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The Complete Guide to Epcot Rides and Attractions 2024

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As one of the most unique theme parks out there, Epcot rides and attractions are truly in a league of their own. It is divided into four distinct areas, each with its own theme and experiences. World Celebration, for instance, pays homage to the connections we share with one another and features the iconic Spaceship Earth. World Discovery brings together the realms of space, science, and technology, providing an immersive and educational experience. World Nature showcases the beauty of animals, plants, and nature, allowing visitors to appreciate the wonders of the natural world.

Finally, World Showcase sets Epcot apart from other parks, offering an opportunity to explore and indulge in the cultures of 11 different countries through cuisine, shopping, and entertainment. Embark on a remarkable journey and “travel the world!”


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Welcome to Magic in the Planning’s Unofficial Epcot Rides and Attraction Guide!

 

World Celebration – 5 Attractions

World Celebration, one of the biggest neighborhoods in Epcot, greets you as soon as you step inside. With numerous attractions, including the renowned Spaceship Earth, this neighborhood offers plenty of exciting experiences waiting to be explored.

 

Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival

Inside the Magic Eye Theater, visitors can enjoy a captivating 4D movie experience. This includes three animated shorts created by Disney and Pixar Studios.

  • Height Restrictions: Any height
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes
  • Attraction Length: About 18 minutes
  • Who Should Enjoy: Anyone
  • When to Visit: Anytime
  • Open for Early Entry: No
  • Ride Photo: No

 

ImageWorks – The “What If” Labs

Found as you exit Journey Into Imagination With Figment, your children will be given the opportunity to use their imaginations while playing with sensory activities and games.

  • Height Restrictions: Any height
  • Genie+ Attraction: No
  • Attraction Length: N/A
  • Who Should Enjoy: Anyone
  • When to Visit: Anytime
  • Open for Early Entry: No
  • Ride Photo: No

 

Journey Into Imagination With Figment

Join Figment (a playful dragon) through this slow-moving dark ride through the Imagination Institute. You will be able to learn all about the five senses and will also be given the opportunity to explore and play in The “What If” Labs at the end of the attraction.

  • Height Restrictions: Any height
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes
  • Attraction Length: About 6 minutes
  • Who Should Ride: Anyone
  • When to Visit: Anytime
  • Open for Early Entry: No
  • Ride Photo: No

 

Project Tomorrow: Inventing the Wonders of the Future

After your ride on Spaceship Earth, you will be given the opportunity to explore and play with the latest in high-tech science.

  • Height Restrictions: Any height
  • Genie+ Attraction: No
  • Attraction Length: N/A
  • Who Should Enjoy: Anyone
  • When to Visit: Anytime
  • Open for Early Entry: No
  • Ride Photo: No

 

Spaceship Earth

Travel through time in this slow-moving, dark ride. You will embark on a journey through the history of mankind’s ability to communicate through technology. At the beginning of the attraction, guests’ headshots are taken and utilized near the end of the ride on your vehicle screen. (It’s super fun!)

  • Height Restrictions: Any height
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes
  • Attraction Length: About 15 minutes
  • Who Should Ride: Anyone
  • When to Visit: Anytime
  • Open for Early Entry: Yes
  • Ride Photo: No
  • Additional Info: Since this attraction is right in front of you as you walk into the park, the line first thing in the morning can get quite long. We highly recommend heading elsewhere and coming back once the initial crowds subside.

 

World Discovery – 4 Attractions

World Discovery is a vibrant neighborhood that offers immersive experiences in the realms of science, technology, and intergalactic exploration. Here, visitors can indulge in thrilling activities such as racing on Test Track, simulating space travel on Mission: SPACE, and partaking in cosmic adventures on Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind.

 

Advanced Training Lab

This high-tech, interactive play area located near Mission: Space allows young space adventurers to train for their next Mars mission using space-themed games and activities.

  • Height Restrictions: Any height
  • Genie+ Attraction: No
  • Attraction Length: N/A
  • Who Should Enjoy: Anyone
  • When to Visit: Anytime
  • Open for Early Entry: No
  • Ride Photo: No

 

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

This brand-new family coaster features a reverse launch (a first for Disney) and is one of the largest indoor roller coasters in the world. You will be able to rotate 360 degrees in your seat as you join Rocket, Groot, Gamora, and Star-Lord on an urgent mission through the galaxy.

