Grab your flight glasses aviators and run on over to Disney California Adventure Park for an amazing new experience aboard Soarin’ Around The World!
This new attraction experience debuted at the Disneyland Resort in June, but has quickly become a guest favorite – at least for this frequent visitor. If you think that with the change there’s been some magic lost, think again! Some things haven’t changed at all! Aside from the building itself and the decor along the entry hallways, you still get the same beautiful melody from Soarin’ Over California, that will likely be stuck in your head the rest of the day. You still also receive that now famous safety introduction from Patrick Warburton, better known as Kronk.
During this attraction, guests fly over absolutely gorgeous views of some of the world’s most popular travel destinations. A few that are subtle nods to Disney parks and movies:
- Matterhorn (the inspiration behind the Matterhorn Bobsleds in Disneyland Park)
- Ice fjords in Greenland (very Frozen-esque)
- Sydney Harbor (P. Sherman 42 Wallaby Way Sydney anyone?)
- Neuschwanstein Castle (the inspiration for the famous Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland Park)
- Mt. Kilimanjaro
- Great Wall of China
- Taj Mahal
- Monument Valley (the inspiration behind Ornament Valley in Cars)
- Lau Islands in Fiji
- Iquazu Falls in Brazil
- Paris at night (any Ratatouille fans out there?)
- Disneyland Fireworks, Epcot Fireworks, or Shanghai Fireworks (depending on the park you’re visiting)
The imagineers behind this attraction did an amazing job with the shots of these locations as well as the smells. Instead of oranges, pines, and saltwater, guests now enjoy grass (a bit random, but it fits within the scene), roses, and ocean paradise.
The graphics and image quality have also experience an amazing overhaul from Soarin’ Over California. When you’re soaring over these destinations, it doesn’t feel like you’re watching a projection, it feels like you’re there!
This may easily be my new favorite attraction in Disney’s California Adventure Park, I do have one small issue with it. The images are all beautiful, the transitions are flawless and that’s highly due to CGI. Which is understandable, no one would want to soar over a Taj Mahal scene that has thousands of people in it, but it does seem like the attraction relies a bit too heavily on CGI.
While I absolutely love the update to this attraction, Imagineers! I have a suggestion for you! When you enter the inside queue, there should be an option; go to the left for Soarin’ Over California and to the right for Soarin’ Around The World.
I strongly encourage everyone to head on over to Disney’s California Adventure Park, Epcot Park, or even Shanghai Disneyland to enjoy this new experience. If you’re visiting the attraction in California, be sure to get a FASTPASS early on in the day! The lines have been at an average of about 50-60 minutes, and on the last few visits I’ve made, have been out by 7pm.
I promise, by the time this ride is over, you’ll be in awe and have a case of wanderlust.