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Daffy Does Disney – How Do We Really Feel About Soarin’ Around the World?

One of the big openings this year at Florida’s Walt Disney World was an update to the very popular Soarin’ attraction in Epcot. The original version took place entirely in California and originated (naturally) in the Disney California Adventure park in Anaheim. The attraction’s film even ended over Disneyland, which was a little weird for guests experiencing it in Epcot on the other side of the country. The California landmarks never really bothered me, though and I tended to just think of them as very American locales that skewed Western. Despite some maintenance issues at Epcot that resulted in a grimy looking screen and image as the years wore on, Soarin’ had managed to continue to be one of the most popular attractions in the Florida parks on the strength of its enveloping sensory experience and its beautiful musical score.

So, how did the new version that displayed locations worldwide turn out? Watch the video above and find out how we felt about this newest version of a beloved ride.

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Posted on October 7, 2016, in Epcot, theme parks, travel, Trip Report, Walt Disney World and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. i haven’t experienced the new movie yet, so my comments are based on the previous incarnation of the ride. But I don’t expect my thoughts will change much. The three most over-rated attractions in Disney World in no particular order are Rock’n’Roller Coaster, Test Track and Soarin’. The big benefit of the upgrade isn’t really the new film so much as it is the expanded capacity. I haven’t looked, but hopefully this has had the desired effect of reducing standby wait times which were typically longer than the ride merited. I haven’t really followed the details of the renovation, but if they didn’t seal in the projection rooms the way they did out West, the new film will get just as dirty as the old one did.

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    • I’m a little disappointed that they were so careless about how they created this new version of the attraction. The increased capacity is great, but what I want are good attractions and at this moment I’m of the opinion that the original Soarin’ was superior artistically AND technologically to the new one. That should be embarrassing for Disney, but the people in charge right now don’t seem to get embarrassed unless the quarterly earnings fail to rise.

      There will be another short video coming soon in which we discuss the new Frozen ride as well.

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      • Like I said before, I really haven’t followed the Soarin’ update in any kind of detail. It’s something I will check out if I find myself in Epcot, but I won’t make a trip to see it. I’m not surprised to hear that the upgrade was “careless”. They basically piggy backed on yet another movie made for a different resort. Presumably the new movie plays better in that attraction. I’m sure Disney could fix these issues relatively easily, but they won’t spend money when they don’t perceive a need to do so. In days of old, fixing something like a bent Eiffel Tower would have been a given. Now they assume most guests won’t notice. And i they do, they won’t care enough to be disgruntled about it.

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