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Description And Comments

Soarin’ Around the World 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 ever 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. Then the rows of seats swing into position, making you feel as if the floor has dropped away, and you’re suspended with your legs dangling. Thus hung out to dry, you embark on a simulated 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.

The film glides around the globe, from the Matterhorn and an Arctic glacier to the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall. The visuals are stunningly sharp thanks to laser IMAX projectors, and computer-animated animals create clever transitions. However, the film’s display of vertical landmarks appears comically distorted from seats on the left or right side of the screen. To avoid this, once you’re directed to one of the three concourses, politely request to wait an extra cycle for seats in row B1 for an ideal view.

Soarin’ is a must for guests of any age who meet the height requirement—and yes, we’ve interviewed seniors who absolutely love it. A Lewiston, Maine, dad gives it a hearty thumbs-up:

Soarin’ is amazing! Even if the “trip around the world” doesn’t make a lot of sense, it’s still stunning.

If heights make you nervous, you may have reservations, as did this North Carolina mom:

Soarin’ was VERY cool, but also on the scary side for people who are 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 keep telling myself, “This is only an illusion. I cannot fall out. This is only an illusion. . . . ”

Touring Tips

Soarin’ Around the World, Test Track, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, and Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind take some crowd pressure off all four corners of the park. Keep in mind, however, that Test Track and Guardians serve up a little too much thrill for some guests. Soarin’, conversely, is an almost-perfect ride for any age. See it before noon or between 4 p.m. and park closing.

Soarin' Around the World Wait Times

This chart shows you roughly how long you'll wait for Soarin' Around the World 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 be 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' Around the World Wait Times.

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Special Comments

Entrance on the lower level of the Land Pavilion. May induce motion sickness; 40" minimum height requirement. Switching-off option provided.

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