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    Posted on December 5th, 2007

    Written by keith

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    Epcot hasn’t always been associated with rides. Great food and education was the name of the game for years. In recent years, Walt Disney World has spent millions, if not billions, or dollars to upgrade the park and install state of the art rides. Here are our top 10 rides in Epcot:

    Soarin

    #10: The Seas with Nemo and Friends - Located in what used to be the Living Seas pavilion, it has now been turned into a Nemo themed pavilion. The Seas with Nemo and Friends takes you underwater with Mr. Ray in search of his class. Great special effects, you get to go through the giant aquarium that is the center piece of the pavilion. Fun for everyone.

    #9: Maelstrom – Located in the Norway pavilion, Maelstrom takes you on a Norwegian adventure through the history of Norway. Complete with a visit through a historic town, evil trolls and a big water fall, Maelstrom isn’t to the level of most Disney rides, but it is fun, and usually easy to get on. There is also a beautiful movie after you get off the ride that presents the wonderful areas of Norway. You can bypass the movie if you wish, but you must wait for the doors to open, which is every 10 minutes or so.

    #8: Living with the Land – My long time favorite in Epcot, I would have listed it higher but many find it boring. Take a gentle boat ride through a Jungle, desert and prairie before entering Epcots greenhouses. Check out the innovative ways Disney grows food for many of their restaurants, including growing food without soil. Very informative, and relaxing. Little kids and teens may find some of the ride boring, while other parts hold their interest pretty well.

    #7: The American Adventure – Located in the American Pavilion in the World Showcase, the American Pavilion was long the center piece of Epcot. Fantastic animatronics, wonderful historic footage and unique technology are used to tell 200+ years of American history in 30 minutes.

    #6: Turtle Talk with Crush – Located in The Seas with Nemo and Friends, Turtle Talk was a unique attraction for Disney that has now been reproduced at Disneyland (California Adventure) and more recently the Monsters Inc.Laugh Floor in the Magic Kingdom. Crush, while completely animated on screen, interacts with audience guests, including answering questions and poking fun of adults. Great attraction for kids, and different every time, so you can easily see it several times during your trip.

    #5: Honey I Shrunk the Audience -  The original 4-D Disney Movie (if you don’t count Captain EO), it has kicked off a few other versions including It’s Tough to be a Bug and Mickey’s Philharmagic. Watch as Professor Szalinski, the star of the Honey I shrunk the “blank” movies receives an award for the inventor of the year, and accidentally shrinks the audience. Fun, action packed “movie”, with a few scary parts. Some little kids may be scared, but you an always leave if needed.

    #4: Mission: Space – Located in Future World, Mission: Space is a great ride, taking you to Mars, complete with full G-Forces and troubles galore. Great ride, including guest interaction required to get you to Mars.  Mission: Space isn’t for everyone, and several people have actually died after riding it. Disney now offers a non-spinning side, which isn’t quite as fun, but if you suffer from nausea, you might want to consider that side.

    #3: SpaceShip Earth – The original attraction of Epcot, SpaceShip Earth takes you on a history of the world, specifically, a history of communication. Great animatronics , complete with sound and smells to match the scene, SpaceShip Earth is entertaining and educational at the same time. A recent update has added to many of the scenes. If there is a line, come back later in the day, usually by late afternoon, you can walk right on.

    #2: Test Track: Located in Future World, Test Track was Epcot’s original thrill ride. Replicating a car testing grounds, Test Track takes you through the testing of a new car, including the high speed banked turns. The single rider line is a great way to bypass the line if it is long, but be warned, your party will be separated.

    #1: Soarin’ - Located in The Land pavilion, Soarin’ is basically a duplicate of Soarin’ Over California that opened in California Adventure. Soarin’ replicated a hang glider ride over California, including a visit to Disneyland. Fun for kids and adults, the sights, sounds and smells are amazing, just a fantastic family ride.

    Epcot features some great rides, and really shouldn’t be missed on your Disney World vacation. Give it a try, you will be amazed how fun and beautiful the park is. Oh, and lines for Soarin’ and Test Track are often very long, so make good use of the Fast Pass system early in the day.

