Soarin’ Around the World | Disneyland

Last Updated on: March 26th, 2024

“Soarin’ Around the World” is a captivating and immersive attraction located in Disney California Adventure Park at Disneyland Resort. This extraordinary ride takes guests on a breathtaking journey that simulates the sensation of flight, allowing them to soar above some of the world’s most iconic landmarks and natural wonders.

The adventure begins as you enter the attraction’s queue, which is designed to resemble an aviation terminal. You’ll be greeted by the sights and sounds of a bustling airport, complete with travel posters showcasing the destinations you’re about to visit. As you move closer to the ride, you’ll receive a pre-flight briefing from a fictional flight attendant, setting the stage for your incredible journey.

Once seated in the ride vehicle, you’ll be lifted into a massive, curved projection screen, creating a truly immersive experience. “Soarin’ Around the World” combines state-of-the-art technology with breathtaking cinematography to simulate the feeling of hang gliding. The sensation of flight is enhanced by the wind in your face and subtle scents that correspond to the scenes you’re viewing, such as the aroma of oranges as you fly over an orange grove.

As the ride takes off, you’ll be treated to a spectacular aerial tour of some of the world’s most famous landmarks and landscapes. From gliding over the Great Wall of China and the Eiffel Tower to swooping above the Egyptian pyramids and the majestic African savannah, each scene is expertly crafted and incredibly lifelike.

The seamless transitions between these stunning locations, accompanied by a sweeping musical score, create a sense of wonder and excitement that leaves guests in awe. It’s a truly unforgettable experience that showcases the beauty and diversity of our planet’s landscapes and cultures.

“Soarin’ Around the World” is a must-visit attraction for visitors to Disney California Adventure Park. It offers a unique and awe-inspiring journey that combines the magic of Disney storytelling with the wonders of the real world. Whether you’re an adventurer at heart or simply seeking a breathtaking and family-friendly ride, this attraction will take you on a soaring adventure you’ll cherish forever.

Fun Facts

  • Soarin’ Around the World replaced Soarin’ over California in 2016.
  • The movie part of the ride last roughly 4:45.
  • Number of guests that the Soarin theater accommodates: 40
  • Size of the Soarin projection screen: 80 feet
  • Height that guests are elevated to watch the film: 40 feet
  • Locations visited in the ride’s movie:
    • Matterhorn in Switzerland
    • Isfjord, Greenland
    • Sydney Harbor in Sydney, Australia
    • Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany
    • Kilimanjaro National Park and Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania
    • The Great Wall of China
    • The Pyramids in Egypt
    • Taj Mahal in Uttar Pradesh, India
    • West and East Mitten Buttes in Monument Valley, Arizona
    • Lau Islands, Fiji
    • Iguazu Falls, Argentina
    • Eiffel Tower in Paris, France
    • Epcot

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