I have shared in the past that I am a certifiable Ride Wimp. And apparently, as I have found out since sharing my guilty little secret, there are more than a few of us out there…..TONS as a matter of fact. Who knew?
But it’s not like I am *no* fun at all at Disney World. I may be a Ride Wimp, but I can get some thrills at Disney World too. Because really, just because one is a Ride Wimp, doesn’t mean that we can’t have some excitement too: we’re not all slow, boring, “Wow-its-a-small-world-rocks” kind of people!
I’ve mentioned in the past that I do love Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and Test Track is pretty awesome too. But my absolute favorite ride at Walt Disney World is Soarin, in Epcot’s Future World. Whether you are a Ride Wimp or a Thrill Seeker, if you haven’t ever tried this ride, make sure this is at the top of your Must-Ride list for your next Disney vacation!
Soarin’ was actually born at Disney’s California Adventure park where it is known as Soarin’ Over California. The premise here is pretty simple: you feel as if you are in a glider, flying over the state of California. The ride proved to be so popular there that Disney decided to create a second version for Epcot, where it currently exists in the Land pavilion.
So what on earth is so great about this ride? I mean, you know what the lines are usually like for Soarin’, right? What makes all those people stand in line for so darned long?
Well it is just very cool, and you really, truly feel like you are…..soaring! Through a mechanism that raises all seats in the auditorium into the air, you then watch an IMAX type movie….up in the air…..feeling as if you are gliding like a bird. Between the breeze that you feel, and the scents of pine trees as you fly over the woods, and oranges as you soar over orange trees, it is the closest that many of us will ever come to actually knowing what it is like to literally fly through the air.
No plane required….
My words truly do not do it justice at all. You’ll just have to trust me on this one. It’s awesome, it’s amazing, and I really cannot ride this enough. In fact, it’s usually the first ride we do at Epcot every trip as well as the last…and if we can get a FastPass or two, we’re likely to do it a few times more as well. It does not EVER get old for us.
Now having said the part about being raised into the air, if you are a Ride-Wimp with a fear of heights, you may be wondering if you will like this. Well I am not fond of heights at all, and I love it!!
Do yourself a favor and give it a try, you will be so glad you did!