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Epcot FastPass+ Advice (tips, tricks, and strategies)

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Epcot FastPass+ Advice (tips, tricks, and strategies)

Epcot has lots to offer guests of all ages, but planning your day here can get a little bit tricky because of all the different options you’ll have.

That’s where FastPasses can help. Every guest that visits Disney World will start off with the ability to make 3 advanced FastPass+ reservations per day and which ones you select can make a huge difference on how smoothly your day goes.

Ready to learn more?

Here’s our best advice for maximizing your Epcot FastPass plans.

Important Update:
Disney Genie has replaced FastPass+

FastPass+ (at Walt Disney World) and FastPass (at Disneyland) have been discontinued. A new system, called Disney Genie (free) and Disney Genie+ (pay-to-use) are now available at all 4 parks.

  • Disney Genie –> Complimentary in-app service that helps you plan your day.
  • Disney Genie+ –> Basically, it is a paid FastPass that costs $15 per ticket, per day (Walt Disney World) & $20 per ticket, per day (Disneyland). This service replaces the old FastPass service and allows you to choose the next available time to arrive at a variety of attractions. It works very similar to MaxPass at Disneyland.
  • Lightning Lane –> New name for FastPass line. You use this with Genie+.
  • Lightning Lane Select Experiences –> The most high-demand attractions are not available in Genie+; however, you can select up to 2 of these high-demand attractions per day to ride via an individual Lightning Lane selection. These selections will cost you extra (they aren’t included with the price of Genie+), and the prices are dynamic, meaning they will vary based upon the time of the year and attraction.

FastPass+ basics for Epcot

The Disney FastPass+ service is kind of like an advanced reservation system for attractions. My Disney Experience (either the app or online) allows you to pre-select 3 attractions that are a priority for you to see and experience.

Each selection – which is called a FastPass – will provide you with a 1-hour return window to ride via the FastPass+ line instead of standing in the typically way longer Standby line.

My Disney Experience get fastpass+

So, while you don’t really skip the entire line, your waits using FastPass are greatly reduced – which is especially important for popular attractions.

You receive 3 free FastPasses for each day of your ticket, however, how far in advance you can select your attractions differs.

Guests staying onsite at a Walt Disney World resort (and some select offsite locations) can make their selections 60 days in advance while those staying offsite can make theirs 30 days in advance.

The number of available FastPasses for each attraction is limited, which means the earlier you book yours the better your chances will be in securing what you want.

If all this stuff is brand new to you, we highly recommend you check out how to use FastPass+ at Disney World to learn more.

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 also pick 3 things from Tier 2 as an alternative.

Here are the FastPass+ options at Epcot.

Tier Top priority Second priority (possible bonus FP+ options)
Tier 1
(you can choose 1 item from this level)
Frozen Ever After
Test Track (40″ ht. req.) 
Soarin’ (40″ ht. req.)
Epcot Forever
Tier 2
(you can choose 2 from this level)
Spaceship Earth
Turtle Talk with Crush
Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival
Journey into Imagination with Figment
The Seas with Nemo & Friends
Mission: Space (Orange ht. req. 44″, Green ht. req. 40″)
Living with the Land

Best Tier 1 FastPass+ options for Epcot


Best choice if height restrictions are not a consideration and you are able to utilize the Single Rider Line at Test Track

Soarin' outside sign

Location: Future World (The Land Pavilion)
Height Requirement: 40″

Soarin’ is one of the most-beloved attractions in all of Epcot. With majestic images, an inspirational musical score, and scents guaranteed to spark memories, this attraction is a definite must-do.

If you are traveling with people that are able to use the Single Rider line over at Test Track, snagging a Fast Pass here will maximize your touring time.

There is a height requirement here, though, but Rider Switch is available to guests that wish to use it.

Frozen Ever After

Best choice if height restrictions are a consideration. 

Frozen Ever After FastPass+ Sign

Location: World Showcase (Norway Pavilion)
Height Requirement: None

If height restrictions are something you need to consider OR if you are traveling with a huge Frozen fan, a FastPass+ here makes a lot of sense.

This boat ride is in the former home of Maelstrom, and while the track is the same, the entire ride is all things Frozen now.

You’ll see all your favorite characters here, including Anna, Elsa, and Olaf.

There are a couple of little drops, but they are very gentle and most young kids handle them perfectly fine. But, if you have somebody that gets nervous it might be best to give them a heads up.

Test Track

Test Track FastPass sign

Location: Future World
Height Requirement: 40″

Love fast cars? Then you’ll probably love Test Track.

Here, guests start by designing their very own car before heading out to pit it against an assortment of tests.

It’s a LOT of fun.

There is a Single Rider Line option here, so if you are traveling with people able to use it AND you want to ride all 3 Tier 1 attractions, we usually recommend you skip using a FastPass+ here to maximize your day.

Here’s how that looks: FastPass either Soarin’ or Frozen Ever After, ride whichever one you didn’t get at Rope Drop, and then ride Test Track via the Single Rider Line.

Best Tier 2 FastPass+ options for Epcot

Spaceship Earth

Spaceship Earth

Location: Future World
Height Requirement: none

A classic Epcot attraction, this fun ride is inside the giant geodesic sphere at the front of Epcot.

