Soarin’ Around The World In Epcot

Soarin' Around the World at Epcot

In September I’ll be heading back to Walt Disney World and one of the things I am most excited about is to check out the new version of Soarin’ now known as Soarin’ Around The World! I was lucky enough to take one last ride on the original in June right before it closed permanently, and now with my Fastpass+ booked, I eagerly wait to experience the updated attraction. If you haven’t ridden it yet, here’s everything you need to know, courtesy of Disney:


Riders on the new Soarin’ Around the World become globe-trotting travellers as they take a global glide over land and sea, flying over and through some of the iconic scenery in the world.

This new version of the popular attraction gives guests a thrilling bird’s-eye view of Earth’s scenic wonders, visiting six continents in all.

Soarin' Around the World at EpcotThe exhilarating aerial adventure immerses guests in a multi-sensory experience, complete with stunning sights, spectacular sounds and even subtle scents. Soarin’ Around the World is located at The Land Pavilion in Future World at Epcot.

Employing high-definition, laser-projected footage and innovative motion-based ride technology, all developed by Walt Disney Imagineering, Soarin’ Around the World literally lifts 87 guests at a time 40 feet aloft into an 80-foot projection screen dome. The effect is that guests’ entire field of vision is filled with panoramic beauty, giving them the sensation that they are actually flying over the globe’s grand landmarks, natural and manmade.

Among the many sights on view during the exhilarating fly-over: The Great Wall of China, the Great Pyramids of Egypt or the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Aromas fill the air, bringing to life scents like grass over Africa, an ocean breeze over the South Pacific and roses over India.

Soarin’ Around the World is also enhanced by its majestic musical score, composed by Bruce Brouhton, based on the original Soarin’ score by the late film and television composer Jerry Goldsmith, and performed by the London Studio Orchestra.


Dying to know what the updated attraction is all about, but you don’t have a trip planned for a while? No worries, check out this full POV; it’s almost as good as being there plus there’s no line! 🙂

And if you are in the mood to shop, there is lots of cute new Soarin’ Around The World merchandise available right outside the attraction as well as on the Shop Disney Parks mobile app!

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Soarin’ Around The World Debuts June 17, 2016

Soarin' Around the World at Epcot

Beginning June 17, 2016, guests at Epcot will undertake a whole new journey when Soarin’ Around the World opens. This new experience is part of the planned updates to the popular attraction, including all-new digital screens and projection systems, an additional theatre, and a redesigned and themed queue. Soarin’ Around the World will take guests on a journey to far-flung lands, over some of the world’s most unique natural landscapes and man-made wonders. Here’s everything you need to know courtesy of Disney:


Imagine a wind-through-hair flight above The Great Wall of China, a lift-your-feet-or-they’ll-touch journey over the Great Pyramids of Egypt or a seat-of-your-pants dash through the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

These are just a few of the more than a dozen breathtaking – and innovative – ways guests will be able to experience the wonders of the world on the groundbreaking Soarin’ Around the World, which premieres June 17 at Epcot in Walt Disney World Resort, just after the attraction’s world debut at the Shanghai Disney Resort. In addition to the new film, a third theater and re-imagined interactive queue will be added to the attraction at Epcot.

Soarin 1As the next generation of the popular Soarin’ attractions, Soarin’ Around the World is an exhilarating aerial adventure that immerses guests in a multi-sensory experience, complete with stunning sights, spectacular sounds and even subtle scents.

Guests won’t just see these gorgeous landscapes with their eyes. They’ll use all their senses to feel, smell and hear the world through this thrilling experience that could only be created by Disney.

Employing high-definition, laser-projected footage and innovative motion-based ride technology, all developed by Walt Disney Imagineering, Soarin’ Around the World lifts 87 guests at a time 40 feet aloft into an 80-foot projection screen dome. The effect is that guests’ entire field of vision is filled with panoramic beauty, giving them the sensation that they are actually flying over the globe’s grand landmarks, natural and manmade.

Soarin’ Around the World is also enhanced by its majestic musical score, composed by Bruce Broughton, based on the original Soarin’ score by the late film and television composer Jerry Goldsmith, and performed by the London Studio Orchestra.

