Soarin’ Around the World is Open at Epcot… My Thoughts!


As you know, Soarin’ at Epcot was closed for months undergoing a large refurbishment. The ride was getting a third concourse added, and the movie and screens were also getting an update. After a long wait, we finally got to ride the updated “Soarin’ Around the World” at Epcot, and I must say, it was worth the wait.

Truth be told, I loved the old Soarin’. I loved the music, the smells, the fireworks at the end…. I even loved our Chief Flight Attendant, Patrick. I was hoping that the new updates wouldn’t disappoint, as I know how I am, and I’m not a huge fan of change. We got in line for the “flight” and there was Patrick. Same pre-show, and I’m happy about that. Yes, I still see his as Puddy from Seinfield, but I digress. When we got in our seats, I was excited and hopeful. Would it live up to my expectations? Would the music be the same? To my delight, it did live up to what I hoped, and then some. Guests get to fly over new areas, we get to feel the air and smell the scents from the scenes, it’s great. The music is almost the same too, just a little tweaking. The movie screens are so much more clear now, you really do feel like you’re flying over places like Paris, China…. Epcot. It’s awesome.

So, if you haven’t ridden the new and improved Soarin’ Over the World yet, I highly recommend it. It’s an amazing experience, I even got misty eyed. Give it a try, go Soarin’…. you’ll be glad you did! ~M

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Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the books “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” “How Many Sleeps Till Disney?” and “How Many Sleeps Till Disneyland?” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 107.3 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others. ~ I enjoy writing personal perspective blogs, doing TMSM Meet Ups for our readers, and keeping the constant interaction going with others, sharing the Disney Magic to people when they can’t be at their Happy Place.

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