Beloved Decades-Old Attraction Officially Closes Doors at Walt Disney World

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The closure of attractions within Disney Parks can evoke a sense of melancholy among visitors and fans alike.

The temporary shutdown or permanent closure of a beloved ride or show can leave a void in the magical experience that Disney is known for providing. It can be disheartening for guests who have fond memories associated with these attractions, as they hold a special place in the hearts of many.

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The anticipation and excitement of revisiting a favorite ride or show only to find it closed can dampen the overall experience of a Disney vacation. The nostalgia and emotional attachment that guests develop towards certain attractions make their closure a poignant reminder of the ever-evolving nature of theme parks.

Despite the sadness that comes with attraction closures, Disney continually seeks to innovate and introduce new experiences to captivate and delight its audience, ensuring that the magic of Disney remains alive and ever-evolving.

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A Melancholy Goodbye to EPCOT Attraction

It is with great sadness that fans experience the last day of operation for one beloved EPCOT attraction, Soarin’ Over California. The attraction, which originally opened in Disney California Adventure Park at Disneyland Resort on February 8, 2001, has since then enjoyed temporary residencies at EPCOT in Walt Disney World Resort.

Soarin’ Over California at EPCOT provides guests with an exhilarating aerial adventure across the picturesque landscapes of California. This simulation ride takes visitors on a journey soaring above iconic California landmarks, from the Golden Gate Bridge to the beaches of Malibu.

The sensory experience is enhanced by the scents of pine forests and ocean breezes, making riders feel like they are truly flying over the Golden State’s diverse terrain. The ride’s immersive visuals and motion technology create a realistic sensation of flight, eliciting a sense of wonder and excitement in all who embark on this virtual tour of California’s natural and man-made wonders.

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Closing Time For Soarin’

Many fans are sad to see Soarin’ Over California leave EPCOT. The ride’s replacement, Soarin’ Around the World, has been criticized for its distorted visuals. Nevertheless, the worldwide version will return to the theme park beginning on February 28, 2024.

While this closure is sad, it is also a necessary part of keeping Disney new and exciting for visitors. This ride may return in the future, and it will continue to run at Disney California Adventure Park sometime in 2024 as part of the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival.

How do you feel about this closure? Tell us about it in the comments below!

About Eva Miller

Eva was born and raised in the beautiful state of Oregon but has since relocated and lives in New York City. Since she was young, Eva has loved to perform in musicals, especially Disney ones! Through performing, Disney’s music became the soundtrack of her childhood. Today, Eva loves to write about all the exciting happenings for the Walt Disney Company. In her free time, Eva loves to travel, spend time in nature, and go to Broadway shows. Her favorite Disney movie is 'Lilo and Stitch,' and her favorite Park is Disney's Animal Kingdom.


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