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Soarin' Over California

Theme Park Insider Reader Rating: 9 out of 10

Minimum height to ride: 40 inches

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A travelogue 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.


Probably the most pleasant and relaxing ride at any of the American Disney parks. The illusion of flight is unbeatable, and the new HD projector looks fantastic. While I do love a good thrill at the Disney parks, it is nice to just be able to sit back with the wind in your face flying over California. 9/10.
Soarin' Over California is so much fun! It doesn't feel like your seeing an IMAX movie at all, it feels like you're truly flying!
6/2015: Shouldn't this be considered a ride? It's a fun experience, but needs an updated movie. Once you've done it a couple of times, it does not lend itself to a must-do in my opinion.
Most relaxing ride ever. Hopefully the HD upgrade will bring better picture quality.
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.
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.

Love it. A unique ride only at Epcot and Disneyland. I give it outstanding.
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 citrus and pine odor, create an experience not seen anywhere else. This is a must see by any standard.
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

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