Popular Disney Attraction Malfunctions Mid-Ride

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The ever-so-popular attraction, Soarin’, malfunctioned mid-ride, leaving Disney Park Guests suspended in the air in an unexpected situation.

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One of the most popular attractions at Walt Disney World Resort’s EPCOT is the beloved Soarin’ Around the World within World Nature. If Orlando, Florida, isn’t your theme park destination, Anaheim, California, welcomes Disney fans to Disneyland Resort. With numerous attractions spread out between the two theme parks, including Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park, Guests will find Soarin’ at Disney California Adventure to be a popular choice.

Soarin’ Around the World raises Guests off the ground for a suspended view in front of an 80-foot projection dome. Thanks to Walt Disney Imagineering, the impressive IMAX digital projection allows Disney Park Guests to feel like they are truly soaring above stunning locations around the world for a fantastic flight.

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While both EPCOT in Florida and Disney California Adventure in California offer Soarin’, Disney California Adventure also occasionally displays a special version called Soarin’ Over California which is currently available from March 3 to April 25, 2023, as part of the 2023 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival.

As Disney fans rushed in to experience Soarin’ in the Grizzly Peak portion of the Park, a few select Guests visiting Disney California Adventure’s Soarin’ found themselves in a unique situation as the attraction decided to reset itself mid-ride.

@Malawijay took to social media to share a video from Soarin’ on March 5, 2023, with the note, “Today at Disney California Adventure, Soarin’ decides to reboot halfway through the ride! It was so funny. They gave us any time LLs and a great story to share.” Check out the Guest video below:


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This would be a surprise indeed! We’re glad it was reported that the Guests were offered a Lightning Lane for the ride malfunction. Fans responding to the video were quick to point out that they were shocked to see a Disney Resort still using Windows 7 for experiences such as Disney Soarin’. It looks like it may be time for an update, Walt Disney Company!

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