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Soarin' Over California reviews

Theme Park Insider readers offer their ratings and reviews for Soarin' Over California, a movie in Condor Flats at Disney's California Adventure. (The minimum height to ride is 40 inches.)

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Posted: June 9, 2012

A travelog film where visitors sit in ski-lift-type benches underneath a giant wing, which rise into the air in front of a giant, IMAX-style screen. Your feet dangle as you "fly" over various sights around California, sniffing the oranges and sea air and feeling the breeze as you fly by.

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57 votes, so far

I noticed nothing different about this version of the attraction compared to the copycat ride at Epcot. They are, as far as I can tell, identical. Still, Soarin' is perhaps the finest, most accessible, and pleasant flight simulator on the planet, and definitely a must-do at either park. - James Rao

Near perfection. Anyone can ride this attraction both young and old. This is the closest most people will get to actually flying. The smells, the sensation of flight, the wind, the fantastic soundtrack and visuals all make for one awesome trip over California. My only gripe is that the bottom rows of seats are pretty bad as you can see the curvature of the screen which distorts the image. Also you're a lot closer to the dirt on the bottom of the screen. - Brandon Mendoza

Love it. A unique ride only at Epcot and Disneyland. I give it outstanding. - Carl Stovall

This is one of Disney's best. Not particularly thrilling or heart pounding, so much as a relaxing flight over some of California's most beautiful terrain. Subtle shifts in movement create the illusion of flight and even more subtle changes in environment...like citrus and pine odor, create an experience not seen anywhere else. This is a must see by any standard. - Jeff Haslam

one of the most unique rides out there i love the feeling of flying threw California and i love the sights, i love this ride 10/10 - daniel reyes

It offers a lot of things: the views are majestic and also beautiful, the motion is slightly thrilling but also calming. It leaves you more than satisfied, and I love it! 10/10 - E G

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