First published on LaughingPlace.com on July 7, 2016.
With the Grand Opening of Shanghai Disneyland, you literally can ride Soarin’ around the world. From Disneyland, to Disney World, and now to Shanghai Disneyland: we compare the three versions of this attraction.
The Original Soarin’ over California at Disneyland Resort
Soarin’ Over California debuted on February 8, 2001 with the Grand Opening of Disney California Adventure (DCA). The unique ride system, designed by Imagineer Mark Sumner, was inspired by an Erector toy set. It was an immediate success.
Guests love the sensation of flight as they are raised skyward into the 80-foot domed projection screen, while safely seated in a theater. The original attraction highlighted California landmarks such as the Golden Gate bridge and Yosemite National Park.
Soarin’ Over California ran on IMAX HD film until its refurbishment in 2015 with digital projectors. The attraction building resembles a large aircraft hangar, built in homage to California’s record-setting aviation history. As you enter, you pass commemorations of historic aircraft – the SR-71 Blackbird, the Bell X-1 – and notable aviators: Charles Lindbergh, Chuck Yeager, and Amelia Earhart.