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Dsny1sttimer
02-05-2008, 08:26 AM
We were at WDW in May '05, and Soarin' was probably one of our favorite rides, especially DS (now 6, then 4). How is the ride different, if at all at DL?
Thanks!
:teacher:

MommytoaSweetie
02-05-2008, 08:33 AM
We went on the one at Epcot, too, and SO loved it! We can't wait to go on again at DLR! I thought they brought it to Epcot as a copy of the one at DCA, so I thought they were supposed to be the same, but maybe not. Someone will know! :)

bellelinus
02-05-2008, 08:37 AM
They are exactly the same -- except that at DL Patrick welcomes you to "Soarin' over California" instead of just "Soarin'" . . .

Judy from Boise
02-05-2008, 09:13 AM
The only difference is the queue themeing. DCAs is themed to early aviation .

LauraAnn630
02-05-2008, 09:24 AM
It even ends at Main Street WDW all decorated at Christmas?

I was hoping it would be a little different. Its my favorite. I get to Epcot an hour early to be first in line! Then get a fastpass for it to do it again!

daisy_77
02-05-2008, 09:37 AM
It even ends at Main Street WDW all decorated at Christmas?

I was hoping it would be a little different. Its my favorite. I get to Epcot an hour early to be first in line! Then get a fastpass for it to do it again!

It ends at DL's Main Street...just like the one at DCA. :)

DLR29
02-05-2008, 09:44 AM
It even ends at Main Street WDW all decorated at Christmas?

I was hoping it would be a little different. Its my favorite. I get to Epcot an hour early to be first in line! Then get a fastpass for it to do it again!

Sorry to burst your bubble, but that is DL at the end of the Soarin film. I think it would be pretty obvious because of the Matterhorn. :confused3

Soarin at DCA is not nearly as popular. FPs don't run out by noon, lines do not get up to 2 hours constantly. There is also a Single Rider line for Soarin at DCA but not at Epcot.

LauraAnn630
02-05-2008, 09:58 AM
LOL Ohhh okay! Im WDW brainwashed!!

Cant wait to go to DLC. I havent been there since 1986!

Barbday62
02-05-2008, 10:13 AM
Its Disneyland Main street at the end but WDW castle. When it first came out in DCA Im pretty sure it was SnowWhite Castle but its not now. Its Cinderella Castle. Its the same for Epcot and DCA too. (Except as previously talked about the queing ect..)

HydroGuy
02-05-2008, 11:22 AM
Everyone is of course correct that the rides are the same. However, I like DCA's more because IMO the Condor Flats location gives a much better themed location, entrance and queue.

CoolPool
02-05-2008, 11:49 AM
I dunno, I enjoyed those "group participation" games they play at WDW in the queue. Both are fine.

tinkermell
02-05-2008, 12:09 PM
Its Disneyland Main street at the end but WDW castle. When it first came out in DCA Im pretty sure it was SnowWhite Castle but its not now. Its Cinderella Castle. Its the same for Epcot and DCA too. (Except as previously talked about the queing ect..)The castle is Sleeping Beauty's. At the end of the video you will see the Matterhorn and DL's Small World all decked out for Christmas next to it :cool1:

I love this attraction too!!! :cloud9: It's one of those things where you just have a nice feeling at the end. And everytime I've been on it, everybody claps at the end. :cheer2:

DisneySuiteFreak
02-05-2008, 02:39 PM
The castle is Sleeping Beauty's. At the end of the video you will see the Matterhorn and DL's Small World all decked out for Christmas next to it :cool1:

I love this attraction too!!! :cloud9: It's one of those things where you just have a nice feeling at the end. And everytime I've been on it, everybody claps at the end. :cheer2:

Yeah, I was gonna say, I was just there in January and I would have sworn it was always, and still was, Sleeping Beauty's Castle!:wizard: I would have been bummed out if they changed it! This is also one of our family's all time favorites!:dance3:

disneegrl4eva
02-05-2008, 02:45 PM
Its Disneyland Main street at the end but WDW castle. When it first came out in DCA Im pretty sure it was SnowWhite Castle but its not now. Its Cinderella Castle. Its the same for Epcot and DCA too. (Except as previously talked about the queing ect..)

who the heck has a snow white castle??? would have to be an international DL...not here in the US...and yes it is Sleeping Beauty castle in DL...soarin is ALL about california...they arent going to put something from FL in a show about california...ive been on that ride more times than I can count...I would have noticed by now if it was Cindy's castle

bumbershoot
02-05-2008, 02:50 PM
So why is Main Street done up for xmas? Do they really not change that up? (I thought it was b/c my first time on was in Dec, and then in late Jan they just hadn't changed it yet)

DisneySuiteFreak
02-05-2008, 02:57 PM
So why is Main Street done up for xmas? Do they really not change that up? (I thought it was b/c my first time on was in Dec, and then in late Jan they just hadn't changed it yet)

Because the park is more magical :wizard: and special @ Xmas!:cheer2:

fairycat
02-05-2008, 03:03 PM
Bumbershoot- Its done in Xmas themeing because that is when even DL gets a little more magical!!!!! :wizard:

It also probably has something to do with the fact that it films better with all the extra Flair and Lights, it is also more visually interesting. Or the cheap buggers filmed at Christmas and decided to leave it that way :rotfl: it was opened with DCA's HUGE ride budget :rotfl2: They do not change the film by the seasons.

