Soarin’ is a flight motion simulator attraction in the World Nature section. Unfortunately, the recent opening of Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure bumped it down on our list. However, this attraction is still one of Disney’s best.
The attraction uses a mechanical lift system to raise you high into the air and to simulate a hang-gliding flight. It also employs a 180-degree, 80-foot IMAX digital projection dome and artificial wind and aromas to give you an authentic experience.
The journey begins high above the Swiss Alps and then soars past the polar bears of Greenland and sailboats in Australia’s Sydney Harbour. You will then swoop between elephants in Africa, past the Great Wall of China, the Pyramids of Egypt, and the Taj Mahal. After South America, you will look down upon Paris and its Eiffel Tower before returning to Epcot.
Soarin’ lets you experience some of the greatest natural and man-made wonders in the world, all presented in a stunning and thrilling way. We choose Soarin’ as one of Epcot’s best attractions because this may very well be Epcot’s most unique and exhilarating ride (sorry, Test Track).
The original Soarin’ opened at Disney California Adventure in 2001, and EPCOT’s version arrived in 2005. Since then, it’s been such a game changer that imitators have popped up all over, including SkyFly in Pigeon Forge, TN, and FlyOver Canada in Vancouver, Canada (the departure port for Disney Cruises to Alaska). But none of them quite match up to Disney — Soarin’ is not to be missed!
Location: World Nature; The Land Pavilion
Category: Slow Ride, Small Drops
Height Requirement: 40″ or taller
Good for: Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults
Disney Genie+/Lightning Lane Pass: Disney Genie+ attraction