One of the biggest decisions you will make during your day at Disney World is whether you should buy Genie+ and which Lightning Lane attractions you should prioritize. In our Guide 2 Lightning Lane, we are sharing tips and strategies on what to do at each park, and today we’re visiting WDW’s second gate, Epcot. With Disney World’s newest ride having just debuted for the 50th Anniversary and a Marvel roller coaster on the horizon, Epcot has a very interesting Lightning Lane lineup. Which rides are worth your money to skip the line? And who should just skip Genie+ at Epcot? Read on to find out.

If you need a refresher on Disney’s FastPass replacement, check out our 6 part Guide 2 Disney Genie, which explains how Lightning Lane and Genie+ work.

Individual Lightning Lane Recommendations for Epcot

Individual Lightning Lane attractions are not included in Genie+ and are an extra fee. Since everyone has a different budget and sensitivity to pricing, I’m not going to say that you should definitely buy an Individual Lightning Lane or not. What I will say is if you should consider it. With some attractions, Individual Lightning Lane could represent a value as it will save you a ton of time in line. With others, you shouldn’t waste your money. Here are our Epcot Individual Lightning Lane recommendations.

Remys Ratatouille Adventure

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure – Maybe Buy

Try to get a virtual queue for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. While a Lightning Lane reservation will basically get you on the ride immediately, a virtual queue slot will get you on the ride in a short amount of time – usually between 30-40 minutes, but possibly sooner. Despite being brand new, Remy has had middle of the road pricing compared to other Individual Lightning Lane rides, and a Virtual Queue slot is not as hard to get as it was with Rise of the Resistance. Our recommendation for Individual Lightning Lane with Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure would be to only buy it if you weren’t able to get a Virtual Queue slot during the morning or afternoon, you’ve never been on the ride before, and it’s your last day at Epcot. It might leave a bitter taste, but Remy would tell you that bitter is a vital component in creating a balanced and nuanced dish.

Frozen Ever After - Epcot Fastpass Guide

Frozen Ever After – Don’t Buy In Most Cases

With pricing between $9-$11, and an average wait time between 45-50 minutes, it’s a soft don’t buy recommendation for Frozen Ever After. This isn’t as bad of a value as Space Mountain or Expedition Everest, but you can get a short wait time on Frozen Ever After usually right at park opening and right before park closing. We would recommend using that timing as part of your strategy rather than spending money for your whole party to ride. However, if you are a parent of a kid who’s obsessed with Frozen, you can’t make it into the park right at opening or stay late, and it’s a peak day and the wait time for Frozen Ever After is over an hour, then it might be worth your money.

A big question is what will happen to the Lightning Lane lineup once Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind opens in 2022. Looking at Disney’s recent decisions, it’s easy to predict that Guardians will be offered as an Individual Lightning Lane at first. It’s unclear if Frozen or Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure will join the Genie+ attraction pool, but either attraction would give a much needed boost to Epcot’s Genie+ lineup next year.

Is Genie+ Worth It at Epcot?

Should you add $15 to your ticket at Epcot? The park currently offers 9 attractions with Genie+ Lightning Lane. If you just look at that number, you may think “Well, that’s not too bad.” But many of those attractions don’t need Lightning Lane. Here’s the full Epcot Genie+ Lightning Lane lineup.

  • Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival
  • Journey into Imagination with Figment
  • Living with the Land
  • Mission: SPACE – Green / Orange
  • Soarin’
  • Spaceship Earth
  • Test Track
  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends
  • Turtle Talk with Crush

The Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival in particular just shows animated shorts that you can see on Disney+ and isn’t worth your time while inside the park, Lightning Lane or not. Journey Into Imagination, Living with the Land, Spaceship Earth, and Turtle Talk with Crush also don’t typically have too long of waits. Depending on the day, you can add The Seas with Nemo and Friends and Mission: SPACE to that list. That really makes Genie+ Lightning Lane worthwhile at Test Track and Soarin’. Soarin’ can average between 30-45 minutes, and Test Track can typically have a wait of an hour or more. But Test Track also offers a single rider option.

Genie+ will save you time with Test Track, Soarin, and possibly Mission: SPACE, and another ride like The Seas with Nemo and Friends or Spaceship Earth. Is it worth it to spend $15 to save time at 2-4 rides if you’re only visiting Epcot for the day? We would say on most days, no. Utilize Single Rider and the mornings and evenings to take advantage of shorter waits on Test Track and Soarin’. If you are going on a peak day, like Christmas or New Years, our recommendation would change to a solid yes, as wait times on even the less popular rides can get to over an hour. Our recommendation would also change to a yes if you’re park hopping, because you could knock out Epcot’s best rides within less than half the day.