The funny thing is they never pictured this ride to be a big deal, but wow did they under estimate the experience. I don't ride it often enough because of the lines, but it really is a fantastic experience. And if we can get my GM on it who is TERRIFIED of heights and she loves it, now that says something.

I still think its funny they have the CA film in FL, its funny because I try and guess where everything they show is, but let me tell you an orange crop, in a valley could be about 12 cities in CA. haha!! I like that they are near my house in one, the sounds they use, sound so familiar!

fairycat
02-05-2008, 03:04 PM
Because the park is more magical :wizard: and special @ Xmas!:cheer2:

Great minds think alike and even use the same smiley!!!!
:wizard::rotfl:

Silly Little Pixie
02-05-2008, 03:53 PM
So why is Main Street done up for xmas? Do they really not change that up? (I thought it was b/c my first time on was in Dec, and then in late Jan they just hadn't changed it yet)

It was shot at a Disney employees Christmas party. A friend who works for Disney (not as a CM) and her family are in the shot! Once she told me I had to ride it a few times to find her. :)

Dsny1sttimer
02-05-2008, 05:56 PM
Thanks everyone, I'm glad to hear it's fairly the same. This was one of the best rides we went on at WDW. Not for a "thrill" factor, but so enjoyable and unique. Plus, the kids really loved it!

Just2DisneyKids
02-05-2008, 06:59 PM
I too love Soarin at WDW and DL but find it a bit strange that we "Soar" over CA in FL. I realize that it began at DL and was brought to Epcot for the Happiest Celebration on Earth, but maybe at this point they could redo Epcot's film. If you search youtube, people hava actually created a "Soarin over Florida" set to the same music. It's pretty cool! :goodvibes

nutshell
02-05-2008, 07:16 PM
Soarin' is one of my favorites. One of my best Disney experiences is seeing my son's huge smile and wide eyes as we soared over CA.

HydroGuy
02-05-2008, 09:06 PM
I too love Soarin at WDW and DL but find it a bit strange that we "Soar" over CA in FL. I realize that it began at DL and was brought to Epcot for the Happiest Celebration on Earth, but maybe at this point they could redo Epcot's film. If you search youtube, people hava actually created a "Soarin over Florida" set to the same music. It's pretty cool! :goodvibesThat would be one of the reasons they did not name it "Soarin Over CA" at Epcot but only Soarin. They will be changing the film there at some point.

tofubeast
02-06-2008, 08:30 AM
Soarin at DCA is not nearly as popular. FPs don't run out by noon, lines do not get up to 2 hours constantly. There is also a Single Rider line for Soarin at DCA but not at Epcot.



Yay....that is great news. This has to be one of my DH's fave rides at EPCOT, so it is awesome to hear the line may not be as bad. It is SOOO popular at EPCOT, so I look forward to maybe being able to ride it more than once when at DCA!

Hound 109
02-06-2008, 09:49 AM
Yay....that is great news. This has to be one of my DH's fave rides at EPCOT, so it is awesome to hear the line may not be as bad. It is SOOO popular at EPCOT, so I look forward to maybe being able to ride it more than once when at DCA!

I've ridden it twice a day every day when i stayed at the PP. Easy to do the 1-2 (Soarin'/Griz FP hop). before & after our break. Both are near the GCH "secret entrance". If you ride it early in the day & / or with a FP, never over a 20 min. wait.

I love to look for new details that I've missed (like the hikers / climbers bottom left in Yosemite). & the ending of it at DL is just...perfect.

bumbershoot
02-06-2008, 04:50 PM
So does anyone else get a small thrill from putting your arms out like Superman? I tried that when I went on it last time and it somehow made it even better.

The stranger I was sitting next to cracked up, but putting my arms out like that was fun! :upsidedow


I like the person who falls while skiing...

disneegrl4eva
02-06-2008, 08:13 PM
So does anyone else get a small thrill from putting your arms out like Superman? I tried that when I went on it last time and it somehow made it even better.

The stranger I was sitting next to cracked up, but putting my arms out like that was fun! :upsidedow


I like the person who falls while skiing...

i like to kick the heads of the guys in the kayaks:lmao:

Hound 109
02-06-2008, 10:14 PM
i like to kick the heads of the guys in the kayaks:lmao:

Anybody else try to catch the golf ball & (of course) give the golfing dude a "golf clap". :)

Judy from Boise
02-06-2008, 10:56 PM
the golfing dude is Michael Eisner!
The orange grove is in Camarillo, where I grew up....so it is very specific and recognizable to me!

ballarinamom
02-06-2008, 11:12 PM
I'm glad they are changin the movie at WDW one of these days. I know there are lots of cool things the could do for Flroida. I just thought it was yet another short cut taken at WDW attractions. We prefer DL and just really love the Cali touches

Diva of Dragons
02-07-2008, 03:43 AM
There is also a hidden Mickey on that golf ball!