E - Headliner/Super Headliner
40 inches (102 cm)
Those who have a fear of heights or are prone to motion sickness should not ride.
Supervise children at all times.
Soarin' Around the World is a flight simulator attraction where guests can hang glide over iconic scenery from around the world.
In Soarin' Around the World you will be suspended in air for an exhilarating, gliding adventure that includes dramatic drops, turns, swoops and lifts.
This attraction appeals to the entire family. The only guests that should use caution are those with a fear of heights.
Times Guide – Opening/Closing
This attraction opens with the park.
Soarin' Around the World is one of the high demand Fastpass+ reservations in the park. Same day availability will be limited and guests will typically save at least 30-45 minutes using Fastpass+ even on low crowd days.
It is a "Tier 1" Fastpass+ attraction. Test Track, Soarin' Around the World and Frozen Ever After are the highest demand Fastpass+ attractions in the park.
Before you Ride
Once the attraction begins, the seats are suspended in the air. Some guests that have a fear of heights may be bothered by this sensation.
The queue for Soarin' Around the World is made to represent an airport terminal. Guests wait in a long crooked path that is lightly themed with beige colors and stainless steel accents. Blue lighting lines part of the queue as well to give a futuristic feel.
The largest section of the queue features four large video monitors that feature a variety of scenes and landscapes.
New with Soarin' Around the World is a new game that can be played called "Soarin' Challenge". Guests can participate on their smart phone in a trivia game featuring questions on geography, cuisine, languages and more. For guests that don't have a smart phone, in queue displays can be used.
At the Fastpass+/Standby merge point, guests are directed to one of three concourses where they will be directed into the pre-show area.
The pre-show area is divided into three sections, A, B and C, each representing the corresponding section of the ride that the guest will enter. Within each section, there are three rows numbered 1 through 3, also corresponding to where the guest will sit on the attraction.
The pre-show remains unchanged from the original attraction.
The pre-show features actor Patrick Warburton. The video uses footage from Soarin' Over California from Disney California Adventure and functions as a safety video for the attraction.
He introduces himself as Patrick, our chief flight attendant and welcomes us to the attraction. After the introduction, he walks into a room where people are loading onto the attraction. He instructs people to stow all carry on items, including, "Cameras, purses, hats, and of course... these little beauties (Mouse Ears)." After a look towards the man wearing the Mouse Ears, the man reluctant guest takes off his Mouse Ears revealing a bald head. In the background, other guests are in vintage flight gear complete with leather helmet and goggles.
Next, Patrick tells guests how to buckle their seatbelts from left to right. Following this, he explains that, "If smaller aviators [guests] don't measure up to the height indicator on the seat, just put the belt through the loop in the center strap before buckling." This is an added security measure to keep younger guests from slipping out of the seatbelt. After a thumbs up to the child that correctly buckles his seatbelt, Patrick continues by telling guests that they will soon be airborne. The video shows the seats being lifted from the ground with another warning about guests with a fear of flying and/or heights. Finally, he goes through the entire pre-flight checklist before wishing us to, "Have a nice flight."
Following the video, a cast member will instruct guests to board beginning with row 1.
Each cycle of the ride can accommodate 87 guests. Guests board in one of three concourses, and each concourse is set up the same way. The concourses load in the sections and each of the 3 sections has three rows. Sections A and C are on the left and ride side respectively with section B in the middle. Rows 1 (top) and 2 (middle) of sections A and C can accommodate 10 guests each with Row 3 (bottom) accommodating 7 guests each. In section B, all three rows accommodate 11 people.
Cast members will arrange guests by concourse, section and row and will be directed to their seats after the pre-show. Once guests are seated the vehicle will lift them in place so that guests seated in Row 1 will be at the top of the screen, Row 2 will be in the middle of the screen and Row 3 will be at the bottom of the screen.
