Soaring: Fantastic Flight is a family attraction which gives the sensation of hang-gliding across 12 different world-famous landmarks. The ride is based on Soarin’ Over California, an innovative attraction which debuted in 2001 in Disney California Adventure.
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 Disney California Adventure’s version and Epcot’s version were updated to the new film and given the new name Soarin’ Around the World. Each version of this ride contains an exclusive fireworks finale scene. This version of Soarin’ made its way to Tokyo DisneySea on July 23, 2019. Its ride film is identical to the others, with the removal of the Eiffel Tower scene in favor of an extended flyover finale of Tokyo’s skyline featuring the iconic Tokyo Tower.
- Replacing the Eiffel Tower with Tokyo Tower is ironic since the design of the Tokyo version is based heavily on the famous Parisian structure.
- Composer Bruce Broughton created the score for this ride based on Jerry Goldsmith’s original score for Soarin’ Over California. 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:
- Matterhorn Mountain
- Ilulissat Icefjord
- Sydney Harbour
- Neuschwanstein Castle
- Mount Kilimanjaro National Park
- The Great Wall of China
- The Pyramids of Giza
- Taj Mahal
- Mitten Buttes
- Lau Islands
- Iguazu Falls
- Tokyo DisneySea exclusive finale: Tokyo skyline featuring Tokyo Tower
Be sure to take a look at the other versions of Soarin’ on our site:
- Soarin’ Around the World (DCA)
- Soarin’ Around the World (Epcot)
- Soaring Over the Horizon (Shanghai Disneyland)
- This location is mentioned in our blog post: The Best View in Bavaria: Seeing a Disney Castle In Real Life
Official Information: TokyoDisneyland.com