The facade of Soarin’ Around the World at Disney California Adventure. Photo by Jeremy Thompson on Flickr

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.

Queue Details

  • 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.

The photo of Grand Central Terminal that hangs in the queue of Soarin’ Around the World

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Ride Details

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