Choosing a Disney Dining Plan

Choosing a Disney Dining plan can be a tough decision! There are 3 different dining packages to choose from. In this article, we’ll break down the 3 plans and help you choose the one that’s right for your family.

What is the Dining Plan?

As part of a Disney package, the 3 dining plans give you the ability to pre-pay for food.  So during your stay at Disney, you get a certain amount of food each day, depending on the plan you choose.  For full details of the dining plan, see our overview of the Disney Dining plan details.

Which Disney Dining Package Should You Choose?

There are three different Dining Packages that we will look at. Our goal with this article is to help you choose the one that will work best for your family.

Quick-Service Dining Plan

If you choose the Quick-Service Dining plan, you essentially get 2 Quick-Service meals and 1 snack, per day, per person.  These QSM’s also include a drink, which can be alcoholic, for guests over 21. Years ago, a Quick-Service meal often meant burgers and fries. But over the last decade, Disney has really stepped up their game with counter service restaurants. You can find a wide variety of counter meals at all four parks and Disney Springs.  

Snacks can be used on candy, ice cream, and soft drinks.  You’ll see a little “Snack” symbol on menu’s at all restaurant locations.  This symbol shows you which items you can use your snack credits on.

While the quick-service dining plan is perfect for a weekend get-away, it can get old if you are there for a week.  You’ll quickly notice that many of the counter restaurants are using the same food, and after 7 days of eating “fast food” meals for lunch and dinner, you will probably start getting a little sick of the food. For adults, the Quick-Service plan is around 52 dollars per person, per day.

Most of the restaurants that guests come to Disney for cannot be used with the Quick-Service Dining plan. The buffets, the steaks, the character dining meals, none of these can be used with the QS plan.

Due to this, I recommend QSD only for spur-of-the-moment trips or weekend getaways.

Standard Dining Plan

The standard Disney dining plan also includes 2 meals a day and 1 snack per day, just like the QSD.  However, one of those meals is a table-service meal, which allows you to eat at many of the fine dining establishments across Disney World.

You won’t regret this choice, as some of the restaurants are truly unforgettable.  From the popular Ohana restaurant at the Polynesian resort to the different flavors from the world showcase in Epcot, the standard dining plan will really enhance your trip.

Even with small children, who often don’t do well in restaurants, you’ll find plenty of value. Disney offers character dining at many of it’s restaurants. Typically this is buffet-style eating, and characters from different Disney films and cartoons come around to all the tables and see the kids. This keeps the kids engaged, and is a truly magical experience for them.

I would advise you to be cautious when booking reservations.  Many of the nicer restaurants, such as Le Cellier and the California Grill, charge 2 table-service meals per person.  When researching the restaurants, youll want to keep this in mind and make sure that you haven’t chosen a Signature Dining experience. Using 2 credits on one meal has it’s place, but I want you to be aware of this fact when making your plans.

Also, the plan does not cover your tip.  You still will need to tip based on the total bill, which will be clearly shown on your check.

I highly recommend the standard dining plan for most trips to Disney. The cost is around $75 per person, per day. So for about 21 extra dollars, you get to upgrade to one nice restaurant on each day.

 

Deluxe Dining Plan

The Deluxe dining plan is almost too much food to eat.  Disney gives you THREE meals per day, and you can use them at either counter or table service restaurants.  You also get 2 snacks per day.  It’s very difficult to eat this much food, but the dining plan does give you the ability to book reservations at the high-end restaurants that charge 2 credits and still come out ahead.

The deluxe dining plan is about $40 more expensive per day, per person, than the standard plan.  For a party of 4 over the course of a week, that can be a lot of money.  However, if you can afford it, you won’t lack for food!

One thing that can happen with the regular dining plan, is that you end up paying for breakfast foods. Also, if you eat at any of the 2-credit dinners, you’ll end up buying another meal here or there. With the deluxe plan, you will RARELY ever have to buy a meal or additional food. So while you are spending an additional 40 dollars per person, you can factor out the fact that you’ll probably not be buying any additional food.

