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VIDEO: Preview clip released of updated Soarin’ ride at Epcot, Walt Disney World

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Fans are eagerly anticipating the return of the popular Soarin’ ride at Epcot since it was closed January 4 until this summer. Not only will a brand new film replace the original, but a third screen will be added in addition to various other enhancements that are planned.

At a special media-only event on Tuesday, Walt Disney World released some new information on the enhanced ride — which will now be called Soarin’ Around the World — as well as a short 20-second sneak preview clip featuring the Great Wall of China and Sydney Harbor in Australia.

The Orlando Sentinel had the chance to talk with Jason Grandt, art director about the improvements to the ride.

“We’re taking our guests on this epic journey that spans six continents and shows them some of the greatest wonders of the world like the Great Wall of China,” he said.

“The sights you’re going to see are going to be stunning, crystal-clear and unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Imagineering has sort of created this one-of-kind, unique camera system that delivers the highest resolution film imagery anywhere. … We’ve coupled that with a new laser projection system.”

Grandt also confirmed that there would be brand new scents replacing the old ones. Just as long as they don’t re-use that skunk smell from the nearby Journey into Imagination with Figment ride, then we’re good.

Are you looking forward to the new enhancements to the ride or will you miss the old version? I know I’m looking forward to (hopefully) shorter wait times with three screens in place!


  1. Let’s hope they get a composer that can match Jerry Goldsmith and his wonderful original score!

    1. Brervixen

      Oh yes. I will miss the original score a lot!

    2. Kylie

      YESSS oh my gosh this is my biggest concern! do what you would like with the screen just please do not change the soundtrack!!

  2. Kelly

    Makes sense for Epcot, it was never supposed to have the current version anyway. but they need to leave DCA’s alone.

  3. Raylene Huls-Strickler Coe

    PLEASE HEAR ME!!!! The magic is almost perfect…but the scene transitions are abrupt! Why not fly into a cloud or swoop up and then back into a different scene? It’s always bugged me on the Soarin’ ride.

  4. Lori

    I hope the new smells do not include orange. First time I rode it I didn’t know there was orange scent and came down with a migraine that took me out for the rest of the day and the next. There need to be smell warnings on the ride warning signs.

  5. Keith

    Does anyone know if all 3 screens will show the new version, or if they are keeping the classic on one?

    1. Surya Fernandez

      I haven’t heard anything about that possibility so I’m sorry to say the classic version is a goner.

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