Test Track or Soarin' - which first?

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  1. padkins

    padkins Earning My Ears

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    We have not ridden the new Test Track, and know that both TT and Soarin' fill up fast and fastpasses go quickly. What is your best advice on which to ride first and which to get fast pass for?

    I thought Test Track first, get a FP, ride it and then use the FP to ride again. Then head over to Soarin' and pick up a FP for later. We have ridden Soarin' many times and it isn't as necessary for us to ride it more than once. Or should I run get FP for Soarin' while the family goes to TT and waits for me outside the line?
     
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  3. mesaboy2

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    In my opinion the 1-2 order of these does not matter. I would get a FP for one, then trek across and ride standby on the other. I would not wait for that FP to mature (minimum 40 minutes) before hopping in standby for the other.
     
  4. GenevieveRaqs

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    This may depend on the crowds when you're there.

    I was at Epcot the Friday of marathon weekend. We didn't arrive at the park until about 1ish. We chose to grab an FP for Test Track, then got lunch. By the time we finished lunch in World Showcase, we were eligible to pick up an FP for Soarin' (still available) then head over to use our TT FP. Crowds were light, so FPs were still available late in the afternoon. At 45-75 minutes, the standby waits were well beyond my personal waiting-in-line threshold. ;) But if you arrived first thing in the morning, I'd agree with mesaboy's opinion.
     
  5. mm1971

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    I would FP Soarin and ride TT standby. If the line is too long, you can go with the single rider line (I think it is still there) and reduce any wait time.
     
  6. GrumpyFamilyof5

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    I thought you couldn't have 2 FP out at once? Has this changed??:confused3
     
  7. MinnieLovesMickey12

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    We always go to Soarin first since its the first one you come to. Then we go straight to Test track. Since we do them both first thing in the morning we just ride standby.
     
  8. mesaboy2

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    A common misconception. Depending on when FP return times are relative to the time you pull an FP, it is absolutely possible to have more than one valid FP at a time. This has been true as long as I can remember.

    Both Soarin' and Test Track are equidistant from the main FW entrance. Soarin' is closer to the IG entrance.
     
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  10. mesaboy2

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    Most attractions at WDW, and all at Epcot specifically, have a maximum 2-hour lockout between getting FPs.

    If you pull a FP for Soarin at 11:00a, for example, the return time for it could easily be 5:00p-6:00p. In a case like this, you could get a second FP at 1:00p (2 hours after the first) for another attraction. At 1:00p then, you have two valid FPs in your hand.

    If the return window for the FP is less than 2 hours away, then you can get another FP at the beginning of that first FP's return window.
     
  11. GrumpyFamilyof5

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    sorry if it is confusing to me....:confused3
    hmm as I read it more I think it makes sense! Thanks!
     
  12. mesaboy2

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    No worries. The bottom line is that you never need wait more than 2 hours between FPs. The time you are eligible for another FP is printed in the bottom center of your current FP.
     
  13. GrumpyFamilyof5

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    learn something new everyday, I've used FP but never realized that, will most definately remember for this upcoming trip, thanks again!:thumbsup2
     
  14. mesaboy2

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    To further clarify, notice the FP below.

    This was pulled at 9:47a (extreme lower right in small font). It says another can be gotten at 11:45a (bottom center), which is two hours later. Yet the current FP is also good from 2:05p-3:05p. At 11:45a, you can get a FP for another attraction such as Rock 'n' Roller Coaster and then you have two. Make sense?

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  15. GrumpyFamilyof5

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    wow, I really need to pay more attention, never noticed, guess I always thought I had a plan, went when the time said and that was that:blush:..sure do appreciate you pointing it out!! I know it will help us this go around!:goodvibes
     
  16. mesaboy2

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    Unless somehow FP+ messes it up between now and the time you arrive. That's for another dozen active threads to discuss.
     
  17. rwdavis2

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    The second week of January we did TT first, single rider 2 times upon park entry. Since everyone else was still doing the vehicle configuration our group was able together from the single rider line. In fact the very first time there was no one in standby.

    We then went over to Soarin, got a fastpass, rode, had a snack and then rode with the fast passes. This was a low crowd day, obviously.

    But doing TT via single rider will probably always be the best way to do so if you can get there at opening. Saying that, the new version is nothing to go crazy over. It is still the same ride with different lights.
     
  18. Herfnerd

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    Just got back this afternoon - rode TT and Soarin' yesterday - had FP's for both.

    Mebbe its just me, but while I enjoyed both attractions, neither really lived up to the hype I was expecting. To be honest, I preferred the 'old' version of TT. If I had to hit the standby line for either, it wouldn't be for very long. Did wait in standby almost 70 minutes for RnRRC at DHS Tuesday, that I didn't mind. Why didn't we do the FP? It had us coming back at 8pm and we had ADR's for Boma.

    JMHO and YMMV.......
     
  19. KrazeeK120

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    I was at Epcot on Saturday. Soarin' is my favorite ride in WDW. I got on the 2nd ride of the day (could have gotten on the first, but elected to wait for row 1). Then I grabbed a FP for it so I could ride again later. After that, I went over to TT to jump in the standby line and what do you know? It was broken down. Shocker. We went back a few hours later and it was running. We pulled FPs for much later in the day, but we'd planned to spend the whole day in the park, so that was not of concern to us.

    If you don't care to ride either one more than once, I'd go pull a FP for Soarin' and then get in the TT standby line. First of all, you'll have a FP for something you know you'll be able to ride (I've never seen Soarin' down, while I've seen TT down more than once). Also, if you do FP for TT, you can't design your own car. This diminished the experience for us...I was really looking forward to seeing if I could design something that would hold up. However, I wasn't going to stand around until the ride came back up, nor was I going to stand in a 100 minute standby line when I went back later. So I either had to FP or not ride.
     
  20. hughech

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    I still think soarin is the best ride at Disney. Just love it
     
  21. padkins

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    Thank you all so much. We will be there the first week of February so aside from cheerleaders I don't expect crowds to be too high.
    I have been watching the times each day and I think the best thing to do would be get soarin fast pass and ride test track then possibly do it all again. My daughter is four so we can't do single rider line. Thanks again!
     

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