  • Height Restrictions: Riders must be at least 42 inches tall
  • Genie+ Attraction: No. The Lightning Lane of this top-tier attraction is only available as an Individual Attraction purchase and not included as part of Genie+. It is also worth noting that for the time being, it will utilize a virtual queue boarding system similar to the one used when Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure first opened here in Epcot.
  • Attraction Length: About 3 minutes
  • Who Should Ride: Anyone who meets the height requirement (and doesn’t suffer from motion sickness)
  • When to Visit: Anytime with Virtual Queue or Individual Lightning Land selection
  • Open for Early Entry: No
  • Ride Photo: Yes (when turning around after the backward launch)
  • Additional Info: This ride offers Rider Switch for those who have guests in their party who can’t or don’t want to ride an attraction. Rider Switch allows one adult to wait with non-riders, while the rest enjoy the attraction. The waiting adult can then board without waiting in the regular line. (Be sure to check in with a Cast Member with your entire party if you wish to utilize this option.) *Please note: All Rider Swap participants are required to be in a Virtual Queue boarding group or have an individually purchased Lightning Lane entrance for the attraction prior to boarding.

 

Mission Space in Epcot | magicintheplanning.comMission: SPACE

Have you ever wanted to be an astronaut? This ride will take you through a simulated space mission. The “orange” mission is more intense and simulates both the speed and G-forces associated with space travel. (Be prepared to spin!) The “green” mission is more of a family experience (no spinning) and is much less intense.

*If you are prone to motion sickness or are visiting with kids, I highly recommend the “green” level as the “orange” level is quite the experience! Also, the less intense version almost typically has a shorter wait time.

  • Height Restrictions: Riders must be at least 40 inches tall for the green mission or 44 inches tall for the orange mission
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes
  • Attraction Length: About 5-6 minutes
  • Who Should Ride: Anyone who meets the height requirement
  • When to Visit: Anytime after the first hour of the day or anytime with Genie+
  • Open for Early Entry: Yes
  • Ride Photo: No
  • Additional Info: This ride offers Rider Switch for those who have guests in their party who can’t or don’t want to ride an attraction. Rider Switch allows one adult to wait with non-riders, while the rest enjoy the attraction. The waiting adult can then board without waiting in the regular line. (Be sure to check in with a Cast Member with your entire party if you wish to utilize this option.)

 

Test Track | magicintheplanning.comTest Track

Digitally design your dream car and then take it out for a test drive! You will test its safety, ability to take turns, handle rough terrain, and finally its power while traveling up to 65 miles an hour. Be prepared for some sharp turns, sudden stops, and some speed. While it isn’t a full-blown roller coaster, you will definitely be in for some thrills!

  • Height Restrictions: Riders must be 40 inches or taller
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes
  • Attraction Length: About 5 minutes
  • Who Should Ride: Anyone who meets the height requirement and can handle sharp movements
  • When to Visit: Anytime after the first hour of the day or anytime with Genie+
  • Open for Early Entry: Yes
  • Ride Photo: Yes (during the outdoor part of the track)
  • Additional Info: This ride offers Rider Switch for those who have guests in their party who can’t or don’t want to ride an attraction. Rider Switch allows one adult to wait with non-riders, while the rest enjoy the attraction. The waiting adult can then board without waiting in the regular line. (Be sure to check in with a Cast Member with your entire party if you wish to utilize this option.) Also, this ride offers a Single Rider Line for those who don’t mind riding alone without their party.

 

World Nature – 6 Attractions

World Nature is all about appreciating and protecting the incredible wonders of nature. You’ll find two large pavilions here, The Land and The Seas as well as a brand-new attraction coming soon inspired by Moana. It’s a perfect spot to explore and connect with the natural world!

 

Awesome Planet

This 10-minute film uses in-theater effects (wind, smell, water, etc.) to tell the story of life on Earth and conveys why we need to take care of it.

  • Height Restrictions: Any height
  • Genie+ Attraction: No
  • Attraction Length: About 10 minutes
  • Who Should Enjoy: Anyone
  • When to Visit: Anytime
  • Open for Early Entry: No
  • Ride Photo: No

 

Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana – Opening Fall 2023

Explore this outdoor trail on your own as you play and interact with water as it travels through its cycle.

  • Height Restrictions: Any height
  • Genie+ Attraction: TBD
  • Attraction Length: About 10 minutes
  • Who Should Enjoy: Anyone
  • When to Visit: Anytime
  • Open for Early Entry: No
  • Ride Photo: No

 

Living with the Land

Embark on a gentle boat cruise as you learn about the history of farming.

  • Height Restrictions: Any height
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes
  • Attraction Length: About 15 minutes
  • Who Should Ride: Anyone
  • When to Visit: Anytime
  • Open for Early Entry: No
  • Ride Photo: No

 

The Seas with Nemo and Friends | magicintheplanning.comThe Seas with Nemo & Friends

This slow-moving, dark ride will take you “under the sea” to explore the ocean with Nemo and his friends. Upon exiting the attraction, you will be given the opportunity to learn and explore at the SeaBase.

