Whether you are a “thrill ride junkie” or a “ride-chicken,” you will not want to miss this attraction! On Soarin’ you can experience a ride on a hang-glider, soaring above scenic California. Your seat swoops high into the air in front of a large movie screen, and moves in sync with the movie. Extra special effects make this ride memorable, like wind and the smell of oranges as you glide above a grove of orange trees.
The line at this attraction gets long early in the morning, and stays long all day. In fact, wait times of ninety minutes or more are not unusual in the Standby line. The best technique for avoiding a long wait is to use a Fastpass, but because of the popularity of Soarin’, Fastpasses tend to run out early on busy days. Make getting a Fastpass to Soarin’ your first priority at the park to minimize your wait time.
Ride a six-passenger convertible at high speeds on this indoor test-track simulator ride. The ride takes you through hairpin turns, up and down steep hills, and over bumpy roads. At the end of the ride, the vehicle speeds up in a straightaway and rounds a curve at speeds close to sixty miles per hour.
If you don’t plan to go straight to Test Track at park opening, then the best way to see this attraction is to use Fastpass.
Join the “deep space exploration program” at Mission: SPACE. After a short “training session,” you’ll enter a space capsule and experience a simulated journey to Mars, including an exciting take off.
Guests will be able to choose from Team Orange for a more intense training session (with spinning to create g-forces,) or Team Green. (The “non-spinning” form of the ride.) Choose carefully: there are “airsick” bags on this ride for a reason!
Plan to use Fastpass for this attraction, or ride during evening Extra Magic Hours for a shorter standby line.
This ride takes you into the park’s central Icon, the huge 18-story Geosphere. You board a “time machine” and travel from the Dawn of Time to the present day, past detailed audio-animatronic scenes that show the evolution of communication. You can be a witness to early cave painting, and then journey past scenes showing the use of papyrus, the printing press, and the invention of the computers. There’s no thrills here – just a relaxing ride with a lot to take in.
After the ride, you can spend some time exploring an area with games and interactive exhibits.
This ride is near the park’s entrance, so it draws arriving guests. You’ll do better to ride it early in the morning, or later in the afternoon.
Future World Entertainment and Exhibits
Explore the hands on exhibits of Innoventions. Experience what it feels like to be in a “perfect storm” or test different products by trying to destroy them. At Sum of all Thrills, design a thrill ride using an interactive touch screen. Then climb in to a 4D robotic simulator and experience your creation!
This area tends to be at its busiest mid day, so try to visit before lunch or after dinner.
At Innoventions West, try out a segway on a short test drive, or experience the latest in videogame technology at Videogame Playground. Next door, stop into Club Cool. This exhibit is sponsored by Coca-Cola, and features Coke products from around the world. You can sample as many flavors as you like and as often as you like. Get a sibling or parent to try the Beverly from Italy, and be sure to have the camera ready!
You can visit Innoventions West anytime of day, but be flexible about which exhibits you see. That way, you can skip longer lines and take advantage of less busy exhibits.
Jammitors (Innoventions East and West)
You may see this musical trio in the Innoventions area. These “musical custodians” use regular trashcans, dustpans, and other “tools of the custodial trade” to create music. You’ll find them near Mission: SPACE and Test Track. Check the times guide if you’d like to try to catch their 8-minute show.
The Imagination! Pavilion
Captain Eo has returned to Epcot as a tribute to the late Michael Jackson. In this is a classic film, a ragtag crew of aliens, led by the late Pop Sensation, is sent on a musical mission. The film is a little dated, but fans of Michael Jackson will enjoy watching him save the day, once again, with his singing and dancing. Whether you choose to see the film or not, you can stop in and explore the interactive exhibits at the Imagination! Pavilion.
The “Journey into the Imagination with Figment” attraction in this Pavilion is exciting for the youngest of visitors only, but you can easily skip the ride and go straight to the exhibits. Just enter through the gift shop.
Tours and Special Experiences in Future World
If you’re looking for a special experience there are some extra activities that you can sign up for in Future World. You’ll need a theme park ticket in addition to the extra cost for any of these tours. If you think you might be interested, you’ll need to sign up in advance by calling (407)WDW-TOUR. You can expect the fee to be between $140 – $200 per person for each of these experiences.
Inside the Seas with Nemo and Friends Pavilion is a 5.7 million-gallon saltwater tank. This tank is home to more than 6,000 sea creatures. Disney offers several special experiences that allow you to get inside this aquarium and see the inhabitants up close.
Dolphins in Depth
“Dolphins in Depth” is a 3-hour tour. Guests learn about Disney’s Dolphins and get an opportunity to interact with them. Tour participants can even get in the water if they want to.
For a unique diving experience, scuba-certified guests can enter the waters of the Living Seas aquarium, and swim with the sharks and sea turtles living inside. Thay can also peek in on the people eating at the Coral Reef Restaurant and give them a wave!
Seas Aqua Tour
The Seas Aqua Tour allows guests to swim on the surface of the large saltwater tank, peering at the creatures swimming just below. Disney provides an air snorkel system, and guests do not need to be scuba certified.