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Soarin
Website: EPCOT Homepage
Ride Type: Interactive Movie
Ride Status: Running
Average Rating: 4.4054
TPC Overall Rank: #68 out of 2929 rides.
Reviews: 47
Last Review: 1/19/2015 5:15:00 PM
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5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up rdbsports on 1/19/2015 5:15:00 PM
This attraction is incredible. While in the simulator, you can feel the wind blowing, you can smell the scent of palm trees, and you really feel like you are hang gliding.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up coasterwom on 9/7/2012 7:53:00 PM
Soarin' is a interactive movie/simulator ride. It is average speed, fun, rerideable, it has a large capacity, and a long duration.

3 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Kodadog99 on 7/3/2012 5:53:00 PM
I thought thas ride was ok. I think that the hour long wait is defiently not worth the ride. Yes the sights are "breathtaking" but only if you sit in the front row other wise you have the "breathtaking" view of other peoples feet. Anyone scared of hights will no doupt dislike this ride. The ride itself is ok I enjoyed all of the scenes especilly the organge tree grove when you can smell oranges. I guess the rides ok.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up praxis on 9/16/2011 6:56:00 PM
This is an exact clone of the ride at Disney's California Adventure... which is excellent. The awe-inspiring views of scenic california, the smells, the smooth hang-gliding motion. All good. I will however, dock it some: when I was at Epcot, the film looked a little frayed. You could see spots + odd-looking vertical lines. Hopefully WDW has/will fix this.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up jesussaves on 7/9/2009 10:07:00 AM
This is a one of a kind attraction. You are brought dangling rather close to a large screen and then a movie is shown of you flying over various locations and your seat moves appropriately with the turns. It gives a good sense of flying and there is even a part where you can smell an orange grove. Lines get long for this so you may want to get a fast pass for this one. Overall rating 4.5

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up jeopardyfish on 7/1/2009 11:34:00 AM
Great! Try for Row 1, because several pairs of feet overhead does serve to spoil the illusion a little bit. This ride is not too intense for children to enjoy as well as adults, although those with acrophobia may be well-advised to avoid this ride. I was impressed that smells were used; I found the ride exciting and well-done.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up ThemeParkTimes on 4/26/2009 12:41:00 PM
Soarin' is an excellent ride! You actually feel like you're feeling over the beautiful Californian landscapes and places (Golden Gate Bridge, Los Angeles and even Disneyland!). You can even feel the wind in your face, and you can hear the sounds, too. I'd suggest getting a FastPass for this one, because the lines can extend to 3 hours!

1 Rating
-1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Brian4663 on 11/18/2008 8:40:00 PM
This ride is severley over rated. Its actually a horrible ride. At best, you get some fans blowing air in your face. You get to watch a big screen tv and the ride adjust a little to the left and right. How can Disney get rid of &quot.Food Rocks&quot. for this piece of junk? Long lines and no imagination. Thumbs down.

3 Rating
+2 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Canobie Coaster on 10/18/2008 9:19:00 AM
Have you ever wondered what flying over vast landscapes feels like? If so Soarin’ caters to those interests quite well. Anchoring EPCOT’s Land pavilion, Soarin’ is definitely one of the park’s most popular attractions, always garnering a 90 minute wait or so and is depleted of Fastpasses by mid-afternoon. Therefore to get on you either have to endure a painfully long wait or get a fastpass very early in the day, and I definitely suggest the latter if you want to ride. Well with the ride’s massive popularity it must be good, right?

Thankfully when I went in late August this year I encountered a 30 minute wait late in the day (most likely because of diminished crowds from Tropical Storm Fay). The wait was pretty bad in my opinion since it was essentially just a long corridor without any real theming or entertainment since the games were not functioning while I was there. Also, the line just seemed to move very slowly in my opinion and I just can’t imagine what a full 30 minute wait would be. After making it through the queue, there’s a brief instructional video on how to board and safety guidelines. Soon enough, I boarded by flight vehicle, which I definitely commend Disney on since the simple seatbelt restraint allows for freedom of motion to make to experience much more immerse.

However, I was disappointed in Soarin’. While all of the video was perfectly synced with the vehicles to give a good sensation of flying with gentle yet successful motions, my experience just was severely hampered by the fact that I was not riding in the top row, therefore causing my view to be obstructed by the dangling feet of riders above. Every time I was beginning to feel immersed in the entire experience, the nuisance of the feet above just ruined the whole mystique of the attraction in my opinion. Despite this, I can’t deny how breathtaking the images were with scenes such as the ocean, mountains, and Golden Gate Bridge, but I personally didn’t think the entire attraction flowed that well because of how randomly it bounced around from scene to scene.

While certainly a fun and unique attraction, Soarin’ is just over-hyped in my opinion. The images are great and the sensation of flying is good, but the ride just has some flaws that severely hampered my experience. Not only that, but the ride’s atypical 90 minute wait definitely would deter me from another reride most likely and the issue of the ride’s fastpasses depleting far too quickly. Despite these numerous short-comings in my opinion, definitely give Soarin’ a chance since you’ll probably enjoy it more than me since I’m probably one of the very few to not be overly impressed by the attraction.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Ghosthost2 on 1/8/2008 11:37:00 PM
This is a fun ride, but where is the theming? The original version at DCA looks like a flight hangar.

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