Epcot touring plans for 2018 (with FastPass+ suggestions)

(Article last updated: June 20, 2018)

Worried about long waits for Epcot attractions?

Having well-organized touring plans that make good use of FastPasses is key to avoiding long line waits during your Disney World trip, including at Epcot.

Below, find Epcot touring plans, along with FastPass+ suggestions to make sure you're maximizing your time.

Let's take a look...

FastPass+ basics

New to making FastPass+ reservations? Check out how to use FastPass+ at Disney World to get you started.

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 Top priority Second priority (possible bonus FP+ options)
Tier 1
(you can choose 1 item from this level)
Frozen Ever After
Test Track
Soarin'
IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
Character Spot (for meeting classic Disney characters, not Baymax or Joy/Sadness)
Tier 2
(you can choose 2 from this level)
Turtle Talk with Crush Spaceship Earth Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival
Journey into Imagination with Figment
The Seas with Nemo & Friends
Mission: Space
Living with the Land

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.

What times should you make reservations?

You should 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 below.

Arrive before park opening

To make the best use of your time, arrive about 45 minutes before park opening.

Epcot usually allows people in a little before the official opening time. Guests are stopped in front of Spaceship Earth until the park opens.

Between the time you enter and the time the park opens, you can usually get PhotoPass pics taken and watch the Jammitors perform.

Single rider option

Test Track also has a single rider option. Here's how single rider lines work.

Epcot touring plans

We like to organize 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 Epcot touring plans.

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

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

Epcot touring plan

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 (Colortopia and SpectacuLAB)
  • 12. Mission: Space (40" 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

Epcot touring plan

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 (Colortopia and SpectacuLAB)
  • 23. Mission: Space (40" height req.)
  • 24. Illuminations (at night)

Epcot touring plan with toddlers

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 40" and could scare some kids.

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

Epcot touring plan

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 (Colortopia and SpectacuLAB are particularly good w/little ones)
  • 22. Visit Club Cool to sample sodas for free
  • 23. Use FP+ to ride Spaceship Earth (suggested FP+ time: afternoon)
  • 24. Illuminations (at night)

Video: how to do all 3 Epcot headliners with little waits

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.

Epcot touring plan

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.

Epcot touring plan

⇢ Get access to Level 2 tools ⇠

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

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