Disney Announces Permanent Closure of “Soarin’ Over California” Attraction

Soarin Single Rider Line
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Disney enthusiasts around the world were thrilled when the news broke that Soarin’ Over California was set to make a temporary comeback at EPCOT on September 22, 2023, in honor of Disney’s 100 Years of Wonder celebration. The nostalgic ride, beloved for its breathtaking aerial views of the Golden State, was a delightful surprise for fans eager to relive the magic of the original experience.

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As the days passed and anticipation grew, visitors flocked to EPCOT to embark on this limited-time journey back in time.

From the majestic Golden Gate Bridge to the stunning landscapes of Napa Valley, riders were treated to an immersive adventure that captured the essence of California’s diverse beauty. However, as all good things must come to an end, Disney recently announced that the temporary revival of Soarin’ Over California will reach its conclusion very soon.

This bittersweet news marks the end of an era for many guests who reveled in the opportunity to soar over iconic California landmarks once again.

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Beloved Ride Says Goodbye

Soarin’ Over California is an exhilarating aerial adventure that takes guests on a breathtaking journey across the picturesque landscapes of California.

This popular attraction at Disney California Adventure Park allows visitors to experience the beauty and diversity of the Golden State from a unique perspective. From the golden beaches of Southern California to the majestic redwoods of Northern California, riders are treated to stunning views that capture the essence of this vibrant state.

Soarin Around the world

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As guests soar high above the iconic landmarks of California, such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Yosemite National Park, they are immersed in a sensory experience that combines the thrill of flight with the wonder of exploration. For Disney fans and adventure seekers alike, Soarin’ Over California offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to embark on a virtual tour of the state’s most beloved destinations.

Whether it’s the sun-kissed vineyards of Napa Valley or the sparkling waters of Lake Tahoe, each scene evokes a sense of wonder and nostalgia, making it a memorable experience for all who embark on this captivating flight.

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EPCOT Residency Announces End

Because of its iconic reputation, many fans were thrilled to hear that it would be taking residency in EPCOT.

This historic crossover has happened previously, and fans were thrilled to see it return. However, like all good things, this residency had to end. Thus, Disney has announced the permanent closure of Soarin’ Over California in Walt Disney World Resort on February 27, 2024.

This attraction will be missed, but we are also thrilled to see Soarin’ Around the World return as well!

Did you get a chance to experience Soarin’ Around California in Walt Disney World’s EPCOT? 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.


  1. So soaring really isn’t closing at Epcot?

  2. We were able to experience Soarin’ over California again in January and loved it. When around the world comes back it will be greeted with well one arms however I wish Italy was included. 🙂

  3. Please, please keep “Soarin’ over California”…it is soooo much better than Soarin’ around the World….

  4. Please keep Soarin over California, it’s my absolute favourite smelling the sweet orange groves, the pine trees in the mountains and the fresh smell of the ocean! We’re on our way in March and it sounds like it will be gone….. I pray not!!

  5. I live California! It’s far superior to the World. Why you ask? Because several scenes are unknown to the viewer. Am I
    In Russia or Afghanistan? Makes it hard to identify for non world travellers. Whatever the scene ithe viewer should get a hint as to where it is.

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