This amazing destination offers many unique ocean exhibits including Bruce’s Shark World, Coral Reefs, Manatees, Reef Fish, Sea Turtles, and Sharks and Rays. The SeaBase also offers some unique experiences for an additional charge such as Epcot DiveQuest (for certified scuba divers), Dolphins in Depth (a backstage tour), and the Seas Aqua Tour (snorkeling through the aquarium).

  • Height Restrictions: Any height
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes
  • Attraction Length: About 5 minutes
  • Who Should Ride: Anyone
  • When to Visit: Anytime
  • Open for Early Entry: Yes
  • Ride Photo: No

 

Soarin Around the World | magicintheplanning.comSoarin’ Around the World

Take a simulated parasailing flight around the world in this 180-degree, 80-foot IMAX theatre. While it is a simulator, be prepared for heights, gentle motion, breathtaking sights, and even smells as you travel to some of the world’s most exciting destinations.

  • Height Restrictions: Riders must be 40 inches or taller
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes
  • Attraction Length: About 5 minutes
  • Who Should Ride: Anyone who meets the height requirement
  • When to Visit: First hour of the day or anytime with Genie+
  • Open for Early Entry: No
  • Ride Photo: No
  • Additional Info: This ride offers Rider Switch for those who have guests in their party who can’t or don’t want to ride an attraction. Rider Switch allows one adult to wait with non-riders, while the rest enjoy the attraction. The waiting adult can then board without waiting in the regular line. (Be sure to check in with a Cast Member with your entire party if you wish to utilize this option.)

 

Turtle Talk With Crush

Enjoy a real-time entertaining conversation with Crush from Finding Nemo! This cool show uses technology where an actor both voices and controls the live animation on the screen. It’s a blast with all your fave characters from the popular Pixar movies.

  • Height Restrictions: Any height
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes
  • Attraction Length: About 15 minutes
  • Who Should Enjoy: Anyone
  • When to Visit: Anytime
  • Open for Early Entry: No
  • Ride Photo: No

 

World Showcase – 16 Attractions

Epcot’s renowned World Showcase encompasses a 1.2-mile loop adorned with 11 country pavilions, encircling the picturesque World Showcase Lagoon. This exceptional destination offers visitors a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in diverse cultures, indulge in delectable dining experiences, and explore an array of enticing shopping options, all within a single afternoon.

 

The American Adventure

Watch the inspiring story of the United States of America featuring 35 Audio-Animatronics and digital rear-projection images on a 72-foot screen.

  • Height Restrictions: Any height
  • Genie+ Attraction: No
  • Attraction Length: About 29 minutes
  • Who Should Enjoy: Anyone
  • When to Visit: Anytime
  • Open for Early Entry: No
  • Ride Photo: No
  • Additional Info: This theater is one of two in the World Showcase providing seats, making it an ideal place to relax and cool off from the heat.

 

American Heritage Gallery

This exhibit allows you to take part in interactive storytelling and to explore the artistry of American Indian communities.

  • Height Restrictions: Any height
  • Genie+ Attraction: No
  • Attraction Length: N/A
  • Who Should Enjoy: Anyone
  • When to Visit: Anytime
  • Open for Early Entry: No
  • Ride Photo: No

 

Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along

This 15-minute show allows you to sing along to your favorite songs from Beauty and the Beast!

  • Height Restrictions: Any height can ride.
  • Genie+ Attraction: No
  • Attraction Length: About 15 minutes
  • Who Should Enjoy: Anyone
  • When to Visit: Anytime
  • Open for Early Entry: No
  • Ride Photo: No

 

Bijutsu-kan Gallery

This exhibit currently features “Kawaii: Japan’s Cute Culture.”

  • Height Restrictions: Any height
  • Genie+ Attraction: No
  • Attraction Length: N/A
  • Who Should Enjoy: Anyone
  • When to Visit: Anytime
  • Open for Early Entry: No
  • Ride Photo: No

 

Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360

This 12-minute Epcot Circle-Vision 360 allows you to explore the breathtaking beauty of Canada.

  • Height Restrictions: Any height
  • Genie+ Attraction: No
  • Attraction Length: About 12 minutes
  • Who Should Enjoy: Anyone
  • When to Visit: Anytime
  • Open for Early Entry: No
  • Ride Photo: No
  • Additional Info: This theatre is occasionally used as a food booth during Epcot’s festivals, so the show doesn’t run year-round.

 

Disney’s DuckTales World Showcase Adventure

Using the Play Disney Parks app, guests will be able to join Scrooge McDuck, his nephews, and their friends as they travel around World Showcase to locate the 7 Lost Magic Treasures.

  • Height Restrictions: Any height
  • Genie+ Attraction: No
  • Attraction Length: N/A
  • Who Should Enjoy: Anyone
  • When to Visit: Anytime
  • Open for Early Entry: No
  • Ride Photo: No

 

Frozen Ever After | magicintheplanning.comFrozen Ever After

Based on the very popular movie, take a boat ride through Arendelle to visit Elsa in her ice castle. As you travel, be prepared for a small drop at the end! (You may get a bit wet!)