Here’s a sneak peek:


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Soarin’ Around The World Coming To Epcot

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Last month during the July 10, 2015 Behind The Magic Podcast, I shared the latest rumors about Soarin’ and over the weekend those rumors were finally confirmed!

Beginning next year, guests at Epcot will undertake a whole new journey when Soarin’ Around the World opens. This new experience is part of the planned updates to the popular attraction, including all-new digital screens and projection systems, an additional theatre, and a redesigned and themed queue .

Soarin’ Around the World will take guests on a journey to far-flung lands, over some of the world’s most unique natural landscapes and man-made wonders.

Check out this video for a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Soarin’ Around The World!

An official opening date for the new film has not been announced yet. Stay tuned and I’ll share more information about this new experience as soon as it is released!

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Behind The Magic Podcast July 6 – July 10, 2015

Behind The Magic Podcast

Have you had a chance to listen to Behind The Magic Podcast yet? This “snack credit” of podcasts is a unique 15-minute daily Disney podcast hosted by Zeek, Rachel, Tim, and me. Every day Monday through Friday you can join us for entertaining Disney discussions, guests, games, and more. Tim will keep you up-to-date on Disney news with his daily “Mouse News Minute” segment and I dish on all of the latest Disney gossip with my weekly “Mouse Whispers” segment. And of course, Zeek and Rachel will be surprising you each and every day with all of their fabulous Disney insider knowledge!

Behind The Magic LogoThis Week’s Episodes

This week’s episodes include:

  • Magical Mythical Legends
  • Dave Takes Over
  • Behind Mouse Rants
  • Behind The Reaction
  • Behind Your Trip 30 Days Out

For more details about each episode and to listen, please click here!

Mouse WhisperThis Week’s Mouse Whispers

In my Friday, July 10 “Mouse Whispers”, I shared the latest Disney gossip and rumors about Soarin’. Check out Friday’s full episode here!

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Disney World Reality Versus Rumor – April 2015 Edition

Welcome to the April 2015 edition of Disney World Reality vs. Rumor where we’ll take a look at the stories that are currently circulating to see which ones are confirmed and which ones are purely speculation.

Disney World Reality

  • It has been confirmed that the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction in Magic Kingdom will undergo a lengthy refurbishment from May 11 to September 25, 2015 to deal with the last row in the new boats taking on water, safety concerns after a guest seated in the back row lost a finger, and general maintenance.
  • Disney has announced that an additional theatre is being added to Soarin’ and a third track is being added to Toy Story Mania to help accommodate the crowds.
  • Disney has confirmed that Innoventions West will be closing at the end of April. No word yet on what may be replacing this attraction or if it is just being refurbished with new sponsors. Innoventions in Disneyland closed permanently in March of this year.
  • It was leaked by Disney CEO Bob Iger at a shareholder’s meeting that Disney’s Hollywood Studios name will be changing.
  • Disney recently announced that a new store featuring Super Hero merchandise will be opening in May in Disney Springs taking the place of the former United World Soccer store.

Disney World Rumor

  • Permits were recently filed spurring speculation that a new restaurant will be built in Adventureland in Magic Kingdom. Rumors are that its theme will tie into the Jungle Cruise and it is currently being built under the tentative name of “Skipper’s Cantina”.
  • There are some fresh rumors floating around that Epcot will be adding something new and exciting in 2016 not connected with Frozen. Check out this article for all that we know so far.
  • There are also rumors that a new Soarin’ movie is being filmed that will replace the current film and will highlight well-known landmarks from around the world.
  • There are continued rumors that Echo Lake, Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner, and Gertie the Dinosaur will be removed this year to make way for a Star Wars themed land in Hollywood Studios.
  • There are still rumors that a Pixar Place/Toy Story Land may be built in Hollywood Studios using part of the space made available with the closing of the Backlot Tour.
  • There is speculation that Disney may have plans to build a fifth park on the west side of the property where new hotels are currently being built. Rumors are that this park could be villain themed and open in time for Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary in 2021. Wouldn’t that be amazing? Keeping my fingers crossed for this one!

Look for another edition of Disney World Reality vs. Rumor in June 2015!

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