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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.