EPCOT at Walt Disney World Attraction Guide

Epcot is one of the most beloved parks at Walt Disney World with the Spaceship Earth (also known as the ‘golf ball') being an iconic symbol. With Walt Disney World's 50th anniversary, Disney Parks has announced some big changes and exciting upcoming attractions to one of our favorite parks.

Our Epcot ride guide will help you keep track of all the changes coming to Epcot along with help you plan for the attractions that are currently offered.

Keep reading for our ratings of Epcot rides, the best tips to experience the most, and info on park expansion.

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Figment Will Return to EPCOT

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Figment will be returning to EPCOT due to popular demand by the end of 2023. No official concept art has been shared yet but Disney has said Figment will be “coming to life in a whole new way.”

DuckTales World Showcase Adventure

Disney’s DuckTales World Showcase Adventure is coming to EPCOT later this year!

This experience was originally announced in 2019 and described as using the Disney Parks app to take guests on a trip around World Showcase to discover exotic destinations, mysteries along with a few, thieves, villains and supernatural guardians of artifacts. Guests will join Scrooge McDuck, Donald, nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie, Launchpad and Webby in search of priceless treasure around the World Showcase.

We'll hear more details soon!

New EPCOT Nighttime Spectacular 2023

Walt Disney World is developing a brand new nighttime spectacular in honor of Disney's 100th anniversary celebration that will debut in 2023. This nighttime spectacular will replace Harmonious which was created in honor of Walt Disney World's 50th celebration so make sure to see it while you still can!

Walt Disney Statue Coming to EPCOT

The new “Walt the Dreamer” statue was revealed at the 2022 D23 Expo and will be placed in area of World Celebration called Dreamers Point. This statue will be the focus of a new entry point into EPCOT in 2023.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind Now Open!

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is Epcot's newest e-ticket ride at Walt Disney World is now open!

This Marvel themed roller coaster is based on the popular Guardians of the Galaxy movies and is a mixture of a thrills and storytelling which is made possible by its unique ride vehicle system called the “OmniCoaster” ride system.

Epcot's Redesign

EPCOT has undergone a large redesign which has split the previous Future World area of the park into different World neighborhoods.

Where Future World once stood, three new neighborhoods were created: World CelebrationWorld Discovery and World Nature. And World Showcase continues to celebrate culture, cuisine, architecture and traditions from around the world.

The new Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind opened in the World Discovery neighborhood and the newest experience Moana Journey of Water is currently being built in the World Nature neighborhood,

World Celebration

In the new World Celebration area of Epcot is where the classic Spaceship Earth remains the park's icon. But the new additions to World Celebration include:

World Celebration will feature a hub divided into different gardens with their own identities that'll change along with the festivals offered at Epcot throughout the year.

At night the gardens will light up and be enjoyed year round with different nighttime experiences that will change with the seasons.

Also new to the World Celebration area will be the new CommuniCore Hall and CommuniCore Plaza, a multi-use facility and outdoor event space. The CommuniCore Plaza will be a place to host musical performances that can extend into the gardens to host small and large scale concerts.

CommuniCore Hall will be an exhibition and gallery space that can be flexible to hosting a variety of experiences like art, live music and food for the various festivals offered at Epcot throughout the year. Next to this hall will also be a new Mickey & Friends location for character meet and greets.

You can see this new facility in the upper-right side of the image above and the design as it was inspired by the aesthetic of Spaceship Earth.

World Discovery

The World Discovery neighborhood is where the new Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind attraction is which features the first reverse launch into space.

World Nature

One of the most highly anticipated new attractions Journey of Water, Inspired by “Moana.” will be located in the new World Nature neighborhood. This first-ever experience inspired by the film will let guests interact with magical, living water in a beautiful and inspiring setting.