If your family aren’t big eaters, it’s likely that you will waste credits on the deluxe plan, so consider the dining habits of your family before making the choice.

However, if you love fine-dining, and if especially if the cost is enough for you to handle, I would recommend the Deluxe plan, as it will provide you with all the food you’ll need for your entire vacation!

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If you aren’t sure what to do, just buy the standard Disney Dining plan. That allows you to get a mix of all of the different types of dining experiences. If you find that you are running out of credits, you can still put food on your MagicBand and just charge it to your resort room.

But hey, if you can afford it and if you love to eat, splurge and get the deluxe plan!

Which plan have you purchased in the past? Did you run out of credits or find that you had too many? Tell us below!

How To Save Money at Disney World

Every year, Disney World gets more expensive. Over time, we've learned a number of tips that help us to save money at Disney. This article is a comprehensive list of some of our favorite money saving tips that you can use at Disney World and surrounding areas.  

To figure out how to save money, first we need to examine where Disney guests spend money!  Typically Disney World guests spend money in the following four areas:

1. Park Tickets
2. Lodging
3. Food
4. Souvenirs

Generally speaking, it breaks down to these four areas.  Below is a comprehensive list of tips and links that can help you to bring down the cost of your entire Disney vacation.

How to Save Money on Disney World Park Tickets

Disney World park tickets are not an area where you can expect to save a lot of money. You can chip away at the costs by using the below tips.

  • Check Disney’s website often for deals and upcoming events

  • Call Disney to see if there are any additional deals not listed on the website

  • Use a travel agent to get personalized service and to take advantage of all potential deals

  • Take advantage of “Free Dining” periods when staying onsite

  • Pay off Disney packages with Disney cards purchased from your local grocery store. You can rack up fuel points!

If you're not staying onsite and are using a Disney package:

  • Buy Tickets from a Discount Ticket Vendor such as Undercover Tourist

  • Use AAA to get discounted tickets

  • If you work for a large company, check with your HR dept to see if they have special deals

  • Consider annual passes if you travel to Disney more than once a year

  • Member of the military?  There are military discounts available through Disney

How to Save Money on Disney World Hotels

  • Go off-season to get the best prices on Disney World hotels.

  • Stay offsite at local hotels using traditional discount online booking tools such as Undercover Tourist!

  • Consider renting a house if you are travelling with another family.  You can significantly lower the cost of your stay and also save a lot of money on food if you have a full kitchen and shop at local grocery stores

  • AAA can offer major discounts on stays at the Disney World resorts as well as hotels outside of the Disney complex.

  • If you're travelling with a large party, see if anyone has an annual pass. If ONE person has an annual pass, they can use annual pass discounts on up to 3 different rooms.

  • Contact a Disney Travel agent to get the best pricing on lodging

How to Save Money on Food at Disney World

  • Bring snacks with you.  If you are flying, consider shipping a box to the resort in advance.

  • Use Amazon’s free shipping to send bottled waters and other food snacks to your resort

  • Hot and thirsty at the parks?  Most counter-service restaurants will give you free ice water in a cup.

  • Eat before table-service restaurants shift to dinner time (usually around 4).  Try and eat dinner between 3-4 to get lunch prices, and snack later on at night.

  • If you use the Disney Dining plan, you can get a drink with your meal.  Drink tap water for lunch and get a bottled water to go.

  • Club Cool at Epcot allows you to get free soda!  Stop by and sample soda from all across the world.

  • Try and get a fridge in your room.  With good planning, you can make breakfast and/or lunch in your room.  Don’t forget to bring necessities such as plasticware, paper bowls/plates, and ziploc bags if you're taking the food into the parks.

  • Bring snacks and bottled waters into the parks.  Everyone does it and Disney doesn’t seem to mind.

  • If you go to Disney in the off-season you can often get “Free Disney Dining” packages that can save a tremendous amount on food costs.

