Disney to Film New Ending to Soarin’ Over California on March 12

Soarin Over California Finale

Soarin Over California

Disney has finally decided to film a new finale to their flight simulating attraction, Soarin’ Over California, at Disney’s California Adventure park in Anaheim, CA.

Soarin’ Over California takes guests on a journey over some of California’s most beautiful scenic landscapes including beaches, woodlands and deserts and ends with an aerial trip up Disneyland’s Main Street USA during the holiday season.

Tomorrow, airspace above the park has been blocked from 0200-0700 (2am-7am) in order to allow for an aerial film crew to shoot a new closing video.

As seen in the pre planning map, the flight path has already been charted and a heavy security presence is expected.

What changes would you like to see made to the finale of Soarin’ Over California?

Photo credit: Matthew Gottula @DLthings


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    • JSun on March 11, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Soarin’ at EPCOT should not be the same as at DCA. It should either be a nationwide Soarin’ or international – or just Florida or even WDW. But it makes no sense to “soar” over California at EPCOT!

      • :) on March 11, 2014 at 10:56 am

      Totally agree with JSun

      • Matt on March 11, 2014 at 11:38 am

      We thought the same when we rode the ride at DCA for the first time last year. I personally enjoyed the christmas light fly over at the end.

      • Laurel on March 11, 2014 at 12:11 pm

      Soarin’ Over California was given to Epcot as a gift from DCA. Hence is why it is still “over CALIFORNIA” and not the US. I do agree however that a new Soarin’ would be appropriate for Epcot and maybe make it Soarin’ over Florida or something.

        • TeeJay on March 12, 2014 at 8:40 am

        I think you’re confusing the word “gift” with “licensed”. Disney already owned the rights to the footage used in Soarin’ and, whether they filmed it themselves or cleared the rights from someone else, they weren’t about to pay for it again. The simulator was expensive enough and the point here is to turn a profit, meaning they’re going to reuse as many existing elements as possible, which is what they do across all the parks. If I were a guest, I would be more irritated that they didn’t take the time to create better video transitions more than the fact that they reused the footage. Besides, what sense has it ever made to have a California themed theme park IN California? I mean, I can see pictures of beaches or, you know, actually GO to the beach. It’s bizarre however you spin it.

        • Perry Hacker on March 12, 2014 at 11:14 am

        EPCOT needed a new E ticket ride. Soarin’ was already the most popular ride in California. Getting permits to fly over other countries is very difficult. Disney did the least expensive thing and just copied the ride in EPCOT. This is not new. They have done this many times. A new film would be great, I doubt it will happen any time soon, especially considering SOARIN’ over California is the most popular ride at WDW.

      • Kelly on March 11, 2014 at 1:41 pm

      I just had this conversation with my coworkers at lunch today. WDW needs a different Soarin’ for Florida. So glad that I’m not the only one who feels this way!

        • Sunny on March 11, 2014 at 2:09 pm

        Yeah, Sure! Likes it’s just so easy to restrict air space , buy and film in imax ect, ect , just to film over a state that you already live in? What a waste, enjoy the experience instead of thinking of ways to alter it.

      • Sitdown on March 11, 2014 at 1:56 pm

      Honestly, who cares… It’s an awesome ride Regardless .. It’s called “Soarin” not “Soarin over Florida only” lol

      • BigCheese on March 11, 2014 at 2:02 pm

      How about they just Close down “Soarin” down permanently in Florida?! Then you people would have nothing to gripe about. Just enjoy what you have huh? Shesh!

    1. I totally agree with JSun, we need to see the Florida beautiful places; and they have two sides… they can have California on one side and Florida on the other side.They have the Florida movie for sell at the exit of Sorin 😉

      • mary on August 9, 2014 at 12:16 pm

      start filming at California adventures. Showing Mickey wheel and the world of colors, and Cars Land. Then moving over to the Magic Kingdom. As if you are gliding through arise of rides as if you are going through them but through gliding motions. They should also encounter different smells like they do with the smells in Main St U.S.A.

    • Alex on March 11, 2014 at 10:57 am

    I agree with JSun, the eastern US has plenty to soar over! Beautiful beaches and pine forests, big cities, and disney world is huge so that alone could take up a large part of the attraction. Since Disney World attracts many more international tourists than Disneyland (and EPCOT is all about the entire world), an international Soarin would be great to see. EPCOT is definitely due for some upgrades!

    • Rosy Jaromin on March 11, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Sorry I totally disagree. For those of us who live on the East Coast and go to WDW we enjoy Soarin over the country and ending in California. It is the best of both Worlds and Disney doesn’t get it wrong!

      • Courtney on March 11, 2014 at 11:07 am

      Rosy, Soarin’ in Epcot isn’t over the country and ending in California. The whole experience is over different parts of California and ends in Disneyland. It is just like the California Adventure ride experience.

      • lewlewbelle on March 11, 2014 at 11:11 am

      The entirety of Soarin’ on both coasts is strictly California, not “over the country.” I think it would be interesting to do a Soarin’ over the world, or at least America, and have it in EPCOT. Having different attractions, even if it’s only slightly, adds to the magic of attending each resort and makes for unique experiences.

