Epcot touring plans and FastPass+ suggestions for 2017

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Epcot touring plans(Article last updated: April 12, 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.

Tierwdt_IDTop prioritySecond 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 the World Showcase
  • 12. Explore Innoventions
  • 13. Mission: Space (44" height req.)
  • 14. Ellen's Universe of Energy (takes 45 minutes)
  • 15. 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. Explore the World Showcase
  • 12. Explore Innoventions
  • 13. Mission: Space (44" height req.)
  • 14. Ellen's Universe of Energy (takes 45 minutes)
  • 15. 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. Explore the World Showcase
  • 11. Explore Innoventions
  • 12. Visit Club Cool to sample sodas for free
  • 13. Use FP+ to ride Spaceship Earth (suggested FP+ time: afternoon)
  • 14. Ellen's Universe of Energy (takes 45 minutes)
  • 15. 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.

WDW Prep Members

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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Hopefully this info will help you come up with a plan for your Epcot day.

What questions do you have? Please share them in the comments.