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.
Illuminations (this show is ending in late 2019)
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.
Turtle Talk with Crush
The Sea with Nemo and Friends
Living with the Land
Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival
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!