Sponsor Message:
Non Aviation Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
Wow: SOARIN' At Epcot Orlando! Great Experience!  
User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3823 posts, RR: 51
Posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1707 times:

Hi All!

On a recent two week trip to Florida, my girlfriend and me decided to spend one day at EPCOT. We really enjoyed the park, both the World Showcase and the Future World. But one ride was awesome: SOARIN'.

This ride opened in 2005 and is the newest attraction (along with Turtle Talk With Crush, which was a lot of fun too, even though I'm far far north of 5 years old)

I wasn't even sure where to post this, since this is really aviation related. Basically, SOARIN' is a giant screen movie theater, where you sit in what looks like a hang glider, dangling in the air with your feet hanging out below. Then you watch a movie of overflying 12 different landscapes of California, like Napa, San Francisco, Yosemite, LA. The seats will move with the movie, there is wind blowing in your direction, and yes, in the orange groves there's even an orange smell!

Only down side: Too short.
But otherwise, awesome!

Here's what the seats look like:



Here's what the flight looks like:



While the admission price to EPCOT (like all Disney Theme Parks) is rather steep, I would say SOARIN' has doubled the park's value, at least for me. Oh, and while you're at it, skip "Mission: Space" and get in line for SOARIN' a second time. By the way, one visitor died on that crazy spinning ride about a week ago. Myself, I felt like puking afterwards, even though I haven't had any lunch yet, and even though as a pilot I'm used to all kinds of motion sickness inducing situations. What an intense yet lame ride, with a stupid plot. Don't do it.

But SOARIN'.... wow! What an experience!

One final note... Do YOU have a theme park ride named after you? Well, I do! The spelling may be a little bit different, but it's pronounced 100% the same. It's funny to stand in line with all the other people around you saying your name all the time!

Greetings
Soren (= Soarin')  santahat 




All the things you probably hate about travelling are warm reminders that I'm home
30 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineDaleaholic From UK - England, joined Oct 2005, 3208 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1691 times:

Didn't manage to get onto Soarin, but I did do all the parks. Well worth visiting them all if you get the chance! Queueing seriously takes the biscuit on some rides though, Test Track is one of them, along with Hulk at Universal!


Religion is an illusion of childhood... Outgrown under proper education.
User currently offlineMdsh00 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4125 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1686 times:

It's a good ride. Basically it's a clone of the same attraction at California Adventure in Anaheim.


"Look Lois, the two symbols of the Republican Party: an elephant, and a big fat white guy who is threatened by change."
User currently offlineNdebelebev From Sudan, joined Apr 2004, 877 posts, RR: 44
Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1678 times:

Yeah I agree Soarin' is absolutely amazing. I went on it in March with my mum. She really enjoyed it too and she's 60 God Bless her. Was well worth the 60 minutes plus queueing time.

Bev xx



Her Pose Is That Of Someone... Who Knows It All And Is In Total Control Of Her World... Little Does She Know...
User currently offlineLutenist From Canada, joined May 2005, 280 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1647 times:

Been there, done that! It was most enjoyable. It only it went on and on...

User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5519 posts, RR: 18
Reply 5, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1634 times:

I went on it for the first time last summer, it was a great ride. I like how you take your shoes off and return to them!

Quoting Birdwatching (Thread starter):
What an intense yet lame ride, with a stupid plot. Don't do it.

I thought Mission: Space was great. I agree, the plot was terrible, but the ride experience was pretty cool.


User currently offlineBraniff727 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 686 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1631 times:

My friend is one of the managers on that side of the park. I got to watch the "flight" from the ground, and actually behind the screen! It's amazing, the ride makes you feel like you're moving from side to side, but in reality you just move up and down.

One of my faves in the parks!



Climbing
User currently offlineLutenist From Canada, joined May 2005, 280 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1617 times:

Quoting Continental (Reply 5):
thought Mission: Space was great. I agree, the plot was terrible, but the ride experience was pretty cool.

Thanks for reviving the trauma (I had blocked that experience out of my memory).

I had to lie down after that ride. I'm not the stuff of astronauts, that's for damned sure! Too old, I guess.


User currently offlineTR763 From Brazil, joined Mar 2001, 775 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1617 times:

Oh yeah, Soarin' is great!!!!!
I had the opportunity to ride it in October and... Oh my, EVERYTHING in that ride impressed me, from the line until the end of it.

BTW, Epcot is a great place, everything is simply awesome, with the exception of Mission Space, as you said. The idea of this ride is good, but the sensations we have during it are not the better ones differently from Soarin' or Test Track.

What about Illuminations?? OMFG, I wish I could live in that park to watch that spectacular show every night before going to bed, can you imagine that??

But back on Soarin, I recommend that you take a fast pass as soon as you get in the park. I got a 2 hours line when I was there. But it was worth to wait! Disney seems to be adding smells to their new attractions - have you gone to the Philharmagic 3D movie in the Magic Kingdom?? - It's simply awesome!

