Good Morrow, and welcome to the latest instalment of our Thursday three series where we’re talking all about our three best rides at Epcot for adults.
The last time I wrote one of these – Charlotte has been doing all the hard work on this series while yours truly has been soaking up the adulation – I named my three favourite theme park boat rides.
I wanted to stay within the ride arena for my Thursday three posts because, let’s be honest, the attractions are the best things about theme parks. I decided to start at Epcot because I want to work from bottom up to the top. Don’t get me wrong, I love Epcot and can’t wait to get back there to drink my way around the world with our new friends Chris and Sarah (go follow them @TravelCouple18 on Twitter and take a read of their fantastic theme park blog) but in all honestly, Epcot would come in at number four if I had to rank all the Walt Disney World Parks.
There are still some great attractions here, especially if you’re travelling without children. When we visit, there is just us two so this is very biased towards an older crowd, that’s why I’ve named it the best rides at Epcot for adults. Anyway, let’s go…
Best rides at Epcot for Adults
1. Test Track
I never got chance to experience the original version – which is largely considered the best – but I still love everything about Test Track.
Getting the opportunity to design the car is an extremely fun way to queue and I loved that our decisions impacted upon the ride experience – so clever. You don’t mind waiting in line if it feels like you’re getting something out of it. Most of the UK theme parks could learn a thing or two from Disney about how to make queuing part of the ride experience.
The car I created was a beast (all power, not so great for the environment!) and came second in the overall rankings if I remember rightly. It was raining a bit so the cool spritz in our faces as we were flying around the track was also great – this thing has some serious speed! An awesome ride in my book. In fact, I loved it so much I even bought one of the licence cards!
This is one of Charlotte’s favourite rides in the world and I can see why. The queue pretty much sucks, even with a mobile game to keep you entertained, but luckily we never had to wait too long for it.
The preshow of Patrick Warburton is great and I personally felt about this ride really built up my anticipation. Then there’s the ride itself. Charlotte said that I kept repeating ‘WOW’ throughout it and rightfully so because it was breathtakingly beautiful. I’ve never called a ride beautiful before that word pretty much sums it up.
A few tips for you on this one, if you’re staying onsite make use of extra magic hours. Because of how the Fastpass+ system works, you can only book one of either Soarin’, Test Track and Frozen Ever After. We booked one for Test Track and utilised extra magic hours in the morning to head straight for Soarin’. It worked – we only had to queue for around 15 minutes. We did the same in the evening hours too, taking flight after a few too many drinks at Food and Wine Festival – we would highly recommend!
Also, if you can, request a central seat as some of the images look a little wonky from the end seats!
3. Spaceship Earth
Now this one blew me away. I’d seen Tim Tracker ride this a lot in his videos and thought it looked ok but I just didn’t expect it to be as good as it is.
Maybe it’s because it has the soothing voice of Judy Dench narrating, or perhaps it’s because I’m a bit of a history geek (I’m currently watching the World War 2 in Colour on Netflix – amazing show) but I found this to be a wonderful journey through time.
The video at the end is a brilliant touch too – I loved creating our futures – and it was great how you see yourself fly back to Blighty on the big screen as you exit the ride.
So that’s my three best rides at Epcot for adults. How’s does my list compare to yours?