EPCOT Roller Coasters | Ultimate Guide & Reviews
If you're looking for roller coasters at EPCOT and struggling to find some - don't be alarmed! There aren't many roller coasters at EPCOT and even the ones that do exist at the park are so heavily themed you can't even tell they're roller coasters from the outside!
In this EPCOT Roller Coaster Guide, we'll dive into what roller coasters you'll find at the park, our reviews and what other thrill rides you can expect to find at EPCOT.
Topics We'll Discuss About Roller Coasters At EPCOT:
- All Rides At EPCOT
- What Roller Coasters Are At EPCOT?
- Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind Review
- Why Aren't There More Roller Coasters At EPCOT?
All Rides At EPCOT
EPCOT is currently home to ten different rides throughout the park.
All ten of the rides at EPCOT are listed below:
- Frozen Ever After
- Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros
- Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind
- Living With The Land
- Mission: Space
- The Seas With Nemo & Friends
- Soarin' (includes Soarin' Over California and Soarin' Around The World)
- Spaceship Earth
- Test Track
- Journey Into Imagination With Figment
Note: We've counted Soarin' as one ride for the purposes of the list even though there are two variations of the ride.
There is only one version of Soarin' running on a given day (usually for months at a time), so it's hard for us to count this as two separate rides.
What Roller Coasters Are At EPCOT?
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is the only official roller coaster at EPCOT, but Test Track and Mission: Space have many elements that make these rides feel like roller coasters.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind opened in 2023 and is the first-ever roller coaster built at EPCOT!
Test Track and Mission: Space however give you some of the similar thrills you can find on roller coasters.
Test Track rips across its ride track at nearly 65 miles per hour around bends and turns while creating g-forces like many roller coasters do.
If you're a thrill seeker, Test Track is another great attraction at the top of your list.
Mission: Space is more of a simulator ride, but packs some of the most intense g-forces you can experience on any ride in Florida.
Using the same technology NASA uses to train its astronauts, Mission: Space delivers nearly 2.5 g-forces, which is more intense than most roller coasters in the world! In fact, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind (EPCOT's sole roller coaster) only reaches g-forces of just under 2!
While Guardians of the Galaxy may be the only traditional roller coaster at EPCOT, Mission Space and Test Track are two other great rides for thrill seekers looking for that roller coaster intensity.
Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind Review
Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind (which we'll refer to as simply Cosmic Rewind) is the first roller coaster ever to be built at EPCOT and was met with rave reviews by guests.
Cosmic Rewind has been praised for its use of innovative technology like projection mapping, a 360-degree spinning ride vehicle, and a much-loved sound track.
While some argue that superheroes aren't a fit for EPCOT's theme, the ride still managed to win over many tough critics even though it may not be the best thematic fit for EPCOT.
Cosmic Rewind was heralded for being a great combination of thrills, laughs, fun, and a much needed addition to EPCOT when it came to thrill rides.
However, many guests did note the ride made them extremely prone to making them motion sick even though they typically don't get naseous on thrill rides or roller coasters!
I and the rest of the Theme Park Center team have ridden Cosmic Rewind dozens of times and can't agree more with the consensus on how fun this ride is but just how sick it can make you!
Most of us at Theme Park Center don't get nauseous or motion sick, but many of us found ourselves reeling after Cosmic Rewind and needed a moment to gather ourselves after riding.
Those of us who are more prone to motion sickness faired even worse and had to take some time to shake off the effects of the ride.
However, the ride is INCREDIBLE!
Cosmic Rewind combines technology we've never seen used in a roller coaster before to create one of the best ride experiences in the world.
If you don't usually get a motion sick on thrill rides then you'll likely be fine as the ride isn't too intense, but if you are prone to motion sickness, then we recommend exercising caution - but get on the ride if you can!
Cosmic Rewind has quickly grown into our favorite attraction at EPCOT and one of the best rides not just at Walt Disney World but all of Florida!
Why Aren't There More Roller Coasters At EPCOT?
It's not clear why there aren't more roller coasters at EPCOT, but we guess this is likely due to the theme park's origins.
When originally concieved by Walt Disney, EPCOT was intended to be more a futristic community. But when those plans fell through after the death of Walt, the focus of the park took more of an educational angle.
In the early years of EPCOT, many of the rides exposed guests to how transportation, farming and even the human body operated. To do so, many of these rides needed to move at a pace that was easy to digest educational material while still packing in some fun.
After all while learning was important, guests having fun was the most important.
Having a roller coaster that managed to educate guests in a reasonable manner was probably an incredibly hard attraction to create for Imagineers at the time and was likely deemed unfit for EPCOT.
Over the years EPCOT has evolved away from most of the "educational themes" (though they still definitely exist!) and has focused on rides about innovation and exploration, which paved the way for Cosmic Rewind.
With a theming that embraces thrills and adventure like "exploration" we can probably expect to see more roller coasters, or roller coaster style rides at EPCOT in the future!
LEARN MORE ABOUT EPCOT!