Soarin' is an interesting choice for adding to Epcot. The simulated hang glider is an innovative use of technology that fits in with Epcot, but the ride's film was conceived and filmed for Disney's California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort. Every scene depicted in the film is in California, which is a strangely restrictive topic for a park that otherwise celebrates a global future. Despite that, Soarin' is a crowd pleaser, using the giant screen projection and motion simulation to put riders into the scenes. To add to feeling, at key moments scents are piped in to augment what is seen on the screen.

General Information - Hide Section
  • Location: In the back of The Land pavilion which is on the right side of the park between The Living Seas and the Imagination pavilion.
  • Date Opened: 5/5/2005
  • # of Ride Units: Two theaters
  • Ride Capacity: Each theater contains three glider machines, each with 29 seats in three rows.
  • Restraint Method: Shoulder bars and seatbelt
  • Ticket Rating: E Ticket
  • Ride Photo: No
  • Sponsor: Nestle
Time Commitment Information - Hide Section
  • Open/Close: Opens and closes with the park. This attraction is open during both morning and evening Extra Magic Hours.
  • Wait Times: Use FastPass if at all convenient. Standby line will generally be at least 40 minutes and potentially much longer.
  • Length of Ride: 10 minutes
  • FastPass: Yes
  • Single Rider: Yes
  • Queue Description: Photos in the queue highlight and celebrate significant aviators and achievements in aviation.
Access Information - Hide Section
  • Health Restriction: Riders with a fear of heights or easily susceptible to motion sickness should consider not riding.
  • Ride Access: The queue is accessible to both wheelchairs and ECVs.
  • Wheelchair Transfer: It is required that you transfer from a wheelchair or ECV into the seats of the simulator.
  • Service Animals: No
  • Audio: Video captioning devices are available for the preshow video of this attraction from Guest Services.
  • Weight and Size Issues: Height should not be an issue. While the shoulder restraints and buckle combination may be tight, it should accommodate all but the largest of people.
Parenting Information - Hide Section
  • Height Restriction: 40" (113 cm.) to ride.
  • Child Swap: Yes
  • Other Issues:
History and Trivia - Hide Section
  • At this location: Most of the 60,000 square foot show building for Soarin' is new construction added to the back of The Land pavilion. The entrance to Soarin', however, required the closing and removal of Food Rocks and its theater. Food Rocks opened on March 26, 1994, and was an animatronic musical show on the topic of nutrition. The animatronic figures were food items of various types. Food Rocks closed on January 3, 2004.

    Food Rocks had itself taken the place of Kitchen Kabaret, a similar show that ran from October 1, 1982 to January 3, 1994. The milk carton was the only figure common to both shows.
  • The Attraction's History: The attraction remains unchanged since it opened in 2005.
  • Other Trivia:
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