those parks, or am I limited to making fast passes reservations in the park that I’m in at the time? Thank-you.

Kris Forslund

What time do we have to be at the park to see Illuminations? We’re going mid September. Can we save seats, is it like a parade. First timers!

Wendy

Hi there! We have scheduled a trip for December 2015. Due to flight issues some of our group will be arriving several days before and staying three nights on Disney property. After that we will be staying offsite at a condo. We will have a total of eight days of tickets (seven of which will used while staying offsite). My question is are we able to reserve all fastpasses 60 days in advance or just the days we are on property? Will I be able to schedule those family that are offsite entire trip at that time or wait for the 30 days?
Thanks in advance for your help!

Amy

Will the Epcot be enjoyable for a 5 and 7 year old? I am super unsure of theses rides. I have never visited WDW so i have no idea of whats to come. we will be staying on site in the month of september

Martha

I took my 7yo to Epcot last Fall. She enjoyed Spaceship Earth, Turtle Talk with Crush, the Seas with Nemo and Friends, the Living Seas exhibit (2nd largest aquarium in the continental US), and the Grand Fiesta Tour ride.

She also loved going to the different countries in the World Showcase and getting her passport stamped. Each country has “cast members” (employees) from the country represented. They will sign the passport with a special message in their native language and then translate it for the child. You can buy passports there or bring your own. I made my own, which my children enjoyed helping my with. You can see them here: http://memoirable.blogspot.com/2014/09/updated-epcot-passport-pages.html

Marissa

Do the cast members sign passports just for kids or for anyone?

anne

SO cute! Thanks for sharing!!

Megan

With all the changes to the entertainment in World Showcase, I’m having trouble deciding what shows we should make an attempt to hit and which ones we should avoid (or are okay to miss at least). Any suggestions? Also, instead of a big lunch that day we’re planning on snacking our way around the countries, so our girls (4.5 and 7.5 years) literally get a tast of each country. Your tips have been super helpful in planning that endeavor, so thanks!!!

Briana

Shannon my question is I if I make a FP+ reservation would it give me an option between green and orange.

Elizabeth

Thank you so much for such a comprehensive article. I still have a few questions about the details of the whole system.
I understand that once you use your first 3 fastpasses, you can get a 4th, 5th, etc. one at a time for any ride, from any tier. Let’s say I really like Test Track and want to ride it several times using FP+, but of course I can only get one FP+ for Test Track initially. What would you recommend doing, or how might I be able to get as many FP+s for Test Track throughout the day?
Could I get the first FP+ for Test Track, and the next two for 2 other rides, and then change them to Test Track once I get to the park, or is that not allowed since they’re still part of the initial 3 FP+s? Or, should I schedule the first 3 FP+s as early as possible, then let those time slots pass and then get Test Track FP+s for my 4th, 5th, etc.? Are you allowed to schedule overlapping FP+? By the time my first 3 FP+ time slots have passed, if I am traveling in the off-season, do you think I’d still be able to get FP+ for tier 1 rides, or would they likely be all booked already?
I am asking these questions to try to understand how the FP+ system works; I don’t actually plan to ride Test Track 6 times in one day. I would, however, like to use FP+ for both Test Track and Soarin’ in the same day, so I am trying to understand how the additional FP+ reservations, and how changing your FP+s once you’re in the park, works with the tier system. Thanks!

Martha

The trouble with the plan you are suggesting is that since Test track is such a popular ride, all the Fastpass+ for the day are usually gone by the time you are able to schedule your fourth FP+ (after the first 3 have been used or have expired). Your best bet for multiple rides on a popular ride like Test Track is to schedule a FP+ for it, but then get to the gates about 30 minutes before the scheduled opening. Once the park opens, go immediately to Test Track and ride it once or twice. Then you can ride it again with your scheduled FP+. Another option is to use the single rider line, which does go noticeably faster than the regular stand-by line.

Marie

Are the tiers still the same now? Or have they changed since this was posted?

krazyfork

Heading to an off-site hotel in April 2015 with my son’s high school band who will be performing in the Festival Disney Competition. Can we still order magic bands if we are staying off site?

Maria B

Do you know if the Anna and Elsa (FROZEN) meet and greet will have a FastPass+ option? I have heard that the wait has gotten up to 3 hours long in some cases (at a minimum, 90 minutes). My daughter wants to meet them, but I am not sure I want to waste my early morning time at the park running down to Norway and standing in line there, when at EPCOT you can’t FP both Soarin’ and Test Track on the same day.

Thank you!

Chariti

Elsa and Anna are in Magic Kingdom.

Mike

Hi Shannon,
If I buy my tickets from a third party source can I still use fast pass plus? Or do I have to by them through Disney? My dad can get discounted tickets through his union benefits and I’d rather go through that if possible. I am staying on site so that part wouldn’t be a problem. Thanks for your help!

Yes, you can still use them to set up FP+. The tickets will have either a series of numbers or a QR code on them that you can use to link them to your MDE account. Then you can make FP+ selections as usual.

ANGIE

We are staying on-site and our friends are staying off site. We have fast-passed our rides online with my Disney Experience. Is there a way to book all of our rides together even if they are staying off site.

Thanks.

angie

Maria B

My father and step-mother just returned from the park. They are FL residents and have annual passes, so they went to just EPCOT to celebrate my step-niece’s first birthday. They don’t seem happy with the change to FP+. My step-brother reported that his MagicBand worked only half the time they were there for the weekend. My father’s evaluation was that the lines were still there, but just “shifted.” Now the FP lines are longer than standby, and some people had to wait up to an hour at the kiosks to make their FP reservations.

Hearing this makes me nervous, as we plan to visit in August. I hope all of the “kinks” are worked out by then! I am thinking most people just don’t know how this all works yet. Everyone needs to visit this website! Thanks for compiling all of this information, Shannon. Very helpful!

Holly Allensworth

I see that you could schedule a FastPass for Illuminations. How exactly would that work? I thought everyone just kind of finds a good spot to stand to watch this over the water? Thanks for all your hard work and time you’ve been putting into FastPass+! It’s really been helpful in planning our trip!

Joan

Can military park tickets be linked to magic bands at this time or do you think they will in the future. Going in Dec. so we have time. Thanks so much for all your work on helping others to enjoy Disney as you do.

Nancy klaus

Does everyone in a group have to schedule the same rides?
What if I cannot do some rides. Can I schedule Soarin while the kids do test track , or could one of the group use my test track Fastpasses?

Joe

In your general touring plans for off site guests you have them using Soaring and Maelstrom fast passes. Is that possible?

Jillian

I know rides like The Seas With Nemo & Friends rarely have a long wait. Do you think FP+ will affect that at all? I’m wondering if lines will suddenly build at attractions like these due to the addition of FP+.

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