Epcot History and Basics

When Walt Disney first conceptualized EPCOT, he envisioned a futuristic community.  EPCOT in fact, stands for EXPERIMENTAL PROTOTYPE COMMUNITY of TOMORROW.  The idea never fully developed so became a theme park divided into Future World and World Showcase.  Future World is based on the initial EPCOT idea and World Showcase highlights 11 partnering countries and their cultures.

Monorail outside of Epcot going over the flowers

Height Requirements

EPCOT is a family-friendly park in that everyone is welcome on all attractions regardless of age or height with the exception of Mission: SPACE, Test Track, and Soarin' Around the World.  These three popular attractions require guests to be at least 40″ tall.

Car at Epcot

Single Rider/Child Swap

Single Rider lines are minimal at Walt Disney World due to the popularity of the Genie+ system but they do exist. In EPCOT, you'll find Test Track has the solo Single Rider queue in this park.

Parent of younger guests also have the option of Child Swap or Rider Switch. One parent stays with the child while the other responsible party (aged 14 and up) and accompanying guests (up to two) enjoy the attraction. Once they are finished, both parties switch roles so everyone can enjoy the same attraction without having to wait again in line.

EPCOT offers Child Swap at four locations- Future World's Mission: SPACE, Test Track, and Soarin' Around the World. World Showcase visitors can locate the option in Norway Pavilion's Frozen Ever After attraction.

World Celebration

Entrance Pavilion

Upon entering EPCOT, you'll find yourself standing directly in front of Spaceship Earth (the big golf ball). The entrance at Epcot features a fountain as the centerpiece of EPCOT’s entrance plaza.

Spaceship Earth (Genie+) is a dark (sit-down, vehicle) attraction which captures the history of the world communication.  Dame Judi Dench hosts a 16-minute narrative as you travel through technological highlights including the invention of the printing press to the televised broadcast of the moon landing.  TIP: Spaceship Earth tends to see crowds earlier in the day so plan for an afternoon visit if you do not have FastPass+.

After disembarking Spaceship Earth, you'll find yourself immersed in Project Tomorrow: Inventing the Wonders of the Future.  Stay, play, and wonder the technological marvel of the world around us.  There are several interactive stations including Body Builder and Super Drive.

TIP: View your own digital photos from Spaceship Earth's adventure and email them to family and friends.

World Nature

The Land PavilionLand Pavilion

Soarin' Around the World (Genie+) is a transplant straight from Anaheim's Disney California Adventure.  This hang gliding simulator follows an international journey while dipping and soaring over famous landmarks including the Taj Mahal, Pyramids of Giza, and the Great Wall of China.

TIP– Follow the locations to spot the exotic backgrounds of your favorite Disney animated features.

Living with the Land attraction

Take a break from the Florida sun and enjoy a leisurely boat tour through the greenhouse of EPCOT.  Living With the Land (Genie+) shares with guests a horticultural experience from the history of agriculture to updated technological advances.  This is all in an effort to supply a growing demand for our expanding world.  Plus, you may see some modified produce including Mickey-shaped pumpkins!

TIP– Budding horticulturists can enjoy “Behind the Seeds”- a one-hour, up-close walking tour of the four greenhouses.  The tour also includes a visit to the fish farm.  Additional fees apply per person.

The Seas PavilionGuests visiting the sea pavilion

The Seas With Nemo and Friends (Genie+) indoor, dark ride has guests climbing aboard a “clamobile” for an undersea adventure with the Pixar Pals.  Guests will also find some familiar sea creatures intermingling with Nemo and his friends.  View sea turtles, sharks, stingrays, and reef fish all living symbiotically in the (artificial) coral reef.

TIP– Your little sea creatures may want to stretch their fins after sitting so swim over to Bruce's Shark World where kids of all ages can test their knowledge with one of Mr. Ray's quizzes.  Don't forget to pose inside of Bruce's mouth for a fun photo op!

Guests inside of a fake shark

Guests can continue the Nemo and Friends experience with a visit to everyone's favorite sea turtle at Turtle Talk With Crush (Genie+).  Sit down in the theater to learn what tips and knowledge Crush has to offer.  Guests can utilize a “hydrophone” to ask Crush any question about sea life.

