On June 16, Epcot’s Living with the Land will join Soarin’, Test Track, and IllumiNations as Tier 1 FastPass+ attractions. (Living with the Land was previously a Tier 2 attraction). Guests making advance FastPass+ reservations will be able to choose one of these attractions before arriving at the park. (You’ll be able to get more FastPass+ reservations from any tier once you’re in the park and have used your set of advance Fastpass+ reservations.)
Here’s the complete lineup of Epcot FastPass+ Tiers:
Tier 1 (Choose One)
Tier 2 (Choose Two)
- Captain EO
- Epcot Character Spot
- Journey Into Imagination
- Mission Space Green/Orange
- Spaceship Earth
- The Seas with Nemo and Friends
- Turtle Talk with Crush
With this change comes two questions:
- How does this affect our Epcot touring plans?
- What are my FastPass+ priorities at Epcot now?
Effect on Epcot Touring Plans
Ten of our 24 Epcot touring plans required changes with this latest FastPass+ shuffle. In most of them, the change was to drop Living with the Land and add Maelstrom as a FastPass+ attraction. Our touring plan software typically moved the Living with the Land ride to slightly earlier in the day, when crowds will be lower, and suggested a FastPass+ reservation time of around 2 PM for Maelstrom.
Your FastPass+ Priorities at the Epcot
The 3 highest-priority FastPass+ attractions at Epcot are Spaceship Earth, Soarin’, and Mission: Space Orange, for families who want a complete tour of the park. Those attractions are the same as before this tier change:
Maelstrom is now recommended in about 1/3rd of our touring plans, and Living with the Land is not recommended at all (nor is the Epcot Character Spot). IllumiNations is suggested exactly once, for an afternoon touring plan of World Showcase. And Test Track, The Seas with Nemo and Friends, and Turtle Talk with Crush remain good secondary choices.
The Best Times for FastPass+ Reservations at Epcot
Now that you know which attractions most need FastPass+, the next question is when you should make your FastPass+ reservations. Here’s a chart showing the times our Epcot touring plans use FastPass+ to avoid long lines (yellow=morning times, orange=afternoon):
Our touring plan software recommends Soarin’ and Mission: Space Orange before noon (the median suggested reservation time is 10:30 AM for Soarin’ and 10:15 AM for Mission: Space). Doing that allows you to head for Test Track first thing in the morning, and a quick ride on Sum of All Thrills before heading for Mission: Space. After that, most touring plans suggest Living with the Land prior to riding Soarin’.
As for Maelstrom, the median suggested time for a FastPass+ reservation is 2 PM, with an average time of around 3 PM. That means you’ll be touring World Showcase in a clockwise direction, from Mexico to Canada. The good thing about that strategy is that there are plenty of good viewing spots for IllumiNations on the Canada side of World Showcase, so you won’t need a FastPass to see the show.