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Florida Guide > Epcot

Soarin' at Epcot

This really is a “must do” at Epcot and I do believe this is one ride that you should get a Fastpass for as the queues can be very long.

Apparently since we rode on it Disney has introduced new technology to make the wait in the standby queue less tedious and more enjoyable. I am told there are now large overhead screens with interactive ' video games' . These are similar to the Nintendo Wii, and the player’s physical movements dictate the direction of the game.

One of the games has guests directing a bird through a forest. You can hear the calls of ' lean left, lean right' as everyone tries to help. You can get so engrossed in this that you often do not realize that the queue has moved!

The ride building is attached to The Land Pavilion in Future World, with the ride entrance accessible through the former Food Rocks attraction. The building looks like a huge aircraft hangar and once inside you queue in what appears to be an airfield.

Inside the theatre, you will be guided to one of three large ride vehicles. Each has three rows of seating, with the most desirable being the front row, closest to the screen. However if you are scared of heights you need to be aware these seats go the highest in the air so much so that none of the other seats are visible to the occupants of the first row.

The seats are amongst the most comfortable ride vehicle seats I have sat in at any attraction. They are very similar to slightly reclined garden chairs, with a mesh seat and back, and are perfect for this ride. I also thought they were wider and larger than ride seating in most amusement park attractions. There is a lap belt restraint, leaving you with a comfortable, free feeling as the ride begins.

At the starts, your ride vehicle is lifted swiftly and smoothly forward and up and you begin to ' fly' through stunning scenes filmed over the California landscape. You go over snow capped ridges, desert canyons, rocky seashores, and beautiful beaches. The whole experience finishes with a swooping ride up Main Street USA to Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland, ending among the evening fireworks display.

As each individual seat moves, banking you left and right, and angling up and down it makes you feel as though you were hang gliding over California' s most beautiful scenery.

It is a “must do” as long as you are not scared of heights.

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