Well I love everything in that city, I'm very suspicious to talk about it! Big grin

Rgs!
TR763



Transbrasil
User currently offlineNkops From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2673 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1601 times:

I loved Soarin'.... did it both at Disney World and Disneyland... however, I like Test Track better!!!

Anybody go on Expedition Everest yet?? I'm looking forward to trying that this year...



I have no association with Spirit Airlines
User currently offlineBasas From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 216 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1579 times:

Also a huge Soarin' fan (and Disney theme park fan in general). Even if the wait is long, the ride is well worth it (and request row 1 for the best view...row 2&3 have the feet from the riders above you...still a great ride though).

Expedition Everest (at Animal Kingdom) is also a great addition!


User currently offlineDeltaownsall From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1173 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1545 times:

Soarin' is indeed a great ride...I've loved it since I first rode a few yrs ago in California. Great to have it in Florida now...also Mission:Space is pretty cool too, despite all the bad press.

User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 12, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1539 times:

Does anyone know if they tore down the old Horizons pavillion that was in the same space Soarin' is in now? Or did they reuse it like they did with the old "Wings of Man" by Eastern that is now the Buzz Lightyear ride.


"If you can't delight in the misery of others then you don't deserve to be a college football fan."
User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8906 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1533 times:

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 12):
Does anyone know if they tore down the old Horizons pavillion that was in the same space Soarin' is in now? Or did they reuse it like they did with the old "Wings of Man" by Eastern that is now the Buzz Lightyear ride.

Mission: Space is now in what is the old Horizons pavilion.

I was down at WDW this past weekend...unfortunately didn't get to do Soarin because each time I went, the wait was 90+ minutes and no good FastPasses were available. Nonetheless, I did do Expedition Everest and Lights, Motors, Action for the first time for both, and I was really impressed with both. I'll probably be back down in the Orlando area in October (during what's shaping up to be my worst travel month in memory, with trips to possibly Boston, Orlando, New York and London and maybe Los Angeles in successive weeks).

Jeff


User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 14, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1529 times:

Quoting DeltAirlines (Reply 13):
Mission: Space is now in what is the old Horizons pavilion.

Now I'm all screwed up. I haven't been to the Mouse House that much since I moved away. So Soarin' is all new construction? I guess it would have to be since everything else is still around from the original setup.



"If you can't delight in the misery of others then you don't deserve to be a college football fan."
User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 15, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1528 times:

I see it now. It's in with The Land. Interesting place to shoehorn it in.


"If you can't delight in the misery of others then you don't deserve to be a college football fan."
User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 44
Reply 16, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1513 times:

I haven't visited EPCOT in more than ten years, so it's unlikely Soarin' was there when I last toured.

I am a huge fan of the World Showcase, especially the Mexico venue with the volcano and plaza restaurant.


redngold



Up, up and away!
User currently offlineVS747SPUR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 373 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1487 times:

I would of loved to on gone on Soarin' at christmas but the queue was 210 minutes ! Aparently the busiest day of the year  Angry


Fly DL
User currently offlineFXramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7311 posts, RR: 85
Reply 18, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1475 times:
Support Airliners.net - become a First Class Member!

On Soaring over California you can also smell the sea water when you cruise over the ocean! I'm a annual passport member at Disneyland.

The Happiest Place in the World!  bouncy 







disclaimer: I can't stand "It's a Small World" ride.  Sad



I miss the old Anet.
User currently offlineDaleaholic From UK - England, joined Oct 2005, 3208 posts, RR: 13
Reply 19, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1472 times:

Quoting TR763 (Reply 8):
What about Illuminations?? OMFG, I wish I could live in that park to watch that spectacular show every night before going to bed, can you imagine that??

Those fireworks are amazing! Really you have to go there, word cannot describe it.



Religion is an illusion of childhood... Outgrown under proper education.
User currently offlineFlyVirgin744 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 1313 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1468 times:

Quoting Continental (Reply 5):
I thought Mission: Space was great.



Quoting Deltaownsall (Reply 11):
Mission:Space is pretty cool too, despite all the bad press.

That makes two of you in the whole world! Congrats!

Quoting Nkops (Reply 9):
however, I like Test Track better!!!

I don't get Test Track. I have a friend with a convertible. Driving in the convertible we sometimes go out when it is hot out, somtimes when its cold, we drive over cobblestones..and more importantly, we've been on freeway ramps that involved good acceleration to 70 mph. Therefore, I didn't get the point of test track. I guess if you've never been in a convertible its cool.

BTW, I am an annual pass holder to Disneyworld.



Sometimes I go about in pity for myself and all the while a great wind carries me across the sky.
User currently offlineBasas From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 216 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1458 times:

Quoting VS747SPUR (Reply 17):
I would of loved to on gone on Soarin' at christmas but the queue was 210 minutes ! Aparently the busiest day of the year

It was 250 minutes on New Years Eve  . LOL. Not sure if I would wait that long for it....but again, I really do like it.

