Best Easter Eggs in Soarin’ Around the World

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Soarin’ Around the World is an elevated, simulator attraction that takes guests on an aerial tour over various wonders of the world inside EPCOT’s The Land pavilion.

Soarin’ Entrance

This popular attraction lifts guests into the air and uses gentle motion, scents, and wind effects to create the sensation of flight coupled with a film shown on a 180-degree, 80-foot IMAX digital projection dome.

In true Disney fashion, the ride experience is layered with detail and contains a number of Easter Eggs, tributes, and connections to Disney history. So let’s take a flight aboard Soarin’ to discover some of the attraction’s best Easter Eggs and its connections that you can spot when riding this EPCOT attraction!

Flight 5505

The flight number for every ride guests take on Soarin’ is 5505. This stands for the date Soarin’ first made its debut at EPCOT on May 5, 2005.

The Matterhorn & The Abominable Snowman

The attraction’s Swiss Alps scene is all about the iconic Matterhorn which is somewhat of a callback to the replica of the Matterhorn at Disneyland Park! Rumor has it there’s even an Abominable Snowman, just like the Matterhorn Bobsled, hidden somewhere in the scene.

The Great Wall of China’s EPCOT Connection

Do you know that particular shot where guests zoom over the Great Wall of China? It’s actually an ode to the location where Imagineers shot the original 1982 Wonders of China Circle-Vision 360 film for EPCOT.

Real-World Inspiration

Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany is important to the Disney Parks for several reasons. Of course, the first-ever, full-length, animated Disney film – 1937’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – involved a castle and was a German fairy tale.

But the Neuschwanstein Castle itself inspired the look and design of not just Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle, but also Disney World’s Cinderella Castle.

Big Thunder Mountain at Dusk

In addition, Soarin’s Monument Valley scene is connected to Walt Disney World’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. While Bryce Canyon National Park inspired the look of Disneyland’s version of the coaster, Monument Valley’s unique landscape inspired Disney World’s version of the runaway mine train.

Hot Air Balloon Hidden Mickey

Of course, Imagineers had to put a few Hidden Mickeys in the attraction! Keep an eye on the hot air balloons over Monument Valley, Utah. At one point, three balloons come together to form a Hidden Mickey!

Captain Jack Sparrow in Fiji

For the scene over Fiji’s Lau Island, eagle-eyed guests may spot an individual walking along the beach. According to legend, that individual is actually Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

EPCOT Fireworks Hidden Mickey

During Soarin’s final scene over EPCOT, a Hidden Mickey is formed when two fireworks burst at the same time above Spaceship Earth.

Old EPCOT Future World

For guests nostalgic for EPCOT’s old Future World and its Fountain of Nations, this area of the park lives on in Soarin’s final scene when guests glide over this former space and up to the fireworks over Spaceship Earth.

Other Disney-Related Locations

Scene from Soarin’

Many of Soarin’s locations are represented in Disney films. For example, Sydney Harbor and the Sydney Opera House are represented in Pixar’s Finding Nemo. P. Sherman 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney, anyone? Also, France’s Eiffel Tower is seen in Ratatouille.

Is Soarin’ one of your favorite attractions? Which Easter Egg was your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

 

First published July 14, 2021. Updated October 8, 2021.

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Savannah Sanders

Savannah has been visiting Disney World since she was a year old and has gone back almost every year since. In the real world, she teaches high school history and government and enjoys writing about all things Disney. Savannah can be reached on Twitter @DisneyParkSavvy.

6 thoughts on “Best Easter Eggs in Soarin’ Around the World

  • July 15, 2021 at 7:54 am
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    I really miss Soarin over California. I thought it was 100% better than the current version.

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  • July 15, 2021 at 9:28 am
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    I agree with John. At the very least, they should have left Soarin over California at California Adventure.

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  • July 15, 2021 at 2:05 pm
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    Agreed as well. Soarin around the world is a tremendous disappointment, and a huge downgrade from the original.

    Just calling it “Soarin” in Epcot worked fine, most guests didn’t even realize the entire film took place in California.

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  • October 9, 2021 at 1:36 am
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    I loved California but I love the new one too!!!

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  • October 9, 2021 at 9:13 am
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    I love Soarin’. It is my favorite ride at Epcot. I just always request to be in the center section so as to avoid the distortion on view in the two side areas.

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  • October 9, 2021 at 9:44 am
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    Wouldn’t it be cool if sometimes they would play the original Soarin’ ? Maybe on April Fool’s day, or significant anniversaries, or even just randomly…

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