It’s a family-friend attraction, but it’s location at the entrance to the park means that it isn’t uncommon here for lines to build quickly.

But, since it is a continuous-loader, it also makes it a relatively easy one to snag as a 4th FastPass later in the day.

Turtle Talk with Crush

Turtle Talk with Crush

Location: Future World (The Seas with Nemo and Friends pavilion)
Height Requirement: none

Turtle Talk with Crush is a cute show located in The Seas with Nemo and Friends.

It’s fun, but because it is a show space is limited so having a FastPass+ here means you don’t have to show up as early to wait for a spot.

Honorable mention: Living with the Land

Living with the Land

Location: Future World (The Land Pavilion)
Height Requirement: None

Living with the Land is a handy one to pair with a ride on Soarin’ since they are in the same building and located right next to one another.

In fact, it can often make a lot of sense to plan those 2 around lunch so you can dine at Sunshine Seasons or Garden Grill – two of our favorite places to eat in Epcot. 

What about the other parks?

Looking for FastPass strategies for the other parks?

Check out the posts below:

Magic Kingdom FastPass Advice
Animal Kingdom FastPass Advice
Hollywood Studios FastPass Advice

And don’t forget touring plans:

Magic Kingdom touring plans
Epcot touring plans
Hollywood Studios touring plans
Animal Kingdom touring plans

FastPass+ Tips & Tricks

You start with 3, but you can get more

Everybody starts with 3 FastPasses, but you can get additional FastPasses (one-at-a-time)  as soon as you use your 3rd FastPass.

Here’s how that works:

  • As soon as you tap your MagicBand or ticket for your 3rd FastPass, head over to the My Disney Experience app to see what is there. Attraction availability will depend on what time of day your 3rd FastPass is scheduled – the later in the day, the fewer your options will likely be. When you find something you want to ride, snag it.
  • Then, as soon as you tap your MagicBand for FastPass #4 you can do it all again: hop into the app, search for available attractions, and snag something else.
  • Keep repeating the process until you’re out of options OR you’re done for the day.

Pair FastPass with Rope Drop (and good touring plans)

If you really want to see and do all of the best-of-the-best attractions, you’ll have to pair Rope Drop with solid FastPass+ planning.

That means you’ll need to arrive to the front of the park no later than 45 minutes before opening (and we recommend even earlier during busy times of the year like the holidays).

To get the maximum amount of stuff done, pair early arrival with our Epcot touring plans.

When hours are extended, more FastPasses typically open up

Disney publishes their park hours about 180 days out, but the closer you get to your travel dates the higher the likelihood they’ll tweak those hours by opening earlier or staying open later (or sometimes both!).

When that happens, additional FastPasses open up for those new hours, which means if you missed out on something you really wanted before you may be able to snag it then.

If you don’t get what you want, keep trying

Some FastPasses are just hard-to-get, so you may not be able to get exactly what you want (at the time you want).

If that sounds like your situation make sure you check out our tips for how to get difficult FastPass+ reservations.

Height requirements

When picking your FastPasses, if you have little ones make sure you keep an eye out for height requirements and read up on how Rider Switch works at Epcot.


Have Epcot FastPass+ questions? We’ve got answers! Here’s some of the most common questions we hear:

What times should you make reservations?

After the park opens, plan to 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 Epcot touring plans.

Does Epcot have FastPass tiers?

Yes. In 3 of the parks (Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom), FastPasses are divided into 2 separate pools, commonly referred to as “tiers.”

Tier 1 attractions are the most popular rides in the park, while Tier 2 attractions are the less popular ones.

When booking your standard FastPass+ reservations, you can have a total of 3 FastPasses at a time. Of those 3, only 1 of your initial 3 can be from the Tier 1 category

How much does FastPass+ cost?

FastPasses are free.

There are ways to purchase additional FastPasses, though. But, every ticket is eligible to book (in advance) 3 free FastPasses per ticket day.

Can I use FastPass+ during Extra Magic Hours?

FastPasses are not available during Extra Magic Hours.

How far in advance can I book Fastpasses?

Guests staying at a Walt Disney World resort as well as some select offsite locations can book their FastPasses 60 days in advance.

Everybody else can book FastPasses at 30 days out.

Annual Passholders without a resort reservation can book up to 7 days worth of FastPasses at 30 days out, too.

Do I need a FastPass for everybody in my party?

Every person that plans to enter the FastPass+ line needs to have a FastPass. 

We get this question a lot in regards to FastPasses for characters.

Even if you’re just going along with your child so they can meet Mickey Mouse, you’ll still need to have a FastPass to enter the line with them.

What happens if an attraction breaks down during my FastPass window?

If an attraction breaks down or if weather closes an attraction during your FastPass+ window you’ll receive a push notification in the My Disney Experience App.

Typically you’ll receive another FastPass that you’ll be able to use at any (or nearly any) attraction for the remainder of the day.

You wont have to make a new reservation and there wont be a return window – you just pick an attraction and scan your MagicBand or ticket when you get there.

FastPass+ suggestions to save to your phone

Want to have the FastPass+ suggestions on your camera roll? Press the image below from your phone to save to your camera roll.

FastPass tier

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