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Theme Park Insider Reader Rating: 8 out of 10

Minimum height to ride: 40 inches

Robert Niles

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Published: February 15, 2015

Board one of three massive “hang gliders” for a flight around the state of California while you watch this film copied from Disney California Adventure theme park. The gliders are actually long benches, which will lift off between 30 and 50 feet into the air, into a massive, 80-foot, domed projection screen. You’ll “fly” around the Golden State, breezing along above river rafters, orange groves, golf courses, national parks, and even an aircraft carrier. For the finale, you’ll skim above a downtown Los Angeles freeway on your way to a fireworks display at Disneyland, making this the only theme park attraction whose climax is a scene from... another theme park.

The best seats are in the front row, where you’ll be highest in the air, closest to the screen and with no one’s feet dangling above you. But with such a large screen, every seat allows you to see all the sights (and smell the smells!) in this highly popular attraction. A new theater is under construction for a 2016 opening, which should help shorten the notoriously long waits for this show. Also in 2016, a new Soarin’ film, with sights from around the world, will debut.

Reese Hollister
This ride was weak, and that is all I can say!
Jack Mooney
The best ride in the world! I love how smells and breezy air were incorporated! 10/10
Heather Cameron
Soarin' is relaxing and I love taking a trip through California! We always get a fast pass so the lines are rarely an issue. It is nice on a hot day to cool off and enjoy the scenery!
Jonathan Katz
Already great and should only get better with the coming expansion. 9/10
Owen  Scott
Breathtaking !! Fix the long lines
Joe Keenen
I feel like this ride was really great when it first came out. I think it is a ride where you only ride it once or twice. It's pretty cool the first time, but the thrill does not return for subsequent visits. Also, the wait times for this ride are almost always ridiculous. Even during extra magic hours the wait times can easily exceed an hour If you do not have time for this ride I wouldn't worry about it too much. I'll give it a 5/10 because it was pretty cool the first time.

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