Vote: Do you prefer Soarin' Over California or Around the World?

June 8, 2019, 12:42 PM · The Disneyland Resort has brought back the original Soarin' Over California to Disney California Adventure for this month, as it looks to flood the zone with entertainment to remind fans the resort offers more than just a certain Star Wars land.

Whether it's the original version of Disney's first flying theater ride or the Soarin' Around the World sequel, the two Soarin' films have proven themselves to be among Disney's more popular theme park attractions, routinely drawing some of the larger crowds in their parks. But which version has won over the most fans?

Disneyland brought back Soarin' Over California because enough fans wished for its return that the resort saw a promotional opportunity with a short-term revival. Resort officials even have hinted that the original's return could be extended — perhaps even permanently — if enough fans demand it.

Will they? Or is this just a nice diversion until the second film returns? We'd like to know what you think about Disney's two versions of Soarin'. So to refresh your memory (or introduce you to these shows), here they are:

Soarin' Over California: POV video

Soarin' Around the World: POV video

Time to vote!

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Replies (12)

June 8, 2019 at 6:12 PM

I can see how keeping California at DCA matters and admit, it is a great look at the entire state to entertain.

June 8, 2019 at 10:05 PM

As Mission: Space has shown, it is possible for a ride to have two different films with separate queues. If they have the space, both should definitely stay.

June 9, 2019 at 6:12 AM

It's an old complaint, but my only problem with the California version is the sudden and jarring jumps from scene to scene. They improved that with World, but I would love to see a third version where the transitions are even move seamless. That's a tall order, I'm know - and I love the rides, and love what they've done, both times. But if you are going to immerse me into a journey on a magical flying chair that transports me around the world, then I liked to be fooled as much as possible so I can commit to the fantasy.

June 9, 2019 at 6:41 AM

I’m just not a fan of cut/copy. Even if parks are going to use repeated concepts, they should always include a unique spin.

June 9, 2019 at 11:07 AM

I definitely prefer the original. The cuts may be jarring to some, but you're always within California, so it's like walking, and then dashing for one second, before walking again. Because the new one takes you all over the entire planet, it's more like you're in a spaceship, hitting warp speed every time there's a cut. So to me, I'd rather the scenes stay in a much smaller area.

June 9, 2019 at 2:07 PM

The original Sorin was the one great thing about DCA when it oepned. The park has changed so much, but Sorin is one thing that should stay the same. Bring it back at the beginning of next year, and let people go around the world if they want to enjoy Sorin Around the World.

June 10, 2019 at 8:42 AM

Growing up in California I always thought it silly that they chose to feature California when debuting the ride. You’re in California - go see those places in real life! But, there’s no mistaking the spectacular experience they created. I was thrilled when World debuted. Something new! Beautifully done - and it took me to places I have never seen before. (I’m suddenly flashing back to the old circle vision show!)
I think change and rotation are good and keeps things fresh. I would suggest each ride theater shows a different film, or they switch it seasonally similarly to Space Mountain or Haunted Mansion.

June 10, 2019 at 9:19 AM

I'm definitely Team California on this one. While Soarin' Around the World offers a plussed version of the original concept, the California version just seems more pure, celebrating the reality of California, rather than featuring polar bears so fake I can almost spot the bottle of Coca Cola in their hands. But hey, let's rotate the two and see what happens!

June 10, 2019 at 10:25 AM

I haven't seen the California version since it's returned. Can anyone comment whether the footage has been cleaned up and is presented through the digital projectors, or are they still using the old film?

Even as Disney tries to de-emphasize the California in DCA, it makes far more sense for the California version of the film to run on the west coast with occasional viewings of the Around the World film. I think Disney knows the older version of the film is extremely popular, and perhaps keeping it on limited engagements allows them to use it as a tool to goose attendance at DCA.

June 10, 2019 at 10:57 AM

Give me a break with this talk of smooth transitions (and I work in video). The original concept and film was pure genius. It was "happy" and "delightful" and put a smile on every face. The camera angles went high and low. The smells matched (orange groves and sea air!!). The score worked perfectly. I also liked the shot of hang gliders that helped to connect the story line of the attraction. Action was real -- canoes, skiing, hang gliders, golfers, surfers. The viewer/guest was a participant-- a part of everything that happened on the screen.

Yes, I know the technology in "world" means a crisper image and I appreciate that. But I don't feel I'm participating. I feel I'm simply an observer on a fly-by. I'm really bothered by the curved images (a crooked Eiffel Tower and Taj Mahal REALLY bothered me on a recent visit). The animation effects for the transitions are too contrived. The polar bear jumping off the ice, the whale splash and the elephant blowing dust is too staged for me. I totally get why Disney picked the locations in the new film but they feel too target marketing to me.

With all of that said, I really don't dislike the new version, but I LOVE the original. I'm curious what would happen if they ran both versions on different screens in Florida (away from the California audience) and what the long term numbers would be of guest choices.

June 10, 2019 at 1:32 PM

I love your perspective, formeryogi! I always wondered how a filmmaker would view those transitions (a jump cut definitely isn't a non-transition - everything is a transition!). That being said, they felt a bit jarring to me, but it's not like Disney doesn't have a wealth of filmmakers to advise on a project like that, so I figured it's exactly how they felt the story should be told.

June 10, 2019 at 1:35 PM

I am a Florida guest. I love Soarin over California. The world isn't the same, its not as good to me.

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