Soarin’ Around the World is a family attraction which gives the sensation of hang-gliding across 13 different world famous landmarks. The ride originally opened as Soarin’ Over California here in Disney California Adventure, an opening day attraction in 2001. Soarin’ later made its way to Epcot as a clone of the ride in 2005.
On June 16, 2016, Shanghai Disneyland opened with a revamped version of this ride called Soaring Over the Horizon featuring a unique ending. The next day, both Epcot’s version and this version were updated to the new film and given the new name Soarin’ Around the World, each with their own exclusive finale scene. Another Soarin’, Soaring: Fantastic Flight opened in 2019 in Tokyo DisneySea.
- This version of Soarin’ features an exhibit in the main queue titled “California Aviators Wings of Fame”, featuring photographs detailing historical landmarks in California’s history of flight. One of the photos on the right side of the queue, about halfway down, is of a 1927 Lockheed Vega 5-C standing outside of Glendale’s Grand Central Air Terminal, one of the first passenger air terminals in the country – if you weren’t aware, Disney now owns this historic building and the surrounding area as part of its Grand Central Creative Campus, home to Imagineering and other corporate business units.
- Our pre-show Chief Flight Attendant is played by actor Patrick Warburton. You might recognize him immediately as Seinfeld’s David Puddy, but Warburton has been involved with a number of Disney projects including the voice of Kronk in The Emperor’s New Groove (2000) and a security droid in Star Tours in both Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
- The first version of this ride featured an original score by Jerry Goldsmith. When the new version was being developed, composer Bruce Broughton was brought in to update the composition. Mr. Broughton has a history with Disney as he is also responsible for the iconic music of Epcot attractions such as Ellen’s Energy Adventure, Honey, I Shrunk the Audience, and Spaceship Earth as well as the scores for Disney films including The Rescuers Down Under, Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey, and Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco.
- During the 5 minute adventure, you fly over the following locations. Click the link on each one to check out their own page on this site:
Be sure to take a look at the other versions of Soarin on our site:
- This location is mentioned in our blog post:The Best View in Bavaria: Seeing a Disney Castle In Real Life
Official Information: Disneyland.com
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