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5 to Skip, 5 Not to Miss- Breaking Down EPCOT’s Attractions

Our last Disney Park for our “five to skip, five not to miss” series is EPCOT.  EPCOT is the Theme Park right now that is going through the most reimagining leaving it a little tough to navigate.

Like with our previous posts for Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom as well as Walt Disney World overall, we are going to look at five rides we always do when in EPCOT and five we tend to skip.

Starting off with those that we always make sure we ride at least once when in EPCOT.

Soarin in Epcot
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Soarin Around the World- Land Pavilion

One of our favorite rides in Walt Disney World is Soarin.  Found in the Land Pavilion, this ride gives Guests the experience of flying over some of the world’s most amazing sights.

We love how this ride puts us right into the scene with smells and visuals.  There is something special about soaring high above the Great Wall of China or seeing elephants roaming.

Soarin is one ride in EPCOT that we make sure we experience each visit.

Remy's Ratatouille Adventure
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Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure- France Pavilion

The newest ride to join EPCOT is Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure.  This new ride takes Guests into the famous Gusteau’s kitchen in Paris as they race around with Remy and try to avoid getting into trouble.

This is a cute family attraction that leaves us laughing each time we ride as we see different things each time we ride.

Since it is so new, we always ride it so we can continue to find all the little treasures that the imagineers have hidden throughout.

Spaceship Earth- World Celebration

The iconic ride in EPCOT is Spaceship Earth.  Guests travel throughout history to see how communication has advanced overtime.

Even though this ride could use some updating, we love that it is classic EPCOT and a great showing of how we have evolved overtime.

We always make sure to take a ride on Spaceship Earth during our trips.

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Test Track- World Discovery

The most thrilling ride currently in EPCOT is Test Track.  This ride allows Guests to design their own car and then test it in a variety of thrilling experiences.

The peak of this ride is when Guests are sent outside and quickly reach the speed of 65 mph.

As the main thrill ride in EPCOT, we always take time to design our cars and compete against one another on Test Track.

living with the land
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Living with the Land- Land Pavilion

This one might surprise everyone, but each time we visit EPCOT we do take time to ride Living with the Land.  There is something old-school EPCOT about this ride that we love each time we ride.

Guests get to see first hand out Disney’s horticulturalists are using new-innovative ways to garden and yield high crops.

We think it is fascinating the different methods they are using and how the food is used throughout EPCOT.

Living with the Land isn’t thrilling, but it is an experience we take time to do each trip.

Those are the rides in EPCOT that we make sure we take time to do each visit, next are our experiences that we tend to skip.

Mission Space
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Mission: SPACE- World Discovery

The first ride we always skip out on when in EPCOT is Mission: SPACE.  The reason we skip this ride is 100% because of motion sickness.

This ride allows Guests to blast off like astronauts to Mars as they work together to complete a mission.  It doesn’t matter which version we tend to pick, the green less intense or orange more intense this ride has us feeling icky all day.

Because of our issues with motion sickness we tend to skip out of Mission Space each visit.

Seas with Nemo and Friends
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The Seas with Nemo and Friends- Seas Pavilion, World Nature

Even though we love Nemo and Dory, we tend to skip out on the Seas with Nemo and Friends.  There really isn’t anything wrong with this ride, but it is a basic slow moving dark ride through the movie itself.

It is fun to see how Disney used the actual aquariums in the ride, but we feel like there could have been more done with it.

Also, there is one scene that actually makes us a little nauseous as well.  We just feel like there are better options such as Turtle Take with Crush next door.

Imagination Station

Journey Into Imagination with Figment- World Celebration

This might make some people mad, but we do skip out on Journey Into Imagination with Figment when in EPCOT.

Even though we find Figment cute and adorable, his ride leaves us confused each time we ride.  We like the overall concept of learning about the five senses; however, we feel like it needs some adjustments or improvements along the way.

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Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros- Mexico Pavilion

This one actually makes us sad, but it is true that we skip it most trips.  We find the Three Caballeros funny and the ride an easy boat ride during a busy day, but we tend to not make it there most trips.

We think the reason is because it has become rather difficult to get into the pavilion itself lately making it not worth that wait to get to the ride.

Also with so much to see and do throughout the World Showcase from live entertainment and amazing food and drinks, we just skip this ride to experience those other things.

Beauty and the Beast Sing Along- France Pavilion

We were so excited when we heard that France was adding a Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along.  We love the Frozen version in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but were extremely disappointed in this sing along opinion in EPCOT.

The 15-minute sing-along does feature our favorite songs from Beauty and the Beast, but there isn’t a lot of extra magic added into the show.  We also aren’t sure if we like the additional twist that was put into the show (no spoilers).

Because of these things and all the other options to do throughout the World Showcase, we skip out on the sing along when in EPCOT.

Those are the five experiences that we tend to skip in EPCOT when visiting.

Once again, we hope this list helps you as you are making your plans to visit EPCOT and Walt Disney World overall.  Check out our other posts below:

5 to Skip, 5 Not to Miss- Breaking Down Walt Disney World Rides

5 to Skip, 5 Not to Miss- Breaking Down Magic Kingdom Attractions

5 to Skip, 5 Not to Miss- Breaking Down Animal Kingdom Attractions

5 to Skip, 5 Not to Miss- Breaking Down Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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