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Epcot’s Soarin’ over California

Disney Theme Parks just get better and better, have you ever wanted to fly above the clouds and see what it would be like to be a bird?

Then this new attraction from Disney is for you. You can find it in The Land in Epcot, so remember to collect your park map when you enter the park, get there early and avoid the long queues.

You are seated in the most advanced technology available to fly you to the experience of a lifetime. Soarin’ above California on your very own hand glider. This ride is very popular and fast passes are avaialble, so take advantage or be prepared to wait your turn as people flock to experience Disney’s newest attraction yet.

Each Glider as three rows of seats, just hope and pray you get on row one to give you the best ride by far. You are lifted 40 ft in the air over and 80ft projection screen that wraps around you. The effects of wind and the glider tilting gives the feel of you actually flying in the air. At certain points througout the flight, scents are released to make the experience even more realistic.

I’m not going to give away the places, but whrn you ride it, you will know what I mean. The ride was created by one of Disney’s imagineers, Mark Summer, who developed the ride by experimenting with his old erector set. There are two theatres used for this experience and both holding 87 guests, so 174 guests are flying high in the sky all at the same time.

There are rumours that at the end of Disney’s 18 month Happiest Celebration on Earth, the movie used will be replaced with a special version to see the close of the celebration. So that will be something not to be missed. There is no doubt that this ride is one of their most popular rides, and the queues that form quickly confirm this.

Disney have renovated all the food courts in the entrance of The Land, to give you a feel of an airport food court. This is an ingenious way of Disney’s Imagineers setting the mood for the ride. Disney also have a child swap facility for this ride, so if you have toddler’s that don’t quite meet the height requirements, the rest of the family can still all ride without anyone missing out.

I’m sure you will enjoy the ride as much as we did. Its a ride not to be missed! We’ve just returned from Orlando and had to visit this attraction yet again! All out family went on this and loved the experience just as much as we did on our first flight!

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