Today we are talking all about Epcot Water Rides and where to go on a hot day at Walt Disney World!
Is it just me, or is Epcot the hottest park? I think it’s the lack of trees covering the walkways and the sheer lack of shade to be found….especially around the World Showcase.
On a hot day, you might be wondering….where are the Epcot Water Rides?
Well….if you are looking for the Epcot version of Animal Kingdom’s Kali River Rapids….or Magic Kingdom’s Tiana’s Bayou Adventure (aka the old Splash Mountain) ….you are going to be sorely disappointed.
Because there aren’t any soaker rides at Epcot…..but not to worry- there’s still plenty of attractions to help you cool off and escape the Florida heat!
So here’s a list of the Epcot water rides and water attractions.
1) Frozen Ever After
Frozen Ever After in the Norway Pavilion is about as cool as you can get on a ride at Epcot. As you float in a boat through various scenes with characters from the movie Frozen, you will feel blasts of refreshingly cold air.
In the pinnacle point of the ride, there’s a medium size drop, (or a big drop depending on who you ask), where you splash downwards toward the end of the ride.
You could get wet. In general, you likely won’t get too wet – but there is a splash.
Overall, the ride is full of joy – young children will love seeing their favorite characters from Frozen and the ride is very immersive and well done.
Definitely one of my favorites and one of the best rides in all of Walt Disney World.
It’s a fan favorite for good reason!
With the boat ride on water, a potential splash of water from the drop, and those awesome blasts of cool air – Frozen Ever After is your best option for an Epcot Water Ride that will cool you off on a hot day.
2) Living with the Land
Living with the Land is another gentle boat ride and the perfect place to cool off in Epcot.
In this slow ride, at the Land Pavilion, you can learn a lot about farming and innovative techniques to grow plants.
This slow-moving boat ride takes you through a series of farming scenes and eventually into a real greenhouse where you can view vegetables and fruits growing – food that is actually harvested and used in restaurants on Disney Property.
How cool is that!?
You also get to see real fish farms and take a peek at where Disney raises bass, catfish, shrimp and more.
This is a highly educational water ride – one that my kids and I always really enjoy.
3) Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros
The Gran Fiesta Tour Boat Cruise in the Mexico pavilion is another option for a dark gentle ride in a boat.
This ride has less draw to it because it doesn’t have a great storyline you can follow.
In general, I’ve always felt this Donald Duck ride needed a refresh (and an actual storyline), but it’s definitely a great place to cool off.
On Gran Fiesta Tour you board a boat for a slow dark ride. Your boat floats through a beautiful open area where people are dining, then into the actual ride which is a combination of screens and animatronic ducks.
Honestly, it’s a strange ride, with a pretty hard to follow story. But if you are looking for a place to cool off and a slow boat ride – this does the trick.
4) Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana
Opening in late 2023, the Journey of Water Inspired by Moana is a fun new water attraction. Guests can walk along an outdoor trail and interact and play with water.
Does it sound like a great place to cool off? Absolutely. This attraction is exactly what Epcot has been needing!
5) The Ferry
If you are craving a real boat ride, you can take the ferry to one of the nearby resorts. The Disney water transportation is mainly for guests to go between the theme parks and resorts.
However, technically, you don’t have to be staying at those resorts to enjoy the boat ride. The Disney Water taxis are available to anyone.
6) Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure in the France pavilion isn’t exactly a water ride – but…..you could get wet!
There’s random points in the ride where you might be lightly splashed with water in this super immersive ride that takes you on an adventure scurrying like a rat through Gusteau’s restaurant.
This ride is a 3-D experience with trackless cars that leaves you guessing what is around the corner. It’s tons of fun and a must-ride immersive experience!
It’s one of the most popular rides at this Disney park, so you’ll want to be sure to check the wait times on the My Disney Experience App and possibly rope drop this Epcot attraction to avoid long lines.
And that’s it! All of the Epcot water rides! I know it’s probably not what you were hoping – if you were wanting to get soaked on a hot day.
But…sometimes that cool dark ride is just what you need….and a Dole Whip.
Don’t forget the Dole Whip.
Did you know that you can find Dole Whip at Refreshment Outpost? Find all the best gluten free Epcot snacks and delicious food options here.
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