TIP– Check out the Time Guides to find the best schedule for your group to visit Crush.

Conclude your underwater adventure at SeaBase– home to the 5.7 million-gallon aquarium.  This massive structure houses more than four-thousand sea creatures including 60 different species.

Imagination! BuildingJourney into Imagination ride

Journey Into Imagination with Figment (FastPass+) is yet another interactive attraction for guests of all ages.  Figment is Walt Disney World's unofficial mascot- a playful, purple dragon who guides his guests through a journey of the five senses.

TIP– After spending time with Figment, unleash your own imagination at the adjacent ImageWorks- The “What If” Labs.  This interactive play area lets guests create music with Figment's Melody Maker or manipulate digital images.

PIxar short film festival

Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival  celebrates all things animation.  Guests can don special glasses and enter the Magic Eye Theater to learn about the animation  process, and then enjoy three Pixar Shorts with in-theater wizardry.

World Discovery

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic RewindGuardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is Epcot's newest e-ticket ride at Walt Disney World and is now open!

This Marvel themed roller coaster is based on the popular Guardians of the Galaxy movies and is a mixture of a thrills and storytelling which is made possible by its unique ride vehicle system called the “OmniCoaster” ride system.

Mission Space PavilionSolar system indoor at Epcot

For more interactive science play, head over to Advance Training Lab which highlights everything space.  Find your inner astronaut as you journey to Mars to locate your missing space crew on Expedition Mars.  Or, Mission:  Space Race lets you race your rocket to Mars.  Smaller cadets can climb and crawl through Space Base wormholes, and every space ranger is invited to create and send a video email anywhere in the universe.

Mission:  SPACE (Genie+) thrill attraction is next door to the Training Lab.  This space shuttle simulator offers two options for guests- the Orange Mission and the Green Mission.  Note- the Orange Mission does require guests to be at least 44″ tall.  Green Mission cadets need to be a minimum of 40″ tall.  Wanna-be space pilots will prepare for their mission with a trip to the Simulation Lab where they will be given specific instructions.  Then it's off to space for a daring mission with your crews!

TIP: The Orange Mission simulates spins and tilts so those guests who are prone to motion sickness should select the Green Mission option.

Test Track PavilionTest Track Pavilion ride

EPCOT's most popular attraction has to be Test Track (Genie+).  This thrilling attraction takes guests through the process of designing their own vehicle then testing the car on a high speed track (up to 65 miles per hour) through and around the circuit.

TIP: Again, Test Track is the only location in EPCOT to offer a Single Rider line.  Take advantage of this if you can.

World ShowcaseEpcot: World Showcase

Next stop is the World Showcase where you can experience a variety of cultures in Epcot!

Kidcot Fun StopsInside of the Kidcot store

The invited countries of World Showcase are stationed around the World Showcase Lagoon.  All 11 locations offer a Kidcot Fun Stop which allows guests of all ages to learn a little culture and create an EPCOT keepsake to take home.  Cast members are readily available to share their cultural knowledge with all visitors.

MexicoMexico pavilion indoors

Mexico Pavilion is the first to visit if you head east once entering World Showcase.  Guests can hop aboard a boat for the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros. The Mexican rooster- Panchito, and Jose Carioca- the Brazilian parrot, search for their lost friend Donald Duck, as highlights from the classic The Three Cabelleros plays along.  After the adventure, guests can peruse the Mexico Folk Art Gallery honoring the Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration.

NorwayAnn and Elsa in Epcot

Frozen Ever After (Genie+) is a journey through Arendelle set to the music from the Disney animated hit.  Visitors will embark on a quest through the land of Queen Elsa and Anna where they will meet up with Olaf, Kristoff, and even some trolls- all favorites from the movie.

TIP: Fan can stop by Royal Sommerhus afterwards to meet with Queen Elsa and Anna.  Lines tend to be long for photo ops with Arendelle's royalty so check prior for character meet-and-greet times.