Quoting Redngold (Reply 16):
I haven't visited EPCOT in more than ten years, so it's unlikely Soarin' was there when I last toured.

Soarin' was new last year (2005) as part of the Happiest Celebration on Earth. If you haven't been since 1995-1996 approx, there is quite a bit that is new at Epcot (no longer called "EPCOT"). Universe of Energy was updated to include Ellen and Bill Nye, Horizons was demolished to make way for Mission:Space, World of Motion was taken away to make room for Test Track, Journey into your Imagination was redone, The Living Seas is currently being slowly refurbished, and The Land was refurbished (with the addition of Soarin'). Plus, the new version of Illuminations (Reflections of Earth) started in 2000 and is truely spectacular. RECOMMEND you visit!

[Edited 2006-04-21 23:56:49]

User currently offlineBCAInfoSys From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1448 times:

As many of you have seen, don't ever go to DL or WDW during peak times. You'll just find yourself in line and frustrated.

As someone who has worked at Walt Disney World for 2 semesters (8 months total), I can tell you that Spring Break, Thanksgiving, and Christmas->New Year's are the absolute WORST times to visit the parks.

You want my advice? Mid-September through early November (leave a week's grace before Thanksgiving) is the perfect time. School has started so attendance is low, but the weather is great. Not to mention off-season hotel/airfare discounts. Alternatively, mid-Feb through mid-March is ok, but once you hit the 2nd or 3rd week of March, there's a Spring Break rush.

So to summarize, wait until school starts; but go before Thanksgiving. Then those 210 minute lines for the big rides will be more like 10 minutes.

You get way more for your buck and there is exponentially less stress.


User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 23, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1432 times:

Quoting BCAInfoSys (Reply 22):
Alternatively, mid-Feb through mid-March is ok,

Growing up there I found February to be the best time to go. The weather is cool and if you can stand the Love Bugs swarming it is great and uncrowded.



"If you can't delight in the misery of others then you don't deserve to be a college football fan."
User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3187 posts, RR: 12
Reply 24, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1423 times:

I went to Orlando last October, there was still a crowd but the lines for most things were only an hour. Make sure you get those fast passes when you can.

Soarin was good, would do that again even if it was over a one hour wait.

Test Track; ok I guess not that great, would really like to do the real test track in Germany that was recently shown on Amazing Race 9.

Mission Space great ride, keep watching the screen or you are likely to get sick. I'm just lucky I didn't read all the reviews or I probably would not have done it.

Space Mountain another good thrill ride, or is that one at Magic Kingdom.



Why fly non stop when you can connect
25 Post contains images Nkops : Agree completely... it's the perfect way to end the day at the parks. I thought the giant LED globe was cool also during illuminations. I'm so jealou
26 FlyVirgin744 : For those of you reading this topic that are unfamiliar with Mission Space, all it is is the ride "The Gravitron" that is always at local fairs and pa
27 Continental : It's in The Land where Food Rocks used to be. I miss that show, I saw it a few years ago before they closed it up. As far as I can remember, Food Roc
28 Nkops : The boat ride in Mexico reminds me too much of It's A Small World, IMO the boat ride in Norway better.....
29 Post contains images BCAInfoSys : I personally like Canada (Le Cellier is an AMAZING restaurant), and Germany (the Bier Hall buffet is great food, and is very entertaining!) Though Mex
30 LOT767-300ER : It indeed is a good ride...however: Nice socks, stolen from the UPS guy? Signed, USA.
Top Of Page
Forum Index

This topic is archived and can not be replied to any more.

Printer friendly format

Similar topics:More similar topics...
Great Barbie Weather In The Uk At The Moment! posted Fri Jun 9 2006 11:02:00 by Ba757gla
At Last, A Great Job posted Mon Jan 10 2005 10:17:23 by Trekster
Anyone Stayed At Walt Disney World Orlando Before? posted Thu Sep 2 2004 18:21:06 by Ryanb741
Orlando FL, Why Is It So Great? posted Tue Jul 13 2004 05:22:36 by Flymia
Great Achievement At Work Today posted Thu Mar 4 2004 16:14:30 by 707cMf
Wow, It's Great To Be Back Here... posted Sun Jan 12 2003 18:01:29 by TurbineBeaver
Why Does Great Britian Suck At Olympics? posted Thu Feb 14 2002 19:06:23 by 727LOVER
Another Great Banner Ad At Airliners.net posted Sun Jul 8 2001 15:21:19 by Airsicknessbag
That 92 Year Old Shooting At Police posted Wed Nov 22 2006 18:32:31 by FlyingTexan
Who's At Work On New Yrs Eve? posted Tue Nov 21 2006 21:51:58 by Zruda