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Soarin' Around the World

Soarin' Around the World is a flying theater in Future World - The Land at Epcot. While it's not a "must do," it is also recommended. The minimum height to ride is 40 inches.

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Replacing Soarin' (and adding a much-needed additional theater for extra capacity), this new version of the travelogue will take viewers to locations all over the world.

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I was never exceedingly enthralled with the original Soarin' but admired the technology of the attraction for its simplicity. The new film for the ride does show off some amazing sites around the world, but does so in an incredibly haphazard manner. It jumps around the world with no geographic rhyme or reason. At least for the original Soarin' movie, most guests probably didn't know enough about California geography to realize they were hopscotching up and down the Golden State. However, with widely recognized icons in every scene, it tough to give Disney a break for presenting the locations absent any sort of sensible order. Also, the new digital footage eliminates the elephant-sized dust bunnies from infiltrating the trip, but for some reason makes some of the footage appear face/CG from the animals roaming the savanna below Mt. Kilimanjaro to the tourists wandering in front of the Taj Mahal. I'm guessing all those accessories were there during the filming, but the way it comes across on the screen, it looks like it was added in post production. The new footage also lacks that same motion-feeling they were able to capture from the original film. I don't know if it's the cameras, the lenses, or the overall filming techniques (drones, helicopters, planes, etc...), but even with the subtle seat motions, you just don't get that same feeling in the new film.

I was probably one of the chief complainers when Soarin' was cloned in EPCOT, clamoring for a new film that released WDW's version from the constraints of California. However, after experiencing this just once, I actually missed the original movie.

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