Outside of Vikings attraction

The Stave Church Gallery houses a newer exhibit chronicling the history of the Viking lore.  Learn about the gods Odin, Thor, and Loki (pre-Marvel) then stay for a glimpse of true Viking clansmen who are working in the Pavilion recruiting a new crew.  But watch out- you might be the next volunteer for Valhalla!

ChinaHouse of Whispering Willows indoor attraction

House of the Whispering Willows exhibit in the China Pavilion showcases artwork from Shanghai Disney Resort.  This walk-though display features the conceptual development from Disney Imagineers who've created a resort based on elements of the Chinese culture.

Inside of the China pavilion

Also in the China Pavilion is the Circlevision show Reflections of China which takes viewers on a 360-degree tour of the wonders of the land.  This 14-minute show follows the past and present of exotic cities, the evolution of martial arts, and a culinary tour of China's delicacies.

The American AdventureIndoor theater in the World Showcase

The highlight in The American Adventure Pavilion is the animatronic presentation- The American Adventure.  Mark Twain and Benjamin Franklin co-host this patriotic journey throughout America's history.  Guests will meet great innovators and leaders along the way including Susan B. Anthony, Thomas Jefferson, and Theodore Roosevelt.

TIP- Show times are listed daily so plan ahead to catch the latest showing of this trip through America's history.

Inside American Heritage Gallery, visitors will learn about the Native American influence of our country.  Historical artifacts and contemporary artistic works from seven geographical locations are included in the gallery presentation.

JapanThe Japan country in the World Showcase

Bijutsu-kan Gallery is all things “cute” in Japan.  This delightful exhibit showcases the impact “kawaii” (meaning cute) has had on the Japanese culture.  Follow the origin from early beginnings to a present day phenomenon woven into every aspect of Japanese life.  Sanrio's “Hello Kitty”  is included in this darling presentation.

MoroccoThe inside of Morocco's art gallery and history

Morocco's Gallery of Arts & History is described by Disney as “exotic, exquisite, and exceptionally stunning”.  The exhibit features the artistry of Moroccan influence in traditional textiles, jewelry, and body art.  “Moroccan Style- The Art of Personal Adornment” showcases body art and its relation to the Moroccan cultural identity.

France

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is a newer attraction in the France pavilion. This ride is based on the popular Pixar movie “Ratatouille” uses similar technology to what we've seen on Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway with trackless ride vehicles. Remy's Ratatouille Adventure allows guests to feel like they've shrunk to the size of Chefy Remy as the ride takes you through Gusteau's restaurant on an adventure for the whole family- there is no height requirement.

This experience expanded the France Pavilion bringing with it a restaurant called La Crêperie de Paris. This restaurant offers both table- and quick-service options with a menu that will feature sweet crepes, savory buckwheat galettes (naturally gluten friendly) and authentic French hard cider.

This new expansion of the France pavilion will transport guests into the fanciful version of Paris straight out of the Ratatouille film inspired by Remy's love for the city of lights.

Guests can also enjoy Impressions de France, an 18-minute stunning, visual presentation taking guests on a  journey through the picturesque French landscape. From romantic castles, to wineries to bustling markets, viewers will discover the diversity of the country and what it has to offer.

CanadaCanada stores at the World Showcase

The Canada Pavilion is the final Pavilion of World Showcase.  A must is the O Canada! show which is another Circlevision wonder.  Hosted by comedian Martin Short, guests will discover more to this northern land than just a love for hockey with visits to whimsical towns such as Moose Jaw and Medicine Hat.  A trip to Montreal will feature the origin of the famed Cirque de Soleil.  And, keep on the lookout for a few more famous faces such as Jim Carrey and Mike Myers.

TIP: Spend a few extra minutes enjoying Victoria Gardens outside of the Pavilion.  Bring your camera along to capture the beauty of the colorful blooms.

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