Soarin’ to Close
It has been announced on Walt Disney World’s official website that the popular attraction, Soarin’, will close for refurbishment on January 4, 2016.
Soarin’ is expected to reopen Summer 2016 and will feature a new ride video which takes riders around the world rather than the U.S. The new Soarin’ will be known as Soarin’ Around the World.
You can view Disney’s official announcement here.
Soarin’ Popular From Opening
Since opening in 2001, Soarin’ has been Epcot’s most in-demand attraction. Wait times reached 2-3 hours and FastPasses were distributed very quickly after the park opened each morning.
Still today, it’s one of the most popular attractions in Epcot. While the refurb will update the ride movie, unfortunately it doesn’t sound like there will be any update or additions to help alleviate the demand for this ride. While the implementation of the new FastPass+ system has helped a bit, there are still many guests attempting to ride without a FastPass.
One option Disney has is to add an additional ride to handle to volume of guests. They have already announced plans for this to help reduce the wait time at the very popular Toy Story Mania! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, however there may be space constraints over at Epcot which would prevent an expansion of Soarin’.
The other option Disney has would be to invest more into the park to create other exciting attractions. There are many buildings sitting empty in this park right now. One detractor opening soon will be the new Frozen ride in the Norway Pavilion. That should help move a large portion of the crowd away from Soarin’.
What do you think? Are you excited for a new Soarin’ ride or will you miss the original?
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