 

How to Save Money on Souvenirs at Disney World

  • Buy souvenirs BEFORE you go to Disney.  You can purchase them at stores at home, or go to Orlando outlet malls.  The “Character Warehouse” is very close to Disney world.  This outlet store sells official Disney merchandise for heavily discounted prices.

  • Have a “souvenir day” near the end of your vacation.  Let the first half of your vacation be for window shopping only, and then allow yourself to buy all the souvenirs on one day.

  • Glow sticks and bracelets.  You can buy these at the Dollar Tree or Walmart for very low prices.  Then you bring them to the park and pull them out at night! Every night Disney brings out glowing souvenirs on a cart, and they are expensive! Save the money and get them for a cheaper price.

  • Ponchos are a purchase everyone will potentially make in the frequently changing weather of Florida.  Summer storms come through and you will get absolutely drenched without one.  Bring them beforehand!  They are easy to store in bags and can be purchased for 75% less than what they will cost at the Disney parks.

      

Hopefully these tips can help your family to save money at Disney World. Obviously none of the tips are going to save you thousands of dollars, but if you bundle them together, you can save a significant amount! If you have found any additional tips for saving money, please share them below.

What to Bring to Disney World

If you're like me, you procrastinate. Hopefully this article can help to take to take a load off your pre-Disney packing by providing you with a checklist full of things that you need to bring to Disney World.

Items are on this list for a few reasons. First of all, it may save you money.  If you buy these items once you get to the resort, you will pay an arm and a leg for them.  Second, it saves time!  Sure, there are big stores near Disney, but who wants to spend their time at Disney World leaving the resort and shopping for groceries and incidental items?

Let’s look at a number of items that I recommend bringing to Disney with you.

Items to put in your backpack:

• Suntan Lotion –  Orlando is sunny for most of the year, and you will get burnt if you don’t have suntan lotion and are susceptible to burning.

• Ziploc bags – These will come in handy.  Whether it’s packing snacks for the kids, or protecting your phones on water rides, don’t forget to bring these!  Water ruining your electronics will put a damper on a fun day.

• Snacks and drinks – We all love to have drinks and snacks while in the parks.  However, few of us can afford to pay Disney prices for everything that we eat!  Bringing snacks for the kids and a backpack full of drinks can save you money (although you can get free water from quick-service counters)

• Rain poncho – It frequently rains at Disney and ponchos are very easy to store, taking up little space.  It’s much better to bring cheap ponchos than to pay expensive Disney prices!

• Glow sticks and bracelets – During the nighttime parade, vendors sell expensive glow toys for kids.  You will spend a lot of money on these items.  You can find much cheaper toys at Dollar Tree or Walmart and your kids will love it!

• Shoes – Bring an extra pair of shoes in case yours get wet.  I’d recommend Crocs and other shoes that aren’t sensitive to water.

• Sunglasses – Very important to remember these if you are used to wearing them.  The sun is very bright and again, you don’t want to spend the money at Disney for their sunglasses.

• Wipes – Your kids will get messy at times.  The wipes will be a life-saver when ice cream is all over your kid’s faces.

• Sanitizer – Especially in flu seasons, sanitizer is very important, as germs can quickly spread through the parks.

• Bodyglide  — This stuff is great and when you spend a week walking, it will help keep you from getting blisters on your feet, legs and thighs.

• Stroller — If you have children, you should consider bringing a stroller.  If they are 5 or 6, you may think you are long past the stroller days.  But trust me, you will be exhausted walking the parks for a week.  Now add in carrying a 5 year old around, and you’ll wish you had one!  Once you get to the parks, renting from Disney is VERY expensive.  Bring your own. If you're flying in, consider renting from a local company such as Kingdom Strollers.

 

Items to keep in your hotel room

• Laundry detergent – Even if you just bring a bag of it, the prices at the resorts are very high.  Washing clothes once during your trip can save you an extra suitcase or two.