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  • 18 Comments

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    1. DEAN
      May 27th

      just a question. i know that E.T. is a universal product, but i could swear i remember an E.T. ride in epcot in the dome years back. just wondering if i am losing my mind.
      thanks

    2. May 27th

      Dean

      I think you are losing your mind. Spaceship Earth has always been pretty much the same since it opened in 1982. You may have been remembering Horizons, which was closed in 1999 (removed to make way for Mission: Space). Horizons did have several elements of future life, though no E.T..

    3. Tamera
      Nov 24th

      Im going to epcot 2mara and i just wanted to see what they have present there..

    4. Lauren
      Dec 12th

      Hi

      I love Epcot!

      And I Love Soarin

      And so do my family

      we waited 2 hours for it

      god waz it worth it!!!!

    5. NICOLÁS
      Jan 22nd

      Hi, first of all: sorry for my english, im from argentina.
      I´l go to WDW on march with my wife and two daughters (1 and 3 years old) and im a kind of concernt because , despite de atraccions with height limitations i wonder if the others rides withaut limitations or shows like philarmagic can be ride with the baby in the lap.
      Do you know that?
      Thanks, and sorry again

    6. Jeanna
      Jun 13th

      Epcot is Disney’s hidden treasure, especially for kids. Paris and Marocco always have characters in the back with no lines and no waiting. Buying your child the Epcot passport and having them go to each station in the countries is a great treat that not a lot of people know about. The little stands outside each country allow you to sample authentic foods and beverages. Head to Epcot with an empty stomach and don’t forget to hit up Mexico’s margarita stand. Christmas at Epcot is outstanding and the Santas from each country. Don’t be afraid to explore into the countries and enjoy!

    7. alex
      Jun 22nd

      what is that show where tha cars r like have a chase and 1 car is driving completly backwords and his car is made so that the stearin wheel is made in the back of the car…..

    8. jasmine
      Jul 15th

      thats in mgm.. its the stunt show

    9. p-man
      Nov 20th

      my family and i are taking a trip to wdw next week and we are going to the Experimental prototype community of tomorrow(EPCOT) at least 2 times. it is our favorite.

    10. Connor
      Jan 20th

      Epcot is a Disney park?

    11. Terri
      Feb 10th

      Where do I get a Fast Pass and how much do they cost ?

      Also if perhaps there is a rainy day …whcih park would be the best to go to when raining ?

    12. Jane
      Feb 22nd

      You can get the fast passes in little machines next to certain rides. You just put in your ticket and you recieve a fast pass for a designated time. You come back at that time and get to skip alot of lines :P

    13. kelly pickler
      May 18th

      i love epcot and hope that everyone can go so k bye

    14. caroline
      Dec 15th

      i am going 2 epcot 2day 4 the candlight concert and i will try 2 go on soaring

    15. alexandria
      Apr 3rd

      i cant wait till may 27 12 of my class mates got picked to go to epcot at 4 in the morning and leav at 10 o clok it is a 3 hour drive on a bus and gess what i was the 2 person to get piked i cant wait

    16. [...] ride along with Journey into Imagination! with Figment. On the upside here’s a list of the Top 10 rides at Epcot, which includes Spaceship Earth, the ride that is inside the Epcot “golf [...]

    17. mike
      May 21st

      DEAN (the first post),

      What you mistakenly recall as E.T. is at the very top of the ride there is a part where the stars and earth are projected on the ceiling.

      So, you are remembering correctly — it wasn’t E.T. you were looking at though.

      -mike

    18. Jenny
      Feb 3rd

      E. T. is at Universal studios. Now you have to remeber also there are 2 sides to Universal. ET is on the same side as Jaws and twister it is not on the same side as Harrt Potter World ( a must see).
      As far as Fast Passes they do not cost anything at Disney World at Universal they do.
      For the lady who was concerned about a child in her lap. Disney is all about kids. There a many rides for the older children but Philharmagic is just a theater you sit in.My youngest is 8 and he could ride everything this year, actually last year I beleive he went on everything also.
      Also for those you planning on going soon Magic kingdon has a large area closed right now where Toon Town used to be and they are building a new area for Beauty and the Beast and many other things, but this will not be done this year.

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