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Old 01-11-2011, 11:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Line at Soarin' vs. Test Track 1st Thing

We've done Soarin' several times first thing when we get to Future World and it seems to take 45 minutes or so. After that we get our Test Track fastpass. What about the other way around? What are folks htoughts on how fast the Test Track line moves first thing?
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If I read your post properly, I would recommend getting your Test Track Fastpass first and then head for Soarin'. That will make the wait at Test Track much shorter after you ride Soarin'.

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We get to the park so we're in at opening and normally ride Soarin' first thing at opening... usually no wait, just the time it takes to walk to the ride. Then we cross over and grab FPs for TT. Soarin' just gets ridiculous after a certain point after opening.
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We get to the park so we're in at opening and normally ride Soarin' first thing at opening... usually no wait, just the time it takes to walk to the ride. Then we cross over and grab FPs for TT. Soarin' just gets ridiculous after a certain point after opening.
That's usually our game plan as well.
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We Fastpass Soarin' first thing - then get in the standby line and ride it. Can you tell that's our favorite ride at EPCOT?
Depending on when our fastpass window is, we either get back on and ride it again with our fastpass or go check out the wait time at Test Track.
DH likes Test Track... I could take it or leave it.
I'd rather do Mission Space but DH needs to do the low intensity ride on that one.
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We plan on getting a FP for TT before heading to Soarin as we have never been able to do it bc of the wait.

Test Track s line normally moves pretty fast as long as there is no break downs.. The bad thing is that there is no Handicap entrance like other rides. My mom was in a scooter in 09 and had to navigate thru the queue. That was kinda aggravating but we got thru the line within about 30 mins.
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We almost always go to Soarin' first and get a FP, then do other things in that general area of the park. We do TT later on. But this last trip, we tried soemthing new. We went to TT immediately, as almost no one else did this. We rode right away with no wait...we didn't even have to watch the pre-ride movie. Then we went over to Soarin and got FP. They were for a little later, but we had plans to have lunch at Sunshine Seasons anyway. We did the Imagination Pavilion, and The Living Seas, then we had lunch. After that it was time to ride Soarin'. Worded out perfectly!!
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I so wish those two attractions were closer to each other. We usually ride Soarin and send some poor soul over after to get TT FP's. But my kids are old enough now to go in single rider lines now so we do TT that way also.
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We usually head right to Soarin and ride it first. On our way out, we grab a Soarin fast pass and head right over to Test Track. Usually the Test Track line moves pretty quick and when we are done with that, we can usually head back to Test Track and use the fast pass.
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We usually head to Soarin' first, then grab FP's for later in the day. We then head over to TT and if we want to ride again and it's open, we do the single rider line at TT.
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Here is my plan which is pretty similar to other posters. Soarin usually gets a really long wait by mid day and fast passes run out for this ride quite often. It is a family friendly ride that almost everyone enjoys. This is my game plan...I always arrive 30 minutes before park opening. If I am arriving by car this ensures a close spot which is an extra bonus. The Epcot opening Ceremony puts you up close to the Big 5 (Mickey, Minne, Goofy, Donald, and Pluto) among others and often if you are in the front row you get a hand shake or a high five! I then head directly to Soarin or Test track as my mood takes me. Now I know this doesnt answer your question exactly, but by arriving prior to rope drop, I the longest wait at either of these rides I have ever incurred after riding the other is 10 minutes...which is really no big deal! Whatever order I ride in I always fast pass Soarin after I ride it for later in the day. I do this knowing that my chances of getting a fast past in the afternoon is slim to none on a busier day and sometimes even on a slower day! I know I can usually get a fast pass for test track for later in the evening. I think you will find by arriving early you will get more bang for your buck on the E ticket rides at Epcot!
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Here is my plan which is pretty similar to other posters. Soarin usually gets a really long wait by mid day and fast passes run out for this ride quite often. It is a family friendly ride that almost everyone enjoys. This is my game plan...I always arrive 30 minutes before park opening. If I am arriving by car this ensures a close spot which is an extra bonus. The Epcot opening Ceremony puts you up close to the Big 5 (Mickey, Minne, Goofy, Donald, and Pluto) among others and often if you are in the front row you get a hand shake or a high five! I then head directly to Soarin or Test track as my mood takes me. Now I know this doesnt answer your question exactly, but by arriving prior to rope drop, I the longest wait at either of these rides I have ever incurred after riding the other is 10 minutes...which is really no big deal! Whatever order I ride in I always fast pass Soarin after I ride it for later in the day. I do this knowing that my chances of getting a fast past in the afternoon is slim to none on a busier day and sometimes even on a slower day! I know I can usually get a fast pass for test track for later in the evening. I think you will find by arriving early you will get more bang for your buck on the E ticket rides at Epcot!
Great advice! We measured youngest DS last night and lo and behold he is finally tall enough to ride both Soarin and TT! I was trying to figure out a game plan to make sure we get to do both and this sounds like a great one!!!
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We always send DH to grab FP at Soarin' first and the rest of us ride TT. From what I hear, the rush to Soarin' is pretty significant and everyone is funneled into a relatively small entrance to the pavilion. It is worth it as the wait time only gets worse. The walk to TT seems more open and wasn't too bad even with 2 kids not quite as fast as their old mom. We ended up being in the first car without too much rushing (and no shovin'!!!). I would definatly recommend get FP at Soarin' before riding TT if you all plan to stay together, though.
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We ususually get fast passes and then dont worry about it. We always get the Soarin FP first though as they do run out. I couldnt believe the Soarin Rush on a slow day in May last year! So even though I got FP's then we got in line it was still a long wait. IMHO Epcot needs another thrill ride or family ride to help take the crush off of TT and Soarin....
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We Fastpass Soarin' first thing - then get in the standby line and ride it. Can you tell that's our favorite ride at EPCOT?
Depending on when our fastpass window is, we either get back on and ride it again with our fastpass or go check out the wait time at Test Track.
DH likes Test Track... I could take it or leave it.
I'd rather do Mission Space but DH needs to do the low intensity ride on that one.

We found last week that Soarin' sold out of FP early in the afternoon, but we were able to pick up a FP for TT at 5pm, so Soarin' is clearly still very popular. We always pick up a FP and then ride stand-by if we go early in the morning because we love it!
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