Also, consider what you’ll be doing while at Epcot. If rides are your priority, then Genie+ could be worth it even with the thin attraction lineup. But if you are going to spend most of your time eating and drinking around the world, save your money for an extra large pretzel from Germany.

Epcot Genie+ Lightning Lane Recommendations

If you have Genie+, you still will want to prioritize which rides you choose for Epcot. I explained a little bit about the relative wait times in our Genie+ buying recommendation, but here I’ll go a bit deeper as to which attractions you should pick first for your Genie+ Lightning Lane reservations.

Biggest Priorities: Will Save You The Most Time / The Best Rides

Test Track - Epcot Ride

  • Test Track
  • Soarin’

As Epcot’s sole thrill ride, Test Track is currently the biggest time-saver. As I mentioned before, Test Track offers Single Rider, which will split you up from your party, so that may not be advisable for certain groups. Soarin’ is not quite the multi-hour draw that it used to be, but it’s still one of the best rides at Epcot and can draw a lengthy wait time. These are both the best use of Lightning Lane at Epcot currently.

Middle Priorities: Will Save You Moderate Amount of Time

Mission: SPACE - Epcot Thrill Ride

  • Mission: SPACE
  • Spaceship Earth
  • The Seas with Nemo and Friends
  • Living with the Land

Moderate could be a stretch for any of these rides, to be honest. There have been plenty of times when I’ve visited Epcot, and each of these attractions have had waits under 30 minutes. But wait times can creep up at these attractions, especially on busy days. Spaceship Earth is one of the best rides at Disney World, in my opinion, and Living with the Land is another personal favorite ride to relax on.

Lowest Priorities: Lightning Lane Might Only Save You A Little Time

Figment - Journey Into Imagination-with Figment - Epcot Attraction

  • Journey Into Imagination with Figment
  • Turtle Talk with Crush

Turtle Talk with Crush is a cute show, and very enjoyable for kids, but it’s very easy to walk up to the entrance 10-15 minutes before showtime and get into the theater. Journey Into Imagination holds a lot of nostalgic sway because of people’s love for Figment, but the ride can be a walk-on for most of the day. These are both “might as well grab them” Lightning Lanes, but not your biggest priority by a long stretch.

Don’t Even Bother Unless You Really Need a Break

  • Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival

The shorts shown here are delightful. But you can also watch them at home. Unless you are a huge animation fan and want a chance to see these on a big screen, don’t bother with this attraction. The other caveat to this recommendation is if you are in desperate need of an air conditioning break, then this would be a fine option, but I would point you toward The American Adventure for a lengthier show and better attraction.

Epcot Lightning Lane Tips

  • If you are interested in Mission: SPACE, be sure to choose the right version of the attraction. Mission: SPACE Green is the mild version of the attraction, with the simulated liftoff and strong g-forces turned off. Mission: SPACE Orange is very intense, as it spins you at high speeds to simulate a journey into space.
  • Genie+ Lightning Lane reservations open up at 7 am for all guests. Individual Lightning Lane reservations open up at 7 am for resort guests, and park opening for all other guests.
  • When you’re making your first pick, try to get a Genie+ Lightning Lane time slot for one of your priority rides as early as possible. You can make another reservation either 2 hours after you make your reservation, or once you use your Lightning Lane reservation, whichever is first. Grabbing your first Lightning Lane reservation for sometime in the first 2 hours of park opening gives you the best chance of getting another high priority Lightning Lane reservation early. Check out our in-depth guide for maximizing Genie+ Lightning Lane to find out more about how often you can get Lightning Lane reservations.
  • Lightning Lane reservations are a limited pool and are first come, first served. The rides in our “Biggest Priorities” section of the list above will typically sell out first, so try to get Lightning Lane reservations for those as soon as you can.
  • If you can’t find a reservation, pull to refresh on the Tip Board section of Disney Genie. Return times fluctuate, and it’s possible for somebody else’s cancellation to open up a time slot for a ride you are going for.

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James is a lifelong Disney Parks fan. While at the parks, he loves finding new details, learning more about Disney World history, and taking pictures. His favorite WDW attractions include Spaceship Earth, Tower of Terror, and Star Tours.
James is a filmmaker and writer based in Los Angeles.

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