Top Epcot Thrill Rides

Head to Future World for G-Forces and Thrills

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The World's Fair-like Epcot is less about thrill rides and more about the wonders of science, technology, and the future (in Future World) along with a multi-cultural exploration of the international community (in World Showcase). Of Disney World's four parks, it is the only one that does not include a roller coaster. (But that is about to change; see the last entry below.

There are some thrills to be had at Epcot, however, including one of the most intense G-force rides at any theme park attraction. Use this guide to determine which rides are best for your thrill level—each one below is ranked on a thrill scale of 0-10, with 0 meaning "wimpy" and 10 meaning "yikes!"

If the mere mention of G-forces has you (or someone you know) breaking out in a cold sweat, you should check out the advice in Epcot for Wimps. To make skip-the-line reservations for popular Disney World rides and to better plan your visit to the resort, learn how to make the most of MyMagic+.

Epcot's most thrilling attractions are arranged from most to least intense.

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Mission: SPACE

Mission: Space entrance
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200 Epcot Center Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, USA
Phone +1 407-939-5277

Since it's located inside a show building, it's hard to know what to expect from Mission: SPACE. It is essentially a centrifuge ride in which passengers in capsules spin around. It is similar to what NASA uses to train astronauts (although not nearly as intense).

If that sounds too frightening to you, note that Epcot offers two experiences: The "Orange Team" is the full spinning experience, while the "Green Team" vehicles do not spin and offer a much less intense ride. Regardless of which team you choose, the capsules are very small and could cause some problems for those prone to claustrophobia.

Thrill Scale: 6.5. The sustained G-forces can be unnerving; the simulated liftoff and flight is fairly realistic; the capsule is quite confining.

Height Requirement: 44 inches

Location: Future World

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Test Track

Test Track presented by Chevrolet

Walt Disney World  

200 Epcot Center Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, USA
Phone +1 407-939-5277

The first thrill ride at Epcot, Test Track doesn't get up to speed until it's almost over, and even then it's only 60 mph (although the acceleration is fairly quick). There are no coaster-like hills or stomach-churning drops, but Test Track, which lets guests design their own concept car and then test it out, does offer some eye-popping visuals and some abrupt starts and stops. The unique ride system, which looks like giant slot cars, is quite impressive.

Thrill Scale: 4. High-speed and banked turns as the vehicles make their test lap at the end of the ride.

Height Requirement: 40 inches

Location: Future World

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Soarin' Around the World

Soarin' ride Epcot
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200 Epcot Center Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, USA
Phone +1 407-939-5277

Disney invented the "flying theater" ride concept with Soarin'. If a simulated hang-gliding ride sounds absolutely terrifying, the attraction is actually quite gentle. Once passengers get over the initial sensation of rising into the air in the domed theater, even the most thrill-averse should be able to handle the experience.

It is mostly slow movements that synchronize with projected travelogue-like scenes. When it first opened, Soarin' took riders over famous California landmarks. A 2016 makeover expanded the itinerary to international destinations including Australia and China.

Soarin' is not a thrill ride. But there are a few scenes in which passengers swoop down that are mildly thrilling—with an emphasis on "mildly."

Thrill Scale: 2.5. Simulated hang gliding. Vehicles rise high into the air.

Height Requirement: 40 inches

Location: Inside The Land at Future World

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Frozen Ever After

Frozen Ever After

Walt Disney World  

200 Epcot Center Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, USA
Phone +1 407-939-5277

I know what you're thinking: Whoever put this list together must have lost his mind. Frozen Ever After on a thrill ride list? If Soarin' isn't a thrill ride, then Frozen is even less of one.

But—and it's a big but—there is one moment that grabs passengers' attention. Towards the end of the attraction, the boat vehicles head down a drop and make a bit of a splash. We're not talking about a Splash Mountain-size drop here; it's much smaller than that. But it is a drop nonetheless.

To help make it slightly more thrilling, the boats descend facing backwards, so passengers can't see the size of the drop or where they are heading. The drop is so small, Frozen Ever After has no height restriction.

Thrill Scale: 2. Backwards-facing drop.

Height Requirement: None

Location: In the Norway pavilion at World Showcase

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Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind coaster at Epcot


It’s not scheduled to open until 2021 (as part of Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary celebration), but when it does it’s likely that Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind will become one of Epcot’s most thrilling (if not THE most thrilling) attractions. Billed as a “storytelling coaster,” it will be the world‘s longest enclosed roller coaster and include lots of show scenes featuring the Marvel characters.

Location: In the World Discovery area of Epcot

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