• Plastic silverware and bowls – Trust me these will come in handy in your rooms!  You can feed your kids cereal and other items to save money

• Clothes for cool and warm weather – If you are at Disney in the fall or winter, the nights can get surprisingly cool, even in South Florida.  Bring a sweatshirt or two and some pants.

• Snacks and waters – Some people even ship snacks and items to their resort through Amazon and schedule them to arrive at the beginning of their vacation.  Regardless of how you get them there, bringing these items will save you a lot of money.

• Trash bags – The rooms at Disney can be quite small.  You may have a bunch of trash accumulate and having a big trash bag to put it all in can help you keep your sanity!

• The Basics  —  Tooth brushes, toothpaste, deodorant, soap, shampoo, undergarments, socks.  All of the things your normally bring are just as important at Disney.  Especially if you are flying in, forgetting socks means you have to pay expensive prices and without a car, you can’t easily drive somewhere to get these necessities at a reasonable price.

Do you have any other suggestions for items to bring?  If so, please share with us below and we will try and add them to the list!

Disney World Park Hopper Pass

The Disney World park hopper pass is an option that you can add onto a Disney World ticket purchase. Today we are going to assess the value of Walt Disney World park hopper passes.  Are these passes worth the money? Is it a luxury that isn't necessary? Before you decide, lets analyze exactly what the park hopper does, and then you can better decide whether to buy this ticket add-on or skip it.

What is a Park Hopper Pass?

The park hopper pass is a ticket add-on that allows you to enter any of the four Disney World parks on a single day.  Without a park hopper, you are restricted to one park per day.  The park hopper pass is currently priced at $64.00 for a single-day ticket to the parks. The cost is $75.00 for a 2 or 3 day pass, and $85.00 for any trip of 4 days or longer. So if you are coming to Disney World for 10 days, a family of four would have to pay an extra $340.00 to have the park hopper for 10 days.

The Pros of having a park hopper pass

I feel that this pass is extremely important on long vacations. It increases flexibility, helps you plan, and allows you to make quick changes on the fly. Let's break down some positives from the park hopper pass.

Restaurant Reservations – If you are doing the Disney Dining plan, your dinner reservations will be severely restricted if you don’t have the park hopper pass.  Enjoy dining at Epcot?  We do.  We usually eat at 3 or 4 Epcot restaurants in a typical 8-10 day vacation.  However, we would never consider having 3 or 4 full Epcot days, as it's the worst park for rides.  So a park hopper gives us the flexibility to tour the parks we want during the day, and then come to Epcot to eat at night.

Unexpected Crowds – Lets face it, we all use crowd calendars to estimate which parks will be busy on certain days.  While we can usually do a pretty good job anticipating this, there are times where we are dead wrong.  On those days, a quick switch to another park is often a good idea.  If you’ve ever been to the Magic Kingdom on an insanely crowded day, you know how miserable it can be.  When you have to wait 45 minutes to ride Small World, it might be time to look at another park.  The park hopper greatly increases your flexibility.

Night-time festivities – Each park has different night-time festivities.  However, without a park hopper pass, you are forced to go to the same park both in the morning and the evening.  Now perhaps this isn’t a big deal to you.  But if you’ve already toured the park in the morning and your family doesn’t want to see the nighttime event at that park, you are stuck where you are. With a park hopper, you can bounce over to the firework show that you want to see.

The Cons of a park hopper pass

In reality, the only con is money.  The money is admittedly pretty steep if you are only going for 2 or 3 days, as it costs 30 bucks a day for the hopper pass.  Often on a short trip, you won’t need park hopper passes, as you know exactly which parks you want to be at.

But the money issues fade away as your trip lengthens.  The price falls to around 10-12 dollars a day on long trips.  That’s a small price to pay for the flexibility to go where you want, when you want.

Understandably, we all penny-pinch and look for ways to save money at times..  Cutting out 340 bucks over the course of a week for a family of four is a lot of money.  I don’t want to give the impression that you can’t have a good time without a park hopper pass, because that isn’t true.  You just aren’t quite as flexible as you otherwise would be.

