Are there really any Epcot thrill rides? Epcot does have a couple of rides for thrill seekers out there! Whilst Disney’s Epcot does not have any traditional roller coasters, what it does have is some very innovative rides which will entertain all the family – and may even get the adrenaline seekers out there interested.
Epcot Test Track
Epcot Test Track is a very popular Disney World ride – and rightly so! The idea is that guests board a ‘Test’ Car to be put through it’s paces on a track. It goes through various tests including, heat, braking and of course the most fun one, speed.
Of course what everyone is really waiting for is the outdoor High Speed Test at speeds reaching 65 miles per hour around a 50 degree banked curve. This is a ride which is suitable for all ages – although it does have a 40 inch height requirement.
If you want to cut down time spent waiting in line make sure that you get a Fast Pass for Test Track.
For more details go to Epcot Test Track
Epcot Mission Space
It may put you off a little to know that Epcot Mission Space was the first ride, and is the only Disney ride anywhere in the World to offer vomit bags as a convenience for it’s riders! But this really shouldn’t put you off from trying this very unique experience.
Mission Space is a very sophisticated motion simulator ride which shows Epcot guests what an astronaut may experience on a journey to Mars.
There are 4 riders in each vehicle and everyone is assigned their own role (i.e potential buttons to press when instructed) either Commander, Navigator, Pilot or Engineer. The MIssion Space ride vehicle is very small. If you are prone to motion sickness or claustrophobia this is a ride where you really should observe the warnings. Riders experience up to 2.5 G Force. But of course that is the fun of it for most of us!
Mission Space is a highly intense and very unique ride. It is certainly one of the most thrilling Epcot rides and indeed one of the most adrenaline inducing of all Disney World rides. But be warned. For many it is a little too much. So Disney opened a second non motion version of the ride. This is also a lot of fun and does not have the G Force of the main attraction so is suitable for more people. But it is still in an enclosed space so be aware!
Soarin’ is an identical version of it’s west coast Disneyland cousin Soarin’ Over California. Again this is a very innovative Epcot ride. White knuckle it most certainly is not, but it can be described as a ‘thrill ride’.
This 4 minute 40 second simulated flight ride takes guests over the amazing sights of California including Yosemite, The Wine Country, Monterey, San Francisco, San Diego and of course Disneyland.
You would be forgiven for thinking that the ride structure looks like a giant Erector set – for that is exactly what it is modeled after. The Imagineers had to find some way of getting people safely in front of a giant movie screen in some kind of ride vehicle which could move in a way that made them feel like flying. They certainly did a great job with Soarin’.
You are safely strapped into your seat and then you ‘fly’ upwards into the air in front of a giant IMAX screen. There are 3 rows of seats and as your feet dangle in the air, the best view is on row 1 as your line of vision doesn’t have someone else’s feet in it! But this row is also the highest so if you are at all wary on your first ride on Soarin’ then ask for row 3.
Whilst there are no thrill rides at Epcot in the traditional sense of the phrase there are definitely some amazing rides in the park. Rides that thrill seekers and the more cautious amongst us will enjoy. Epcot has something for everyone!