Missing Soarin' Over California? Then try this new flying theater show

March 10, 2018, 1:33 PM · While Disney's (relatively) new Soarin' Around the World shows continue to pack queues in Anaheim and Orlando, many fans — especially at Disneyland — still miss the original Soarin' Over California version.

Well, if you've been wanting to soar again above iconic Golden State landmarks in a flying theater ride, your wait might soon be over. No, Disney hasn't announced any plans to bring back the original Soarin' ride. But San Francisco's Pier 39 this summer will debut what might be the next best thing.

The Flyer - San Francisco will take off this summer at Pier 39 in Fisherman's Wharf. Employing a flying theater model by Triotech, the show will take visitors on a "six-minute 3D flight through some of Bay Area's iconic landmarks and neighborhoods, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Coit Tower, Marin Headlands, Chinatown, the Castro, and more," according to a press release.

The Flyer - San Francisco

Yes, unlike Disney's Soarin', this will be a 3D attraction. The theater will "fly" 28 guests at a time, who will be suspended in seats facing a 50-foot by 22-foot curved screen. Footage was shot with drones and helicopters and will be blended with computer-generated imagery for the show. Ernest Yale, President and CEO of Triotech, called the production "a love story to one of the most beautiful cities in the world."

Here's a preview:

Tickets will be $25 for adults and $15 for children and will go on sale "soon" at theflyer-sanfrancisco.com.

Replies (7)

March 10, 2018 at 1:52 PM ·

$25 for adults. Can people please never say disneyland is to expensive again

March 10, 2018 at 10:08 PM ·

For $25, it better feature the best damn scents a ride has ever had.

March 11, 2018 at 12:38 AM ·

I agree... never thought I'd say this, but this makes Disney a good value. Thats 100 bucks for 4 people for a 6 minute ride.

March 11, 2018 at 1:16 AM ·

So let me get this straight: You can pay $25 per person to sit in a fancy rocking chair for 6 minutes while you watch a 3D movie of the area, or you can go see the sights yourself in three real dimensions, as all are located within an hour's drive of Pier 39? I know which I'd pick, and it doesn't require glasses. There's probably enough tourists that don't know better to make this last a summer, but I see the popularity dropping off very fast afterward.

March 11, 2018 at 1:50 AM ·

Lol are you sure the pricing doesn't include anything else? That can't be rite.

March 13, 2018 at 8:19 AM ·

Disney has always been a good value. Anyone who has ever gone to a local fair or festival knows how fast you can blow through $100 doing broken down carnival rides and games. Not to mention the extremely expensive "fair food" that may or may not make you sick.

March 14, 2018 at 5:57 PM ·

Yeeeaaaaahhhhh I'm with everyone else. $25 bucks is pretty pricey for a 6 minute ride. And one thing that sets apart Soarin' at Disneyland from any other imitation is all the different scents that are incorporated throughout the ride, which makes Soarin' worth while.

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