Description And Comments
Soarin' is a thrill ride for all ages, as exhilarating as a hawk on the wing and as mellow as swinging in a hammock. If you've every experienced flying dreams, you'll have a sense of how Soarin' feels.
Once you enter the main theater, you're secured in a seat not unlike those on inverted roller coasters. When everyone is in place, the rows of seats swing into position, making you feel as if the floor has dropped away, and you are suspended with your legs dangling. Thus hung out to dry, you embark on a hang-glider tour with IMAX-quality images projected all around you, and with the flight simulator moving in sync with the movie. The images are well chosen and drop-dead beautiful. Special effects include wind, sound, and even smell. The ride itself is thrilling but perfectly smooth. We think Soarin' is a must-experience for guests of any age who meet the height requirement. And yes, we interviewed senior citizens who tried it and were crazy about it.
But a North Carolina mom says, "Wait a minute!"
Soarin' was VERY cool but definitely on the scary side for people afraid of heights or who don't like that "unsteady" feeling. While we were "soaring" up I was fine, but when we were going down I had to continually say to myself, "This is only an illusion, I cannot fall out, this is only an illusion . . ."
- This attraction offers FASTPASS.
- Open for Morning Extra Magic Hour.
- Open for Evening Extra Magic Hours.
Soarin's addition to the Epcot lineup takes some of the pressure of the park's other two big attractions. Keep in mind, however, that Test Track and Mission: SPACE serve up a little too much thrill for some guests. Soarin', conversely, is an almost platonic ride for any age. For that reason, it has climbed to the top of the hit parade. See it before 10:30 a.m., or use FASTPASS; expect all passes to be gone after 2:00 p.m. on days of moderate attendance or as early as noon on busier days.
This chart shows you roughly how long you'll wait for Soarin' when you visit on a day with a given Epcot Crowd Level. The blue bars represent the average "peak" wait time (that is, how long the line will at its busiest). The bottom and top black lines represent the range of peak wait times to expect (for you fellow nerds out there: it's the 5th percentile and 95th percentile of peak wait times). Please note that these are estimates, and for a better forecast for your travel dates, see Soarin' Wait Times.
- We rate this attraction as Not To Be Missed.
- This attraction has a minimum-height requirement of 40 inches.
- This attraction offers rider swap.
Entrance on lower level of The Land pavilion; may induce motion sickness; 40" minimum height requirement; switching off available.
- Video Captioning Available
- Audio Description Devices Available
- Must Transfer From Wheelchair/ECV
- No Service Animals
Disney Dish with Jim Hill
For a while now, the Imagineers have been rumored to be working on a new ride film for Soarinâ€™, the original of which debuted at in 2001. As it turns out, the rumors are trueâ€”but the film is slated to premiere at Shanghai Disneyland when it opens in December 2015. Whatâ€™s more, the film will be China-specific, built around IMAX HD footage captured during low-level flyovers of such landmarks as the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, and the Three Gorges Dam. As for a stateside Soarinâ€™ movie, word around WDI is to look for it in 2016.
Other Attractions in Future World
- Captain EO
- Ellen's Energy Adventure
- Epcot Character Spot
- Journey Into Imagination With Figment
- Living with the Land
- Mission: SPACE Green
- Mission: SPACE Orange
- Spaceship Earth
- Sum of All Thrills
- Test Track
- The Circle of Life
- The Seas with Nemo & Friends
- Turtle Talk with Crush
Touring Plans with Soarin'
- Epcot One-Day Touring Plan for Active Seniors
- Epcot One-Day Touring Plan for Tweens and Their Parents
- Epcot One-Day Touring Plan for Parents with Small Children
- Epcot One-Day Holiday Touring Plan for Parents with Small Children
- Epcot Two-Day Touring Plan for Active Seniors - Day 1
- Epcot Late Arrival One-Day Touring Plan for Parents with Small Children
- Epcot Late Arrival Selective One-Day Touring Plan for Adults
- Epcot Two-Day Late Arrival Touring Plan for Adults - Day 2
- Epcot One-Day Holiday Touring Plan for Adults
- Epcot Late Arrival Not-A-Touring-Plan Plan for Parents and Adults
- Epcot Two-Day Not-A-Touring-Plan Plan for Parents and Adults
- Epcot Afternoon Touring Plan for Future World
- Epcot Morning Touring Plan
- Epcot Disney Cruise One-Day Highlights Touring Plan
- Ultimate Touring Plan: Epcot
- Epcot One-Day Touring Plan for Adults
- Epcot Unofficial Guide Two-Day Sunrise/Starlight Touring Plan - Sunrise
- Epcot Early Riser Two-Day Touring Plan - Day 1
- See all Touring Plans...
|Wait per 100 people ahead||4 minutes|
|Assumes||2 concourses operating|
When to go
First 30 minutes the park is open or use Fastpass
|Opening Date||May 5, 2005|
|Scope and scale||Super Headliner|
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