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Disney Getting Set For New Soarin' Ride At Epcot

The popular Epcot attraction has been closed since early January, preparing for a new version of the film that will take riders on a global journey and prompting a new name: Soarin' Around the World.

The new version and its newly constructed third screen are expected to open June 17.

"We're taking our guests on this epic journey that spans six continents and shows them some of the greatest wonders of the world like the Great Wall of China," art director Jason Grandt said last week. The sights will be new and the display will be improved, he said.
"The sights you're going to see are going to be stunning, crystal-clear and unlike anything you've ever seen," Grandt said. "Imagineering has sort of created this one-of-a-kind, unique camera system that delivers the highest-resolution film imagery anywhere. … We've coupled that with a new laser projection system."
Disney released a video of the filming, which look like a camera dangling from a helicopter, flying along the Great Wall. Soarin' Around the World riders themselves will continue to dangle in front of the giant screen, Grandt said. Included in the other scenes is the famed Sydney Opera House in Australia.

Eventually, FastPass+ will be available for Soarin' Around the World. Disney has said the interactive queue has been "reimagined."

A new musical score, composed by Bruce Broughton, is based on the original Soarin' score by late composer Jerry Goldsmith. It is performed by the London Studio Orchestra.

But what about the trademark aromas of Soarin'? The new attraction will still use of the sense of smell. But …

"There are new scents," Grandt said. None of the old ones are returning.

My condolences to the Epcot orange-grove fans. (Sniff, sniff.)

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