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 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. When everyone is in place, 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.

We think Soarin’ is a must-experience for guests of any age who meet the height requirement—and yes, we’ve interviewed senior citizens who absolutely loved it—but this North Carolina mom has reservations:

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. . . . ”

A new ride film debuted at Soarin’ in summer 2016, featuring film clips from flights around the world. Instead of being geographically constrained to California, the new film (which was created for the debut of Shanghai Disneyland glides around the globe from the Matterhorn (the one in Switzerland, not Anaheim) and an arctic glacier to the Taj Mahal and Great Wall of China. The new visuals are stunningly sharp, thanks to laser IMAX projectors, and computer animated animals are employed to create clever transitions, an improvement over the original’s jarring location changes. Jerry Goldsmith’s memorable musical theme returned with updated orchestrations, as did Patrick Warburton’s flight attendant pre-show, but there’s a new trio of scents to inhale along the way; we’re growing partial to Eau de Africa. The end result is a clear upgrade over what was already one of Walt Disney World’s top-rated rides.

Touring Tips

Having Soarin’ opposite Test Track and Mission: Space in Future World takes some crowd pressure off both sides of the park. 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’s at the top of the hit parade. See it before 9:30 a.m. or book FastPass+ reservations up to 60 days in advance; expect same-day reservations to be gone by 1 p.m. on days of moderate attendance or as early as 11 a.m. on busier days.

Along with the new film, a third theater was built to increase ride capacity by 50%, making both the FastPass+ and standby queues flow far more smoothly. The new version features a number of vertical landmarks like the Eiffel Tower that look comically distorted from seats on the far ends. Once directed to one of the three concourses, politely request to wait an extra cycle for seats in row B1 to have an ideal view.

Soarin' Wait Times

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.

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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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