Guests Can Experience Farewell Flights for Classic Soarin’ Beginning May 27th

Epcot guests will enjoy farewell flights when the classic Soarin’ returns to The Land pavilion in Future World starting May 27. The attraction reopens at Epcot in Walt Disney World Resort before the new film, Soarin’ Around the World, debuts next month at Disney parks in Shanghai, Californiaand Florida. Disney FastPass+ service will be available starting May 21 for this limited opportunity to enjoy the classic Soarin’ experience at Epcot.

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The classic Soarin’ film based on the popular Disney California Adventure park attraction, Soarin’ Over California, is a multi-sensory adventure with stunning views over California’s popular sites including the Golden Gate Bridge, Napa Valley and Yosemite National Park to name a few. You’ll swear you feel the mist from the ocean. Don’t miss your chance to experience Soarin’ Over California at Disney California Adventure now through June 15, and at Epcot through June 16.

The new film, Soarin’ Around the World, debuts June 17 at Disney California Adventure park at Disneyland Resort and Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort the day after its world premiere at Shanghai Disneyland and highlights landmarks from across the globe.

Soarin’ Around the World Takes Flight at US Parks June 17th

Imagine a wind-through-your-hair flight above The Great Wall of China, a bird’s-eye view of the Sydney Harbor in Australia, gliding around the Matterhorn in Switzerland …

These are among more than a dozen breathtaking ways you’ll be able to experience the wonders of the world when Soarin’ Around the World makes its groundbreaking debut across the globe this summer. The next generation of the popular Soarin’ attraction makes its premiere at the grand opening of Shanghai Disneyland this summer as Soarin’ Over the Horizon.

The next day on June 17, guests at Disney California Adventure park at the Disneyland Resort and Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort will be able to board the exhilarating aerial adventure that immerses you in a multi-sensory experience, complete with stunning sights, spectacular sounds and even subtle scents. Fastpass+ will be an option for Soarin’ beginning Thursday, April 21.

Here’s a preview of what you’ll see on Soarin’ Around the World:

Preview Video

Could you feel the mist from the harbor? What a view!

In addition to the new film, the Epcot attraction also added a third theater and reimagined its interactive queue. What destination are you looking forward to flying over in Soarin’ Around the World?

Soarin’ at Epcot Temporarily Closing for Refurbishment in January


Soarin’, the king-sized simulator ride that lets Epcot visitors virutally glide over California scenery, will begin its refurbishment on Jan. 4, according to the official Walt Disney World website.

The ride “shall reopen in the summer of 2016,” the site says.

In March, Disney said the ride, which opened in 2015, would be expanded from its original two theaters to three. In August, the company said the content would be updated and called Soarin’ Around the World at Epcot at the sister attraction at Disney California Adventure theme park. The changes will also happen on the technological side with the installation of digital screens and projection systems.

The new Soarin’ will “take guests on a journey to far-flung lands,” according to the official Disney Parks Blog.

From the Orlando Sentinel

Walt Disney World Confirms Soarin’, Toy Story Mania Expansions


Walt Disney World has officially announced it is expanding two of its most popular rides Soarin’ at Epcot and Toy Story Midway Mania at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

The announcement came Thursday in the form of a Disney Parks Blog post. A new theater will be added to Soarin’, and a new midway track is coming to Toy Story Mania.

Soarin’ will also get additional upgrades, including new screens and an updated projection system.

Disney likely hopes the additions will allow more guests to ride the two attractions, both of which are known to regularly have long lines. Wait times for Soarin’ and Toy Story Mania are usually among the longest at Walt Disney World, and guests are urged to arrive as soon as the parks open if they want to avoid a long wait or get a FastPass+ reservation.

The expansions were not exactly Disney’s best-kept secrets, either. Theme park fans have been talking about the possibility of both rides expanding to alleviate wait times, and many have complained that the film quality on Soarin’ was in need of an upgrade.

Many have also speculated that part of the reason of the Studio Backlot Tour’s closure last year was to make way for an additional track for Toy Story Mania.

There have also been rumors that Disney plans to expand the Pixar Place area back to the now-former Backlot Tour area, but there has been no official word on that — at least not yet.

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