Epcot expected to build its own version of Soarin' Over California

Posted Monday, September 29, 2003 5:04 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Disney has quietly started work on a third major ride at Epcot, this one a version of Soarin' Over California, one of the most popular rides at Disney's California Adventure. It's the latest move by Disney to ensure that its No. 2 theme park matches the thrills found at its other Orlando parks as well as at rivals Universal Orlando and SeaWorld.

Read more from The Orlando Sentinel.

Monday, September 29, 2003 5:06 AM
I really like The Orlando Sentinel. Notice how they don't just take it for granted that you know everything about an article's subject. They provide some nice detail about the park itself. I wish all papers were that thorough.

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Monday, September 29, 2003 6:36 AM
I would disagree that Epcot is or was a park for old people and teachers. I have enjoyed Epcot ever since visiting as a kid.

What is wrong with kids learning about other cultures or the sciences? Kids like going to museums. Epcot is like an interactive, moving Museum but so much more.

Everyone has their own tastes but I hope they don't go to thrill happy at Epcot. Disney has 3 other parks they can do that in an land to build more parks if they so choose.

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Monday, September 29, 2003 6:46 AM
I agree. I enjoyed the Future World side of Epcot much more when I visited the first time at the age of 8 than I did when I returned at age 22. However, I can definitely see more adult appeal to the World Showcase.
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Monday, September 29, 2003 8:38 AM
I have always enjoyed EPCOT. I think it's exciting to hear the changes taken place at that park.

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Monday, September 29, 2003 9:33 AM
I'm all for change. Don't get me wrong. But, I don't want to see change at the expense of certain things. In this instance, Horizons and World of Motion were closed in lieu of attractions not suitable for the entire family. The proposed changes to Spaceship Earth would have been non-family friendly as well.

I enjoy Test Track and I suspect I will enjoy Mission: Space. But, those are two less attractions I can do with my family which I think is a disappointment.

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Monday, September 29, 2003 11:20 AM
Good to hear, Im glad EPCOT is finally beefing up thier E-ticket count. While I like the smaller rides, they just can't compete with the likes of Hulk, ToT or Kraken. It'll be funny to see the same exact ride at EPCOT, witht he California theme and all, but I assume they'll open with the Cali theme and re-shoot the film in a few years time.

Wahoo said-

"Everyone has their own tastes but I hope they don't go to thrill happy at Epcot. Disney has 3 other parks they can do that in an land to build more parks if they so choose."

In case you haven't noticed, those 3 other parks have or are recieving many major e-tickets as well. WDW just keeps pumping the rides out one after another- Mission: Space, Philharmagic, Stitch Encounter, Everest, MGM Stunt show and I'm sure many more are on thier way! :) Don't get me wrong, I'd totally enjoy EPCOT without M:Space and TesTrack, but the average park goer is bored off his/her butt at EPCOT, which is why the change was needed.

Meanwhile over in California- DL is having the worst e-ticket crisis in it's history. Space Mtn, Splash Mtn, Haunted Mansion and Thunder Mountain are all closed. That leaves Matterhorn, Pirates, Indy and Star Tours... not that great of a selection. And what do we have to look forward to? A castrated version of ToT a few months down the road and thats about it!*** This post was edited by ThePhantomLives 9/29/2003 3:21:56 PM ***

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Monday, September 29, 2003 11:31 AM
Speaking of Indy, I've always wondered why a version of that ride never made it to Florida? I wonder if it has something to do with CTE/Dinosaur using the same ride system and Disney not wanting 2 similiar attractions?

Then again, Body Wars and Star Tours use the same ride system...

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Monday, September 29, 2003 2:18 PM
Disney has reused the same ride system within the same park, and people don't seem to care. As long as the theme and story for the ride are different people are going to care if the ride uses similar cars.
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Monday, September 29, 2003 5:21 PM
What was the Space Ship Earth proposal? I guess I missed that.
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Monday, September 29, 2003 9:51 PM
Rob, the story as I've heard it, -- and this is probably from the lopsided world of Jim Hill -- is that Animal Kingdom needed the attraction more than the Disney Studios did.

Not only is CTX/Dinosaur the same ride system as Indy -- it's the same ride. I'm 99% certain they're exactly alike in every way but theme.

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Monday, September 29, 2003 11:32 PM
Yes, Dinosaur is the same exact ride layout as Indy, but the motions are far less violent (the ride was toned down due to complaints/injuries)
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Tuesday, September 30, 2003 4:52 AM
very cool about Disney making a California style themer .Im suprised that they are since some of the amusement industry had been a little saggy. But if you got the bucks like Disney does, you need to funnel those dallors some where. Whatever,,,, It will be First rate as always .. no one can top the mouse.....
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Tuesday, September 30, 2003 11:29 AM
Chernabog/ThePhantomLives: I guess this means that we'll never see a FL version of Indy?

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Tuesday, September 30, 2003 12:57 PM
Well, they do need some newer things to get people back when they've been on them so many times, they have the rides completely memorized. ;) Or, maybe that's just me. LOL

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