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EPCOT – Soarin

Thanks to a combination of motion simulators and Omnimax movie technology, you’ll feel as if you’re hang gliding over spectacular vistas and sights. The ride utilizes special seating which allows the guests legs to dangle over the seat adding to the hang gliding effect. On your breathtaking flight you’ll see the Golden Gate Bridge, Redwood forests, Napa Valley, Yosemite, and other landmarks in a way you’ve never seen them before. While the ride is exciting and emotionally thrilling, it’s also very calm and tranquill.

There is a 40″ height requirement for this ride.

Age: Attraction Review:
ages 2-4 Most are not tall enough for the height requirement, but those that are all enjoy the attraction. Some loud fireworks may temporarily startle young children.
ages 5-10 If they are tall enough this is one of the most popular rides in all of Walt Disney World.
ages 11-15 This is often ranked as a favorite ride in all of Walt Disney World by park guests.
ages 16-adult This is often ranked as a favorite ride in all of Walt Disney World by park guests.
senior citizens Those concerned about motion sickness should note that Soarin’ is not like Star Tours and does not jostle its riders about. Soarin’ is very relaxing and uses the beautiful visuals rather than jarring movement to create excitement.

When to Visit

Soarin’ is one of the most popular rides in all of Walt Disney World and also has one of the longest lines. The lines are so long that Disney has started special entertainment within the line to keep guests from getting bored. To avoid the bottleneck, arrive at Epcot at opening and get a Soarin’ FASTPASS when it opens.

FASTPASS

Soarin’ is probably the best attraction in all of Walt Disney World to use the FASTPASS system. It’s also one of the most difficult FASTPASSes to get as oftentimes it can run out of its FASTPASSes by early afternoon or even late morning. Unless you want to wait in a 90 minute line or longer, make sure to get to Epcot early.

Disney World Facts

  • This attraction was originally built for Disney’s California Adventure, hence all of the Californian scenery shown in the film.
  • The powerful underscore for the film was written by veteran film composer Jerry Goldsmith
  • Take a deep breath while on the ride and you might notice some special scents placed in to add to the experience.