The Epcot classic Soarin is getting updated! A new movie is being filmed and the ride will lose its California only theme to become Soarin Around The World!
Of course Walt Disney World has a lot of projects going on these days. Hollywood Studios is getting a Star Wars Land and a Toy Story Land. Animal Kingdom is getting Pandora, the World of Avatar. The Magic Kingdom’s New Fantasyland is still fresh enough to be considered new. While this update to Soarin is the not the same as a new land it is something to encourage Epcot lovers.
Soarin’ (Over California)
Many of you are no doubt familiar with Soarin at Epcot. For those who have never had the pleasure of riding Soarin it is located in the Future World section of the park in the Land Pavilion.
Soarin is a flight simulator but not one like you may be used to. Guests enter one of two (will be three soon!) theaters. Each theater has three ride vehicles each of which has three rows. You are seated in your assigned seat and when everyone is ready the ride vehicles lift you into the air and where once there were three horizontal rows there are now three vertical ones! Your feet are swinging free below you and the canopy above you gives you the impression you are in a hang-glider.
That is when the ride really starts! Guests quickly become immersed in the movie as sights from all over California are mixed with motion, sounds, smells and even the rush of air over your face! It is quite an experience.
Soarin Around The World
Unfortunately, for those in Walt Disney World at least, the ride was a little confusing. After all you are taking off from Florida and then the whole ride features California (the movie was originally filmed for Disney’s California Adventure and came east to Florida later.) The ride even ended at Disneyland!
Now a new movie is being filmed and Soarin will become Saoarin Around the World. New scenes are being added and it is quite possible that parks around the world will have slightly different versions of the ride. Maybe (crossing fingers) it will even be like the new Star Tours and no two trips will be the same!
While Disney has not revealed all the new scenes that will be incorporated you can get a view hints from the Making of Video below. There are definitely a few scenes you can recognize instantly.
For a look behind the scenes at the new Soarin Around the World check this video out!
Unfortunately the new Soarin Around The World will not open until 2016.