There are plenty of people who have a blast at Disney and have no need for a park hopper, as it just doesn’t fit into their “style of touring”.  For instance, if your family likes to sleep in, head to one park, eat dinner and then head to the pool, a park hopper pass might not be worth it.

Our Recommendation

If this is your first trip to Disney, and if you are going for longer than four days, I recommend purchasing the Park hopper.  Since you haven’t been before, you haven’t really established a “style”.  Also, many new people find that there are certain parks that they just don’t like.  Without a park hopper, they are stuck at the park, with nothing else to do but head back to the hotel.

If you buy the park hopper and find that you don’t use it, then at least you’ll know for future trips.  But trust me, nothing is worse than shelling out thousands of dollars for an expensive trip, then being frustrated at the limitations due to your touring style.

Maximizing the benefits of the Park Hopper Pass

First, plan early mornings at each of the four parks.  As we always stress, getting to the parks early is the key to optimal touring.  Then switch up your evenings based on the night-time festivities and your dinner reservations. 

Finally, maximize those Epcot dinners.  There are many fabulous dinners at Epcot, and without the pass, you can probably only try a couple, as you probably will not want to spend 3 or 4 days in Epcot.  Allowing yourself to sample the fine cuisine in the evening hours is a great reason to spend the extra money!

We haven't even talked about the Food & Wine Festival! In the fall, this festival makes Epcot a "can't miss" dining experience. But without a park hopper, you're limited in the number of times you can go. During the Food & Wine Festival, a park hopper is a must!

Disney World for Adults

Everyone knows that Disney World is a great place to bring kids. For years Disney has had a reputation of being a kids park, which is one of the reasons why Universal is so popular with adults and teenagers. My how times have changed. There are many new adult-friendly attractions and activities that make Disney World a great place for adults.

Obviously Disney World remains the most kid-friendly park in the world, but this article will highlight a few ways that you can have a blast as an adult.

Disney World Dining

Disney World has excellent food spread throughout the resort. If you’re in the mood for a certain type of food or dining experience, Disney has you covered. Do you want fine dining? A buffet full of meats? In the mood for breakfast foods? Japanese food?  Mexican?  Moroccan?  Spanish? The list goes on and on. Food is one of the big reasons adults love Disney World.

There are excellent restaurants in all four parks. The deluxe hotels all have nice restaurants as well. Finally, you can go to Disney Springs and eat at one of 23 different dining establishments!

If you don’t have park tickets and you’re in the Orlando area, you can eat at any restaurant in the Disney area that isn’t inside a theme park.

 

Alcohol

Epcot is home to 11 different countries, each with it’s own take on adult beverages!  In the autumn, the Disney Food & Wine festival comes to Epcot. We’ve taken an adult trip and spent every evening in Epcot. This is a great event for adults without children and if you aren’t a fan of all things Disney, Epcot is a great place to go.

In the Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios, you can also get beer and other alcoholic beverages at vendor stands around the parks. The Magic Kingdom does serve alcohol, but only if you’re inside of a dining restaurant. There are no vendor stands with alcohol in the Magic Kingdom.

Other Adult Activities

ESPN CLUB – Want to watch a game?  Over 100 TV’s are at this sports bar on the Disney Boardwalk (right behind Epcot)

House of Blues – This awesome little hidden gem is in Disney Springs. Concerts and live music keep the fun going until late at night.

Movie Theater – The 24 screen AMC Theater in Disney Springs is a full movie theater. Not just Disney movies!

Shopping – There are many ways to spend your money shopping at Disney World.  Disney Springs is essentially just an outdoor shopping mall filled with souvenir shops and traditional stores. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, Orlando also has great outlet malls located very close to the Disney World resorts.