For the best view of the screen, you'll want to be in the top row (Row 1). The middle section (B) doesn't swing as much as the left (A) and right (C) sections. If you are in the left (A) and right (C) sections you want to be on the edges closest to the center section.
The post-show travels alongside the main queue and maintains the airport terminal theme.
Soarin' Around the World does not have a linear story, but the attraction simulates hang gliding over different areas around the world. As the lights dim, the first thrill of the attraction occurs as the seats are lifted 40 feet in the air in front of the concave screen. Guests encounter clouds before the first scene.
Matterhorn Mountain/Swiss Alps, Switzerland: The attraction begins in the clouds before flying over the real life version of Matterhorn Mountain in the Swiss alps. A small cloud transitions into the next scene.
Ice Fjords, Greenland: The view flies over ice flows as a polar bear dives into the water. Another pair of polar bears walk on a different ice flow as a glacier calves in the background. A whale suddenly breaches out of the water, splashing the screen and transitioning into the next scene.
Sydney Harbour, Australia: Numerous sailboats circle Sydney Harbor with the nearby Sydney Opera House visible along the left side. A plane flies into view transitioning into the next scene.
Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany: The view flies through the German Alps towards historic Neuschwanstein Castle. A look towards the sun transitions into the next scene.
Plains of Africa, Tanzania: Mt. Kilimanjaro can be seen in the background as the view flies slowly above a heard of elephants. One elephant is taking a dust bath and a trunk spray of dust transitions into the next scene.
Great Wall of China: Flying low over The Great Wall of China, the view just misses people walking along the wall before transitioning into the next scene.
The Great Pyramids of Egypt: Flying through the desert, the pyramids emerge and the view passes just over the top before a dust cloud transitions into the next scene.
Taj Mahal: The view follows a bird over the reflecting pool of the Taj Mahal before flying slowly over the top of the iconic dome. The dome fades into a hot air balloon transitioning into the next scene.
The Grand Canyon / Monument Valley: A large group of hot air balloons line the landscape of monument valley as the view slowly navigates the landscape. A look to the sky transitions to the next scene.
Lau Islands, Fiji: Waves crash onto the tropical beaches of Fiji as an ocean breeze smell fills the air. The view travels over boats in the water transitioning into the next scene.
Iguazu Falls, Brazil: The view continues over rushing water as the Iguazu Falls emerge. The mist from the waterfall transitions into the next scene.
Eiffel Tower, Paris: The view of Paris at night appears with the Eiffel Tower lit up in the background. The view moves to a light at the top of the Eiffel Tower, transitioning to the final scene.
Epcot, Walt Disney World: The view continues as the iconic Spaceship Earth can be seen in the distance. Tinkerbell appears along the left side of the screen much in the same way she appeared in the finale scene of the original attraction. Fireworks go off and a hidden Mickey is formed using Spaceship Earth as the head and fireworks as the mouse ears. Fireworks continue as a final blast ends the attraction.
- The high-definition, laser-projected footage has a 48 frames per second frame rate.
- The ride structure contains approximately one million pounds of steel, 37 tons of which are lifted during each ride.
- Each Projection screen is 80 feet in diameter
The previous version of this attraction was known as Soarin'. That version used two concourses and a traditional film projection. Upon opening in 2016, Soarin' Around the World added an additional concourse as well as a digital upgrade to the film.
There are no attractions in Walt Disney World that simulate flying in the same way that Soarin' Around the World does. Impressions de France does have some similar types of visuals, but it takes place in a traditional theater.
The below video is used with permission from the YouTube channel Virtual Disney World. These videos allow users to manipulate the camera a full 360 degrees using their cursor or directional arrows on their computer. Users on a smartphone or tablet can also manipulate the camera by moving their device in the direction they wish to look.
The music in the attraction was composed by Bruce Brouhton and was based on the original Soarin' score by the late composer Jerry Goldsmith. It was performed by the London Studio Orchestra.
1994 (Original Theaters), 2006 (New Theater) Avenue of the Stars