We’ve heard the rumors for months, and plans were filed last year that indicated changes were coming, but nothing was official until today when Disney announced changes coming to Soarin’ in EPCOT’s Land Pavilion.
The number of theaters will be expanded to three while all three theaters will get upgrades to the screens and digital projection systems. A lot has changed in digital movie technology in the last 15 years when Soarin’ first opened at California Adventure, so hopefully we’ll get all the benefits of that.
We’re also expecting a new film to debut when the new theater opens, but that’s still just a rumor. There’s also been some speculation that a new entrance will be added to Soarin’ separating Fastpass+ users from Standby.
Soarin’ is one of the most in demand attractions at EPCOT, probably because it’s one suitable for almost everyone in the family. Therefore the lines are long and Fastpass+ is almost mandatory.
A third theater should help with that. It’s expected to open some time in late 2016.
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Soarin’ would not require a third theater if there were other attractions in EPCOT to help disperse the crowds. Goodness, it’s time to update Energy and Imagination and re-open Wonders of Life.
Completely agree. Disney is completely wasting the space at the end of Figment and the second floor of that pavilion and missing an opportunity with Wonders pavilion sitting empty for most of the year.
Keep figment but redo the exploration area at the end, and utilize the second floor. Wonders should have a dark ride at a minimum, preferably an actual thrill ride instead.
Disney needs more thrill rides in general. Unless they’re going to open that 5th gate the rides will need to be shoved in to the existing space somehow.
I’d actually like to see them stop replacing dark rides with thrill rides (Snow White, Horizons, etc.) Not everyone enjoys that sinking vertigo feeling.
We don;t like thrill rides…..with back problems makes them not possible for either of us…you want thrill rides? Go to Universal…leave Disney World a place about families….includng those with little childrenm (notice the number of strollers!), grandparents with orthopedic problems, those with speciall needs…a place where everyone can go and enjoy the magic of Disney…..