Soarin’ Around the World

Soarin Around The World
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Soarin’ Around the World is a Soarin’ attraction at Epcot featuring Soarin’s first Soaring Over California sequel Soaring Over the Horizon. Soaring around the world features some of Soarin’s most popular destinations including; Spain, Italy, The United Kingdom, and Australia.

What Is Soarin’ Around The World?

Soarin’ Around the World is Soarin’s second Soaring Over California attraction. Soarin’ Around the world replaced Soarin’ Over California, Soarin’s original attraction at Epcot’s The Land Pavilion in 2016.

Where is Soarin’ Around the World? Soarin’ Around the World is located at Soaring Over California’s old location, Soaring Over California. Soaring Over California was removed in 2016 and Soaring Around the World replaced it the following year in 2017.

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How Long Is Soarin’ Around The World?

Soarin’ Around the World takes roughly 6 minutes to complete, including the preshow.

What Is The Queue Like For Soarin’ Around The World?

Soarin’ has a queue that looks like an airport terminal with a sleek aesthetic. The Play Disney Parks app allows guests to compete in geographic trivia against one another, even though it lacks the signature details found in other Walt Disney World attraction queues.

Guests are then sent to one of three theaters or concourses by the end of this long and winding path. A pre-boarding video illustrates the various landmarks that guests will observe during their flight after they are assigned a row. A safety video starring Patrick Warburton follows. Guests are ushered into the theater by a Cast Member after the video.

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How Tall Do You Have To Be To Ride Soarin’?

Riders must be 40″

What Are The Ride Vehicles Like On Soarin’?

With a capacity of ten guests per vehicle, Soarin”s ride vehicle features a bench with a tall back. Safety belts for each seat and mesh bags for personal items are included. During the ride, the rides vehicle will swing up and forward until it reaches the screen so that participants’ legs will dangle. Additionally, it is able to create the feeling of flight through gently tilting and lifting in sync with the film.

What Is The Soarin’ Ride Like?

The flight simulator ride vehicles will proceed forward, up, and outward toward the gigantic bowl-shaped screen once the ride has begun. The entire ride is shot from an aerial perspective since hang gliding is the premise of the ride. It includes views of the Matterhorn in Switzerland, Greenland’s Issfjord, the Sydney Harbor in Australia, and the castle at Neuschwanstein, Germany. The tour includes stops at the Great Wall of China, the Great Pyramids of Egypt, the Taj Mahal of India, the Monument Valley of Utah, Fiji, Igazu Falls in South America, and the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Fireworks explode over Spaceship Earth as guests soar over Epcot for the finale!

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Guests will feel as if they’re flying as the ride vehicle moves with the film. It’s not a thrilling ride, but it’s certainly an exciting one. A variety of special effects are used to enhance the experience, including wind, sound, and smell.

In some scenes, you can see how heavily the film relies on computer animation. Transitions between scenes are also made using computer-animated objects and animals.

Warning: Some of these transitions are a bit startling, especially those near colisions with seaplanes and eagles that look like they are coming right at you! For those who are wary of fireworks and loud noises, the fireworks finale can be a little intense as well.

Soarin took some adjusting for my husband because he has a thing about heights, but he loves this ride so much I think it actually helped him with his fear of heights more than anything. 

One complaint about the attraction is that the edges of the screen can appear to be curved if you are sitting in the wrong spot (too far left or right) and because of this it can ruin the illusion a little bit. If you wish to avoid this, request an extra cycle for seats in row B1 once you are directed to one of the three concourses.

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Can You Bring A Wheelchair Or ECV Into Soarin’?

Users of wheelchairs and ECVs must be able to transfer to the ride vehicle themselves. Additionally, service animals are not allowed at this attraction.

Is Soarin’ Ride Scary?

As I mentioned before guests who are afraid of heights may have a hard time with this ride. There is a possibility of motion sickness, but the majority of guests are not affected by it. People who are afraid of fireworks or loud noises should also avoid the event.

Soarin’ Around the World is a thrilling experience, but it’s not frightening for most people. While Soarin’ does have some intense moments involving loud noises and can reach heights of up to 50 feet in the air, in and of itself I don’t consider the ride to be scary.

How High Does The Soarin Ride Go?

The concourses are A, B, and C, as well as the three hangars that are also A, B, and C. There are three rows of seats at each hangar entrance, 1, 2, and 3. You’re able to soar 50 feet off the ground in Row 1, 40 feet off the ground in Row 2, 30 feet off the ground in Row 3.

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