Soarin' Around the World

Disney California Adventure

Take a hang glider flight over the world's most famous places...

Theme ParkDisney California Adventure
Park AreaGrizzly Peak
TypeFlying Theatre
Opened8 February 2001 (as "Soarin' Over California")
17 June 2016 ("Soarin' Around the World" retheme)
ManufacturerDynamic Attractions/Walt Disney Imagineering
ModelFlying Theatre
Soarin' entrance sign

Soarin' entrance sign

Soarin' Around the World takes visitors on a hang glider flight over famous landscapes and landmarks from around the world, all from the comfort of an air conditioned movie theatre.

The ride, when it originally opened as Soarin' Over California in 2001, was the first proper implementation of a Flying Theater.

Guests are seated on gondolas containing a row of seats, which move in sync with a film projected on a large dome shaped screen in front of them, totally enveloping riders and placing them in the centre of the action. The experience is accentuated further with various special effects including wind, mist and scents.

During the flight scenes include Sydney Harbour, The Great Wall of China, The Pyramids, The Eiffel Tower and the Taj Mahal. The finale takes place as riders fly in over Disney California Adventure itself.

Soarin' Around the World is wonderfully realised and succeeds in giving a feeling of flying over the various locations. It's a hugely popular attraction at California Adventure, and there are now versions of the ride at other Disney parks around the (soarin') world.

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