        • Alex on March 11, 2014 at 11:42 am

        I agree with lewlewbelle, it definitely adds to the fun of visiting both resorts when no 2 attractions are exactly the same. I don’t have a problem with the current soarin and Disney definitely never does get it wrong. I’m sure when it comes to costs filming one Soarin is much cheaper than filming 2 and people will still visit it regardless so they saved a lot of money and that’s a good thing because then they have more money to add new rides to the parks. It’s been a while since anything new was added to EPCOT (I’m going to ignore the renovations to test track since I liked the old ride just as much and maybe a bit more).

          • Perry Hacker on March 12, 2014 at 11:16 am

          Old test track was much better.

    • Christopher Duarte on March 11, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Nothing! This is one of my favorite rides at the Disneyland Resort and I think it’s absolutely perfect the way it is! But, change is sometimes good. However, I hope they save the Christmas footage and use it during the holiday season at Disneyland. That would be really cool too!

    • Adam R on March 11, 2014 at 11:13 am

    They have two theaters so they could run one normally and run the other one different states or countries throughout the day

    • Kaylee on March 11, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Will the ride be closed for awhile? I’m going in May and my boyfriend has never been. I really want him to see this ride. 🙁

    • StevenK on March 11, 2014 at 11:29 am

    I feel like using the Christmas footage during the holidays would be great, but otherwise, seeing Christmas trees in June really takes me out of the moment.

    • Beth Bergner on March 11, 2014 at 11:46 am

    This is my all time favorite ride at the park. I have been on it over 3 dozen times, and I agree! It is time to change the movie…..I would love to see other parts of California, if possible! If the ending is the only thing you can change, then so be it…….I am sure it will be a hit!

  1. I don’t care WHERE it soars over. It Soars.

    • Carl on March 11, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    I would like to see it shut down.

    • Yvonne on March 11, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    I think it would be great if they could do several of these films from all over the world and show them randomly…like your ToT drop experience…never knowing which film you will get. Love the CA film, but it would be fun to Soar anywhere! Just don’t get rid of Patrick. 😉

    • steve on March 11, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    I think many of you are forgetting the bigger picture here. Where is Soarin’ in EPCOT located? In The Land Pavilion. California is the world’s 5th largest agriculture provider, hence why it remains to soar over California and a different film was not opted for.

    • Jc on March 11, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Repair the screens to begin with, and different locations. Some locations can stay the same, but differnt spots within the scenery

  2. I think I would be cool to Start in Disney world here in Florida and end it in Disneyland in California and in the California parks, have it start in Disneyland there and end in Florida.

      • Julio on March 11, 2014 at 2:18 pm

      It should be like star tours, with several stories from all over! That would make it special every time!

    • km21 on March 11, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    I think that it doesn’t matter where they soar over just need to update the visual…with all the advances in TV/movie the clarity should be impeccable. You would think it should be crystal clear and in some parts the graphics are just kind of blurry and quiet frankly make me dizzy.

    • Karen on March 11, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Soarin needs a whole new film altogether! I LOVE the ride, but am tired of seeing the same old film.

  3. Should be in 3D

    • Dave on March 11, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    I’ll admit I was originally surprised the FL version was the same, but then it either hit me or someone else discussed it with me.

    Florida is pretty much FLAT! We wouldn’t soar very much more than you can in a swamp buggy in the areas that are still marshland. (though that might be a neat ride too 😉 )

    • Janis on March 11, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    I love this ride, always have! It’s so “uplifting” (no pun intended, lol). To the person who’d like to see it shut down, WHY?! It is a thrill to ride this & I for one, NEVER get tired of it! I think it will be fun to see a new ending.

    • Michele on March 12, 2014 at 7:58 am

    If Soarin was a gift to WDW from DCA then in respect of the heart/nature of the gift it should be left as it is. Put a message to riders up in the line that explains where the ride came from. As to the planned changes being that are being made, this is a phenomenal ride and I’m sure that the experts at Disney will do a great job.

  4. It’s unchanged because that was the cheapest way to do it.

    • Kathie D on April 10, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    I LOVE the Soarin over California at Disneyland! And since the Ride’s name is simply Soarin’ at EPCOT, I think that it would be awesome to film all the Disney Parks around the world. I also thought that since they have such great footage for a lot the Adventure By Disney destinations, it would be cool to add some of that in as well.. Just to make it different from the DCA ride. But hat is just my opinion.

    • kailee detty on January 19, 2015 at 3:15 am

    Nooooo. My family and I will be there march 7-8th and this ride will be closed

    • FWJJR on March 12, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    First I think All you are whining too much… Its a Great Ride…Just enjoy it!

    It would be cool to have different scenes like star tours but…

    I would also image Disney must be careful of filming at other parks etc… some people will have stupid identity crisis issues…

    Also so you know, Disney closed air space over Disneyland today to film….supposedly a new ending to soaring…

    My guess is the closing part may now be in the minds eye of tinker bell…

    Can you say Imax camera on drone? opens up a lot of possibilities since this original clip was done…

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