Rainy Day Attractions at Epcot

September 23, 2015

Spaceship Earth

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Orange Loop. Today we are sharing the best Disney attractions to visit if it’s a rainy day at Disney.

Pop up showers and afternoon storms are something that happen during most visits to Walt Disney World. It’s Central Florida after all. But if you have a park day that is going to be filled with rain clouds, Epcot is a great park to visit.

Rainy Day Attractions at Epcot | Rolling with the Magic

Most of Epcot’s attractions are inside so you’ll only really be in the rain when you are running from place to place. And Future World is great because there is usually multiple things to do in each pavilion.

Spaceship Earth

Spaceship Earth

While some of the queue is outside, if you visit during the right time of day you won’t be outside for long. The ride itself takes about 15 minutes. Afterwards there are several interactive games in the Project Tomorrow area to enjoy.

The Seas with Nemo & Friends

The Seas with Nemo & Friends

At The Seas with Nemo & Friends you can track down Nemo in the attraction. After the ride take your time and visit the 5.7-million-gallon saltwater aquarium and exhibits to see Nemo’s pals in real life. Sea Base has fish feedings at 10:00 AM and 3:30 PM. A Cast Member will describe the rays, sea turtles and fish in the aquarium. The second floor’s Observation Deck is also a must see.

The Seas with Nemo & Friends

There is also an indoor play area for the little ones and when you finish your tour of the aquarium stop by Turtle Talk with Crush. The show lasts about 15 minutes and is a lot of fun for kids of every age.

The Land Pavilion

The Land Pavilion

If I were spending a rainy day at Epcot I would probably spend most of my time in the Land Pavilion. This is where you’ll find Soarin’, one of the park’s most popular attractions. If you don’t have a FastPass spending some time in the queue won’t be so bad on a rainy day. 🙂 You can also visit one of my favorites, Living with the Land. It would also be the perfect time to check out the Behind the Seeds tour. It is a one-hour tour of the fish farm and 4 greenhouses that make up The Land Pavilion. It costs $20 for adults and $16 for children under 10. Visit the desk outside of Soarin’ for times and availability.

The Land Pavilion is also the perfect spot to grab lunch. Sunshine Seasons is one of my favorite quick service locations at the parks. If you don’t want an entire meal it’s also a great spot to grab snack. Their bakery case has so many great options!

Imagination Pavilion

Journey Into Imagination

At the Imagination Pavilion you can visit Figment and ride Journey Into Imagination. This attraction doesn’t usually have much of a wait but most of the queue is indoors. Afterward you can hang around in ImageWorks which has an interactive play area where you can use your imagination to make music, digital pictures and more. You can even create your own Figment.

Test Track

Test Track

Test Track is one of the few attractions in Future World that may not be operational during the rain since part of the ride is outdoors. It just depends on how hard it is raining and if there is lightning in the area. If you can ride there is lots to do afterwards with the the vehicle you designed during the attraction. You can visit:

  • What’s Your Score? – Discover how well your newly-designed vehicle scored during the test drive.
  • Showroom Showoff! – Make a 15-second commercial of your design and then email it home to share with family and friends.
  • Give It a Spin! – Steer your vehicle over challenging terrain, through a variety of obstacles and conditions at this smaller, virtual test ground.
  • Photo Finish – Pose for a picture with a Chevrolet dream car or your concept vehicle against a dramatic backdrop, including a snowy mountaintop, an underwater scene or even a lunar landscape.

Test Track
There are also several that you can check out. I’m not sure if they are still doing it, but if you visit the desk and sign up to receive some information from GM they will give you a pin from the Tomorrowland film for free.

Mission: SPACE

Mission: SPACE

Take my advice, take the less intense (Green Team) experience if you experience any motion sickness at all. Even a little. I typically don’t get sick but the Orange Team almost did me in. After your mission visit the Mission: SPACE Advanced Training Lab.

Mission: SPACE

Activities include:

  • Mission: SPACE Race – It’s astronauts versus ground control in a race to see who can send their rocket from Mars to Earth first. Up to 56 cadets can play at once. Whose team are you on?
  • Expedition Mars – You’ve got 4 minutes to use a joystick and jet-pack button to explore the surface of Mars and find your 4 fellow astronauts. Good luck, cadet!
  • Space Base – Junior space explorers will be inspired to reach for the stars and crawl into wormholes on this fun interactive playground.
  • Postcards from Space – Create and e-mail a video postcard—starring you—to anyone in the universe you please.

Universe of Energy

Universe of Energy

Universe of Energy is where you will findEllen’s Energy Adventure, a film and a ride that lasts 45 minutes. And who doesn’t love dinosaurs!

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Rainy Day Attractions at Epcot - Rolling with the Magic
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  • Mary at Capturing Magical Memories
    October 10, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Glad you included Ellen’s Energy Adventure. You could wait out an entire storm there!!!!

  • melanie
    October 7, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Great list! I could spend all day at The Land…and its’ food court.

  • Pam Ilosky
    September 27, 2015 at 9:57 am

    Great list Melissa! Living Seas is one of my favorite rainy day places to hang out. Also I love being in the Mexican pavilion on a rainy day too!

  • Kimberly
    September 24, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    Spaceship Earth is a great rainy day attraction! Did you know is was actually designed to catch rain water so they can re-use it?

  • FamilyTravelEscapades
    September 24, 2015 at 10:27 am

    All great options on a rainy day. I have used a lot of these for cold too!

  • roemottola
    September 24, 2015 at 9:48 am

    Love this post, Melissa. The photos are wonderful. I love future world in the rain – World Showcase is more of an issue! But regardless, these are great tips!

  • disneymomdebs
    June 19, 2013 at 9:53 am

    I love that no matter how many times I ride Living with the Land I see new plantings or learn something new. I have never watched the Circle of Life movie though (at least I don’t remember having watched it) or taken the Behind the Seeds Tour. Next trip I’ll change all that if it rains. Thanks for a great idea!

  • Upon A Star Concierge Jenn
    June 18, 2013 at 11:57 am

    This is honestly my favorite pavilion in all of Epcot! We probably ride Living with the Land 5+ times each vacation! The Behind the Seeds Tour is really cool, also, and it definitely helps to pass a rainy afternoon. After the tour, I appreciate all of the cool stuff in the greenhouses so much more (and I know of a few extra hidden Mickeys!).

  • Heidi Strawser
    June 18, 2013 at 7:25 am

    I’m glad to hear that I’m not the only person left who still loves Living with the Land! I need to do that tour sometime!