  • Height Restrictions: Any height
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes
  • Attraction Length: About 5 minutes
  • Who Should Ride: Anyone, especially fans of Frozen
  • When to Visit: First hour of the day or anytime with Genie+
  • Open for Early Entry: Yes
  • Ride Photo: Yes. (It takes place during the drop after seeing Marshmallow.)
  • Additional Info: This ride offers Rider Switch for those who have guests in their party who can’t or don’t want to ride an attraction. Rider Switch allows one adult to wait with non-riders, while the rest enjoy the attraction. The waiting adult can then board without waiting in the regular line. (Be sure to check in with a Cast Member with your entire party if you wish to utilize this option.)

 

Gallery of Arts and History

Located in Morocco, “Race Against the Sun: Ancient Technique to Modern Competition” gives viewser a glimpse of life in the Sahara

  • Height Restrictions: Any height
  • Genie+ Attraction: No
  • Attraction Length: N/A
  • Who Should Enjoy: Anyone
  • When to Visit: Anytime
  • Open for Early Entry: No
  • Ride Photo: No

 

Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros | magicintheplanning.comGran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros

Enjoy the sights of Mexico on this slow-moving boat ride through the Mexico Pavilion.

  • Height Restrictions: Any height
  • Genie+ Attraction: No
  • Attraction Length: About 7 minutes
  • Who Should Ride: Anyone
  • When to Visit: Anytime
  • Open for Early Entry: No
  • Ride Photo: No

 

House of the Whispering Willows

This gallery features artwork and photography from the Shanghai Disney Resort.

  • Height Restrictions: Any height
  • Genie+ Attraction: No
  • Attraction Length: N/A
  • Who Should Enjoy: Anyone
  • When to Visit: Anytime
  • Open for Early Entry: No
  • Ride Photo: No

 

Impressions de France

Enjoy an 18-minute film showcasing the wonder and beauty of France on a 200-degree widescreen.

  • Height Restrictions: Any height
  • Genie+ Attraction: No
  • Attraction Length: About 18 minutes
  • Who Should Enjoy: Anyone
  • When to Visit: Anytime
  • Open for Early Entry: No
  • Ride Photo: No

 

Kidcot Fun Stops

This fun activity for kids allows them to “travel the world” and pick up a memento from each of the eleven countries of the World Showcase containing cultural facts and activities.

  • Height Restrictions: Any height
  • Genie+ Attraction: No
  • Attraction Length: N/A
  • Who Should Enjoy: Anyone
  • When to Visit: Anytime
  • Open for Early Entry: No
  • Ride Photo: No

 

Mexico Folk Art Gallery

“Remember Me!” – La Celebración del Día de Muertos is an exhibit featuring prominent Mexican artists highlighting the Day of the Dead holiday.

  • Height Restrictions: Any height
  • Genie+ Attraction: No
  • Attraction Length: N/A
  • Who Should Enjoy: Anyone
  • When to Visit: Anytime
  • Open for Early Entry: No
  • Ride Photo: No

 

Reflections of China in Epcot's World Showcase | magicintheplanning.comReflections of China

Enjoy a 12-minute Circle-Vision 360° film that will take you on a journey through both ancient and modern China.

  • Height Restrictions: Any height
  • Genie+ Attraction: No
  • Attraction Length: About 12 minutes
  • Who Should Enjoy: Anyone
  • When to Visit: Anytime
  • Open for Early Entry: No
  • Ride Photo: No

 

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

Shrink down to the size of Chef Remy in this brand-new 4D attraction based on the film Ratatouille.

  • Height Restrictions: Any height
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes
  • Attraction Length: About 5 minutes
  • Who Should Ride: Anyone
  • When to Visit: First hour of the day or at the end of the day
  • Open for Early Entry: Yes
  • Ride Photo: No

 

Stave Church Gallery

Located in the Norway Pavilion, this exhibit features historical items that showcase the Vikings’ beliefs and how these beliefs impacted their lives.

  • Height Restrictions: Any height can ride.
  • Genie+ Attraction: No
  • Attraction Length: N/A
  • Who Should Enjoy: Anyone
  • When to Visit: Anytime
  • Open for Early Entry: No
  • Ride Photo: No

 

Free Printable Checklist

Print out our free checklist below to keep track of all your must-see rides at Epcot! And be sure to visit our resource library for more free printables to simplify your Disney vacation planning!

Free Printable Epcot Attractions Checklist | Magic in the Planning

 

**I hope you enjoyed this unofficial Epcot rides and attractions guide! Looking to plan your first Walt Disney World vacation? Be sure to visit my step-by-step guide to get started!

And be sure to visit the official Walt Disney World website for more information about your favorite rides and attractions!

 

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