Soarin’ at Walt Disney World’s Epcot to close for refurbishments beginning Jan. 4

The Soarin' ride at Walt Disney World. Photo credit: Disney

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Walt Disney World has announced on its official page that Soarin’ will be closed for refurbishments beginning Jan. 4, but will reopen in the summer of 2016.

In August, we learned that next year, guests will have the chance to take on a new Soarin’ experience: Soarin’ Around The World, which will open at both Walt Disney World Resort and Disney California Adventure.

The 4-D attraction will take guests on a journey over some of the world’s most unique landscapes. It will use the same technology that will make the Shanghai attraction, Soaring Over the Horizon.

The original Soarin’ ride, Soarin’ Over California, opened at Disney California Adventure in 2001 and was duplicated at Epcot under the name Soarin’ in 2005. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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