It's same song, different verse for Soarin', the popular Epcot attraction that's update debuted at Walt Disney World on Friday. The big-screen event is now called Soarin' Around the World, but it's still pretty glorious.
Warning: Spoilers ahead. The all-new film is now a global travelogue, topping the old California-based version. Among the sights: Fiji, Iguazu Falls, pyramids, Monument Valley and more.
It felt like there were more animals involved, including polar bears, elephants, camels, horses and a whale.
I liked when you could spy a human -- like atop the Eiffel Tower or in a kayak -- for perspective.
The new film looks quite crisp. The crystal clear vantage point from above the Matterhorn (the Swiss one, not the Disneyland one) gave me a shot of acrophobia. Also memorable: falling toward the Great Wall of China and gliding toward the Taj Mahal.
Improvements include the transitions between locations. They are more inventive than the original, which used a blink-and-you're-elsewhere edit.
Still around: the Soarin' soundtrack, though enhanced a bit, and Patrick Warburton in the pre-show. I had difficulty picking out new scents, although others said they were constant (roses?).
Still, I miss the orange grove aroma. I don't miss that L.A. traffic scene. The new finale is a nod to the old one. You can't miss the enormous Hidden Mickey and you won't miss that Disneyland fireworks scene.
Going back to Cali? I don't think so.
Source: Orlando Sentinel
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