Soarin’ Around the World finally made its big debut at Epcot’s The Land pavilion on June 17th, 2016. Excitement for this reimagined attraction has been incredibly high, and only minutes after the park opened on this attraction’s first day, this attraction's wait time swelled to an astronomical 240 minutes as guests piled into The Land pavilion to have the opportunity to be among the first to take flight on a global adventure. With expectations so high, could Soarin' Around the World live up to the high bar set by its predecessor, Soarin' Over California? In a word, yes. And here's three reasons why:
1. Your afternoon won't be spent at The Land pavilion anymore
This probably won’t come as much of a surprise, but with the addition of a third theater, the line to get into Soarin’ Around the World moves swiftly. Though this attraction's opening day started out with wait times in the triple digits, these quickly plummeted throughout the day. Incredibly, wait time for Soarin' Around the World on its first day of operation actually got down to just 30 minutes by the late afternoon, which is remarkable considering the original Soarin almost never had a wait time less than 70 minutes, even on off-peak days in the park.
Interestingly during our time in the queue we also noticed that the posted wait time was often much higher than the actual wait time. At 5:00PM we saw a posted 80 minute wait time, but actually only spent 35 minutes in line before boarding the ride.
Because the line moves a lot faster, the queue has been scaled back a little. The interactive games are gone, and the lighting is a bit more subdued (as you can see above) as guests shuffle quickly through the line.
Much like Toy Story Midway Mania at Disney's Hollywood Studios, the 50% increase in capacity for Soarin' Around the World has already had a profound impact on wait times at this popular attraction, which is great news for those who have stayed away from this attraction because of its incredibly long wait time. And of course that's not the only good news...
2. Patrick Warburton is still in the pre-show
One concern that fans had about this new version of Soarin’ was whether or not fan favorite Patrick Warburton would still be in the pre-show area of the queue, giving guests his patented safety spiel. Though a social media report from the man himself initially indicated to the contrary, we are happy to report that everyone’s favorite flight attendant is still showing us the proper way to buckle our safety belts and put away our Mickey ears in this newest version of the attraction.
Note: On the next page we will be discussing the film portion of Soarin’ Around the World in depth. If you want to experience this attraction completely unspoiled, turn back now!