These are just a few of the many adult attractions you’ll find.  There are countless lounges, bars and festivities taking place in Disney Springs, the Boardwalk and many of the hotels.  If staying up late and having fun is your cup of tea, Disney World has you covered.

Sporting Events

Disney has 4 world-class 18-hole golf courses, and one 9-hole course.  ESPN Wide World of Sports is a fun experience for sports fans.  In the spring you can catch an Atlanta Braves exhibition game, head to the Play-station Pavilion for video games, or catch some of the many amateur sporting events that take place all spring and summer long.  Don’t forget the water parks, which help you beat the heat no matter how old you are.

Can Adults Have Fun at the Theme Parks?

For most of us, the reason we go to Disney is the theme parks and the rides.  Without children, we can approach the parks completely different.  Without having to leave for naps, you can get there early, knock out all the rides, and stay until the park closes.  At all four of the parks, you will be able to fully explore any of the parks in a given day, without having to stop for countless bathroom breaks, water breaks and other “parenting opportunities”

By the way, there is nothing wrong with going to Fantasyland without children.  We all do it. 🙂

In conclusion, don’t let the name Disney scare you off from having a great adult vacation.  Many couples take their honeymoons here and have a blast.  I’m of the opinion that there isn’t another place on earth that can provide as many things to do as Disney World.  It’s a wonderful place to vacation, regardless of your age!

Have you enjoyed an adults trip to Disney World? Share your story below!

Hollywood Studios Fastpass Tiers and Tips for 2019

Today we are going to discuss fastpasses at Hollywood Studios. Epcot and Hollywood Studios both utilize a tiering system in their parks. Hollywood Studios has a lot of changes coming over the next year and this could lead to some major changes in how the fastpass system works at this park, so expect some of these things to change as we move into late 2019. In this article we’ll break down the Hollywood Studios Fastpass tiers and give you some tips that can help you to create a great plan.

Hollywood Studios Tiering System - How it Works

Each Disney guest gets 3 fastpasses per day, regardless of which park they are in. Hollywood Studios breaks things into 2 tiers, Tier 1 and Tier 2. The rides for each Tier are listed below. You’ll only get 1 fastpass for the attractions in Tier 1, and you’ll get 2 fastpasses for the attractions in Tier 2.

Once you’ve used 3 fastpasses, you’ll be able to get a 4th fastpass. You can use that 4th fastpass on either tier, as long as there is an available fastpass. For Hollywood Studios, there are a lot of good fastpasses, and we’ll give you some tips later on in the article.

Hollywood Studios Fastpass Tier 1

The following rides are Tier 1. You can only choose 1 of these attractions when making your fastpass selections. They are listed in order of preference.

  1. Slinky Dog Dash

  2. Toy Story Mania

  3. Alien Swirling Saucers

Hollywood Studios Fastpass Tier 2

The following rides are Tier 2. You can choose 2 of these attractions when making your fastpass selections. They are listed in order of preference.

  1. Rock ‘n Roller Coaster

  2. Tower of Terror

  3. Star Tours

  4. Fantasmic

  5. Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular

  6. For the First Time In Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration

  7. Voyage of the Little Mermaid

  8. Beauty & the Beast - Live on Stage

  9. Disney Junior - Dance Party

  10. Muppet Vision 3D

Best Hollywood Studios Tier 1 Fastpass

My recommendation for a Tier 1 fastpass is currently Slinky Dog Dash. It’s the ride with the longest wait time. This is an excellent new ride and I highly recommend it, even if you don’t have small kids. For my money, it’s better than Mine Train in the Magic Kingdom.

Toy Story Mania is still an excellent fastpass, but they expanded this attraction and wait times aren’t nearly as bad as they used to be. If you can’t get Slinky Dog, try to get a Toy Story Mania fastpass and you’ll be just fine.

I wouldn’t recommend using a Tier 1 fastpass on Alien Swirling Saucers.

