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Soarin' Over California

Feel the wind in your hair as you embark on a simulated hang glider tour of California!

"Soarin'" literally lifts guests 40 feet aloft inside a giant projection screen dome. From all sides -- up, down, left and right -- their field of vision is completely surrounded and filled with the beauty and wonder of the state of California as their flying theater seats take them on an unforgettable journey.

Enjoy breath-taking vistas of San Francisco, Redwood Creek, Napa Valley, Monterey, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite National Park, Palm Springs, Camarillo, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, San Diego, Malibu and Los Angeles. The finale sees you flying high above Main Street U.S.A. in Disneyland at Christmastime, where you'll see the Christmas parade and fireworks over Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Guests are first ushered into one of three pre-show rooms - "Alpha Gate", "Bravo Gate", or "Charlie Gate." Here a pre-show video is shown, hosted by actor Patrick Warburton who plays the chief flight attendant, Patrick.

Once safely seated, the carriages are lifted forward and up into the air, so your feet are left dangling. The movie is projected onto a large screen, so all you can see are the projected images, making you feel like you are flying.

Smell the orange blossoms as you fly above the orange groves, the aroma of evergreens in the mountain scene, the sea breeze as you glide over Malibu and Monterey and the scent of sagebrush over Palm Springs and the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

About this Attraction

Location: Golden State

Type: IMAX-type simulator ride

Duration: 4:41 minutes

Ride Capacity: 87 guests per "flight," in three rows of seats

Restraint Type: Lap belt

Fastpass: Yes

Single Rider Line

Best time to visit: Early morning

Tips & Fun Facts

One of the most popular attractions at the park. Either visit as soon as the park opens, visit early to get a FASTPASS or be prepared for a long wait!
The front row is best as you won't see the dangling feet of guests in the row in front of you.

A hidden Mickey can be seen on the golf ball hit by Michael Eisner.
Another is made up by three bursts of fireworks in the finale.

The attraction opened with the park on February 8, 2001.
A special parade had to be staged just for the shot of Disneyland® Park. It was held during a private Family Cast Holiday Party
There are two separate theaters in the attraction.
The attraction's score was composed by Jerry Goldsmith.
In the desert scene, the path that the horseback riders are on leads to the edge of a cliff with a big drop.
The screen is 80ft high.
All scenes were filmed from a helicopter using an IMAX camera with a special lens that captures everything within a person's visual periphery.

Additional Information

Guests must transfer from their wheelchair or Electric Convenience Vehicle to the ride vehicle by themselves or by assisted by members of their party to experience this attraction.
Wheelchair Access: Enter through the standard queue or, if you have a Disney's FASTPASS® return ticket, enter the FASTPASS® return line. Proceed to the loading area and ask a Cast Member for boarding instructions.
Guest-activated captioning is available on selected preshow video monitors in this attraction. Please contact a Cast Member at the location for assistance.
Service animals may not accompany Guests on this attraction.

Minimum height requirement 40" (102 cm)

Young children should be accompanied by an adult.

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