Best Hollywood Studios Tier 2 Fastpass

Hollywood Studios has incredible Tier 2 fastpasses. Rock N Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror are two of our favorite attractions and the passage of time isn’t changing that. The fact that you can get both on a Tier 2 fastpass is incredible and really helps you plan an awesome day.

Star Tours is a solid bronze medal selection in Tier 2. Wait times are usually pretty low in the first few hours, so it’s not nearly as good of a value as it is for the previous two that we mentioned.

Fantasmic is a solid fastpass, but the problem with reserving a Fantasmic fastpass is that you’ll never get to use additional fastpasses, as you’ll be stuck with 3 all day. Unless you are determined to watch Fantasmic and get the best possible seats, I’d pass.

After these four, things go downhill rather quickly. There really isn’t another good remaining choice as most of these are shows and attractions that aren’t busy enough to require a fastpass.

Now that you know which Fastpasses to choose, it’s time to learn how to tour Hollywood Studios like a pro! Next, check out our Hollywood Studios touring plan to get free tips for touring this fantastic park.

Epcot Fastpass Tiers and Tips for 2019

Today we are going to discuss fastpasses at Epcot. Epcot and Hollywood Studios both utilize a tiering system that can be a bit confusing. This tiering system is subject to change as Disney sees fit. In this article we’ll break down the Epcot Fastpass tiers and give you some tips that can help you to have a fantastic time at Epcot.

Epcot Tiering System - How it Works

Every Disney guests gets 3 fastpasses per day, regardless of which park you are in. Epcot breaks things into 2 tiers, Tier 1 and Tier 2. The rides for each Tier are listed below. You’ll only get 1 fastpass for those attractions in Tier 1, and you’ll get 2 fastpasses for the attractions in Tier 2.

Once you’ve used 3 fastpasses, you’ll be able to get a 4th fastpass. You can use that 4th fastpass on either tier, as long as there is a fastpass availability. In Epcot, unfortunately, it can often be difficult to get that 2nd Tier 1 attraction. We’ll give you some tips later on in the article.

Epcot Fastpass Tier 1

The following Epcot rides are Tier 1. You can only choose 1 of these attractions when making your fastpass selections. They are listed in order of preference.

  1. Frozen Ever After

  2. Soarin’

  3. Test Track

  4. Illuminations (this show is ending in late 2019)

  5. Epcot’s Character Spot

Epcot Fastpass Tier 2

The following rides are Tier 2. You can choose 2 of these attractions when making your fastpass selections. They are listed in order of preference.

  1. Mission Space

  2. Spaceship Earth

  3. Turtle Talk with Crush

  4. The Sea with Nemo and Friends

  5. Living with the Land

  6. Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival

  7. Journey into Imagination with Figment

Best Epcot Tier 1 Fastpass

My recommendation for a Tier 1 fastpass is Frozen Ever After. It’s a great kids ride in a park that isn’t as kid friendly as the others, which causes high wait times all day long. Getting a Fastpass for Frozen also allows you to head straight to Soarin in the morning when the park opens, as opposed to running all the way back to Frozen and wearing your kids out before the day even starts!

If you don’t have young kids, you may opt to use a fastpass for Soarin or Test Track. I personally prefer Soarin, as it’s an incredible ride. Test Track is also a great choice, especially if your kids like to design their own cars. Test Track does offer a single-rider line, which skips the car design portion of the ride.

Best Epcot Tier 2 Fastpass

Mission Space is a decent fastpass. Spaceship earth can save you a little bit of time during peak season. But overall these choices aren’t that great. All of the other Tier 2 fastpasses are very poor and save very little time, unless you are in Epcot during the busiest days of the year.

My recommendation is to find two Tier 2 attractions that your family enjoys. Schedule the fastpasses for as early in the day as possible. If you can get done with all 3 of your fastpasses by lunch-time, you’ll be able to try for another Tier 1, or you can head to another park and use your fastpass there.

Now that you know which fastpasses to choose, it’s time to learn how to tour Epcot. Please check out our Epcot Touring guide, which will help you to tour Epcot like a pro!